Archive for September, 2008

First Annual HCC Fall Ride – Success!

Sep 30th, 2008 Posted in Bikes, Men's Ministry | no comment »

Mid-Ride shot

With sixteen bikes of varying types, single riders, passengers, and ecumenical diversity, our first ride was a great example of what “the church” should look like! Regardless church of record, manufacturer of bikes, color of bike, style of bike, or age of rider, we all love the same thing and are united because of that. That love for the open road can be likened to our love for Christ as the head of the church. A common love for the road and riding brought us together for this ride, and a love of Christ – the head of the church – brings us together as Christians. Just as we rode together with different makes of bikes, so the church works together with a mix of people and gifts. We don’t all have to look the same, act the same, and do the same things to be critical to the function of the church body. I hope that this annual ride continues to provide a metaphor for the body of Christ, welcoming all gifts, and ministering to those not yet part of the body.

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Get out the Boat!

Sep 5th, 2008 Posted in Men's Ministry | no comment »

23After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29“Come,” he said.   Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” – Matthew 14:23-33 (NIV)

All right, let me set the scene; Jews had legends about night spirits and believed these were a bad omen. It’s between three and six in the morning, and the wind has been prevailing against the boat most of the night, pushing it away from the shore. We find – in the book of Mark – that they had rowed three and a half miles and were still in the middle of the lake. They see Christ walking on the water, and don’t even believe it’s Him when He calls to them. Peter tells God to call to him personally, and then walks out to meet Him. How many times do we do this? We feel a tugging at our heart that – if we are quiet, in prayer, and honest with ourselves – we KNOW is God calling us to do a specific thing, but our fears get in the way and we “test” the Lord? I have a great example for you married men. You and your wife have had a disagreement, maybe it wasn’t even an animated one, and it is now getting toward evening. You feel like you should “say something”, being that you are to treat your wife gently, as a treasured and fine vessel, but boy did she get you going! You are almost unable to look at her let alone start a conversation with, “Sweetheart I’m sorry I was not gentle with you and I cherish you. Can we pray together before we go to bed”? You justify yourself with conversation in your own mind, before the Lord Himself, saying that “she started it”, or, “sometimes love is direct”, or, “none of my side of the conversation was untrue”. Guys, He is the Lord, and He justifies you, you don’t justify yourself in His eyes no matter how “right” you think you were. Read the rest of this entry »

HCC Fall Ride 2008

Sep 5th, 2008 Posted in Kids and Parenting, Men's Ministry | no comment »

The First Annual HCC Fall Ride is a 150 mile trip of low to medium difficulty. Open to highland attenders, guests, and anyone willing and able to maintain highway speed, ride legally, and have dinner and a devotion with us! Any brand of bike is welcome as are both genders, either as riders or passengers. We will leave Highland Wausau Campus parking lot at 13:00 (1pm) on 21 Sept, 2008 (alternate weather date 28 Sept, 2008).

To register, please enter the required information and click ‘register’. The 2nd rider’s name is not required if you are riding alone. LINK TO ROUTE MAP

“Motorcycle riding always comes with inherent risks.  HCC and its insurers cannot be responsible for any accidents, tragedies, or issues that may (or may not) occur on this ride.  The participants must be willing to assume all risks that come with this type of recreational activity”. The cost of dinner will be your responsibility.