Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins

Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

It’s not the only sin mentioned, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. At this moment in history, contrary to the other sins listed here, homosexuality is celebrated by our larger society with pioneering excitement. It’s seen as a good thing, as the new hallmark of progress.

To be sure, the masses increasingly make no bones about sin in general. Innumerable people are idolaters, not to mention those who are sexually immoral, or who commit adultery, or who steal and are greedy and get wasted and revile neighbors and swindle others. It happens all the time. And each of these unrepentant sins are the same in the sense of God’s judgment. They all deserve his wrath. And we’re constantly reminded that “such were some of you” (1 Corinthians 6:11). You in the church.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Called to a higher standard...(Reacting to legal actions against Christians)

A Christian bakery was fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. In January 2015, an investigation found the Kleins guilty of violating the state’s public accommodation law by denying Rachel and Laurel full and equal access to their bakery, which the state considers a place of public accommodation.

This has caused outrage among Christians on Facebook who say that the couple who sued the Christians are "ungodly" and insults them by their "childish behavior."

Many Christians I see posting on the internet are angry at the outcome of this Oregon case, and rightfully so. But, we, as Christians, are called to a higher standard. Jesus said in Matthew 6:40, "And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also."

The family that owned the bakery closed their business, and now has to personally pay the fines. It just doesn't seem fair, and it's not; but, it isn't our place to exact vengeance of any kind against the sinner. Our duty, rather, is to "...Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 6:44).

It is no secret that the LGBT community is waging war on Christianity. The only reason for it is fear. They are afraid of Christians. I agree that this is what this is really about. What, then, are they so afraid of? They are afraid that they are wrong and we are right. Because if we are right, and they ARE wrong, that means their lifestyle is going to send them to hell for all eternity. They don't know how else to fight that short of changing their lifestyle.

This does not stop us from being angry; but, Ephesians 4:26 says, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath". It's okay to be angry about this, but as Christians we are called to react the way Jesus taught us. We know wrong from right, but only God can exact vengeance. It's our duty, until then, to show love no matter what, even to our enemies, so that we plant the seeds of salvation with-in them.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Make the "I will pray" commitment

On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against redefining marriage in America. The very institution of God's design for marriage as only between one man and one woman is on trial.

As hard as it is to believe, nine people will decide if our nation will honor God and obey Him, or turn its back on the most fundamental building block of society and on God himself.

This will be the most important decision in the history of America.

I don’t have to tell you, the consequences this decision could have on people of faith is staggering. As you know, private business owners have already come under great pressure to surrender their religious liberty and provide services to same-sex marriages. It would only be a matter of time before pastors and churches would be coerced to do the same.

As Christians, we know that prayer has changed the hearts of leaders and the course of nations. Never before has the need to pray been so critical to the future of our country.

Sign the I Will Pray pledge right now and let us know you will be praying with us.

Join me and millions of others in prayer, starting today.

Let me know you will sincerely and fervently pray that God will move in the hearts of the members of the United States Supreme Court by signing the I Will Pray pledge.

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For a time such as this…

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (II Chron. 7:14)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eight Ways to Survive Church as a Single

Going to church is a great way to stay connected to God and have a strong foundation for your life. Just because you're single doesn't mean that you have to be isolated. There are ways to walk the line of faith and be happy. Here are eight ways to survive church as a single.


1st Bikers Church Update: Business Meeting

How many of you have ever sat through a church business meeting? Ours has been scheduled for tonight for awhile. Every time Brother Matthew made the announcements before Praise and Worship started, he would mention the business meeting. Then, he would say, "C'mon folks, it's OUR business meeting! Let's be excited about it!" Then, he would get honorable applause.

As the church services came and went, with each mention of the business meeting, he would lead the applause.

I won't lie to you, I've sat through business meetings that made me wish I'd stayed home. They have always been boring, if not stressful. To me, it's usually a night of setting goals that rarely met fruition, due to bills that just seem to keep piling up -- not to mention repair funds that are usually inadequate.

Tonight, I halfway expected the same ol' same ol'. But, I learned something that I already knew. When you EXPECT big things, big things happen.

You see, for months now Matthew has been graciously encouraging us to be excited about what we knew was going to be something boring and mundane, as if it was going to be just as exciting to hear church business as it is to hear his preaching or join in Praise and Worship.

Tonight at our business meeting, we saw growth. We saw Grace. We saw joy. We saw love; and, finally, we saw HOPE.

God was there tonight. You could feel Him there as much as if it were a regular Sunday or Wednesday night service. I left the meeting and went to my car with tears of joy in my eyes.

I ask you, WHEN has that ever happened at YOUR church?

Topics of the meeting (I know I'll miss a few, but these are the important ones):

Our budget was raised substantially, because our funds were exceeding what we last budgeted. (Praise GOD!)

Our ladies commode got fixed (we think) so we may not need a new one (discussed at the last meeting) after all!

We love our Pastor SOOO much that we had to ask him to leave the room so we could discuss giving him a raise that he had already turned down when approached about it by church leadership before. Well, tonight, he couldn't turn it down because we, as a CHURCH, voted on it and made it official, whether he likes it or not. (You should have seen his reaction when we told him, brought tears to my eyes!)

We decided that we are going to name our fellowship hall the "Danny Ray Taylor Memorial Hall". Like Brother Matthew said, Danny didn't just exist so we could remember him, he HAPPENED.

Before the meeting, Jacque Butler (Brother Matthew's wife) gave a beautiful devotional for the first time.

And, let's not forget: We are praying for a bigger building to accommodate all that God has blessed us with!

We laughed, clapped, and rejoiced all the way through the meeting. There wasn't ONE dull moment.

God is so GREAT!

I hope YOUR next business meeting is just as wonderful! And, I can't wait until our next one!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

1st Bikers Church Update: Unexpected Proposal

I love my church family. And, I love my pastor.

Tonight, he preached, once again, about the changes we are fixing to see in our church. This time, he referred us to Exodus Chapter 17, where Moses had two men hold his arms up while he stood on the hill. As long as his arms were held up, the Israelites, led by Joshua, were winning against the Amalekites, and when his arms fell, they were not doing so good.

He let us know how much he loved us, and that he needs every one of us to keep holding his arms up. Without us, after all, there is no church.

Has it really almost been ten years? Oh, my! Seems like yesterday when I heard his first sermon...when I got to witness his ordinance. God has really done a work in him since then.

After the invitation, I couldn't help myself. I took the stage in front of Brother Matthew just before the closing prayer. I said, (before the WHOLE CONGREGATION) "Brother Matthew, before we close in prayer, I have a very important question to ask you..." I got down on one knee and said, Matthew C. Butler, Will you be our Pastor for the next 10 years?"


I do believe that if everyone wasn't already standing, he would have got a standing ovation.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Legacy of Forgiveness

The above picture is Brad Taylor, Danny's son, as he embraces a forgiven Peyton Glenn at 1st Biker's Church on the Sunday after the accident.
Wow. One of the things that I've learned since I started going to 1st Bikers Church is that forgiveness is a mandatory part of being Christian. The first thing one does is ask The Father to forgive them. After that, we are required to forgive in order to practice the Grace that was given to us.

Without first learning what forgiveness is, our Christian Faith is moot. And, in order to teach us the depths of the Grace that God has bestowed upon us, He only requires that we forgive others as we have been forgiven. If we cannot forgive, then our growth in The Lord is stunted.

I have had to learn to forgive people that are not even alive now to forgive, as well as others who still are. I have learned to ask for forgiveness when truly I did not want THEIR forgiveness, for I did not think I had done anything to be forgiven for. But, I have learned that it isn't about whether or not you or someone else is in the wrong, it's about restoring the relationship you need with The Father. Once you take that step, all other relationships begin to be restored as well.

This whole situation with the Taylor family has reminded me of where I, myself, have come from, and where I, myself, wish to go. Thank you, Taylor family, for opening up the opportunity for us to love!

Matthew 6:

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Eddie James (April 16) Lancaster, Kentucky

Monday, April 13, 2015

Event: Northeast Texas Biker Church Rally (May 9, 2015)

Hallelujah Riders and Soldier's for Christ Benefit: April 18, 2015

ISIS Pillages Nimrod, Destroys Historic Treasures

ISIS reportedly destroyed some of the world's greatest historical treasures in the Iraqi city of Nimrod.

The jihadist group posted an online video that shows them taking sledgehammers and jackhammers to artifacts, and even using explosives to destroy items dating back to the 13th century B.C.

The items are from the Assyrian rule that began 2,500 years ago and stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to what is now Iran.

The Assyrians left behind dozens of palaces and temples that included such items as alabaster reliefs depicting kings conquering other lands and fighting lions. The artifacts also included images of Assyrian gods.

ISIS terrorists have been destroying ancient relics they say promote idolatry that violate their fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law, including the ancient Iraqi city of Hatra, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


According to Wikepedia: The first mention of Nimrod is in the Table of Nations.[3] He is described as the son of Cush, grandson of Ham, and great-grandson of Noah; and as "a mighty one in the earth" and "a mighty hunter before the Lord". This is repeated in the First Book of Chronicles 1:10, and the "Land of Nimrod" used as a synonym for Assyria or Mesopotamia, is mentioned in the Book of Micah 5:6:

