DISCIPLES OF CHRIST MM
DISCIPLES OF CHRIST MM
I'm a hardcore God believing, God fearing, Gospel breathing, Christian Biker!! I'm not or ever will be perfect. I Ride Hard, have Lived Hard, have been to Hell & back & been saved by our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!! If we're not for him I'd still be living a life of Hell. If not for our Lord & following him I'd probably be wearing a 1% patch. I'm not PC (politically correct) & more than likely never will be. Don't question me if you don't want to hear my answer & are afraid of being offended. If you're easily offended & can't be around a hardcore Christian Biker, please go find a Social PC club to join. I try my best to live by the word of God, yet do not question my faith! The Lord our God is first in my life! So who am I? A former gang member, drug user, alcohol user, cursing, fighting man, that still knows how to care & love others, yet will not let others take advantage & see it as a weakness. I'm loved by the Lord & Savior that died for us all, so I'll live my life for him!
I'm a Christian Biker, a Disciple of Christ!!!
I HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN SINCE 1988, AND THE LORD HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME EVER SINCE,I HONESTLY CAN SAY THAT I HAVEN'T BEEN GOOD TO HIM AS MUCH AS HE HAS ME,A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I WENT THROUGH A DIVORCE AND SOME BAD HEALTH AND TO BE HONEST I GAVE UP ON EVERYTHING,DIDN'T GO TO CHURCH LIKE I SHOULD,WITHDREW FROM PEOPLE AND FRIENDS AND JUST GOT BLEAK ABOUT EVERYTHING,BUT WITH THE HELP FROM THE LORD SENDING MY CHRISTIAN BROTHERS TO ME AND BEING INVOLVED IN THIS MINISTRY ,I AM ON THE RIGHT PATH AND HEADING FOR THE MARK AND NOTHING IS GOING TO TURN ME AWAY EVER AGAIN . AMEN...... GRUMPY WITH D.O.C
I WAS SAVED AT THE AGE OF 12 BUT AS I GREW OLDER I DRIFTED AWAY TO JOIN IN WITH THE WORLDLY FUN AND GAMES. THOUGH I WAS AWAY FROM THE LORD I NEVER FELT RIGHT EVEN THOUGH I DID ALL THE THINGS I THOUGHT I NEEDED TO BE HAPPY. AS I GREW OLDER I GOT INTO DRUGS, DRINKING AND MOTORCYCLES, AND WAS A WILD CHILD OF THE 60'S & 70'S. I RODE WITH A OUTLAW 1% CLUB AND WAS KING OF THE WORLD.
I MARRIED A NICE GIRL AND SOON HAD HER INTO THE SAME LIFESTYLE I HAD BEEN LIVING. I HAD THREE CHILDREN AND LOVED THEM DEARLY BUT WHEN THEY WERE OLDER I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY HAD DRUG AND DRINKING PROBLEMS. AFTER ALL I WAS A GOOD FATHER, WASN'T I? I HAD STOPPED THE DRUGS BUT STILL JOINED IN WITH THE DRINKING AT HOME, AT FRIENDS AND AT DANCE HALLS. IT WAS ALRIGHT BECAUSE WE WERE DOING IT AS A FAMILY...RIGHT....WRONG AND I KNOW IT.
ALL THREE OF MY CHILDREN HAD RUN INS WITH THE LAW AND STILL I WOULD NOT ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF WHOSE FAULT IT REALLY WAS. I HAD LIVED A LIFE THAT THEY EMULATED WHEN THEY GREW OLDER. AFTER ALL WHO BETTER TO BE LIKE THAN THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY WHO THEY LOVED. MY SON, AFTER A FAILED FIRST MARRIAGE, MARRIED A CHRISTIAN GIRL WHO THEN LIKE ME TAUGHT HER HOW TO ENJOY THE LIFE OF EXCESS.
MY SON AND MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW BOTH FOUND SALVATION AND IN RETURN FOR THE YEARS OF BAD LEADERSHIP FROM ME BROUGHT ME AND MY WIFE BACK TO THE LORD. MY OLDEST DAUGHTER GAVE HER SELF TO THE LORD AND MY SON-IN-LAW DID ALSO. MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER IS STILL COPING WITH TRYING TO UNTANGLE HERSELF FROM THE MESS I LED HER INTO. EVEN THOUGH I NEVER CONDONED HER USE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL, OR ANY OF THE KIDS, I HAD LET THEM SEE ME WHEN THEY WERE GROWING UP AND MADE IT LOOK LIKE SO MUCH FUN.
