Assemblies of The Lord Jesus Christ National Men’s Conference

2017 Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Menistry National Men’s Conference Maryville, TN September 15th & 16th.

The Maryville Azusa Streets Ministry will be sponsoring a motorcycle ride Friday the 15th This should prove to be a very beautiful ride through the mountains and valleys of east tennessee, getting back to Maryville mid afternoon with plenty of time to prepare for the evening service. We will be meeting at Shoney’s 1021 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville TN at 9:00 am kickstands up at 10:00 am. If you ride please come and be a part of this day of fellowship we look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact Bro Donnie Grider @ 936-648-1143 or email donnie.grider@gmail.com

Thank You for all Your Support

I wanted to take just a moment and thank everyone that participated in the 2017 Azusa StreetRiders National Conference in Denison, TX. In addition, I extend appreciation to Pastor and Sister Gilbert for their gracious hospitality in allowing Azusa StreetRiders to host this year’s conference at Truth Tabernacle Church. Also very special thanks to Sister Urissa Goodin, Brother Clarence Earp, and all of those who supported their efforts. Job well done! It was a great conference.

As many of you already know, this year’s elections yielded three new board members for the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry. The new board consists of:

Robert Thompson, President
Randy Hennigan, Vice President
Laureen Theodore, Treasurer
Michel Luttrell, Secretary

We are all being diligent during this transition period to continue the good work that Brother Anthony Storey, Brother James Curley and Sister Lydia Diaz have done over the last several years, and I take my hat off to them. Moving forward, we’re getting ready for the annual ALJC (Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ) Men’s Conference, to be held in Maryville, Tennessee, September 15 and 16. We have been asked to sponsor a day ride, and I have been asked to speak at that conference about the ASR ministry. Everyone is invited, of course. Next on the agenda is the UPCI (United Pentecostal Church International) General Conference, in Kansas City, Missouri, September 26-29. We will have a booth set up there, so if you plan to attend, please stop by.

Moving into 2018 we’re already looking forward to the “Bind the Strong Man” event sponsored by Christian Faith Outreach Church in Ashland, Kentucky, March 2-3. Please plan to be there.

I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support for the new board. The response is welcomed, and I for one am humbled by it all. I appreciate the confidence you have for us, but I covet your prayers more. In closing, I wish to make myself available to anyone that needs me. Therefore I have included my contact information below. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

God bless you all, and God bless America.

Human Vision

Drivers often say, “I didn’t see it” — after hitting a motorcycle!

I bring this up because one day last month I was at a stop sign, and while stopped I looked left then right, and then left then right. As I thought “all is clear” I then attempted  to move forward — only to realize a smaller motorcycle was in my path. I clearly did not see him at all. No, I did not hit him, but I know I gave him a huge scare, which brings me to this: Looking in the direction of something does not mean that we see it!

In general, we only see what we expect to see, or what we’ve trained ourselves to see. Our brain is wired to filter out much of what our eyes receive, focusing on specific items based on each individual’s experience and judgment, taking into account the relevance of the input to the task at hand, its location, perceived threat level, and any movement, and then prioritizing takes place even if important information is directly in front of us. Also, we have visual clarity in only a  three-degree cone in the center of our vision (“central vision”).

Some people believe they get better information from their peripheral vision then they actually do. To have a useful “big picture,” our central vision must be consciously directed to capture the important details. In other words, instead of our eyes passively transmitting images to our brain, our brain needs to direct our eyes to scan the environment, like a searchlight. Successful scanning strategies involve moving attention far-and-near, and side-to-side, to identify relevant factors, especially those that have little or no movement of their own.

The more effectively we gather information, the better we can make decisions and take appropriate action. This continuous process is called “S.E.E.” — Search, Evaluate, Execute. If searching identifies a hazard, and evaluation determines the hazard that should be avoided and suggests various ways to avoid it, the next step is executing an action. If you are lax with your eye movement, the visual field can “stagnate,” and less conspicuous items, such as motorcycles coming straight at you in an inter section, are rendered virtually invisible. Eye movement is critical, because, as hard as it is to notice and act on important clues in the central vision, imagine if those clues are outside that three-degree cone!

Just as hazardous as not focusing on the right thing in your visual environment is focusing on a single, wrong thing. Good riders keep their eyes moving, so they are able to detect and evaluate factors several seconds ahead and to the sides. This includes giving extra attention to known problem areas, such as intersections (including driveways) and blind corners, and periodically checking your mirrors to construct a “big picture” of the environment. I am always moving my head and eyes — scanning and checking my mirrors. Are you? Just ask my wife, and she will tell you: my head is always moving. Just remember your motorcycle may not be categorized as a ‘threat’ by the CAR/SUV driver’s brain, so your image is filtered out.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

Thank You!!

Praise the Lord Azusa StreetRiders:

We had another awesome National Rally this year. The church services were superb. The Holy Ghost visited us in a mighty way!! We had an awesome turn out this year. Thank you to all that helped put this rally together. I got to meet a lot of our new members. Putting faces with the names is always my favorite part.

I would like to thank  the individuals that served on the board with me.

Rev. Lydia Diaz

Rev. Jim Curley

Bro. Michael Luttrell

I love you guys. Thank you so very much! We will always be family.

Special thanks to Rev. Doug Joseph for all the direction and wisdom he shared.

I am looking forward to seeing what is next in my ministry and what is next for the Azusa StreetRiders.

Now I would like to introduce the new ASR Board of Directors.

President: Bro. Robert Thompson

Vice President: Rev. Randy Hennigan

Treasurer: Sis. Lauren Theodore

Secretary: Bro. Michael Luttrell

If you follow God and work as a team, you will have great success. I’m here if you need any help getting adjusted to the job.

God Bless,
Rev. Anthony Storey
Exiting  Azusa StreetRiders International President