Completion

by Rich Dixon on June 30, 2015

HAPPY TUESDAY!

It’s a day late after the FREEDOM TOUR, but perfect for today’s word-of-the-week…

COMPLETION

completionAt the foot of Raton Pass, before the final climb of their 500-mile journey together, one of our riders said, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” (Philippians 1:6)

As I watched the riders crank up the 2000-foot ascent from Trinidad I reflected on eight days of hard work, laughter, shared sacrifice, and service. These folks faced hills, heat, flat tires, and long days in the saddle. After all that–after all the training, preparing, wondering if they could really do it, they were finally experiencing the fulfillment of the dream.

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. It’s a long-term promise. You make the commitment, endure the struggle, but completion may be a long time coming. Requires trust. Requires faith. Requires hope.

You begin training in February and a 2000-foot climb seems impossible.

Hope changes what’s possible.

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Children

by Rich Dixon on June 22, 2015

childrens sermonHAPPY MONDAY!

The first day of the FREEDOM TOUR brings today’s word-of-the-week…

CHILDREN

Each day of the tour begins with someone sharing their word of the day. Day 1 was children.

The tour’s about supporting the children at the HOME OF HOPE. We think of them each day as we ride.

But Jesus also asked us to come to Him as children, to set aside pretense and let down guards. He wanted us to come as vulnerable, open, playful children.

So we challenged ourselves to remember the children and to be more like children in our interactions with each other and with God.

We want to love and be loved like little kids.

Have a great week.

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Imagination

HAPPY MONDAY! I surprised someone in a conversation about today’s word-of-the-week… IMAGINATION A lady said religion stifles imagination. I agreed, which surprised her. “But,” I continued, “religion isn’t necessarily the same thing as following Jesus.” We had a cool, though brief, discussion about human-created religion with its often burdensome rules and constraints. She didn’t know anything else existed, so […]

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Labels

HAPPY MONDAY! An odd question brings us today’s word-of-the-week… LABELS “What kind of quadriplegic are you?” Seriously. Now I not only have to be labeled as a quad, but there are subcategories? I’m getting really tired of labels. The guy’s sister just had a car accident and he was seeking information. Parents relayed a ton of […]

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God And Baseball

Sandy Koufax is a quiet, reserved man. From 1960-1966 he was arguably the best pitcher in major league baseball. On October 6, 1965, Koufax declined to pitch the opening game of the World Series. Sandy Koufax is Jewish, and that day was Yom Kippur. I remember being dumbfounded by the news. Fourteen-year-old me would have traded […]

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Well

HAPPY MONDAY! A thirty year flashback prompts today’s word-of-the-week… WELL It is well with my soul! More than thirty years ago I made “public profession of faith,” one denomination’s way of marking adult commitment to Jesus. I was asked to choose a song, and I selected Horatio Spafford’s When Peace Like A River. I chose that song for […]

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Life’s Still Hard

“Christ is King, but life’s still hard.” I looked at his lined, weathered face and thought I’d rarely heard a better seven-word sermon. I also thought I likely had no idea what “hard” meant in his world. It’s easy to discover the truth of either half of my friend’s statement. When the sun shines and all […]

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Detachment

HAPPY MONDAY! Some internal conversations bring us today’s word-of-the-week… DETACHMENT God and I have had some conversations recently about detachment. My feeling, my internal sense of well-being, seems detached from circumstances. Things are going great, but I feel this internal depression and sadness with no apparent source or reason. Since this blog is about following Jesus […]

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The Truth About Truth

The other night we were talking about truth. What’s truth? Can we know it? Is there more than one version? Heady questions, for sure. I’ve been thinking about my ideas in connections with the TEDx Front Range talk I’m doing next month, and I thought I’d share a bit of it here. I’d appreciate your […]

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Appease

HAPPY MONDAY! A word I never use is today’s word-of-the-week… APPEASE I heard the word in a sermon, but I’m far too familiar with the concept of trying to appease God. When you lay it out, it sounds silly. Appeasement means paying God off. If I give God something that pleases Him, He’ll give me something […]

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