Band of Brothers
The LORD is with you, mighty warrior
we do here echoes in eternity”
designed to have a lasting impact on eternity. Everyone will
die, but few people will ever truly live. To live like a
to live with honor before God and others, to live with
commitment to principle, to live with dedication to a cause,
to live with compassion for others, is to live in a way that
will echo in eternity.
Daily Bible Verse
Saturday Morning Coffee
We'll be meeting for coffee and
conversation on Saturdays from here on at the garage 2538 I-70 Frontage Rd. See you there. HOG BoB Challenge Nov. 29th we will be ring bells for the
Salvation Army in our annual competition with the Western Slope
Harley Owners Group. 9:00 til 12:00
Toy Run Dec. 6th we will serving
coffee and donuts at the 35th annual Toy Run. 9:00 to 12:00
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Babe Ruth "played to the grandstand" back in the
20's when he, on a count of 3 balls and 2 strikes
pointed to the right field bleachers to signal his
intention of hitting the next pitch out of the park.
When he slammed that next pitch into right field,
the fans went wild!
Like "the Babe," we also "play to the grandstand."
That is, we "play" to the people in our lives whose
approval we most cherish, be it parents, colleagues
Recently, I spent the afternoon with Bob, who only
of late has come to the realization that he has
spent his entire life "playing to a grandstand" of
one: His father. Now Bob's dad is a cool-headed,
tall in the saddle, Charlton Heston type: A paragon
of self-control, inner strength, and high
achievement. A loner. Aloof. A man's man. "Rawhide."
A "saddle up, let 'em ride!" kind of guy. (We won't
discuss his father's earlier hurts and insecurities
that created this masked masterpiece of outward
From boyhood, Bob's every move has been calculated
to somehow win his dad's approval. Approval that is
parsimoniously meted out in grudging, muted fashion.
Approval that is based on his father's definition of
As Christ's followers, our calling in life lies in
exactly the opposite direction: We are to "play to a
grandstand" of one: Jesus. Here are two reasons why:
The fear of God: "So we make it our goal to please
him… For we must all appear before the judgment seat
of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him
for the things done while in the body, whether good
or bad. Since, then, we know what it is to fear the
Lord, we try to persuade men… " (2 Corinthians
5:9b-11a) (See Genesis 4:7; 1 Samuel 2:3; Matthew
25:31-46; 1 Peter 4:5)
The love of Christ: "For Christ's love compels us…
And he died for all, that those who live should no
longer live for themselves but for him who died for
them and was raised again." (2 Corinthians 5:14a,c,
15) (See Matthew 10:37, 38; 21:15-17; John 21:15-17;
Romans 14:10; Ephesians 3:18, 19)
If we are to enjoy the freedom that is ours in
Christ, we must come to the conclusion that it is
only His view of how we conduct our lives that
really matters. (Ponder Daniel, chapter 6)
"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of
God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still
trying to please men, I would not be a servant of
Christ… Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving
the Lord, not men." (Galatians 1:10; Ephesians 6:7)
(See Matthew 22:16; Colossians 3:23; 1 Thessalonians
2:4; James 4:4)
QUESTION: To which grandstand are you playing:
Gaining the whimsical approval of others? Or
receiving the affirmation of your loving Heavenly
Father who longs to say to you, "Well done, good and
faithful servant… come and share your master's
happiness." (Matthew 25:21b,c) (See 1 Peter 1:7)
Facts of the Matter
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Prayer requires more of the heart than
of the tongue. ~Adam Clarke
Parachute/Battlement Mesa Colorado
Church meeting is 10:00AM
Grand Valley Middle School Auditorium
0364 Sipprelle Dr. 970-210-5795
"And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for
yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods
which your fathers served that were on the other side of the
River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Found this on the web. Watch it to the end. You'll be
surprised... (You have to click the play button twice)
Copyright 2005-11 Sam L
To disciple men, to be followers of Jesus Christ and
become the men God designed us to be, men fully alive.
To grow a
honor bound Band of Brothers
committed to helping men discover their hearts no matter the costs. Brothers dedicated to fighting well
in this life set before us