FRL NOW 8-25-17 : Inner Peace

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:7

One of the blessings of living in daily fellowship with God is developing a settled heart. You realize your salvation is accomplished and complete. You recognize how many things are beyond your control. And you begin to understand that trusting Him is a lot more effective than fretting and losing sleep. He takes care of you either way. So why waste the nervous energy?

Inner peace is not a formula. It’s not treating God like a good-luck charm. It’s about spending time reading His Word, praying when you could be listening to sports radio, talking to Him instead of talking to yourself. It’s relationship, not ritual. Try it consistently for a month, and you’ll look back a few weeks from now amazed at the amount of perspective and security He’s given you. You’ll be more like a man who has “no fear of bad news,” whose “heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord”.

Friday Night Dinner Ride 8/25/17 Once again we are in a very unpredictable weather forecast for this evening. Let’s meet at Furr’s Family Dinning, 60th & Slide Rd. at 6:30. Hope to see you there!

Tony

FRL NOW 8-11-2017 : Scorpions!

AN AMAZING FACT:  The world hosts about 1,400 species of scorpions, with about 40 kinds occurring in the United States. Scorpions, like spiders, have eight legs and belong to the arachnid family. They feed on insects they catch with their two lobster-like claws and kill with a venomous stinger at the end of their segmented, abdominal tail. In most species, the sting is merely painful to humans and not fatal, although the sting of one species found in the states has proved fatal to young children.

But scorpions have been known to kill and devour their own species, as well as demonstrate vengeful behavior. One experimenter placed a hundred of these arachnids in a large glass vessel, and after a few days only 14 remained. The rest had been killed and eaten by the others. He then put a pregnant female in a glass vessel and observed her as she devoured her young as fast as they were born. One managed to escape, taking refuge on the mother’s back, and found revenge by killing the mother scorpion in turn. 

The scorpion’s behavior reminds us of the story of Gideon’s army surrounding the Midianites at night. God called Gideon to be a judge and leader of Israel. When gathering to attack the Midianites, the Lord told Gideon there were too many to face in combat. Eventually, Gideon ended up with only 300 men—who were not even given swords, but a trumpet and a torch! In the middle of the night they surrounded the camp, blew their trumpets, and uncovered their torches. The Bible then says, “And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp” (Judges 7:2122). Evidently, many Midianites died at the hands of their fellow soldiers. 

Satan and his host are enemies to God’s people. We can stand against them with the sword of the Lord (our Bibles) and know that God will protect us. Someday these enemies will turn on themselves and be destroyed forever.

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 8/11/2017 We will meet at the Kohl’s parking lot at 98th & Indiana Ave. at 6pm. At 6:30 Road Captain Preston Langford will lead us on a great ride for food, fun, and fellowship. Don’t miss out.

Blessings!
Tony

FRL NOW 8-4-17 : Spirit of Dispair

In Isaiah 61, we see the garment of praise contrasted with a “spirit of despair.” In the Old Testament, when people felt utter despair, they would rip the fabric of their garments to outwardly show their deep sorrow. Torn clothing was a sign of a broken spirit. When Jacob believed that his son Joseph was dead, “Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days” (Genesis 37:34). Likewise, when David heard a report that his sons had been killed, “The king stood up, tore his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn” (2 Samuel 13:31).

Unlike our earthly garments, the garment of praise lasts for eternity.

Though this world still has trouble, we can throw away our torn and wretched garments of sorrow and replace them with God’s beautiful garment of praise. When we lift our eyes toward heaven and praise the name of Jesus, He can remove the cloud of discouragement. He can fill us with unspeakable joy. He can change our desires, attitudes, relationships, and perceptions. The garment of praise is the most important piece of clothing that we will ever wear. When we begin wearing our praise garments regularly, we find it easier to shrug off the garments of discouragement, temptation, and hopelessness.

Unlike our earthly garments, the garment of praise lasts for eternity. Our earthly garments show wear and stains; they are vulnerable to moths; they can be stolen by thieves. Our praise garments are permanent and eternal. Jesus warned us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Friday Night Dinner Ride 8/4/17 We will meet at 6pm at the Kohl’s parking lot. At 6:30 we will go kickstands up as Road Captain Howard McCann leads us on a great ride. Don’t miss out on this time.

Put on your Praise garment!
Tony