Friday, May 06, 2011
Last Sunday at church, during our monthly meal, a young woman named Catherine Rivard presented her ministry to us. She's a linguist and Bible translator who's preparing to go to Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her assignment is to put the Bible into the common language of one of the people groups there, although she's not yet sure which one.
I was surprised to hear that there are over 800 different languages spoken in that small country (about the size of California), over 300 of which do not have the Bible in their language. And Catherine said that these many languages are not similar to one another, that is, they're not dialects but distinct languages. Hard to believe but apparently true.
So when she arrives in June she will first go through a training which will cover (1) culture, (2) language, (3) Bible translation, (4) medical skills, and (5) survival skills--yes, I said survival skills. She may be put in life-threatening situations and they want her to know how to make it out there. I guess it's a "Bible Translator vs. Wild" kind of thing!
I was quite touched to hear it would take 8-20 years to complete the translation project once she starts. This young woman, in the prime of her life, is laying it all down for Christ that others might know him and love him and serve him. and perhaps someday go to other nations for him. May the Lord richly bless her and grant her the power to fulfill her calling.
Here are two links, one to Catherine's blog and the other to Wycliffe.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
At this time of year I often commute on my bike and though I know it's going to happen, it never ceases to amaze how the miles pile up. My office is 3.2 miles from my house and then during the day I have to ride here and there for this and that reason, and without even feeling it or even noticing I got home and saw that I had gone 20 miles.
It's not the 20 miles of riding is that much, I do that kind of distance all the time. It's that I just can't believe how the miles pile up when you're just doing random stuff.
Well, not much of a blog today, just something that's been on my mind! Hope you have a great day.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Tuesdays are "strength days" for me at this time of year so yesterday I took a 30 mile ride on a course with some rolling hills and one big climb (for Minnesota that is). After a 15 minute warm up at a cadence of 100 (my normal cadence) I put the chain up in the big ring and push the biggest gear I can at a minimum cadence of 90, preferably 95. I did this for 4 minutes, recovered for two minutes and then repeated 9 times for a total of 10 reps.
The workout went well but doing 10 reps was a bit much. These reps took a total of 60 minutes and I think I would have been better served to have done half that much. My muscles are a bit sore this morning but that's a good thing, it means I got a good workout! However, my knees are aching a little and I know it's not because of poor seat position--I've spent a lot of time getting that just right. Thus, I know they're aching because I pushed too hard for too long and the main reason I changed my riding style to a high-cadence style was because of knee problems.
So overall it was a great ride, I have no regrets, but I will probably only do 5 or so intervals next time.
By the way, thanks MOTOGUY for clarifying my definition of speed. I learned the technical definitions of such things from Joel Friel years ago but often blur them in contexts like this. For those of you who care, here are the technical definitions of power and speed:
Strength + Cadence = Power
Power + Aerodynamics = Speed
Whatever the technical definitions are the point is pretty simple: to go fast on a bike you have to work on cadence, strength, body position, and endurance. I wish all things in life were this simple!
Have a great day!
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
My training plan for March is essentially the same as April, however, I'm now ramping up the miles from 250 last month to 350 this month. Thus, I plan to take a 30 mile ride today, focusing on building strength. Specifically, I'll be doing 4 minute intervals, with two minutes of recovery, where I push the biggest gear I can at a minimum cadence of 90 rpm. If I go up a brief rise or something it's acceptable to let the cadence dip down to around 85 but only if that lasts for 30 seconds or less.
Speed = strength + cadence. The faster you can spin a bigger gear, the faster you will go! So, that's what today's workout is all about, I'll write tomorrow to let you know how it goes.
Have a great day, Lord have mercy on us.
Monday, May 02, 2011
I blogged this morning about the death of Osama bin Laden. Here's the link if you want to check out my blog and here's the text if you don't.
I've been praying for Osama bin Laden for nearly ten years now. Even as I write I'm remembering several prayer meetings wherein we pleaded with the Lord to reveal himself to this man. Don't get me wrong, I abhor the life he lived and I grieve at what he's done. I, like most Americans, was outraged on 9/11/01 and wanted him to pay for his actions with his life. And yet, as I processed my feelings with the Lord I came to see that my sin is also great and that bin Laden, like me, was in need of a Savior. So I began to pray for him and hope against hope that Christ would win glory for himself by pouring his mercy upon him.
I didn't hear the news until this morning. Part of me doubted it was true. Part of me rejoiced that justice has been done. Part of me grieved that a lost soul could no longer be saved and is now in hell where he will grieve and gnash his teeth forever.
Whatever your reaction to his death, be careful not to rejoice too much, and be sure to search your own soul. Consider the words of Jesus from Luke 13:1-9.
"There were some present at that very time who told him [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, 'Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.'
"And he told this parable: 'A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, "Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?" And he answered him, "Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down."'"
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