Azusa StreetRiders Bylaws Revamp

I would ask that the membership and those associated with this ministry please keep your board and the other team members associated with this project in prayer over the next month. We are starting the process of going through the Azusa StreetRiders Bylaws, page by page in order to bring them up to date and more applicable to our current strategy of strengthening this ministry and advancement of savings souls.

This is no easy task we are undertaking and our greatest desire is to do the will of the Lord. We will be addressing different aspects of the bylaws that need to be updated, removed and added. Therefore please Azusa StreetRiders prayer warriors please help us by asking our Lord Jesus Christ to guide our steps and direct our thoughts to his will and desire.

Thank you Sincerely,
Brother Robert Thompson

Greetings from the Philippines

Posted on behalf of Bro & Sis Beall
Azusa StreetRiders International Chapter Coordonator

Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
ASR PH is going to conduct a community service to help our apostolic brothers. And churches who are severely affected by the eruption of taal volcano, we are all affected by the ashfall because taal volcano is only 50km away from us (manila), and because of this I’m asking for your kind heart as brothers in Christ, any help you extend will be great help for Apostolic Pastors and churches devastated by the eruption, for now 3 building churches was severely damage due to thick ashfall.

Best regards,
Rodante de Guzman
ASR coordinator Philippines

 
 

HOLINESS – PRACTICAL HELP

I want to personally thank Bro Mike & Sis Julie McGhghy for the anointed article on Holiness they have presented to all of us over the last several months.  Their insight has been a blessing for many and I for one appreciate all they do for this ministry.  God Bless the both of you and we pray for your mission field of Costa Rica

HOLINESS – PRACTICAL HELP

By Mike and Julie McGhghy

In this final article regarding holiness, we will provide some practical tips for living holy. These tips come from Dr. David K. Bernard’s book, Practical Holiness: A Second Look. But let’s first review the effort we must make to walk in holiness as we shared last month.

Remember that we need not be overwhelmed by our responsibility to reverently and watchfully implement holiness in our lives. God works in us, giving us the desire and the power to live righteously. Philippians 2:12-13. Below is the three-fold approach to overcoming sin that is revealed in Romans 6 and shared by Dr. Bernard in his book:

  1. Know who we are and what has happened to us. Know that when we were born again, we died to sin. Know, therefore that sin has no power over us.
  2. Reckon this to be so. Think on that knowledge and act as if we died to sin and sin has no power over us.
  3. Yield to God. Replace sinful habits with an active performance of God’s will as revealed by His Word and His Spirit.

Are you still wondering how we can know, reckon, and yield? Here are some practical tips.

  1. We must pray! Prayer draws us closer to God and we progressively absorb more of His mind and attitude. It is important to pray in the Spirit, meaning reaching a dimension of prayer in which the mind concentrates totally on God and the human spirit unites with the Holy Spirit.
  2. We must hide the Word of God in our hearts so that we will obey His Word as a matter of course. We must absorb the Word until it becomes a very part of us. “God’s Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions.” This also enables us to recall the Word and speak it in our hearts when we face temptation.
  3. We must personalize the truth of God’s Word. We must realize both our personal ability and responsibility to obey God and resist sin. We must recognize that we died to sin. In the time of temptation, we must recall the principles of Romans 6: know, reckon and yield.
  4. We must not give the sinful nature any opportunities. Instead, we must consciously avoid tempting or dangerous situations. We must not feed our fleshly desires by thinking, reading, watching, or indulging in things that would inflame those lusts. Cut off sinful thoughts and desires as they begin to develop. We must learn to think on the good things (Philippians 4:8) and to make every thought obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Fasting is a good way to impose discipline on the physical body, not to punish it but to control it.
  5. We must train ourselves to develop proper habits of Christian living instead of sinful habits. When we recognize and experience a scriptural prompting to do God’s will, we must visualize and meditate upon the action desired, decide to do it, and then yield our bodily members to perform it.

God’s moral law for us can be summed up in these words: Love God with all your being and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-31; Romans 13:8-10). In essence, holiness means to imitate Christ, to do what He would do. It means to be Christ-like.

The power to live a holy life is a gift from God, but it is our responsibility to implement holiness on a daily basis. We seek holiness out of love for God, not out of fear or an effort to earn salvation.

Holiness is an integral part of the salvation of the whole person and frees us from the power and effects of sin. It is a joyful privilege, a part of abundant life, a blessing from the grace of God, and a glorious life of freedom and power. For someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit and truly loves God, holiness becomes the normal – indeed the only – way to live. The life of holiness fulfills God’s original intention and design for humanity.

