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The Biker world & the Christian world juxtapose around “Brotherhood”, a term that is often used & abused; leading, logically, to the question:

Who, really, is my Brother?

A Brother is honest with me regardless of circumstances.

Proverbs 24:26, An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.

Proverbs 27:6, Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

A Brother will go to war at our side & make no mistake, we are in a war:

1 Peter 5:8, Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

1 John 10:10, The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

And, in this war, we are to fight together – with no one left behind. Satan doesn’t quit. He uses whatever he can to ensnare us. That’s why we need to keep connected.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

A Brother will sacrifice for his brother.

1John 3:16-18,   This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

A Brother will walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

1 John 3: 23, And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus, and to love one another as he commanded us.

Luke 10:  29-37,  But the expert in the law asked Jesus, “And who is my brother?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a brother to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

What are our responsibilities to our brother?

When our brother is down, restore him.

Galatians 6:1, Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

The Greek word for Restore means fitted, complete, perfect. The verse isn’t saying we need to help our brother out of the sin, but instead we need to complete him, perfect him, equip and strengthen him.

A spiritual person is one who believes in God and renews themselves through forgiveness of sin by God’s grace. A spiritual person is one who has learned to trust in God; one who knows that Restoring with ease takes divine intercession. You cannot restore your brother by yourself.

A Brother carries his brother when he is weak.

Galatians 6:2, Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

We should be indulgent to the infirmities of others. Our brother’s infirmity may be his burden; and if we do not choose to help him to bear it, let us not reproach him because he is obliged to carry the load.

A Brother acts selflessly toward his brother.

Galatians 6:3-5, If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.

It is easy for someone to become depressed about his bad doings just as it is easy for one to become big headed about his good doings. As a Brother we are to restore and carry our brother, but we are to give God all the credit and not be tempted to take it for ourselves. By doing this it becomes evident that we weren’t looking for praise from anyone in this matter, but instead we actually wanted to help because we genuinely care for our brothers and sisters.

Brotherhood is evidenced in actions, not words, especially in difficult situations.

A Brother stands with you while others turn their backs.

A Brother is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

A Brother is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

The proper office of a Brother is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right.

A friend is someone who will bail you out of jail. A Brother is the one sitting next to you saying “boy was that fun.”

Commit to Brotherhood!

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Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
(1 Corinthians 12.27)

Experts tell us that one of the most accurate means of discerning communication is to watch body language; a nod of the head, a shrug of the shoulders, crossing the arms over the chest, all may tell us what the other party is thinking far more accurately than the words that come from his or her lips. In fact, some business books advise people to feign interest by deliberately using specific body language. For example, one source states that “steepling” of hands is usually interpreted as a sign of deep thought. Doctors and psychiatric professionals traditionally steeple when listening to patients. Result: Someone who deliberately steeples tends to be considered a deep thinker and powerful, intelligent person. This expert recommends that business people steeple in meetings, or while listening to colleagues one-on-one.”

St. Paul uses body language in our lesson for the day when he is trying to describe how a church is supposed to operate. Oh, we don’t know if he steepled his hands or not. He used body language of a different sort. What St. Paul does is compare members of a church to parts of a body. Some of us are eyes, some ears. Some of us are mouths, some feet, and some of us noses, etc.

Paul’s message is a very simple one and yet it is also vital. Each of us is indispensable.

God of love, you are indispensable to me. In Jesus name, Amen

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Band of Brothers

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If we are mark’d to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor…..

He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,  will stand a tip-toe when this day is named   And rouse him at the name of Crispian.

He that shall live this day, and see old age,   will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors, and say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian.’

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, and say ‘These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.’

Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, but he’ll remember, with advantages, what feats he did that day.

Then shall our names,  familiar in his mouth as household words – Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,  Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester – Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.

This story shall the good man teach his son;  And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, from this day to the ending of the world,  but we in it shall be remembered; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me  shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition;

And gentlemen in England now-a-bed  shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

As a Band of Brothers let us make the following commitments:  I’ll cover your back, you cover mine

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him.

As a Band of Brothers:  I’ll carry you when you are tired; you carry me when I’m tired.

Galatians 6:2: Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

As a Band of Brothers:  I’ll pray for you, you pray for me.

James 5:16: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

As a Band of Brothers:  I’ll get in your face, you get in mine.

Proverbs 27:6: Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

As a Band of Brothers:  I’ll be there for you, you be there for me.

Proverbs 27:17: As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

As a Band of Brothers:  I’ll encourage you, you encourage me.

1 Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

As a Band of Brothers:  I’ll meet with you, you meet with me.

Hebrews 10:25: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are In the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

As a Band of Brothers let us: Tell each other that we appreciate your hard work.

Thank each other for their service.

Encourage each other in their struggle.

Remember how blessed you have been by your brothers.

Tell your brother they are in our prayers.

Identify something positive about them.

Name their admirable qualities, now.

1 Corinthians 12: Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ … God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

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