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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. 2018 will mark our 11th season of mountain biking in the Spokane area and it's going to be epic - come ride with us!

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Group Ride and ***Venue Change*** Tuesday, July 9 at 6PM

Hello friends,

Has this been a glorious summer so far, or what? Day after day and night after night the heavens proclaim the glory of God… (Psalm 19). While we have such excellent conditions we should take full advantage of it and get some more dirt-riding in! With that in mind, tomorrow’s ride (Tuesday) is being relocated to Riverside State Park in lieu of Beacon Hill. This will be the first “Rider’s Choice” of the season, meaning that I will tailor the ride — length, difficulty, and total time — to meet the preferences of whomever comes out. That’s the beauty of Riverside, there’s lots to choose from. The important thing is that we gather beneath the waxing crescent moon and imbibe deeply in God’s creation as it rages in full-blown summer ecstasy all around us.

Time: Tuesday, July 9, meet up at 6PM and ride out by 6:15

Place: Riverside State Park, Seven Mile area, first parking lot south of Seven Mile Rd/Horse Corral intersection. Discovery Pass required

Map: https://www.google.com/maps/@47.7365584,-117.5175552,643m/data=!3m1!1e3

The Ride: Rider’s choice! Gentle rolling (mostly) singletrack, riverside trails or a grunt up 5-minute hill to explore the roller-coaster fun of the upper tier sections.

Bring: Helmet (required), water, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a heart for fun and fellowship

Questions? Call or text me. Weather looks perfect in the afternoon so come on out and bring a friend! God bless and have a great week —

~Matt

509.844.5411

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South Hill Bluff this Tuesday! June 25 @ 6PM

Hello friends,

“Summer” is off to a seasonally cool start, but that means the riding is great! Things are still plenty green and the second round of wildflowers are in glorious bloom. We’ll be building on the success of our last outing in Riverside with a trip to another local favorite — the South Hill Bluff trail. Sandwiched between paved roads above and Hangman Creek/US Hwy 195 below, this ride is for intermediate-level bikers able to conquer its exposed singletrack with some moderate climbs and descents. It’s an out-and-back route that offers plenty of challenges both ways but is simply fun, while providing great views of the sunset-bathed west side of the South Hill. Just don’t take your eyes off the trail for too long while enjoying the scenery! Come on out, bring a friend and we’ll head over to The Scoop for some summery treats afterward.

 

 

The ride: South Hill Bluff, rolling/winding singletrack, lots of exposure. About 75 minutes max

Time: Meet up at 6PM, ride out by 6:15

Meeting Place: Polly Judd Park. From South Cedar Ave, head west on W 14th St to the end of the road, parking available in the cul-de-sac.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Polly+Judd+Park/@47.6430306,-117.441948,16.69z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x549e180d0c373acd:0x860a7bd2db603aea!8m2!3d47.6433242!4d-117.4389399

Bring: Helmet, water, sunscreen, adventurous attitude!

NOTE: (Important!) The weather outlook includes a chance of storms on Tuesday afternoon. If there is any question, please check here before you head over (or just call/text me). I will post a cancellation notice (only if needed) by 5PM that afternoon. If there’s no update, then we are riding!

Questions? You can reach me at 509.844.5411. Pray for good weather and I hope to see you there!

~Matt

Summer is ON! Next ride this Tuesday, June 11 @ 6PM

Hello everyone,

I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last posting here; I’ve been meaning to provide more timely updates. Seems that the last week just got away from me (again), but here we are! At nearly the middle of June already. Wow, once summer finally comes on, it seems to pass with increasing speed.

The first two rides (last month) went well… well, that is until Robert’s rear derailluer cable (it’s always the rear one) broke as we were making our way back from our first outing on the Lucy Trail near SFCC (my references to Polly Judd we completely off the mark!). Luckily we didn’t have far to go and he was able to power through like a champ on a single-speed — in the biggest gear — back to Life Center. And the second outing turned out to be a solo ride, as unanticipated vehicle difficulties put me at the trailhead later than planned. I actually hope no one showed up (and left disappointed) on that one! The good news is, despite those minor setbacks, the trails are in good shape and it’s a great time to get your tires dirty. Come on out if you can!

    I’ve looked ahead and am providing advance notice of the next 4 (four!) rides coming up, to be held every other Tuesday evening starting this Tuesday (June 11). I plan to hit our favorites — the South Hill (starting at Polly Judd Park), Beacon Hill, and Riverside in the Seven-Mile and Nine-Mile areas. So let’s start with the one I just re-familiarized myself with, the upper part of Riverside. We can make it as long and simple or challenging as you feel up to, so if you haven’t been on your bike for a while, this ride is for you.

Date: Tuesday, June 11

Meet at: First (dirt) parking lot off of the parkway access road south of the Seven Mile Bridge, past the horse corral. This is NOT the Wilbur trailhead parking, but just slightly north of there.

