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Xtreme Men – Thursday – 3.29.18

Today was a great final day of Xtreme Men! After breakfast we finished up our devotion on Psalm 16. We looked at Psalm 16:9-11… “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” There was so much for us to dive into with these verses. Ultimately, we wrapped up our discussion on being Xtreme Men of Xtreme joy, and today we learned that we can have real, lasting joy in the presence of God. In summary, we learned that Xtreme Men seek Xtreme joy in God’s presence. Today we talked about real practical ways to seek this joy in God’s presence… particularly we saw ways to see this presence and joy in prayer and in God’s Word. As David says in Psalm 16 this is the “the path of life” and the way of “fullness of joy”! Sometimes it is so easy for us to turn prayer and Scripture study and meditation into a chore or homework instead of a way of hearing the voice of God and entering into God’s presence… But, that is the MOST Xtreme thing that any man could ever do… to seek and run hard after the God and His joyous presence!

After devotion we were able to finish up our service with the City of Acworth… We were able to dig up old shrubs on main street to make the bush beds look more clean and lay more mulch to prepare for the Acworth Art Fest. The City of Acworth Parks and Recreation was so thankful for the help and service we gave this week! Please join us in continuing to pray for the Acworth Art Fest, and specifically praying that people would see the greatness of God in His creation!

Today we finished up our Xtreme sports with mountain biking. Students had a BLAST riding mountain bikes! We started our mountain bike adventure getting set up on bikes from Atlanta Cycles in Roswell. We were able to rent Trek bikes and everyone was so excited to be on such nice bikes! We then went over to Big Creek MTB Trails and explored around 10 miles of trails! There was a variety of singletrack trails with pump tracks, burms, loose rocks, tight turns and trees, roots, rock gardens, obstacles, tabletops, screaming downhills, and jumps. We all had a blast! Many students said this was their favorite outing of the week!

Overall the Xtreme Men trip was a blast! We were so blessed to serve the City of Acworth and prepare the city for a beautiful welcome of the Acworth Art Fest. It was also so great to see students dive into Psalm 16 and discuss the Xtreme joy we can have in God gifts, the saints, creation, and God presence! It was also so much fun to participate in so many Xtreme sports and activities this week as we laughed together, competed together, and challenged and encouraged each other.

Xtreme Men 2018 will be one to remember!

Xtreme Men – Wednesday – 3.28.18

Wow, what a day today for Xtreme Men! Today was our Psalm 16:3 day… “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” We learned today that being Xtreme Men of Xtreme Joy means seeking the community and wellbeing of others; specifically other believers.

We were able to practice taking enjoyment in one another as we went to Banning Mills and did the level 4 Extreme Zipline and Canopy tour. Although some claimed that they weren’t scared of heights, many of us were humbled by the experience. On Xtreme Men we do the highest level which is level 4 high ropes and zip line. Once we made it to level 4 and were crossing single log bridges over 100 feet over the ground and crossing the world’s longest zip line wood plank suspension bridge that was 600 feet and was 300 feet over the gorge, we knew we had some fears to conquer. The final zip line was called the Screaming Eagle zipline, where we leaped off a 30 story tower for a 1,000 feet descent reaching high speeds of 75 miles per hour! This was a great time for students to encourage one another. Hopefully today students (and leaders) conquered some fears and grew as more confident individuals! Strength of mind comes when one faces their fears and perseveres through adversity. The day also took much physical strength to balance and depend on ones leg strength more, as there was so much climbing around the course. Most of all, we hope we learned how to seek Xtreme Joy in God, in our brothers, in service, and in His creation!

Tomorrow we continue to serve the City of Acworth and we move to the trails where we will spend the day Mountain Biking.

— Ty Faulk

Xtreme Men – Monday & Tuesday – 3.26/27.18

Monday, March 25

Today begins Xtreme Men 2018! Our adventures began today by gathering together and diving into God’s Word. This week we will focus on what it means to become a strong man. Men desire to be strong, but strength is something that is holistic and not just in our muscles. Strength is defined as being strong physically, mentally, and spiritually. To be strong physically means that one can endure and carry his own weight to serve others and the world. Mental strength means that one can persevere through difficulty, hardship, and adversity. And, spiritual strength means that one seeks their Joy in God and His gifts through growing in God’s grace, spiritual support from others, and spiritual love towards others. We were able to dive both into Psalm 16:1-3 and Psalm 1 to look at the first part of that today.

We then went to push our physical strength at Andretti’s Indoor Karting. One might think this was our easiest challenge, but surprisingly maneuvering and racing the high speed Advanced level karts at Andretti’s is no easy task and places a lot of stress on the shoulders and upper body, while also elevating heart rate. The strongest survived with Robert Howard coming out the fastest, Mr. Faulk coming out second, and Chandler Quigley taking 3rd.

Looking to tomorrow we are excited to serve the City of Acworth and spend the afternoon in the treacherous battlefields of paintball

— Ty Faulk, Upper School Bible Teacher

Tuesday, March 27

We started out today by diving into Psalm 16:4, and we were reminded that “the sorrows of those who run after other God’s shall multiply.” Psalm 16 is all about Xtreme joy, and men that are seeking to grow in strength of mind, body, and spirit, will grow in the joy of God. The problem, however, is that as men we are constantly being bombarded with false gods. Whether its false God of fame, wealth, success, or relationships, we know that whenever those things are made gods that our “sorrows multiply”. These things are all good servants to reach our end of glorifying God, but they make bad masters. Pray that our young men continue to realize that truth.

After diving into God’s Word we were able to serve the City of Acworth. In April the City hosts several important events like the Acworth Arts Fest that is in a few weeks. We were able to clean up the landscaping and prepare the for the visitors with fresh mulch.

After serving, we headed out to Arkenstone Paintball where we spent the remaining hours in full out paintball battle. The bruises and welts may be temporary, but the experience of building teamwork and strategy within all of the different types of games that Arkenstone offers will last. Paintball is something that builds mental strength and physical strength as one faces the adversity of the fun yet pressured situation of trying to build a strategy with the risk of being struck by screaming paintballs!

Tomorrow, we look to the sky as we head to xtreme high ropes and zipline courses at Banning Mill! May we reach another level of maturity and mental and physical strength through that experience!

— Ty Faulk