It has been a privilege for us to share with you the biblical principles of holiness and a plan for living a holy life. We miss you all as we serve the Lord in Costa Rica and we look forward to seeing how God will work in and through the AzusaStreetriders this year as the members endeavor to grow in holiness and prepare for the riding season through prayer and fasting and Bind the Strong Man. God bless and keep you!

Welcome New Members – January and February

First I would like to say we had a total of 58 new members in 2019 and 3 returning members so we are growing. I give Jesus Christ the Glory for his hands upon this ministry.

Pastor Steve & Sis Eva Joy
Parkersburg, WV
Gateway Apostolic Church, Parkersburg, WV
Pastor Steve Joy

Bro Michael & Sis Pamela Seebaugh
Parkersville, WV
Gateway Apostolic Church, Pakersville, WV
Pastor Steben Joy

Bro Ronald & Sis Connie Seebaugh
Parkersburg, WV
Gateway Apostolic Church, Pakersville, WV
Pastor Steben Joy

Bro Raymond  Seebaugh
Davisville, WV
Davisville Community Church,  Davisville, WV
Pastor Raymond L Seebaugh

Pastor Raymond & Sis Elizabeth Seebaugh
Davisville, WV
Lifeline Apostolic Church, Davisville, WV
Pastor Daniel Hopkins

Bro Colby L Seebaugh
Davisville, WV
Lifeline Apostolic Church, Davisville, WV
Pastor Daniel Hopkins

Bro Curtis & Sis Margie McNaughton
Olla, LA
Urania Pentecostal Church, Urania, LA
Pastor Clay Hutto

Bro Steven & Sis Kimberly Boswell
Mason, IL
Apostolic Center, Mattoon, IL
Pastor Shine Doughty

Sis Elizabeth & Pastor Chalmer Perkins
Lisbon, OH
Lifeline Church, Alliance, OH
Pastro Chalmer Perkins

Bro James Littleton III
Jonesboro, GA
Apostolic Temple, Jonesboro, GA
Pastor Talmadge French, DR

Pastor Mark Semaru
West Farmington, OH
The Pentecostals of Champion, Warren, OH
Pastor Mark Semrau

Sis Datha Semrau
West Farmington, OH
The Pentecostals of Champion, Warren, OH
Pastor Mark Semrau

 

Just Imagine

This article is being posted on behalf of our Canadian Azusa StreetRiders Chapters and especially Bro David McLoed  who has directed the ASR Canadian activities for many years now. They have furnished over 50+ bikes through “Cruzin for Christ” on their own while also supporting Motorcycles for Missionaries. So they double up their their efforts and I feel we should give recognition to Azusa StreetRiders Canada for a Job Well Done.
Bro Robert Thompson,
President Azusa StreetRiders

DAVE McLEOD / PRESIDENT / ATLANTIC CANADA CHAPTER & REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR CANADA

There are times in this life that I readily admit that jealousy overtakes me.

It usually rears its ugly head when I see the FB posts from our fellow StreetRiders who are relating their “Going Riding / Been Riding” ventures.

Keep in mind that while many of you head for Florida when you get tired of winter. I live so far north and east that our idea of a mid-winter break is a long weekend in Augusta, Maine.

That being said,,,, when the snow swirls or the wind chill drops the temperature to -30 degrees Fahrenheit, it gives me a chance to throw another log in the woodstove in the family room and “Just Imagine.”

Please allow me to set the stage:

Last year, (2019) I attended a “What’s Your Vision” meeting. The leadership in the group was challenged to develop a “Plan of Action” for the coming year.

As the chair of the “Cruzin’ for Christ” Motorcycles for Missions Biker Rally Committee, I was required to give a report on what was accomplished in 2018 and an outline of what we’d like to attain in 2019.

Our “Corporate” donations were down in 2018 but the shortfall was more than made up by having individuals either call or approach me with cheques in hand. I’d hear things like “Our family would like to dedicate a Missions Motorcycle in memory of my late husband” or “My late father” or “I had a pastor who helped me many years ago. I’d like to dedicate a bike in his memory.”

It’s rather humbling to have to admit that “Plan A” got adjusted to “Plan B” and eventually to Plan C.” We got to the point that almost none of “Plan A” made it to “Plan C.”

It was as though Jesus was saying “Don’t worry, I’ve Got This.”

2019 ended with one of our most successful financial sheets ever.

We adjusted the plan,,,,, but not the goal!!!

JUST IMAGINE if we could collectively grasp this vision.

WHO BETTER

WHO BETTER understands the versatility and pure joy of a motorcycle than a patched member of the Azusa StreetRiders?

