Chairman’s Chat

Hi folks,

from time to time I will add posts on various thoughts, rides, prayers etc

Bless ya heaps and keep the rubber side down 😉

So long and thanks for all the fish

2017-02-19 09:26:59 doddles

Over the last eleven years I have been privileged to serve initially as Treasurer and then for the last six as Chairman of CMA NSW. During this time I have seen members come and go, some areas blossom, and others fade, and I am constantly reminded of Ecclesiastes 3 – there is a season for everything, a time for everything . And whilst there are no constants in man’s world, one thing that has remained unchanged is God – Jesus Christ – The Holy Spirit. We, as an organisation and as individuals have had our ups and downs during these years, yes I’ve rubbed a few people up the wrong way and only just kept my hands off a few throats but His grace has covered all of this and His love and His hope have been at the forefront of our existence.
CMA is moving in a new direction, there is more cooperation between the states, no longer is it just an annual catch up but a cohesive national force working for good. We are also cooperating with CMA organisations across the world and reaping the benefits of this. Part of what I see in the international groups is the need to re-think the way we do things, be more flexible in our approach but more rigid in our fundamental beliefs.
In two weeks time a new committee will be elected, I pray that they will have your support and that you will ride with them and not just tag along on the journey. Be a participant and not a spectator. Some ten years ago I went searching for a verse CMA could use on stationery, on the website etc and found Psalm45:4 – for me it epitomises what each of us should do;
In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds
There is also a verse from the Parable of the Banquet (Luke 14:15-24) which invites you to get out on your bike and achieve something for Christ;
Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.’

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Grace, Gracious, Graceful….

2016-03-22 11:54:05 doddles

One thing that no one can accuse me of is being graceful on the dance floor, my wife maintains I have three left feet!  But whilst I may not be graceful, I am grace filled and I am there by grace.

We all know the saying there but for the grace of God go I;

  • I see someone who is unemployed – there but for the grace of God go I
  • I see someone in an ambulance – there but for the grace of God go I
  • I see someone struggling with issues – there but for the grace of God go I
  • I see someone in a car instead of on a motorbike – there but for the grace of God go I

When we think of the hymn Amazing Grace it highlights how spoilt we are and how hard it is to amaze us, nowadays when we are lost we just consult the GPS, when we are blind we may be able to have eye surgery to reverse the situation – these things do not amaze us as we understand the theory behind them but amazing grace is something that defies human understanding and is an unexpected response to a circumstance created by man’s misadventures.

We cannot begin to comprehend the total burden of sin taken on by Christ to save us, we have trouble extending grace to someone who accidentally bumps into us let alone someone who has wilfully wronged us, and sin is a wilful choice.

We know the mnemonic God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense, but do we pause to concider that this was because Christ was Goaded, Ridiculed, Assaulted, Condemned, Executed – He suffered so you won’t.

And His grace is all we need;

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

John 1:16-17

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:24

And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:14

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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Biker’s 23rd Psalm

2015-08-08 09:47:32 doddles

The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want.
He makes me to ride on smooth roads
near green pastures;
He leads me, and my bike,
beside rivers and still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me on the roadway of
righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I ride through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, and my bike,
they comfort me.
You prepare a journey before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head, and my bike,
with oil, my engine runs smoothly.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
me, and my bike, all the days of my life;
And I will ride in the presence of the Lord.
Forever.

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Onward Christian Commandos

2015-03-15 23:16:27 doddles

One of the most stirring anthems of all times is “Onward Christian Soldiers”, it brings to mind an army of saints marching in unison, singing praises as the go forth in the name of Christ – sadly though the picture in my head has them all wearing long white robes and not a weapon to be seen – a bunch of hippie peace freaks – powerless to fight.  And yet the hymn says they are marching as to war!  Yes there is a war – but we know the outcome already – we will win the war but it is the battles along the way that have yet to be decided.

The SAS are often called to go into battle before any other force.  They are dropped behind enemy lines in small groups to prepare the way.  Much of their success in hostile territory has been through the use of their “Hearts & Minds” approach and it is something we can learn from as we fight to bring Christ to more and more people.  These commandos get to know the people who are living under tyrants and despots – people who are living in a world without hope – people who are waiting for a saviour.  The commandos help them through simple things, digging wells, improving harvests, improving health – the people rejoice in the hope that they now have and turn against the falsehoods they live under.

The SAS do not go in as a large body waving banners declaring they stand against the tyrants – this would only instil fear, loathing and suspicion.  They do not go in making a lot of noise about what they are fighting against – this would only cause fear and rejection.  They go in and prepare a way for goodness to follow – much as John the Baptist did, preparing a path in the wilderness.

As Christians we must get alongside those who live under the oppression of falseness, those who live without hope – we must perform acts of service to show that we are there to help and establish confidence and trust with those we meet.  By winning their hearts and minds we can lead them away from their circumstances into a world of hope.  In recent times here in Australia we have seen the rise of organisations claiming to be anti this and anti that – sure we need to take a stand against the spread of Islam, the branding of Halal food (funding from certification pays Imans etc) and many other things, but we need to do this in a way that brings honour.  Christ taught us to love our neighbours, He did not teach us to promote division and hatred through belonging to groups that are anti.  He taught us to get alongside people – to accept, to love and then to lead them to a better life.  He taught us to win their Hearts and Minds – just as the SAS does.

So let’s move on from being a horde planning to overcome through sheer numbers – let’s be like commandos, going in to the wilderness, behind enemy lines – preparing the way for Christs love to triumph by speaking into the lives of individuals – preparing their minds to receive the Word and their hearts to receive the love.

 

Matthew 22:36-40
X “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”  Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

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Angling for Glory

2015-02-10 13:13:16 doddles

Matt 4:19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

I recently heard the story of a fishermen who regularly went to the creek, cast out a line and sat – waiting and relaxing before retrieving the line and re-casting. After years of accompanying the fisherman on these expeditions the frustrated friend discovered that the fishing line had no hook and no bait – the fisherman didn’t want the stress of having to deal with the catch – they just wanted the experience of fishing to make them feel better.

Sadly this can be the case with some Christians – we have the bait and the hook but too often we just cast out the weight of expectations and obligations. Too often we are ready to show that we love Christ but not willing to spend the time reeling in the catch, having all the right equipment but not using it as intended. Casting out evidence of our faith but not allowing others to accept our invitation.

As fishers for men we need to identify the type of fish we are after and then select the appropriate bait and size of hook. Sometimes we need to be prepared to let the fish run a little before setting the hook, sometimes the fish will just take it all at once – other times they will nibble away never committing to the hook so we have to keep resetting our bait. We also need to be conscious of the weight of our sinker – if it is too heavy the fish will discard the bait – if it is too light the bait will drift away from them.

So what are these elements and how do we become successful fishers of men.

  • The bait – what is it about Christ that drew you to Him? Which of these will appeal most to who you are reaching out to?
    • Unconditional love – forgiveness – acceptance – His sacrifice – His willingness to stand up for the oppressed – to challenge human authority
  • The hook – what is it that committed you to Christ – that kept you on the line?
    • Salvation – Redemption – The Cross
  • How big a hook does the fish need – what are they trying to leave behind?
    • Persecution – Addiction – Abuse –Hedonistic Lifestyle
  • The sinker – is it a weight or an anchor?
    • Does your faith hold you fast and in position or does it drag you down?
    • Be wary that you do not portray the Christian life, our expectations, obedience, morals as a burden that will drag the fish down and tire them out – a weight. Rather show that it is a lifestyle that guides, directs and protects you – an anchor for maintaining your place in the world.

In one example from the bible the fishermen relying on their own knowledge had been out all night without anything to show for it – then Jesus told them where to cast their nets – they obeyed and were overwhelmed with the reward.

Will you fish where Jesus directs or will you continue to give the appearance of fishing without being prepared to deal with the catch?

