Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Day: November 2, 2020

Love Reconciles

5 PAX posted in the 30’s for some running at the Sword this morning. Sparky was late but who am I telling you knew.

We discussed John 17:20-22. Jesus is praying for all of us to become one with God. What I wanted to point out is he is praying for all of us not just Republicans or Democrats, Americans or Iranians, White people or Black. All of us. We need to remember, especially now,  to act in a  way that helps to reconcile people to God not alienate them. We like to put labels on groups and join them. The only group that matters is God’s children.

3rd F – Humility

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” — John 13:14

During the day of Jesus, it was common for a servant to wash people’s feet as they entered a home. And as we might imagine, this was an important practice of hospitality. Most people wore sandals as they walked roads covered in dust and  dirt. Can you imagine how unpleasant it would be if the Q asked all Pax to remove his shoes at the COT and proceeded to wash everyone’s feet?

But here Jesus gives us a beautiful picture of His gospel—the good news of the kingdom of God. Washing his disciples’ feet shows God’s love for sinners in a way that mere words cannot express. This act of service gave the disciples a preview of the cross, when Jesus laid down his very life to wash our sins away.

But Jesus didn’t stop there. He also told his disciples to go and do the same for others.

We are called to communicate the gospel through a servant lifestyle, giving of ourselves so that others may experience life.  When satan was tempting Jesus he said for Jesus to bow before him on the mountain top.  Jesus said that “a house divided cannot stand.”  We are called to be humble, to “wash the feet others” daily.  We can’t become all God has created us to become if our “house” is divided.

We are entering the holiday season, let us focus this season on giving of self.  Be all we can be for the circle most near us, and go out of our way for others.

Following up on Sargento’s challenge, this week let’s pray for T Square, Vanilla Ice, Emoji, Wichita, Sarlacc, Huckleberry, Panama, Top Hat


5 Years and 7 Months Convergence

58 showed up, despite warnings from Gov. Cooper, for F3 Gastonia’s belated anniversary celebration. Shh don’t tell anyone. Most showed up for EC before. This is an indication of our growth in the 1stF! Broke reached out to many PAX to lead the convergence but most were out out of town or working so he ended up with Tooltime and I. TT reached out and said a guy named Frank Schwartz would be leading as well. My response was who is that and why. Apparently he’s a big deal or something.  I had to #look that up. I was told he had really good hair but I’ll be honest it was a little Trumpish for my taste. Anyway the clock struck 7 and we circled up in the parking lot. I lead things off with some planks and burpees to celebrate the people that are the  future and the foundation of F3 Gastonia. After that we hit what used to be the nicest soccer field in the world. It now looks like a cow pasture thanks to the 11’s we did. After 22 minutes of exercise I handed it over to TT for a lot of jogging and laying around. What can I say about the next 20 minutes? Quiche made sure everyone recognized his running status by getting way out front. TT was showing off his freshly shaved thighs. It’s a good thing Slaw wasn’t there. He would have put something on those long enough for TT to get used to it. There were some inappropriate exercises and facial expressions. It was discovered a lot of guys have issues with eye contact. After 20 minutes of downtime TT handed things over to Mr Schwartz. At this point I assumed the workout was basically over. I was mostly correct. There was about 5 minutes of work and 15 minutes of him talking. I wonder if he likes the sound of his voice? That would explain the podcast he does. At least that’s what I’m told. I’ve never heard of it. So what did he say? There was talk of pushing yourself and pushing beyond what you thought that was. He made us sprint to prove his point. Sprint? Really? That’s the best exercise you could come up with! At this point I was in the upper teens of a 5K everyday. I’m not sprinting squat you know what I mean. Anyway he was probably right. We mentally quit way before our bodies need too.  He would have likely had a better chance of impacting these guys if he would have spit more. Spitting, even without a dip in, is about as alpha male as it gets. I wish I could share more peoples experiences with you but due to Covid we were spread out to much.

After words we had some words from the first ever repeat Nantan, Def Leppard(2021) and some 3rdF from Sargento! I recommend joining Sargento’s prayer challenge. Prayer was my word last year and I do believe it brought me closer to God. How can it not? If you talk to someone everyday you’re bound too. Also men stepped up and donated almost 30 pairs of shoes to be taken to the Charlotte rescue mission. T-claps!

That’s about all I’ve got. It was a pretty underwhelming convergence. I mean we did have a record, I think, in attendence but the Q’s were what they were. On the upside we aren’t far away from the 6 year convergence so I’m sure we can do better.

Mount Hollywood 11-2-20

Warmup: Side straddle hops, 1 set of 15

Toy soliders, 1 set of 15

Body weight squats, 1 set of 15

Mike Tysons, 1 set of 15


Run .5 mile, Merkens + run .1 mile loop & do 5 Bobby Hurleys, 3 sets

Run .1 mile, Wall squats + run .1 mile loop, 3 sets

Heels to heaven + run .1 mile loop, 3 sets

Bear crawls for 30 yards + lunges for 30 yards, 3 sets

Plank janks + run .1 mile loop, 3 sets


Run .5 mile, 10 burpees one time


Captain’s SandLot


Warm Up

Side Straddle Hop            15 count cadence

LBCs                                       15 count cadence


Mosey to Bank Wall from Pelicans

Step Ups                              10 Serial Count Each Leg

Dips                                       20 Serial Count

Rinse and Repeat

Mosey to Planet Fitness

Four Corner Perimeter of Parking Lot and OYO

Merkins                               25 Serial Count

Squats                                  50 Serial Count

Michael Phelps                 75 Serial Count

Wall Jump @ Bellacinos then Bear Crawl walkway

Calf Raises                           50 Serial Count

Moroccan Night Clubs    50 Serial Count

Rinse and Repeat             3X more ea exercise

Mosey to Bank Wall from Planet Fitness

Step Ups                              10 Serial Count Each Leg

Dips                                       20 Serial Count

Rinse and Repeat

Mosey back to Pelicans

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