Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘hear , O israel! the Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-31 NASB
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth , and having put on the breastplate of righteousness , and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace ; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation , and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
EPHESIANS 6:10-20 NASB
May the fourth be with you! Sorry, had to say it.
It’s Saturday and for the last 4 weeks that means an F3 beatdown workout with the men of F3 Northwest Arkansas.
Drumstick came to town from Georgia and was the main Q for the workout. He usually posts with F3 Cherokee, but is helping us get started in Arkansas.
We endured a great set of full body exercises and a good bit of mumblechatter. I think some of the men were counting by fives. But that’s okay because you exercise at your own pace.
One of the biggest reasons I decided to stick with this group is the purpose behind the crazy.
Fitness, Fellowship and Faith are the three Fs. And that matched the mission statement of OneChristianMan almost too well.
The creators of F3 wrote a book called Freed To Lead to explain why men need this F3 thing, and I agree. They also have a women’s group called FiA, because we all need this.
We need to keep our bodies, friendships and faith strong. This helps make sure we don’t fall into what the book calls SadClown syndrome.
God did not create us to be alone. The horrible epidemic of suicide among men is proof that our brothers are struggling with issues that are not being remedied by our social media heavy non-contact culture.
F3 helps men improve fitness, build real friendship bonds like they have not experienced in a long time, and strengthen their faith.
It’s like being on your high school or college sports team again, but with slightly more mature teammates.
Bonds are built with sweat and dirt. The workouts are held only outdoors all year long. They are free, open to all men and peer led. And as each man starts helping Q a workout he builds leadership skills and confidence over time.
Fellowship and faith come as you add in extra activities like lunches, hiking and trail runs, lake trips, etc. And faith is built by doing community service type work and fundraising events for special causes. Prayer and Bible studies are encouraged and are by invitation.
The Q of each workout is free to finish the workout with a prayer and testimony during a closing time called the Circle of Trust. But no one religion is preferred. Of course they will all know where I stand.
During the Circle of Trust the men each tell their birth name, age and F3 name. New guys tell about who they are and are given their new F3 name by the Q. The name is usually funny and/or somewhat insulting based on Qs preference and the friendly new guys (FNG) story. But everyone is acknowledged and respected.
My F3 name is Huckleberry, because I said my favorite movie is Tombstone.
Well, Huckleberry, is now the site Q for the F3 Northwest Arkansas Genesis AO. I see this as a ministry and I am using fitness as the lead in. Yeah, I’d say F3 fits right in with the purpose of OneChristianMan and I don’t believe in coincidences.
Leave no man behind, but leave no man where you find him. @F3Nation
What is your next goal? Do you have one?
Sometimes after we achieve our career or fitness goals we struggle to ever move much past them.
When we don’t set new goals, we lack a motivating catalyst to move us forward.
We don’t take any more ground. We are stuck in this one foxhole of life achievement and just take aimless shots occasionally at the hidden obstacles ahead of us.
We must set new and bigger goals of we ever plan to move forward and take new ground.
It takes courage, dedication, faith and a willingness to do things that you may not like to do. And you know what those things are for you.
Set a new goal, make it a hard one, and go for it.
Failure is learning and a new beginning, but success is an end.
A temple. 1 Cor. 6:19-20 says our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Our body was not made for immorality. It was made to glorify God.
It’s our job to glorify God in our body. Consistently.
And if we are going to glorify God with our bodies, then we must maintain this temple and keep it in good working order as much as we can.
We must use our body in service by carrying the Gospel message to our communities, that is the top priority.
A faith that is alive produces a desire to accomplish works of love.
Secondarily, we must keep this body temple in shape by loving our Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and with all our strength (Mark 12:30). Jesus, said that this is the foremost commandment of all.
Don’t be a SadClown (@F3NWArkansas @F3Nation). Do what you can to maintain your temple in all four areas of Lord loving that Jesus described.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19-20 NASB
Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31 NASB
How are you maintaining your temple this week (mind, heart, soul or strength)? Please comment and share with others.