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20-20 New Year message

Ho, Ho, Ho,
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Yes, I know
this greeting is a bit late, but they don’t call it the silly season for
nothing.

But it’s
not just that. The last few months have simply flown by. And now we’re well and
truly into a very special year. ‘Twenty – twenty.’ Don’t you just love the
sound of it. There is a ring of expectancy, of great things ahead.

Yes, 2019
was a year of changes. Changes in the Committee, new members and new CMA areas.
There was the fine tuning and recording of roles and responsibilities of
members to elected and appointed positions. These are intended to provide
clearer guidelines which will help members to have a better understanding,
purpose in CMA and so fore fill their roles effectively. These information
packages into other areas such as explaining AGM, Committee meeting, membership
etc. and will eventually be readily available to all members.

 For some of our members 2019 was a year marred
by accidents and health issues. It’s true, we’re not getting any younger. But
we have been blessed by the support from the State and National Prayer Team.
The 2019 National Run saw for the first time this group come together to pray
and set up a better prayer chain network system. I’d like to thank this body of
faithful believers who value prayer so highly and I thank God for His love and
healing of our members. Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord, give thanks to the Lord for
He is good. His love endures forever.

And
speaking about the Victorian National, I’d like to thank the 20 members who
attended this event, and a special thanks to John Kroon who put together show
bags to advertise and promote our 2020 National.

Psalm 45:4

In your majesty ride out
to victoriously, defending truth, humility and justice. Go forth to perform
awe-inspiring deeds.

What a
great verse this is. And it’s so true of what CMA aims to be. We do ride out.
We do ride with a purpose. With Christ as our rock and corner stone, who guides
and direct us into purposeful and worthwhile endeavors. We do perform awe
inspiring deeds, though we may not at the time consider this. Rather, it’s just
something we do as followers of Jesus Christ.

And when I
contemplate all that CMA is involved in, from local rides to long rides, coffee
and chat rides, charity rides, memorials, shoe shines and  bike shows, Communion on the Hill/Mountain,
involvement in the Motorcycle Council of NSW, our AGM and the National Run and
the many other things that individual and group members become involved in, I
stand amazed. How on earth do we fit all this in, in one short year. Praise God!

I’d like to
thank our Committee and Area Coordinators for the great job they do in serving.
They are like the vital organs in a body. The body would not be able to
function without them. Yet still, with out each and every member, there would
be no  body. So thank you members. CMA
wouldn’t be the association that it is today without you all. To each and every
member, from those highly active to those who choose to support from the
sidelines, I thank you.                                                                  Our
Annual Fellowship weekend draws near, the second weekend in March. I am
encouraging everyone to make every effort to attend. Not only will you be
blessed, but your attendance will be a blessing to others. Grahame Bertram,
John Kroon, Graeme Bingham and a host of members have been working tirelessly
on the planning and organizing the huge October National that we are to host at
Rathmines on beautiful Lake Macquarie.  (a special mention of thanks to Steve Mepham
for the fantastic National video promo) So come and be excited about getting involved
in these future plans. Come and check out the National complex and look forward
to the spectacular ride that is lined up for the National. Come and be prepared
to have a great weekend and hang out with some great people.

2020 is
already a busy with different events that have occurred such as the Guyra
Australia Day long weekend and the Bathurst bike show.  The calendar of events was put out in
December will be updated shortly, so if you have any additional events, please
pass these on to the Secretary.

One
exciting future event will be a fellowship weekend at Griffith, so keep an eye
out for more information about this.

Lastly, our
Assist Fund: I thank all that have given and ask for our members to support
this fund. In 2019 we were able to help a member continue to be active in CMA through
this fund by praying for their National registration.

I believe
God will bless CMA and continue to use us for his glory as we continue to step
up, step into and step out into those things that Christ has laid before us.

So in
closing I thank all our members for their encouragement and  support.

In His service,

Glenn Hartley,

President CMA
NSW/ACT   

 “In your majesty, ride out to victory,
defending truth, humility, and justice.

Go forth to
perform awe-inspiring deeds.” Psalm 45:4

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