Baptist Bikers

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the whole day riding the trike with my wife and three other couples that we go to church with. This was the first time this year that all eight of us have been together for a ride; I call our little “gang” the Baptist Bikers, in case you’re wondering.

As we rode along throughout the day we changed positions at times, one leading a while, then some one else; the one riding in the back would move up in the line and a different person would anchor the group. At one point or another, each bike occupied just about every different slot.

As the day went on I noticed that no matter where each person was riding we were going along pretty well but at times we were smoother and more in sync than others. I realized that each of us had a position in the pack that we were best suited for. It might not be the placement we actually preferred but that slot was our strong point.

This made me think of the church. We all have a spot or “vocation” in the church. And while we may function okay pretty much all the time if we will be obedient to God’s will and get in the “spot” He has chosen for us, even if it’s not what we are most comfortable doing, the church and her members will be much more effective and fluid.

If we want to see our people saved and growing strong we have to get in line where He intends for us to be.

The Biker

An old man sat at a red light on his moped. A burly biker rolled to a stop beside him on his huge chopper. The old man was impressed with the large, shiny bike and leaned over to look at it closer. He told the biker how nice it looked and that he imagined it must really be a fast one. About that time the light turned green and the biker decided to show the old fellow just how fast it was.

He rolled back hard on the throttle and popped the clutch, roaring off in a cloud of tire smoke and noise.

A block or so away the biker stopped and chuckled to himself about leaving the old guy and his moped behind in a cloud of dust and smoke, as he glances in his mirror behind him. To his amazement there was something come up toward; it was coming really fast too! It was the old man on the moped and he flew right by the biker, completely out of sight. As he sat there wondering about what he had seen that same dot appeared ahead of him. It was the moped screaming toward then by him and off out of sight again.

A few more seconds and the old man zoomed back into sight, a little slower now, and finally squealed to a stop beside the biker. Totally amazed by what had just happened the biker asked the old man how he could possibly do that on a moped. The old man replied that he had gotten his suspenders caught on the biker’s handlebars. And would he please let him untangle them before he sped off again?

The moral to today’s lighter side message (which isn’t light in and of itself): Be careful what you get caught up in.

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines…For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (Hebrew 13:9a; 2 Timothy 4:3)

Biker Barrette

I’ve made many hair barrettes for folks as gifts, mostly oval shaped and rather simple.  The other day, my wife’s cousin asked me if I could make her one that was for a ‘biker girl’.  I said I would and went to pondering on what I’d make her.

I decided that I wanted to go with something other than the standard oval so I cut out a bar and shield type of shape, to look a little bit Harley-ish.  Then my imagination took over the design process.  This is what I came up with:

Biker Barette

Biker Barette

This is the tooled but unfinished product.  It has two swivel knife cut and beveled borders, a third burnished border with stamping between the second and third borders.  The center has a Tandy 3D stamp with a star-rope stamp on either side.

Finished Barrette

Finished Barrette

Above is the finished product.  It is stained with aged oak Min-Wax gel stain with some neatsfoot oil mixed into it.  I the top coated it with Super Sheene.  The edges are hand burnished as is the back.  The back is also sealed with a wax-based waterproofing product, making the entire barrette waterproofed.

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