F3 Knoxville

Immediate, Present, Fast & Steadfast Confession

THE SCENE: Cool (59F in June? Say what!)
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered (Hooray no distancing or partner restrictions!)

The workout below is mostly a repeat of what I did for my ‘spiritual birthday’ last year (S/O to 5k again for the idea to celebrate this): Birthday ABC’s (modified from 24 reps to other things in the workout).

WARM-O-RAMA:
Moroccan night club IC x 10
Hillbillies IC x 10
Rotational Merkins IC x 10
Tennessee Walking Chair IC x 10
Hand Release Merkins 5 OYO
Slurpee 5 OYO
All PAX on the curb
Run to first line 50%, run 60% back to curb, 70% to second line, 80%, 90% to third line, 100% back to curb
Calf Raises on the curb until the 6 gets there for a few reps.
THA-THANG:
Today’s Theme: ABC’s – Arms, Burpees, Core

Mosey to big parking lot across grassy knoll

Big Parking Lot – Do the following exercises and run to the next light pole. At the end of the parking lot do a non-burpee exercise the first PAX to get there calls out.

Arms 10 x Walking Merkins (Wide, Plank walk into Diamond, repeat, counting each Merkin as 1)
Burpees 10 x Burpees
Core BBS x 10
First PAX to the end of the parking lot leads an exercise until the 6 is up. (Guardrail led this one)

Mosey to CMU pile

Coupon Pile – 3 stations (7-minute timer)

Arms – Top of Hill 3 x Pull-ups + 10 Hand-release Merkins
Burpees – Bottom before the stairs 3 x Blockees + 10 Burpees
Together when your partner gets done do Core – Bottom after the stairs – 3 x Louganis (BBS + CMU above your head) + 20 4ct Heavy American Hammers

Call time, get a 10 count. Mosey to large parking lot.

Large Parking lot again – At the end of the parking lot do an exercise the first PAX to get there calls out. 

Arms 10 x Merkins
Burpees 10 x Burpees
Core 10 x 4-ct Flutter kicks

5k got to the end first and led (Hello) Dolly.

Mosey back to the AO for Dealer’s Choice. When the JUCO Rush PAX joined us, we did Burpee-cides! (approx 3 minutes)

Sprint/run/jog to first parking line, do a Burpee, sprint back to the curb
Sprint/run/jog to second parking line, do 2 Burpees, sprint back to the curb
Sprint/run/jog to third parking line, do 3 Burpees, sprint back to the curb

Repeat was planned but we stopped to catch our breath the last 30 seconds of the workout.

MARY:
Dealer’s Choice (Voldemorts happened) above prior to Burpee-cides

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
21 PAX (15 for the beat down [1 left early], 6 for Rush)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Where were you on the night of June 23, 2019? @5k gave me this idea in 2020. This is another thought in parallel to that but about the next step after but alongside repentance – confession. The main points of what I’m saying below come from a sermon linked here – Doug Wilson – Confession of Sin.

So where was I on June 23, 2019? I was having years of my sin exposed. There’s quite a bit more to this, but you can read Let The Word of Christ Dwell in JUCO Richly and Look a Turtle (Press On!) for more of the story. The JUCO PAX know it well as they have walked diligently with me for the past nearly 2 years. But the point I’m getting at is that June 23 I had an option and was literally asked “is there anything else you need to tell me?” I chose to hide my sin rather than confess. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” This was so very true of the decision I made and the consequences that have followed me even to this day.

So today we’re discussing confession of sin, defined here as “an ongoing form of spiritual housekeeping.”

1 John 1:5-10 – 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

From here we have 2 images to discuss and a final application / discussion point:

Image #1 – Two houses where large families live. One is always messy and the other is always cleaned up.

All other things held equal, the difference between the two is one thing: the one that is cleaned up is clean because when a meal is eaten, the dishes are washed / put in the dishwasher right away. When clothes are dirtied, they are put in the laundry hamper. When toys are played with, they are picked up right then. In the other house, “it can be done this Saturday” is the refrain commonly heard.