HAD I BEEN A BETTER ROLE MODEL I THINK MY KIDS WOULD HAVE HAD A GOOD CHANCE OF MISSING ALL THE JUNK AND HEARTBREAK THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH.
THE LORD HAS FORGIVEN ME BUT ITS HARD TO FORGIVE MYSELF. I TRUST IN GOD TO BRING ALL MY CHILDREN TO HIM AND HAVE FAITH THAT THINGS WILL WORK OUT.
JAMES, CLIFF AND MYSELF STARTED DISCIPLE OF CHRIST MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY AS A WAY TO GET THE WORD OF GOD TO BIKERS AND LET THEM KNOW THAT GOD LOVES BIKERS TOO. HE LOOKS AT THE HEART NOT THE CLOTHES THEY WEAR. GOD IS SO GOOD .
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. TODAY I CAN SAY THIS WITH ALL THE LOVE IN MY HEART,BUT IT HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY. I WAS FIRST SAVED AT ABOUT THE AGE OF 13 THIS WAS IN THE LATE 60'S .I WAS RAISED KNOWING JESUS AND THAT HE DIED FOR THE SINS' OF YOU AND I,BUT EARLY ON I CHOOSE A DIFFERENT PATH. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL BECAME A MAJOR PART OF MY LIFE FOR MANY YEARS, BUT SOMETHING WAS ALWAYS MISSING. OVER THE YEARS I TIRED GOING BACK TO CHURCH A FEW TIMES BUT COULD NEVER COMPLETELY GET AWAY FROM THE OUTLAW LIFE STYLE. MOTORCYCLES HAVE BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE SINCE I WAS A TEENAGER AND IT SEEMED TO GO HAND AND HAND WITH THE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. FOR A LONG TIME I THOUGHT I COULDN'T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER, BUT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST I NOW KNOW I CAN . AND SO CAN YOU. MY LIFE HAS BEEN FULL OF THE UPS AND DOWNS THAT COME WITH LIVING LIFE IN THE FAST LANE. JESUS CHRIST HAS SAVED ME AND HE CAN SAVE YOU TOO. [ JOHN 10;1,9 ] '' I AM THE DOOR; IF ANYONE ENTERS THROUGH ME, HE WILL BE SAVED, AND WILL GO IN AND OUT AND FIND PASTURE.'' MY PAST IS FULL OF AUTO AND BIKE ACCIDENTS, JAILS, REHABS, AND PRISON, BUT 10 YEARS AGO WITH THE HELP OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND MY WIFE PAT I HAVE COME CLOSER TO FINDING THE PEACE IN MY HEART IV LOOKED SO HARD FOR. LIFE IS NOT PERFECT, THIS IS STILL SATAN'S WORLD, TODAY I USE MY PAST AND MY LOVE FOR MOTORCYCLES TO SPREAD THE WORD AND SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST . MIKE, JAMES AND I STARTED DISCIPLES OF CHRIST TO REACH OUT TO OTHERS, TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN AND TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE. [ REV. 3; 20 ] '' BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK; IF ANYONE HEARS AND LISTENS TO AND HEEDS MY VOICE AND OPENS THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM AND WILL EAT WITH HIM AND HE WITH ME.'' PLEASE CONTACT US. GOD BLESS YOU, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON , AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN
I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart at a very young age. However, throughout my teenage years, I didn't want anything to do with God. I spent enough time with friends and family members that I considered to be "Sunday" Christians. Yes, fake hypocrites. I told myself that if this what it means to be a Christian, then I don't want to be one.
Due to all the physical and mental abuse my Mom and I was receiving at home, I moved out when I was 16 years old. My room used to be in the basement. One day I heard my Dad have an argument with my Mom and he hit her. I imediately ran upstairs and saw my Mom laying on the ground. I had never stood up to my Dad before, but that day I told him, "If you want someone to hit on, hit on me" Keep in mind my father was a big guy and a Vietnam Vet. He grabbed me by my throat and lifted me off the ground with one hand. I didn't know it at the time, but my Mom said he was reaching for his kniefe while doing this. I was shoved up against our china cabinet, and when he finally let go, the china cabinet fell and came crashing on the kitchen table. I said, "See what happens"!
