Tom and I were on our way home from The Brotherhood of Bikers 9th Annual Blowout at Tators Park in July. It was about noon on Sunday and we were discussing whether we should stop at church. We might be in time to go to lunch with them. "I don't know", I said, "we're kinda stinky." To which Tom replied. "I don't know. They know where we've been, and we smell like ministry." Don't remember the exact words, except for the "smelly" part, but it's close. Now, that comment caused me to reflect on the weekend. And also caused a piece of Scripture to pop into my head. There were several opportunities for my brain to deal with the word "odor". Think about two days in the heat and humidity. Not to mention two unwashed bodies and their dirty clothes in an enclosed space.(the tent). It was also the celebration of Independence Day and Tators always put on an excellent fireworks show. After testing a few rounds, the band (although they were too young to remember that era) quoted a well known movie. "Ah, I love the smell of napalm in the morning." The band had played another song called "What's That Smell?" One line was " there's smell of death all around." Now that was one I didn't particularly want to remember, but God had other ideas. We had a Sunday morning worship service. Some attended. Many did not. Some just packed up and went on home. Others expressed appreciation for us being there. So we were there that weekend, along with some others from our chapter, a small group of Christians, being a witness in words and actions to a small area of the world called Tator Park during a motorcycle rally. In case you're still wondering where I'm going with all of this, God used two unlikely words to focus my brain (and heart) on why we do this in the first place. "For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?" 2 Cor. 2:15,16 Not me, I'm sure but with Christ, all things are possible. Hmmm, isn't that in the Bible somewhere? '-} So go out there and BE SMELLY!
I have been under attack lately, not physically, but emotionally and spiritually. You might wonder what I man by that, and I simply mean that in my world view, there is a spiritual plane in addition to this physical plane, and that while we can't see the spiritual plane with our eyes, if exists none the less. Many people believe that angels exist, and watch over them. I personally believe that the spiritual plane contains both good and evil beings. In other words a war is raging all the time, even though we mostly don't see it. Now, I am not here to try to get you to believe like me, I only want you to understand that from my viewpoint I believe that I am under attack from the evil beings in the spiritual plane. So, when I feel these attacks, what I do, is look to the One who perfectly describes good, that is Jesus. He has been given power to overcome evil. You could say that is His job, and he does it very well. When I trust in Jesus I am filled with his overwhelming peace, peace in the middle of my difficult circumstances.
Debbie and I just got back from the 4th of July rally at Twisted Tators near Coperas Cove Texas. put on by the Brotherhood of Bikers. There was a huge threat of rain, so the rally was very lightly attended, but it turned out that we only got a sprinkle Friday night, and the rest of the weekend weather was wonderful. We also brought up our CMA hospitality tent, and provided coffee, ice water and lemonaid for attendees. We had a great time. You can watch an edited video of the fireworks by clicking on the title of this posting, and photos will follow; Sorry for the low quality of the video and audio, we were experimenting with a new low cost camera, and it seems to take great pictures, but mediocre video. Oh, well;
I am a Christian, Debbie is my wonderful wife. She is also a Christian, and my perfect helpmate. I have two adult children Pam & Chip, I have four wonderful grandchildren, granddaughters Chloe & Claire, and grandsons Ezra and Corbin. I am a Biker, I ride a 1999 Harley Davidson Road King, I am a member of the New Life Riders (Austin, TX) chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA), I am Chaplain of the United Clubs Of Austin (UCOA), I am the Author or Co-Author of several Forth computer language development systems including VIC-Forth, ColorForth (for the Radio Shack Color Computer), 64Forth (for the Commodore 64), F-PC (for DOS), Win32Forth (for Windows) and TCOM (a native DOS compiler), I am a Software Engineer for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Austin, TX, where I develop Windows C# applications for analytical instrument data processing and reporting.