The same is true of confession – as Romans 10:8 says “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);.” When we confess our sin regularly, we keep and restore fellowship just as we regularly clean our houses.

But what if this has not been our habit? Keep reading.

Image #2 – a cluttered, dusty garage that we haven’t cleaned for 20 years.

Where do we start?! It’s so messy, so dirty, so… could it just be set on fire and everything in it be burned up so we don’t have to deal with it? The thing to do is to pick up the one sheet of paper, the one dirty towel, the (insert area of conviction in your life that you’re avoiding dealing with by confession & repentance right now) and deal with it. You don’t have to dig all the way to the floor (though you may need to at some point to be able to walk in the garage). The analogy is this: we aren’t responsible for confessing sins we’ve forgotten about. Confess the ones you do know about, and not only will be weight be lifted but also your memory will improve.

Hebrews 12:1-2 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

God will honor your diligence, but not your slothfulness and excuse-making. Confession begins now and it may take some time. It might be tempting to feel it’s too much or too overwhelming, but deal with the one thing the Holy Spirit is working on in your heart now. You will not regret it as I did.

Application point / discussion:
When you confess, especially before the Lord, we are also encouraged to confess (appropriately) to others as a means of grace that God uses to sanctify us and willingness to make restitution, as a means of accountability, or a combination of both. When most men in F3 sin, they sin against their wives (as I did). That means that when we sin, both when it’s obvious and evident and especially when we want to hide it, we need to first confess it to the Lord because it’s against Him primarily, first, and foremost (Psalm 51:4) but also to the human against whom we sinned (James 5:16).

But what if we’ve done this thing over and over? What if we’ve gone long in sin and don’t think we’ll be believed? Wilson suggests the Word points us to two ways of doing this:
The Slow (or Steadfast) Way – by walking out repentance over 20 years (which is applicable especially when we cannot wisely make confession or restitution)
The Fast Way – by confessing additional sin (explained below).

Now you might be thinking “why would I make things worse by telling on myself more here?!?” And you’d be right – it may make things worse. But only at first. The true motivation behind confession is seeking restoration of the relationship that was broken by sin. We do this with the Lord and only He can truly forgive sin. But in the same way we love because He loved us (1 John 4:19) we also do that with one another because He has forgiven us (Matthew 6:15; Matthew 18:35). So, when we confess our sin AND additional sins along with it, we show that we’re not just looking to smooth things over but instead are seeking to show true repentance (as marked by the things in 2 Corinthians 7:8-11) and genuine sorrow.

Sin clutters, gets in the way, entangles your feet. The next time you’re failing over and over again remember it’s impossible to live a godly life with unconfessed sin. Stop trying to be good with unconfessed sin in your life. Take off the backpack (or, in F3 terms, the rucksack) and run. Confess immediately, presently, and as fastly & steadfastly as you can. Trust God with the outcome. It is worth every moment of freedom from sin and in the long run will reap a harvest of righteousness.

MOLESKIN: I had trouble remembering all of the PRQ’s that were shared. Next time I’m going to just type them up on my phone so I’ll have them here too. Prayed for: Butter Knife’s friend, Booster’s

Also a hearty welcome back to Tinker Bell and a welcome to JUCO Dumpster Dive!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Wesley House workday this Saturday so let Judge Judy know if you’re a G0. Dog Pound CSAUP is July 24th has been rescheduled for to August 21

Disc Golf Baskets – Risk It – If The Lord Wills, We’ll Wait

THE SCENE: Muggy but beautiful.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered (No more COVID disclaimer but distancing as comfortable was encouraged)

WARM-O-RAMA:
TN Rocking Chair
IC Cherry pickers x 5
IC Mountain climbers x 10
IC Shoulder taps x 10
IC Pickle pounders x 10
IC Crabby Pickle Pointer x 7
IC Pickle Pointer x 7
OYO Forward Lunges x 5 each leg
OYO Side lunges x 5 each leg

THA-THANG:
Falling Indian Run to Hole 1 Tee Pad (aka Burpee Mile parking lot) – Spotter suggested Merkins (~3 / loop so pretty doable for everyone).

