F3 Knoxville

Bringing Habits HOME

THE SCENE: 39 and clear. Perfect weather for a VQ



  • SSH x20 (IC)
  • Cherry Pickers x5 (IC)
  • Dive Bombers x5 (IC)
  • Squats x15 (IC)
  • 30 seconds on your own


Mosey to the quad.

Ghostman Baseball shamelessly stolen from Blindside and Choir Boy…sounded like fun and thought we should give it a try! Split into two teams. First team runs to first, completes the exercise, returns home while the other team does the Home exercise. Switch when running team returns. Second round: Run to 1st, do the exercise, run to second, do the exercise, return home. Continue the pattern until you reach home. You do not need to run back from home.

  • First Base
    • 15 Merkins
    • Big Boys at Home
  • Second Base
    • 30 Smurf Jacks
    • American Hammers at Home
  • Third Base
    • 5 Burpees
    • Flutter Kicks at Home
  • Home Plate
    • 30 Squats
    • Plank

Mosey towards the duck pond and stop for 50 Boosters (Toe Merkins) on the curb

  • Welsh Dragons up the hill near the duck pond parking lot (bear crawl forward x4, 1 merkin, tap each shoulder, plank jack – repeat and increment merkin, shoulder tap, plank jack each time until you get to 10 or your arms fall off!)

Mosey to parking lot west of the flag.

  • Seven of Diamonds (7, 14, 21, 28 of each exercise) at the four light poles
    • Split back into same two teams from baseball.
    • One team will do exercises clockwise and other will be counter-clockwise. First team to complete all exercises wins.
    • Round 1 – Squats
    • Round 2 – LBCs
    • Round 3 – SSHs

PAX took turns calling out exercises until time

  • Spotter – imperial walkers
  • Doubtfire – gas pumpers
  • Erector – heels to heaven
  • Kickflip – squeaky dollies
  • Room Service – pickle pointers
  • Data – supermans

12 HIMs and 1 2.0
From “Habits of the Household” by Justin Earley

Habits are kinds of liturgies. They are little routines of worship, and worship changes what we love. Habits of the household are not just actions that form our families’ routines, they are liturgies that form our families’ hearts. This is why we should choose then so carefully.

Think of it like this: when it comes to spiritual formation, our households are not simply products of what we teach and say. They are much more products of what we practice and do. And usually there is a significant gap between the two.

My challenge to you this morning is to think through some existing habits in your household that you could change or new ones you could implement.

For me, one habit I’ve started to do at night is give my son a bedtime blessing. Another one we’ve changed is that we put away all screens in our house on Sundays.


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Blimps and Politics

THE SCENE: rain, wind, and mid-40s at JUCO.

10 SSH, plank jacks, tempo merkins, tempo squats

Mosey to the court yard area. We will use the four corners including the road and the far side walk of the court yard area. The workout:  Hindenburg BLIMPS. Perform exercise at corner #1, sprint to corner #2, perform exercise. Sprint to corner #3 perform exercise. Then to corner #4, exercise and then back to corner #1. Plank it up until all have finished. That’s one round. Round 1 – 10 Burpees; Round 2 – 20 Lunges; Round 3 – 30 Imperial Walkers; Round 4- 40 Merkins; Round 5 – 50 Plank Jacks; Round 6 – 60 Squats.

We chose an audible this morning after 120 merkins and did three corners of plank jacks. Then , we headed to the pull-up bars and did two rounds of 25 squats and 5 pullups.

Mosey back to the flag.

No time.
6 had fun in the rain and wind.
I want to share some thoughts on a topic that is much debated: our political leaders. We all have our ideas of the right way to run this country. In the last couple of years, there seems to have been even more divisive opnions than ever, if that is possible. Opinions about shut downs, masks, and vaccinations have caused so many arguments and ill feelings. Yet, it seems to be almost all that some talk about. Here is a question to consider. Is it right to bash political leaders for their decisions? Part of the answer to that question lies within another. Does doing so reflect Christ in our lives?

Romans 13:1‭-‬2 NASB1995

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”

What does this passage say about how we should speak of our political leaders? Speaking of our political leaders in a resistive manner is like speaking of resisting an ordinance of God. Jesus says that if we have sinful thoughts, it is practically the same thing as committing the sin itself (Matt. 5:27-28). We need to challenge ourselves to not fall into the temptation to let our opinions cause us to violate an ordinance of God.


CSAUP tomorrow.

What’s in a name

THE SCENE: Rainy but warm… and rainy


  • Windmill
  • Tempo Squat
  • Cherry Picker
  • Imperial Walkers
  • Moroccan night clubs

Getting stretched out and warmed out.


Mosie to the library cover, stopping along the way to do some pull-ups on the ladder statue.

Two sets of exercises:

  • A
    • Burpee x 10
    • Squats x 30
    • Right Hand High Merkins x 20
    • Rainbow Drops x 50
    • Toe Merkins x 50 (heal raises)
  • B
    • BBS x 10
    • Lunge x 30
    • Left Hand High Merkins x 20
    • Kick Throughs x 50
    • SSH x 50

Complete set A then run across the covered walkway to the set B location.
The second time around, skip the first exercise. Each time skip another exercise till you do the last exercise.

Next, grab some coupons from the car trunk conveniently nearby and complete the following exercises:

  • Coupon swings x 15
  • Front Squat with Coupon x 10
  • Burpee with Coupon press x 10
  • Reverse Lunge with coupon curl x8/8 (each leg)
  • Heavy Hammers x10 (4 ct)

Almost out of time so mosey to the flag. Arrive just in time to catch Rush standing around. No time for Mary.

No time

I wanted to share a little about one of the big themes of the Bible, Exile. It first shows up at the very beginning in the garden when Adam and Eve are exiled from the Garden. Later, Isreal is exiled from the promised land. Even Jesus in his ministry was homeless and cared a lot about others who were displaced and without a home.

This concept of exile throughout the Bible is a picture of the human condition. Living in a broken world that’s not quite home. Longing for wholeness and a place of belonging. The early Christians called themselves sojourners or wanderers as they looked to heaven as their ultimate home and Jesus as the path to restoration and belonging.

I invite you all to be wanderers with me and be reminded that our ultimate hope and home is in Heaven.

Watch this. It’s really great.



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Sacrifice Needs To Become A Habit

THE SCENE: 27 and great in the gloomn!

  • Side Straddle Hops (IC) X 10
  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Overhead Claps X 10 (IC)
  • Seal Claps X 10 (IC)
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT
  • Mountain Climbers (IC) X 10
  • Hand Release Merkins X 10
  • Mosey to Sophomore Hill


Dora The Explorer – Partner Workout (One Runs While One Exercises)

  • 50 Diamond Merkins
  • 100 Lunges
  • 150 Merkins
  • 200 Squats
  • Mosey to Junkyard

Coupon Work

  • 10 CMU Overhead Press
  • 10 CMU Tricep Extension
  • 10 CMU Swings
  • 10 CMU Bentover Rows
  • 10 CMU Curls
  • Run, Rinse, Repeat
  • Mosey to the Flag


  • Hello Dollies X 20
  • BBS X 20

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA  9 men in attendance


Sacrifice – Do we sacrifice for our families, friends and God all of the time?  Of course not.  We’re human. We sin.  We think of ourselves too much.

However, sacrifice can become a habit like prayer, exercise, etc. so let’s all strive to make sacrifice for God and others a part of our every day life.

1 John 3:16  By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

Ephesians 5:25   Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

John 13:34   A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Galatians 6:9   And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Hebrews 13:15-16    Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

John 15:13    Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Philippians 2:3-4     Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.


  • Sign Up To Q/VQ
  • CSAUP on February 26th at the Asylum
  • JUCO Shirt Order

Lil’ Changes

THE SCENE: Calm, Dry Wonderful 37°


Overhead Claps: Seal Claps: Tempo Squats: Imperial Squat Walkers (poorly counted): Tempo Merkins: Cherry Pickers: OYO stretch
Mosey to the stairs by the new building.

1st Lap Bear crawl up the stairs, skip, crawl bear down, 3 Burpees (thanks for the HC reduction) Bernie back

Little change

2nd Lap Crawl Bear up the stairs, skip, Bear crawl down, 3 burpees, Bernie back

Mosey to the new half wall

22 Dips at top with feet far, 2 diamond Merkins & 2 Wide merkins at the bottom.

Little change for 2nd round: feet close; Little change for 3rd round: One foot up

Mosey to the courtyard

Run a lap: little change: Long stride.  Little Change: short stride: Little change; No arm (half lap)

Mosey to the loading dock

Plank, 2 at a time, jump up on the dock, run down the ramp and release 2 more, newtons ramp style.

Mosey to the far end of the big lot

At each lot entrance 5 Kick throughs.  Got between spots with bear crawls, bernie, long jumps, wheel barrows and finally skipping.

Mosey to the guardrail for some derkins; Finished with sprints between the arrows.  Little change: Flat, then uphill, then downhill and then flat again.

Got to spend some time doing Freddy Mercury, Starfish, BBS, Heel touches
13 Men, 5 rushers

If your spiritual life is in a rut, maybe it’s not big changes you need.  If your not being fruitful or it’s ineffective take little steps.

Consider 2 Peter 1 5-7

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

A small faith, supplemented with virtue: Might just be keeping your word and coming out here b/c you said you would. Or the virtue of opening your heart to your family and being present despite distractions.
Virtue with knowledge: Take some time to study God’s word and take it seriously; hint: don’t go it alone
Knowledge with self control: Figure out how to control your body, desires and ambitions. That’s a differentiator.
Steadfastness: Do it for a long time and you get godliness
godliness which results in brother affection because God is full of affection for every brother.  Finally resulting in Love.  Just as Jesus loved us.

Be faithful to your Savior, Be faithful to your family, be faithful to your Church
But try a new time of day for study, a new setting for prayer, Try a new posture
Reach out to a friend and pick a 3 day reading plan together or a short book of the bible

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you
from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8

CSAUP at the end of the month, Camping trip in April and T shirt order (see slack for details on all 3)