WHO BETTER understands the vital importance of the “Doctrine” of our “Oneness” message in a world filled with half truths and outright deceptions and lies?

WHO ELSE has a “Oneness” infrastructure in place in North America (our combined population is something over 350 million people) and is dedicated to “Motorcycles for Missions?”

WHO ELSE, as we enter 2020, other than The Azusa StreetRiders, has both the potential degree of commitment and the leadership already in place to accomplish such an outstanding goal?

BY FAITH”

We, as the Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry, need to step forward and answer the call.

We, as Chapters, need to examine the opportunities that are unique to our geographical areas and put together some ideas and timelines to put Motorcycles on the Global Mission Fields.

We, as individuals, need to answer this call to action.

 Ecclesiastes 4:12 states

12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

  • We have enough dedicated, knowledgeable Oneness Apostolic Bikers within our Ministry organization.
  • Our combined membership has something over 200 “strands”
  • Individually, we tend to get distracted but, when joined together and interwoven spiritually then

TOGETHER, we have an outstanding potential to provide a tangible, positive impact on the many and unique mission fields on our globe.

WE’RE THE PEOPLE OF THE PATCH!

“Cruzin’ for Christ” has been blessed to the extent that, in the past 10 years the total number of motorcycles purchased by the “Cruzin’ Rally” as of today, stands at about 54. (All funds haven’t been allocated yet.)

JUST IMAGINE:

If each chapter of the “Azusa StreetRider Motorcycles for Missions Biker Ministry” could receive a renewed vision and connect the dots between our individual chapters & Ministries and the potential of the National Pastors who ride their “Missions” Motorcycles on a daily basis as they work to bring the Oneness, Apostolic Message to a lost village, town, region, country or continent.

JUST IMAGINE if each chapter would commit to raising $1000.00 (US Funds) by 30 September 2020.

Sister Theo tells me that we have at least 40 ASR Chapters in North America.

That means $40,000.00 would be available for distribution.

A motorcycle in Africa costs about $1000.00. In Central America or Southeast Asia it takes about $3500.00 per bike.

Now JUST IMAGINE if one half of the chapters said “We’ll commit to a double portion” That’s another $20,000.00.

And JUST IMAGINE if one half of that one half were to say “We’ll strive to do a triple portion.” That’s another $10,000.00.

That would total $70,000.00.

JUST IMAGINE if 50 of our “Lone Wolf” members,,,,, those Azusa StreetRider members who don’t belong to a chapter,,, but are dedicated “Oneness” bikers were able to commit to raising $300.00, per biker, through pledges, donations, individual rides, etc.

Their partnership would add another $15,000.oo and bring the grand total to $85,000.00.

JUST IMAGINE if our Ministry were to commit to a five year program of purchasing motorcycles.

That’s $425,000.00.

That’s about 350 Motorcycles being used 6 and 7 days per week by a trained, dedicated National Pastors who reach, on average, about 100 people per week. Some of these Pastors lead two or three different churches. Thus, a motorcycle is a true blessing.

IT’S OUR MANTLE,,,,, LET’S RIDE WITH IT

KICKSTANDS UP, FELLOW MEMBERS!

“IN JESUS NAME”

Let’s Keep the Philippines in Prayer

I am posting this on behalf of Bro Guzman our ASR Coordinator for the Philippines please those that wish to give please contact Bro Thompson or Sis Theodore and we can coordinate this love offering . Regardless all of any offering we all can pray so let’s touch the throne of God for our Brothers,  Sisters, family and strangers affected by this tragedy.

ASR PH is going to conduct a community service to help our apostolic brothers. And churches who are severely affected by the eruption of taal volcano, we are all affected by the ashfall because taal volcano is only 50km away from us (manila), and because of this I’m asking for your kind heart as brothers in Christ, any help you extend will be great help for Apostolic Pastors and churches devastated by the eruption, for now 3 building churches was severely damage due to thick ashfall.

Attached are the photos of our relief operation to the Taal volcano eruption victims..
Deliver the goods to one of the cousin of pastor Sael Anota.
 
Repacking of goods to be deliver to places where some brethren stayed.
Evacuation center at Malvar Batangas, where some of our Brethren are staying
We are still raising funds to conduct another operation.. this time we will enter to the boundary of safe zone & danger zone set by the government , area where relief operation is hard due to road access for the 4 wheels.. but the motorcycle can pass.. I’m still asking for assistance.. any amount will be a great help for us so we can help others on behalf of AzusaStreet Riders. We also take this opportunity to share the gospel before giving the relief goods to the victims.

Best regards,
Rodante de Guzman
ASR coordinator Phils.

Greetings from Missionary’s Bro & Sis Riddick, Sierra Leone

Dear Azusa StreetRiders,

Greetings to you from Freetown, Sierra Leone, we trust you are all doing well!

We want to write and extend our heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to the Azusa Street Riders for blessing Sierra Leone with the funds to purchase two motorcycles for two of our pastors, what a blessing! The average Sierra Leonian makes less than a $100 a month and thus most do not own, nor can afford to ever purchase their own means of transportation. Daily life alone, paired with ministry has so many third world challenges here in Africa. This is such a blessing to our pastors and enables them to better fulfill their role as ministers of the gospel. Thank you for mobilizing them by providing wheels to help spread the WORD!

We are currently in the process of locating the two bikes for purchase. As soon as the bikes are purchased, paperwork is finished and they are in our possession, we will be sending pictures of the pastors and their new bikes. We have already had small plaques made that will be attached to the bikes in honor of the Azusa Street Ryders.

My family and I would also like to express our gratefulness and sincere gratitude for the generous love offering that you sent to us. You truly blessed us and we appreciate your kindness and consideration. Thank you for investing in Sierra Leone and in our ministry. May the Lord richly bless you for your labor of love and your sacrifice. Thank you for reaching all the way across the globe to make a difference in someone else’s life, we appreciate you!

Yours for Jesus,

Rusty & Adriane Riddick
Missionary-Sierra Leone

You, The Azusa StreetRiders Ministry raised enough funds last year that when we got the call late for an opportunity to help Bro & Sis Reddick in Sierra Leone.  We were able to send them enough money to purchase two new motorcycles and also give them a love offering.  This was our way of showing them our appreciation for their work for the Lord and the sacrifice they are making every day spreading the Gospel in an area of the world that is considered the poorest of the poor.

This was done after we sent our 2019 commitment funds to Cuba for Bro Houseman there was enough left over for Sierra Leone & Bro Smoak in Tanzania.  All of this because “you all” gave from your heart there are those in heaven that will greet you on streets of gold because of your sacrifice and hard work.

The Azusa StreetRiders board and this membership are committed to invest every penny raise for Motorcycles For Missionaries within a given year for the work of One God Apostolic Missionaries throughout the world.  “The Need is Great, but Our God is Greater”  Let’s stay the course, keep the faith our time is limited we’ll be going home before you know it, let’s bring some with us OK

Bro Thompson

ASR hard at work in India

From an email transcript between Bro Schafer, Missionary to India and the and the Azusa StreetRiders board

Dear Brother Robert Thompson,
Praise the Lord it was good speaking with you this morning. As discussed attached are some pictures of the Azusa Street Riders Kesavaram India.  This Chapter was started with the donation from the Azusa Street Riders of two motorcycles in 2011.  These Ministers are Acts 2:38 and use the motorcycles to reach tribal areas in their region.  They also take care of widows, leper-sous people and orphans.
I want to thank you for your kind consideration and  assure you that these are the uttermost parts of the earth that will be reached.
I am copying this e-mail to Pastor Matthew Raju and his son Chinna.  I will have them contact you directly for any further information that might be needed.
In His service,
Pastor Gary Schafer
DEAR BELOVED MAN OF GOD FRED BEALL,
WE HAD WONDERFUL AZUSA STREET RIDERS IN KESAVARAM INDIA WITH NEW BACK PATCHES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND LOVE.
I WILL SEND MORE INFORMATION TO YOU VERY SOON.
YOUR BROTHER IN JESUS.
PASTOR.P. MATTHEW RAJU INDIA.

Greetings in the Name of Jesus

I would like to take just a moment and wish our Azusa StreetRider ministry members, family, friends & guests a Happy New Years. I know during this season its somewhat of a time for hibernation from riding some may see that as a time of complacency in a motorcycle ministry I say it’s a time for preparing for ministry in the upcoming year. Allow me to encourage each and everyone of us to use this “down time” to strengthen our resolve and to be prepared to hit the ground running come spring,

One way we can prepare for this by planning to attend the “Bind the Strong Man” Conference in Macon, GA. I know it takes effort and there is a cost involved, I also know it’s not as enjoyable as a nice summer ride on the Dragon however we need began to be ready for battle and this one of the tools that can help us do so.

If anyone cannot make it I would ask that you please set time aside in your home or local assembly that Friday night and separate yourselves aside in time of prayer and fasting. I read the end of the book and we win, the thing is we need to take and hang onto as many as we can. This is only achieved through prayer, fasting and bombarding Heaven for those around us.