Today we are playing a round disc golf. Kind of. At each basket YHC will set up two cones from which we putt. Once someone makes it or once 1 minute passes, we switch to another exercise that is (supposedly) easier.

Hole First exercise Second exercise (after made basket)
1 Crabby Pickle Pointer Pickle Pointer
2 Plank Cherry pickers
3 Mountain climbers Shoulder taps
4 OHP Seal Clap Squats
5 Kettle Bell Swings Reach / let it hang
6 Thrusters Squats
7 Bonnie Blair Iron Mike
8 Lunges Side lunges
9 Merkins Pickle pounders

So many great shots from the PAX that helped us have a fun and solid workout We got to Hole 8 and it was 6:11am. YHC did not get to take a shot but all PAX worked hard. Mosey back to #shovelflag and did a short Wagon Wheel where Sunrise showed some extra energy once I called Jailbreak. Good times. 🙂

MARY:
No time for that.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
9 PAX – 1 per each of the 9 holes we were supposed to play today!

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Trying something new. You could fail. But one characteristic of Christians, especially of men who are Christians, is that we do not play it safe. We are called to lay down our lives as Christ did for us- for our family & friends. We don’t just take risks to be taking risks or to make us look good- we take risks not knowing how they will turn out here. Today we didn’t get done with all 9 holes on the disc golf course. There are varying degrees of risk but as Christian men we are called to consider 3 things related to risk:

1. Risk it – “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne (my pastor quotes him often). Scripturally we can look at Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
2. Risk it for the right things. (choose that biscuit wisely)
James 4:15 says “if the Lord wills, we will do this or that”
We do wise “Risk vs. Reward Analysis”, but we know that we need to know what Hill to die on. Calvary is one of them with Christ as our example.
3. Risk it – but wait for the Lord
When we take risks, we don’t know how things are going to turn out in the details. Ultimately we do (Revelation 21-22 tells us what the end result of Genesis 3), but as we see throughout the Bible we say “how long O Lord?” Isaiah 64:4 tells us what we have to continue to do:
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

So. Take a risk. For God. And wait for Him to act in that risking until He fulfills it.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

MOLESKIN:
Prayed for Data’s marriage, Median’s wrist, & Dart Gun’s recovery from surgery. And the BOM was super sweaty but I’m thankful we can do that once again.

Earliest sunrise of the year provided a great backdrop and clear visibility for the holes after hole 2 today. Still a little GLOOMy but hey, that’s where SYITG comes from.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
DP Off the Chain coming up – July 24 at 0630 (show up by 615).

Searching for Home – Waiting for Heaven!

THE SCENE: I thought it was going to be rainy but no just cool great weather for a beatdown
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered (oops I forgot to mention COVID. Does that mean it’s over?? I sure hope so!)
WARM-O-RAMA:

IC Moroccan Night Club x 10
IC Crabby Pickle Pointer (in Crab position do a Pickle Pointer) x 10
IC (SLOOOOW) Cherry Picker x 5
OYO Standing T-spine rotation x 5 each
IC Tennessee Rocking Chair x 10
IC Calf Raises x 20 led by Booster
OYO Hand Release Merkins x 5
OYO Superman x 10
IC Tempo Squat x 10
OYO Reach for the sky // Let it hang / additional warmup as necessary

THA-THANG:
Falling Indian Run to the Pond – Alternating Lunges
“Burpee Mile” (modified from 4x to 3x)
12 burpees 1 lap x 3
Finish waiting for the 6 with alternating:
10 x Pickle Pounders
10 x Pickle Pointers

Falling Indian Run to CMU Pile
CMU DORA
Partner does exercises at the bottom, other runs to the top and touches the brick wall. Flapjack. Go to next exercise and repeat after both partners do both exercises and run twice (I even got a partner right after I asked for one when Archie showed up!)
Kettle Bell Swing
Clock Pendulum

Put up blocks after ~3 rounds (“when you see Dart Gun” come back down is the cue we used to finish)
20 count (probably more like 40 seconds) wall sit for all PAX counted by Archie.