And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

Genesis says that the "beginning of his kingdom" (reshit memelketo) was the towns of "Babel, Erech, Akkad and Calneh in the land of Shinar" (Mesopotamia)—understood variously to imply that he either founded these cities, ruled over them, or both. Owing to an ambiguity in the original Hebrew text, it is unclear whether it is he or Asshur who additionally built Nineveh, Resen, Rehoboth-Ir and Calah (both interpretations are reflected in various English versions). (Genesis 10:8–12; 1 Chronicles 1:10, Micah 5:6). Sir Walter Raleigh devoted several pages in his History of the World (c. 1616) to reciting past scholarship regarding the question of whether it had been Nimrod or Ashur who built the cities in Assyria.[4]

Genesis Chapter 10:

8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Prophesied in the Book of Revelation Chapter 18:

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

North Carolina Lawmakers Propose Billy Graham Statue inside Capitol

North Carolina legislators have are pushing to erect a statue of Rev. Billy Graham in the U.S. Capitol building’s National Statuary Hall.

The hall includes statues of two significant people from each state. North Carolina currently features former governor Charles Aycock and former senator Zebulon Vance, according to Christian Today.


1st Biker Church Update: Too Blessed to Be Depressed

Still singing that song that MeeMaw just wrote..."Too Blessed to be depressed!"

Just got back from church. WOW. 292 this morning! and, Danny Taylor was always saying that he was continuously praying that our prayer circle reached around ALL the pews. We are almost there, Danny, if you are reading this from your heavenly computer up there!

Matthew preached tonight about how we are supposed to ACT as Christians. How we are supposed to LOVE the sinner that walks through our doors. How we are to ACCEPT them JUST AS THEY ARE and PRAY for them until they change. In the meanwhile, we are supposed to SET THE EXAMPLE because, after all, we ARE God's hands and feet.

He talked about change. How we are about to see a LOT of changes in our church because of the growth that God is blessing us with BECAUSE we already practice what he was preaching. He's taking volunteers to help with church repairs. AND, we should keep praying for the bigger facilities.

We did it once. We moved from Brother Gary's garage to the building we are in today. Now look at us. Suddenly, we are finding ourselves busting at the seams once again.


I wouldn't trade my church family for the world.

I mean that, literally. lol.

If you are in or near the Texarkana, Texas area and would like to join us:

Sunday School: 9:45 AM
Sunday Morning Praise and Worship: 11:00 AM

Sunday Prayer Service: 5:30 PM
Sunday Evening Praise and Worship: 6 PM

Wednesday Night Praise and Worship: 6:30 PM

1116 Walnut Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Praising God in Spite of Heartbreak

I just got back from Church at 1st Bikers Church. The house was packed. We did just like I said we would; we praised God through our tears. Brother Matthew's heart was breaking, but I do believe that through his tears, he sang the best he has ever sang. Then I do believe he preached the best sermon he's ever preached.

Through all this, I failed to ask for prayer for Brother Matthew. Brother Danny was hands and feet Matthew didn't have. He depended on Danny for a big part of the load...and now he needs to know that he can turn to all of us.

Maybe this was why God decided we didn't need Danny any more. Maybe Danny did such a good job in serving Him, that God felt like it was time for Danny to take a vacation, and let us learn to depend on God more. God has hands and feet everywhere, not just on Brother Danny...and it's time that some of us learn how to BE those hands and feet.

We don't know why God took Danny. It's not for us to know. After all, God has said that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. And, if all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose, then we have to just TRUST Him.

That's what tonight at 1st Bikers Church was all about: Trusting God, in spite of our heartbreak.

And, not letting Satan win.

You see, our church is a God-fearing, Blood-bought, Jesus-preaching, soul-loving, community-serving church. Therefore, there is a big black TARGET on us in Satan's war-room. But, Praise GOD, everytime he throws a dart at us, we get stronger -- because GOD says, "Oh, yeah? WATCH THIS!"

We will miss Brother Danny, but he isn't God. We will love and and pray for and help hold Debbie and their kids up with all of our spiritual might, and, in the end, we are determined, as a church, to give GOD the glory!

We love you, Matthew C. Butler. How can we serve better? How can we help fill the void? Just ask.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

In Memory of Danny Taylor

On April 7, 2015, the Associate Pastor of 1st Biker's Church of Texarkana, Danny Taylor, went home to be with the Lord, following a tragic motorcycle accident. He will be missed greatly. Our prayers go up for strength and healing of heart for his wife, Debbie, and their family.

And, we offer our forgiveness and love to the young lady who just made a split-second bad decision. If she is reading this, we want her to know that God loves her so much, He gave TWO lives so she could be HIS. And, we'd love to show that to her, if she will let us.

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Biker church opens in Hallsville

"God put it on my heart to minister to guys that look like me," Pastor Kevin Haygood said in reference to his many tattoos. "They can come here with no judgment or condemnation."

"I was running down the road and God convicted me," he said of God's message that he should start a church targeting the needs of bikers. "I was going good with the ministry. The last thing I ever thought I'd do was stand up in front of a group of people and preach.

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