Man I Hate Rules

One of the most irritating things in life for most people are the rules that we have to obey! Why can’t I drive 55? Why do I have to wait at the red light? Why can’t I just shoot somebody when the almost run me off the road????? Why Why Why! So many times we find ourselves in situations that cause us to fume and fuss but won’t let us do what our carnal human nature would drive us to do simply because there is a rule or law in effect that we don’t want to break and then have to pay the cost of doing so.

Law and rules affect every aspect of our life and day to day routine. They are there for a reason. They are designed to eliminate chaos. Chaos causes failure of opportunity and keeps us from accomplishing our goals. We would have a hard time crossing a large city with no traffic laws in place and would certainly not be very efficient with our time and effort.

Rules are not perfect by any means and are often implemented under conflict and the need for a temporary fixing of a problem. Parents should be able to identify with the situation!! We have rules that change over the course of time and also according to geographical and cultural norms. Rules are sometimes hard to understand and also to be able to enforce. Sometimes the rule is the rule and there is no explanation! Parents??

ASR has come a long way in the last two years that I have served as VP. Membership has been growing by leaps and bounds both here in the US and overseas as well. Only God gets the glory!! What a time to be involved with such a ministry!!

The issues that concerns me this morning is not an issue of growth but of quality. We have some rules that are set in place in the foundation of this ministry and sometimes they are misunderstood as something that hinders growth. They are however only there to keep the quality of the garden as it should be. I want to list just a few of them below that I feel we need to make sure that time and situation does not change.

We are first and foremost a One Name Motorcycle Ministry! This means that each and every minister of this ministry (and that is every member) has to have been filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus Name. There are no exceptions to this rule as it is a salvation issue. I know that sometimes we want to be inclusionary but salvation is to important to water down. We cannot allow other forms of belief and doctrine to be a part of this ministry. Remember in trying to get other members to join us in our endeavor that it is first to receive the Holy Ghost and then make sure the pastor of that person has had the time and effort to make sure that they are rooted and grounded enough to be trusted to become a part of an outside ministry of their local assembly. Remember their pastor and assembly are held to the same conditions above as well. We have been sent to preach the truth to the whole world and it is the truth that will make us free!!

If we hold the rule above to be true, then the following must also apply. We must act, look, and be a christian! And I don’t mean any old Christian! We as ministers are held to a higher standard when it comes to living for God. Others can act and look any way they want but we cannot. Our dress and appearance must be modest and Godly. We are not going to be able to change the world if we look like the world! Modesty and humility are still required of a child of God. Our speech and attitude must be Christ like. It is not the fruits of the spirit but the fruit of the spirit! One fruit that bears the 7 characteristics of Christ! We cannot pick and choose which of those characteristics that we show but must have all of them evident in our lives.

Man, I hate rules!! But then I think of the fact that Rule #1 is that if I keep his commandments and live a life pleasing to HIM that I can make Heaven my eternal home!! IF I submit my self to him and keep the blood applied in my life, then I to can hear him say Well Done!! Rules like the one that says Knock and the door opens! I like that one! How about the one that says that there is a strong tower that I can run to! And I can find shelter there! How about the one that says that when I receive the Holy Ghost and the blood covers my sins that NO ONE can hold them against me anymore and that God himself doesn’t even remember them!!!

The more I think of it I don’t hate the rules as much as I thought that I did!! They keep me safe from myself and others as well!! I just wanted to let you guys and gals know that if we keep the faith and stand our ground on our beloved doctrine that the promises of God are for our blessing! Keep the faith! Keep ministering to the lost!! Keep working until Jesus comes!!!

Love ya’ll

Pastor Randy ASR VP

4th Annual Biker Sunday

Hocking Hills Chapter Ohio  invites you to join us ;

Sat June 8th is our Outreach Fellowship ride.

Meeting at Baymont Inn Logan at 10:00 am for nice scenic ride of Hocking Hills. Meet and Greet at 530 pm at basement of Old Dutch Restaurant.

Sunday morning is Biker Sunday at 333 W. Main St. New Straitsville Oh.

Special guest speaker our Alabama Coordinator Pastor Mike Markham

Lunch catered after service by Jori’s catering.

Election

Treasurer nominee is Laureen Theodore running unopposed.

President nominees are;

Robert Thompson  and Anthony Storey

I’m asking Bro Storey and Bro Thompson to put a acceptance letter on the Facebook “discussions page”  telling about themselves and for questions. This way  it remains members only asking the questions and commenting. Let’s all remember we are a ministry, asking questions of ministers,  pray much and follow what you feel God’s will is.

Thank you

Tom Thompson

International Secretary

Microsoft Word – 2019-Absentee-ballot-for-President.docx

Be mindful of what we do ….

A FABLE: THE GIRL & THE SNAKE

Once upon a time a young girl was trudging along a mountain path, trying to reach her grandmother’s house. It was bitter cold and the wind cut like a knife. When she was within sight of her destination, she heard a rustle at her feet.

Looking down, she saw a snake. Before she could move, the snake spoke to her.

He said: “I am about to die. It is too cold for me up here and I am freezing. There is no food in these mountains and I am starving. Please put me under your coat and take me with you.”

“No,” replied the girl. “I know your kind. You are a rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you will bite me and your bite is poisonous.”

“No, no,” said the snake. “If you help me, you will be my best friend. I will treat you differently.”

The little girl sat down on a rock for a moment to rest and think things over. She looked at the beautiful markings on the snake and had to admit that it was the most beautiful snake she had ever seen.

Suddenly, she said: “I believe you. I will save you. All living things deserve to be treated with kindness.”

The little girl reached over, put the snake gently under her coat and proceeded toward her grandmother’s house. Within a moment, she felt a sharp pain in her side. The snake had bitten her.

“How could you do this to me?” she cried. “You promised that you would not bite me if I would protect you from the bitter cold.”

The snake hissed: “You knew what I was when you picked me up”. He slithered away.

If it looks like a snake, moves like a snake and comes from a snake nest, it probably is a snake and can only be expected to behave like one.

Unknown author or at least I don’t know

2019 National Rally Registration

Let’s Get Registered !

We have had a strong response so far with members registering  for the 2019 National Rally. So far almost everyone that has registered has also included the MEAL PLAN so please do no hesitate, let’s get signed up and reservations made.  The Registration App for the 2019 National Rally can be found by clicking on the link below.
FYI – There is still rooms at the host Hotel available

2019 Azusa StreetRiders National Rally ~ Maryville, TN

IMPORTANT INFORMATION PLEASE READ:

Due to the success at our 2018 National Rally in Jefferson, Ohio compliments of Brother and Sister Theodore in regards to the lunch & Dinner arrangements, the Chapter in Maryville, TN would like to offer a “Meal Plan” at this years Rally. This meal plan would cover Thursday & Friday for both lunch (for those on the ride only) and dinner, immediately following service on both nights and will be held in the event center at FAC.

I could go into more details of all the benefits of the meal plan  however anyone who attended the 2018 National Rally knows how nice it was to walk from the service and have a nice hot meal ready and waiting. Unfortunately this year there will be a cost involved. For those who wish to “go out” you are certainly welcomed to do so there are many restaurants in the area however you would miss out on some of the best fellowship were going to have at this years National Rally.

Due to the number of people attending I would strongly suggest you signup for the meal plan when you register. After July 25th the price of dinners will change to $20.00 for adults & $10.00 for children. In addition there will be only a limited number of “extra” dinners at the door available (I have been told by the ones preparing the meals they do not wish to have  a lot of leftovers). Furthermore those that choose not to partake in the “lunch” meal plan(s) must bring a lunch with them if they want to eat. The venue for the lunches will be at a park or roadside picnic bench with limited or no access to any location to buy food. (Note: No extra lunches will be available for purchase on the ride)

** Please note you can sign up for one or all of the meals and if need be we have several months until the Rally so you can make partial payments over a period of time (Please get with Sis Theodore)

Registration Fee – covers the registration, 2019 event pin, Saturday Breakfast & Saturday Lunch. The Maryville chapter will host a meet & greet in the event center following Wednesday night service where pizza, salad, desserts and drinks will be served complements of this local chapter.

The fee’s are as follows: 
$25.00 – Registration fee
Includes: Registration Fee, Event Pin, Saturday Breakfast & Saturday Lunch
Thursday Lunch – $10.00 per person (for those on the ride only)
$5.00 – Per child under 12  (for those on the ride only)
Thursday Dinner – $15.00 per person (after church in the FAC event center)
$7.50 – Per child under 12
Friday Lunch – $10.00 per person (for those on the ride only)
$5.00 – Per child under 12 (for those on the ride only)
Friday Dinner – $15.00 per person (after church in the FAC event center)

$7.50 – Per person for children under 12

Please do not hesitate to contact Bro Thompson for more details

Welcome New Members – May 2019

John & Cynthie Zerbe
Pierson, MI
Solid Rock Worship
Rev. Bobby Gray

Cedar Springs, MI

Bishop Brian Kyer
Danville, KY
Apostolic Faith Light House
Bishop Brian Kyer

Danville, KY

Charles Austin
Shreve, OH
Wooster Apostolic Pentecostal Church
Benjamin Robinson
Wooster, OH
Norman Knight
Wakins Glenn, NY
Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church
Brad Dutcher
Cortland, NY

Amazon SMILE Program

Dear Charity Administrator,

This email is to notify you that Azusa Streetriders Inc (EIN: 20-5765142) has been issued a donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation. Azusa Streetriders Inc’s AmazonSmile donation balance as of March 31, 2019 was under the minimum donation amount of $5 and as a courtesy, we have rounded up your donation to $5.00 this quarter. Once per year, the AmazonSmile Foundation issues donations to all registered organizations that have earned donations, even if the donation amount is below the $5 minimum. The donation was deposited to your organization’s bank account around May 8, 2019. It may take several days for the deposit to appear in your organization’s account.

You can increase donations for Azusa Streetriders Inc by reminding your supporters to do their Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Arkansas Men’s Conference 2019

We would like to thank Bro Womack and those that helped him represent Azusa StreetRiders at the Arkansas Men’s Conference.

Greeting Br Thompson
We had a great at the Arkansas men’s conference. Had several sign up that was interested in getting more information and passed out 20+ tracks to be taken back to different churches for the riders in their local assembly. We was giving the green light to come back in July to the family camp meeting to set up and share more information about the Azusa Street Riders. Also in July we will be going to Paragould AR to sign on the first chapter in Arkansas. We are very excited about what GOD is doing and looking forward to what the future holds for us. Please keep us in your prayer as we continue to do GOD’s work in spreading the Gospel to the lost.
Note: Arkansas family camp will be July 9-12. If anyone is interested or need more information feel free to pass on my number to call.
               Blessings in JESUS NAME
                          Br Mike Womack

1st Annual Cortland Bike Blessing and Biker Sunday

Posting this article on behalf of
Brother Erick Smith, Abundant Life Church
Cortland, NY

Greetings and salutations in Jesus name, I have the blessing of seeing my mistakes that I can and plan on correcting for the 2nd Annual Bike blessing and Biker Sunday. Initially, I had had flyers printed up for outreach the day (they were printed approximately 2 months prior) before to the Bike blessing. I can see the need to have outreach started (ie., door to door canvassing) approximately 5-6 months out. I was successful in obtaining door prizes from our 2 local bike shops. Miller Motorworks and Finger Lake Harley Davidson, as well as ordering some additional door prizes. Overall it was warmly welcomed by those providing door prizes and allowing me to hang flyers in their establishments. Initial plans were outreach the day prior to the event, please folks start your outreach months prior. Contacting media sources would also get the event publicized even better and have more homes and businesses reached. Our very own ASR Road Captain was present and Rev. Joe Rapaglia preached the message on Sunday. Of course, we had Brother Norman Knight show up and is now in the process of becoming a full patch ASR member. My pastor, Pastor Brad Dutcher welcomed the opportunity to be Brother Norman’s pastor. Of course I want to thank Brother and Sister Medley for their supportive presence.