Walk to stop sign and we were just going to fix the cone I’d moved since we didn’t really have time for the last part but the PAX gave some mumblechatter so I went ahead and had us do 1 round of it:

At Sophomore Hill (Quick up and down)
10 x Crabby Pickle Pointer
Bernie Up
10 x Squats at the top
Lunges to the cone back down (Dart Gun beat me to cone after I called recover)

Falling Indian Run with Pickle Pounders back to the #ShovelFlag (“I see a pattern” was overheard by the Q from the PAX)
We arrived about 30 seconds later but we still finished the COT/BOM easily before 6:30.

MARY:
Ain’t nobody got time for that (such a classic meme and S/O to the EPS line workers at DMTN who let me put that as our “NG Condition” all the way back in 2013…)

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
13 PAX and a beautiful sunrise! (no, not 5k’s 2.0 he wasn’t there today – we miss you if you read this!)

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Waiting! Who likes it! But we’re told over and over and over in the Bible to wait. Waiting takes various aspects – waiting on ‘normalcy’ to return, waiting on God to answer our prayers, waiting on a future day of hope and joy that want to experience. And yet, God is the one in all of these that we must look to in order that our waiting would be to draw us to Him and not have us satisfied with our ‘current living conditions‘.

This is especially true for me. I’m waiting to find a house (hoepfully to buy). I’m not dissatisfied per say with where I’m living, but there is a sense that ‘a space of my own’ is what I long for and what is good and right. And yet I have to be patient. There are so many verses in the Bible about waiting for a home – God tells us to “seek first His kingdom” and “all these things will be added unto you.” God knows what we long for & in very good and healthy ways- but He commends those who looked to Heaven, Where Christ Is in order to show us where our ultimate and best home is:

Hebrews 11:13-16 talks about this – 13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them & greeted them from afar, & having acknowledged that they were strangers & exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Reflection questions for you today:
1. How much stock are you putting in where you live? (both on earth and the physical house you have)
2. Is your earthly home where you’re storing up treasures (see my BB from Shamrock)?
3. Are you pointing others to your heavenly dwelling?

CS Lewis “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

MOLESKIN:
Lots of prayer requests & praises. Butter Knife got to see some extended family for the first time in a long time. Mailbox’s mom doesn’t have a torn achilles so that’s another praise. Spotter’s M is recovering but still be in prayer for her and Spotter. . Prayed for Booster’s M’s mother who cannot care for herself but may need a house on her own (see my above mention about searching for a home). Guardrail mentioned some situations to pray for regarding the PAX who weren’t present today.

I thoroughly enjoy leading this group of men. The mumble chatter is just right, the fitness and fellowship challenge me to be a better leader when I Q and better follower when I’m not. JUCO is base AO and if I had a home in F3 it would be just that.

Also had to update this a couple of times due to my rushed job to get it posted (mostly proofreading errors).

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Upcoming Convergence on June 12th is now canceled. See updates in Slack for options to reschedule / serve in other ways.

Digging for Treasure? Find it in Christ Alone!

THE SCENE: 47F and clear. Great workout weather.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered. Hopefully social distancing requirements will be lifted soon!
WARM-O-RAMA:

IC Moroccan Night Club x 10
IC Tennessee Rocking Chair x 10
OYO Forward Lunge x 5 ea leg
OYO Side Lunge x 5ea leg
IC Tempo Merkin x 10
Pickle Pounder x 10
Pickle Pointer x 10
Reach for the sky ~10-15 seconds
Let it hang ~10-15 seconds

Mosey around the parking lot toward the pavilion near the walking path. Today we’re digging for treasure! Let’s see if we can find some

THA-THANG:
Dig Site #1 – At the Pavillion – ~5 minutes of AMRAP of the following (10 reps each)

Step Ups
Incline Merkins
Squats
Dips

Mosey to Dig Site #2 – the CMU Pile ~ 10 minutes AMRAP of the following (10 reps each)
Hodor
Bent Over Rows
Blockees

The plan was to run down and back to the tree next to the pathway leading up to the CMU plie after all 3 exercises, but the Hodors and Blockees proved to be so difficult after the first round the Q suggested a modification of running after each exercise set of 10 reps and I think it worked better.

