FRL NOW 12-30-16 : What is your life?

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15.

What power or influence does mist have? Can mist control very much or is it subject to other forces such as heat and light? If we are mist, it certainly puts the phrase “Lord willing” in a different light. This year ahead brings uncertainty at an earthly level – we have no guarantees for ourselves or the schools/churches/organizations we serve. We are here at God’s desire and for his purposes – what a delight to rest in that fact. We operate at his will and for his pleasure– let’s acknowledge our temporality and his sovereignty – even in our daily speech. We must trust he has “prepared in advance” the work that he wants us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Friday Night Dinner Ride 12-30-16 We will meet at Kohl’s at 6pm. At 6:30 Road Captain Preston Langford will lead us on a brief ride up Indiana to the Holly Hop Ice Cream Shoppe, 3404-34th Street, for some great food, ice cream, and fellowship. Don’t miss the last ride of 2016.The forecast is showing around 50 at 6p so come ride! Of course, softies are welcome to join in cages. 🙂

Blessings on the new year ahead!
Tony

FRL NOW 12-23-16 : Laugh With Immanuel

Angel TreeLaugh With Immanuel

“The implications of the name ‘Immanuel’ are both comforting and unsettling. Comforting, because He has come to share the danger as well as the drudgery of our everyday lives. He desires to weep with us and to wipe away our tears. And what seems most bizarre, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, longs to share in and to be the source of the laughter and the joy we all too rarely know.”
- Michael Card

“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ - which means, ‘God with us.'” Matthew 1:22-23

“Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.” Psalm 21:6

Laugh With Immanuel

Why do we turn to God so quickly in times of sorrow and struggle, in danger and fear, and forget him in the times of joy and rejoicing? If God is the giver of joy and he is “God with us,” then he must want to share in those moments of great joy–and even those times of silly laughter and fun. Remember to include Him in your time with family and friends this weekend!

Friday Night Dinner Ride 12-23-16
We will meet at Kohl’s at 98th & Indiana at 6pm. At 6:30, we will go kickstands up and run down to Post for a great burger and fries. Don’t miss out on this chance for a winter ride!

Merry Christmas! Share some joy and laughter!
Tony

FRL NOW 12-16-16 : Angel Tree Edition

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FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 12-16-16 We will meet at Christian Life Assemble of God, 5917-66th Street, at 6:30pm to sort our Angel Tree Gifts into the assigned routes. All are welcomed to join in. If you have adopted Angels that have not been returned, please bring them so they can be sorted to their respective routes. We will go have dinner together after the sorting. We usually have some last-minute shopping to do. If you can stay and help it would be greatly appreciated!
 
2016 Angel Tree Delivery 12-17-16 We will meet at Christian Life Assembly of God at 8:30am. After a short briefing, we will divide into groups and go kickstands up for delivery! Everyone is invited to have lunch together (dutch treat) at Bigham’s BBQ, 4302-19th Street, after completing the routes.

FRL NOW 12-9-16 : Angel Tree

On Saturday December 17, Fellowship Riders Lubbock, along with our friends, family, and partners will once again deliver the Joy and promise of Christmas to nearly 300 children of incarcerated parents.This has become one of our favorite opportunities. 

There are many reasons I love our Angel Tree ministry but the greatest has to be the relationship building. When we go into the homes and share a gift to a child on behalf of their incarcerated parent(s) we not only connect with that child, but with the caregivers and other members of the family. As we visit and learn of their needs and then begin to meet those needs through food, clothing, paying a bill, repairing something around their house, or most importantly, loving on them and listening to them, Jesus does something so special… He allows us to enter into relationship! Year after year we have watched children grow, families strengthened, and people come to know Jesus! Not just with the families we serve but in our group as well!

As Dr. Seuss Stated: “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” 

What is Christmas really about???  RELATIONSHIP! God wants to have a relationship with us and He wants us to have a meaningful relationship with others so that they might enter into relationship with Him! That is the “reason for the season.”

Friday Night Dinner Ride 12/9/16 We will meet at Rudy’s BBQ, 4930 South Loop 289, at 6:30pm. Come join the family fun!

Angel Tree Gift Sorting 12/16/16 6:30pm Meet at Christian Life Assembly of God, 5917-66th. We will sort the gifts into the routes for Saturday.

2016 Angel Tree Christmas Delivery 12/17/16 8:30am at Christian Life Assembly. Bring your family and friends for a great day of love!

Blessings!
Tony

FRL NOW 12-1-16 : God’s Love

And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshiped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. 
- Mark 15:19-20

Christmas. It is one of the most joyous Christian holidays, a time to remember the birth of Christ our savior. Christmas is a time to share our blessings with one another, and to be surrounded by the people we love. It is a time for giving, and a time for forgiving. Most importantly, it is a reminder of how much God loves us.

Last Sunday one of the kids in Junior Church asked, “Why did God send Jesus if He knew He was going to die?” In fact, Jesus wasn’t just going to die, Jesus was going to be mocked, beaten, tortured, and then sentenced to die a slow, painful death by crucifixion. All at the hands of those He came to save.

It’s funny, because as Christians we like to remember the good times in Jesus’ life. We love to tell the Nativity story, but we forget that shortly after His birth Christ needed to flee from Herod’s army. We tell about His wisdom, His love, and His healing, but we forget about His suffering. We forget the price He paid, for our sins. We forget the lengths that God went to show us His love (Romans 5:8).

To be honest, thinking about this leaves me dumbfounded, because God knew what would happen to His Son. God had told Isaiah along with many other prophets of the suffering the Savior would endure. God knew that the very creatures He had created, would crucify Him for trying to save us from ourselves. And yet, God lowered Himself in Christ, feeling physical pain and suffering. God lowered Himself, and let mere humans beat Him and mock Him (Philippians 2:7). The God who has all the power of the universe, humbled Himself to be lower than the angels, and to die at our sinful, hateful hands (Hebrews 2:9).

God knew this would happen ahead of time, and yet He loved us so immensely that He sent His Son, the third person of the Trinity, to suffer a painful death, so that we could spend eternity with our Heavenly Father (John 3:16). That’s the story of love. That is the story of Christmas.

Today, remember the price God paid for you, because of how much He loves you. Remember what true love is, and share that love, God’s love, with all.

Friday Night Dinner Run 12/2/16 With tomorrow’s forecast of wet, cold weather we will be meeting at Fuddruckers, 5501 Slide Rd. at 6:30pm. Don’t miss out on the FRL family time!

12/17/16 2016 FRL Angel Tree Christmas Delivery. This year we have right at 300 children to deliver gifts to on behalf of their incarcerated parent. If you would like to purchase a gift for one of these Angels please contact Tony @ 806-559-6129. Plan now to join us on the greatest event of our year. More info to be released soon.