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We Are Loved

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O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love. (Psalms 59:17)



Rep. Maxine Waters, a Congresswoman from Los Angeles, said that one of the first people to make a difference in her life was a fifth-grade math teacher at the James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in St. Louis named Louise Carter.

“Beyond her skill at teaching math, Ms. Carter was a very loving woman,” Waters says. She recalls one Saturday morning in particular. Ms. Carter had planned a class picnic. However, Waters’ mother had not been able to get her ready in time to go. Waters had 12 brothers and sisters. It was quite a chore for her mother to get them all prepared, especially the girls, because it required that she spend time getting their hair all braided. Her mother was so busy trying to do everything, she just hadn’t gotten to little Maxine yet. Waters thought she would be left behind.

“Then Ms. Carter came,” says the Congresswoman. “She would not leave without me. She took me to her own home and washed and braided my hair and got my clothes together so I could go on the picnic. And it stayed with me forever that she would do that. If you think that a teacher really cares about you,” says Waters, “then you try to live up to their expectations. Ms. Carter had high expectations for me, and–especially after that picnic–I tried my best to live up to them.”

Can there be a better picture of our relationship with God? God loves us even while we are unlovable. God takes us home and washes us, as it were. God accepts us just as we are. Because we are loved, we seek to live up to God’s expectations.



Dear God, thank you for loving me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Bones On Fire

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Bones on Fire Biker Church

My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

We celebrated our 2nd Anniversary this past Sunday and had a wonderful time in the Lord! 50 Bones on Fire Biker Church family members enjoyed the Spirit-filled worship music provided by Joan and the JLBB MM band. God was in the house and we all shared a very special experience!

As we begin our third year we are very happy to announce some exciting additions to our regular Biker Church schedule:

Devotional & Ride

Starting in February we will be meeting four Sundays each month. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays we will meet at the County Line at 10:00 AM for a short Devotional followed by a time of riding and fellowship. We hope to be able to visit and support local churches and are looking for your input concerning our activities on these occasions. If there is enough interest, we intend to make these Devotionals an ongoing part of our monthly Biker Church calendar. Our first Devotional and Ride will be on February 7th at 10:00 AM.

Bones on Fire Biker Church

We will continue to meet every 2nd & 4th Sunday at 10:00 AM for our regular Bones on Fire Biker Church. Our next Church service will be February 14th at:

County Line Bar & Grill

19412 FM 1093

Richmond, TX 77407

This is a BYOBB&B Church: Bring your own Bible, Bike and Buddy. Remember, only God can turn an icehouse into His house!

Biker Bible Study

In addition, on Tuesday February 2nd at 7:00 PM we are inaugurating a monthly Biker Bible Study. We will be meeting for a time of study and fellowship on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the home of:

Norm Cooper

20223 Emerald Cliff Ln.  (in Lakemont Terrace)

Richmond, TX 77469



Calendar of Events

Bikes For Trikes

March 6, 2010

1st Annual Spring Hog Run

GOE HD

1350S. Velasco St.

Angleton, TX 77515

KSUP 11:00 AM

Jericho Ride

April 18, 2010

Prayer still proves effective in pulling down spiritual strongholds and on 4/18/2010 we will ride & pray and come seeking breakthrough for our city & nation. Go to www.jerichoride.com and join us. It’s a ride like no other. After the ride, we will come together for a time of corporate prayer & fellowship.

Houston Ablaze 2010

Motorcycle Rally & Ride, Restoration & Revival

May 20-23, 2010

The purpose of “Houston Ablaze 2010″ is to lift up the West Houston Ministries in Glory to God, using the Christian motorcycle community as a conduit to bring the lost into this area’s Body of Christ. Through the preaching of His gospel and the fellowship of the spirit, the intent of “Houston Ablaze 2010″ is to share an understanding of His great love for all who would call on His name.

Houston Farm & Ranch Club

1 Abercrombie Dr.

Houston, TX 77084

Bones on Fire Biker Church Service

May 23, 2010

The Bones on Fire Biker Church service will be held at the Houston Ablaze Rally at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club the forth Sunday in May.