In closing the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry is growing and were a force, through the Holy Ghost, to be reckoned with however this battle is not ours it belongs to Jesus Christ but we do have a part to play and that is, as mentioned above to be faithful to prayer, fasting and the things of God. I know I am preaching to the choir I only wish to be an encouragement nothing brings me more joy than watching this Ministry in Action and I have a feeling 2020 is going to have a lot of action, so let’s get ready. So my dear brethren I bid you good night and may the good Lord Jesus Christ bless each and everyone of you as only he can do.

Bro Thompson
Azusa StreetRiders, President

HOLINESS – THE GIFT

By Mike and Julie McGhghy
ASR RUMBLINGS – DECEMBER 2019

In this fourth and final article regarding holiness, and in the spirit of thankfulness and celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we will unwrap a gift given to us by Dr. David K. Bernard in his book, Practical Holiness:  A Second Look. No, Dr. Bernard did not write the book thinking of his message, as a gift to the readers, but to me this message was a life-changing gift.

Remember that our goal is to live the Acts 2:38 message that we wear on our back patches when we ride, but to live it at all times, not just when we ride. Living the message means living holy. In the prior articles we discussed holiness involving both the inner man and the outer man and how that looks in our lives. The gift we will unwrap today is the message we find in Romans 6, 7, and 8, but we will first start with a review of our sinful nature.

 We know from both the Old and New Testaments that all human beings have sinned (I Kings 8:46; II Chronicles 6:36), all human beings inherit the sin of Adam (Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 5:12), and the penalty of sin is death, but forgiveness is available through Christ (Romans 5:19; 1 Corinthians 15:22). Even after receiving forgiveness through the experience of the New Birth, our sin/carnal nature struggles against the Spirit. Galatians 5:17. We must all wage against our sinful nature, even after we experience the New Birth.

 The sinful nature consists of a compulsion to commit sinful acts, not just a capacity to sin. If we let the sinful nature lead us it will always cause us to sin. Paul taught that neither the law of God nor the law of the mind, that is neither God’s moral law nor the good intentions of the human mind, imparts power to overcome the principle of sin that drives humans to sin. Most of us are familiar with Romans 7:14-25, where Paul describes a struggle between the carnal nature and our desire to walk holy. Verse 15 states, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” Many people accept this as a description of the norm for Christian living, a constant battle with the desire to sin. Many, including myself in times past, justify ourselves saying something like, “Hey, if Paul struggled with sin, of course I am going to struggle.”

But here is the gift: Romans 7 does not describe the norm for Christian living! It describes a good-intentioned person trying to overcome sin without the power of the Spirit. Paul concludes Romans 7 by thanking God that through Jesus Christ we can serve the law of God in our minds, overcoming the law of sin in our flesh.

To find the norm for Christian living, we must look at Romans 6 and 8. Romans 6:6 and 11 tell us that we are dead to sin and we are to consider ourselves as such. Romans 8 describes life in the Spirit, where there is no condemnation (verse 1) and we are more than conquerors through Christ (verses 37-39). Yes, the principle of sin remains in the born-again believer, but the born-again believer can overcome the principle of sin through the power of the Spirit!

Holiness starts at salvation. Without salvation, we will constantly live in the struggle Paul describes in Romans 7. Once we experience the New Birth (repentance, baptism in Jesus Name, and receiving the Holy Ghost), we embark on the process of daily submission to the leadership and control of the Holy Spirit. We must follow holiness in order to see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14. The New Birth has no eternal value unless we walk by faith and live after the new nature of the Spirit, allowing God to complete the work of salvation that began at the New Birth.

Following holiness requires personal effort. It is our responsibility to reverently and watchfully implement holiness in our lives. But we need not be overwhelmed by this! God is the One who works in us, giving us the desire and the power to live righteously. Philippians 2:12-13. Below is a three-fold approach to overcoming sin that is revealed in Romans 6 and shared by Dr. Bernard in his book:

1.    Know who we are and what has happened to us. Know that when we were born again, we died to sin. Know, therefore that sin has no power over us.

2.    Reckon this to be so. Think on that knowledge and act as if we died to sin and sin has no power over us.

3.    Yield to God. Replace sinful habits with an active performance of God’s will as revealed by His Word and His Spirit.

God will consider us holy if we live a repented life, have faith in Christ, live according to the knowledge of His Word, and strive to become progressively more like Christ. Ephesians 4:13. He expects us to grow continually in grace and knowledge (Mark 4:26-29; 2 Peter 3:18) and to bear more and more spiritual fruit (John 15:1-8). If we do not become progressively more holy and Christ-like in thought, attitude, conduct, and lifestyle, something is wrong.