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Believers On Mountain Bikes (BOMB)

Weekly Update

First group ride at Apex in 2 years.  5:30pm, bring lights for some even day ripping down Enchanted trail.  They seemed to have fixed the trail conflict issues at Apex with directional, bike only rules. 

Fantastic group trip to Park City, Utah last week.  Four days of new trails (picture) and some new stories to share. Make plans to join us next year for the group trip.
 
Devotional 
What is one mountain bike related item you love to buy?  

Obviously, with mountain biking we must replace components/parts all the time - chains, chainrings, tires, etc.  We also must lube the chain, put air in the tires.  Except for new tires, you don’t get too excited about these purchases. New Minion day is the best!   New helmet, new shoes?  I (Doug) personally love when it is time to buy new shoes.  I love how a new pair of shoes smell, and how they don’t have any dirt on them.  Recently, I bought a new pair of trail running shoes, and not only did those trail running shoes make me smile, but they also felt so great on the run as my old shoes were beyond worn out (like a set of tires I’m running on my XC bike right now).  These are trivial things that can bring joy.  How much more joy can we have by acknowledging they important things that come from God. 

One of my favorite BIble vs is Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

For those that believe in Jesus, each day is a new day to rejoice and be glad in the day that the Lord has made.  We are broken.  We are sinners.  But God sent his only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16.  That is something to be joyful about!  For those that don’t believe, each day is a new opportunity to turn to Jesus and believe.  Until Jesus returns, or you die, it is not too late to repent and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  That is something to be joyful about!  

Read Jesus’ words to the disciples in John 15.  In 15:1, Jesus told them that he is the vine and they are the branches.  If they follow his ways, they will bear fruit.  If they do not, they are like a branch that withers.  He then goes on to say that if you follow him and keep his commands, you will have joy.  “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  vs. 11.  Similarly, Paul writes to the Galatians about being led by the Spirit inside of us.  In verse 16 he says to not gratify the desires of the flesh (sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like), but walk by the Spirit.  He then writes, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  vs. 22.

Just like that new mountain bike purchase - whether it is a new helmet, new shoes, new bike, new tires - gives you a little joy, God gave us a reason to be joyful every single morning when we wake up.  He sent his son to save us.  We deserved death, but Jesus took on our sin so we may live forever.  That is like the smell of a new pair of kicks on a sunny day.  This movie reference will date me, but for those that remember or watched the movie Jerry McGuire, Jerry’s mentor, Dicky Fox, had 6 Secrets to Success.  One of those was each morning he clapped his hands and said, “This is going to be a great day.”  We know this to be true, maybe not from a worldly point of view.  How do we know this to be true?  Because the Psalmist told us - “this is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  And it is.  This is the day that the Lord hath made, we are renewed each day we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Thus, I’m going to be joyful.   

Paul also reminds us that bearing fruit and helping to expand God’s kingdom (the fruit of the Spirit) will bring us joy.  Have you ever been a witness to someone, or saw someone come to Christ and you were a small part in their journey, or helped someone on the trail in the name of Christ?  If so, you probably felt a great deal of joy.  That is what Paul is talking about - doing kingdom work brings joy!  
 
I posted this song a few weeks ago and mentioned it as part of my pre-race playlist, but for those that don’t listen to K-Love or WayFM or any Christian music, watch this music video and listen to the lyrics of the song Joyful by Dante Bowe.  One of the lyrics that inspired this devotional, “Uh, I get that feeling that you get when you get new kicks.”  (Kicks means shoes).  If you haven’t listened to this song, listen to it and pay attention to the lyrics.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SRVr_dzyqw

Application:
  1. Each morning, think of ways to remind yourself that this is the day the Lord has made.  
  2. Find a way to reset your mind, body and spirit each morning so your focus is on God - that is by turning on worship music, getting into the Word, praying, or going for an early morning ride or run to enjoy God’s creation. 
  3. Plan on how you are going to participate in God’s Kingdom to receive joy as you participate in building God’s Kingdom here on earth.


This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)

When: Thursday, 09/16/2021, meet at 5:15pm, start the devotional and introductions at 5:30pm. 

Where: Apex

Directions: Heritage RoadGolden, CO 80401
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).
5:30 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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