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By rolandbray, Oct 3 2017 03:01PM


I have heard and read a lot about unity over the past few months. Before getting too far into this article, let's look at the word "unity".

The 1966 Random House Dictionary of the English Language (The Unabridged Edition) has nine definitions of the word "unity".

Here is are six of them:

1. the state of being one; oneness.

2. one single thing; something complete in itself, or regarded as such.

3. the oneness of a complex or organic whole or of an interconnected series; a whol3 or totality as combining all its parts into one.

4. the state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole; unification.

5. absence of diversity; unvaried or uniform character.

6. oneness of mind, feeling, etc., as among a number of persons; concord, harmony, or agreement

(7-9 are related to math, literature or the Aristotelian aesthetics (what??)


Do you notice a theme running through them? In five of the six definitions you find the word "one" or its derivative.


Earlier this year I traveled to South Carolina to attend a Gathering of the Tribes event. The purpose was to gather as many motorcycle clubs and ministries together to hear messages on unity and working together. I cannot tell you how many times I heard a phrase similar to "It's not about the patch on your back, it's about Christ, His ministry, His message, and reaching the lost". "It's NOT about the patch..."


Certainly, each ministry has their mission and God can and will use you for that mission and in no way am I saying to put down your patch. Let me very clear: you have earned your patch, wear it and respect it. It says something about who you are or strive to be.

Throughout the summer we attended various churches, rallies and events and almost every time, we heard something about unity, unification or working together as Christians.


In July we performed at the first "Light Up The Hills Rally" in Sturgis, SD. The purpose of that rally? To encourage "UNITY" among biker minsistries.


On September 30, our band played at the Midwest Gathering of the Tribes, where once again we heard "It's not about the patch..." It's about "Unity."


Sunday, in worship, we heard a wonderful message from the book of 2 Chronicles – once again we heard about "unity". In Chapter 30, we read about God's message being proclaimed and the messengers being mocked. But in verses 11 and 12 we read that many came to Jerusalem (they believed the message) and "the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the Lord." - Unity. "Unity of Purpose, Singleness of Heart". (Pastor Don)


A couple years ago, Miss Sallie had a burden to help a lady in need and suggested that we reach out to a ministry in her area to help make it happen. I contacted them and explained what we wanted them to help us with, they refused. Their response was, "if it's not a sanctioned (name omitted) we can't help you." I was dumfounded. I could not believe what I heard. This was a "Christian" organization, refusing to help because it was not sanctioned by their organization. Obviously, they had not gotten word that through "unity" is the way to get things done. It's not about your organization name, your patch, or the name over the church door.


Look around you – do you not see that we are in the end times? Now, more than ever in the history of mankind it is time to work together.


2 Timothy 3 1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)


3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.


Matthew 24:3-8 New King James Version (NKJV)


3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.


How does "UNITY" look?

Working together. Praying together. Worshiping together. "Sowing" together. Reaping" together.



By rolandbray, Mar 14 2017 04:35PM

It has been a while since I have posted anything and today, I feel a very strong need to share what God has placed on my heart.


In the letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote “ I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” 4:12 NKJV


Some time ago, I posted #FaithInGod > (#fear + #doubt + #worry) God is good and keeps His promises! #faith #TrustHim – a few people thought that meant that I had found a job, sorry, that was not the case.

I was confirming my Faith in God and recognizing that He is in control. Too often as Christians we can become complacent or comfortable (myself included) and begin to lean on our own strength and resources – forgetting that God provided both. I thought I was secure in my position at work and would continue working there until retirement. That was not my reality. Apparently God has a different plan.


Loss of income can certainly shake a person’s confidence and may even cause them to doubt God’s provision and presence in their life. I have found that although I am currently without gainful employment, my faith remains strong.


Am I saying I have never doubted or challenged God’s plan? “No!” I am not the perfect man of faith. What is true, however, is that I know God sees beyond my present circumstance and knows the plan He has for me. I must trust He knows what He is doing and whatever that is, I must accept it and not rebel, question, doubt or reject it.


I cannot make things happen – but “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20b) – therefore I must stay in the game, work hard and follow His instruction.


