On Saturday, my dad, Bill, Mike, John John, and myself met up in New Castle, Indiana to test the bike paths at Westwood Park. I had planned on it being a long day and figured that the bike trail just went around the lake .. no big deal. The bike path was an extreme 10.5 mile long adventure as you had to be on the alert through every turn and down every hill. There’s nothing quite like the adreline you get from going as fast as you can down a hill, a turn up ahead, a tree at that corner, and no brakes!
We had a great time through the woods, across the plain, and lake. Along the way, I actually broke a chain and split the wire for the front brake on 2 different bikes. Everyone except for Bill had pretty decent wipe outs. Helments were worn, of course. We were told several time by the regulars that we were going the wrong way on the trail. I guess we missed the sign at the beginning. So, we had some close calls on the path with oncoming bikers. After finishing a complete round around the trail, we gathered up for some brief lunch to head back out to search for John John’s lost cell phone. Miraculously, Bill called it from his cell 300 yards or more away from where my dad and I were just passing by. I heard the tone, picked up and answered. We had both prayed about it to ourselves before going on the search. God showed us a mini miracle that day. All of us ended the day tired and beat up only to anticipate the next bike trip elsewhere.
On Sunday November 4th, the lives of 33 people changed forever. Scot, the lead pastor of eXchange, had been speaking about baptism and opened up the baptismal for anyone to come forward to be baptized. After a song to decide, 33 individuals faithfully lined up to be baptized and publicly confessed their relationship with Jesus Christ. Below is a video compiled from that historical night:
Praise God for each one and congrats to my friends Matt and Lauren! I remember the night I was baptized over a year ago. It was after eXchange and it was asked for anyone who wanted to be baptized to come forward. I, along with 11 others, were baptized that night. I thought that was awesome, but 33 ?!?!? Even better.
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:26-27)