Pastor David reminded us that we can only make a difference if we are resolved and firm in our purpose. This Food For Thought speaks to that drive and determination:



I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because your are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16)

I remember reading about Winston Lloyd who was an aide to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. One day he brought to Kissinger a long-awaited report on conflicts in South America.

Without even glancing at the report, Kissinger asked, “Is this the very best you can do?”

Lloyd stammered for a few moments and said, “There were a few informational gaps.”

“Take it back,” Kissinger said and dismissed him.

Two weeks later, after working night and day, Lloyd again entered Kissinger’s office and held out the report.

“Is this the very best you can do?” Kissinger asked, without looking at the document.

Lloyd hesitated and admitted that there were some parts of the report that were incomplete. Kissinger told him to take it back. Three weeks later Lloyd asked for another meeting.

For the third time Kissinger asked, “Is this the very best you can do?”

Lloyd replied, “Mr. Secretary, this is my very best effort.”

Kissinger smiled and said, “That’s all I ever ask. I’ll be happy to read your report.”

Doing our best is all God asks of us. You and I do not have a right relationship with God because of the things we do. Our faith is the important key in our commitment to God. However, what we do says a lot about how much we care and how committed we are to serving God.

I realize that we are human. None of us are going to do everything perfectly like Jesus was able to do, but to follow God means that we are called to do our best. In Revelation 3:15-16, it says, “I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because your are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

God doesn’t want us to be lukewarm. God does want us to do our very best.

Dear God, turn up the heat so that I may be on fire for you by doing my very best. In Jesus Name, Amen.



On behalf of Pastor David and Sister Olga, may the blessings of God be upon you and we will see you Tuesday February 2 at 7:00 PM for Biker Bible Study.

Brother Richard

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In His Image

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So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them… God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. (Genesis 1:27 & 31)


I heard a joke years ago which I am sure you will remember: where Susan said, “Phil, I heard you flew to California on vacation. I’ll bet that was great!” “No, Susan,” Phil replied, “that was bad. I missed the bus from the airport.” “Oh,” said Susan, “that’s bad.” “No,” Phil replied, “that wasn’t bad. I got a taxi, and the driver was friendly.” Susan said, “That’s good.” “No,” said Phil, “that’s bad. The taxi’s transmission broke.” “Oh,” said Susan, “that’s bad!” “No,” Phil replied, “that was good. The reverse gear still worked.” “Oh,” Susan said, “that’s good!” “No,” said Phil, “that’s bad. The driver decided to drive me all the way to my hotel, backwards.” “Wow!” Susan replied, “That’s bad!” “No,” said Phil, “that was good. When we finally got to the hotel, the driver owed me six dollars and forty cents.”

Our world is full of good and bad, righteousness and temptation. Jesus Christ calls us to live for the good God has created in each one of us. Our call is to live as Jesus lived.


Loving God, thank you for creating me to be good. Help me to live as Jesus lived. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Funeral Music

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There are so many things to think about when making funeral arrangements for a loved one. The funeral music that is chosen is just one of many items when funeral planning and is often the hardest, other than writing a eulogy. Death is a sensitive time for all involved and finding music that is not only fitting, but that is respectful and a good tribute to the deceased can be difficult.

It may make sense to first understand why people will include funeral music at all. Why is it necessary? Many feel that a specific song can remind them of a person who has died and can also commemorate their memory in a way that is pleasant.  Music in general can evoke a memory or a feeling in a way that words alone simply cannot. The lyrics of a song can also actually explain how we are dealing with a death or how we relate to the deceased. Perhaps the funeral music depicts the person in a way that words alone could not. Additionally, music has the ability to comfort and soothe people when they are dealing with a wide range of emotions. Emotions such as those experienced when dealing with death.

If you are choosing the funeral music or funeral readings for a memorial service or perhaps you are writing a eulogy, just remember that there are no rules for the type of music that is best suited for funerals.  The goal is to generate pleasant memories of the deceased and they should have meaning. The music may have a personal meaning to you, it may be the deceased’s favorite song, or songs that you shared in some way with the deceased. It could just be a song that reminds you of them and that makes you feel closer to the deceased when you hear it.