Maybe you, too, are struggling with what God has planned for you. Rest in His arms, take comfort in His peace and remember He is strong enough to carry you through whatever storm you are enduring. He is the Rock of our Salvation, our Shelter in the storm and enduring Father.


#FaithInGod > (#fear + #doubt + #worry) – is as true today as it has been since the beginning of time. Put your faith in God and trust Him to do what’s right – in His time.


Roland






By rolandbray, Nov 1 2016 03:51PM

Although Buffalo Chip Owner Rod Woodruff probably sees this as an additional money making opportunity, the Alliance of Churches in the small town of Sturgis sees it as an opportunity for Christians to make a difference.


For many years the Alliance and the townsfolk of Sturgis have prayed for a way to change the image of their little town. What better way to improve the image than to have thousands of praying, ministry minded bikers (and non-bikers) assembled in one place to praise God and promote a positive message? This is exactly what will happen with the First Annual Light Up The Hills Rally for Christian bikers on July 6-9, 2017, headquartered at the Buffalo Chip!

Each year thousands of non-Christian bikers attend the Sturgis Biker Week in August with one thing in mind – to have a good time, regardless what that means. There is drinking, immoral behavior, drug use, women sold for sex and complete disregard for civil, clean living. It is debauchery at its worst. It is a travesty.


To counter that - each year, hundreds of Christian ministry bikers ride to the Sturgis event with one thing in mind – ministry. They witness, they share their three-minute story, they hit the streets with bottles of water, wash windshields, share the Gospel and demonstrate the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. The Faith Riders even give away a Harley Davidson motorcycle each year to someone who listened to the three-minute story. God is changing lives as a result of each of these ministries attendance. This is our opportunity to help prepare the field for the next August Biker Week by coming together on July 6-9, 2017 in Sturgis to worship, fellowship and pray for the Holy Spirit to start in the Black Hills to take back our Country as One Nation Under God.

So, the reason for this post is multi-faceted.


1) To encourage you to begin praying *now* for this, the first year of the Light Up the Hills Rally. We want this to be a huge success with thousands of bikers in attendance. It is not for our glory or the glory of the organizers or promoters or performers, but for the Glory of God. Let Mr. Woodruff and the people of Sturgis know that Christians can, and will support a Godly rally.


2) To encourage you to pray for the people in attendance at the August Biker Week. Ask God to begin moving in the hearts of men and women to soften them to hear and accept the gospel and acknowledge their need of a savior. Christians will continue to attend the August rally because they believe they are called to that mission field.


3) To encourage you to pass the word about this event with friends and family members. Encourage people to bring their families. Even non-bikers with families can enjoy this event. They can tour the area and see the beautiful sights and end each evening by listening to Christian music.


4) To ask you to make a commitment to attend, if at all possible, regardless if you ride or not. Load up the car, station wagon, minivan, truck or RV and make the trip to Sturgis for The Light Up the Hills Rally, July 6-9 and be part of making history by attending and supporting the first year’s event!


For more information about the rally check out their website

www.lightupthehillsrally.com - the site is continually being updated so some links are still inactive

www.facebook.com/lightupthehillsrally


Please also follow Bearing Armor for our updates:

www.facebook.com/bearingarmor

twitter: @bearingarmor




By rolandbray, Sep 20 2016 06:02PM

Many of us in the “biker community” heard a lot about respect this past weekend during Nehemiah Fest in Smithville, MO. The word was not necessarily used often, but the inference was there. If you attended Billy’s discussion Saturday morning, whether you know it or not, you heard about respect from a former 3-patch outlaw club member. If you were not there but want to understand some of the “dos and don’ts, let me explain.


His discussion was focused on “How to Witness to Outlaw Bikers”. Below are a few points he shared.


* When he said look for a prospect to talk to – he was telling you to respect the positions others hold.

* When he said never touch a club member’s colors, he was telling you to respect the colors

* He shared a story about David Alan Coe and how he was invited into David’s bus. He did not approach David or barge through the crowd. He showed respect by asking the Sergeant of Arms for permission to enter. - Respect

* Remember when he said to never pass a slow moving club on the road? Respect was the reason, in addition to the possibility of being able to offer assistance if there was a breakdown.

* How about the whip on the left, what was what about? Respecting the enforcer (of course there was a warning there as well).

