F3 Knoxville

Thought to your thoughts

THE SCENE: 59°, calm dry and perfect

SSH, Windmills, Newtons Cradle, Mountain climbers, Cherry Pickers, Let it hang, not in that order
Mosey to the courtyard, Flutter a little, Lunge to the first “island”, half on each side

  • Broad jump to partner across the grass, Bear crawl back 2x
  • Crab walk to partner, walk crab back 2x
  • Frog jump to middle, bernie back
  • Dips and box jumps on the wall
  • 10 OHP, 20 Triceps, 30 curls 2x

At the pull up bars, partner up, collectively do 20 pull ups, 100 merkins and 100 squats, then run around the sports complex.  repeat.

At each stop sign on the way back, did a core exercise: Freddy Mercury, Big boys, hello dolly, side crunches, and mountain climbers.  Finished off at the flag with flutters
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I have 2 personal convictions I’m going to share.  Perhaps some of you need to hear this.
1) I talk too much. Much of what I say I hear at the same time you hear it.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
Proverbs 10:19
Jesus says in Luke 6:
“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
I’m not talking about swearing but maybe that is a part of it, I’m not sure I really care if you swear from time to time.  I am bothered by the use of Jesus Christ as an explitive
But have a filter and make sure that filter is Truth and encouragement. are words building up?

**Give thought to your words.**
2) God wants to work on not just my words spoken but also the thoughts and and my heart

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart
and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

what are you thinking? Would you verbalize those things?

Are you improving what you are thinking?
Perhaps it is best summed up by paul in Phil 4;8
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

**Give thought to your thoughts**

VQ on Friday by Waffles!!

Hardship Hill obstacle building this weekend or next.  Keep an eye out.

Uphill Sampler

THE SCENE: 40° Dry and calm

Butt Kickers, Hill Billy Squats, Newton’s cradle merkins, Mtn Climbers
Grab 3 CMU’s for practice for Friday.  Carry them with us.  Mosey to the guardrail for some Derkins, Dips and Overhead Claps with rocks.

Cross the street to our favorite hill.  At each line did things below till the CMU’s made it to the next line.

  • Newton Cradle with Merkin
  • Burpees
  • Mountain climbers
  • Bonnie Blair
  • BBS
  • V ups
  • LBC
  • Side crunch L, R
  • Downhill Merkin
  • Uphill Merkin
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Flutter

We then continued through the woods to look out over Knoxville, did some squats and made it back to the flag in time for some Mary, coming down Valley Vista.

Hello Dolly, Freddie Mercury and Flutter Kicks
Be willing to Write the Check to live the crucified life.
Fun, Safety, Convenience, Popularity, Worldly Success
Today, the day after Easter, is fitting to look at these last 2
Jesus demonstrated the need to lay aside popularity & Worldly Success
Jesus lost his followers and his closest friends had to flee too.
Reminder: Jesus paid it all, we don’t earn salvation by giving up these things.  This is about our sanctification.

Yesterday was Easter and many of my coworkers missed it. It doesn’t take much to stand out as a Jesus follower.
The world won’t look at you and call you a success, but:
Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. 1 Sam 16:17
Consider your legacy.
Will God call you a success?
Escape from Haw Ridge – this Friday!

Still need someone to take on coordination of building Hardship Hill obstacles.

Looking Up

THE SCENE: Perfect.  64°, dry

Windmills, Cherry Pickers, Tempo Merkins, Maracan Night club, Overhead claps, Mountain Climbers
Black snake to the CMU pile where did 11’s with Incline Merkins (CMU on the curb) and Pull ups up top.

The “game” was 8 stations, 4 per team where you earned points (balls) from the other team.  Swapped half way through to get the other work outs in.  Curls, Triceps, OHP, American Hammer, Lunge, Skull Crusher, Bench and Bent over rows.

Welcome FNG, Half Life

Out here, with Cinderblocks we know that how we hold a weight changes how hard it is.
That’s true about your head too. Your posture matters. The more you look down, the more weight of your head presses on your spine.
It’s called “Text Neck” and your 12 pound head can put 60 lbs of force on your cervical spine if you are looking down at your cell phone hours on end.
The same is true spiritually. The weight of the the things we are trying to carry on our own gets heavier than if we would just look up.

Psalm 123:1
To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

Would we give up the convenience of our cell phone. And Look up – see the people around us hungry for conversation or a friend?
But it’s not about the phone. Would you look up from work, from your own ambition to see the needs of your family?
Can I take it one step further – Can you look up from your own emotions and do what you know you need to do?
(for the record, I’m not saying I know what that is, but deep down, I bet you do)
Turn your gaze to Jesus and do what you know you need to do. Worship, serve, Get to Church, get connected.

Remember, if you don’t look up the weight of your current circumstances you will feel more than the full weight of those things.
If you are carrying heavy weights, know: The chapter of your life that you are in, is not the whole story.
What are your conversations about? What is on the pedestal? What you talk about is where your heart is.
If you have found your hope in God – in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, talk about Him. Increasingly.
Do that at home. Do that here. If you have not, assess the things in your life and figure out what is on the throne and what should be on that throne.

With that said, what can we lift up to God in prayer now?
I challenge you to look up during this prayer.

Escape from Haw Ridge is coming up!

JUCO March Metric UvU

THE SCENE: 41° dry & calm – will will be wishing for that in 6 months

Harry Rockets, Cherry Pickers, 8 Count merkins, Baby Arm circles, and a short lap around the parking lot.

