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Welcome to Spokane BOMB! Here you'll find the latest news about our upcoming rides and events along with current photos, video links, devotionals, prayer requests, and a page highlighting our good friends from BOMB Ukraine. If you are new here, please go to the "Upcoming Rides" tab for the most up-to-date calendar listing our next scheduled outings. Also, please fill out the Email Subscription box and click on the "Sign me up" button (lower right side of this page) to "follow" this blog and get automatic email notifications anytime new information is posted, including weekly ride announcements. You can also email us directly at spokanebomb@yahoo.com if you have any questions. 2017 will mark our 10th season of mountain biking in the Spokane area and it's going to be epic - come ride with us!

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High Drive/South Hill Ride! Tuesday, June 13 @ 6PM

Hello Friends!

It’s getting… well, perfect outside as our season finally finds a rythmn to it and we’re blessed with these gorgeous, endless days of June. Now just 10 days away from the summer solstice and we’re expanding our venues to hit some of our favorites again (and still testing the new knee joint’s capabilities). Come join us Tuesday for one of the more scenic sections of singletrack anywhere in the city, a perfect spot for an evening ride – the High Drive Parkway trail on the western slope of the South Hill, a fantastic ribbon of dirt carved into the hillside overlooking Hangman Creek.  We’ll stick to the undulating part of the trail and avoid the screaming descent into (and heinous climb out of) the creek valley, but trust me, this one will get your heart rate going for the sunset views and the rush of open exposure overlooking the creek! And (don’t miss this), we’ll plan on heading over to The Scoop for some icy treats immediately afterward. To paraphrase something attributed to the sage founding father Benjamin Franklin, “ice cream is evidence that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Bring a friend!

Date: Tuesday, June 13

Time: Meet up at 6PM, roll out by 6:15, about 75 minutes max

Place: Meet at Polly Judd Park, 1802 W 14th Ave. Take Maple St/Walnut St south to 14th Ave, turn west, the park is at the end of the street.

Map:https://www.mapquest.com/search/results?query=1802%20W%2014th%20Ave,%20Spokane,%20WA%2099204&boundingBox=47.66767054334679,-117.45972633361816,47.637605400731324,-117.40530967712401&page=0

Level: Intermediate for short climbs and descents, open exposure above steep cliffs

Bring: Helmet (always), water, sunscreen, and a heart for worship and fellowship!

Questions? Give me a call! 638-3626

See you there –

~Matt

 

Take time to remember…

 “I, _____ , having been appointed [an officer] in the [Armed Forces], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

     The US military’s oath of office (or enlistment): simple words, but profound and life-changing for everyone who has ever raised their right hand and repeated them as they put on the uniform of our military forces, no matter how long they may serve. They embody a promise to be kept, with inherent duties to fulfill. What sets these words apart from similar vows is that no one taking this oath ever knows for sure where it might lead. As long as one continues in service — most times voluntarily, but sometimes not — they are subject to what has been called the “unlimited liability clause:”

Someone who becomes a soldier is crossing a legally defined boundary. A soldier gives up some individual rights (such as the right to withdraw his labour), accepts collective standards which contribute to the common good, and undertakes, in the last analysis, to kill or be killed for a purpose in which he may have no personal interest.

General Sir John Hackett called this ‘the contract of unlimited liability’. However closely the army may come to resemble society, and however rarely it is called upon to apply lethal force, the essential characteristic of this contract still remains.

     In other words, only in the profession of arms can one be legally ordered to perform tasks and conduct operations that expose one to the threat of imminent harm or even death. Indeed, that defines the very nature of the military and its purpose: to conduct, and prevail in, armed conflict.  As someone once said, “A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That truth is as humbling as it is remarkable.

     Memorial Day is not really about veterans in general, but particularly honors those who have been lost while serving. People join the military for a variety of reasons: some desire the sense of adventure or unique experiences, some the education and training, and some the chance to travel and “see the world.” Most have some notion of patriotism or service above self — dedicating their lives to something bigger than oneself. They understand the tradeoff between individual liberty and the nation’s freedom and security in rendering their service, not knowing how much it might cost. For some, it cost them “the last full measure of devotion” as Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg. But they are not the only ones who paid that ultimate price.

