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
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!
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.
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!
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,
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!
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!