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Hope Built on Faith

Posted by ptodd on August 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hope Built on Faith

John Ogden Sr.

August 11, 2014

 

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV).

 

There are many things in life that we look for, think about and, from a natural standpoint, say we hope for. But that is man’s hope, not a hope tied to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The hope that is described in the above verse is the hope that is built on the principles and foundations of God’s Word. It is a hope that is planted in our spirit based on God’s faithfulness.

 

Hope built on faith in God and His Word will produce optimism and confidence that cannot be acquired any other way. It stands on the foundation and the faithfulness of God. This kind of hope in God and His promises produces faith. Even though at times we may find ourselves in what would appear to be hopeless conditions, God would remind us that, in Him, there are no hopeless conditions, only hope. He is faithful and He knows what we have need of. With this in mind, hope becomes faith which, in the Christian life, is the opening to God’s promises, moving us towards the confidence of Heaven itself.

 

He declared that in this world we would have tribulations, but He said, “…be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NKJV). I challenge you to lay hold of a hope based on God that produces confidence beyond the natural and takes us from victory to victory in every situation.

Have you prepared your ride plan?

Posted by ptodd on January 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you prepared your ride plan?

Step #1 - Pick Your Road.

So Many Roads, So Little Time! Everybody enjoys a beautiful, scenic ride on a bike. Few people really enjoy riding the flat, straight roads. The flat, straight roads are practical when you are in a hurry, but nobody really enjoys riding them. Many people have ignored or rejected God because they think He wants to take the joy out of their ride, but God loves you and wants you to have a wonderful ride through life. In John 10:10 Jesus said, "....I have come that they might have LIFE and have it to the fullest!"


Step #2 - Consider Your Destination.

Where a Road Ends Is Important Too! A beautiful road leading to a fatal end is a deceptively bad road. The same is true on your Spiritual Ride. Prov. 16:25, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." We have all taken some wrong turns on life's road (committed sin). Rom. 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Any turn from the road detours us from Heaven to Hell. Rom. 6:23, "For the wages (destination, end result) of sin is death......"


Step #3 - Realize Your Dilemma.

You Can't Get There From Here! If the Grand Canyon separates you from your destination, you're done. Your bike can't jump the Grand Canyon, no matter how good it is! Everyone's Spiritual Ride ends at the canyon of Sin and Death. You can't jump it, no matter how good you have been. There is no way YOU can do it, but God made a bridge over it. In John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."


Step #4 - Cross the Bridge Today!

Tomorrow Never Comes! To simply know the facts about the Bridge does nothing to solve your dilemma. You must make the decision to cross the Bridge. A bridge isn't crossed by acknowledging its presence or by good intentions of crossing it some day. You must accept Jesus Christ as God's only answer to your dilemma. A couple isn't married until they commit their lives and say, "I do". Jesus Christ isn't Lord until you commit your life to Him. You must accept Christ by an act of your will in FAITH, not the feelings of your emotions. You do that by simply asking Him to come into your life and take over. In Rev. 3:20 Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in....."


Reality Check:  Take a good look at the two roads below.


Ride Plan #1

Your map is your own common sense. Your way is as good as any other way. You ride with fickle friends. You plan to cross the canyon by your good works outweighing your bad works to earn God's love.


Ride Plan #2

Christ and the Bible direct your life. You acknowledge Jesus as the only Way. You ride with the Good Shepherd. You plan to cross the canyon by submitting to God's plan and receiving His love. Which Road best describes your life? Would you like to change to Road #2?


How To Change Roads?

Simply pray and ask Jesus Christ to change you TODAY.  God is personally calling you TODAY.  Pray this simple prayer TODAY:


"Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner in need of salvation. Please forgive my sins and come into my life as my Lord and Savior. Give me a new mind, a new heart and a new life. Direct me in my daily decisions so I can turn from sin. Take me to Heaven when I die and fill me with Your Holy Spirit now. Thank You for hearing my prayer and saving my soul TODAY."


If you prayed this prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ promised to come into your heart, forgive your sins and give you a new life. It is impossible for God to lie, so receive His love, ride with His peace and begin a new life TODAY.

 

 

God's Gifts

Posted by ptodd on January 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

God’s Gifts

John Ogden Sr.

December 30, 2013

“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29, NKJV).

 

As children of God, it is important that we understand and recognize that God has a specific calling and plan for our lives. We were not put here by chance and we should not be aimlessly going through life. God has given each of us spiritual gifts and callings to be used in His Kingdom here on earth. He does not take them away, even if we have never done anything with them or when we fail from time to time. These gifts and callings are ours to be used for they are God’s investment into our personal lives.

 

God calls us to put our faith and trust in Him, allowing Him to develop what He has given us. Our responsibility is to walk out our faith daily so that He may fulfill His purpose in our lives.

 

What are your gifts and callings? For some the question is easily answered, for others, the answer is not as clear. I encourage you to prayerfully consider what God’s gifts and callings are in your life. If you are someone who has never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, then He has the gift of eternal life waiting for you. If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, then your spiritual gifts and callings are to be used to touch and see other’s lives changed. Make a fresh commitment to know and use the gifts God has given you.

Psalm 90:12

Posted by ptodd on January 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 NIV

Thanksgiving

Posted by ptodd on November 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you Lord!

 

Thanksgiving is here! We are so thankful for all of you!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

This Thursday as our whole country chooses to set aside time to give God thanks, we challenge you to write down the things that you are grateful for/about. We have started our own list by being grateful and thankful for all of you!

 

Galatians 5:13

[ Life by the Spirit ] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

 

We are so very grateful for all of you that call Freedom Bikers Night your church and to all of our volunteers that serve in this amazing movement, you are incredible blessings in our lives! The Lord has blessed us abundantly more than we could have ever hoped or imagined! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Everyone who comes to Freedom Bikers Night is so deeply loved and appreciated. You are all in our prayers.

 

1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

 

First Friday, December 6th is going to be a huge celebration! We invite you to come join us and invite friends as we celebrate the greatest gift of all....Jesus!

 

Freedom in Christ! Food, Fun, Friendship, Faith, Fellowship....

 

In His Love and Service,

Your Brothers and Sisters

at FREEDOM BIKERS NIGHT!

 

 

Resting in His Presence by John Ogden Sr.

Posted by ptodd on October 14, 2013 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Resting in His Presence

John Ogden Sr.

October 14, 2013

 

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NKJV).

 

To rest means that you are in a state of inactivity, free from activity or labor. There are so many times in our lives that we allow busyness to creep in and take control. Unbeknownst to us, burdens pile on our back and before long we are weary and irritable from bearing such a heavy load. We do not realize the necessity of just stopping and allowing ourselves to rest in God’s presence. In fact, that is usually one of the first things to be cut out of a busy life.

 

The definition of busy (according to Merriam-Webster) is “engaged in action, occupied, being in use.”

Seeking God

Posted by ptodd on July 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I was meditating on Psalm 77 today. The Psalmist writes, “I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, that He may hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek The Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. I think of God, and I moan; I meditate, and my spirit faints.” Sometimes in order to get the breakthrough we need in life, we must seek God with all we have. We come after Him with a holy desperation. There is nothing so arresting as the faith-filled tearful cry of a desperate person. It never fails to move the heart of God. I think there are some answers to prayer that only come to the desperate. The Psalmist is desperate for God to intervene and he is willing to pay the price of pursuit, but He sustains a faith-filled, surrendered heart. He submits to God. He trusts God. One of the things necessary to this kind of breakthrough prayer is that we have to feed our faith. Often in our desperation our faith wobbles. So we must find ways to strengthen our faith through the long ordeals of life. The Psalmist feeds his faith by remembering the miracles. Psalm 77:11-12, “I will call to mind the deeds of The Lord; I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds.” He remembers the things God has done in his life, and in the life’s of the ancient heroes of the faith. This intentional recollection steadies his faith and encourages him in his breakthrough praying. God is the God of the breakthrough. We all need breakthroughs. This week come join us at church and listen to stories that will encourage your faith and inspire you in your pursuit of breakthroughs!

Signs on the Bus...by Brother Moe

Posted by ptodd on June 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I often wonder why God has me Sometimes driving A Short Bas with Christian Signs on it,

most of the time I must say it does keep me honest somewhat subdued, Calm in traffic,

(and On Cape Cod in the summertime with all the tourists ain't easy!) For me anyway just

being honest :-/

On occasion I've had people Screem derogatory remarks at me and the bus I would like to

tell you that I don't get angry but I do but it's what I do with that anger that make The

difference between defeat or victory ,

But there are the sweet times like thumbs-up & beeps On the highway peace Signs the

God bless you's And of course the Amen's Well today was no different Had a man let me

out in traffic and beeped at me followed me from Falmouth to Mashpee He drove over next

to me when he got the chance he told me he was a believer and used to ride a motorcycle

and asked if I would talk with him And signaled for me to pull over, So I did just that

Informed me that he was a believer & fallen on hard times That used to be a biker I

Informed him once biker Always a biker ! & That he was my brother We talked and the Holy

Spirit ministered We exchanged numbers and i invited him to Church & bunch of Christian

motorcycle functions So that he may get reconnected with Biker/Christian fellowship ,

It just goes to show that you never know where you'll be called to witness Today was

because of signs on the bus Who knows what tomorrow will bring only God Knows !

 

Just thought I'd share

 

Brother Moe

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Posted by ptodd on May 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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


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