Most of the time, when planning the funeral music, music is played in the background while friends and family of the deceased are gathering for the service. This can include classical music or hymns among other types of music. It often will represent the taste of the person who has just passed. 

If you find yourself in need of a minister to walk you through this difficult time in your life please contact us at 713-208-2025 for a complimentary phone consultation. Together we can find the right words and funeral services to create a fitting tribute to your loved one.

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Faithful Worship

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Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him. (Luke 4:8)



Luke writes, “Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’”

What do we worship? I believe where we spend most of our time, money, and other resources, says what we truly value or worship. Jesus was tempted to gain power over all of the world. Jesus could have given up God’s will for his life, so that he could gain lots of earthly power.

Jesus says to us today, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” We live in a world where right and wrong, good and bad are not always easily definable. However, God’s word is clear that our purpose is to worship and serve God. Yes, Christian ethics do not come prepackaged and our call is not adherence to a list of rules, but our call is to faithfulness in our worship of God.



Heavenly Father, forgive me for worshiping the wrong things. Move me to more faithful worship. In Jesus Name, Amen

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A Father’s Love

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Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me. (Mark 9:37)



Expecting her third child, one mother tells how her two children were suggesting names for the baby.

“Well, if it’s a boy,” said the oldest child, “can we name him John?”

“Or if it’s a girl, can we name her Mary?”

“Maybe so,” said mother

Finally, the youngest child, anxious to prove her intelligence, piped up, “Well, if it is a dog, Mom, can we name it Lassie?”

Children can sure bring us a lot of joy. Some years ago, Paul fell riding his moped, and, of course, I was in front of the T.V. watching a football game. All of a sudden the door flung open and a crying little boy came running in. He had fallen down and skinned himself in several places. He wasn’t seriously hurt. Just a few scrapes. Together we examine the war wounds, and I said how about you sit with me. So together we sat watching football. Soon the pain was forgotten about and Paul started asking questions about how the game of football is played. For someone who loves a blond headed little boy and the game of football, it was a special moment. Children can sure be a lot of fun at times and bring us great joy. At other times, they sure can be a real pain too.

In our scripture reading today, Jesus took a little child into his arms and said, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” Children are a very precious gift from God, and when we welcome them we welcome God. With all of the abuse of children in our world, there is a huge need for us to be great by welcoming and caring for God’s beloved children.



Father , your love for children is a great example to follow. Help me to do all I can to demonstrate love to the children you have given to me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Heart Of God

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And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! (Luke 15:23-24)



Only Jesus can see the true heart of God. There are many who still have an Old Testament view of God. God is a God of judgment, of vengeance, of wrath.

Maxie Dunnam tells a powerful story that comes from a novel by Alan Paton, the great South African writer. In this story which takes place before the recent changes in South Africa, a white police lieutenant has secretly carried on an relationship with a black African woman. In South Africa that was against the law in every way.

The lieutenant is confronted with the charge by his captain. The lieutenant denies the charge, but the evidence is so overwhelming that he finally confesses. The captain does what might appear to be a strange thing. He goes to visit the lieutenant’s father and shares with him his son’s transgression. It is a moving and tragic scene.

The father asks the captain, “Is it true?”

The captain replies, “I fear it is true.”

The father insists, “Are you sure?”

The captain says, “He confessed to me. It’s true.”

The father turns to his sister and says, “Bring me the Book.” She goes to the bookcase, pulls down the heavy family Bible, takes it to the father, and sets it before him on the table. She wonders what passage he is going to read.

But he doesn’t read any passage at all. Instead he opens the front of the book where family names had been recorded for 150 years. He takes the pen and ink and crosses out the name of his son, Pieter van Vlaanderen, not once but many times as though to completely obliterate it from the page. Without any anger or despair (at least that anybody could see), without any words, he does that dramatic task.

Then the father, still sitting at the table, turns to his sister and says, “Lock the door, and bolt it, and bring me the key. The door of our house will never open again.” That’s the scene. The door is closed forever. The son can never return home.

In the family of God the prodigal can always come home. The door is never locked. Why? Because Jesus showed us the heart of God. With his own shed blood he showed us how much God cares about sinners.



