Please Lord Grant Me A Servant’s Heart….

I feel as if the Lord had laid this heavily upon my heart for this ministry. The Lord has never audibly spoken to me and I have never seen angles that I know of so this is as close as it comes for me hering from the Lord. I have given that direction a lot of thought over the last several month’s, prayed and fasted about sitting down and putting to paper (well into a word doc) the words he has given me  asking for the anointing and the will of God to be done. Last month I had the privilege to write about presenting ourselves a living sacrifice Holy and acceptable unto God….. I ended that article with a note about a servant’s heart and with your permission I would like to continue on that thread and talk about a spirit of servitude.

I do not know if having the spirit of servitude is a learned behavior or we are just given that by the grace of God. I think it might be a combination of both, a desire in our hearts to be obedient to the Word of God and in prayer asking the Lord Jesus Christ to give us the heart of a servant just like his because it’s my desire to be more like our Lord. So what is a servant ? Bro Webster defines it as “A person who performs duties for others” and “A devoted and helpful follower or supporter”

The Bible says:
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
(Phil 2: 3-5)

Jesus had a servant’s heart and the ultimate expression of that nature is found in John 13:1-17 when he washed the disciples feet showing them the way of a true servant. Not only a servant but also the lowest of all servants, you see washing the feet of either their master or a visitor was the lowest job of any household servant in that time. This very act shows us today what approach we should take towards ministry. Not to be high-minded in the service for the Lord but to be lowly and meek. I’ll take it a step further for those who have a burden for ministry you must possess a servant’s heart with the same humility as Jesus. Here was the King of Kings washing the feet of his disciples instead of sitting on the throne of Glory.
Who are we ?

Now of all people one would think that the disciples of Jesus Christ would be the epitome of those with a servant’s heart but they were a lot like we can be sometimes, look at what Peter had to say.

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. (John 13: 3-15)

The Lord would rebuked Peter for refusing a foot washing he must have felt it was important and did not want Peter to miss out of the learning opportunity on servitude. Peter sensing the Lord was serious not only compiled but also offered his hands and his head to be washed. Peter had the right attitude when confronted, the flesh might have been unwilling but the spirit stepped in and did the right thing.

This ordinance is as much a divine command as any other New Testament ordinance. Jesus gave us an example that we do even as He had done. He said that we ought to wash one another’s feet. And again, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if you do them” (John 13:4-17). There is scriptural evidence that this was practiced by the church in the days of the apostle Paul (I Timothy 5:10). And I pray today, at our National Rally.

For this reason we as a ministry (members only) will be given the opportunity in observing both communion and foot washing on the morning of our business meeting Saturday October 16th starting at 8:00am Bro Joseph will be presiding over both the communion and the foot washing. Bro Beall oversee the foot washing for the men and Sis Beall over the ladies. I urge every member and their spouses to be involved with this act of servitude (Foot washing will be held in two separate areas within the church). This is an invitation only I know there might be those in our membership that might be uneasily about either washing another’s feet or having their feet washed (perhaps so did Peter) I understand. This is where we need to trust in each other, humble ourselves and allow the Lord to minister to the body. It’s not about our feet but about obedience and maintaining a lowly and humble spirit. I guess we should keep in mind how Jesus dealt with Peter over the subject and Peter’s reaction:

 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet? Jesus replied, You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand. No, said Peter, you shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered, Unless I wash you, you have no part with me. Then, Lord, Simon Peter replied, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well! John 13:6-9

Let’s come together for this scarit time together, minister to one another as Jesus ministered to his disciples we should minister to each other. We need to keep the faith and stay the course the Lord is coming soon. I for one want to do all I can to stay on track.

Welcome New Members for August 2021

I would like to reach out to all out new members and take this opportunity to welcome you into the greatest motorcycle ministry there is.

Sis Cordia Fluharty and Bro Fred Fluharty
Wooster, OH
Wooster Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Pastor Benjamin Robinson

Sis Stephanie Ross
Orrville, OH
Wooster Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Pastor Benjamin Robinson

Bro James Diller
Orville, OH
Wooster Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Pastor Benjamin Robinson

Bro Jacob Schiefer
Smithville, OH
Wooster Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Pastor Benjamin Robinson

Sis Savanna McKenzee Schiefer
Smithville, OH
Wooster Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Pastor Benjamin Robinson

Sis Sherry & Bro Charles Austin
Shreve, OH
Wooster Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Pastor Benjamin Robinson

Bro Michael Dailey
Cullman, AL
New Life Tabernacle
Pastor Travis Dalton

Bro Thomas & Sis Tracy Hanks
Henderson, TX
New Life Tabernacle
Pastor Randy Henningan

Bro Ralph Walker
Kingston, OK
Truth Church
Pastor Darren Gilbert

I beseech you therefore …

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

As a member of the Azusa StreetRiders ministry I hold myself to a higher standard, not due to the position I hold as President, but like all of our members because of what I am a part of. Being part of the Azusa StreetRiders has driven me to that end. I know I am preaching to the choir, but I just wanted to share how blessed I am to be a part of the Azusa StreetRiders ministry along with the rest of y’all.

However I am not content, I need that deeper commitment to the things of God in order to climb to the next level. I want to be able to do the works of God just like the first century church. Some might smirk at this statement, but it’s happening on the mission field all over the world: blind eyes opened, the lame walk, and the dumb speak. So, why not here, and why not through the Azusa StreetRiders ministry? Jesus Christ is faithful to His Word, and His word proclaims that we need to believe and exercise our measure of faith.

Our ministry is made up of ambassadors of Jesus Christ sent to people that might not otherwise ever hear the true Gospel. We need to be aware that our conversations and relationships might be the only Jesus they know. We might be the only word they get. Therefore, in order to be the most effective we must be ready. The Bible puts it this way:

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (II Timothy 4:2).

In order to do, so we must also have the following:

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully” (Psalm 24:4).

In other words, to be beyond reproach when we witness to the lost.

In II Timothy, Paul goes on to write:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (II Timothy 4:3-5).

That tells me we might have only one shot at it, and I for one want my heart right. That is my “reasonable service.” We could be the only shot that poor lost soul might have to make it to heaven, so we need to always be ready. Our readiness comes by preparation of the heart through prayer and fasting, of which I know this ministry does both. One other attribute that goes hand in hand with a broken and contrite heart is to have a servant’s spirit.

First Northern Indiana Biker Week-end

Greetings in Jesus name to our ASR family!

We are honored to have been asked to give a summary of our 1st Annual Biker Sunday for the Northern Indiana Chapter.

We had 16 total bikes attending our Saturday ride, 12 of which traveled from out of town, to make our weekend such a success. We want to thank all that came from the bottom of our heart and say may God richly bless you. To those that reached out to us, that would have liked to have been here but couldn’t, we just want to say you were missed and we pray God blesses you as well.

We had a great time, good food and awesome fellowship. The weather couldn’t have been better for our Saturday ride.

On our way back we made an ice cream stop in South Whitley at Carole’s Corner where we were informed that they were closing but that they would remain open providing us with ice cream and floats. After she served us, she closed the stand and then came out to let us know that although the stand was closed. we were welcome to relax on the property as long as we liked

She then proceeded to tell us the story of her purpose and ministry with the ice cream stand. She always employed young people with the intent of teaching them responsibility, respect of people, hard work ethic, and to be a good person throughout life. After giving herself completely to the business and missing out on all family functions for the last 50 years she had finally felt God was releasing her from her duty and has decided to sell everything, retire and enjoy life for herself. At this time, Bro. Robert (Doc) Thompson asked her if she would allow us to pray with her that God will continue to bless and lead her. She responded that she would like that and appreciate it very much. We would like to give God the glory for providing this opportunity to show what ASR is all about.

We then headed back to the church and returned with a couple of hours to spare during which time the men enjoyed a great time in prayer where God showed up and blessed mightily, instigated and led by Bro Robert Thompson. Followed by a great meal prepared by the ladies and additional fellowship.

Biker Sunday service started with a wonderful move of the Holy Ghost in praise and worship followed by a very difficult message to bring to a church from a visiting minister, however Bro Mike (Grumpy) Markham obeyed the voice of God and delivered it in outstanding fashion feeding our hearts and minds and leaving us with so much to contemplate.

Followed by another great meal topped off with Pie and ice cream!!!

We want to give honor and thanks to all who so generously gave enabling us to not only meet but exceed our goal for Motorcycles for Missions

Last, but not least, we want to thank God for keeping His hand on all our ASR members as they traveled to their homes. We are looking forward to our next time of fellowship with each and everyone wherever it may be.

God Bless!

Northern Indiana Chapter

Welcome New Members July 2021

Let’s Welcome the members of a new chapter  from Rome, GA

Pastor Greg & Sis Tine Briggs
Rome, GA
The Rock of Rome Church
Pastor Greg Bridges

Bro Darryl Bridges
Rome, GA
The Rock of Rome Church
Pastor Greg Bridges

Bro Cameron & Sis Jordan Earwood
Rome, GA
The Rock of Rome Church
Pastor Greg Bridges

Bro Paul & Sis Stacey Holbrook
Cedartown, GA
The Rock of Rome Church
Pastor Greg Bridges

Bro Zack & Sis Star
Cedartown, GA
The Rock of Rome Church
Pastor Greg Bridges

Bro Anthony Wright
Rome, GA
The Rock of Rome Church
Pastor Greg Bridges

Bro Travis & Sis Sarah Hunter
Denison, TX
Truth Church of Denison
Pastor Darren Gilbert

Bro Nicholas & Sis Kaleigh Cronk
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Tabernacle of Joy Church
Pastor Ron Strong

Bro Sis Kaleigh Cronk & Bro Nicholas
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Tabernacle of Joy Church
Pastor Ron Strong

Philippians ASR Hard at Work

Evangelism victory report.
7/19/21
An ASR Team of 6 riders and 4 4-wheeled vehicles convoyed going to General Nakar. We took our breakfast at Rambulls, a well-known place in Tanay for travellers. The team is composed of 11 ASR members with their families. The journey was smooth and very relaxing.. looks like we’re travelling in the clouds due to thick fogs with approx. 5 meters visibility only, a great experience.
We passed three major checkpoints to reach General Nakar, by the power of God, we were able to pass through all these checkpoints. We arrived at 1PM, then we took our lunch and rested for a while.
 
At 4PM, Sister Stella, who’ve been baptized and received the Holy Ghost last ASR evangelism, started to invite all her neighbors and friends in the area. Within 20mins or less, more than 60 people came to the venue! Truly they are hungry for the Word of God!
We started the service about 5PM. A song number by Bro Jun Fabro and Bro Dan de Guzman; our preachers started to deliver the Word of God: Ptr Dennis E. and Ptr Romie C. The Lord Jesus moved mightily in the midst of us. Some of the attendees told us that what they want now is a pastor who will teach them and guide them spiritually.
ASR ministries is now levelling up from supporting the pioneering pastors in promoting the church in the area to church planting.
7/20/21
Early morning breakfast together and bonding time for ASR Families..
A once in a life time experience happened. A fish called Bolinao filled the sea shore. A local resident told us that this is the first time they saw fishes swim to the shore and toward us while we enjoy the very calm sea. We are so amazed by this phenomena.
A local fisherman tried to catch them using a very fine net 4 times but they failed, they didn’t catch even one fish.. but we continuously enjoyed picking the fishes because they are swimming toward us.. what a great experience! Suddenly, a very significant meaning on what actually happened came to our minds. People in Barangay Sulok General Nakar hunger for the Word of the living God.. they need somebody to feed them. No need to go further to catch some fishes, you just need to pick them. Praise God!
11AM, we left the place with our hearts rejoicing, enjoying the wonders of God’s creation.
Special thanks to:
• Ptr Romie Cabarle and Family for providing kitchen utensils with cook (a very young looking member of LMD UPC Baras)
• Bro Jun Fabro and Family for sponsoring the food packs and fuel for the needy rider.
God Bless ASR Philippines!
Let’s ride and build the church of Jesus Christ!
We need to keep the Philippines in prayer unfortunately the  torrential rains have brought flooding and much damage
PRAY for the Philippines

Welcome New Members for the Month of June

Bro Michael & Sis Colton Frizzell
Vivian, LA
Pentecostals of Bossier City – Bossier City, LA
Pastor Jerry Dean

Bro Shane & Sis Carrie Hayden
Washington, IN
Victory Community Church – Washington, IN
Pastor Peter Aldrich

Bro Nicholas Smith
Washington, IN
Victory Community Church – Washington, IN
Pastor Peter Aldrich

Bro David & Sis Alicia Locke
Old River – Winfree, TX
Peace Tabernacle – Baytown, TX
Pastor Kenneth Grant

Pastor Gene & Sis Reta Alphin
Lincoln, NE
The Life Church of Lincoln – Lincoln, NE
Pastor Gene Alphin

Bro Ken Johnson
Denison, TX
Truth Church – Denison, TX
Pastor Darren Gilbert

 

 

Please Forgive Me …

Forgive me Lord …

I have sat down and attempted to write this for several days only to have a hindering spirit press against my goal of putting to paper what the Lord laid upon my heart. I pray this softens someone’s heart in what might be a difficult situation.

Forgive Me Lord …. I think for many of us this might have been some of the first words we ever expressed to the Lord Jesus Christ. Coming to the Lord broken, many of our lives upside down looking for a way out of a sinful lifestyle, tired of all the shame and heartaches that plagued us in life. Whatever the reason that drove you to an alter of repentance for the first time I can only imagine that these words would have at some point been expressed.

Our heartfelt desire to be forgiven for the things we had done, the lifestyle we had lived especially for those that weren’t raised in the church like myself and many others within this membership. Given an opportunity to knee before the King of Kings and ask him to forgive us for all the ugly, sinful, hateful acts in our lives and he was faithful and just to not only forgive us of those sins but to wash them away he threw them into a sea of forgetfulness. How grateful we felt for that, to be forgiven and yet it seems we have, at time the inability of forgiving those around us for so much less. Those we feel have offended us one way or another. Whether it be the warranted or manufactured in our own hearts and minds, we need to be careful, after all;

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it. (Jer 17:9)

You see I don’t even know how much the Lord had forgiven me of, many of you know my past, however the Lord knows everything every dark, dirty unmentionable secret within my heart that he has forgiven me of. I am not just talking about the first time but included is every time since. I ask the Lord to search my heart everyday and forgive me of my sins. You see I do not want anything to come between the Lord and myself that would hinder our relationship. I suppose that is why I have a difficult time watching brother next brother both in church, both filled with the Holy Ghost having a fault one to another, the inability to forgive and allowing our foolish pride to hinder asking someone for forgiveness and if forgiveness is asked the inability to in fact do so, after all the Lord did so much more for us.

Jesus Christ hung on a cross so we would not have to, why, so we could humble ourselves and ask him for forgiveness, the first step in the plan of salvation. In addition not everything we repent of and ask for with respect to forgiveness needs to be sinful in nature; sometimes it’s attitudes and actions that need a check and balance. Perhaps a time out could be in order to do a personal inventory and compare those results to the word of God. Were quick to and assured of that the Lord has forgiven us, but has he ?

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.(Matt 5:23,24)

I don’t think there is much wiggle room here in this scripture. It’s pretty much cut and dry. How can I hold ought against my brother and expect the Lord to forgive me. How can I not forgive my brother after all the Lord did for me the only thing I can come up with is pride? To proud to go to a brother who might not even be fully aware of the offense or perhaps is hurting as much as we are only to pray that the gulf between us could be closed, but because were a stiffed neck generation that wound remains open seeping until is becomes infected with hurt, anger, strife, ill will and so much more. The Lord shows us forgiveness everyday should we not in turn show others the same courtly.

Does the Bible not say that we should be Christ like where does that line end, where do we stop being Christ like and become what he hates to see in us? Love one anther as I have loved you,

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (James 5:34,35)

Some might say I can love them but I just don’t like them, it doesn’t really work like that. We need to learn to forgive and forget it’s difficult but is possible. Because my word say;

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matt 19:26)

My Pastor early in my walk told me that earnestly praying for a person that has offended might not affect that individual’s attitude towards me (but it might) but it most certainly helps the way I look at them. I learned a long time ago you can’t earnestly pray for someone and not have it affect your attitude toward him or her. In other words I cannot pray sincerely for someone and not have the Lord soften my heart toward him or her, I have never known it not to work. You may not become best friends but one can walk brother with brother in the sight of Christ.

I closing I want to say if while reading this someone comes to your mind that maybe there is some riff between you. You don’t really know how to take that first step let me say just call them (don’t text) and talk to them from your heart let them know if there is an offense please forgive me. It will take some humility perhaps, especially if you are not at fault. Remember it might not be for them it’s more so for you. At that point in the sight of God you have fulfilled your requirements to make things right. If that individual refuses to acknowledge your attempt to set things straight it’s totally on his head, he will need to answer for that, you will not. You never know he or she might just be waiting for such a call and only eternity will tell whom all that one act might effect for the kingdom of God.

