THE SCENE: 43°F
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered
12 x Snow Angels (skipped because it involved SSH’s… idk what would have made me do this but everyone wants to do a 12-days themed Q so that was as afar as I got)
11 x Tie Fighter (if Baby Boomer is Present) or Baby Arm Circles IC (also skipped)
10 x OHC IC
9 x Tempo Squats IC
8 x Tempo Merkins IC
7 x Imperial Walkers
6 x Werkins IC
5 x Pickle Pointers
4 x Pickle Pounders
3 x Rainbow Drops
2 x Monkey Humpers
1 x Burpee
To the CMU pile – Falling Indian Run with a burpee.
We grabbed 2 CMUs first and then went back for 11’s (I forgot but then read from my Deinke)
11’s Squats & Merkins or Burpees & Cherry Pickers (choose your own adventure – PAX chose the boring option of Squats & Merkins)
10 Deadlifts / Rows / T-spine rotations
10 Double Incline Merkins / Incline Merkins / Merkins
10 Double Goblet Squats / Goblet Squats /
10 Shoulder Shrugs / Single (middle) Shrugs / Air Shrugs
10 Double Swings (YHC did these) / CMU Swings / Seal Clap Squats
Bonus / wait for the 6:
Core chosen by the first PAX done.
Return Indian Run with burpees back to the Shovel Flag (even got some extra work in from Curveball thanks to the side parking lot he took)
Dealer’s Choice (well, except nobody’s SSH’s were involved in the making of this Mary).
Boat / Canoe Row, row, row your boat on pitch courtesy of Wax Job
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
5 PAX showed up and showed out!
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Patience. Boy have I had to have some this year. It hasn’t gone AT ALL like I’d hoped (much less dreamed). Reconciliation with my ex? Nope, she’s gone. Taking the PE Exam to get my license? Um, let’s not talk about my study habits. Finding a house to buy? 0 for 6 (that a .000 batting average for you baseball fans there). Still living with my parents? Yeah, that one is still embarrassing even though I know it’s where I should be based on the house thing.
But there are so many good things I know to be true. God is still on His throne? Check. Christ is Lord no matter what is happening in our country and around the world? You got it. We have an opportunity every day to get better by humbling ourselves before Jesus and submitting to His Word? Yup, still can do that every single day.
All of these things remain. In the season of Advent, Christians celebrate that 2,000+ years ago Jesus became a man, he was born of a virgin (he had no original sin), so that He could live a perfect life, die on the cross for those who would believe (the elect), be buried for 3 days, and then raised from the grave. This is the newborn king we celebrate. This is the reason Christmas exists…
But when did Isaiah prophesy? Over 600 years before Christ and the Old Testament was completed over 400 years. There was silence. Nothing. The USA has barely existed for over half of that 400 years. This is how long the Jews had to wait for Yeshua, the Messiah, to come. They waited and waited and did all kinds of things and waited some more.
And then, one glorious day, we read the following in Luke 1:26-38
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[b] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[c]
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Mary believed it! (and so did Joseph). These two Israelites that were ordinary, walking in their daily lives just waiting in the betrothal period to be married. They were waiting too! But after 400 years of silence and over 600 years, the following prophecy (one of many, of course) was fulfilled:
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[e]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
What is God calling you to wait for? A relationship? A house? A new job? (big things). A good night’s rest? A healthy and delicious meal? There are LOTS of verses on waiting. But one has stood above them for some time for me:
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
At just the right time Christ became human to save the world for God’s glory. You and I can trust Him for our eternal security and, when we walk uprightly, we know that if He is upholding something from us then it is for our good and can wait for it with joyful patience.
My past 3 BOMs I’ve fully typed out prior to leading the workout and giving them. I think it has greatly helped with the delivery of what I desired to say (trying to Ephesians 5:10). Soli Deo gloria.
Christmas concert at Cornerstone Church of Knoxville tonight at 7pm. HMU via text / DM on Slack for more info.
Christmas Party at Judge Judy’s House December 11th. See Slack too.