Episode 167

Pastor Stands After Leg Injury, Motivational Moments & Relying on God

Aug 24, 2022

When pastor Kevin Cummings stood to preach his sermon Aug. 12 at Fincastle Baptist Church in Fincastle, Virginia, it was no ordinary feat for him. There are similarities to how Heiden Ratner leads WALK Church and his style on the basketball court from college and a year as a professional in Israel. And, a Bible Study from Lifeway on Baptist Press asks, “Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew?” It says, “Most of us have been guilty of biting off more than we could chew, taking on a responsibility we were not ready to handle.”

Transcript

When pastor Kevin Cummings stood to preach his sermon Aug. 12 at Fincastle Baptist Church in Fincastle, Virginia, it was no ordinary feat for him.

It was his first time preaching standing up since he experienced a catastrophic leg injury after being by an SUV in January.

Cummings, senior pastor at Fincastle Baptist Church in Virginia was helping his son and daughter-in-law relocate from Virginia to Little Rock, Ark., back in early January.

While he was standing behind the U-Haul trailer, an SUV struck Cummings from behind, pinning him in between the back of the trailer and the vehicle.

It’s taken multiple surgeries and months of therapy but the preacher was able return to the pulpit…on his feet.
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There are similarities to how Heiden Ratner leads WALK Church and his style on the basketball court from college and a year as a professional in Israel.

Energetic. Excited. Passionate. Competitive.

KVVU-TV Fox 5 wanted to be part of it, or more to the point, wanted it to be part of them. It has led to Ratner’s leading brief segments called Motivational Moments that bring viewers a Gospel-centered message during the station’s Friday morning show.

Ratner and his wife, Neena, talked about the segments recently with Fox 5’s morning show. Both grew up in Las Vegas, and getting to contribute in a positive way that also connects the audience to their faith excites them.

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A Bible Study from Lifeway on Baptist Press asks, “Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew?” It says, “Most of us have been guilty of biting off more than we could chew, taking on a responsibility we were not ready to handle.”

We are told in 2 Kings 19 about a king who tried to take on more than he could handle. King Sennacherib was on the move, conquering one king after another. He sent a message to King Hezekiah, warning him about trusting God for protection. King Hezekiah turned to God in prayer, asking God to save the people of Judah as a declaration that the Lord alone is God.

Hezekiah’s actions serve as a perfect example of what God’s people should do when faced with challenges and threats.

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