2013 – Round #4
The Edmonton national marks the end of 4 rounds and the end of the Western nationals. We have been blessed with great weather, awesome racing and best of all we have been used by God to accomplish His ministry at the nationals over the past month. This weekend they switched things up and started the MX1 class first.
At the morning devotional, I shared some personal thoughts with some inspiring facts and information that I read from a book called Scientific facts in the bible.
The bible is referred to as the book of knowledge. This is why…Over 2000 years ago when the bible was written, and science had not yet proven, it spoke of; Invisible atoms which our world is constructed of, radio waves, oceanography, entropy, the water cycle, thermodynamics, and meteorological laws, just to name a few.
The Bible also reveals that the earth is round. Isaiah 40:22 says “it is he that sits upon the circle of the earth”. The book of Isaiah was written around 700 B.C. It was another 2000 years later in a time when science believed that the earth was flat, that scriptures inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world. Columbus wrote in his diary, in relation to discovering the new world “it was the Lord who put it into my mind…. There was no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Scriptures because he comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the holy scriptures….”
The bible contains more than 3,200 verses with fulfilled prophecy either within the Bible itself or since the Bible was written. But there are still more than 3,100 verses with unfulfilled prophecies.
There are historical discoveries regularly coming to light that continue to support the accuracy of the Bible. It’s said that “Old Testament archeology has rediscovered whole nations, resurrected important peoples, and in a most astonishing manner, filled in historical gaps, adding immeasurably to the knowledge of Biblical backgrounds.”
The bible is the highest selling book of all time. There are more than 168,000 Bibles either sold or given away per day in the United States. Why when we have this valuable resource of knowledge at our fingertips do we not take advantage of it???
I believe that even though a bible exists in a majority of homes, people still act selfish, thoughtless, self-centered, materialistic, self-absorbed, and many of whom would lie, cheat, steal, deceive as long as it benefited ourselves. It is because our focus is not on Jesus.
There are many bible-believing men that had a huge impact on shaping our world:
Sir Isaac newton, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Jefferson, Herbert Hoover, along with many other presidents- Winston Churchill, Ulysses S Grant, and the list goes on.
Inspirational quotes from two great U.S. presidents were:
Ronald Reagan said, “Within the cover of the bible are all the answers that men face. The bible can touch hearts, order minds and refresh hearts”.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the bible. A thorough knowledge of the bible is worth more than a college education”
This past weekend was stop #4 on the CMRC schedule and the conclusion to our western rounds. It was another great weekend of weather where it rained on Saturday and made things great for Sunday. With the track being very high-speed, everyone came out swinging hard in practice, which cued up the MX1 class to start the day of racing.
Moto 1 Recap
After the gate dropped I found myself around 8th at turn 1, and set up perfect on the outside in turn 2 to stay on the throttle and pass right up to 6th. Once passing into 5th, after a few laps, I stayed close to 4th the first 20 minutes of the race. After making some mistakes he slipped away on me, which left me all alone in 5th for the rest of the moto.
Moto 2 Recap
As the gate dropped in moto 2, I found myself around 10th, but unable to make the outside line in turn 2 as productive as it was in moto 1, I had more obstacles in the way. I made some quick moves to get into 6th right away. Here is where I would find myself hunting to catch 5th, lap after lap I would gain a little, and lose a little. With that happening most the rest of the moto I found myself again all alone. Finishing the moto with a 6th gave me a 6th overall on the day.
I enjoyed a wonderful weekend of love and fellowship with the team in Edmonton. Now with the west coast swing at a close we shall enter the 2 week break with rest and preparation for the remaining 5 rounds in the east.
The Bible is our guide book (which is alive), I encourage us all to keep encouraging one another to share, edify, rebuke, train, and live by the Truth laid within it’s pages.
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Psalm 147:15 NKJV
“He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.”
I am thankful to have this platform to race and glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also want to thank my Wife, my Parents, my Church, COGI Athletics, as well as all the sponsors and supporters of Redemption Racing for their continued prayers and support!
The final west round this past weekend in Edmonton started off great. I qualified in 13th thanks to riding the coat tails of Gavin on the final lap of qualifying. The first moto I got a decent start in around the top ten. At the beginning of the race I battled for position but by the halfway point I was riding around all alone in 13th where I finished. In the second moto, I got off the line with a similar start and was running in 12th for a few laps. Unfortunately in a corner my front end slid out from under me and I ended up going down, causing me to lose a bunch of positions. I got up and tried pushing back through the pack, when only a lap or two later a guy went down in a rut right in front me. I had nowhere to go as ran over his bike which made me fall over again. I got up but after those two falls I was pretty tired. I ended up getting a hard earned 21st as Dylan Langlois was all over my back trying to get around me. God blessed me through the west rounds with a holeshot and my best finish at Calgary of a top ten but most of all, he kept me safe which I am so thankful for. I am so glad for the break as I will be able to go home and get a little rest. That being said I am also going to be training super hard in the sand pits by my house as the next three rounds are sand, so that I come back strong for the start of the East rounds.
Well, another weekend came and gone and now it’s time for a break!! A great and safe weekend before the start of a three week break is exactly what I was hoping for, and God provided! This weekend definitely had me work with all my heart as I qualified, but right at the borderline of 36th position. Both motos brought exciting racing for me as I ended up dead last off the start both motos and had to charge hard up through the pack. In the first moto, I came off the gate decent, but had a bobble in the first turn and sent me back to 39th! I worked hard and got up to 24th position, but then fell only two corners from the finish and ended up 28th. In the next moto, I tried timing the gate perfectly like playing MX games, but it didn’t work out like I expected and ended up hitting the gate and knocking it over and was dead last again! I rode hard and ended up working my way up to 25th. I didn’t acquire any points this weekend, but rode with a lot of heart and left safe, so all praise and glory be to the Lord!! Another great additive for the weekend was my wife got to come and watch me race for the first time in a year and it was our year anniversary!! She also got to meet the team and had a great time talking and hanging out with everyone.
Now I’m back home and going to work hard to get ready for Gopher Dunes, hope to see you out there!! I want to take a moment to say thanks to God and His son Jesus Christ for everything and keeping us all safe during our rides, thanks to my dad for all the help and Ronnie Dement for helping me out each weekend, my lovely wife Selina for believing in me and standing by my side, and all my family and friends for being supportive, and a big thanks to Josh Snider and the whole team for the opportunity to ride for their team and to be apart of their ministry as it is truly a blessing from God. Thanks everyone and God bless!!
We look forward to more great racing, ministry opportunities and blessings when we return to the races again in the East.
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