WOD 8-30-12

KB Linda

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 reps for time:

1.5 x BW Deadlift

Double KB Floor Press (40 kg or 32 kg)

.75 x BW Clean

Olympic Training Center, Finland
Olympic Training Center, Finland

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit,but with humility of mind regard one another as moreimportant than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personalinterests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of JesusEVERY KNEE WILL BOW,of those who are in heaven and on earth and underthe earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”   – Philippians 2:3-11

WOD 8-29-12

5 Rounds for Time:

Load:  2 – 24 kg KBs

1 Double KB Military Press – 5 Double KB Front Squat

3 Double KB Push Press – 3 Double KB Front Squat

5 Double KB Jerk – 1 Double KB Front Squat

Beowulf“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 ableto stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against [fn]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritualforces 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 doneeverything, to stand firm.”  Ephesians 6:10-13

WOD 8-28-12

Warm-up

5 Turkish Get-ups R/L (16 kg)

5 Turkish Get-ups R/L (24 kg)

5 Rounds for time:

5 Power Cleans (85% of 1 rep max)

5 Muscle ups

5 Handstand Push-ups

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“The people of the land have practiced oppressionand committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojournerwithout justice. I searched for a man among them who would buildup the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.” - Ezekiel 22:29-30

WOD 8-10-12

AMRAP in 15 Minutes

5 KB Snatch/R  (24 kg)

1 Reverse Turkish Get up/R

5 KB Snatch/L

1 Reverse Turkish Get-up/L

Note: On 5th Snatch: 1) Hold the KB overhead  2) Slowly descend to the kneeling then supine position i.e. the 2nd half of the Turkish Get-up. 3)  Once your back touches the ground, immediately perform the first half of the TGU.  4) Once your back on your feet, lower the KB, switch hands and start snatching, repeating the process.

CrossFit Pori - Forging Elite Finnish
CrossFit Pori – Forging Elite Finnish

The mathematical and scientific discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) are astronomical. Some of the most notable of his achievements include the invention of calculus, the discovery of the laws of motion and the law of gravitation, and the construction of the first reflecting telescope. He also was a man known for his Christian faith. He spent a great portion of his time studying the Bible with a special interest in prophecy. Following are some of his quotations.

On the Bible:
“I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.”

On atheism:
“Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system. I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”

At the time of his death, he left more than a million words of notes on the Bible. Six years after his death, Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. Johnwas published. Not only was Isaac a great scientist but also a dedicated student of the Bible.

WOD 8-9-12

Warm-Up

S.H.O.T. Drills (12 pound shot) 5 minutes

KB Snatches 50 reps per arm (Skill work: 12 – 16 kg)

Kipping Pull-up 30 reps (Skill work: band assisted)

Elizabeth

21-15-9

135 lb. Clean

Ring Dips

Conquerers of the TA 90 lbs Pull-up Challenge
Conquerers of the TA 90 lbs Pull-up Challenge

Charles Habib Malik (1906-1967), the Ambassador to the United Nations, from Lebanon,, was a member of the U.N. Security Council 1953-54, and President of the 13th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1959.  Charles Habib Malik, in 1958, recognized:

“The good (in the United States) would never have come into being without the blessing and power of Jesus Christ….Whoever tries to conceive the American word without taking full account of the suffering and love and salvation of Christ is only dreaming.

I know how embarrassing this matter is to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and cynics; but, whatever these honored men think, the irrefutable truth is that the soul of America is at its best and highest, Christian.”

WOD 8-8-12

3 Round for Time:

10 Turkish Get-ups R/L (24kg)

10 Muscle Ups

Easy day at the CF Games
Easy day at the CF Games

New England, (Synod of) Churches September 30, 1648, defined the duties of citizens,, functions of civil magistrates and the nature of civil government.

I. God, Supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under him, over the people, and for his own glory and the public good; and to this end hath armed them with the power of the sword for the defense and encouragement of them that do well, and for the punishment of evil-doers.

II. It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of magistrate when called thereunto.  In the management whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice, and peace, according to the wholesome laws of the Commonwealth, so for that end they may lawfully now, under the new Testament, wage war upon just and necessary occasions….

IV. It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates, to honor their persons, to pay them tribute and other dues, to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority for conscience’s sake.

Psalm 109:8 “Let his days be few, and let another take his office.”

WOD 8-7-12

21-15-9

KB Snatches R/L (24 kg)

Pull-ups

Box Jumps

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Matthew 10:38

And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”

William Penn (1644-1718), the founder of Pennsylvania, at age 22 converted to the Christian truths of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, who at that time were greatly scorned and ridiculed.  He suffered imprisonment over three times for his faith.  Once he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for eight months, during which time he wrote his classic book, No Cross, No Crown:

” No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown….

Christ’s cross is Christ’s way to Christ’s crown.  This is the subject of the following discourse, first written during my confinement in the Tower of London in the year of 1668, now reprinted with great enlargement of matter and testimonies, that thou mayest be won to Christ, or if won already, brought nearer to Him.  It is a path which God in his everlasting kindness guided my feet into, in the flower of my youth, when about two and twenty years of age.

He took me by the hand and led me out of the pleasures, vanities and hopes of the world. I have tasted the Christ’s  judgements, and of his mercies, and of the world’s frowns and reproaches.  I rejoice in my experience, and dedicate it to thy service in Christ….

The unmortified Christian and the heathen are of the same religion, and the deity they truly worship is the god of this world.  What shall we eat? What shall we drink?  What shall we wear? And how shall we pass away our time? Which way may we gather and perpetuate our names and families in the earth? It is a mournful reflection, but a truth which will not be denied, that these worldly lusts fill up a great part of the study, care and conversation of Christendom.

The false notion that they may be children of God while in a state of disobedience to his holy commandments, and disciples of Jesus though they revolt from his cross, and members of his true church, which is without spot or wrinkle, not withstanding their lives are full of spots and wrinkles, is of all other deceptions upon themselves the most pernicious to the eternal condition they are at peace in sin and under a security in their transgression.”

Matthew 16:24

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself,andtake up hiscross and follow Me.”

Article of Interest:

Ten Commandments in America by Kerby Anderson

WOD 8-6-12

5 Rounds for time:

3 Power Cleans (165#)

3 Front Squats (165#)

1 Push Jerk (165#)

Note: Be very technical on the above lifts.  Scale up or down as necessary.

Finish with 3 Rounds of:

3  Clean Grip High-Pulls (205#)

Note: The CGHPs are for power development, don’t let a weak or taxed grip be the limiting factor on this lift, use straps, if necessary.

Brandon Millsapps demonstrating the TGU
Brandon Millsapps demonstrating the TGU

William Penn, (1644-1718), the founder of Pennsylvania. On April 25, 1682, wrote the famousFrame of Government for his new colony.  This writing demonstrated such wisdom that it strongly influenced the charters of the other colonies.  In it Penn stated:

” The origination and descent of all human power is from God..first, to terrify evil doers; secondly, to cherish those who do well;…

Government seems to me to be a part of religion itself – a thing sacred in its institutions and ends….

Government, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too.  Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad….

That, therefore, which makes a good constitution must keep it, – namely men of wisdom and virtue, – qualities that, because they descend not with worldly inheritance, must be carefully propagated by a virtuous education of youth….

It is therefore enacted that all persons…having children…shall cause such to be instructed in reading and writing, so that they may be able to read the Scriptures and to write by the time they attain to 12 years of age.”

William Penn wrote to Peter the Great, Czar of Russia:

“If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by him….Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”

William Penn stated:

“True Godliness doesn’t turn men out of the World, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavors to mend it.”

Day of Rest 8-5-12

The Image of God and Creativity

By Dr. Glenn Sunshine

In God’s image

Although the term “image of a god” in the ancient near east conveyed the idea of being a representative or steward of a god, the Biblical phrase also points to those things in human beings that make us similar to God and thus enable us to carry out our charge as His regents in the world. In this and the next several articles, we will explore aspects of our nature that reflect God’s own attributes, and look at some of their implications for our work as God’s stewards. We begin with creativity.

Creativity and human life

Christians don’t talk much about creativity as a crucial aspect of what it means to be human, and few formal theologians address it in connection with the image of God. Part of the reason for this is history: originally, theologians argued that only God could “create” (Latin creare), which for them meant producing something out of nothing (Latin ex nihilo); human beings could only “make” (Latin facere) things out of already existing material.

And yet, as Dorothy Sayers pointed out, “It is observable that in the passage leading up to the statement … [that man is made in the image of God], he has given no detailed information about God. Looking at man, he sees in him something essentially divine, but when we turn back to see what he says about the original upon which the ‘image’ of God was modelled, we find only the single assertion, ‘God created’. The characteristic common to God and man is apparently that: the desire and the ability to make things.”[1]

Similarly, J.R.R. Tolkien, another great English writer who travelled in the same circles as Sayers, emphasized the idea of “sub-creation” in producing his fantasy works, striving to create a coherent, consistent secondary world. He saw this process of sub-creation “as a form of worship, a way for creatures to express the divine image in them by becoming creators.”[2]

So what exactly is creativity? The term is curiously difficult to define, though obviously it has something to do with the ability to create—“the desire and the ability to make things,” as Sayers put it. Not surprisingly, the early chapters of Genesis and the mandate to “have dominion” over the world outline some of the big picture elements of creativity.

In the beginning

God gave Adam two jobs, a topic to which we will return in later articles. First, Adam was “to work and keep” the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15). The Garden is specifically described not just as a place where food grew, but as a place of beauty and delight (Gen. 2:9); we may thus infer that working and keeping the Garden involved not simply food production, but cultivating beauty as well. In other words, the arts have been part of God’s mandate to humanity from the very beginning.

