Friday, July 29, 2011

Bald Tires & Bad Brakes

Most of you know that my wife, Sue, and I have been on a Harley riding journey through Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and now as I write this, Utah.

However, this weekend, I will be at The Crossing. I'm really looking forward to it!

In regards to this road trip, the memories are many. The arguments are few. The sights are most often supernatural. Yet, the one thing that I can't get away from daily are the decisions I have to make.

Sue and I marvel at how the decisions that I'm constantly choosing between are often, no joke, between life and death. I've had to make decisions in the middle of severe lighting storms, as well as, while looking at the radar of what might be heading into our path. Decisions to stop, speed up or juke to the right or left when deer or elk are crossing the road. Decisions to pause and refill, refuel and/or relax. It's not a good thing to have slow reflexes when you're on two wheels.

One of the big decisions was to wait a day and get a "kinda" bald rear tire replaced, even though I REALLY wanted to ride a mountain pass that's been on my "bucket" list. In fact, as I write this, I'm contemplating another choice I have of whether or not, tomorrow, to get my brakes checked. A sensor light keeps coming on, but the problem is I have plans to go to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon before we finish this journey and I REALLY want to go. What do you think I should do?

Isn't it true, our lives are the sum total of the decisions we make; daily decisions, weekly decisions, monthly and yearly. Some of us in the moment make wise choices and others of us make some pretty stupid ones. We don't have all the time necessary to learn how to make the best of choices. The reason being, good choices are frequently learned from making bad ones. I learned a long time ago, I'd rather learn from others who have made both good and bad decisions. This way I'm taking advantage of the experience of others.

One such person who made a dumb decision was a guy named Jonah. You might have heard of him. He's the guy who was swallowed up into the belly of an incredibly big fish. His stupid decision was to say "no" to God and do what he wanted to do. It cost him BIG TIME! But you've been there and so have I. We've made some dumb decisions and it has cost us; cost us money, relationships, jobs, business, etc.

The good news is this, God continuously offers dumb decision makers like us the opportunity for a Second Chance. I want to ask you to join me this weekend as we dive into this very subject. Invite someone to come with you!

In fact, this Saturday night is the last night of our free Summer Concert Series following the Saturday night service. Moi Navarro's band is playing. Let me tell you, I've heard this guy and he's really good!

Either way, Saturday at 5:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9:15 or 11:15 a.m., I look forward to seeing you this weekend as we learn to make smart choices and wise decisions!

See you this weekend,

Tim Celek
Lead Pastor

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day One! Road Trip!

What a day! It started off early. We spent the night in Palm Desert at a friend's home. Sue & I got a great start at 5 am. What beauty to see the sunrise over the desert landscape. God's goodness on display.

When we did this ride 2 years ago, I thought it was hot then, today the temp gauge on the Harley read 115, it was hotter this time. However the smell of pine trees heading into Prescott, the twisty road to Jerome, and the Red Rocks of Sedona, more than made up for the heat. We love riding. Sue does, I do. I'm blessed to have someone like Sue.

We ended our day reading God's Word together. We read the Gospels of Matthew 1, Luke 1, and John 1. I'm encouraging everyone to journal using something called S.O.A.P. I've already stated the "S" the Scriptures. The "O" stands for observation. My biggest observation was how from the people of the Old Testament listed in Matthew, to Luke's Gospel with Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and John the baptist and then to John's writings about the first disciples, Andrew, Simon, Phillip, and this very day, God uses ordinary people. People like YOU and me.

It's all about Jesus, yes, however, God uses us in big ways. As frail and fouled up as we are God works in and through ordinary people. The "A" stands for application. My application is to do my best not to allow my stupid biases and petty judgments to get in the way of seeing how God desires to use those who cross my path so very often at The Crossing.

"P" is for prayer, which is what I'm off to do, right now!

So read through the Gospels in 30 days. We'll travel with Jesus together.

Thanks for reading,

Tim Celek
Lead Pastor
The Crossing

Gospel Road Trip on the Harley

Sue & I are starting today, reading through the gospels in 30 days. I hope you'll do this with us. You start when it fits into your schedule. Go to & set up an account. Select reading plans, go to the partial bible section & select 30 days through the Gospels. Begin the exciting journey of learning about Jesus and his life. It's ALL about Jesus. Please share with me what you're learning as you read God's Word at

I'm writing this from Blythe, CA. We're on the Harley headed to Sedona, Arizona. I'm looking forward to some incredible God made scenery from the Red Rocks around Sedona & the Grand Canyon. Can't wait!

You can go to my Facebook account to see pictures I'll be posting.

Enjoy your 4th of July.

Tim Celek
Lead Pastor
The Crossing