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The Allure of Temptation

Faith Rx'd Iron Sharpens Iron and Power & Grace coach, Spencer Arnold, talks about the allure of temptation and what Solomon in Proverbs 5:1-5 and Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:13 wrote about it.

Sin is a debilitating force that will drive us away from the Lord in an ever so subtle, slow way. Recognizing that half the battle is seeing sin for what it is and fighting back by God’s grace grants freedom. Satan’s best measure to draw us to sin isn’t the massive, obvious, blatant offenses but the small, seemingly harmless sins that we cave to day in and day out until it has trapped us. Christ has given us a way out and a freedom from that trap in His work on the Cross for our behalf. Don’t let sin seduce you. Put your eyes on Christ and may the author and perfecter of our faith draw us into relationship with Him and out of sin.

Catch Spencer live at one of our upcoming Iron Sharpens Iron camps!

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Guido Trinidad: Athlete’s New Testament Profile

Originally published June, 2013, as part of The Athlete's New Testament, which can be purchased via the Faith Rx'd Store. Guido owns and coaches at Peak360 CrossFit in Miami, co-founded and programs the Wodapalooza fitness festival, and is the Head Coach of Faith Rx'd Iron Sharpens Iron weekend training events.

I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of nine, but I drifted quite a bit in high school. My mom was a single parent trying to raise two boys on her own and with no father figure in the house I began to rebel at an early age. By 15 I was involved with a lot of things that led me astray from God: the wrong crowd, illegal substances, and activities that we all hope our children never get involved in.

Soon I was in a downward spiral-my dreams of playing college football were disappearing and my relationship with my mother was deteriorating. Something had to change. A love for football motivated me to get my act together, but I needed more than motivation. I needed direction. I re-established a relationship with God by the age of 17 and made a 180-degree change for the better. Grades went up, I became captain of my football team and earned a scholarship to play football at Benedictine College.

God has always played a role in my preparation and performance in sports. In college I started praying before every workout and every practice, including things like “I offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to you, that this may be my spiritual act of worship” based on Romans 12:1. Praying like this helps me put things into perspective quickly, and reminds me I have a purpose in my life, my training, and my competition: to glorify God. Living and competing for any other purpose will eventually seem empty.

As a competitive CrossFit athlete, the lifestyle is challenging and I am more dependent on God than ever. In competition there have been several instances, specifically at the 2012 Regionals where my relationship with God carried me through the competition. I remember praying several Bible verses to keep me focused.

Everyday presents a different struggle. Whether it’s a lack of motivation to train, a business deal gone wrong, a misunderstanding at home, or a nagging injury, there will always be obstacles and adversities. But I believe God allows these things into our lives for a reason. Our job is to create the opportunity out of the obstacle and to let the adversity build us up. I still have my ups and downs, in CrossFit and in life, but I try to keep Christ at the center of it all and I praise Him for saving me.

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Risk/Reward

with permission from Joshua Birmingham (see photo), originally posted to the Faith Rx'd Colorado Springs Facebook group

A coworker and I had to fly to Indiana to meet up with a client (whom we have never meet in person) to go over a project we have been working on. When we all arrived in Indiana, we immediately went out to dinner to get to know each other a little bit.

During this time at dinner, we shared a little about ourselves and I discovered that our client was originally from Dubai. I didn't think much of it, until our food came out and I was about to bow my head and pray. Before I bowed my head, there was a tiny voice inside me that told me not to pray because it might offend my client if they are islamic. However, I rebuked that voice and took the risk of offending my client to praise God.

After I said my prayer I looked up to see the client staring at me with a confused look on their face. Then,….they slowly bowed their head and prayed as well. After they finished praying they asked me if I was a Christian, along with other questions. I found out that they too are Christian and we spent a good chunk of that dinner talking about Jesus!

The reason I wanted to tell you this story is because I feel the world wants us to keep our faith private, so we do not to offend anyone. However, Romans 1:16 says “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” Hopefully, this little story will give strength to others to not be afraid to express their faith throughout this week!

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Good Friday Workout

But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. Isaiah 53:5

After posting a similar Good Friday Workout 2 years ago, we not only enjoyed watching our fitness community share what the experience meant, and how long it took to complete it, but many of you shared photos helping to further relate what it was like.  We'd love to resurrect that experience this Good Friday, March 25, 2016. Please post times, comments and photos here.

100 double unders
800m barbell carry (95/65)
100 burpees

This photo of Keith Britton especially stood out to us, so we tracked down the backstory to share it with you in case you missed it in our 2014 recap.

Athlete and founder of CrossFit Juggernaut, Keith Britton, says Shannon Tripp shot this photo of him carrying a barbell on his back, similar in weight and distance to the cross Jesus and Simon of Cyrene carried outside Jerusalem some 1,986 years ago.   It was part of our Good Friday Workout (scale as needed):

The workout was designed to help remind athletes of the pain and suffering Jesus experienced that day when He laid down His life in an act of sacrificial love for the human race (more on the crucifixion at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucifixion_of_Jesus).

Shannon was kind enough to answer a few questions:

Frxd: Why did you take the photo of Keith?

Shannon: We often take photos of athletes during their workouts.   It’s a great way to document their experience.   I knew how important this particular workout was for Keith, and took multiple shots throughout.

Frxd: What did you use to take the photo?

Shannon: My phone, a Moto X by Motorola.

Frxd: What did you use to edit the photo before you posted it to Facebook?

Shannon: The original image was a bit wider so it was cropped in Microsoft paint, but no other edits were made.

Frxd: When did you realize this shot was special?   Describe your reaction, Keith’s and others who have seen it?

Shannon: I didn’t notice until after he finished the WOD.   I was flipping through the shots and came across the image but didn’t fully comprehend the significance until I showed it to him and saw his reaction.   He was in awe.   Others have asked if I did anything to the photo, but I have been able to maintain with total integrity that it is the original.   It’s a powerful image captured for a reason.   Keith says he remembers how he felt at that moment, and the image stands as a testimony for him.

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Freedom & Thanksgiving

Attitude of Gratitude

Much of the credit for the adoption of a later ANNUAL national Thanksgiving Day may be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale…For thirty years, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day, contacting President after President until President Abraham Lincoln responded in 1863 by setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving. –Origins of Thanksgiving

Lincoln delivered his most famous Gettysburg address, pronouncing equality and freedom among a sea of soldiers' graves who fought and died for those same values. “When I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.” That same November, 1863, he created this annual day of Thanksgiving remembrance. How can you allow God to take heavy circumstances in your life and turn them into freedom and thanksgiving?

Derek Del Rosario joined other Faith Rx'd chapter leaders at our first IMPACT Conference this fall and will launch our 37th chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 12th, just after they host a “Naughty or Nice” workout at his box, CrossFit 2 Serve.

This morning Derek encouraged the already growing numbers who have joined their new chapter Facebook page:

There are many things that I am thankful for this holiday season!, but there is one that always puts me in a attitude of gratitude: “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” -John 9:25. I could only imagine how difficult it may be to be physically blind and having to walk through this life, but it does not compare to being spiritually blind! Thank you God for my salvation and opening up my eyes spiritually to see your Truth.

Derek is another example of allowing God to turn harsh times into freedom and thanksgiving. Join Derek as he walks through dark times and how God is now using them for His glory.