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Weekly Update

I love summer! Although the days are now getting shorter, this is the prime of the season with some of the latest sunsets of the year, so come out for some epic after work rides.  Someone described a section of trail last week at Three Sisters as the "hardest climb of his life", later followed by the "best hotdog of his life".  Come out and make some memories and share the experience. 

Next few weeks
  • Centennial Cone (this week) (Note Road/travel alert below for I-70 to US 6)
  • Staunton State Park
  • Bergen Peak
  • Cub Creek

This week is Centennial Cone, which offers a near-backcountry experience, with a 12-mile trail loop that challenges stamina, offers sweeping views of Clear Creek, and provides the opportunity to see elk and other wildlife over wide expanses. Park at the Mayhem gulch Trailhead. 

Last week we discussed the lifetime warranty that came with my new carbon wheels, and the best lifetime warranty ever (the one given freely by the grace of God - eternal life).  Since I have a lifetime warranty the question becomes - do I protect my rims by adding CushCore, Huck Norris, or some other tire insert product that is meant to help protect the rim?  In my case, the wheels I bought were for my XC bike, so I want that bike as light as possible.  Additionally, I want the least rolling resistance which means I air up the tires a bit more.  As a result, protection comes from how I ride that bike.  I have carbon rims on my longer travel bike, which I ride much differently than my XC bike.  On that bike, I do use a rim/pinch flat protection system.  So, it got me thinking, since God already gave us the best lifetime warranty - eternal life - and transformed our broken rim (us), into a new rim with a lifetime warranty, do we need to protect the rim (our new life in Christ)?

According to the Bible, the answer is most definitely, “Yes!” We have an enemy, not square edge rocks seeking to destroy our rims, but evil that seeks to distract, discourage or destroy our full life in Christ.

Consider, Proverbs 4:23-27, which says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.  Give careful thought to the[c] paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

Also consider the words of Paul in his letter to the Ephesians about putting on the armor of God:
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  Ephesians 6:10-18.
Also read Hebrews chapters 10, 11, and 12.  These may be my favorite chapters in the Bible.  The author talks about enduring in your faith for your entire earthly life, and not turning back.  The author provides a list of the great saints that endured to the end of their life that are not witnesses at the end of a race encouraging us on.  To quote one verse out of chapter 10 - verse 39, “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”

A few weeks back we made the imperfect analogy that we are a cracked rim, transformed by the blood of Jesus who fills in the crack i.e., we are the new rim through the work of Christ when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  We also made the analogy that God is the hub, who sent his son, Jesus Christ, out to us to reconcile us back to God.  In other words, Jesus is the spoke that reaches out to the broken rim (us) to bring us back to God.  Once we accept this free gift from God (grace), we repent and face the center, the hub (God), and are reconciled to the hub, through Jesus Christ (the spoke).  Again, all of this is an imperfect analogy.  Although God's free gift through Jesus Christ (the spoke) will always be available for us to connect to, it is important that we don’t disconnect from it, turn the other way and seek to connect to something else, like a broken hub, idols, evil, or the Devil.  The verses above clearly point out we are to guard our heart so we don’t turn away from God, and we don’t allow new cracks to form in our rim.  A word of caution - that doesn’t mean we won’t sin (see devotional from many weeks ago), but it does mean we seek to live differently, we recognize our sin, and we repent from it.  So, we still live in a broken state, and we will still form cracks in our rim, which are covered by the blood of Christ, but we want to protect those rims the best we can to avoid catastrophe - breaking the rim to the point we disengage from God and turn to evil.  As such, we are to protect our life and the lifetime warranty God gave us by putting on the Armor of God.  Additionally, Hebrews tells us the same and then provides encouragement from all the greats that have gone before us and are cheering us on.  

So why protect the rim despite the lifetime warranty?  So, we don’t turn to evil.  It is like why we protect our new wheels - who wants to wait for a new wheel to arrive (especially now when it may take months to get a new rim).  Also, a broken rim takes us off the trails.  Similarly, when we do not protect our new life in Christ, we risk running off the trail and ending up in a place we don’t want to be for eternity.  Thus, best to protect our new life in Christ.

Application:  How do we do this?  One way, as stated in Ephesians, is the Word of God.  We get into the Word of God, read it, understand it and meditate on it.  Another way is to pray to God so we are engaged with him like the 6 pawls on my i9 hub with the numerous points of engagement points - through prayer, we seek to continuously engage with God.  Next, we set our sights on Godly things, not earthly things.  Finally, we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us.  

This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)

When: Thursday, 6/24, 6pm
Where: Centennial Cone - Mayhem Gulch Trailhead

Directions: Clear Creek Canyon Road between mile marker 262.5 and 262
Google Map Link

I 70 route might be shut down after 4pm

Looks like you won't be able to go I-70

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


BOMB Values:

  1. We are part of God's kingdom, not just a biking club. 
  2. We give glory to God. 
  3. It's about the relationships
BOMB Ride Format:

What to expect on a ride
6:00 pm Prayer, ~2 hour ride
High/Midpoint Regroup, chat a little
8:00 pm Back at the cars, hotdogs!

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