   This day will be marked by ceremonies and speeches, symbolic gestures and military honors. For many, it will include a trip to the beach or lake, family gatherings, barbecues and celebrating the beginning of summer. Those things are not contradictory.  But surrounding them all will be the tears of the the families of the lost, for whom the pain of missing their loved one is not limited to the last Monday in May. Despite that poignancy, know this: It is for those very things that those who chose the military served, and in some cases perished. We enjoyed those freedoms before we enlisted, while we served, and we enjoy them now. And as a nation we will continue to enjoy them as long as men and women are willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, to answer the call to service. It is possible to both celebrate and commemorate the incredible gift of liberty and security which makes the United States the envy of other nations, while honoring those who have ensured those blessings continue.

     Take a moment to remember them today, and pray for their families. The national moment of remembrance takes place at 3PM local time. Whether you pause then, or throughout the day, give them and their families a dedicated moment in time. It’s all they ever asked for, and all they really need.

 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

– John 15:13

Looking ahead….

Greetings BOMBers!

As we embark on a new riding season, Robert and I want to thank you all for making this a fun and uplifting group to be a part of. I hope this year will be another fun and exciting riding season.

Although we haven’t yet begun our regular ride calendar — the weather is being a bit finicky as of late — some of the ideas that have been proposed for this year ( in addition to our usual rides) include doing some family rides (perhaps along Centennial Trail) at a pace and level that all family members could ride along.

Also, we’d like to try to feature one “epic” ride per month, which might involve a little further drive than our usual rides to take advantage of more dramatic scenery and trail length. Along with this idea we have something very special planned. A friend is letting Robert use his house at the base of Silver Mountain the weekend of July 28-30. We’d like to host a BOMB barbecue and epic ride at Silver Mountain on July 29th! For those who haven’t been there recently, Silver now has trails for riders of all levels and if family members want to go but don’t want to ride, there is the water park and a host of other things to do in Kellogg, Idaho. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more updates!

Last but not least, if you would like to lead a ride on your favorite trail please let us know. It’s easy to lead: you just pick your favorite trail, plan a short devotional, and then post or send us the info to post! It’s that easy!

Please keep this fellowship in prayer as we continue on!!

Blessings!

~Matt

A New Season is Dawning…

Hello Friends!

It’s been a long time since we’ve met, hasn’t it?  It’s been a rather… stout winter, I think we’d all agree.  A long, cold, primarily gray and prolonged season of dreariness, where thoughts of hitting the trails probably haven’t crossed many minds.  It seems like eons ago that we were enjoying the crisp fall riding weather as the days grew steadily shorter.  Our calendar says Spring began last week, but the evidence just doesn’t seem to be there.  Or is it?

Thank God, nothing can stop the changing of the seasons.  The joy of springtime sun will return, much like the promise found in Genesis 9:13.  This stunning view took place just 2 days ago!

It’s time to start thinking about the next season of Spokane BOMB, and we’re going to start this weekend! Although the trails in our usual ride venues are still muddy and in some places impassable, Friday looks to be a sunny day which will dry things out, and Saturday should allow us to actually get out and start exploring again (along with testing out my new “bionic” knee).

We’re planning a nice mellow (ok, not too mellow) early season ride. We would also like to share some exciting plans for the summer and encourage others to show us their favorite trails by signing up to lead rides as well.

We will plan to meet just inside Riverside State Park at the new parking lot with the post and pole green fence (Discovery Pass required, map below). If you don’t have a Discovery Pass, you can park at the Seven Mile horse corral and ride down to the lot. We’ll plan to meet at 1:45PM and be ready to ride by 2.

If you would like to lead some rides this summer but can’t make this ride and meeting, please contact me or Robert and we’ll talk.

The Ride: Riverside State Park

Date: Saturday, April 1

Time: Meet at 1:45PM , depart by 2

Ride level: Early season, mostly flat and probably muddy!

Ride Leaders: Robert and Matt

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/JqYjNzFvDWD2

Bring: Helmet, glasses, layered clothing and mudflaps if you got ’em!

It’s been a long cold winter, time to hit the dirt! Please plan to join us!

~Matt

A New Year’s Recommended Reading List

Hello everyone,

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Welcome to 2017!  The “old” year seemed to pass on more quickly than ever before, and we’re looking out over a new set of 365 unpredictable calendar days ahead.  Many of us are probably sighing with relief that 2016 is but a memory now.  As we enjoy this last holiday of the Christmas season, did you have a good Christmas?  Make any new year’s resolutions?  Did they seem oddly familiar?  Contemplating this day here at work, I read over last year’s January 1 post and I see some common themes emerging.  There are so many ways we can approach the end of a year and the beginning of the next, and the chance for a “reset” is always welcome.  But what do you consider your biggest accomplishment of 2016?  Was it reaching some personal or financial goal, or did you experience some real growth in your walk with God?  Last year I talked about relationships taking priority over resolutions; what about the most important relationship of all, that which we have with our Creator?

