Because He Lives

As we all know, we are at that time of year that has been set aside to recognize the ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb and the resurrection of our Savior. There was only one spotless Lamb whose blood was capable of redeeming sinful mankind. It is critical that everything that we do is covered by His blood. We know that Hebrews 9:22 teaches us that “without shedding of blood is no remission”. Isaiah 53:5 tells us that “he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed”. Revelation 12:11 lets us know that “they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Verse after verse of the Holy Cannon shines light on the workings and importance of the blood of Jesus Christ.

However, the shedding of His blood was not the conclusion of the miracle. Paul was addressing the belief of some in 1 Corinthians 15 that Christ had not risen from the dead. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:13-14 “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” Paul continues and in verse 29 of the same chapter he asks “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?”

We are blessed to know that God wrapped himself in flesh and became our sin in a humiliating crucifixion and shed His blood to become our redemption and allow us, sinners, to go free. Beyond the death and burial, there was a day of resurrection. We MUST take this news to a world that is hurting, hungry, looking, and needing Jesus. If they could only understand that what they are looking for is Him. We must let them know that regardless of all pasts and current situations, issues, hurts, pains, addictions, problems, and sin, the blood covers and heals!! Nothing is too great for the blood of Jesus Christ!! Our ministry, teaching, preaching, and witnessing is not in vain!! For He has risen!! Because He lives we can……….

Thankful for the risen Savior,
Michael Luttrell
Secretary
Azusa StreetRiders International

State Watch

Arizona
The state Senate will consider two bills that would make lane splitting legal for motorcyclist. S.B. 1007 was introduced by state Sen. David Farnsworth. This bill strikes the current language that prohibits lane splitting. S.B. 1015 introduced  by state Sen. John Kavanagh adds language permitting lane splitting and includes a requirement that motorcycle riders and passengers wear helmets.

Florida
H.B. 1283 would create a hit – and – run alert system using dynamic message signs, in the style of the Amber Alert system, to help law enforcement agencies find hit – and – run drivers. The bill was introduced by state Rep. John Cortes.

Maryland
H.B. 142 would provide enhanced penalties for drivers who collide with “vulnerable road users” while distracted.
The bill includes motorcycles in the list of vulnerable road users. A person convicted of a violation would face 30 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. The court also would be empowered to order participation in a motor vehicle safety course and up to 200 hours of community service. The bill was introduced by Delegate Stephen W. Lafferty.

Michigan
The state has officially recognized electric bicycles as legal for use on streets and some trails. No one younger than 14 may ride a electric bike on the streets. Riders between 14 and 18 are required to wear helmets. Michigan law does not classify the bikes as motor vehicles.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Crowning Achievement


Understanding the effects of crowned roads on riding technique.

Crowned road design helps to efficiently shed water from the pavement. But it also influences the way we ride right and left curves.

Roads are engineered to disperse rainwater and minimize pooling on the road surface. The way those civil engineers achieve that is by designing roads with a crowned profile. The surface is higher in the middle (where the double – yellow is) and slopes downward to each side of the road –a bit like a pitched roof on a house. The cross slope design does much to make wet – weather riding safer. But motorcyclist should also consider how a crowned road comes into play even when the road is dry. We travel on the right side of the road here in America. On a crowned road, that means the pavement slopes from its highest point at the left side of our lane down to its lowest point on the right edge of the lane. Have you ever noticed that the left side of your bike’s tires wear more than the right? It is because your bike travels along a slanted plane for miles on end.
But here is a new slant; Think about how the crown effect comes into play when the pavement turns. In the right-hand corners, the cross slop of the road creates a banked turn within our lane, providing slightly more traction, ground clearance and more responsive steering as we lean into the curve.
Conversely, a left-hand curve has a reverse chamber as the pavement slopes away from the rider, slightly reducing traction and ground clearance and contributing to less responsive steering. This is one reason many riders find left-hand curves to be more challenging. A more conservative entry speed, combined with positioning your head and upper body toward the inside of the curve will reduce the bike’s lean angle and more than compensate for any compromise in ground clearance and traction due to the crowned road.  With a little practice, those crowned left-hand curves may become your crowning achievement!

