Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Leadership: Dispensing Correction

Leadership: Dispensing Correction.  A great question can be raised, how do you handle when you know people are out of line.

The first answer is always to pray for that person out of love. God may reveal to that person how they need to change. I remember a young lady who is working on my youth ministry team who had an issue with how she dressed, showing an awful lot of cleavage every Sunday. I prayed about it, the very next Monday she showed up wearing a pantsuit that was completely modest.

The second answer is always to pray and ask God to change you first. If you go into confrontation as your freshly self, your flesh might get involved. Before we correct someone, we need to make sure that its not just our issues getting in the way. Cultural differences, gender differences, all these things can cause an offense. An example might be in black church showing up on time does not necessarily value as much as it is and white church. Collecting someone on a cultural issue like this may just be in sensitivity on your part.

The third answer is to pray, how does God want you to handle the situation? Do you need to do some research on how to deal with this issue? Is there a word of knowledge God has for you on what's going on with this person? Are they struggling with an issue, and the bad behavior you're seeing is just a symptom? Can you be there to heal them and help them, and behavior will correct itself because the root cause was dealt with?

The fourth answer is to pray about if this is spiritual warfare? Is this a person carrying out an assignment of the enemy to get under your skin or distract you from your purpose? Is there a spiritual force it was that you need to discern and take authority over? Is this something that is assaulting you in your faith or temper? Praying that God will help you to discern the spiritual root of the issue will always make you more effective at binding it, kickin it out, or dealing with it.

The fifth answer is to be very sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in dealing with the issue. It may be while preaching that He releases you too comment broadly on the issue and teach the resolution without specifically calling that person out, rather than going directly to the person. Recently while preaching as a guest speaker in another church the Holy Spirit had me to stop and treat the issue of spousal abuse very thoroughly, even though it wasn't in my notes. The spirit was telling me there was someone in the audience who needed to hear it. The pastor took me aside later and was laughing because he had not been released to deal with a man in the church who he knew was abusing his wife, but I as a stranger not knowing the situation I was able to preach on it without condemnation. I'm sure that man was particularly uncomfortable well I was dealing with the subject for about 5 minutes!

The last step is to follow the biblical order for confrontation in Matt 18. Be gentle, be loving, be understanding, but be firm. Don't allow the issue to wander into other issues, stay on focus. Don't do it out of your flash, if you're losing your temper, the issue is with you not with them. Remember your own faults and shortcomings, and the grace that God has given you. Give them that same grace.

Prov 27:5 better is an open rebuke the love that is concealed. Prov 17:10 a rebuke impresses a discerning person more than 100 lashes for a fool. Prov 9:8 do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you, rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

Some people are fools, and you will not get through to them. They will laugh, or rage, and there will be no peace. Just realize you're dealing with a fool, I didn't say that, the Bible did! But if things go badly, you have to check yourself, learn what you could have done better, and realize that you may not have been the right. Let God work in your heart so the next time you do better.

Just like 1st Corinthians 13 says, everything has to be done out of love. Check yourself closely, that there's not some contentious spirit in you, a desire to just be right, or show how much you know. Truth and kindness. God is love.

Leadership: Dispensing Correction  http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/leadership-dispensing-correction.html

Fasting for the Family

Fasting for the Family

Marriages and families are under attack in the club. No wonder, the marriage is the key building block of the church.  Without our families believing in our ministry there is no ministry. If we aren't men of God at home we can't go out pretending to be men of God. So after a suggestion from my wife,  and prayer about what the ground rules are, to combat this oppression we are calling a fast for the Family.

1. Three day fast, starting 6am Thursday April 2, the fast ends easter Sunday morning at 6am.
2. The fast is for husband and wife. 
3. No food from 12pm noon until 6am, water only.
4. No media during that time, TV, Internet, Facebook, phone,  iPad, club calls etc. 
5. No sex. 1 Cor 7:5 specifically 
6. Devote yourself to family quality time during these hours. Do a family Bible study. 
7. Kids old enough to participate may be encouraged to skip an evening meal. Everyone in the household skips media (unless required for work/school but strictly limited). 
8. If you are participating in another fasting schedule, you may continue it,  or choose this fast instead for these three days.

Isa 58 describes fasting as not only giving something up, but also doing godly things during that time. This fast is aimed at the evening hours where you will be with your family. Pour into them. Be kind,  sweet,  caring,  be an awesome parent or spouse. Be thoughtful. Become the parent and spouse you are supposed to be. If your spouse will not fast with you,  do it anyway. 

Isa 58 also describes the benefits of fasting. This fast will break the enemies bonds in your marriage and family. It will undo yokes of oppression that bind your family. Forgiveness will spring forth speedily in your family. Righteousness will rise like the dawn of day in your family. The glory of the Lord will guard your family. A renewed fire and passion will be felt. God is going to restore the joy you once had. God will make all things new.

James Disciple Johnson
Natl President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

Fasting for the Family http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/fasting-for-family.html

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Disciples Way Christian Coffehouse

We are about to be hit with significant growth across the country and the globe. God is speakin to me that to be prepared for this, our discipling of men needs to become more focused and purposeful, and that our support of men in 1% clubs needs not only to be entering into their environment where the evil spirits rule, but also bringing them into a safe and friendly environment full of the Holy Spirit where they can have an encounter with Father. Specifically God is speaking that he is raising up men and training some men in this club so they can begin pouring into other men at a new and powerful level.

There are three cities specifically where I feel God is giving us an open door this year, and leading us to provide something that doesn't currently exist, filling a gap in the MC community. This year I believe obedience to His leading includes creating a basic handbook, and releasing men to minister in the following way:

Disciples Way Christian Coffehouse
Columbia, SC Knoxville, TN Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada

A place for those rejected by religion, worshipping the Father

Some people don't go to church because they feel like if they walk into church they might get struck by lightning. Sometimes these people have been rejected by religion because of the way they look, the way they talk, or the way they dress. Sometimes judgemental Christians have driven them out of church, sometimes what's being preached doesn't speak to their situation. Sometimes they're under so much attack that the average pew warmer would never understand them.

Very often these people suffer from addiction, unforgiveness, depression, and generational curses. Often they have such a tough exterior because they're trying to protect themselves. Protect them selves from the hurt that happened to them when they were young, the rejection they suffered, the lack of parental figures.

Isaiah 61 says the Lord has anointed us to heal the brokenhearted, and release prisoners. He's giving us a chance to break these bonds through teaching what the Word of God has to say about freedom, forgiveness and love.


The goal is to structure these meetings to start with a 30-45 minutes of recorded worship music. Encourage people physically engage and abandon themselves in worship, not sit back and watch. Standing, moving with the music, following the scripture about lifting holy hands in prayer, these should be encouraged. Encourage people to release the weights they walked into the room with, to release forgiveness, to allow God to work in them. An area should be provided for positions of submission, whether it's face down, a bended knee, and people should be encouraged and taught why we take positions of submission before the Father. Dancing before the Lord should be encouraged, dancing like David danced, engaging whole being in worshiping God, leaving everything at the altar. During this time a designated prayer warrior should move through the group praying for people and anointing them with oil as the Spirit leads, as indicated in James 5.

The church fails when it makes worship a spectator event with people sitting watching the musicians perform. The goal is to say the words themselves, to enter into worshipping the Father.


Word time should also be about 30-45 minutes. The goal of this fellowship is to teach people practical tools to use in order to overcome the things they are struggling with. This can be accomplished through teaching the Four Legs, forgiveness, and a focus on a life that pleases God through sowing to the Spirit and overcoming the flesh. A weekly blog will be provided with bullet points for teachers to study.


At least once a month through careful prayer and consideration another ministry should be encouraged to send a speaker.


Afterwards the moderator should offer prayer for those who feel they have burdens to leave at the altar. Worship time should be continued while this happens, until everyone who feels they need prayer has received it.


Finally 30-45 minutes of hang out time should be announced, where refreshments are provided. People should be encouraged to talk about the Word for the week, what God was saying to them, and the Four Questions.

Disciples Way Christian Coffehouse  http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/disciples-way-christian-coffehouse.html

Words of Correction

I want to talk to you guys for a moment about discipline within the club. If you had any idea how much flak we take, how many people insult us, how many people disagree with everything we do, how many people whine complain fight and argue when they're corrected, you'd probably give your national leadership a lot less trouble. 

Please, give us less trouble. Heb 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

For that would be of no advantage to you. 

If you think I come down hard, or you think I'm too sensitive, or you think the punishments we hand down are harsh, consider this: because of our experience as leaders in an international organization, we know the early signs, and we step on problems early. Before they become big fire, we firmly stamp out the little embers. 

We are now truly an international organization, with dozens of charters and hundreds of men, and we are about to double in size. Pay close attention to how we administer discipline, because when its thousands of guys it's going to be even harder. The same discipline that was meted out to you, you'll need to be able to hand out, with love and careful correction. The only way an organization like ours can be kept from becoming weak is to firmly carry out our guiding principles.

If we give you correction, from myself down to the regional and the state leaders, don't argue. Before you try to explain how you see it and what you think of it, take time and pray on it. Like 24 hours. I don't expect to see you jump right back in and start telling us your opinion before you taking time to prayerfully consider what we're trying to tell you. That will just tell me what kind of man you are. The fact of the matter is that you're probably wrong, you probably need to learn, and rather than making us tell you twice more firmly, go figure it out before the Lord and then come back and apologize. There's no need to waste your brothers time by not considering what they told you, and coming back to argue about it. 

Sometimes we are going to correct you in writing on a page so not just you but others too can learn.  The "no text conflict" part is YOU not arguing back,  and taking time to consider the word of correction you've received. A phone call to your ma might be in order so you can get it straight. 

Most people are not used to proper biblical authority and leadership. In the Old Testament God didn't have a problem opening up the earth and swallowing those who argued with their leaders. If you don't believe me check out the rebellion of Koran in Numbers 16..on Here in this club I don't have any problem exercising spiritual authority, but I'd really rather exercise readership. So please don't make me take the daddy tone. And don't make the rest of your leaders do it either.

Even if you've been in a three piece patch outlaw club, you still have to learn the Disciple Way. The Lord has spoken to me some things that I have very set in my mind about how we're going to run this organization. Coming in as a new prospect, a new probationary full patch, or even a seasoned national officer, there are at times going to be things that you may not understand, that the Lord is clearly speaking to me, that we're going to do. If you feel like you have some difference of vision, it's time to be on the phone with me trying to understand what God is speaking to me so that you can get on board with it or tell me specifically where I'm wrong. Anything less and I'm going to get in your business about it. It's my job to oversee an unruly lot of free thinking high-spirited Type A personality men, and the best way to do that is be real up front about what I'm thinking and what the Lord is putting on my heart.

Finally, I personally am not always going to have the time to personally call everyone that isn't on board with the vision. I'm just go to a national or state leader and talk through what I want done, and they are going to straighten out the brothers who were out of line. Yes I'm your brother, no I'm not any better than you are, but the state and national leadership also have to know how to mentor mem in the Disciple way. Your goal should be to be teachable, ready for correction,  open to learning the vision. 

God has ordained what we do. There is a natl leadership structure, we have a direction,  at times you might not get it, but it will be revealed to you.  Stay on mission, don't get all upset, it's not all about you, it's about the mission. God bless yall. 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

Words of Correction  http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/words-of-correction.html

Deny Yourself, Follow Christ

Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

Do you deny yourself daily to follow Christ? Two of the Four Legs (see link below) are about denial of self, fasting and sowing. 

Giving money is denying yourself the right to spend it.  The devil sure as heck doesn't want you giving money to churches,  men of God, or the poor,  and he will supply you with all kinds of great truthy sounding excuses not to give! But the Bible is clear, we give, we sow, we tithe. So do you follow the devil with your money, or do you deny yourself and follow Christ? 

Fasting is all about denial of self. I want a cheeseburger, and a milkshake, candy, an energy drink. A constant stream of advertising for stuff we shouldn't be eating has stolen our health, made us obese and is killing us off as a society. Let's see,  who came to kill, steal, and destroy? The opposite of fasting is gluttony, giving in rather than denying self. So do you follow the devils path or do deny yourself and follow Christ? 

Listen,  I get it,  many churches spew lukewarm stuff of their mouths hoping people will just come back next week. You may never have heard this stuff before. They often don't teach and address the deep stuff like denial of self,  fasting and prayer, giving money. That's why we don't follow a church, a denomination, a doctrine, we follow the Word of God. 

So lets get after it. Deny yourself. Seek God,  His kingdom, His righteousness. And all these things will start to fall into place in your life. All these stresses will fall away. All these situations will resolve themselves as you deny yourself,  pick up your cross,  and follow Jesus. 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

This blog: Deny Yourself, Follow Christ http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/deny-yourself-follow-christ.html

The Four Legs Blog: The Four Legs: WORD & PRAYER TIME, WORSHIP MUSIC TIME, FASTING, GIVING http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-four-legs-word-prayer-time-worship.html

Be a Disciple, Not Just a Charter

We give charters their names so they can identify themselves, not separate themselves. My charter isn't better than yours. My charter doesnt have a tighter brotherhood than all the other charters. All the other charters or brothers arent somehow inferior to my charters brothers. 

We are all Disciples. God's anointing of brotherhood is on the club,  not a single charter. All the charters are close,  all the charters experience a wonderful feeling of brotherhood. 

In the Midwest where IL/IN/OH see each other a lot,  there is great unity between them. In States where brothers don't cross state lines and see their other brothers as often, sometimes due to distance, I start to hear this strong OUR CHARTER IS BETTER, OUR BROTHERHOOD ARE HIGHER QUALITY drumbeat. I see that as dangerous. I've heard the same from every charter that imploded, they beat that drum loudly then imploded. Those guys don't see each other much anymore.  Disciple was the unifying feature, not being from their state. 

You may be part of this crew or that. But you are a Disciple. You are part of a team. You are part of a global movement. There are brothers who are just as incredible in California, Carolina, Canada and Brazil.  You just haven't taken the time to get to know them as much because they are far away. Shame on you if so. You have FaceTime, Skype, and a phone. So get after it. 

Stop bragging on your crew over another. You are a Disciple,  not a crew. Brag on your club, Brag on your God, Brag on Jesus,  include all brothers. Don't exclude anyone who wears your patch,  or you aren't being worthy of it. 

Now this isn't directed at anyone in particular. I'm a national leader and I hear this sort of stuff in all different corners,  and I'm addressing it nationally. I've run into Christian MCs who told me their own brothers from the next city over may as well be a different club. I don't want that for Disciple. So if the shoe fits, wear it. If not,  store this as data for future use. God bless yall. 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

Be a Disciple, Not Just a Charter  http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/be-disciple-not-just-charter.html

Friday, March 27, 2015

Husbands Love Your Wives

James after receiving a word on the plane, from Chicago about this topic, asked me if i had any lessons on Ephesians 5-25. After going through my files I found this. James has read it, and it falls in line with the word he was given. It's amazing how God works...Please Read and meditate on this men. We All have room for improvement in this area.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

The late, well-known pastor Harry Ironside once had a recently married young man come to him and say, “I need your help. I’m in an awful state. I’m drifting into idolatry.”
“What’s the trouble?” asked Dr. Ironside.
“Well, I’m afraid that I’m putting my wife on too high a plane. I fear that I love her too much and I’m displeasing the Lord.”
“Are you, indeed?” asked Ironside. “Do you love her more than Christ loved the church?”
“I don’t think so,” replied the young man.
“Well, that’s the limit,” replied Ironside, “for we read, ‘Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for her.’”

Husband, do you really love your wife? How does your love for her compare to Christ’s love for the church, which moved Him to give Himself for her on the cross? It’s safe to say that no matter how long you've been married and no matter how happy your marriage may be, there is always a need to grow in Christlike love for your wife.

While I will be applying my comments specifically to husbands (because our text does), I should point out that Jesus commanded all of us to love one another just as He loved us (John 13:34). In Ephesians 5:2, Paul tells all believers to walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself for us. So these comments apply to every Christian, single or married, male or female, in that general sense. We all must continually be growing in Christ like love for one another. But there is also a specific sense in which Paul applies the need for Christ like love to Christian husbands.

Christ like love should characterize each husband’s relationship with his wife.
Christian marriage is an earthly picture of the relationship between Christ and His bride, the church. The world should be able to look at a Christian marriage and see a distinctive difference in the way that husbands and wives relate to one another. Satan focuses his attacks on Christian marriages, in that the testimony of Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross is at stake. When Christian marriages break up, it sends a false message to the world, that Christ does not love His bride with an enduring love. So this text is not here just so that you can have a happy marriage, although it will help you do that. It’s here for a much greater purpose, to help us all glorify our Savior through marriages that reflect the relationship between Christ and His church.
1. Love is the priority for husbands.
Following Paul’s instructions to the wives (5:22-24), which state that the husband is the head of the wife, you would have expected him to say next, “Husbands, exercise your headship over your wives diligently, just as Christ is the head of the church.” If you were to ask Christian husbands, “What is your main responsibility toward your wife?” you would often hear, “To be the head of my home!” While that is a serious responsibility, that is not what Paul says when he addresses husbands. Rather, he says (literally), “Husbands, be continually loving your wives….” The husband primarily (not the wife) is responsible to set an atmosphere of love in the home.

Many American Christian husbands think that their main responsibility is to provide an increasingly comfortable lifestyle for their wives and children. In fact, they would say that the long hours that they work are an expression of their love for their families. The truth is, many men find it easier to give their wives and children things than to spend time with them and share their hearts with them in deep, loving relationships.
The Bible bluntly states that if a man does not provide financially for his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Tim. 5:8). Those are strong words, and we should not disregard them! But, Paul is saying that we must provide our families with basic needs, not with all of the stuff that the world says we need to be happy. Rather, your main responsibility toward your wife is, “Love her!” It’s not easy, but it is your priority.
2. Love is possible for all husbands.
There are two reasons that although difficult, love is possible:

God never commands us to do something unless He gives us the power to accomplish it. As we've seen, all of these verses reflect the results of being filled with the Holy Spirit (5:18). Without the Holy Spirit’s replacing our self-centeredness with His fruit, which begins with love (Gal. 5:22-23), we could never make progress in loving our wives as Christ loved the church. While we will never do it perfectly in this life, with the Spirit’s power, we can make significant progress in it.
The fact that God commands us to love our wives also means that the excuse, “I used to love her, but I don’t love her anymore,” won’t cut it. If you say, “But I don’t feel the same love for her that I used to feel,” the Lord’s reply is, “Get to work at obeying My commandment and the feelings will rekindle!” Falling in love is somewhat easy and effortless. But staying in love and growing in love require deliberate focus and effort. If your marriage has degenerated into bitterness, blaming, and anger, you’ll have to work much harder at obeying this command. But the fact that God commands it means that it is possible and required.

Just as the command for wives to be subject to their husbands is not culturally determined, but required of all wives in every culture, so the command to husbands to love their wives is given to all Christian husbands. Many of the husbands in the Ephesian church had been saved out of raw paganism. Many of them had frequented the Temple of Diana, goddess of the Ephesians, where both male and female prostitution were a part of the “worship” ritual. (This accounts for Paul’s instructions in Eph. 5:3-12.)

Furthermore, many of these men were married to women whom they did not choose, since marriages were often arranged by the parents. The Greek writer, Demosthenes, describes the common mentality of pagan men in those days: “We keep mistresses for pleasure, concubines for the day-to-day needs of the body, but we have wives in order to produce children legitimately and to have a trustworthy guardian of our homes” he documents the widespread immorality of pagan Greece and Rome.

Against that pagan backdrop, you can see how utterly radical the Christian perspective was regarding the sanctity of marriage and the responsibility of the husband to be singularly devoted to his wife in lifelong, sacrificial love! It is no less radical in our corrupt culture. But my point is, even in a marriage where the husband has fallen into the sinful ways of the world, where he has been unfaithful to his wife (or she to him), where romantic love has gone cold, it is possible through obedience to God’s Word to turn that marriage relationship around so that it not only honors God, but also is fulfilling to the couple.

But, to apply Paul’s command, we must be clear about what he means by “love.” Is it that overpowering feeling that swept you off your feet when you first saw her face?
3. Love is portrayed as a self-sacrificing, caring commitment that shows itself in seeking the highest good of the one loved.

“Love is self-sacrificing,” just as “Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (5:25).
“Love is caring,” just as a man nourishes and cherishes his own flesh, as Christ does the church (5:29).

“Love is a commitment,” as implied by the command to love, by Christ’s covenant love for us, and by the analogy of the body.
“Love shows itself,” that is, it is not just words, but also deeds, as seen by Christ’s going to the cross for us.
“Love seeks the highest good of the one loved,” just as Christ died for us so that He might sanctify and cleanse us, to present us to Himself in all our glory, as holy and blameless (5:26-27).
So the definition fits this text and I think that every man should memorize it (or create a better one of your own) so that you can think about applying it daily towards your wife. It is very important to clear our minds of the Hollywood image, that love is primarily sexual attraction that hits you mysteriously out of nowhere and just as mysteriously evaporates apart from your power to hang onto it. Certainly, God designed it so that love involves a mutual sexual attraction. Without it, I would not advise a couple to marry. But, to sustain and deepen love over a lifetime, we must understand Paul’s teaching here.
So, let’s explore the text in more depth by presenting ten contrasts to help sharpen our understanding of what biblical love looks like practically. (We will only be able to cover two of them this time.)

“Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (5:25). He is our standard. He didn't sit on His throne in heaven and bark commands to us on earth. At a personal cost that we can never fully fathom, He laid aside His rights as God, took on human flesh and became obedient to death on the cross, where He actually was made sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21)! “Amazing love, how can it be, that Thou my God shouldst die for me!” (Charles Wesley)
A husband may say, “I’d die for my wife if it ever came down to it. I’d fight to the death in order to protect her.” That’s tremendous, and I hope you would! But here’s the real question: “Are you crucifying self on a daily basis on behalf of your wife?” Is your focus on using her to meet your needs or on setting aside your selfish desires in order to meet her needs?
In his exposition of this text, Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “… the real cause of failure, ultimately, in marriage is always self, and the various manifestations of self. Of course that is the cause of trouble everywhere and in every realm. Self and selfishness are the greatest disrupting forces in the world.”

Yes, the wife must also practice self-sacrificing love toward her husband, since all Christians must love one another. But, the apostle’s explicit command to husbands is that we love our wives sacrificially, as Christ loved the church. The main responsibility for setting a loving climate in the home is on the husband. But many husbands know nothing in daily practice about laying aside their rights, their comfort, their pleasures, their pursuits, or their time, for the sake of their wives. If you’re using your wife simply to meet your needs, if you don’t regard her needs above your own, if you are demanding your own way in the home, you aren't loving her sacrificially.

Let me put it in even more concrete terms: If when you come home from work, your attitude is, “I've worked hard all day; I deserve some time off. Don’t bug me, wife!” you don’t love her as God calls you to do. Instead, as you drive home, you should be thanking God for the wonderful wife He has entrusted to you, and be praying for her and thinking about how God wants you to minister to her. If your wife brings you your slippers and the paper and says, “Enjoy yourself,” that’s fine. But if the kids are going berserk, the phone is ringing, the dishes are piled up in the sink, and the trash needs taking out, you may need to set aside your right to some relaxation and serve your wife out of love.

Paul gives us Christ’s purpose in giving Himself for the church (5:26-27): “so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”
The world views love as an aimless, effortless state of ecstasy. You fall in love, kind of like falling off a surfboard. Once you’re in the water, you just let the current carry you along. If you have to work at it or give it any effort, you must not have the real thing. True love is totally spontaneous and unplanned.
But biblical love involves effort to reach a purpose. Christ does not achieve His aims for His bride by effortless spontaneity! He has a definite purpose and He works with us to achieve it
Married love has an exclusive purpose.

“That He might sanctify her….” To sanctify means to set apart unto God for His purposes. There are three senses of sanctification in the Bible. There is positional sanctification, which happens at the moment of salvation. God sets us apart for Himself. In this sense, Paul writes (1 Cor. 1:2), “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus….” There is also progressive sanctification, which is the process by which God makes us holy in practice (1 Thess. 4:3).
And, there is final sanctification, in which we will be completely holy at the moment of Christ’s return (which is pictured in Eph. 5:27).
While some view the sanctification of verse 26 as the process of progressive sanctification, it may be more accurate to view it as the positional sanctification that takes place at the moment of salvation (Peter O’Brien, The Letter to the Ephesians )
In this sense, it has in view the exclusivity of our marriage to Jesus Christ. Just as couples often pledge at their wedding, “forsaking all others, I devote myself to you alone,” so when Christ saves us, we are set apart from the world unto Him alone.
In practical terms, men, this means that you must put a protective fence around your love for your wife. There is no place for flirting with other women. I think it is dangerous and inappropriate for a married man to continue or to form friendships with women other than his wife, unless his wife is fully included. To take another woman out to lunch is to flirt with temptation. Also, it should go without saying, but I’ll say it, you should not look at other women lustfully, whether in pornography or in person. While there is a sense in which Jesus loves all people, there is a special, exclusive sense in which He loves His bride. Even so, a Christian husband guards the exclusivity of his relationship with his wife.
Married love has a purifying purpose.

Christ “cleansed [the church] by the washing of water with the word.” This probably refers to the cleansing that takes place at the moment of salvation, when Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all our sins. While sanctifying refers to being set apart exclusively unto God, cleansing refers to the removal of our sins. Many commentators understand “the washing of water with the word” to refer to baptism and the word of consecration that accompanies the ritual. But, there is nothing in the context to indicate baptism. Probably in Paul’s mind was the ritual bath that Jewish brides took before their weddings.
Or, he may have been thinking of Ezekiel 16:8-14, where God describes how He entered into a marriage covenant with His bride Israel. He washed off her blood, anointed her with oil, and clothed her in beautiful garments and jewelry, so that she looked like a queen. Even so, Christ took us from our impurity and cleansed us from all our sins, making us the bride of the King.
“The word” (5:26) is from a Greek word meaning, the spoken or preached word, and probably refers to the gospel (as in Eph. 6:17; see also, John 15:3 & 17:17, which both use logos). It is through the word of the gospel that we are cleansed and set apart unto God. When Christ opens our ears to really hear the word of the gospel, that He shed His blood to cleanse us from our sins, and when He imparts to us faith to believe it, we become His purified bride, set apart unto Him.
The application for husbands is that we must be committed to the total well-being of our wives, but especially to their spiritual growth in holiness. You should read the Word with your wife and pray with her and for her, so that she will grow in godliness. Talk together often about the things of God, including both the struggles and the joys of the Christian life. Protect your wife from the world’s moral filth as much as you are able. Don’t take her to raunchy movies or suggest that you view pornography together to improve your sex life. Unless you have a medical problem, the Bible has all that you need to have a satisfying sex life (have you read the Song of Solomon or Proverbs 5 recently?).
Married love has an edifying purpose.

The entire thrust of verses 26 and 27 is of the Lord building His church, so that we will be holy and blameless. That has been His purpose from eternity, in that in Ephesians 1:4 we read, “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” The Lord never does anything to tear down or put down His chosen bride! Even when He must discipline us, He does it in love that we may share His holiness (Heb. 12:6, 10).
The application for Christian husbands is obvious. Any thoughts, words, or deeds that put down your wife, ridicule her, attack her, or tear her down, are not in line with your God-given purpose. At times, you may need gently to correct her in love. But your aim is to help her grow into a truly beautiful woman in the sense of Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” Or, in the words of 1 Peter 3:4, you want to encourage her to develop “the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”


First, immerse yourself often in the wonder of the cross. Paul is not giving out shallow self-help tips, divorced from sound doctrine, on how to have a happy marriage. He roots his instruction to husbands in the theology and beauty of the cross, where the sinless Son of God offered Himself in order to secure His bride. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out, “His argument is clearly this—it is only as we realize the truth about the relationship of Christ to the church that we can really function as Christian husbands ought to function.” When you are overwhelmed daily with the fact that Jesus Christ died for your rotten sins, to make you His bride, the humility that that produces in you will spill over into self-sacrificing love for your bride. So take time each day to think about the glorious, amazing grace shown to you at the cross.

Second, take time often during the week (perhaps as you’re driving home from work each day) to think about how you can show love to your wife.
Be as practical and specific as you can. It may be as simple as asking about her day and giving her your focused attention as she tells you. It may be helping her with the household chores or giving her a break from the kids. But if you aren’t giving it focused thought, you are not obeying Paul’s command here. Your love for her should be sacrificial, not selfish. It should be purposeful, not aimless. You should do it not primarily to have a happy marriage, but primarily to glorify the Lord, who loved you and gave Himself for you on the cross.
For His Glory
Disciple Big Beard

Saturday, March 21, 2015

There You Were

When I thought I was alone, there You where

When I sold my soul to drugs and sex, there You where

When my lowest could get no lower and I basked in the filthiest sin imaginable, there You where

When I served the enemy and tried to destroy your wonderful name, there You where

When I was willing to take my life because all hope was lost, there You where

Through it all You where there, and never turned Your back on me, You forgave all my sins and turned my paths straight. You died for me, that I might live for You. Until my last breath I will serve you, as will my household. You alone are worthy.

Thank you Jesus for all you are and all You have done.

Prospect Stephen Astacio

There You Were http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/there-you-were.html


Today we take on line four of the Disciple vision statement:  I AM A SOWER! 

Take a moment to read and meditate James 3:2-12. It says that just like the tiny rudder turns the ship, the tongue turns the man. In other words, change starts with what you say,  and then becomes what you do. First we must read the Word,  then we must fast and pray so we can accept the Word and let it germinate inside us, then that will motivate us to to give. 

Saying " I AM A SOWER" may feel weird at first. You may feel fake if you aren't,  and that's the point! So lets get after it! There are whole chapters of the Bible are dedicated to giving like 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. A well known except from them is chapter 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

This club does awesome stuff! We teach the Word, we empower men to minister, we strengthen marriages, we help men break addictions. But it takes money to make the machine move. Flying the state Presidents and Natl Officers to other states and even other countries to teach new brothers the Disciple Way, designing and making the cool support gear, donating to good causes, giving brothers a hand up, paying professionals for taxes, audits, legal representation to protect our copyrights and trademarks. Though we do the Lords work, none of this is free. 

More importantly, giving is the first step to understanding the deep riches of Word of God. In Luke 16 we find The Parable of the Unrighteous Steward. This parable is about giving. Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11"Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12"And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? That’s right, giving is the key to unlocking true riches, and I don’t believe the true riches here are money, but understanding the deep things of the Word.

Don’t be an unrighteous steward. Don’t “Tip” god like you tip a waitress. Be a sower, be a giver.

So say it. I AM A SOWER! Let it roll off your tongue. Savor it like a tasty piece of meat. I AM A SOWER. I'm not kid, trying to keep all God gives me, and spend it on myself! I'm not pushed around by sin, flesh and the devil, I AM A SOWER! 

I am a man of God! 
I am reading the Word! 
I am fasting and praying!
I am a sower! 
I am worshiping the Father! 
I am a warrior of God! 
I am Blessed! 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

I AM A SOWER http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/i-am-sower.html


Today we take on line three of the Disciple vision statement:  I AM FASTING AND PRAYING! 

Take a moment to read and meditate James 3:2-12. It says that just like the tiny rudder turns the ship, the tongue turns the man. In other words, change starts with what you say,  and then becomes what you do. Reading the Word is the first step to being a man of God, fasting is the next,  to germiate it in our hearts and make it bear fruit. 

Saying " I AM FASTING AND PRAYING" may feel weird at first. You may feel fake if you aren't,  and that's the point! So lets get after it! Fasting happened in the Old Testament.  Fasting happened in the New Testament too! Jesus fasted. Jesus said his Disciples (that's you!) should be fasting Mark 2:20. In fact have Jesus taught His Disciples about fasting on several occasions,  and He said WHEN not IF in Matthew 6:16–1. That sounds like a command to me. The New Testament church was fasting in Acts 14:21-23 and other places. The Apostle Paul wrote that he fasted a lot, 2 Corinthians 11:23–28. He taught that husbands and wives should do fasting together in 1Cor7:5. And I will give you a lot more new Testament Scriptures too if you like. 

So all throughout the Bible it says fasting is good,  and you should be doing it. So lets do it. 

So say it. I AM FASTING AND PRAYING! Let it roll off your tongue. Savor it like a tasty piece of meat. I AM FASTING AND PRAYING. I'm not kid, doing the bare minimum of Christianity! I'm not pushed around by sin, flesh and the devil, I AM FASTING AND PRAYING! 

I am a man of God! 
I am reading the Word! 
I am fasting and praying! 
I am a sower! 
I am worshiping the Father! 
I am a warrior of God! 
I am Blessed! 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

I AM FASTING AND PRAYING  http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/i-am-fasting-and-praying.html


Today we take on line two of the Disciple vision statement:  I AM READING THE WORD! 

Take a moment to read and meditate James 3:2-12. It says that just like the tiny rudder turns the ship, the tongue turns the man. In other words, change starts with what you say,  and then becomes what you do. First you decide to be a man of God,  then you decide to read the Word so you can grow. 

Saying " I AM READING THE WORD! " may feel weird at first. You may feel fake if you aren't.  And that's the point,  start reading! You can't get where God wants you to be without the roadmap He left you. Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. If you're not reading,  you're gonna struggle with stuff and lose a lot more often! In Luke 4 when the devil attacked Jesus,  Jesus used the word of God as a weapon.  He kept saying "as it is written". When the devil comes after you, have the Word hidden in your heart you can stick it to the enemy! 

Too much men of God have relied on what they heard in church, words twisted by men, doctrines of Devils that sound religious, but are really lies. "God helps those that help themselves" sounds really truthy, but it ain't in the Bible! Stop relying on men to tell you what the Word says,  and read it freshly for yourself! The Holy Spirit speaks and communes with us as we read, readjusting our though process and washing us clean. Eph 5:26 says He washes us with the water of the Word. 

So say it. I AM READING THE WORD! Let it roll off your tongue. Savor it like a tasty piece of meat. I AM READING THE WORD. I'm not kid, reading trash  oops and watching TV like a slob! I'm not pushed around by sin, flesh and the devil, I AM READING THE WORD! 

I am a man of God! 
I am reading the Word! 
I am fasting and praying! 
I am a sower! 
I am worshiping the Father! 
I am a warrior of God! 
I am Blessed! 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

I AM READING THE WORD http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/i-am-reading-word.html


Today we start with line one of the Disciple vision statement:  I AM A MAN OF GOD. 

Take a moment to read and meditate James 3:2-12. It says that just like the tiny rudder turns the ship, the tongue turns the man. In other words, change starts with what you say,  and then becomes what you do. 

Saying "I AM A MAN OF GOD" may feel weird at first. You may feel fake, you may see your struggles and stumbles and think I'm really a sinner and a wretch. And your old man,  your flesh,  the way you used to be was! But 2 Cor 5:17 says you are a new creature,  old things are passed away! Ephesians 2:1-7 says you've been raised up with Christ,  and seated with Him in Heavenly places! Your address is in heaven,  not in this earth! 1 Peter 1:4 says you've been given an incorruptible inheritance! It's time to see yourself as God does! 

You need to turn the ship with your tongue, I AM A MAN OF GOD!  Say it with conviction,  believe it,  shout it from the rooftops!  When someone asks you what you do,  don't tell them your profession,  tell them I AM A MAN OF GOD! Struggles happen when you are faced with opportunity for sin,  and you don't have your mind already made up on who you are.  Are you the old man who follows the flesh, who goes down the highway to hell? No, I AM A MAN OF GOD. 

A MAN OF GOD doesn't go to that old place,  he doesn't do those old things,  he doesn't put on those filthy dirty clothes,  he doesn't return like a dog to his vomit! A man of God looks flesh in the face and says I AM A MAN OF GOD! A man of God looks opportunity for sin in the face and boldly proclaims I AM A MAN OF GOD even when he feels himself wavering. In fact,  that's when he shouts it over and over again,  I AM A MAN OF GOD! Get behind me satan, I'm gonna make you sorry you ever came to tempt me today,  I AM A MAN OF GOD! 

So say it. Let it roll off your tongue. Savor it like a tasty piece of meat. I AM A MAN OF GOD. I'm not a boy, I'm not a child, I'm not pushed around by sin, flesh and the devil, I AM A MAN OF GOD! 

I am a man of God! 
I am reading the Word! 
I am fasting and praying! 

I am a sower! 
I am worshiping the Father! 
I am a warrior of God! 
I am Blessed! 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

I AM A MAN OF GOD http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/i-am-man-of-god.html

Making Burnout a Renewing Fire

Making Burnout a Renewing Fire
The Lord has been speaking to me today about burnout and stepping back. Most of us are men who take things to an obscenely dedicated level. No one can keep up a furious pace forever. Eventually you'll start to feel like why aren't the other Bros doing as much as I am? You'll start to resent all the hard work you're doing. You'll stop reading your Bible. You'll get irritable and frustrated. Don't let it get this far! When things are going well, and you sense a little bit of burnout or frustration at the brothers, take a step back. Taking a step back means different things for different people. However here are some ideas.

1. Get off of Facebook. Let everybody know you're going to be seeking the Lord for a while. Stop reading all the posts and responding to all the problems. Spend some time in the word, spend some time around your family.

2. Get some family time. Let the bros know not to call you. Change your voice mail to indicate that you'll be responding to club related inquiries after a certain date. Dedicate some time for letting your family know you love them and doing extra special things for them. Buy your kids a little toy, buy your wife some flowers. Spend a little time showing them that they are more important than the bros and the club. If there's a run, excuse yourself, and let the bros know your takimg some time off.

3. Get away, off by yourself. Spent a little time away from everybody, and rededicate yourself before the Lord. Get off in a field and just speak to God, sit in the grass, and enjoy the silence. Remember that He's the most important thing, you can do nothing without Him. Ask Him to speak to you and then silence yourself and listen. 

4. If you find yourself resenting reading the Word of God, then take a week off. No more than 7 days, the number of completion. During that time ask Him to show you why it's important for you to read and what He wants you reading. Begin to hunger and thirst for the Word of God, and feel yourself missing it and wanting it. If He lays certain books on your mind, ask Him for the chapter and verse, ask Him what He wants you to be reading when you get back, and take notes on that.

6. Spend some time on your face before God, asking Him to remind you of what He's brought you out of, what was so terrible that He rescued you from. Ask Him to show you His vision for your mission to give you an assignment, to breathe fresh fire into you.

7. Consider a liturgical schedule for fasting from the club. Maybe every 3 months you take a week off whether you feel like you need it or not, let your family know that you're doing it, so they know how important they are for you. Maybe it's one weekend a month where you fast from all electronic devices and the club, and spend time with your wife and family. They need to know that they come before anything else. 

Depending on what's going on in your life, this could be as little as a weekend off, a month off or maybe 3 months off. but you need to communicate to the bros so they know what you're going through and can be praying for you. Don't just fall off the radar. You may find that if you chose to take a week off, that after five days you're desperate to get back to the club. But don't, continue your fast. The fire to accomplish things will only burn brighter.

The mission that God has given us is all life long commitment to ministry. Taking a week or a month or three months off doesn't change your mission, it just changes your level of focus. You'll come back renewed, with a new sense of what God wants from you, and what you're supposed to do. You'll be more effective for the Kingdom, and more loving toward your brothers. It happens to the best of us. If you're in any kind of leadership in this club I guarantee you're going to hit the burn out ring. So when it comes, just step back!

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

Making Burnout a Renewing Fire http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/making-burnout-renewing-fire.html

Thursday, March 19, 2015


I've heard the "fasting is Old Testament" and I'm wrong for teaching that. Let me address this,  because only someone unfamiliar with the Bible could say that. 
Fasting happened in the Old Testament. They called public or 'corporate' fasts, like in Esther 4 or Acts 13, there were private personal fasts too.  Fasting happened in the New Testament too! Jesus fasted. Jesus said his Disciples (that's you!) should be fasting Mark 2:20. In fact have Jesus taught His Disciples about fasting on several occasions,  and He said WHEN not IF in Matthew 6:16–1. That sounds like a command to me. The New Testament church was fasting in Acts 14:21-23 and other places. The Apostle Paul wrote that he fasted a lot, 2 Corinthians 11:23–28. He taught that husbands and wives should do fasting together in 1Cor7:5. And I will give you a lot more new Testament Scriptures too if you like. 

So all throughout the Bible it says fasting is good,  and you should be doing it. So lets do it. 
I don't teach doctrine. I teach the Word of God. I don't teach debatable stuff,  I'm not trying to get you to pray to Mary, talk in tongues or drink red Kool aid. If you don't want to do the Four Legs it's because you haven't been shown their value.  So call me,  and I will take the time to talk with you about it. 

Fasting moves you forward. If you dont want to do it, if you wanna be left behind that's OK. Don't hold anyone else back. If it makes you uncomfortable, if you don't believe in it,  I'm sure you can find a Christian organization that won't teach it or push you closer to the cross. In this one we are going to the next level. 

Do jump in with us, lets get it on!

James Disciple Johnson
Natl President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club
FASTING IS FOR YOU http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/fasting-is-for-you.html

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Striving to Please Jesus

You are called to please God with your lifestyle. We pursue righteousness. We reject addictions, fleshly pleasures and worldly things. Yes, your flesh loves cigars, no you don't smoke them. Yes you would like to eat today, but you're fasting. We are busy trying to please God not give our flesh every little thing it desires. Gal 6:8 He who sows to the flesh reaps corruption, he who sows to the Spirit reaps eternal life. 

It's time to man up and take control,  not let fleshly desires or demons of addiction run you and make your choices. God gave you power, love and a sound mind. Through His power you can overcome your fleshly desires. But just like working out everyday requires a tough mental choice,  so does righteousness. Col 1:10 That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.  

Before,  when you were in darkness you did the same as those who live in darkness. You smoked cigarettes and pot, and drank with them because that's how they dealt with their anxiety and worry. You smoked cigars because that what made them feel cool and proud, a burnt offering to a demon of pride. But you're a new creation,  you don't serve anxiety, worry and pride anymore!  Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 

Find out what pleases the Lord. Go the extra step. Do the stuff that's next level,  the stuff the average pew warmer doesn't.  You used to go to the next level  in the world, you did more dope,  drank more liquor, rode your bike harder. Now it's the same with Jesus,  jump in and git it, don't sit back and be lazy. Phil 3:13 Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for othe prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

There are levels of Christians. Matt 13:8 But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty. So are you just a ten fold Christian? Don't you wanna be a sixty or ninety fold Christian? You have to make a decision. You can't get to the next level doing the same stuff the world does. This isn't about getting to heaven,  it's about leading a mighty army with you. 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

Striving to Please Jesus http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/striving-to-please-jesus.html

The Awesome Spiritual Skillset

The Awesome Spiritual Skillset

A Drill Sgt was telling me how week one they intimidate the new recruits so they will listen. Then they show the recruits their awesome skillset, how they can shoot straighter, run farther, wrestle better, do more push-ups. Then they teach and mentor them how to have the awesome skillset. 

Because if you want to teach and mentor men, first you have to be the real deal and already have the awesome skillset they want. No one wants to follow you if you can't do it better than them.

DCMC is much the same way as the army. New prospects often come to us intimidated.  They respect our godly stance on things, they have to learn tight formation pack riding, prospecting in itself is intimidating. We are a bunch of intimidating looking dudes. 

But what is our awesome spiritual skillset? What are we going to wow them with? What are they going to want to learn from us? Can we shoot straighter and run further? Here is what I think our awesome spiritual skillset should be:

1. We READ the Word and PRAY on it, daily. Most of Christianity doesn't do that. This is already going to make us drastically different. Men who are in the Word have the Word in them, and it comes out of them, overflowing out of their mouths. 

2. We don't talk about stupid stuff.  Guard your speech men. Don't talk about worthless things. We don't criticize and cut down, we encourage and build up. Quit cussing and swearing,  you're not a dumb brute kid anymore. 

3. We pursue righteousness. We reject addictions, fleshly pleasures and worldly things. Yes,  my flesh loves cigars, no I don't smoke them. Yes I would like to eat today, but I'm fasting. I'm busy trying to please God not give my flesh every little thing it desires. He who sows to the flesh reaps corruption, he who sows to the Spirit reaps eternal life. 

4. We seek to speak Holy Spirit words into people's lives. We don't just stand around waiting words, flapping our jaws about how awesome we are and what's going on in our lives. We actively listen to others,  and pray about how to respond. We seek to encourage, edify, strengthen and empower men using WORDS. 

5. We speak about what God is doing and our blessings. We don't stand around and have pity party negative sessions griping about how bad work, weather, and wives are.  We are joyful positive and loving. And that's the opposite of the rest of the world right there. 

6. We go out of our way to welcome, embrace and accept new guys and introduce them around. We don't act all cool and ignore them till they bow before us. We mentor them and teach them. 

7. We operate the gifts of the Holy Spirit like Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge and Discernment of Spirits. So when we speak into men's lives we are bringing the Power of God and Truth, rather than just our own opinions and ideas. We are full of the Holy Ghost and power. 

8. We have clean hands and a pure heart.  We confess our sins and abandon them.  We partake in holy fasting and prayer, we spend time in worship. When men see us they see the power of Jesus, they see the countenance of one who has just been to the Those of Grace, not just another guy. 

9. We respect the temple. Our bodies are not our own. We don't eat a bunch of junk. We exercise. No on respects a slob, so we exert physical discipline. We get in the gym, and we take care of what God has give  us. 

Are you lacking in these things? Are you the man I'm describing? Do you have an awesome spiritual skillset? Are you a cut above the average pew warmer? When men see you do the see Jesus? Is your speech full of the Holy Ghost and power? Do men hear you speak and say "Wow, now THATS a man of God?" Will men long to be like you,  and have that same connection with the Father? 

You can't fake any of this stuff. Only daily word and prayer time, a lifestyle of fasting,  worship and giving can do it.  Change comes from the inside. So lets get after it men. Be legendary. Be the legend of the 888. No compromise. No excuses.  No lagging behind. Be excellent.  Be diligent. Be a Disciple. 

James Disciple Johnson 
Natl President and Founder 
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

The Awesome Spiritual Skillset  http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-awesome-spiritual-skillset.html

Friday, March 13, 2015

Leaders Needed

The leadership in this club are amazing. I'm so proud of each of them, from the national leadership down through the states, what a great bunch of guys. But our club is suffering from a lack of leadership. We have a great national leadership structure, and the established charters have great Presidents. But we have about 20 charters who don't have a president elected and need guidance. These are the support charters, the guys who are prospects or below, who are going through the difficult steps of navigating their way through the 1% world often for the first time. These are the men who need leadership. These are the men who need guidance.

What are you doing to help out? We have one established charter in Canada and 6 more working the process. Awesome as the Canada guys are, there's no way they can cover that much territory with a handful of full patch members. California is established, but each county is like a new state, and sometimes these guys are 8 hours apart. What are you doing to help out? What are you doing to teach and mentor these men!?

Brazil, the UK, the EU, France, South Africa, Australia, all these areas have supporters, and we haven't reached out enough and taken them under our wings. There is so much left to be done, so much left on the table, the fields are white, the laborers are few.

Are you fasting and praying for these men? Are you in the word and prayer time daily? Are you giving? Are you worshipping God with praise and worship music? Are you walking out the diligent steps to cut addictions out of your life? There are men around the world depending on you! God didn't save you so that you could get to heaven, he saved you to give you a mission to change the lives of men!

Get moving men! Stop focusing on your own piddly problems. Yes there are problems in life But you have the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead, he resides inside of you! You are more than a conqueror, you're an overcomer! The devil wants to keep you so focused on your little problems, that you don't think about mentoring and being there for men who are coming up around the globe for the Disciple Christian motorcycle club. Be the light that shines! Be the salt of the earth! Be a man of God! Reach out! Don't miss out on what God is doing!

James Disciple Johnson 

Natl President and Founder 

Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club 

Leaders Needed  http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/leaders-needes.html

Need Some Peace?

Need Some Peace?

When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Prov 16:7. Even his enemies.  So in other words God makes everything in your life peace, all the small stuff, even the big stuff like your enemies. Wow so that kinda sounds like Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Or maybe Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Maybe if He keeps on talking about us having PEACE over and over again, God really means it. Or maybe he's trying to get it through our thick skull. Peace doesn't just happen because you say you are a Christian.  Each of these Scriptures is surrounded by THINGS YOU MUST DO if you want the peace. Your ways must be pleasing to the Lord in Prov 16, Phil 4 is about what you think or focus on, Rom 14 is about how you treat others. If you don't do the Spiritual work,  you don't get the PEACE. Peace is a reward for work. Don't expect peace if you don't put in the work. What kind of work? The Four Legs. What are the four legs? See the link below... 

Daily Word and prayer time
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This post: http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/peace-takes-work.html

READ ABOUT THE FOUR LEGS here: http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-four-legs-word-prayer-time-worship.html  

Watch Them Come - by Disciple Big Beard

Watch Them Come

I recently had a conversation with a brother in another state, and he asked me if I had some insights about an area of frustration he found in his state. The fact is, if you’re in a state that has any size to it, you may be experiencing the same frustration. So I’m going to draw some conclusions in this post to also address those frustrations.

Christianity is not about trying to entice other people into wanting a relationship with God. We are not God’s special sales force down here. Jesus never told His disciples, “Go out and make Me sound as attractive as possible.” Yet we continue to deliver sermon after sermon with the bottom line of “What are YOU doing to attract other people to Jesus?” or I dare say Disciple Christian MC

Devoted Christians should not be doing anything to try and attract other people to Christ. They should not be focused on other people at all. They should be focused on God.

We serve God because He is God. Our single motivation in obeying Him is to please Him. Once we start muddying the motivational waters by talking about the impression we’re making on other people, we quickly spin off course.

God has laid out clear priorities for us: He is first. He should be our consuming focus in life. God commands us to love Him with all that we are. This single command is more than enough to keep us busy our entire lives. Obedience is God’s love language. So then, loving God with all that we are means constantly listening for anything the Spirit’s prompting us to do and doing it. It also means not putting words in the His mouth. God isn’t feeling loved when we serve people instead of Him. God isn’t feeling honored when we refuse to sit still and wait for His next prompting.
We often hear it said in the Church that “We love God by serving people.” No, we don’t. We love God by serving God. Sometimes that will involve interacting with people, sometimes it won’t. But our focus must always be on God. We also say in the Church that “Jesus served people.” No, He didn’t. By His own admission, Jesus only ever served His Father. So if we’re going to truly imitate Christ we need to imitate His tunnel focus on pleasing God regardless of whether people approved of Him or not.

Imagine what a waste Jesus’ life would have been if He’d spent His whole time on earth worrying about what kind of witness He was being. Can you picture Him sitting up at nights trying to figure out how many new visitors He saw in the crowds that day? Or can you imagine Him seeing someone walk away in the middle of His speech and going to their house later on to apologize for accidentally offending them? Not in a million years.

God has always presented His truth in a take-it-or-leave it manner. He doesn't try to butter us up. He doesn't apologize for hurting our feelings. He is an interesting combination of empathy and indifference. On the one hand, He cares deeply about how we feel. On the other hand, if we reject Him too long, He’ll suddenly announce that we've lost our chance and throw us into Hell. If there’s anything God exudes, it’s that He doesn't need us to like Him. We do not add to Him in any way; instead He adds to us. If we just can’t be bothered with perfect Love, then it’s our loss. He doesn't materialize on the earth and grovel before us in order to win our approval.

The more honest we are about God’s obsession with Himself, the better we can serve Him. God will always be His own first priority. He couldn't care less about what “impression” other people have of Him. If we are serious about being close to Him, we need to align with His delight in Himself. We need to agree that yes, indeed, He is a magnificent, all-powerful King who doesn't need anyone’s approval. We need to see that His opinion truly is the ONLY one that matters, and then we need to live our lives with only His opinion in mind.

If John the Baptist was trying to win souls for Jesus, he wouldn't have acted like such a freak recluse. If he’d taken the time to polish his act, he would have attracted much bigger crowds. But he wasn't concerned with tickling people’s ears or proving to strangers that he cared about God. He put God’s opinion above the approval of others, just like all the other faithful prophets who had come before him. All of God’s honorable prophets did things that made others seriously doubt both their sanity and their beliefs. Because they were tunnel-focused on pleasing God alone, their devotion and confidence became so strong that the criticism of others could no longer deter them from obeying.