IN THE BEGINNING GOD…..(Genesis 1:1)

…”SURELY I AM COMING QUICKLY.” AMEN. EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS!  THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BE WITH YOU ALL. AMEN. (Revelation 22:20-21)

Those sentences bracket the text of the greatest story ever told, a perpetual bestselling book, in fact the most widely sold and distributed book of all time.  Estimates range between 2.5 and 6 billion copies have been placed in circulation since the 1800’s, with millions more added each year, alongside electronic book versions and apps such as YouVersion (itself establishing a record of over 200 million downloads).  It’s actually 66 books in one, written by over 40 different authors over the course of some 1600 years.  You’ve probably heard all that before.  Impressive statistics, aren’t they?

But — so what? What difference does it make?

You’ve probably got one, or two or five, printed copies of various translations at home along with apps on your phone, tablet, and computer (or desktop shortcuts to BibleGateway.com and BlueLetterBible.org).  And there is virtually no end to the commentaries, devotionals and study guides we can easily reference with little effort at all.  Despite these advantages, here in the United States we live among the most biblically illiterate population this nation has ever seen.  There’s only one cure for this condition: We have to actually read our Bibles.

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Just 2 days ago I finished walking through the complete Bible for the 4th time since becoming a Christian.  The version I used (above) has 1268 pages, which is a daunting prospect no matter how avid a reader you are.  Here’s the thing: It actually took me 2 years to read this “Bible in a Year.”  Fact is, that’s been fairly typical for me.  I have plenty of devos, Christian books on lots of topics, and other edifying publications on hand, but using a daily reading format (chronologically going through daily Old Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, and New Testament passages) I usually bog down for the first time in Leviticus or Numbers.  It’s hard to get going again, and then other distractions arise, and discouragement usually follows.  But you just have to keep at it.  Choose a different translation to liven things up; I chose the NCV and I attest to the fact that it gave me new perspective on particular books like Job and the prophets.  I really enjoyed it again toward the end!

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So as you set about to start your new year — for most of us it begins in earnest tomorrow — I encourage you to add this worthy goal to your list.  No matter what your daily time with God looks like, delve into the riches of the full counsel of His Word.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes you, read it cover to cover (Genesis to Maps!).  That’s the means He has provided to get to know Him.  “Let the man who would hear God speak, read Holy Scriptures” said Martin Luther.

Stay close to your Lord and Savior — the Word Himself, from John 1 — this year.  No matter what lies ahead, you’re going to need His counsel, grace, and forgiveness.  We all will.  But all the treasure worth pursuing in life in found in His presence alone.  Start reading now!

In His grace,

~Matt

New Blog page! Welcome to the Prayer Center

Hello friends,

Your BOMB servant-leaders have added a new page to our WordPress “blog” — an online place for prayer requests, praise reports, and any other spiritual edification tools we can come up with.  (Check it out by clicking on the appropriate “tab” on the page bar at the top of our WordPress blog, just above the header photo).  Since this is new there may be a few kinks to be worked out, but let’s try it.  You can go there anytime to submit — using the “Leave A Reply” box below all current entries — your own PR’s, or to offer comments of encouragement and support  (specific prayers, words of affirmation, a particular Bible verse, etc), or just to see what’s been posted lately and add those PR’s to your prayer list.  Hopefully this will keep you coming back to the Blog page on a regular basis, even in the fall and winter when we aren’t riding as much.  I promise timely review and approval of all comments submitted.  If the nature or significance of a particular intention or request warrants, we’ll do a new “post” as a way of notifying everyone to pray for that PR.  Our aim is not to bombard your inbox with an annoying number of e-mails, but to encourage our fellowship to “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).  Go there right now, I’ve got the ball rolling with a special prayer request for a special trip coming up very soon!

– Matt

P.S. I forgot to add a few details:  Your PR’s can be as general or specific as you wish; names are not required (i.e. you could simply say “please pray for my mother’s health”); and you do not have to “sign” them with your own name if you don’t want to.  We’ll know when reviewing comments before we approve and post them that you’re a member of the BOMB fellowship (which will keep random or “spam” comments out), but will keep your identity confidential of you prefer.  We can do this by copying your PR into the text area that only we can edit, rather than letting it appear as a comment at the bottom of the page.

As I said, this is new so we might have a few things to learn yet, thank you for your patience!

Check out some ride photos from previous seasons…

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