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Believers On Mountain Bikes (BOMB)

Weekly Update

6pm start this week and the rest of the summer.

Falcon last week was a beast of a climb, but were rewarded with snow free upper trails and a fun decent right at dusk.   Thought it was interesting that we ended up splitting into two groups per JeffCo rules more or less based on fitness.  Again, we don't want to clog up a trail,  forcing people to have to wait for minutes while our huge group passes.  

This week is Ridgeline at 6pm.  Castlerock is a little farther south than our Golden rides, but this is always a well attended ride. There's nothing too technical, but some tight, loose turns, a few switchbacks, and a couple of short climbs make for an excellent after work ride right close to the center of Castlerock. 

Last week we kicked off our devotional series looking at the first beatitude - "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  Holy week may have been the perfect time to reflect on this beatitude as it is a reflection on our own brokenness and that there is nothing we can do to overcome it other than to look to the cross.  Effectively poor in spirit is to acknowledge - we bring nothing, we need God.  The second beatitude builds from the first and is: 
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."  Matthew 5:4.
Have you ever broken your drive train during a ride - whether it is your crank, chain, derailleur?  Arguably, the drive train is the heart of the bike.  Without it, your bike won't go.  Sure you may be able to push or roll out - most of have seen the video of Aaron Gwin winning a downhill race with a broken chain.  However, that isn't going to work on a Front Range trail where there is a lot of pedaling.  Likely it is a helpless feeling.  Alternatively, think back to the example from last week where you acknowledged your dependence and complete need on someone else.  What was your reaction?  Did you cry out over the situation?  Actually cry? Lament? Feel sorry for yourself?
In the context of the second beatitude Jesus wants us to mourn over our brokenness.  Remember, he created us in his image, to be his perfect caretakers of earth.  He put us over all of the rest of his creation.  We were to reflect his holiness.  We failed and the first beatitude asks us to acknowledge that brokenness.  The second asks us to mourn over our brokenness, which means to be brokenhearted.  In ancient times the heart was viewed as the operating system of the person - it is where thoughts, emotions, etc came from.  Thus, mourning our brokenness came from the heart and it should lead to transformation - we acknowledge our brokenness, and then we mourn such brokenness to the point we make different decisions in our life.  We not only mourn our own brokenness, but we mourn the brokenness of our world and we live differently, as we result.  Mourning does not mean to feel sorry for ourselves.  Rather, it means to truly be sad for sin.  We should weep over our sin and over the evil/sin in the world.  Paul provided an example of this in Romans 7:21-25.  He lamented his own sin.  As we mourn, we do so knowing that this world is not the last word on our lives.  We know that we will be comforted (second part of the beatitude).  We have hope in eternal live through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He is risen!  "Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Romans 7:25.  Thus, although we mourn, we are comforted by our hope in Jesus Christ and we transform our lives accordingly.  The challenge for us - are we truly sad about our sin and sin of the world?

This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)

When: Thursday, 4/25/2019, meet at 5:45pm, introductions and prayer at 6pm

Where: Ridgeline Open Space - Castle Rock

Directions: 2525 Coachline Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109
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 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).
6:00pm Prayer, then about a 2 hour ride
High/Midpoint Regroup, chat a little
7:30pm Back at the cars for hot dogs

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schedule for details.
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