Time: Meet up at 6pm, roll out by 6:15

Bring: Helmet, water, sunscreen, bug repellent

Route: A 10-12 mile (max) Mostly rolling singletrack, a few hills, about 90 minutes max depending on how everyone is doing

Leader: Matt

Come on out to enjoy some fellowship and bring a friend!

Meantime, is anyone else up for leading a ride at your favorite locale? Work constraints are limiting me to twice-monthly Tuesday rides, but please let me know if you have something planned for a weekend and I’ll get the word out.

Questions, comments, suggestions? Call or email me here! Conditions are excellent right now and the wildflowers are stiil out there to be enjoyed! Have a blessed week and hope to see you soon.

In His grace,

Matt

2018 Wrap-Up and New Year’s Day Ride

Hello friends,

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything here, for many reasons but the main one I’ll get to briefly. So if it seems that our riding season — sparse as it was — just kind of drifted from occasional outings to an indistinct conclusion, there are good reasons for that. Spokane BOMB has not disbanded, will not be abandoned. Of course I’ve been busy, but I’ll be honest, I just haven’t felt like updating things for a long time. But since winter and the season of Christmas brings with it opportunities for reflection and contemplation, and as I grasp a few moments of solitude looking at the blanket of white outside my window, I hope you will join me in that pursuit. Meditation usually brings clarity, at least to the present if not the future course of things.

Seeing the date of my last posting, for the evening ride on September 19th, brought with it a sharp and poignant reminder of how quickly life can change. I can’t even remember if anyone came out that day, though I’m sure we had a good ride if someone did. But it was the next evening, on Thursday the 20th, that a phone call from my older brother brought with it the news no one ever wants to hear. My 83-year old father, who had bravely battled back from bladded cancer treatment last winter, had been having recurring and more serious health issues for a couple of months. We had just enjoyed a few spectacular days together earlier in the summer when he visited Keirsten and I in Spokane, and his outlook seemed promising. When the diagnosis finally came, it was absolutely devastating: the cancer had returned and metastisized, and viable treatment just wasn’t possible. Our hearts broke as we realized the finality of those words. With my two brothers quickly mobilizing to arrange for hospice care and continuous visits from the three of us, we set about to honor and comfort him as he walked his final weeks on earth. We shared many blessings and glorious, memorable time with him and his friends during those weeks, and early in the morning of October 14th he slipped into the arms of Jesus (and got that glorious promised reunion with my mom, who had been waiting close to 5 years for him by then).

His loss, like that experienced by every one of us who has had to say good-bye to a loved one, left a big hole in our lives. While we rejoiced for his freedom from earthly woes and celebrated the truly remarkable life he lived, the ache of parting will be with us the rest of our lives. So in the tumultuous weeks and now couple of months that followed, it’s been difficult to try to regain my sense of balance and adapt to the new reality of not having him here. I have to remind myself when the tears start to build that he was ready, and willing, and able to peacefully move to his new home where Jesus Himself has “everything under control” (one of Dad’s favorite sayings).

Now, as we once again look over the threshold of a new year and the opportunity to make new beginnings wherever we choose (a reality of every day, but you know what I mean), I hope you will join me in prayerfully setting a new course for this fellowship in the coming year. One thing I’ve learned in my 55 years of walking this planet is that nothing stays the same for very long. Which is something we should celebrate and embrace, not resist! We all need a fresh vision from time to time, a spiritual tune-up of sorts, and a time of earnestly asking our God, “OK, Lord, what’s next?” I’ll save the actual planning and brainstorming sessions for the near future, but I want to invite you all to be asking that question as the new year beckons. And as you do, ask yourself if there is a role for you to play in the direction of BOMB, or an area where your unique gifts and talents would help keep the fellowship healthy and viable. Our vision isn’t to be the best Christian bike club in Spokane, but rather to glorify Jesus and share the good news of His coming, His salvation, and His eventual return with the world. Along the way, we can show others the fruit of His Spirit that lives within us by reflecting the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that He imparts to His followers. That would be my prayer for all of us in 2019, no matter if we ride as a group or not. But I sure hope we do!

And in that light, we will again begin the new year with a celebratory ride honoring another great man, our own Ted Moon, who passed away just a little over a year ago. Robert will be taking the lead on this event, which is by no means a BOMB-only invitation but one open to all who knew Ted and share his passion for riding — even in the middle of winter! Go here for details http://www.evergreeneast.org/bikers-join-in-numbers-to-celebrate-ted-moon/ and get set for another one-of-a-kind adventure in Ted’s memory. Reserve your fat-tire bike now (I think you’ll need it!) and come get 2019 off to a hopeful, exciting and exhilirating start!

May God’s blessings fill you all to overflowing as we let go of the current year and embrace the new! In His grace,

~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

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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