* Being reminded that we should never leave our colors unattended, was an admonishment to respect our colors. You don’t leave your wallet on a table unattended. Why your colors? Both are subject to theft.

* Removing your glove before shaking hands again, shows respect. Wearing the glove gives the impression you don’t want to touch something “dirty” or “beneath you”. Don’t shame them.


That’s enough examples. Now you are probably asking, “What’s the purpose of today’s blog?”. Simply this…

When we are given witnessing opportunities, especially in the “biker community” it is very important to understand protocol and that we know the rules.


Each opportunity should be proceeded with much prayer and preparation, always remember the rules and also realize that not everyone is called (or able) to do it. Swinging a leg over a motorcycle and putting on a ministry vest is not automatically a calling to walk into a crowd of 1% bikers. It can be scary and intimidating. Proceed with much prayer and discernment. Walk among them, not within them.


Do not expect to be welcomed immediately, especially if you exhibit fear or are cocky and over confident.

Walk boldly but not puffed up and confident but not cocky. Most importantly, know your material and be prepared to answer questions. Don’t fake it – they may know the bible as well as, or better than you. Assume nothing and expect to be tested. They need to know you are real, are prepared, and most of all that you love them and are not there to judge them.


In addition to knowing your scripture and being fully prepared, it is important to know what is acceptable when wearing your ministry colors. For example, some ministries allow their members to smoke or have an occasional drink – but – not when wearing their colors. If, while sharing with a club member, you are invited to go to the bar and you are comfortable, go. Order tea, water, coffee, soft drink, etc. do not order alcohol while wearing your colors. They may be testing you. They know the rules as well as, if not better than some ministry members do.


Honestly, regardless of what your ministry rules are – never smoke, drink, do drugs, use foul language or do anything that brings disgrace to Jesus Christ and/or your ministry. Club members study us, they want to know that you live and practice what you preach. They can spot a fake and would have no reservation calling you out. Don’t do anything to disrespect your colors – or theirs. Just be real.


Five things to remember:

* Prayer – don’t proceed without it

* Preparation – this takes time and study

* Position – try to get near a prospect – don’t “invade the hive” and certainly DO NOT approach a high ranking member without permission

* Posture – walk confidently but not with a threatening attitude

* Provision – provide some material (tract, bible, business card) with him if he will accept it


Roland



By rolandbray, Aug 15 2016 07:00AM

Now that the Sturgis event is over and most of you have endured the heat and arrived home. Did you minister? Did you provide comfort? Did you pour out from yourself? Did you give freely and without a second thought?


Ministers on motorcycles need to recharge in the larger "church". God never intended us to operate on our own. Now is the time to let others employ their God given talents and minister to you.


Nehemiah Fest is near the end of riding season and will provide that season of refreshing. Bring the entire family. You will not have to concern yourself with what you may see or hear in this family friendly, kid safe, wholesome environment.


Come and stay for the weekend or come and spend a day – either way, it is our prayer that you come, ready to put your feet up on a log, sit next to an evening fire, listen to the sounds of musical praise and take time to allow God to fill you with a renewed spirit.

It is a place to share travel stories with brothers and sisters in Christ. Be blessed as stories of spiritual victories are shared. Encourage each other and be encouraged. Meet new people, make new friends, improve relationships and, most importantly, you can make time to get alone with God and thank Him for the riding season you just went through and the blessings you received and miracles you witnessed.

It also provides a non-threatening place to invite your unsaved biker friends to hear the gospel. They can enjoy the same activities you do, listen to Christian music and be ministered to and prayed with. I cannot think of a better way to spend time with lost or wayward friends and family.

In addition to resting and recuperating do you wonder what else you can do while at Nehemiah Fest?


* Camping is available – free for primitive camping, there is a fee for RV spots (they are filling up fast!)

* Watch/participate in Disc Golf

* Visit the vendors and ministry tents

* Eat the food

* Go to the petting zoo

* Listen to your choice of 50 bands

* Stop by Camp Armor and share some of Miss Sallie's wonderfu food!

* Saturday Morning, at 8:00 AM Billy Rivers(fprmer member of 1% club) will be conducting a session on "How To Witness to Outlaw Bikers"

* Billy will also be sharing his testimony during Sunday morning worship service



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