Muscle Beach – 4.30.21

Cosmo's 90s AKA Birth of the Background “Yeah”  
PAX: @Singlet @Jalisco @Yo-Yo @Mike Leak @Pebbles (FNG) @Cosmo (YHC)
Willie Mays Hayes
Good Mornings
Buy-In – 100 SSHs

90 seconds AMRAP, 30 seconds recovery at each station.
Round 1 Stations: 60# Sandbag Deadlift, Negative Pull-ups, 30# Ruck Swings, 25# Alt Curls, 25# Skullcrushers
Round 2 Stations: Repeat above but add in 30# Coupon Curls
Round 3 Stations: 60# Sandbag Clean & Press, Merkins, 30# Ruck Step-ups, Double 30# Coupon Farmer Carry, 25# Alt Curls, 25# Skullcrushers
Round 4 Stations: 60# Sandbag Squats, Merkins, Tricep Dips, Double 30# Coupon Farmer Carry, #25 Alt Curls, LBCs

YHC might have a fuzzy memory but that's pretty much the bulk of it. Simple but effective work.

Announcements: Kwambine is tomorrow at Port Royal Park. Stretching pre-party starts at 0530, impress the scouts at 0600. Operation Face Paint is a go. Open House Week is next week. Lead some black ops in your hoods and EH some sad clowns.
Prayer Requests: @Singlet's friend David and his mother Shirley who recently passed. @Jalisco and his family for safe travels today to My Old Kentucky Home. Woman and her baby that @Pebbles met in New Orleans and had a brief exchange with.

Today in 311 AD marked the end of the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. YHC read from 2 Timothy 3:11-12 that says “persecutions, sufferings – what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”

While a tyranical dictatorship is no longer crucifying Christians upside down in a stadium, as Christians we still face a different persecution today. In fact, Paul's letter is telling us that persecution for Christians is inevitable. See, we live in a broken and sinful world. This world is not where we're destined to spend eternity. As such, when we walk with Christ in this world and live by his word, we should expect discomfort. That doesn't mean being stoned to death or boiled alive (T Claps to the early Apostles for the sufferings they endured) but it may mean being the odd man out sometimes or having to address discomfort head-on, like expressing your faith publicly knowing that it may draw some assumptions, odd looks, or even antagonist reactions. As men, we should not be afraid of these persecutions. Being a Christian isn't easy because while our souls are destined for a relationship with Christ, if we let him into our hearts, our bodies are tethered to this broken world. That creates constant friction. Joining F3 isn't easy either. It means making sacrifices and a willingness to be held accountable or pushed forward whether we like that push or not.

Have faith in the Lord. He has rescued us through his sacrifice. As the saying goes, a ship is safest in harbor but that's not what ships were meant for.

SYITG, Cosmo out.

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