This week is Bergen peak in Evergreen. Challenging natural terrain at Bergen, much like the North Elk Creek trail (pictured above) Note that we start at the stagecoach road trailhead (address below).
If you feel led, one of our own could use some support. On June 29, Brian Crosby had a severe accident while setting up a zipline for his daughters. He is undergoing multiple surgeries this month and faces a long rehab ahead. This meal train is to support the Crosby family - Brian, Christin, Eden, and Ellery.
Last week we talked about following a maintenance plan for our own bikes. What about our friend’s bikes?
Do you ever help your friend maintain his/her bike? I have a neighbor that has a Yeti with a switch infinity. This neighbor had not serviced the switch infinity ever. I had mentioned several times to bring it over and I will grease it. 18 months later, I asked and it still wasn’t serviced so begged him to bring it over and let me grease it. He asked, “why are you so adamant about greasing it.” I told him about the maintenance “commands” from Fox, and told him as a neighbor I wanted to save him $300.00. He had no idea. Many of you have done the same for friends. For example, Adam held a shop night in his garage and between Adam and Chad, many people were taught how to properly bleed brakes, service a fork, etc.
This week we are going to examine the second maintenance command given by the Manufacturer (God the creator) and what it means for having the right heart condition.
John 14:21 (NIV) states, “Whoever has my commands and keeps the is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” So what are the commands we should keep? When asked, Jesus, replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
The second manufacturer recommendation (God, the creator’s, command) is to love your neighbor as yourself. A few weeks ago we explored that our neighbors are not just the people that live next to us. Our neighbor is any person we encounter. We are to love that person regardless of their circumstances, as you would love yourself. What does it look like to love yourself? If you are hungry, do you feed yourself? Yes? Then feed your neighbor in need. If it is raining and hailing outside, do you provide yourself with shelter? Yes? If so, find ways to shelter your neighbor. If your clothes are falling apart, or your mountain bike shoes have holes in them, do you seek to replace them? Yes? Find ways to clothe your neighbor. These are just a few examples of what it looks like to “love” your neighbor. It doesn’t mean you are necessarily emotionally “in love” with them or connected to them. Rather, it means you do to them as you would do to yourself.
Do you maintain your mountain bike? If yes, find ways to help your neighbor maintain their mountain bike. One more, when you’ve been lost, do you seek God’s comfort and embrace so that you are found? Yes? So it also means, you show your neighbor Christ’s love. You seek a relationship with them that ultimately points to your relationship with Christ in the hope that the Holy Spirit will move in their life and they too will find a relationship with Christ and be found. Part of showing Christ’s love to your neighbor is doing all the things you would do for yourself out of love for yourself. The second command flows directly from the first. You love God so much that the Holy Spirit pours out of you and onto others. It means you take action to show Christ’s love, and the mercy and grace he gave to you, to your neighbor. If you follow those commands while on earth you have the opportunity to participate in building his Kingdom until he comes again - it won’t be easy.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 7/2/2020, 6 pm
Where: Bergen Peak (Evergreen) Upper lot
Directions: 32391 Stagecoach Blvd, Evergreen, Colorado 80439
We start at the stagecoach road trailhead, not the main lot. Meadow Lot off C73-Stage Coach Blvd
Drive west on 1-70 to the evergreen parkway exit Colorado 74 and travel through Bergen Park to Elk Meadow Park. Pass Lewis Ridge Park and turn right on Stage Coach Blvd. follow the signs to the parking lot.
Picture of the lot where we park
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There is already guidance on how to safely enjoy the parks and trails.
From JeffCo Parks:
DO NOT visit parks and public areas if sick; stay home, seek medical care
DO NOT gather in groups larger than 10
Practice social distancing of at least 6’ in parks, trail heads, trails.
Bring your own hand sanitizer and/or hand washing supplies.
FACE COVERING strongly recommended; use when near others or when passing on the trail
High-risk visitors, use discretion for park visits and public restroom use
Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver