Good ride at Deer Creek last week, everything is so green. Started off warm but a nice summer night and cool decent; don't let the summer temps scare you away. This week we head up to Evergreen for 3 Sisters and Alderfer and hopefully a little cooler temps - note we park at Evergreen Lake house
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If you haven't been to a ride, we try to extend the opportunity to connect by having some food afterwards... just hot dogs and chips, but they are SO good after an hour or two on the trail!
Last week I mentioned the new wheels I (Doug) purchased came with a lifetime warranty. That was one of the reasons I selected the wheels. I can ride the wheels however I want and if they break, Santa Cruz will stand behind them (for those of you that know me, Santa Cruz is probably safe on their warranty as I lean more toward XC riding than DH and these wheels were for my XC bike). I’ve been told by my LBS that the SC lifetime warranty is one of the best. It got me thinking, what is the best lifetime warranty? And what are the terms of that lifetime warranty?
The best lifetime warranty is the one we discussed last week - the promise of eternal life.
6 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Does that lifetime warranty (eternal life) come with conditions? Well, yes and no. It is available to anyone that wants it - freely given by the grace of God. But to accept it, requires faith. John 3:16-18, puts the condition as “whoever believes in him.” For a great summary of this read all of Ephesians 2. Verse 9 and 10 say, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” God freely purchased this lifetime warranty for us through Christ (this is called “grace”). We believe Jesus came and provided this lifetime warranty and is our Lord and Savior even though we don’t physically see him (this is “faith”). We then seek to transform our lives and live in accordance with our faith in the grace that God gave us. How?
That is where we look to find the details of the lifetime warranty. Where do we look? We look to the Word of God i.e. the Bible, which explains this grace and faith, provides the words of Jesus, and provides guidance on living a transformed life for God, the father, who we’ve been reconciled to through Christ Jesus. Consider Romans 10:17 - “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” The reference to “the word” here isn’t necessarily the Bible as the Bible wasn’t compiled at this point, but we know that the Bible is the “Word.” So retrospectively, faith comes from hearing the message and testimony of each other, and hearing and reading the message of Christ in the Bible, which largely contains the testimony of the apostles.
So just like Santa Cruz provides a lifetime warranty on their Reserve wheels to the original purchaser, God provides a free lifetime warranty for our lives through the work of Christ Jesus. Unlike the Santa Cruz lifetime warranty which we purchase when we purchase the wheels, God’s lifetime warranty is freely given (grace), all we have to do is believe and have faith in what we do not see, but the message we heard about Christ.
Application: Do you believe in God's lifetime warranty? Do you have faith? If not, what is preventing you from believing in the greatest lifetime warranty ever? Reflect on how your life has changed since you started believing.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 6/17 , 6pm
Where: 3 Sisters and Alderfer (Evergreen)
Directions: 29612 Upper Bear Creek Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439 (Evergreen Lake House)
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Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver