We were so privileged yesterday to participate in the Blessing of the Bikers event held this year at Victory Biker Church in Lennon, Michigan! My husband’s band, Lively Pelts, was among several Christian Rock Bands invited to share in this amazing venture. Also attending were Second Day Story, The Savior’s Army (TSA), and the church’s house band, Anchored in Christ. That church band can sure rock! The lead guitarist/singer, “Crow”, is also the church’s worship leader–wow.
This day also featured a special guest preacher, The Machine Gun Preacher. This is the real man upon which the movie by that same name is based–he actually said that there is a movie sequel in production that should be out in a year or so. Machine Gun Preacher shared some of the moving stories based on his intensive involvement in all types of ministries in Africa, where he lives and works full time. He appears to be doing serious kingdom work over there and his ministry is well worth investing in.
Check out his website here: http://www.MachineGunPreacher.org/
Victory Biker Church seems like quite a unique place for real world fellowship and teaching. They obviously cater to bikers but were very warm and welcoming to us band families too. There were people of all ages and races present and they really exhibited a Family of God atmosphere and a come as you are mindset. This seems to be a church where The Rubber Meets The Road–Literally! Please feel free to stop by and visit them if you are ever in the region of Flint, Michigan on a Sunday–you are sure to be blessed!
Following the concerts the Bikers were going on a Hundred Mile ride, fanning out across Michigan to share their faith in Christ along the road. This was a day for real ministry to the real world by real people, many of whom have a background of brokenness, but have surrendered their hurts, habits, hangups, and history to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and He is using them mightily! How many of us can truly say that about our own walks with the Lord if we are being completely honest?
There were quite a few trials the band faced in participating in this event from power outages, technical difficulties, & even near collapse from heat exhaustion. In fact, when “Crow” took the stage just after the Pelts set, he declared “It’s hotter than hell-fire up here!” That was no exaggeration…so the guys really had to press through on multiple fronts. However, this was a venue and event that bore tangible fruit in the Kingdom of God, & we were so blessed to be there & to be part of at least Four New Souls coming into the Kingdom by accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior! Thank you, Lord, that your Love is not limited to one type of person but is poured out freely to us all!!!
A version of this quote below adorned the men’s room wall at the Biker Church and my husband enjoyed reading the quote aloud to various family members Sunday. In honor of Father’s Day, and manliness, this perspective seems extremely apropos!
PS please check out Michael’s band’s Reverb Nation page…or find them on Facebook…