Erosion, it happens. When we hear of erosion, we often think of streams that in the course of time take soil away from a stream bank. This erosion widens the riverbed but also carries silt downstream where it can clog the stream or create “sand bar” islands in stream that divert the flow of the stream. Although it is a natural part of an ecosystem, erosion is seldom thought to be a positive thing. Recently in Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna River Watershed has asked land owners and farmers not to plant crops or utilize the land right next to streams. Instead they have asked for the farmers and land owners to plant trees in this space to create/reinforce a riparian buffer. They hope to minimize erosion and have the trees absorb excess water and fertilizers used in agriculture and landscaping. The excess fertilizers getting into streams have added to algae and plant growth in streams, thus diminishing water quality in the Watershed. Now, I am not a hydrologist or a biologist, but all of this got me thinking about our spiritual life with God.
Happy summer to everyone! Except for our Australian members, the rest of us are in the warm of the riding season. I hope you have been able to get out and ride. In that getting out, I hope you have shared the Word with someone. Let us all keep our eyes open for opportunities that God puts in our path. In this way, we may partner with Him in His work.
I recently was listening to the radio in a truck I was driving and I heard Pastor Chuck Swindoll share a message called “Encouraging Essentials for a Dynamic Ministry”. You may go to his website to look up the message in its entirety. I wanted just to share some outline in order for us to apply it as we minister in the Christian Sport bike Association. He used the text from I Corinthians 15:58 and 16:13-14.
58 - Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
13 - Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 - Do everything in love.
Hello all, and Happy New Year. I hope you are in the beginnings of a great New Year. Perhaps you are working on a winter project for your bike or making plans for a new riding season. Or if you're an Australian, you could be in the middle of the riding season. Either way, 2016 looks to be a great year with some new things happening.
As I look back on the past year we were able to get a lot of positive things accomplished. Many of the chapters are doing well and two new chapters were launched. We achieved our non profit status with the federal government and the sales tax license with the Commonwealth of PA. We revised the By-Laws and brought some new faces onto the Board.
This year will continue as last year with the same Operating Principles of Vision, Accountability, and Transparency. We as the Board commit to follow these and model them for you by being: Accountable- Our email addresses are up for you to access us when you need to do so. To call us out if you disagree with a decision or question our actions. Transparent: Whenever the Board meets or has a conference call, the Secretary will take minutes and after approval from the Board, they are posted in the Members Only Section of the forum, so you can see what is being discussed and decided. Any questions and concerns you have can be brought to the Board by your chapter leader for discussion at any of our meetings. We also invite chapter leaders to four conference calls each year.
The Scripture passage above is from Isaiah 43:18-19, I saw it quoted in a newsletter from my son's school the other day. When I read it the Lord kind of nudged me saying, "this is what I want to do in the C.S.B.A." Our ministry has been through a lot in the time it has been in existence, both good and bad. Sometimes we can get nostalgic and think of how things "used to be". This can happen in other areas of our lives as well. We face difficulties or obstacles, things aren't going the way we like it. Perhaps we don't agree with the decisions of family members or maybe our work/business isn't going the way it once was. It is easy to become discouraged, frustrated, and resign our efforts.
The Eastern PA Chapter had their Hospitality Tent in full swing, showcasing their offerings at Coopersburg Community Day! Scott PowerSports was there, helping them with the setup and food serving in efforts to raise awareness to the CSBA Mission and R1 Raffle. Present and accounted for where the new R1 on display, along with their Day @ the Races team track bikes.
Coopersburg Community Day is presented by the Coopersburg Historical Society, but it is supported financially by businesses in the community. One reason for the continued success of this Community Day is the generosity of the sponsorships – both large corporations and small businesses who donate money, services, equipment and volunteers from their businesses. This has been a staple for the community, running 24 years to date.
Are you committed? You have all heard this question from someone at some time in our lives, and if you respected this person it may have given you pause to think and consider. It probably was a challenge to you when your dedication seemed suspect or an inquiry when you appeared to vacillate between options. It may have been something else as well, but you understand the question and its implications. So I ask you the question, are you committed? Not to me, or to the Christian Sport Bike Association (CSBA), but to the Lord Jesus Christ. Is He your Savior and Lord? Or is He just the spiritual santa claus you pray to when you want something? Do you give to Him (I mean a lot more than just money) or just ask from Him? If you identify as a Christian, are you committed? Have you prayed today? Were those prayers more than just requests? Were there prayers of thanksgiving, praise, and times of listening?