THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, sometimes raining, temps in 40’s
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
Planks, 20 Side-Straddle Hops, 10 Mountain Climbers (4 count), 10 Cherry Pickers, Little of This and Little of That
Mosey to upper parking lot at northern end of park. Each man picks up two bricks that will be in the parking lot.
Mosey on perimeter trail toward Lyons Bend Entrance of park. Then go east on the trail that crosses road near the park entrance. Twenty Imperial Walkers.
We will run with bricks for three lights, then stop to do 5 mini-man-makers. We will do the same two more times along the trail. Those who finish first do curls with bricks until all men have finished. Then we do ten standing body twists (four count).
Next, we run for two more lights with bricks and stop to do 20 overhead presses. Rinse and repeat twice along the trail. Those finishing do curls again until all have finished. Then we do ten tempo squats.
Next run for one more light with bricks and stop to do 20 wing claps with bricks. Rinse and repeat twice as with other exercises. Those finishing first do curls. Then we ten tempo merkins.
We will be close to the parking lot where we picked up the bricks. Put bricks back where they were.
Mosey to Pavilion by northern ball parks. We will do a tadpole (doing the following exercises in ascending order, adding one exercise each time until we do all five, then dropping first exercise etc until we do only last exercise. We will do each exercise for 30 seconds with a 30 second break after each set of exercises. The exercises will be:
- Decline Merkins
- Picnic Table Pullups
- Bench Jumps
- Bench Lifts
Next, team up into partners of two. We will do Doras with partner running twice around the pavilion while the other partner exercises. Then partners switch. We will do the following exercises:
- 300 Baby Crunches
- 200 Squats
- 100 Big Boys Sit-ups
Mosey to AO.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Eight men, no FNG’s.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
The following message is taken from a sermon given by Matt Howell, director of RUF at UTK. He was visiting speaker last Sunday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
Bible Reading from John, Chapter 13, verses 1-9.
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
When we read these verses, we may think Peter is being humble when he tells Jesus not to wash his feet. After all, the Lord is taking on the role of a servant, performing a task that those of menial positions did in those days. But, looking more closely, Peter is also displaying a veiled pride. He is saying, I am beyond having my feet washed by you. My God cannot take on such a subservient role. I will have no part of it. Jesus, in turn, is saying that if you cannot accept my loving you like a servant then you can not really share me fully. ( If we cannot accept God’s love in full, we miss out on God, we do not share in what he wants to give us.)
If we humans look at ourselves fully, we see that we, like Peter, have this veiled pride. Look at how we accept compliments: with great difficulty. We generally shun them, getting uncomfortable, joking the compliment off, or saying it is not true. Us men are also bad on accepting gifts or physical signs of grace from others. Look at men at a restaurant: First man: I’ll get the bill. 2nd man: No, no, let me take it. First man: No, I insist. In some ways we do this out of courtesy but we also do this out of pride. We do not want to be the “lowly person” who has his meal paid for. Also, how do we accept help from others? We usually shun it, too proud to ask for help. Finally, we are too proud to accept our brokenness and need for God. Or we may say, my sins are too great for God’s help, as if our sins, verses those of others, are too great for God.
Matt Howell, in his sermon, used two interesting quotes in his sermon from famous writers. The first was from Victor Hugo, who said, “Grace is a most formidable assault.” The second was from Flannery O’Connor, who said, “Grace must wound before it can heal.”
We must get over our veiled arrogance to accept God’s grace for us. We must accept His assault on our pride, realizing we are broken and that we need his love. We must get through the embarrassment of recognizing we need Him that much. We must get beyond the fear of His kind of intimacy. We must let His grace pierce us before we can be truly healed. Otherwise, as Jesus said, we do not really take our share of Him.
3rd F on Saturday, December 8 at Outlook by UT strip, 8:30 AM.