Mosey to Dig Site #3 – The Fish
Bear crawl the fish. 30 second wall sit. Repeat 1x.

Rounded it up with 10 x Pickle Pounders + 10 x Pickle Pickle Pointers

Falling Indian Run (aka a modification of a do-ah-diddy) Dig Site #4 – Shovel Flag
Man in the front of the line peels off and does squats until the end of the line reaches him. New man in front of the line counts to 3 (originally had it planned for 5 but we didn’t have very far to run so I wanted us to get plenty of squats in) while running and then peels off. Repeat until destination is reached.

MARY:
Dig Site #4 – Shovel Flag – Q gave the option of doing something hard (my version of the Thunderstruck routine, doing something flexible (Dealer’s Choice), or doing something that makes you think (Mary Go Round) and the first two tied, so we did something hard (20 reps minimum) of Dealer’s Choice.

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
15 Treasure Hunters!

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Today we went searching for treasure. And we found a few gems we might have to take out and repeat our long gaze at the future!

This past year has caused us all to ask the question:
Where is your treasure? Matthew 6:19-21 (and also Luke 12:32-34) answers it:

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[e] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

So again I’m going to ask: Where is your treasure? Is it in this world? In the security of making good financial decisions? Are you trusting in the perceived security of a relationship? A friendship? A hope of something you’ll experience in the future? Or even a felt vindication for the past? Where is your treasure? Further commentary from Jesus continues in Matthew 6:22-23

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

What are you taking in that is driving your treasure? Consider well -we know GIGO. But do we apply it to our eating habits? To our treatment of our friends? Does how we act, what we say, and why we do it point to a treasure in heaven or a treasure in ourselves? Where is your treasure?

Last Jesus points to the most obvious dichotomy in Matthew 6:24

24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.[f]

This is where the rubber soundly meets the road. There are many ways to fall and only one angle at which you can stand straight. Is your treasure in money, your financial security to provide for yourself and your family? Or is it with God in heaven? Jesus says you can’t have them both as the place you’re putting your treasure? So once more:

Where is your treasure? I pray it’s wholly, daily seeking to be in Heaven, Where Christ Is.

MOLESKIN:
Prayed for Jordan, Clickbait, Corey, & Interpol. Also this was my first time leading at Shamrock and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope the PAX were well-served.

Step up and lead a Q (or ask me or Mermaid or another guy to co-q with you!)
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Convergence at Big Ball June 12th (time not yet announced but I anticipate 7am start). Bring your 2.0’s + breakfast and a work day at the Wesley House after!

Be Prepared for 7-11’s and a Pyramid Scheme

THE SCENE: 56 and somehow no rain during a Pool Boy Q.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Given. Hopefully we can get make this COVID precaution disclaimer a thing of the past soon.
WARM-O-RAMA:

10 x Moroccan Night Club IC
10 x Tennessee Rocking Chair IC
5 each leg x Forward Lunge
5 each leg x Side Lunge
10 x Tempo Merkin IC
5 x World’s slowest burpee (aka Slurpee!)
5 x each side Rainbow drop
Reach for the sky
Let it hang

THA-THANG:
Falling Indian Run – Front of the line “falls off” to the side and does squats until the end of the line gets to where you are.

We found a 7-11 on the hillside across the road next to the upper lot corner and just had to stop! We had 3 each rounds of breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

7-11 Bottom (7 reps) Top (11 reps)
Round 1 LBC (4-ct.) OHC (4-ct.)
Round 2 Merkins Squats
Round 3 Slurpees Lunges

A core exercise was led by the first PAX done until the 6 finished the last round of the current meal. A 15-count was given between rounds and a 30-count was given before moving on to the next round.

Next mosey about 50 steps to the upper lot actual big parking lot and the Q asked “who likes Pyramids?” (to no one’s surprise no hands were raised because they knew where I was headed haha).

