Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Road climb



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Gorgeous opening on a fireroad climb in Montana.
I love this shot!

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From fall 2008

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Quotation from Jim's last sermon

"Jesus is a lover of sinful people. I didn't say He loves the sin, [I said] He loves the person. You can never lose God's love by how bad you mess up. But you can absolutely tick God off by being a self righteous, hypocritical, judgemental Christ-follower condeming others."

That is so powerful! I was just listening to the podcast of his sermon from last Sunday, and wow did I need to hear that again!

"You can never lose God's love by how bad you mess up."

Friday, June 26, 2009

I can't afford to ride!

My bike is in the shop AGAIN! It was just in last week to get some work done on the back brake to the tune of $40, and a week ago my tire pump fell out of a hole in my old dilapidated pack at a cost of $35, and a new pack at $110. and now i think my derailleur is all janked up, and a new x-9 runs close to a hundred. what the crap??? how is all this happening right now when i NEED to be saving money the most, and i'm trying to pinch pennies like crazy???

and that doesn't even begin to mention the flat tires, broken chains, and other smaller repairs.

and my bike was running so well for the last several months... i guess i should have known it couldn't last...

i may need to take up running. i can't afford to keep fixing my bike.

Note: This was originally a topic I posted on the singletracks.com forums. Go here to check out the replies and the resolution.

Old lookout post at the top of Johnson Peak

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The top of Johnson Peak near Whitefish, MT.

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Taken Fall 2008

Thursday, June 25, 2009

706 DOMINATION!!

So we TOTALLY dominated the 706 last night!!! Had a couple bumps with the pizza ordering and had to drive all the way down to the East Side to pick up Little Ceasers... but everything went off super well! Matt and the band DOMINATED it, Andy totally TORE UP the microphone!

Yeh, it was good!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Driving up to Johnson Peak/Trixie Pass TH

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Some gorgeous shots from the drive up to the trailhead this past fall. These were taken early in the morning, and wow, Montana is beautiful!


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The grand prix DOMINATING the miles and miles of gravel roads!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MOOSE!!!

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I was super stoked about seeing these moose! They were really close, and yeah, it was definitely an awesome experience!

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I scared them up on a drive up to a trailhead to go mountainbiking last fall in Montana. Dang it was cool!

Peace

Monday, June 22, 2009

Prayer and Fervency

Quotations from E.M. Bounds' The Necessity of Prayer.

"Prayers must be red hot. It is the fervent prayer that is effectual and that availeth."

"It takes fire to make prayers go."

Speaking of the withering of the fig tree, and Jesus proclaiming that with faith you can literally move mountains:

"When a Christian believer attains to faith of such magnificent proportions as these, he steps into the realm of implicit trust. He stands without a tremor on the apex of his spiritual outreaching. He has attained faith's veritable top stone, which is unswerving, unalterable, unalienable trust in the power of the living God."

INCREDIBLE!

Sunrise over the Flathead Valley (Fall 2008)

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Compass Church BRINGING THE HEAT!!

Jim brought the heat today!! Holy crap he was up front and seriously IN YOUR FACE! Don't remember if I've ever seen him this ticked (maybe at the bloggers twisting his words... that was intense) but man was he right on!

He has gotten ME riled up about Jesus being up front, not pulling any punches, and being BOLD and not mild! We are not called to mild christianity! (Even though that wasn't necesarily the point of Jim's message. But he definitely was NOT mild today!!)

The closer I draw to God and the more passionate I get and feel about loving Him, the more I feel he lays on my heart to say. I try to speak only when I have something to say, but the closer I stand to Christ, the more I feel given to say. So more words may be coming off of my tongue in the coming weeks and months.

Let's step up and lend a hand instead of pointing a finger!

Why sometimes we suck at life... but how we keep striving to seek His face

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Garden of the Gods, 2

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Travis being freaking awesome!


In Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Summer 2008

Sweet Verses

Some sweet verses from my quiet time today:

Psalm 84:2 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Psalm 84:11 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds

I'm currently reading The Necessity of Prayer by E. M. Bounds, and it is rocking my socks off! The guy was incredible, and so deep! My pastor from Montana, Ron Youde, owned this book previously and marked it up a good bit when he read through it, so it is interesting to look at his markings.

I highly recommend this read!

Garden of the Gods, 1

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Summer 2008

Friday, June 12, 2009

Reid Divide Trail near Whitefish, MT, 2


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The Jamis DOMINATED this 20 mile epic!

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Beautiful trail!

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The deep forests of Northwest Montana

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