Unfortunately, due to dental work being done 2 days prior to Sunday, I had to miss the 1st Biker Sunday. But I am more encouraged because there will be one more ASR member here in NY. From the reports that Brother Theo gave, it was a very well received event and I am looking forward to even possibly getting my pastor to take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation riders course and adding another rider to the NY ASR rolls. In hindsight, next year’s run will start earlier and on time (I think just talking to brothers in the Lord that ride overwhelmed me, since we are just starting). I would like to thank all my ASR brothers and sisters for their prayers of support. Next year if our Lord tarries, I am looking forward to seeing lost souls reached and saved by the word of God. One last item before I close this out is I promise I have no more wisdom teeth left to be pulled, lol. Thank You Lord Jesus for this opportunity to reach out to the lost and fellowship with brother riders.

Brother Erick Smith
Abundant Life Church (UPCI)
Cortland, NY

The burden for lost souls

I have heard it said that the Azusa StreetRiders ministry is all about souls well I might be throwing a monkey wrench into your theology but ASR is not necessarily all about souls. Don’t grab the wood, stake and your Zippo lighter just yet hear me out.

The burden for lost souls must be within each and everyone of us regardless of what ministry we belong to, regardless of what activities or interest groups we surround ourselves with. The burden for lost souls is as individual to each and everyone of us as our walk with God. Our burden for the lost can not be based by our membership within ASR, we need to understand that this burden which is a God-given, God mandated command known as the Great Commission in the word of God  “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”.(Mark 16:15) This needs to apply to each of us regardless of membership.

You see Jesus mandated to individuals to go out into all the world and preach the gospel that was never directed to a particular ministry, a particular interest group or even a particular function of the church this mandate was given to individuals just like you and I. Let me take this a step further those absolutely knowing the truth, baptized in Jesus name, filled with the Holy Ghost and living an overcoming life in my opinion should be held to a higher standard. To go out and seek out the lost just like you and I were at one time, those lost living in darkness, not knowing the truth, bound for a lake of fire, we have read the back of the book.  Do you remember what that was like, I know I do? In addition each and everyone of us were lost regardless if you came in from a bar stood or sleeping under a pew on Sunday night we all needed to come to repentance and obey ACTS 2:38

We need to have a heart given desire to reach lost souls we must do our part through prayer, fasting, reading of the word of God daily and a strong foundation in a local Apostolic, tongue talking, baptizing in Jesus name, Holy Ghost filled church to give us a strong foundation to work from. Jesus will do the rest how do I know he said it! A strong desire for lost souls, sorry ASR cannot give you that, ASR however can certainly help equip you with the tools to assist you in your quest, if you have the desire.

We have a common thread that runs between all of us, motorcycles. We choose by the grace of God to allow Jesus Christ to take what we enjoy and put that to use for the kingdom of God. It’s true ASR has never won a soul however the God fearing members that have chosen to put what they have at God’s disposal (reminders me of a box lunch with 3 loves and a couple of fishes) and we allow God to put it to use which has through the Holy Ghost been able to reach the lost, see them baptized, filled with the Holy Ghost and are now part of the family of God.

I feel one of another great attributes or benefits of this ministry is how we encourage and equip each other to do battle. The Bible says “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” Proverbs 27:17. You know what another word for this is “Fellowship” Yes the times were with each other we do talk about motorcycles, new gadgets, helmets and places to ride (Like Tennessee, Oh Yea can’t wait ! ) but we also talk about Our Father’s Business and that’s what fellowship is all about.

In closing my wife brought up a good point and I don’t want any of you “He Men” to look sideways at me but she said she not concerned about who I am with or what I am doing when I am with my Azusa StreetRiders family. Not that she needs to worry but wives are just funny that way I think even if they don’t let on, they like it when they know their man is going about doing the work of the Lord. I like the fact that she not only approves of my time given to this ministry but she encourages me to be a part of this ministry in any way I can and that’s a nice feeling.

God Bless each and every one of you keep up the good work, pray everyday, remember to fast and always be faithful to the house of God and especially your home church.

Robert Thompson
President Azusa StreetRiders International
The Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