THE SCENE: 46 – dark but not scary!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
- Moroccan Night Club X 13 IC
- Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
- Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
- Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
- Windmills (IC) 4 CT X 10
- Hand Release Merkins – OYO X 10
- Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
- Calf Stretches
- Karaoke out & back across parking lot
- Sprints out & back across parking lot
- Max Merkins – 2 minutes
- Max Big Boy Sit-ups – 2 minutes
DORA THE EXPLORER
- Burpee Broad Jump back and forth to each other while partner does squats; rinse and repeat 5 times each
- CMU Bear Crawl – 2 teams; one person goes out 20 yards and back doing the CMU bear crawl while the rest of the team calls out & completes various exercises (exercises included squats, lunges, flutter kicks, etc.)
- PAX did Supermans & held until Q called out each rep
- Team sprints up & back; PAX do squats until the sprinter comes back
- Calf raises on the curb for 1 minute
MARY: * 20 – 4 count flutterkicks
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
12 HIMS today; 5K, Bagger, Chaco, Doubtfire, Erector, Judge Judy, Neutron, Rocket, Snagglethooth, Sweeper, Trolley & Booster
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Summary of an article written by the late Reverend Billy Graham.
Suffering carries a message of mystery. The Bible says, “Great is the mystery of godliness” (1 Timothy 3:16). When asked to explain the tragedy of a 1980 fire at the MGM Grand Hotel, Billy Graham said, “There’s a mystery to tragedies like this. We don’t know the answer.” And we may never know until God explains all things to us. (I was relieved to read this because if Reverend Graham can’t explain some things, I feel better that I can’t explain why bad things happen!)
In suffering there is a message of compassion. Jesus said, “for I was hungry & you gave Me food; I was thirsty & you gave Me drink; I was a stranger & you took Me in; I was naked & you clothed Me; I was sick & you visited Me; I was in prison & you came to Me” (Matthew 25:35-36).
As fire swept through the MGM Grand Hotel, Reverend Graham saw emergency crews, the military, The Salvation Army, Red Cross, doctors, nurses and others coming to help, save lives, donate clothes, etc. He said “I saw compassion in action.”
In suffering there is a message of unity. Jesus prayed “they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, & I in You” (John 17:21). And that’s the way we ought to be as Christians, one in Christ. If you have been born into the family of God, you are a child of God. You are brothers & sisters.
Suffering holds a message of comfort. In Second Corinthians we read:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Because tragedy happened to you, it gives you a greater sense of oneness with others who experience tragedy. You can feel for them in that suffering situation. Because we have been comforted through the Word of God, we in turn may be able to comfort others.
What should be our attitude toward suffering?
First, it should be one of worship. We ought to say, “O God, I believe You are the great and mighty God. I don’t understand all the things that are happening in my life, but, O God, I trust in You.”
Second, we should ask God to teach us all He would have us learn about Him, about ourselves, about others and how we can minister to those who are suffering.
Third, our attitude in suffering should glorify God. As Christians, people are going to watch us. They will ask, “How is it that Christ is so in control of his or her life that he or she was able to help others?”
Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross, but God raised Him from the dead. Jesus Christ now sits at the right hand of God the Father, and He sees our suffering. He sees our life every day and knows exactly where we stand.
The Bible teaches that we are to be patient in suffering. That’s the hardest thing of all, to be patient. Ask God to help you have a trusting, patient attitude, and flee from bitterness.
In suffering there is also a message of warning. Are you prepared to meet God? What do you have to do to be ready? God took the initiative in giving His Son, Jesus Christ. God says, “I love you. I want to forgive you. I want you to go to heaven.” But you must respond to Him. Find hope, peace, and security today.
Thank you Judge Judy for sharing the article on suffering that I used today; Thank you Snaggletooth for finding a sermon online that I am going to listen to!
- 3rd anniversary events this weekend! Try to attend one or all of the events.
- Lots of open Qs for November; pick a date & start planning!