 

 

What Role Does Azusa StreetRiders Play in Your Life?

What Role Does Azusa StreetRiders Play in Your Life?

Azusa StreetRiders ministry is many things to many people. For some it’s just an opportunity to ride with like-minded Apostolic christen men and woman, for some it’s an avenue to put the great commission of the Lord Jesus Christ to work. For others it’s simply a chance to serve. Missionaries it’s an opportunity to receive something they might not ever be able to afford in a timely manner, a motorcycle for God’s work. For pastors it can be an extension of the church to reach out for souls they might not otherwise be able to connect with, simply another quiver in their pouch to reach a lost and dying world.

Of course there are many other roles that Azusa StreetRiders ministry plays in people’s lives. That is why we need to make this ministry, ourselves available for service to others whenever and wherever we can. I know schedules are tight; lives are busy whether or not we want them to be. This week alone my heart yearns to have been in Central Missouri for their event and trying every which way next week to get to Omaha, NE. I am still trying to figure out how to put fifteen gallons into a five-gallon bucket, any suggestions? As the Azusa StreetRiders ministry grows and yes we are defiantly growing there are choices that need to be made and time is a valuable commodity. My prayer is all of our membership gets engaged at some level, at some time during our riding season let do the best we can do to support each other’s efforts.

So how do we manage this already packed schedule, our families, church, jobs and honey do’s and yes down time. I wish I knew! I do know that when we commit to an Azusa StreetRiders ministry event it is counted as a sacrifice on behalf of the members that attend and promote these events. Mark my words this is God’s work and he is not slack. We are about our Fathers business when we are a part of either someone else’s event or ours. If you are an Apostolic man or women of God and a member of this ministry regardless of what role Azusa StreetRiders ministry is currently playing in your life you are in the soul reaching business and that job description is all about lost souls via motorcycles.

Our mission if we choose to accept it is to go out in the highways and byways always keeping in mind, what can I do to reach the lost? I suggest start with prayer asking the Lord Jesus Christ for direction after all he knows your schedule better than you do so why not consult with the one that can make it all work our according to his will. Second, wear the Azusa StreetRiders backpatch when you ride, that is a drawing card for so many. I have seen it many times where people will inquire about the backpatch and Azusa Street, it works! We all cannot attend every event, believe me I want to but we can do some. One advantage of a growing ministry like ours is there are more events every year and many which are coming closer to home, get involved when you can, be a part, make a difference.

In closing I want to say it has been a privilege to service this ministry. I have seen the Azusa StreetRiders ministry blossom due to the efforts of this membership and with growth come challenges. In earlier years it was easy to attend all or most of the events because there were only a few but now we have something going on almost weekly especially when you add in unadvertised local chapter rides or events, just local chapters going out ministering where and when they can. I feel this fulfills what Bro & Sis Beall envisioned when they first started this ministry and I give them both honor for allowing this membership to run with the ball. I am also sanctified proud that were doing our best to adhere to Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Even if that is from a motorcycle seat.

 

 

Welcome New Members, May 2021

It’s a privilege to welcome our newest members and a brand new chapter

Pastor Michael & Sis Elizabeth Weedman
Sparta, TN
The Pentecostals of Sparta, Sparta, TN
Pastor Michael Weedman

Pastor Micah & Sis Dawn Turner
Davenport, FL
For the Least of These… Living Waters Ministries
Haines City FL
Pastor Micah Turner

Bro Allen “Lea” & Sis Carolyn Culver
Fairborn, OH
Lifeway Pentecostals of Xenia, Xebia, OH
Pastor Ken Dillingham

Bro Nathan & Sis April Stanley
Rayville, LA
Pentecost Tabernacle, Delhi, LA
Pastor Shane Lester

The NEW Paoli, IN Azusa StreetRiders Chapter:

Pastor Barry & Sis Jenifer Laird
Paoli, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Bro Cecil & Sis Michelle Wininger
Hardinsburg, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Bro Kenneth & Sis Jordan Wilder
Mitchell, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Bro Darren & Sis Barbara Echterling
English, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Carl Echterling
English, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Bro Thomas & Sis Kelly Jones
Paoli, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird