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By rolandbray, May 1 2018 01:51PM

In 1 Chronicles 28 we read about the building of the temple. David had it in his heart to build a resting place for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of God and made preparations to build it. David was sure he would build it, however God had other plans.


How many times do we make plans before asking God what He wants? We often run headlong into something and regret the outcome. We should seek the will of God for our decisions and our plans rather than making bad decisions and asking God to work it out.


I struggle with this sometimes, not as often as I used to, thankfully! At times I am figuratively running ahead and looking back -- asking God to “catch-up”. Then I am reminded I should be looking forward, because He is already in the future, making plans. I need to catch-up to Him, it’s not the other way around. He knows my need and I need to be reminded to serve Him with a loyal heart and willing mind, as David instructed Solomon in1 Chronicles 28:9


9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.


Further in the same chapter, I am encouraged by the reassurance David gives Solomon:

20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.


That’s a promise we all take comfort in.

Roland



By rolandbray, Apr 23 2018 02:27PM

Did you know that April is “National Drummer Engagement Month”?


Ok, I just made that up; but our former drummer, Troy Foster, became engaged to Toni in April (during a Bearing Armor concert event) and our current drummer, Nikki Sanders, became engaged to Adam Braby in April. Therefore, it’s at least Bearing Armor Drummer Engagement Month. We are honored to know all of them. I presume both couples will have a somewhat traditional wedding with guests, a time of celebration and probably food. Some of us might even get invited. No promises.


I was reading about various wedding traditions, including Jewish traditions. I was amazed at the complexity of “getting married” and the associated rituals and/or traditions of the various ethnic backgrounds. I will not go into detail here because it will take too long for you to read everything I have read recently. But, rest assured, there are major differences and there are an infinite number of variations that individual couples can invoke. However, in each example, the wedding ceremony ended with food and celebration. The common denominator: FOOD.


That brings to mind a wedding feast some of us have been invited to, the marriage supper of the Lamb. In Revelation 19: 5-9, we read:

5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both[c] small and great!”

6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the[d] Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the MARRIAGE SUPPER [emphasis added] of the Lamb!’”

This passage may be totally symbolic, or it may be a literal feast, either way, if there is “food” it will be amazing. Many of you know, I don’t eat much – and I am somewhat a “picky-eater” but on that day, I believe that will all change. I will eat what is set before me with thanksgiving without complaint!


Wouldn’t you like to get an invitation to the greatest wedding feast in history?

You may be asking, “how can I get an invitation?”. You must be a child of God, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ ask Him to be your savior, ask Him to change you, and dedicate your life to Him. It’s an easy process but takes courage.


I’m looking forward to that day and want my friends and family to go with me. Are you ready to share in the greatest feast in history?


Roland



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


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