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Employees from Lockheed Martin met on February 2nd, 5am at Ol' South Pancake for their second monthly breakfast this year. The breakfast kicked off with a prayer and brief introduction from Paul Alexander. Caleb Hendrick started off by sharing how the power of prayer has been impactful in his life.

Greg Ulmer opened up the floor in reference to a book and daily devotional that highlighted the most important thing for Christian believers to do; which is to imitate Christ. The devotion emphasized that redemption is the only reality and that personal holiness is the effect of redemption. He referred to Romans 1:1, 9:3 and Galatians 1:15 to share examples of how the Apostle Paul redeemed his life through Christ. After reflecting upon the devotion, Greg personally believes that it isn't about himself but it's his redemption. Through his redemption he hopes that others will be attracted to the light of Christ that is working through him.

Chet Burge took the floor afterwards and referenced another reflection of Paul in Acts 2o:18-21, 26 which states, "When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia.  I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus."
"Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you."

Upon reflecting these verse Chet asked himself, "What is my reputation?" What is my reputation at work, home, my friends and close friends? He challenged himself and everyone else to have the same spiritual reputation that Paul had.

Josh Berry spoke next about prayer and the importance of prayer. He opened up with verse about prayer in 1 Tessolonians 5:16-18 that says, "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." He then shared a personal story that took place on October 2016. Chet and his wife decided to split up. However, Chet did not give up and the decision only ignited him to develop a better relationship with Jesus Christ. He joined a men's group at church and was recommended to read a book called "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" by Dean Merrill and Jim Cymbala. In the book Cymbala shares his own personal story of how God worked miracles with his prayers for his church the Brooklyn Tabernacle. In July of 2017, Chet reconciled with his wife and he attributed the success to his personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the power of constant prayer. 

Mark Lambert wrapped up the speaking portion on the perspective of time and the our to do lists. Mark shared that he has been alive for 22,447 days. When comparing that unit of time versus years, it doesn't seem like a very long time. He made the point that we don't have much time and the clock is ticking so there should be a sense of urgency.

The second point he wanted to explain about was our to do lists. Everyone has a set of to do lists everyday, but he argues that next to our list is a second list that we cannot see. To shed light on this other list Mark first referenced Ephesians 2:10 which tells us, "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Mark believes that before we were ever born, God created us a list of things that he wanted us to do. To back his belief he immediately turned to Psalm 139:16 which says, "Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." In a closing statement Mark emphasized the two most important things in his life. They are our personal relationship with Jesus Christ and others, and to look more like Him everyday.

Juanita Crain came up to pray for the group afterwards and challenged everyone to continue to pray for the company's leadership and to record all the miraculous things that God has done in their lives. Everyone was then welcomed to break up in small groups to pray for one another. Olivia White took charge of the session and closed it out with prayer. Lastly, Guy Marshall thanked everyone for attending and invited them to  join for the next monthly breakfast which will take place on March 2nd.

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