Dear Lord, thank you for showing me the true heart of God. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Transformed Not Conformed

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God–what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)



There is a story that Senator John F. Kennedy went to one of his friends, also a Senator, to tell him of a dream he had. This was during the 1960 Presidential elections, and Kennedy had dreamed that the Lord had chosen him as a nominee for his party. Kennedy’s friend laughed at him and claimed that he had been chosen by the Lord in a dream also. The two Senators approached Senator Lyndon Johnson to ask his opinion of the dreams. After he had heard an explanation of the dreams, Johnson said, “That’s funny. I can’t remember tapping either of you for the job.”

God dreamed of a world of green trees and blue skies and sparkling dreams. He would populate this beautiful world with all kinds of exotic creatures–some that would fly high in the sky, others that would swim in the seas, others that would ramble across the prairies and the mountains. To oversee it all God would create a being in His own image. Male and female he created this new being. And God saw everything that He had made and it was good. Because God created this new being in His own image, however, it had a will. It could choose. And God watched as the creature despoiled the Creator’s dream. But God never gave up. When, finally, there appeared no other way to save the dream and the creatures He had grown to love so dearly, God sent His own Son. The cross is the culmination of history’s most magnificent dream–the dream of God for this fallen world. And you and I are part of that dream today. 


Are your life dreams in harmony with God’s? If they are, then you have found the secret of a satisfying life.

Dear God, help me to live in harmony with your dream for my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Temptation

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Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. (Luke 4:1-2)



Part of our human experience involves temptation. Many have said that in order for Jesus to truly be our savior, he had to experience all of our human emotions and feelings. Temptation is one of those human experiences Jesus had to experience.

The problem is that there are simply too many temptations in life. Here are a few of them: Mae West says that whenever she had to choose between two evils, she picked the one she hadn’t tried yet.

“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning,” said one, “sleep late.”

A lawyer and his client are sitting in the law office and the client says to the lawyer, “The question of right and wrong is very clear. I want you to cloud it up for me.”

Yes, there is temptation all around us, but we don’t have to give in to it.



Forgiving God, help me to not be led into temptation, but help me to live a holy life for you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Focused

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That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” (John 21:7)



A man showed up at church with his ears painfully blistered. After the service, his concerned pastor asked “What in the world happened to you?”

The man replied, “I was lying on the couch yesterday afternoon watching a ball game on TV and my wife was ironing nearby. I was totally engrossed in the game when she left the room, leaving the iron near the phone. The phone rang and keeping my eyes glued to the television, I grabbed the hot iron and put it to my ear.”

“So how did the other ear get burned?” the pastor asked.

“Well, I had no more than hung up and the guy called again.”

Now there is a man who was focused. He was so caught up in watching the game, he didn’t know what he was doing.

In our lesson for today the disciples of Jesus have lost their focus. They are confused and weary. They needed a break. They have been through so much. They had seen their Master crucified on a cruel cross. It was the lowest point in their lives. They had invested everything they had into following him–including three years of their lives. When they saw him nailed between two thieves, it was as if everything they had worked for was futile and without meaning. No one could know their pain and disillusionment. Then the women had gone to the tomb on the first day of the week and found the stone rolled away and the body gone. It was then they discovered that their Master was alive. Now each of them had seen him with their own eyes. Still, it was a bit too much for them to deal with mentally and emotionally. They wanted to believe, but it was like they were in a dream. It was too much, too soon.

The disciples were still trying to sort all of this out when Simon Peter said, “Let’s go fishing.” They fished all night, but without any luck.

Just as the day was breaking and they were ready to call it a night, they saw a stranger on the beach. “Having any luck?” he called out to them. “Afraid not,” they called back. “Cast the net on the other side of the boat,” the stranger replied, “and you will find some.” And they did, and this time their net was teeming with fish. And the disciple John turned to Simon Peter and said, “It is the Lord.” Who else could it be? Who else has dominion over both land and sea? Of course, it is the Lord.

Will we be focused today, so that we will see the Lord?



Loving God, may I not get distracted today from seeing you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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