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Believers On Mountain Bikes (BOMB)

Weekly Update


Wanted to start off saying I appreciate the comments about the weekly communication devotionals and especially the new riders that not only came out for the first time, but have came back for more.  It takes some risk to show up to an new group and try to connect and kudos to those that have.  Haven't made a ride this year? Check out the schedule and make plans to join us!
https://denverbomb.com/schedule/ 

This week's ride is Deer Creek Canyon, with the late sunset should be able to get in both upper loops which are some of the best singletrack on the front range. Reminder that the steep rocky nature of the first few miles of this trail give it a difficult "black diamond" rating with the upper loops are more of an intermediate challenge. 

Who bought a mountain bike thinking mountain biking would be easy? 
If so, you likely soon discovered it wasn't, especially in Colorado.  Everyone has that one trail that is a mental or physical block for them.  For me (Doug) that trail is Chimney Gulch.  For whatever reason, it is a mental block.  I would rather climb White Ranch's Belcher,  Deer Creek, Falcon, or any other trail.  Chimney Gulch just creates a mental block.  So steep at the start, I've cleaned it, but it makes me fight for it both mentally and physically.
 
Jesus said, "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."  Matthew 5:10-12.
 
As we've been discussing the beatitudes we've noted that the first several are focused on us - improving us, humbling ourselves, acknowledging our brokenness and our need for a gracious and merciful king (Jesus).  As a result of that, the beatitudes focuses us on our relationship with others (God's creation).  In the last beatitude we discussed bringing peace and shalom - not just that Jesus brought it to us, but wants to bring it to others through us.  One person mentioned that Jesus also said he came with a sword.  Matthew 10:34.  A sword symbolized division - it could cut and divide.  Thus, Jesus meant that there will be those that choose to follow him and those that do not - he creates division. 

Although Jesus brings shalom and peace to those that follow, he also acknowledges the division.  Jesus never promised following him would be easy (just like Chimney Gulch isn't easy).  Consider the rich person that asked what he needed to do and Jesus told him to sell all of his possessions and then follow him.  The rich person walked away sad because he had a lot.  As a result there will be those that choose to follow Jesus and seek that right relationship with God and those that do not.  Persecution will likely ensue - the sword or division will lead to persecution of those that follow Jesus.  In other words, it won't be easy - you have to endure and persevere and your reward will be great - the Kingdom of Heaven (just think about how rewarding the top of a super hard climb is).  Pursuing righteousness (that right relationship with God) is hard and will be met with insults.  However, those that endure to the end will inherit the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus reminds us of the prophets that endured before us and the inheritance they received.   The latter is to encourage us to persevere in seeking that right relationship with God and sharing that with others (just like we encourage one another to get to the top of a really hard climb).
 
Questions to Ponder:
1. Are you seeking that right relationship with God to the point of persecution and sacrifice?  Are you seeking it as hard as you are trying to clean Chimney Gulch?  Do others even know you are a Christian so that you may be subjected to insults as a result of your faith?
2.  What would getting out of your comfort zone for the sake of the gospel look like?
 
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)

When: Thursday, 7/11/2019, meet at 5:45pm, start the devotional and introductions at 6:00pm. 

Where: Deer Creek Canyon Park

Directions: 13896 Grizzly Dr, Littleton, CO 80127
Questions: Reply to this email or join the facebook group

Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver
http://denverbomb.com/waiver/

BOMB Values:

  1. We believe we are part of God's kingdom, not just a biking club.  We believe in God, his Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
  2. We give thanks and glory to God. 
  3. We put the group first. 
  4. It's about the relationships: We connect with each other, encourage and support one another in Christ.


 

BOMB Ride Format:

What to expect on a ride (all times are very approximate and will vary from week to week).
6:00 pm Prayer, then about a 2 hour ride
High/Midpoint Regroup, chat a little
8:00 pm Back at the cars for hot dogs

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schedule for details.
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