There can be no question that God loves beauty. Consider the earth and stars as celebrated in the Psalms, or the specifications of the Tabernacle and its furnishings, as well as the priests’ garments, in Ex. 26-28 and 30, or the Temple in 1 Kg. 6-7, or the throne room of Heaven in Is. 6 and Rev. 4, or the New Jerusalem in Rev. 21. Both God’s works and His worship are bathed in beauty.

Even more remarkably, God told Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all I have commanded you….” (Ex. 31:2-6) So the craftsmanship and skill that went into the making the Tabernacle, as well as the ability “to devise artistic designs,” were the products of being filled with the Holy Spirit, and therefore reflect something of God’s own nature.

The artist, in using the materials God has placed at hand and the skills which God has given, is thus a sub-creator, to use Tolkien’s word, exercising the image of God by fulfilling the mandate to work and keep the Garden.

Adam’s second task was naming the animals (Gen. 2:19-20). This also was a creative act, though of a different type. In Hebrew, a being’s name was thought to reflect its nature, and thus to name the animals appropriately required studying and understanding them, and then coming up with the appropriate word to encapsulate their nature. We will return to this in a later article when we consider the sciences. For now, we need to note that the act of naming is an intellectual and creative activity, and as a result a full biblical understanding of human creativity includes not just the visual arts to the verbal arts as well.[3]

Language is, of course, a characteristic of God Himself. He spoke the universe into existence, and Jesus is described in John 1 as the word of God. Human use of language is thus another reflection of the image of God, particularly when we use words to create.

Creativity in language

The nature of Scripture itself affirms the importance of creativity in language. God did not reveal Himself through a list of essential doctrines or a schematic outline of theology. Instead, He chose to reveal Himself through the writings of a variety of authors over many hundreds of years in just about every type of literature then known to humanity. There are historical narratives, laws, poems and songs, proverbs, prophetic oracles, parables, letters, apocalyptic literature, even genealogies. In producing our own literature, we are following the example of God who gave us a rich literary heritage in His word.

This is precisely the kind of creativity both Dorothy Sayers and J.R.R. Tolkien had in mind when they talked about “making things” or “sub-creation,” though of course they would not have limited creative activity to literature. At the same time, however, both saw writing as a very high level creative act since it involves bringing imagination to life using words as God Himself did at the Creation. Of course, God’s words produced physical results, whereas the main fruit of writing is not the physical book but the ideas it conveys.

Creativity in music

Another area of creative activity found in Scripture is music. God is surrounded by music in Heaven (Is. 6; Rev. 4, 5, 11, 15, etc.). God’s actions in history were celebrated in song (e.g. Ex. 15:1-21), and music was central to the worship in Jerusalem (e.g. 1 Chron. 15:16-24). Jesus and the Apostles sang hymns (Matt. 26:30), as did Paul and Silas even when they were locked in the deepest part of a Roman prison (Acts 16:25).

Psalms, the longest book in the Bible, is a collection of songs, and it celebrates not only singing but instrumental music (e.g. Ps. 150) as a means of praising God. The Psalms include songs of praise, laments, pleas for help, introspection, prayers of repentance …. In any and every circumstance, it gives us examples of how to sing our heart’s cries to God.

The Apostle Paul even tells us that music is a sign of being filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-20). Singing thus joins Bezalel’s visual arts as a work of the Holy Spirit and therefore as an aspect of the image of God.

Creativity in all of life

Creativity extends well beyond just these few examples here. In every area of life, at our home, in our work, and in our recreation, creativity plays a major role. The reason is simple: part of our nature as image bearers of God the Creator is to be sub-creators, and so to carry out our original mandate which God gave us in the Garden, to create culture as a function of our stewardship of the world.

[1] The Mind of the Maker, http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/dlsayers/mindofmaker/mind.02.htm.This book is the most thorough treatment of creativity as central to what it means to be human and to the image of God that I have seen. It is no accident that Sayers was a novelist, playwright, poet and translator—in other words, a person engaged in “creative writing”—rather than a formal theologian.

[2] David C. Downing, “Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theology: Tolkien contra Lewis on Christian Fantasy,”http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/cslewis/downing_theology.htm. This idea is also reflected in the story, “Of Aulë and Yavanna,” chapter 2 of The Silmarillion.

[3] There is common ground between visual and verbal arts. Bezalel had intelligence and knowledge, which empowered his craftsmanship; Adam needed the same qualities in naming animals, though he applied them using a different vehicle than the physical objects Bezazel produced. It thus seems fair to say that some type of intellectual ability is a prerequisite for creative work.

For additional insight to this topic, get the book, The Active Life: A

Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring, by Parker Palmer, from The Colson Center online

store. Or read the article, “To Compose from Fragments,” by T. M. Moore.