Reminder we start at 5:30pm from the Matthews/Winters Parking Lot. Bring a light, especially if you are doing the full loop of both parks. What does Expert Rating for this trail mean? It means it's much more technical than the surrounding trails. (Video: Lots of chunk)
Devotional - Live in Community
What makes an epic ride epic? Is it the ride itself, the people you are with, or both? Last Friday I (Doug) went on an epic ride with Mike and Dave (Picture). We had a plan and created checklists of things to do, bring, etc before our ride (if you missed the devotional on “checklists” scroll down to the devotional from last week or search your inbox for last week’s email). The trail itself is an amazing trail - Segment 6 of the Colorado Trails - and the leaves were popping, so we were peeping. What made the ride epic, however, was the conversations, the laughs, and the mishaps - such as a lost phone, a camelbak strap, river water refills, an emergency Red Bull (crack Red Bull in case of an emergency similar to break glass in case of an emergency) - tasty tacos and burritos, and extra climbing. Mike wrote about this adventure in a prior Denver Believes on Mountain Bikes Facebook post - you can read more about it there. The point is, the ride would have been a great ride done solo, but what made it an epic ride was the memories, conversations, laughs, and experiences of doing it together. This shouldn’t surprise us. We are made in the image of God who exists in community as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created us to be in community with each other. At the church I am a member of, Waterstone Community Church, we talk about “neighboring.” The idea of neighboring is getting to know our neighbors regardless of whether they believe in Christ or not - living in community.
Consider a few Bible verses that talk about community:
Romans 12:3-5 - For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Hebrew 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Acts 2:42-47 - 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Finally, consider Acts 5:17-42. In Acts chapter 5 we find that the Apostles are going out and healing many in the name of Jesus. As a result, crowds gathered and people started to believe in Jesus. The Sadducees were jealous and had them thrown in jail. During the night an angel of the Lord unlocked the jail and let them out. They were then flogged and told not to speak of Jesus again. In verse 41 we find that “the apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” It reminds me of an epic adventure, together. Imagine the apostles sitting around having dinner and talking and laughing - can you believe the person we healed the other day, then an angel opened the jail doors, then we were flogged, and then we continued to spread the name of Jesus all the more.
The point is, Jesus wants us to worship him together, in a community. The apostles set the example (see Acts 2 for how the first Christians lived, but see Acts 5 on how the Apostles rejoiced together). God also gave us different gifts so we are better together than we are apart. Additionally, living in community means we invest in each other, we take the time to get to know each other and understand what is important to each other. A good example of this was demonstrated by Teddy Bridgewater, the quarterback of the Broncos, as told by Justin Simmons.
This “living in community” is what made the ride an epic adventure. First, we took time to talk about what was going on in our lives, a podcast we were all listening to, our kids, and, of course, our shared interest in mountain biking. Second, each of us has different gifts - one of us was gifted at setting up a command center and communicating the whereabouts of a lost phone, one was gifted at encouragement, and one was gifted at climbing (plus Red Bull gives you wings). Finally, the time together allowed us the opportunity to sharpen one another. Consider Proverbs 27:17, which says just as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. God designed us to live in community together, to experience his love more fully, and to sharpen one another. Thus, just as an adventure is more epic together, than riding alone, life in Christian community is more epic together than living it in isolation.
Reach out to someone you haven’t ridden with in a while - check in with them or go for a ride with them. Invest in each other. I really appreciated Chad Keasler’s call on Tuesday. I had texted him some questions about a used mountain bike I was looking at. He texted back, but then just gave me a call. I really appreciated that.
Take time to pray for others, but also take the time to understand what is going on in their life so you know what to pray for.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 09/30/2021, 5:30pm
Where: Dakota Ridge/Matthews Winters (expert rated)
Directions: 1103 County Rd 93, Golden, CO 80401
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Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. Sometimes really bad ones. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver