HOLINESS – FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE HEART

By Mike and Julie McGhghy

In this second article regarding holiness, we will present the most important element of holiness, which is our attitude, and how that attitude is manifested by the tongue. Although attitudes are not readily observable by others, they become obvious to others who are with us very much at all or who follow us on social media. Our attitudes come from deep within us, from our hearts.

Consider Jesus’ words to the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:25-28, when He told them that they “make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.” Jesus was talking about having good outward appearance but neglecting the condition of the inside, the heart. When obvious, external holiness practices are evident in our lives, but inward holiness as evidenced by a controlled attitude and tongue is lacking, we are being separated unto God (2 Corinthians 6:17-18) but not dedicated to God (Romans 12:1). We are then not living a holy life!

What is the basic attitude that distinguishes true Christians from the world? Love. Love for God and others. Matthew 22:36-40. When living a holy life, we love God and want to do His perfect will by striving to be like Him as much as possible, trying to avoid anything that is not like Him, and wanting to obey Him and please Him even in areas that seem from a human viewpoint to be unnecessary and trivial. And this love is evident, not just when we are ministering to people, but in our casual communication with others in person, in writing, and on social media.

When our actions, even holiness disciplines, are not motivated by love for God and for others, our holiness is worthless and it will lead to hypocrisy. By analyzing ourselves against the evidence of improper attitudes listed in Ephesians 4:31-32 (bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, malice), we can tell when our holiness disciplines are not properly motivated by love. If we find these evil attitudes in ourselves, we need to replace them with being kind to one another, tenderhearted and forgiving, which is based on love, involves bearing the cost of someone else’s mistake, gives up our own rights in certain situations, and ignores certain things even when we know we are correct.

It is through the tongue, which is the most difficult member of the body to control and has the potential for causing the most harm, that improper attitudes manifest themselves. Matthew 12:34; Matthew 15:18; James 3:8. We control our tongue through complete submission to God. In James 3:13-18, James makes it clear that it is easy for us to sin with the tongue, that the tongue is very dangerous, and that sinning with the tongue can completely destroy our holiness. Sins with the tongue include talebearing and gossip, sowing discord, swearing, improper use of the name of the Lord, filthy communications, piercing remarks, lying and bearing false witness, and idle words, all of which are born in our attitudes. Jesus views what we say so important that He explained that a man will be justified or condemned by his words. Matthew 12:36-37. James confirms this importance: A man with an unbridled tongue has a vain, useless form of religion. James 1:26. We don’t want the world, those we seek to minister to, to view our faith as a useless form of religion because of what we say or write, whether in person or on social media.

Currently in the United States there exists extreme political division and we are bombarded with very divisive communication in the media, as well as in our own conversations and social media posts. It is always proper to voice support for political positions based on our love for God and others and to oppose positions that are against God’s teaching. When we do so, we must always be aware of our attitudes that are evidenced in our communication. Does our communication evidence our love for God and others or could it be viewed as motivated by bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and malice? We must be careful to avoid the sins of the tongue when expressing our political views.

At all times, as children of God and ASR members, we strive to live holy in our attitudes, actions, and communication, as is pleasing unto God. God working through our holiness coupled with our ASR patch will help us effectively minister to others and see people respond to God in repentance, baptism in Jesus’ name, and receiving the Holy Ghost.

WHAT IS THE PRICE WE PAY FOR ONE NAIL ?

On a recent trip to Haiti, I heard a Haitian pastor illustrate to his congregation the need for total commitment to Christ. His parable:

A certain man wanted to sell his house for $2,000. Another man wanted very badly to buy it, but because he was poor, he couldn’t afford the full price. After much bargaining, the owner agreed to sell the house for half the original price with just one stipulation: he would retain ownership of one small nail protruding from just over the door.

After several years, the original owner wanted the house back, but the new owner was unwilling to sell. So the first owner went out, found the carcass of a dead dog, and hung it from the single nail he still owned. Soon the house became unlivable, and the family was forced to sell the house to the owner of the nail.

The Haitian pastor’s conclusion: “If we leave the Devil with even one small peg in our life, he will return to hang his rotting garbage on it, making it unfit for Christ’s habitation.” – Dale A. Hays

This message was preached over 25 years ago by a young man by the name of Bro Brian Buyers in a time where I was in the deepest valley I ever walked. I came to realize that night that I had always had that one nail on the back porch and whenever the devil or my flesh wanted to pull me down into that miry clay  (that was on many occasions) all they had to do was walk out to that nail, on my porch and hang that one thing I was unwilling to give up to the Lord. I have always believed whatever we hold in the dark place within our heart, in secret has the right to persecute us with.

I learned the hard way I wish I could go back and change the hand of time regrettably I cannot however I can throw a red flag and say do not let that one thing, that one nail haunt you time and time again. Put it down through the Grace of Jesus Christ and once you have do so leave it there.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 John 4:4-6

New Members for September

Let’s Welcome all our newest members to the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry

Bro Rick & (soon to be) Sis Connie Perry
Knoxville, TN
Pastor Kenneth Carpenter
FAC Maryville, Maryville, TN

Bro Fred & Cordia Fluharty JR
Wooster, OH
Pastor Ben Robinson
Wooster Apostolic Pentecostal Church, Wooster, OH

Bro Brian Wilkinson
Fayetteville, GA
Pastor Talmadge French, Dr
Apostolic Tabernacle, Jonesboro, GA

Bro Randell Wild
Jonesboro, Ga
Pastor Talmadge French, Dr
Apostolic Tabernacle, Jonesboro, GA

Sis Serrena & Bro Jon Weber
Fort Wayne, IN
Pastor Richard Maron
Calvary Tabernacle, Winona Lake, IN

Bro John & Sis Karen Banores
New London, CT
Pastor Rick Perry (ASR Member and Area Coordinator)
Haven of Hope, New Haven, CT

Bro Patrick & Doria Brown
Elmsford, NY
Pastor Fritz Modie
New Life Pentecostal Church, Spring Valley, NY

 

 

 

 

Up Coming Events

There are No upcoming events at this time. The Fall retreat  In Texas has been cancelled. Please remember for  2020 when planning an event to let the board know of your dates and event information. So that it can be posted on our National website along with our facebook pages.

Michael Theodore                                                                                                                    National Road Captain  

2019 General Conference

General conference 2019 was blessed and a huge success.  One of the things that made me proud to be an Azusa-SteetRider was when Brother Howell and some of the missionaries stopped by to tell us thank you for what we do. We were busy all week explaining to potential members that not only do we support our missionaries but we help members with biker Sunday’s to reach out to the bikers that others don’t know how to reach. We had quite a few pastors stop by to say they support what we do. One of the highlights was meeting one of the advisers Brother Reyes from the Azusa-streetriders Philippines.  They are looking forward to us visiting with them so if anyone is interested in heading to the Philippines within the next 2 years save up and lets start planning a trip. I would encourage anyone that has the time to help with the ASR booth at next years General Conference in Saint Louis MO to come out and help, you will be blessed.

Michael Theodore                                                                                                                      National Road Captain

 

Going Into The Arkansas Highways and Byways

It was an invasion of Razorback territory! It wasn’t planned to be an invasion, but, when you put together a ride and add a group of ASR members that are willing vessels in the Kingdom, then it becomes a Holy Ghost invasion!

Over a year ago, Bro Mike Womack (he is originally from Arkansas) and I began to discuss a “rolling ride” where we would not only experience the Pig Trail and other curvy roads but also reach into the state of Arkansas and attempt to open it up for more ASR membership. Mike set up an ASR table at the 2019 Arkansas Men’s Conference and had a few contacts that we wanted to invite to ride with us. Little did we know that the 16 individuals that road with us would become a Holy Ghost firebrand! The ride started innocently enough…with food! Eating at Lamberts in Sikeston, “the home of the throwed roll”, on Thursday evening. Then up early on Friday to ride 330 miles across Missouri/Arkansas to Eureka Springs, which included a ferry ride across Bull Shoals Lake and a stop off for prayer at a little church in Blue Eye, MO (where our dear friends and fellow members, Bro and Sis Cobbs go to church). Then on Saturday it was the Pig Trail and meandering back across Arkansas to Mountain View, AR, for some bluegrass pick’n and grin’n down on the square! Then…Sunday morning! Oh my, what a Sunday morn’n!!

