Fuel for the Soul
The Bible speaks clearly of various ways we are to
conduct our lives. Most
people are aware of the 10
Commandments and most people follow them rather
Jesus gives us further instructions or
commandments that are not as often followed. In
the words of Jesus: “You shall love the Lord your
God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and
with all your mind. This is the greatest and first
And a second is like it: You shall
love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew
There are still a few people who struggle with these
Jesus does not stop there with His
instructions as He gave another command known as
Commission: “All authority in heaven has
been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything that I have
(Matthew 28:18-20) There are
many people who fail to heed this command of
Jesus. Well, the “Sons of Thunder Ministry” is about
and doing what is commanded of us.
The purpose of the Son’s of Thunder Ministry,
Inc. is to provide strength and help for anyone
who feels the need
for Christ in their lives.
Paul says we are to be “sober,
enduring suffering, do
the work of an evangelist, carry out your (our) work
We are called to share our salvation. Everyone is
to God for all are created in the image of
God. We must understand the will of God, because
what we believe about God makes a difference in how
we respond to God and the way we live and
faith with others.
Paul speaks about the race of life. The
must ask of ourselves, can we finish our race of life
able to say with confidence that
we have fought the
good fight, that we have kept the faith, that we have
finished the race and now
we can receive the crown
of victory? (Are there any doubts?)
Compare The Race of Life
Each of us has a race to run. “Therefore,
since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,
and let us run with perseverance, the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the
right hand of the throne of God.”
Situations can quickly change on the racetrack
—a tire pressure change after a few laps, a tire is cut going
into the turn, a driver loses control in front of you. Nothing is certain—much like life itself.
Racing, in it’s own way, parallels life with it’s
joyful moments and moments of feeling defeated. Yet, racing can provide opportunities for success.
Racing has a way of testing ones spirit, ones endurance, as the driver cranks the car, puts it in gear, drops the clutch,
realizing there is a risk of failure and also a chance of victory.
Winning a race is about crossing the finish line first, receiving the
checkered flag first! But, as any one who has been in competition can tell you, there is more to racing!
Racing is about learning about oneself, it is about looking forward to the next lap, improving
the skills necessary to win a race. It is about having a deep passion for the competition, seeking the
thrill of victory, but it is also about knowing how to finish a race with dignity and honor. If the race
is run with patience and perseverance, everyone can cross the finish line and receive the checkered flag. Christ
crossed the finish line for all of us and as those who believe in the risen Savior know, we share in the victory He won over
It is good to be in the house of the Lord! It is good to be in touch with other Christians.
Sons of Thunder Ministry,
Inc. encourages you to get together in worship
each week. Nothing is more rewarding than to worship and be in prayer with others. STM
encourages you to find new friends and to fellowship with them. Please learn to include those who may not
know Christ. Get out and start looking for opportunities to be in fellowship with others. Don’t
deny yourself the value of mutual encouragement that true Christian fellowship provides.
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another..”
Jesus Christ shared God’s love with those around Him as He witnessed
upon this earth. Through His witness, as in yours, we can let others know that God is a loving God and
that He desires to be involved with us every day. God is seeking those who have turned from Him. It is
our responsibility to “go“ seeking those who are hiding from God, not waiting on them to come to the church.
If you think the church is just for you, you are wrong, it is for all people of God, especially for those who do not
your faith is a way of strengthening your own faith. Just as the first church was empowered by the
Holy Spirit, so are you to be empowered! Be involved with the work of the church!
So, are you a “fan” of Jesus, or are you on His team. Fan’s, just cheer on their favorite driver,
but the pit crew works hard to make sure the driver comes out on top. Jesus gave a command, to “go”.
Are you willing to make sure He is on top to the world? He has asked you to be more than a Fan, He has
called you to be a member of His pit crew, (a disciple) not just a loyal fan.
God is love, and you are to share it with others. You can begin
by quoting the words to John 3:16. (“For God so loved the world, that He gave…)
The Victory is in Jesus
Rev. Compton would love to come help you or your church
to grow in your ability of sharing your faith.
The Rev. H.R. Compton (Preacher Buddy), president of Sons of Thunder Ministry, Inc., grew up
in the Baptist tradition of the Christian faith, but is presently a Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church of the
Western North Carolina Conference serving at Pine Grove UMC in Albemarle, NC. Rev. Compton has many
years of experience in both the racing community and in the community of faith. For several years
of his life Preacher Buddy raced motorcycles (Flat tracked and Hill Climbed) and is presently racing a Thunder Roadster that
runs on several North and South Carolina racetracks. Rev. Compton is a representative of Christ in the
witness ministry as he provides symbols of the faith such as the Cross and he provides the Prayer line number of the Upper
Room on his car.. Preacher Buddy, as many of his friends call him, enjoys comparing his life at the track
with his life in the church and he can truly identify with people who have been a part of the church and with those who have
been turned away from or turned off by the church for various reasons. Preacher Buddy has been leading
revivals, men’s meetings, women’s meetings and youth gatherings for a number of years and is willing to come to
your church to teach classes on how to share faith in a non-threatening way and how to become a Disciple of Christ.
He is willing and able to lead in various studies of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Rev. Compton is a minister that believes that ministry happens outside the walls of the local church and that it is
our task as Christians to teach others how to be good disciples.