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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:

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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



By rolandbray, Aug 5 2016 10:35PM

Many of you are riding to Sturgis and many of you are already there. Some of you will be ministering to the lost. Others will be handing out water, towels and providing comfort. Everyone one of you will give of yourselves. We do this all year long. As ministers on motorcycles, we pour out sacrificially to the lost and broken during the entire riding season and may, at times, grow weary.


We participate in, and donate time and money to, benefit rides and charities. There are multiple group or chapter rides we are expected to attend. We work rallies where the things we see and hear are disturbing and can leave an emotional scar. Sometimes we can’t “unsee” what we have seen. Such is the way of the world without Christ in their lives.

We pour into the lives of the broken, the depressed, the despondent, the wayward and the lost. It is long hot months of giving of ourselves, our time and our resources. We give freely and without hesitation but at times it can be spiritually, financially and physically draining.


We know that God loves a cheerful giver – but doesn’t He also want us to receive what He wants to give us? We need time to receive, to rest, to reflect and be refreshed.


Stay tuned for part two which will be released after Sturgis, when we need an understanding of what Nehemiah Fest offers each and everyone of us. It is more than just a weekend of concerts.


Make plans to check it out and to attend. www.nehemiahfest.com



Roland


#partyonthewall #seasonofrefreshing @nehemiahfest


By rolandbray, Jul 28 2016 09:42PM

I am reminded of many of the messages our pastor has preached regarding spending time in prayer. He is certainly a man of prayer and firmly believes in spending alone time, quiet time, in prayer. The movie War Room reinforced that message to me. I must admit I am not as faithful as I should be and am constantly convicted because of it. I need to get better.


The guilt of failing to spend as much time as I should and the harsh judgment I place on myself remind me that I am far from perfect. I often wonder, if I were to confess to others (as I have done just now), how I will be judged by my peers and others. Judgment can be harmful and I am as guilty as the next person from time to time. I can be very judgmental. I need to be reminded (and maybe you do as well) that only God is the judge and only He can restore. When will He restore? When we spend time with Him, repentant and asking for forgiveness, truly seeking His will in communion with Him. We need to make time.


What keeps us from making time for quiet time? Are we “too busy for our own good”? Are our priorities out of place? During the sermon Sunday, we were asked “Where is God on the priority list?”. Simply living our daily lives; work, marriage, personal strife, health, wealth (or lack thereof), family issues can all play a part in drawing us from the center of God’s will; moving Him down the list. But, when we have trouble, we come running back and He is “on top” for a short time. Sometimes, on the fringes is where we realize we need Him most and when He draws near. However, the issue is that once things are better, we move Him down the list again.


Thank you, Pastor Don, for this constant reminder.


I recently wrote a song called “Shut Out the Noise” which is a reminder that we need to find a quiet place and listen for and to God’s still small voice. God does not yell, that is our way of trying to discipline our children and interact with others. He, on the other hand, speaks softly and tenderly.


He is whispering that He loves you and wants you to demonstrate your love for Him as He yearns to demonstrate His love for you. Draw close, spend time – quiet, alone time – with the God who loves you and desires a special one-on-one relationship with you.


Can you hear His voice?


Are you listening?




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