Category Archives: Workout Wednesdays

God’s Word is filled with images of physical fitness that communicate spiritual truths: running the good race, boxing the air, eating well, resting, etc.

Through this weekly series, I will outline specific practical ways that you can use physical exercise to strengthen your spirit and your relationships in the Body of Christ. The training videos, t-shirt designs, devotional thoughts, and more can be used for your personal devotions or small group Bible studies.

“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7-‬8)

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“Rest” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  REST – “Chill out now or burn out later!” 1 Kings 19:1-18 (especially vs 5-9), Exodus 17:8-13, Psalm 121:3-4 and 127:1-2, Isaiah 40:26-31, Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrew 4:7-10 I thank God for helping me find the picture for this section. … Continue reading

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“Partners” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  PARTNERS – “We need each other!” Exodus 18:8-27, Proverbs 27:17, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Romans 12:3-13, 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 and 12:12-27, Galatians 6:2-5 All athletes, regardless of their sport, know the value of partners.  Even if we’re into individual sports like … Continue reading

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“Pain” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  PAIN – “Departing the comfort zone!” (Genesis 3:15-19 & 32:22-32, Proverbs 23:31-35, Jeremiah 4:19, Mark 3:27 (& Acts 19:13-16), Romans 5:3-7, 1 Corinthians 12:26, 2 Timothy 2:3-5, Hebrews 12:4ff, 1 Peter 4:1-4, Revelation 21:4)   In the Army, the only pause during … Continue reading

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“Maturity” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  MATURITY – “Measure your progress” (Deuteronomy 8, Proverbs 20:29, Ecclesiastes 12, Matthew 18:1-5, Luke 8:14, John 15, Galatians 6:1-5, Ephesians 4:11- 16, Colossians 4:12, Hebrews 5:11-14)   The word “maturity‟ is used in so many different contexts in American … Continue reading

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“Instinct” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

INSTINCT – “To cling or not to cling?” (Proverbs 20:5, Isaiah 30:20-22, Jeremiah 2:23-25, Luke 11:9-13, John 10:27, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 5:28-30, 2 Peter 2:12-13, Jude 10)   Joe Weider was one of the founders of bodybuilding.  One of the tenants … Continue reading

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“Initiative” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

INITIATIVE – “Let’s get started!” (Genesis 42:1ff, Exodus 35:20-29, Proverbs 3:28 and 6:6-11, Matthew 21:28-31, Romans 10:9-15, 2 Corinthians 8:16-17, Hebrews 3:7-12, James 2:14-19)   I remember being so excited when my third son, Caleb, was about twelve year old … Continue reading

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“Image” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

IMAGE – “It depends on who‟s looking!” (Genesis 4: 21-22, 26, 1 Samuel 16:7, 2 Samuel 14 [Absalom‟s whole life story], Proverbs 31:30, Song of Songs 1:6, Jeremiah 9:23-24, 1 Corinthians 13:12, James 1:22-25, 1 Peter 3:4-5)   Image is … Continue reading

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“Hygiene” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

HYGIENE – “Sickness hinders growth” (Isaiah 64:6, Ezekiel 16 (whole chapter) and 36:25-27, Daniel 1:5-19, Zechariah 3:1-4, Matthew 15:1-11, John 13:1-17, Acts 11:1-18, Hebrews 10:19-22, James 1:16-21)   Shortly after my unit arrived in Kuwait before Operation Iraqi Freedom, a lot … Continue reading

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“Hunger” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

HUNGER –  “I am starving for . . .” (Deuteronomy 8:2-3, Nehemiah 9:15, Proverbs 16:26, Psalm 34:10, Matthew 5:6 & Luke 6:21, Romans 16:18, Ephesians 2:1-10 (esp v. 3), Philippians 3:19)   God’s Word says lots of positive things about … Continue reading

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“Genes” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

Genes – (Exodus 4:10-11, Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, Jeremiah 13:23, John 3:6-7, 1 Corinthians 12:14ff, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15) “I was built for comfort, not for speed.” Maybe you’ve heard someone say that when joking about their physique.  Maybe they said it because they were truly … Continue reading

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“Genes” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

GENES – “Born to…?” (Exodus 4:10-11, Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, Jeremiah 13:23, John 3:6-7, 1 Corinthians 12:14ff, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15) “I was built for comfort, not for speed.” Maybe you’ve heard someone say that when joking about their physique.  Maybe they said … Continue reading

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“Fuel” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

FUEL – “Input generally determines output” (Deuteronomy 8:1ff, Psalm 34:8 and 42:1, Isaiah 25:6ff and 55:1-2, John 4:13-14 and 6:35, Hebrews 5:12-14, 1 Peter 2:2-3     Don‟t you hate it when reality jumps up and slaps you in the face? Maybe you’ve been … Continue reading

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“Form” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

FORM – “It is how we play that counts” (Genesis 32:20-32, Proverbs 16:8, Romans 12:, 1 Corinthians 9:19-27, Galatians 2:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:3-7) During a P.T. test, has any Soldier not heard someone joke about cheating on the run?  No matter how … Continue reading

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“Flexibility” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

FLEXIBILITY – “Always be ready to turn!” (Exodus 32:7-10, Deuteronomy 10:16, 2 Chronicles 30:8, Nehemiah 9:29, Psalm 32:8-9, Ezekiel 36:25-28, Zechariah 7:8-12, Acts 7:49-51) I used to believe that stretching was a useless part of exercise. As an enlisted man at Fort Drum … Continue reading

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“Breath” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

BREATH – “Take it in, give it away” (Genesis 2:7, Job 12:10, Job 32:8, Psalm 150:6, Ezekiel 37:9-10, John 20:21-22, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Revelation 11:4-11) After 25 years, I recently started playing trumpet again and I love it!  But I … Continue reading

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“Balance” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

BALANCE – “True fitness is holistic” (Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Proverbs 30:7-9, Luke 10:27, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Timothy 5:23) God calls us to live for Him in every area of our lives. See Deuteronomy 6:5-9 and Luke 10:27, for … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “weight”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “vision”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “training”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “tools”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “stress”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “safety”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “sacrifice”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “reward”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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Scriptures on “rest”

This weekly sub-series can assist your physical and relational exercise of 24 dynamics of spiritual fitness in Scripture that parallel physical and relational fitness:  balance, flexibility, initiative, partners, weight, etc.  You can print some or all of the Scriptures and … Continue reading

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