Worrying about your witness is the same as worrying about what other people think of you. Forget about other people. Instead focus on responding quickly to the Holy Spirit’s promptings in your soul. Maybe you’re doing a stellar job of obeying Him and everyone around you is convinced you’re way off track. Welcome to the club. From Genesis to Revelation, we are shown that pleasing God and pleasing people is an either-or proposition. Jesus made it quite clear that we can’t do both. You must decide if you want to spend your life attracting others to Christ or becoming more attractive to Christ yourself, for these are two very different ways to live.

Okay so how can this be a frustration in other states, and how does it apply to Disciple Christian MC….I’m Glad you asked.


If you’re frustrated that you’re not growing your individual territory, or area of your state…that last statement may be a difficult thing to understand. So let me explain.

If you are praying, and your relationship is as explained above, men will not only be attracted to your relationship with God, but with Disciple Christian MC as well.

The apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 11:28-30: But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

God has already picked the men he wants for this club.

Some may need to grow, or give some things up, before he leads them to DCMC Regardless, it’s his direction that will do the leading, not YOURS.

You work on your relationship, with God, and ask him where are the areas “I am weak” and when that man he has already picked out, comes along…He will be drawn to this club.

If we get off track, and start thinking in terms of numbers, we will never work on the issues in our own walk, and seriously put men off about joining, because they don’t see Jesus in us, or they see our compromise.

Gentlemen, GOD is responsible for growing this club….NOT YOU. You are responsible for removing areas of sin in your life, and deepening your walk with GOD.

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

So a challenge…if you have not seen any growth in the area around you, if your 3 or 4 hours from the other men in your state, all by yourself, and hate the fact that your all alone. Go to God, ask him to show you where your lacking in your walk….Work on that, get that on track….and watch them come.

For His Glory

Jim "Disciple Big Beard" Cramer
West Coast Boss
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

Watch Them Come  - by Disciple Big Beard http://disciplecmcblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/watch-them-come-by-disciple-big-beard.html

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Leadership: Being the Spiritual Supreme Wolfpack Alpha Male

Leadership: Being the Spiritual Supreme Wolfpack Alpha Male 

In manhood and bikerdom we think of a leader as a supreme wolfpack alpha male. The guy who is big, strong, proud, physically intimidating, ready to fight for his position and crush all opposition. This man may be the physical specimen of his profession, long beard, chains, spikes, leather, tattoos. He will be skilled at leadership because of his greed, the desire to appear to be somebody, be seen a certain way, be respected, hold a title. He may be oppressive, teaching by force or fear rather than through guidance or giving. Bearing the mental, emotional and even physical scars of battle, he is proven in physical, mental and verbal defense. He is used to being unchallenged through fear, because others choose to avoid a fight with him, rather than to stand up to his personality. In the end his reputation is widespread, he drives others away and becomes lonely and unapproachable.

But secretly he is weak. He harbors and guards knowledge for fear of loss of position. Because he never shows weakness, others view him coldly and never have empathy toward him. The walls he's built up confine him in with his demons, Depression, Low Self Esteem, Anger, and Loathing. These things he turns out at others because he has nothing else he can do with them.
As a leader, this stereotype may be effective, but in almost every case it is not ideal. Especially in a Christian environment where we are trying to build men up not intimidate them. So what are we looking for in a leader? Progression, growth, development.

Let's consider four basic levels of leadership,  starting with the assumption that all leaders must be teachers.

1: Friend Leader: Please follow me because we grew up together or are brothers. Think of a brand new supervisor promoted from the group of men he has worked with for years. He is barely above, or merely equal to his peers in skill and spirituality, experienced more through time than education. Unsure of himself, he will ask others to preform instead of tell them to. He's a bit in over his head. He's not efficient because the first time he has to order someone to do something, the first time he has to exert discipline, others question his abilities and why he's really over them anyway? What happens when he's challenged?

2: Bully Commander: I demand you follow me through threat/intimidation. This leader has an inflated view of own skills. While he is experienced in time and lessons learned, he has not taken the time to truly educate himself in leadership and must rely on effort, his title,  and just working harder than others. This translates to a lack of finesse and skill, and rather than earning respect with grace and ability, he's frustrated that others don't share his inflated view of his own skills. Defeated through inefficiency and embarrassment at lack of skill and spirituality, he seeks the limelight only to watch it glide by and rest on others. Especially hard to deal with when they are his juniors or he feels they are beneath him. While he desperately wants to be a role model, he is not motivated or willing enough to apply time in education and the deeper spiritual disciplines necessary to get there. So he just projects power and force of personality, an inflated image of his own self worth, and spiritual skill that he secretly wonders or knows is false.

3: The Motivator: This is where a leader must settle down and put in the time to become the true skilled warrior with the awesome spiritual skillset. He must be truly humble, his reputation and skill will speak volumes and be clearly seen by all. There can be no self inflation, no bragging that he's done this or that, all will know, others will praise him and not he himself. This man grows himself through self education, reads leadership books, attends seminars, becomes submitted under mentors, asks for help. But most importantly he spends so much time in the Word and prayer, fasting and giving, that he shines Jesus, and all feel the power of the Spirit on him. He is motivating to be around, you want what he has. You admire him for what he has become because you know you can become that way too. He is attainable, approachable, affable, friendly, good natured, positive, never critical. He is a patient teacher, skilled professional at the top of his game, he practices proven methodology. He teaches because he is an expert of the basics, experienced in advanced skills, he projects the confidence of natural power without need of advertisment. He is a true dark horse, one never knows what he's thinking because he's always watching, learning, teaching.

4: The Mentor: This leader is a connoisseur of the art of teaching. Others follow him because he is a proven motivator, and they see and want his awesome spiritual skillset. With careful thought and effort he builds and guides other motivators through parables, stories from the organization that demonstrate core values, and straight forward lessons. He spends time considering those he leads, their strengths and weaknesses, and prays about how he can develop them, listening to and leaning on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He prays before he speaks to them, asking the Holy Spirit what he should say to them and seeking guidance on what word from God they need.  He is a listener, he values listening more than speaking, knowing as others speak they will often draw themselves to the right conclusion. One has the impression that he comes into conversations fore-armed, and what seems like a casual conversation, in hindsight was a carefully orchestrated teachable moment where truth, deep meaning and life lessons were conveyed. Eschewing and distaining compliments or praise, even uncomfortable with them, he enlightens through spoken word and careful mentorship to the understanding motivator. He draws on his own experience, that of peers, his subordinates past and present, and other leaders. He is not easily categorized, he is philosophical and experimental at times, and his failings are seen, as are his growth and reactions to them. He is quick to talk about his mistakes and share the lessons learned. Rather than orders and commands, he leads by love. The men around him know he loves them, and out of their love and admiration for him they instinctively follow him, and they would have it no other way. Their admiration for his awesome spiritual skillset leads them not to do what they are told like robots, but to put their heart and soul into becoming the best that they can be. Because of who he is, they dig deep to find and offer their own personal best rather than just what was asked of them.

So where are you on this continuum? Where do you want to be? The Holy Ghost can take you there. James 1:5 If any man lack wisdom let him ask of the Father. Dive deep into the Word,  prayer, fasting, worship and giving, see first His righteousness, and He will make you the man you long to be.

Credit for this article goes to Grover "Jake" Muirhead, decorated war hero and air assault infantryman, who developed this continuum of leadership through his time as a drill sergeant and coming up through the ranks during several combat tours as a real deal US Army 11Bravo. I shared a five hour ride with him coming back from a Holy Ghost weekend,  and the while time the Spirit of God was telling me to listen to this man. Many thanks sir!

James Disciple Johnson
Natl President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club

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