All through the ride…each stop at convenience stores or restaurants, it seemed as though people were drawn to us. Everyone, young and old, began to put the “Go” in the “Gospel”. Folks stopped us to ask questions. Our riders opened up conversations by just being friendly. The very essence of the ASR membership and what we all stand for…ministry…kicked into gear and it was amazing to watch. By Sunday morning, it was a fire shut up in our bones! Literally!! Four times we had prayer…twice in the parking lot of the hotel…then we stopped at Hardees for breakfast where a couple came in and wanted prayer. We prayed in Hardees and the manager videoed our “commotion” and many were onlookers. We didn’t know if the manager was recording to turn us in or just for the novelty of the moment. But, when she followed us out to the parking lot and began to share that she had been backslid from an Apostolic upbringing for over 25yrs, we knew that this meeting was ordained of God! Prayer clothes were anointed and left with several along the way. Then we went to The Sanctuary in Mountain View and had some kind of church! Fired up and rejoicing in what God had done the past several days. I would not have missed it for anything…my hat is off to all that rode with us, for your sensitivity to the needs of others. And, we praise Jesus for allowing us to be in his service as ministers of this glorious Gospel!

Almost a month later, the feedback from Pastor Mize (Mt View, AR) is that they are still feasting on our visit, and still following up with those that we had met. Here are a few comments from those that were privileged to go on this ride…

“It just seemed that the ASR members that attended this ride went out of their way to, not only greet people, but to witness and pray for many souls. In my opinion, this event exemplifies what ASR is all about…” ~ ASR National President, Robert Thompson

“From our first stop to our last stop, I believe without a doubt God was leading us…What stood out more than anything was the hunger of people/strangers coming up and asking questions and asking for prayer…” ~ Missouri Chaplains Donald and Carmen Hamby

“The experience I got was a Revival Experience!…John 12:32 says, that if He be lifted up the He will draw all men unto Him! We were just the vessels being willing to be used of Him so that hungry, lost, and backslidden souls were touched…the harvest is ripe! Let’s go get them!!” ~ ASR Arkansas Regional Coordinator, Mike and Mandy Womack

“I have never experienced such a hunger from as many people as we saw that Sunday morning in Mountain View. Each one of us were willing vessels, used of God to reach out in prayer and love.” ~ Heaven Bound Hoosiers President/Chaplain Mark Wever

“Wow! Stopping long enough to pray for Bowman Pentecostal Church, its future, its Pastor and congregation, that God would bless it and lead them! Still to this day raises the hair on my arm remembering that experience!” ~ ASR Member (Rogers, AR) Troy Shaffer

“This was our first ASR ride, and we weren’t really sure what to expect. We were impressed by the comradery of the group and its acceptance of new riders. We’d heard about the ministry side but the “half had not been told!” ~ ASR Road Captain Toledo IL Chapter Gregg Johnson

As you can see, we were blessed to have been a part of something Jesus led and directed! As I watch the Biker Sundays and the various rides all around the world, I’m blessed to see this same Spirit being exampled throughout this amazing organization!! We can truly sing the song, “Your my brother, your my sister…together we will work until He comes. There’s no foe that can defeat us, because we are walking (riding) side by side…”

Until Jesus returns and we all take that last ride into the heavens!
ASR International Chaplain,
Mark A Hardin

2nd Annual Biker Weekend, Clendenin Pentecostal Church

Greetings and Praise the Lord from Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia. I want to start by giving God the praise, honor, and glory for the favor He has given us with our local motorcycle community. Let me just say, I am far from being an expert event planner, or anything close to it.  However, I would like to share a couple of things we did this year that may be helpful to other areas. We posted our event on local and statewide Facebook motorcycles groups, and also created a sponsored ad for our church’s Facebook page, where you can choose a radius of distance around the church, pay a small fee, and actually target Facebook users that have interest in motorcycles. It gives a broader reach than is possible with only handing out flyers, although there is no substitute for pounding the pavement. At our 2nd Annual Biker Weekend at Clendenin Pentecostal Church, we increased from 8 bikes last year on our ride, to 19 bikes this year. We had a mixed group of riders on our ride, ranging from CMA members, former club members, and weekend warriors. A good time was had by all, and we want to personally thank all of the ASR members that supported our event, and showed forth Christian love, not by title, but by example. The staff at our host hotel also complimented the ASR members that were staying there for being the example of a true Christian. We also want to give honor to Bro Anthony Todd Storey, for bringing the Word of God for our Biker Sunday service. One thing we did different this year, was to combine our Saturday evening after the ride, into a full community outreach event. Everyone was invited to this event, which included an outdoor gospel sing, free food, and door prizes, some biker specific, others for the community. One young lady from the community that attended the outreach on Saturday evening, returned for the Biker Sunday service, where she repented. She returned to church the following Wednesday, where she received the baptism of the Holy Ghost! Praise God! I am also excited to announce, that a coworker of mine that was invited, but did not attend our outreach event, agreed to a Bible Study on the Thursday following the event, and has committed to coming to church this Sunday! The harvest truly is plenteous! Please continue to hold us up in prayer as we endeavor to be a light of hope in a dark and dreary land, and we will also be in prayer for all of you. To echo the words of our associate pastor, let the revival continue!

God Bless,
Bro Jeremiah Hayes

The Ministry of “Helps”

1 Corinthians 12:28, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”

Many, when preaching about church government and the strength of a church body, will begin with Ephesians 4:11, instead of the above passage. Both Scriptures focus our attention on the gifting of members, while Paul writes to the Ephesians, he makes the bold statement about what the list of five are for…

Ephesians 4:12-13, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”

There is a slight difference in message to the church in Corinth. It seems that the emphasis isn’t as much on perfecting and growing as it is in nurturing and allowing the gifts to work within the church body.

The English word “Helps” is only used twice in all of Scripture. The one used here to the Corinthians has a root word that indicates “Relief”. Each individual is to use our gifting to help by providing relief to the rest of the body. The other time “Helps” is used is found in Acts 27:17, and its root meaning has more of a binding up or securing or supporting by using ropes or chains. The Passage in Acts is when the ship was about to fall apart and “Helps” were needed to keep the ship from inevitable destruction.

As I looked at these passages in light of the work of a Chaplain, the Lord began to impress upon me that we are to become “Helps”. It should be our goal to be a balm that brings relief to members of the body…and at times, when disaster hits people’s lives, a chaplain becomes spiritual ropes and chains that bind and secure the hurting and broken.

We are “Helps”! We may not be listed as one of the five elite ministries, but the steady work of a Chaplain will bind up the wounded and help bring relief to stressful situations. Where we will shine the most is when we are needed the most. Because we will bring a calming to a stressed member of the body.

Pray that you may become “Helps” in these trying days where the enemy would desire to kill, steal, and destroy the weakening vessels.

Chaplain Hardin
Azusa StreetRiders International Chaplain

Motorcycles for Missionaries

The Lord is truly blessing the Azusa StreetRiders ministry! We had a record for giving to motorcycles for missionaries this year with a total of 16,330.64. We are able to purchase 3 motorcycles, 1 for Cuba, 2 for Sierra Leone, and 1 for Tanzania. With the Lords help we are on track to have an offering in 2020 for over 20,000. One of next years recipients will be our missionary in Isreal. I am honored and blessed to be a part of a ministry that focuses on our missionaries and the lost souls all over the world! 
God bless,
Sis Laureen Theodore 
ASR International Treasurer 

New National Chaplain

I would like to take a moment to make a couple of announcements concerning our National Chaplain position.

I would like to thank Bro Allen Cherry for his dedicated and prayerful service as our National Chaplain for the last few years. Many of us have benefited from his prayer and dedication to this ministry and its membership. I hope as he takes a different direction in his ministry, he knows that we are praying for guidance and God’s favor as well. We love and appreciate you Bro. Cherry!

That being said, I also have the privilege of announcing a wonderful minister that has been persuaded (or swindled LOL) into taking over this position and burden. Bro Mark Hardin is a wonderful man of God and I believe he will have a seamless transition and move right into the position at full throttle!

As ASR moves forward, I believe that the prayer and guidance in prayer by those like Bro Cherry and Bro Hardin will be vital in our success to both riders and ministers in the kingdom!

Bro. Cherry….Thank You

Bro Hardin…We are looking forward to what God has in store for us!!