cycling, Mountain biking

GENERATION X MOUNTAIN BIKERS

I love being with GEN-XRS on the on the dirt for a mountain bike experience.

Just think…..no xbox, cell phones or other cultural distractions.

These are two 20 somethings from the ministry that love to get out on the single track whenever possible.

Chase and Josh did a great job and they are the new generation of riders that will take the sport to a whole new level I’m sure.

 

 

Even when I am old and gray,
       do not forsake me, O God,
       till I declare your power to the next generation,
       your might to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18 (niv)

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Media, Right vs Left

LEFT vs RIGHT

I just am amused at the gap in political poll results between the right wing media and the left wing media.

The CBS poll compared to the FOX news polls can really show you who they are talking to.

Looks like each one is polling people in their own office buildings.

No matter what the talking heads say, I find wisdom and truth where it has always been.

“The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
       but the heart of the fool to the left.” –  Ecc. 10:2 (niv)

Couldn’t resist blogging it.

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Life experiences, Ministry

LIVING IN TERRA INCOGNITO LAND

Anyone  feeling a little  vunerable or uncertain about our culture?

I heard a commentator the other day say something that I think connected with a lot of people.

He said, ” “we are in uncharted territory as a Nation.”

Yesterday as a Nation, we celebrated a National holiday in memory of Christopher Columbus.

Columbus was very familiar with “uncharted territory.”

Mark Batterson writes in his newest book, Wild Goose Chase these words. “In Washington D.C. there is a statute of Christopher Columbus. Beneath the statue there is a plaque that says; “To Christopher Columbus whose high faith and indomitable courage gave man kind a new world.”

TERRA INCOGNITO – Cartographers used to write terra incognito on the edge of medieval maps. A few brave souls sailed off the map into uncharted waters and discovered a new world. Terra incognito is the Latin term for “unknown land”, used in cartography for regions that have not been mapped or documented. The equivalent on French maps would be terres inconnues , and some English maps may show Parts Unknown.Naysayers and doomsdayers believed that if you ventured too far into unknown territory, you would either fall off the edge of the world or run into two-headed dragons. But that didn’t keep Columbus from venturing into uncharted waters”..

I love this quote.

People cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore”. – andre gide

So if you are feeling like you have never felt before, it could be that you are discovering something new, something uncharted.

One thing is for sure, Terra incognito keeps life from becoming a bore.

Abraham or anyone elso for that matter who has ever walked in faith lives in Terra Incognito land most of the time.

By faith Abraham ….went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 (esv)

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election, politics

POLITICKED OFF?

If you are like most Americans, you are getting pretty POLITICKED OFF by all the fault finding and blame shifting.

With just a few more weeks left before the elections every citizen must refuse to be neutral about your Nation.

In a democracy, voting is a right as well as your responsibility. It is important to realize that voting allows each individual to take responsibility for their beliefs and ideas. By voting you are making your own decisions. Do not allow others to decide for you! Each citizen has the right to voice their opinion, and the responsibility to help their government by participating in the decision making process.

By voting, you will be more informed on the political, social, and environmental issues that surround you.

Here are some examples of how just ONE vote made significant changes in history:

In 1645: ONE VOTE gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

In 1649: ONE VOTE caused Charles I of England to be executed.

In 1776: ONE VOTE gave America the English language instead of German.

In 1839: ONE VOTE elected Marcus Morton as the Governor of Massachusetts.
 
 
 

 

 

In 1845 – ONE VOTE brought Texas into the Union

 

In 1868 – ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment

 

In 1876: ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from being removed from office.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

In 1876: ONE VOTE changed France from a monarchy to a republic.

 
In 1939 – ONE VOTE passed the selective service act
 
 

 

In 1960 – ONE VOTE per precinct elected John F. Kennedy President

In 1923: ONE VOTE gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party

Edward Everett Hale, the distinguished poet and former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, eloquently captured the essence of every American’s duty: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, that I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do.”

 Here are two great qoutes that motivate me to get out of neutral and get involved.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

“The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.” – Plato.

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Ministry

ARE YOU A BASKETCASE?

Really looking forward to this weekend’s message; “Are You A Basketcase?”

 

I think many of us in the nation are feeling a bit basketcase prone these days.

In a nutshell, you can tell if you are a basketcase if you are in any situation where you feel pressed down and stressed out; yet deep within you know that God is in control. 

I’m looking at Moses in the Old testament and Paul in the New testament and comparing both basketcases to our lives today.

Can’t wait to develop this message and see what God does with it.

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cycling, Mountain biking

THE ROAD NOT TRAVELED

Robert Frost said it perfectly for me today.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The only things missing in this mornings commute was heavy traffic, diesel fumes and pavement.

I decided to take the road not traveled to the office today and it was a great choice.

Plenty of room and no oncoming traffic.

My dashboard is very simple and gas prices cannot be beat this way.

Single lanes are really nice.

After the day in the office I decided to keep riding up into Granite Basin and ended up with about 2 1/2 hours of bike time today.

I think what Frost is really saying is CHOICES DO MATTER.

He probably is wondering what would have happened if he had chosen a different path.

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