Keep in mind, I was a snot nosed kid, and needed discipline. I had a hard time with the rules of the house. I would sneak out and go to parties. After this happened, my father said, "If you don't like the rules then there's the door.
So, I moved out. My senior year in high school I stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment with 5 guys. We partied overy night. Taking drugs and alcohol. I had a job at a restruaunt at nights, then go to school during the day. I graduated high school at the age of 17.
In 1982 I got a DUI. I kept putting off the court date, but I knew I needed to make changes in my life. I wanted to join the military, but I couldn't be on probation. I was sentenced to 1 year of probation, take AA classes, be put on antabuse in which I wouldn't be able to drink alcohol. I could go through this or serve a suspended sentence of 30 days in the county jail. I went before the judge and asked for the 30 days to get it all behind me so that I could join the military. I told her I didn't have any place to stay anyway. I will never forget what she told me. "You really want to go to jail? You do know Mr. Clark, jail is no Motel 6".
So off I go to jail. At the time I had a warrant for my arrest from another County for not paying a hotel bill. So, after 30 days I was free to go. The law states that the other County has 10 days to extradite you to go before their judge. I knew once I was there with no record, they would release me on my own recognizance to make repayment.
While you are locked up in County jail, you learn very quickly you don't want to come back. I was in a small cell with 12 guys, and one toilet in the open for everyone to use. I watched old men come in and say, "Oh, I'm home" This was the best experience for me because I didn't want to come back. We were in our cells 23 hours a day, and only able to walk the hallway 1 hour a day. 1/2 hr. in the morning, and 1/2 hr. in the evening. They handed out books for us to read. I wasn't much of a reader, but a Trustee gave me this book and said you need to read this. He gave me a book titled, THE FOURTH DIMENSION: DISCOVERING A NEW WORLD OF ANSWERED PRAYER, by David Yonggi Cho.
The premise of the book is how to pray and have faith your prayers will be answered. First step is to write down what your needs are and be specific. Describe type, color, etc. Next, you need to pray. It's all about faith. Don't stop praying until you know without a doubt your prayers will be answered. It could be a few minuets, hours, but don't stop praying until you know without a doubt they be answered.
I had already served my 30 days and more, and I am just waiting to be extradited. I wrote down a pretty long list of things I wanted God to do in my life. This was on a Sunday. Top of my list was, "God if your real, prove it" , next was I want LARIMER County to come get me the next day sometime after breakfast, and before lunch. I had just ate my breakfast, and they gave us a chance to walk the hall. I thought about it having a bit of doubt God wouldn't answer my prayers. In the back of my head a heard a voice saying, "Don't you trust me"? It wasn't but 10 minuets later when I was back in my cell I heard my name be called. Corrections would say your last name and if you are being released the will say, "All the way". They only said my last name. I asked the officer what's going on? He said, "You need to go to Court". While being cuffed and walking to Court I told the officer I don't have Court. What's going on? He said, "Someone is here to bail you out. I was shocked as I walked around the corner and saw my Dad. The next thing I knew I was in the car heading home. This blew me away! I said Dad, "How did you know to come and get me"? He said that he was up all night fighting it, but God told him to do it. My Dad had always told me that if I ever got locked up, he would never bail me out, I would rot first.
One of the things on my list was if I was going to turn my life back to God, I need a women to be my rock. Someone near my age give or take a year. I described hair color, have a nice body, and that I could spend the rest of my life with. Two weeks later, my parents invited a couple to the house for Thanksgiving. They just so happened to bring their niece who was in Bible College. Yes, there she was. I didn't want to scare her away at first, but we started dating and I shared my story and shared my list. God brought us together for sure. She felt that same way for me. We became good friends before we became lovers.
Needless to say, the rest of my items on my list were answered. I joined the Army a few months later. After Basic Training, and AIT, we were married. We now have 4 kids, and 5 grandkids.
The Christian walk is hard at times. I can't stand the semantics of RELIGION, We have been fighting wars since the beginning of time. It's about JESUS. Church is just a building, but the Church and the body of Christ is a movement. As Christians we all have a job to do. This is why we get out and ride and share the Gospel of Jesus. Lets face it, those that need Jesus in their lives are not coming to Church. We must go to them. WE ARE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF IT. If you ever wonder if God is not out their, or you feel he doesn't exist, say a prayer, "God if your real, prove it". Then make a committment to him and step back and watch things happen in your life.
Secretary Idaho Chapter