JESUS IS FREEDOM!
God loves you! His love for you is deeper and more profound than you can imagine.God's love for you is so great that He sent His only Son to this earth to die for yoursins and to offer you the priceless gift of eternal life.
FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet
of those who preach the gospel
of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!"Romans 10:15
BUT GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE TOWARDS US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.
Each new day is a gift from God, and if we are wise, we
spend a few moments each morning thankingthe Giver. Daily life is
woven together with the threads of habit, and no habit is more important to ourspiritual health than the discipline of daily prayer and devotion to the Creator.
When we begin each new day with heads bowed and hearts lifted, we remind ourselves
of God's love, His
protection, and His commandments. And if
we are wise, we align our priorities for the coming day with the
and commandments that God has given us through His Holy Word.
LET THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF MY HEART BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, O LORD, MY STRENGTH AND MY REDEEMER.
REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, IN
EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS; FOR THIS
IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU.
BLESS THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU; BLESS AND DO NOT CURSE. REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE, AND WEEP WITH THOSE WHO WEEP.
Richard "Papa Smurf" Taylor
5 children, 11 grandchildren,
Job: Retired contractor, founder
of Clouds of Thunder Motorcycle Ministry.
Richard "Papa Smurf" Taylor's hair is pure white and perfectly
coiffed. Years ago he was working on a job in North Carolina and he wore a blue Tyvek suit and red boots. Add that to the
white hair and someone said he looked just like Papa Smurf from the classic cartoon. The nickname stuck and Mr. Taylor has
embraced it. He's a fascinating man who dropped out of school in 7th grade to pick cotton. He was in the Air Force for 4 years,
had 4 children by age of 21, and he raced motocross until age 36. Always a bike enthusiast, he founded the Clouds of
Thunder Motorcycle Ministry 9 years ago. Oh, and he keeps his pearl white 2000 Heritage Softtail Harley Davidson in an inflatable
bubble in the garage at his Anderson home. Seriously. That way, he won't have to spend hours cleaning it in the spring.
Q. How did Clouds of Thunder get started?
A. I got acquainted with ( a man who was formerly a member of Hells
Angels). On April 11, 1999 he ordained me as a chaplain at Saddlers Creek State Park. I felt like the Lord had called me to
Q. What does a motorcycle ministry do?
A. We go out to campgrounds, anywhere we can go to witness.
We fellowship, we visit the hospitals, the jails. To get people saved and in a church somewhere. It's more or less evangelistic.
In June we have a motorcycle rally here.
Q. What is the biggest thrill for you?
A. When God laid it on my
heart to start this ministry, I said, "Why did you wait so long to give me a job?" And He said, "Because it
wasn't time." 15 years age there wasn't really such a thing as a motorcycle ministry. Now, they're everywhere...The thrill
of it was that God did give me a job before I died.
Q. What did you do before you retired?
A. I was an asbestos
abatement contractor. Had my own business. Triple R Industrial Services and Construction. My son took it over when I retired.
Q. How has your faith helped you through the years?
A. I developed a formula for myself. You put God first, family
second, job third and country fourth, and you can't fail in anything.
Q. Why that formula?
A. It's just the
way I believed. If you put God first, He'll take care of the rest.
Published Anderson Independent February 1, 2008)
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