Line up at 1st line
Start the timer.  We used 2 parking spaces as the lines.
All PAX perform each exercise for 1 full minute (no rest interval between sets).
After each 50 reps, move forward one line.
Immediately following the 10th set (no rest), perform 5 minutes of CMU Thrusters (keep counting toward your total # of reps).
Total duration: 15 minutes

1-minute of CMU OHP
1-minute of CMU Goblet Squats
1-minute of CMU Bent Over Rows
1-minute of CMU BBS
1-minute of CMU Biceps curls
1-minute of CMU Lunges
1-minute of Derkins (feet elevated on CMU)
1-minute of CMU LBCs
1-minute of CMU Triceps extension
1-minute of CMU Deadlifts
5-minutes of CMU Thrusters

Record 1st Round # of reps
Rest 3 minutes

Now…REPEAT the full routine – starting over with your rep count

Great work 7 HIMS + a runner:

Log your scores here: Form

Gal 2:20 Now…REPEAT the full routine – starting over with your rep count
I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me
and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave His life for me.

From AW Tozer, Crucified Life: last time I spoke of living the crucified life – it has a currency. We have to give some things up. Pay something.  This is not salvation – Jesus Christ paid that price in full, but for our sanctification, it costs something.
We looked at Fun
Also consider: Safety |Convenience |Popularity| Worldly Success

Let me be clear, these are not things we have to give up – but if God asked us to, would we.
Would we write the check that says.
All our security and safety?

It would be safer to be at a gym where no one is going to ask you to lead
It would be safer to store up more treasures on earth in case things fall apart in the future
It would be safer to stay in comfortable, familiar settings and not risk it

It would be safer to not go on that missions trip.

It would have been safer for Bonhoeffer to stay in England and not fight the evil of Nazi Germany.
But God calls us to live the crucified life because it is worth it. Eternity is on the line
Insert any personal comments, notes, devotion content, etc.
Wed Still Open.  Build your escape from Haw Ridge teams.  Painting Cardinal’s widow’s house Saturday

Double Scoop of Jucomajaro with 44 sprinkles

THE SCENE: 52°, Soaked street, dry skies.  Perfect.

Harry Rockets, Grass Hoppers, 8 Count Merkin, Growing Arm circles front and back, Cross Knee Plank, Mountain Climbers
Mosey to the favorite hill across the street, Jucomajaro.  At every other line did 44 “Sprinklings” of the following

  • N.E.S.W Lunge
  • Squats
  • Merkins (count down and up)
  • Cross Knee Plank
  • Bonnie Blair
  • Dry Dock
  • American Hammer

Flutter Kicks and Ring of Squatting Fire at top.  On the way down did the same exercises.

Once at the bottom, Ran for the top then picked up the 6.

Made it back in time for some Imperial walkers, Hello Dolly, Freddie Mercury


I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ that lives in me and the life I now in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave His life for me. Galatians 2:20

“The problem with a living sacrifice is that it keeps crawling off the alter.”

I’ve been reading A.W. Tozer’s Crucified Life.  Amazing book that makes it clear that the power of the Christian life comes from dying to self and living for Christ.

But there are so many obstacles and I find this to be so true in my life. I want that verse to be true of me, but there are things we must sacrifice.

  1. Safety
  2. Convenience
  3. Fun
  4. Popularity
  5. Worldly Success

“Fun” stuck out to me, but is worth considering.  We have fun out at our AO, we enjoy fun times with the family.  But not everything is fun.  And living the life God wants for us, Fun can’t be the first priority.

I was convicted as I read this is a Poem written on new years day 1945.  With yesterday being my birthday makes me ponder the year behind and ahead in a New Years kind of way:

With every power for good to stay and guide me,
comforted and inspired beyond all fear,
I’ll live these days with you in thought beside me,
and pass, with you, into the coming year.

While all the powers of Good aid and attend us,
boldly we’ll face the future, be it what may.
At even, and at morn, God will befriend us,
and oh, most surely on each new year’s day

The old year still torments our hearts, unhastening:
the long days of our sorrow still endure.
Father, grant to the soul thou hast been chastening
that Thou hast promised—the healing and the cure.

Should it be ours to drain the cup of grieving
even to the dregs of pain, at thy command,
we will not falter, thankfully receiving
all that is given by thy loving hand.

But, should it be thy will once more to release us
to life’s enjoyment and its good sunshine,
that we’ve learned from sorrow shall increase us
and all our life be dedicate as thine.

To-day, let candles shed their radiant greeting:
lo, on our darkness are they not thy light,
leading us haply to our longed-for meeting?
Thou canst illumine e’en our darkest night.

When now the silence deepens for our harkening,
grant we may hear thy children’s voices raise
from all the unseen world around us darkening
their universal paean, in thy praise.

While all the powers of Good aid and attend us,
boldy we’ll face the future, be it what way.
At even, and at morn, God will befriend us,
And oh, most surely on each new year’s day!

But here is the thing. That was written 1945 by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In prisons on the first day of the year he was killed for his faith.
We have to be willing to give up our lives for God’s glory. Most of us won’t cash that check, but we need to write it and be willing to.
Show that by giving up
Saftey | Convienince | Popularity | Fun | Worldly Success
Instead set your mind on Christ and be able to, at the end of your life, not just the peak and say with Paul:
I have been crucified with Christ, It is no longer I who live but Christ in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave his life for me.

VQ Friday!

Feb 25: AO scouting at Melton Lake Park, Oak Ridge

Painting Cardinal’s widow’s house.  March 18

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