Lair O' the Bear this week, always a favorite and well attended. It's an out and back, so if you've been wanting to try a new ride or even a new group, come ride with us. This is a good ride to welcome new riders, just look for the red jersey's and introduce yourself.
Have you ever been invited to a mountain bike ride. You really want to go, but you are tired, so you make up excuse after excuse? What are some of the excuses you come up with?
This past week one of my (Doug) favorite Bible verses popped up in my daily reading. It is often taken out of context and in fact the message that convicted me was probably preached out of context. Nonetheless, the principle applies to us.
In Isaiah 6:8, God asks, "who shall I send." What he was asking is, who shall I send to share the message that the Israelites will be destroyed if they don't turn from their evil ways - worshiping idols, not keeping God's commands, etc. The message God wanted delivered was harsh and he knew that whatever prophet delivered the message would be persecuted. Isaiah responded and said, "Here I am, send me."
It is often preached as part of an evangelical movement - God's call to all of us. Isaiah has a specific meaning. Thus, even though it is often preached out of context, the principal applies. Part of my testimony relates to this verse. I was attending church, trying to live life as a good person, but I had my "Sunday" life and I had my "Monday through Saturday" life. I was sitting in church and I felt like the pastor was preaching directly to me. He kept challenging us to pray, "God, here I am, send me." The point of his message is that God did not design us to go to church, sit on our hands, leave church and act like a different person Monday - Saturday than we are Sunday. Rather, Jesus should be at the center of our lives and we should be active in our faith every day. This message convicted me because I was sitting on the sidelines. I had every excuse. I had heard God's call in my life to be a preacher, but I refused. I came up with every excuse. The message the preacher preached was essentially, it is time to give up the excuses and pray "God, here I am, send me, use me for your glory." As we've discussed several times this summer, God doesn't only want to transform us, he wants to transform others through us. That only happens if we get in the game and stop making excuses. What excuses do you have that prevent you from sharing the gospel, that you believe in Jesus Christ, or acting the same Monday through Friday as you do on Sunday mornings? What are steps you can take to overcome those excuses?
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 8/22/2019, meet at 5:45pm, start the devotional and introductions at 6:00pm.
Where: Lair O' The Bear
Directions: 22600 CO-74, Idledale, CO 80453
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