Always keep it between the lines
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Welcome New Members

Wanted to take a moment to welcome our newest members to the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry

Royce Montantes from Acampo, CA
Christian Life Center – Stockton, CA
Pastor Haney

Mike Wolmack from Effingham, IL
Christ Fellowship

Albert Glenn Lee from Pollock, LA
Church of Pentecost – Ball, LA
Pastor Weadner

Bro & Sis John McConnell from Metropolis, IL
First Pentecostal Church of Ozark, IL – Ozark, IL
Pastor Jeff Treat

The Board of the Azusa StreetRiders International
The Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ

Daytona Home Mission Outreach Event

Time
Friday, March 16, 2018 9:00 am – Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:00 pm
Location

Daytona Beach, Florida

The Pentecostals of Daytona
Pastor Louis Rodriguez
1011 W. International Speedway Blvd
Daytona Beach
32114
Florida

Daytona Home Mission Outreach Event
For anyone who would like to ride or drive down to Daytona Beach, Florida during Daytona’s bike week. Please join us as we will be helping out Pastor Luis Rodrigues and the Florida chapter in Daytona with outreach March 16-18.

The Home Mission Outreach Event will be held at Pastor Rodrigue’s church Pentecostals of Daytona.
1011 W.International Speedway Blvd
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

Friday March 16 planning on going out and around Daytona for outreach.

Saturday March 17 events.
There will be a Blessing of the Bikes
A Bike/Car Wash
Gospel Music
BBQ
There will be a ASR Promotional Table Setup
Biker Church Service

A scenic ride to follow after Church Service. Either a short 45 Mile Light House Ride. Or a 140 Mile Ride to The Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral
Sunday March 18 Church Service at 11AM
We would love to have a huge ASR support for this event.

While in Florida there is also a ASR ride to the southern most post in Key West for anyone who would love to join and ride down to Key West with us. You would need to book your own hotel for this.
We do have limited accommodations contact Bro Thompson  for more details

Note: I would like it to known that we will not hanging around main street, the beaches or any other similar locations where the partying atmosphere is not conducive for a Christian man to be at. We will however go to the Daytona Speedway where a host of motorcycle vendors that sell  every accessory known to man for motorcycles.  We will also be conducting Scenic rides around Daytona for those interested. 

For more information you can contact

Robert Thompson
Robert.Thompson@AzusaStreetRiders.com
305-525-4877
OR
Michael Theodore
blueknight1703@aol.com
330-720-0440

Bind the Strong Man

Thank you Jim Curley for putting this years BTSM event together also Bro Beall who’s direction for so many years guided this ministry and hosted the first BTSM Prayer Conference. This is the kick off event for 2018 please plan to be there.

Bind The Strong Man is only a day away. This is my favorite event of the year. If you are looking for, expecting or wanting a successful year in ministry through ASR (Azusa Street Riders), how about starting the year off with a good old fashion 12 hour prayer meeting. Prayer flat out works.

Bind the strongman will be Friday March 2nd 8pm – Sat March 3rd 8am 2018

Location –
Christian Faith Outreach
2700 Herman Ave.
Ashland, Kentucky
41101

We will be meeting for dinner and fellowship Friday March 2nd at 5:30pm at:

La Finca Mexican Restaurant
1201 Greenup Ave.
Ashland, Ky.

And we will be meeting at the end of the conference for breakfast Saturday March 3rd at 9:00am at:

IHOP
331 Diederich Blvd., Ashland, KY

I want to encourage all that can to stay over for outreach on Saturday at 2:00pm and if you can Church Sunday at 2:00pm

For information call Jim Curley
913-645-5067

Getting excited. See you all soon.

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GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER

It’s the first place your mind goes. But it’s the last thing you should be thinking about.

I am approaching a blind left curve, as you see in the above picture. That there is a rock wall covered in green with tress on the outside edge of the road. This would attend to attract riders eyes. As you can see I set a slower entry speed into the curve with my eyes up and looking left through the curve toward the desired exit.
In this case the rock wall was like a guardrail.
I know you can’t help it. No matter how old you get, the moment your eyes spot an attractive,tight set of curves, your mind goes straight to the gutter. But be careful! There’s a good chance that’s going to get you in trouble one of these days.
I am talking about curving roads here. Left ones in particular. What is it about an obscured left – hand bend that makes it so intimidating? What is it that drawls a rider’s eyes to the edge of the road the gutter.
Often it is the concern we’ll inadvertently get our tires too close to the edge of the pavement and ride off onto the shoulder into the guardrail or wall. This is know as “edge fear”. It may may also be due to the sense we are carrying to much speed for a given corner and worrying that we will run wide off the outside of the curve. No matter the cause, the solution is the same; we must get our minds out of the gutter at the edge of the road and focus into the heart of the corner, gazing far through the curve to where the turn exit will ultimately reveal itself.
Having difficulty keeping your eyes trained on the exit? Try slowing more than usual for each corner. Don’t worry who is behind you. Entering a curve at a slower speed than you think the curve requires gives you more confidence and can remove the mid- corner anxiety common to left- hand bends.
The bottom line? Enter a corner at a conservative speed and focus your eyes and mind on where you want to go and not at the ditch where you fear you’ll go. Get your mind out of the gutter….and let pure thoughts of successfully executing that intimidating left – hander get you through safely.
Keep your contact patch between the ditches.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

State Watch

Texas
S.B. 288 would allow motorcyclist to split lanes when traffic is congested on limited-access or controlled-access highways.The motorcyclist would be limited to traveling no more than 5 mph faster than traffic. And splitting would be permitted only when traffic is moving at 20 mph or slower.

H.B.2 would allow motorcyclists to ride on the shoulder of highway for the sole purpose of getting to the next exit when traffic is moving at 25 mph or less. The law would apply only to limited access multilane divided highways with speed limits of 50 mph or more. And the motorcyclist may not exceed 45 mph while on the shoulder.

Oregon
Senate President Peter Courtney, a member of Oregon’s Distracted Driver Task Force, supports amending state laws to create harsher penalties for driving while texting, using social media or talking on the phone. Courtney favors a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both for first time distracted driving offenders. Multiple violations with in 10 years would increase the penalty to five years in prison and a $125,000 fine.

Michigan
P.A. 318 signed into law by Gov. Rick Syder, increases the penalties for riding a motorcycle without the proper license endorsement. Under the law, violators are guilty of a misdemeanor. The penalty for a first time violation is up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine or both. Subsequent violations carry up to a year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

Connecticut
H.B. 6048, H.B.6281 and H.B. 7055, introduced in the house of Representatives would require all riders in the state to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle or motor scooter. Current state law allows riders 18 and older to choose whether to wear a helmet. These bills would eliminate that choice.

Florida
Two bills would attempt to address distracted driving in the state. H.B. 69 would change the stat’s ban on texting while driving from secondary enforcement to primary enforcement for drivers 18 or younger. The bill also would require that fines be deposited into the states Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund. H.B. 47 would revise penalties for violations of the ban on texting while driving to provide enhanced penalties for violations that occur in a school zone or school crossing. The bill also removes the requirement that texting while driving be enforced as secondary action by law enforcement agencies.

Utah
S.B. 159 would raise the legal age for riding motorcycles without a helmet from 18 to 21.

Idaho
H.123 would prohibit motorcyclist profiling by state or local law enforcement agencies. The bill defines profiling as “the arbitrary use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related paraphernalia as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest or search a person or vehicle.”

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Hair Care Tips for Women Who Ride

Helmet hair is just the beginning of your problems, ladies. If you want to ride safely, frequently and still have decent looking, healthy hair at the end of the day, there are a few hair care tips that you have to keep in mind. You have to take good care of it or riding will play havoc with it and leave you with a dry, broken and tangled mess.
Step One: Start with Healthy Hair
There is no sense in trying to protect hair that is in horrible shape in the first place. If you have dry hair, start using moisturizing masks or hot oil treatments about once a week. If you do not like buying a lot of products you can whip up your own home hair care masks.
For Dry Hair Use:

  • One egg, beaten and a cup of mayonnaise.  Work through hair, rinse well and then wash or you will smell like a salad for the day.
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado mashed and worked through the hair is awesome too.

For Oily Hair:

  • A handful of oatmeal worked through your hair will absorb some of the oils without stripping it and leaving it dry.

For All Types:

  •  Use vinegar.

Step Two: Protect Your Hair

During a long ride there are several things that will destroy your hair, especially the wind, the sunlight and the helmet.  For longer hair use a hair sleeve, pony cage or other method of tying it down as much as possible. However, do not just pull it back into a pony tail and then ride off. It causes too much stress at the back of the neck and will simply tangle anyway. There are hair sprays with UV protection, however if you do not like them you can use a little sun block lotion worked through your hair like a gel. Finally, there is nothing to do about the helmet, because you know that you need it. However, when you stop, shake your hair loose and let it dry a little. Opting for a helmet with a little more ventilation is okay, but never give up your safety for good hair.
Step Three: When the Day is Done
After your riding is through you should make sure that you wash the sun block, dust and grit out of your hair before it causes any real damage. If you are washing every day, use a very gentle shampoo; baby shampoos are great for frequent washing and they smell sweet.
Sis.Laureen Theodore
ASR International Treasurer

Steel Horses

I grew up riding a horse before I could even walk. A real cowboy in every sense of the word. Our family ran six brands and over 1500 head of cattle from the time I was born until the late 80’s. I have roped more calves, horses, and yes even people (my sisters) than I can remember. My dad is missing two fingers on his right hand due missing a dally and the rope took them right off! He now needs custom gloves!! I have been thrown, kicked, and stomped enough to now be a very wise fella! I have had several near misses myself when it comes to roping and can tell you from experience that a rope burn will last for a few days. I have had many ropes fail in my lifetime and have to thank the Lord that I have not been seriously injured or dead!
Here in a few months, ASR will be taking part in the Bind the Strongman prayer meeting in Kentucky. As we begin to prepare to wage spiritual warfare, I believe it is a good thing to understand the situation that we find ourselves in. I am so thankful that the book tells us that what we bind here will be bound in Heaven and what we loose here on earth will be bound in Heaven as well! What a problem it would be to have to rely on natural rope to take care of our spiritual needs and problems! Nothing here on earth that is physical can be relied on to sufficiently work in our spiritual lives. It takes the power of an unseen hand to break our chains of bondage! It takes the spoken name of Jesus Christ to encounter the creative power of God himself! When we bind our addictions, personalities, issues, needs, wants, and whatever else that we need to get under control using the only Name under heaven that can save our souls, we can rest assured that the bound will stay bound and the loosed will stay loosed!!
I remember a day many years ago that I, Dad, and Grandpa were bringing a herd of cattle through the woods to the pens where we would separate the herd and take the smaller calves to the sale barn to sell them. In the middle of a thicket of vines and briars, my trusty steed got caught up in the vines and decided to rear up and when he did, I fell out of the saddle and hit the ground on my back which knocked all the breath out of me. I could not even speak as I watch the saddle horn coming my way and I had no way to move out of the way. I can remember trying to say Jesus but to no avail. I screamed it in my mind and as the horse fell towards me, something caused the horse to turn and fall directly beside me! I am so glad that even when we can’t speak his name, we can think his name! His name works when we cannot! I only have to think his name for it to be effective! I cannot wait to be able to use the name of Jesus to bind some things and loose some things at Bind the Strongman!! Can you??
Maybe my love of motorcycles come from my love of riding horses. I don’t know. I can tell you this however, that the ministry of ASR needs the tools used to bind and loose at every rally, church service, chapter meeting, and weekend ride. You never know who you are going to run into that needs someone who knows how to use the name of Jesus and can reach the throne room at a moment’s notice. I pray that you guys and gals keep your “horses” well cared for and your “rope” ready to use!! Saddle up and let’s reach a lost and dying world with his Name!!