Block and Pool Party in Bartlett Texas

Well, this weekend, the efforts of Jesse Luna and Stephanie Myers, and I am sure lots of other helpers came together for a city wide block and pool party in Bartlett, held at the city park by the pool. If you missed it, then you missed so wonderful BBQ, swimming and socializing. I got there a bit late so all the brisket and pulled pork was gone, but there was still plenty of sausage, and I can tell you, it was really good. There were lots of sides of course, and including chips, several kinds of potato salad, some pasta salad, and a wonderful coleslaw. And someone brought a huge platter of banana pudding and two trays of peach cobbler. I had to try them all of course, and they didn’t disappoint. This was definitely a family affair, and everyone that brought along a swim suit enjoyed the pool, complete with lifeguard. What a wonderful way to cool down the summer.

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Summer Sizzle at the Cotton Country Club in Granger

Well, the annual Summer Sizzle was today out at the Cotton Country Club in Granger TX, and it was quite an event. The Cotton Club had plenty of room for the 300 or so bikers that attended, and the meat market from down the street sold street tacos outside on the sidewalk. The tacos were really good, and the AC inside provided a wonderful place to get out of the near 100 degree temperatures today. A water slide was setup in the park across the street for the kids, and while it wasn’t crowded with kids, those that attended had a great time. It made me wish I had brought my swimsuit. Everyone had a great time, and I’m sure this was very good business for Granger and the Cotton Country Club. If you weren’t there, what can I say, but you missed it! Oh, and did I mention that the music was spectacular, well it was!

August UCOA Meeting and School Supplies Benefit for Clubs For Kids at Bentwood Texas

We had our UCOA meeting today out at Bentwood Texas in Georgetown. Along with the meeting, Clubs For Kids (CFK) held a school supplied drive and also sold taco plates to raise money for CFK. We had a great time today, and I really enjoyed the tacos.

CFK – Clubs For Kids is a 501c3 non-profit organization that UCOA fully supports throughout the year, so that we can bring Christmas to families that would otherwise not be able to afford Christmas. We deliver CFK provided food baskets and each club adopts a family, and buys presents for the kids out of our own pockets.

UCOA – United Clubs Of Austin

An Apple a Day – Chaplains Moment for UCOA

Have you ever made a decision or choice that you wish you could take back, because it had far reaching consequences that you didn’t expect?

We have probably heard the story about Adam and Eve, and how God told Adam that he could eat from all the trees of the garden, but he must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That was God’s first rule. Then when Eve was wandering around in the garden, she met the serpent and he told her that she would be as smart as God, if she ate the apple from that “specifically forbidden” tree. She did eat and offered it to Adam so he would be as smart as God too. He ate, and so by ignoring God’s warning, sin and death came into the world. Because of their one bad choice, we have all been condemned to make self centered choices for all eternity.

It really doesn’t seem fair, after all they just made one little tiny mistake, but from God’s perspective, not only did they break His one and only rule, they wanted to be their own god, making their own decisions. Being the only humans in the world at the time, they represented all of humanity, just the two of them. And, since we are all descended from them, we are all susceptible to the same self centered choices.

There is a verse in the Bible that describes the problem and the solution pretty clearly.

Romans 5:18-21 “Therefore, as one bad choice led to the condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to forgiveness and life for all men. For by the one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners, and by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

The one who made the mistake of course, was Adam, and the one who completed the act of righteousness was Jesus Christ. Adam’s one self centered choice led to all mankind being separated from God for thousands of years. The Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus gives all of mankind access to the Grace of God that is able to remove our self-centered nature and give us a restored relationship with Him.

The Bible says Jesus is able to remove our sin so that it is as far from God as the East is from the West. And the amazing thing is that you don’t have to do anything to earn it, it is a free gift, all we have to do is accept it. For some of us that is a very hard choice, our pride gets in the way, but it is the only way God has provided. Have you accepted God’s free gift? If not, will you accept His gift today? I for one have accepted God’s gift, and when I eat an apple, it reminds me that I am free from the penalty of sin. How about you?

Benefit for Jennifer at Slow Pokes Brisket Shack in Manchaca

Today we went to the benefit for Jennifer Coley at Slow Pokes Brisket Shack down South in Manchaca. Jennifer is a long time friend of the motorcycle community, and she is fighting cancer. We pray she will be healed directly by God’s Healing Hand, but we also know that He works through doctors, and they can be very expensive, so there were lots of people there in support to help out. This was out first time at Slow Pokes, but I have to say the brisket was wow, and the jalapeno cheddar sausage definitely had some kick to it. Debbie and I shared a plate, and we had leftovers that we will eat for dinner. There was also a car show and bike show going on, and we wandered over and saw BamBam and his wife with their beautiful ’28 Oldsmobile. We didn’t stay long enough to find out if they won, but it sure is a beautiful car.