FRL NOW 6-23-16 : What Should Christians Look Like?

What should Christians look like? How should they act? What should they be known for? There are many unique qualities that all Christians should harness as it pertains to living a biblical life, but below are eight things I believe anyone who calls themselves a Christ-follower should adhere to. The Christian life is all about finding true identity in that of Jesus and reflecting an image of his righteous nature.

  1. Love. (1 John 4:8)

Love is an intrinsic value for anyone who calls themselves a Christ follower. In reality, I don’t believe that anyone can truly call themselves a Bible believing Christian and not showcase the act of love. No matter the circumstance, offering a helping hand of love is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. God loves us, even when we don’t reflect the same image in return. We owe it to others by offering them this same reality.

2. Grace. (Ephesians 4:32)

The Grace of God has covered a multitude of sins, and the sacrifice made on the cross has paid the penalty for them. We are surely blessed. Although we don’t deserve the grace we have been generously handed, Jesus continues to extend a helping hand of it regardless of our situation. In the same way, we as Christians should be known for the grace and forgiveness that we show others. It may not always be deserved, but we must always remember that neither was ours.

3. Purity. (Philippians 4:8)

When Christians discuss the word “purity,” one must understand that we are implying more than just the topic of sex. Not only should we be known for our pureness in relationships, but in our speech, actions, and motives as well.

4. Patience. (Galatians 5:22)

In today’s fast-paced, drive-thru, entrepreneurial world, patience is key. And while the rest of the world may like quick-fixes and turn-key circumstances, the Word of God has called us to be patient amidst all thing. This may not always the easiest task, but it will always be the right path to choose. (more…)

FRL NOW 6-17-16 : Be Joyful Always…

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Too often, when bad things happen to us, our first reaction is anything but joyful. We don’t feel like giving thanks when we’re hurt by a good friend, or when we fight with our spouse or children, or get a bad report. We feel like saying, “If God really loved me, this wouldn’t be happening!”

But look at all the ways God has blessed us. God gives us great, amazing gifts all the time, and we hardly ever remember to say, “Thank you.” If we paid more attention to praising God and less attention to our problems, We would be a lot more joyful people.

Friday Night Dinner Ride 6/17/16 The weather is perfect for a great ride. We’ll meet at Kohl’s, 98th & Indiana, and will go kickstands up at 6:30. Road Captain Randy “The Enforcer” Powell will lead us on a great ride to one of our favorite spots. Don’t miss it!

Fathers Day Cook Out @ Grand Court 6/18/16 11:00am Brookdale Grand Court has invited FRL to bring our bikes and join in a hamburger/hot dog cookout to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. There will be a bounce house for the young ones and classic cars and motorcycles for us older ones. Please let me know if you are coming and how many in your party. They want to make sure everyone gets fed! Brookdale Grand Court is located at 4601-71st Street.

Remember this, “The Joy of The Lord in my strength!”
Tony

FRL NOW 6-9-16 : Spend Time With Our Lord

Matthew 14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

There were times that Jesus separated himself from the multitudes — and there are times when we need to separate ourselves from our lives and ministry, and spend some time with our Lord.

I love how Jesus climbed a mountain. It made me think of an interesting analogy. Picture the shape of a mountain. It starts out wide at the bottom — the higher we climb, the narrower it becomes — and the more we must stay close to the center. As we go even higher yet, there’s less room to move to the left or the right — and there’s less and less ground that can be compromised — the more focused we need to be and the less we can afford to be distracted. The higher we go, the less room we have to fool around!

Whatever you may be dealing with, you may just need to separate yourself and climb up to spend time with the Lord — get centered on Him and focused on what He’s calling you to.

God wants us to learn to climb to the top and focus all of our lives on His will! Let’s take out some time this weekend to try it!

Friday Night Dinner Ride 6-10-16 We will meet at Kohl’s, 98th & Indiana, at 6pm. At 6:30 Road Captain Preston Langford will lead out on a great ride. This week’s dinner does not accept credit or debit so bring cash or check! Don’t miss out on the great food, fun, and fellowship!

2016 FRL Summer Trip The group has safely arrived at their Wyoming destination. God has provided great weather and safe passage. Pray for the group as they continue to travel through western Wyoming and into Montana and return home next week.

Blessings from Wyoming!
Tony

FRL NOW 6-3-16 : All By His Grace

“Whatever I am now it is all because God poured out such kindness and grace upon me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10a TLB)

If you’ve grown up in the U.S., you’ve probably heard all of these statements before:
•If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
•We make money the old-fashioned way — we earn it.
•There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
•There is no gain without pain.
•God helps those who help themselves.

Everything about the American way of life teaches you that you get what you earn in life. We value work, sweat, effort, and performance. It’s called the American work ethic.

Overall, I like such a strong work ethic. God wants us to work at our jobs as if we are working for him. But God never relates to us based on our performance. The Bible tells us that everything God does in our lives — every blessing we have, every gift we receive — comes through his grace. (more…)