For You have rescued
my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
This year I decided to do a chronological reading through the Bible, which I am really enjoying. A lot of that reading lately has been in Psalms and this particular one really stood out to me the other night, especially this section:
In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go;
give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.
I find myself in a similar mode as David when he wrote this later in his life. When I am floundering in my circumstances, I can only see myself and my problems. But when I focus on my Rock of Refuge, it makes me look at everything He is doing in my life with new eyes.
Yesterday already happened.
Tomorrow I may not be here.
But right now I can rely on the Lord to be my true refuge…to guide me through the mountains and valleys in my life until He finally brings me home with Him.
How about you, Beloved? Is Jesus your Rock of Refuge? Will you totally trust in Him for everything in your life?
Oh, Jesus, we need You so much in our lives! We are so thankful that because of Your sacrifice on the cross, we have the hope of eternal life with You. We love you so much! And how can we ever thank You enough for being our Rock of Refuge? Help us to learn to rely on you daily … hourly … minute-by-minute. Amen.
This is from several years ago and my appreciation for this song has not diminished. Enjoy!
My daughter shared this MercyMe song with me the other day and I couldn’t believe I had never heard it before. It is awesome and humbling to think of God as the I AM, isn’t it?
So sit back and relax for a few minutes while you let the words of this song wash over you. I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!
If for any reason you cannot view the video, you can read the lyrics here.
Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations… —Matthew 28:19
Rick and I are blessed to belong to Full Throttle Biker Church, which was founded in 2005. We have met as a church in several previous venues, and are currently located in Prescott Valley, Arizona. However, we’ve been praying lately about where the Lord wants us next because we seem to be busting the seams of our small church area. Here’s a little more about our church, so you can get a feel for what we believe. The photo above is from one of our ministry runs.
Celtic Cross Motorcycle Ministries, is a Christian outreach ministry founded by our church, with a mission of evangelism. Matthew 28:19 is the Scripture upon which our church and our ministry is based.
We are a church dedicated to serving the community in the Prescott/Quad Cities Arizona area. We are mission and field-oriented, and believe in delivering the undiluted Word of God “in plain ol’ English.” We are a Patriotic American church that supports the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and firmly believes that the United States of America is a Christian Nation. We are a 2nd Amendment-supporting church, so firearms are welcome.
Statement of Faith
What we believe about the Bible
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Acts 17:11; and Isaiah 8:20)
What we believe about God
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT.
GOD THE FATHER: We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Matthew 5:48; Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3; Nehemiah 9:6; Hebrews 1:2-3; Psalm 103:19; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Kings 8:27; and Psalm 90:2)
THE SON: We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, and making atonement for the sin of the world by His shed blood and death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, and His high priestly intercession for His people. We believe in His personal, visible and triumphant return to the world according to His promise. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14; Hebrews 10:9; John 1:29; 1 John 2:1-2; John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; and Acts 1:11)
THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to convict the world of sin, to convince the world of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 15:26; John 16:8-11; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; and 1 Peter 1:1-3)
What we believe about People
MAN: We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice. (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:15-17; and Romans 3:10-12, 23)
SALVATION: We believe that God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV) We believe that all who receive, by faith, Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are born again of the Holy Spirit and therefore become children of God. We believe that justification means that a person is declared righteous in the sight of God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (John 1:12; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 1:13; 2:8-10)
STATUS IN ETERNITY: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost. (Matthew 25:46)
HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY: We believe that every human being has responsibility to God alone in all matters of faith. (Romans 14:11-12)
What we believe about the Church
THE CHURCH: We believe in the Church—a living, spiritual body—in which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with Him in baptism and associated for the purpose of leading believers toward maturity through worship, instruction, fellowship and evangelism. We believe that Christ has committed to the local church the ordinances of Baptism and Communion to be observed until He comes, and that Christ has committed to the church the responsibility to proclaim to a lost world their need to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to recognize Him as Lord. We believe that human betterment and social improvement are essential products of the Gospel. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; and John 8:31-32)
ATTITUDE TOWARD CIVIL GOVERNMENT: We believe that each church is independent and autonomous, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; therefore, Church and State must be kept separate, as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other. We also believe that it is the responsibility of the church (individually and corporately) to live in submission to the government, as long as that does not violate Scripture or conscience and to pray for those who are in authority over us. (1 Timothy 2:1-3; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14; Acts 5:29; Matthew 23:10; Romans 13:1-7)
The Not-So-Fine Print
- Full Throttle Biker Church is located at 8680 E. Highway 69, Suite A, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.
- Leadership: Pastor “Psycho” Joe Dugan, Pastor “Digger” Tim Roeder and Pastor “Smokey” Larry Kimmel.
- We are a fellowship that supports our Veterans, our Troops, and prays constantly for the return of God to our country and government.
- Church hours:
- Sunday —Praise, Worship and Fellowship: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
- Monday —Veterans’ Coffee Hangout: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
- Wednesday—Bible study: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
If you live in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, or Paulden, Arizona, please visit us to see what we’re all about. You do not have to be a biker to be part of our church. You can find out more about Full Throttle Biker Church here and Celtic Cross M/M here.
Independence Day, also referred to simply as July 4th, is a federal holiday here in the United States. On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted and signed, declaring our independence from Great Britain.
Today is typically celebrated with fireworks, picnics, barbecues and family get-togethers which commemorate probably the most important day in our country’s history. As a nation, the United States of America is very blessed because of the sacrifice of all those who fought to procure and protect our freedoms.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God,
then we will be a nation gone under.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
Let us never forget that we are the United States of America—one nation under God —whose freedom was bought at a great price.
praying without ceasing;
in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you
in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Lately I’ve been pondering the concept of thankfulness. Often when I thank God for all the blessings in my life, I have also thanked Him for what He has not given me or allowed in my life. Have you ever prayed like this?
Okaaay, I can hear most of you saying. The rest are thinking, wait … what? are you serious?
Yes, I am very serious. I thank God for things I don’t have, that He has not allowed in my life. I’m not just talking about more serious illnesses than those I live with every day or cataclysmic events such as tornadoes and hurricanes. I’m referring to things like more money, maybe more (and more stylish) clothes or a bigger house. How about straight hair instead of the naturally curly mop I was born with? Or writing talent so spectacular that publishers come after me instead of the other way around?
It seems to me that the more we want, well… the more we want, like some vicious cycle. Contentment with what we have now is admittedly difficult because human nature always yearns for more. And yet, I’m wondering if allowing ourselves to feel this kind of contentment will result in that inner peace that is so illusive.
And isn’t that something to be utterly thankful for?
Peace, mercy and love be yours in abundance. —Jude 1:2
Peace. Mercy. Love. These are what can be ours in abundance. And from personal experience, reminding myself that I have these things usually leads to my feeling happy and contented with what I have in the here and now.
Beloved, how about you? Have you learned to be thankful for certain things you do not have?