Some have asked about what Detroit is really like. Well it depends where you go, the down town 5 square blocks look ok, but when you look close the offices in the high rises are empty. As soon as we get out of those blocks it gets very nasty. Most buildings don't have windows in them and I think it resembles a war zone, 20% of houses are boarded up, we get asked for money a lot. Now 12km outside of the down town core is Grosse pointe, we went there yesterday and wow what a nice neighborhood 4 million plus for a house, you can see a line where Detroit ends and gross pointe starts. Middle class is 1/2 hour to 1 hour drive outside of Detroit. Some suburbs like Troy and very nice. The booming economy is the casino, sports teams and the big 3 automotive are coming back.
The casino is always full and a little sad seeing people there that really can't afford the kind of entertainment.
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!