The 1-2-3-4 Pyramid (see previous backblast: Repeatedly Building a Pyramid):
Bernie to 1. Do 1. Run to Start. Bernied to 1. Do 1. Bernie to 2. Do 2. Run to 1. Do 1. Run to Start. Build to 4 and then go back down.

Big parking lot pyramid – Bernie there, run back
Exercises (x 10)
Parking Spaces Line 1 Tempo Squat
Parking Spaces Line 2 Carolina Dry Dock
Parking Spaces Line 3
Mountain Climber
Parking Spaces Line 4 Rainbow Drop

I’d hoped we’d get all the way up and down from 1 to 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 back to 1 but only got through 1-2-3-4 then had one of the PAX call a core exercise and then recover when the 6 arrived.

MARY:
Mosey back to the Shovel Flag, 1 wagon wheel. Dealer’s choice until time was called (see the Moleskin for a fun story).

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
10 PAX including 3 Rushers

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
I signed up for this Q yesterday evening when there wasn’t one signed up yet. But I prepared it a couple of weeks ago when 5k stepped up and grabbed a Q that was open. Lately we’ve had a bit of Q-lethargy, so I thought having a “pocket-Q” (but really more than just a pocket Q but a fully pre-prepared Q) would be helpful. This is what came to mind when thinking about what I should have ready to say as well as I hope will be an exhortation and challenge to those at any point in the process of consistently taking the next step aka growing in sanctification in Christ in all aspects of life:

1 Peter 3:1515 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

There are 3 things we can take from this:
1. Diligence & study – We need to be working not only to lead but lead well and develop skills so that we’re prepared for what is coming, not just hanging on to the present day’s troubles but really getting ready for battle:
2 Timothy 2:15 – 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (see Jeremiah 12:5 for the extra mile challenge of the OT):

2. Availability – Not only do we need to slow down and have time to be available, but we also ought to consider what we should be doing with even our “rights” to things so that we boast only in Christ and are available for others at a sacrificial point. Paul is an example here for us:
1 Corinthians 9:15 – 15 But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting.

3. Gentleness & respect – When we are prepared and available, we don’t have to resort to the lower forms of argumentation (and we know this really isn’t argumentation but simply “trying to win or get the other person to stop making an argument), but instead can actually address the higher forms of argumentation. This is why the follow scripture actually cannot be argued with or as v.23 puts it “against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Application questions:
Q1. What is the Gospel? Can you explain it in 60 seconds or less when asked ‘what do you believe?’ (see Interpol’s BOM challenge for more on this)
Q2. Are you living in such a way to be asked for the hope that you have?
Q3. How are you doing in these 3 areas of application to giving a reason for the hope that you have?

MOLESKIN:
Several PAX led Dealer’s Choice including Erector who returned from Rush and called out just about every core exercise we had already done today. It was so much fun to see him brainstorming and then he ended up with calling “side crunches” and my 6:15 watch alarm went off and I jokingly called “time!” but then Booster said “I don’t want a 3 pack”. So I let us finish even though it was a *little* bit past time haha. (also Erector after trying not to repeated his “10 crunches on each side” from his ImpromptQ on Monday (way to step up and embody exactly what I talked about today!)

Prayed for Scott (Spotter’s Uncle who’s having a biopsy today so pray for him there), Chaco’s family (sister passed away from addiction), and Wanderer’s son (congrats on your HS graduation, Leonard!)

After this BB guess what I’m doing next? 1. Preparing for my Q at Shamrock on Friday and then making another “full pocket Q”. You can do it too!

Also also, I’m willing to co-Q or do whatever part of a Q you want me to lead just reach out and we’ll jump in the Pool together – get it?! 😀

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Convergence at Big Ball June 12th – from Judge Judy:
On June 12 we will have a special Convergence at Big Ball. We will have a workday afterwards at Wesley House. 2.0s (boys and girls) will be invited to both the workout and the work day – to observe their Dads in action. We will workout, then meet at the WH for coffee, food and a speaker. Then we will do some cleaning, painting, landscaping for as long as guys can stick around.