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Pinewood Studios

August 17, 2014
 
Pinewood Studios
 
    Anyone who lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area is aware of the increasing popularity of the movie industry here. A few years ago Riverwood Studios was the new, up and coming venture. Now, Atlanta has Pinewood Studios, a first class development in Fayette County with developmental input from local businessmen, local businesses and ownership interest of a Moo Cow Biker.
    Cheryl, Katie, and I were fortunate enough to take a private tour of the then "building in progress" of the facility some time ago led by the Head Cow and Jim Pace of Group Six. Wow! Impressive. I had never been inside a sound stage before. Huge comes to mind. This is controlled atmosphere for sure. It's no wonder so much can be kept in check while filming. One could almost fly and airplane in one of those buildings----well at least a big remote controlled airplane.
    As impressive as the tour was and as impressive as the site is now (it even includes a Home Depot which is only used by Pinewood), the outstanding feature of our tour was the Spirit Filled persons who were leading our tour. Both of these men are filled with the Spirit of God and are open with their beliefs. Both men are very successful in the business world and both do much to influence others for the importance of walking with God every day. This private tour reminded my family of the importance of not only having accepted Jesus Christ as savior, but also of spreading that love of God to others.
    Well, I now have a "personal encounter" with Pinewood Studios. There was a general Casting Call at Pinewood last Saturday. Why not, says I. It's time for another career anyway. Assuming that the 10 AM opening would be packed, I waited until around 1:30 to show up. It was easy to tell that this was nothing new for the personnel in charge. Walk in, get an information card, fill it out, have pictures taken, "don't call us, we will call you" and out the door. All very professional.
    When I walked in the door, I saw a "sometime from the past" business person who is now employed by Group VI. We chatted for a minute. I went over to the table to fill out the info sheet and a friend from Praise Team and Choir at Carriage Lane joined me. We always enjoyed each other, so enjoyed catching up. She flattered me by stating that my voice was impressive and how she enjoyed singing with me. (I told her I could not help her get a part).
    As I was wondering where to go next, a young lady with a great smile and enthusiasm came over to me and said: "you are perfect for the professor part." Be sure to see Ann after you finish with the photos. Finished photos and spotted Ann. Walked over to introduce myself. Ann was not so enthusiastic, but did acknowledge potential for the professor part.
    The experience was interesting, informative, and educational. Chances of getting a part in the upcoming Ant Man movie? Well Ann says once all the applications are in, they have people who sit in front of computer screens and filter through the thousands of photos and bios. One just hopes that the person viewing the screens has some similar DNA and that your name jumps out. It was an interesting 15 minute experience.
    As stated before, we all have the opportunity to influence others with whom we come in contact. Our love of Christ must come from the heart in order to influence others. When our love of Christ overflows, others see it. When our love of Christ overflows, others feel it. Talk is cheap, but the love of Christ is the real deal---whether we are "doctors, lawyers, or Indian Chiefs." We are all charged to be Ambassadors for Christ.
 
    Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow
Moo Cow Bikers
 
 

Sabbatical

August 10, 2014
 
Sabbatical
 
    Those who have been a member of Moo Cow Bikers for more than 5 years have possibly come to expect an installment of Good Sunday Morning each week. These offerings began at a time in life when outside influences (in my chosen profession) resulted in bad sleep patterns. The inspiration for the writings originated in the thought that if I was experiencing "hard times," possibly others were too.
    The text has always targeted the motorcycle riding community, but is certainly useful for God's creation in general. Experiences of life combined with scripture has been the core of the writings. And always directed by the Holy Spirit.
    Most motorcycle riding clubs ride on Sunday. I wanted to have an offering to those who ride on Sunday, but may be inclined to stop and have a devotion along the way. Possibly, Good Sunday Morning would offer encouragement to believers, and possibly influence those riders who are not believers.
    The pastor of our local church just returned from a sabbatical. Today, he had a brief conversation with a guest speaker and was asked to briefly state a couple positives of sabbatical.
    1. Spending uninterrupted time with family.
    2. Reading time.
    3. Being able to step back and allow the Holy Spirit work through him without having to prepare a sermon. How many sermons can one prepare without getting stale?
    Well, I have been on sabbatical for some time. Good Sunday Morning topics often come from riding and I have not been riding much lately. OK, you say: you won the riding mileage contest in 2013. True, but no offense please, look at the competition. Moo Cow Bikers does not specialize in frequent long distance riding. We are more of a short distance riding group. While one of the Great South riders just completed a 4 corners ride, those miles would not contribute to our contest because he did not have the required club riders with him.
    My last entry was entitled "Is this a sickness." No, my studied opinion is that riding is not a sickness, but it is an outlet. Riding is a wonderful method of letting off steam and organizing thoughts. Riding can be a method of sabbatical---a short term sabbatical. Possibly the short term methodology results in the necessity of frequent riding.
    Other personalities have other methods of sabbatical. Visiting with the grandchildren, and the children is a healthy way to count your blessings. Taking extended vacations with the spouse alone, or with family can be good. Individual or joint daily devotion time is good for the soul, for the relationship, and it honors God. Sharing the gospel is a true energizer and one we all can improve upon. The methodology of sabbatical changes with age and individual circumstances. 
    Sabbatical is good for the soul. Have you tried one lately?
 
    Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow, Moo Cow Bikers
 
 

Maintenance

June 1, 2014
 
Maintenance
 

 

    Wow, riding season is in full swing in the southeast. The daily responsibilities of life include a shift in how the twenty four hours are spent. We bikers now are making even a thirty minute time slot for riding.

 

    We find a good reason to "take her for a spin" sometime during the day. Just Friday I rode over to Great South HD to order the new fender for the Screamin Eagle. Could have taken the car and enjoyed the air conditioning ---- not the same. Enjoy the challenge of watching out for cars, anticipating where they are headed, dodging the pot holes in the road, feeling the freedom of the road. It's one of those things that you can't explain, if you're not a rider. BTW, HD guarantees delivery of the fender within a year. Special paint, you know. Someone's daily routine is interrupted with reconstruction of this request. I'm not a painter, but can see that this product takes some extra time and effort. 

 

    What do most of us do before taking this excitement and renewal break during the day? (that would be after the normal walk around, the donning of the safety clothing, planning the route, etc.) We push the starter button! Not many stand on the peg and kick start the bike any more. The motor comes to life, we smile, and off we go. Glory, be, here comes joy!!

 

    But what happens when the push of the button results in ----- nothing? Daggummit, skitsafrittit,  ##***!!!!@@@. Well, Garrie Butts just takes out his new handy "hot shot" that is guaranteed to start a truck, if necessary. Not all of us have one of those yet.

 

    Seems that the battery in a vehicle is necessary to "get er going." Batteries have improved over the years, thank goodness. But still, they have to be replaced now and then. Also seems that with time, the cost goes up. 

 

    Now here is a contrast for your consideration. It's free and the cost does not go up with the passage of time. "Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but that life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus." Romans 6:4-11

 

    Once saved, always saved.

 

    If you believe this, and accept its truth, then you are assured that you too will rise to life eternal with the Trinity. The cost is free. The price paid. 

 

    Enjoy the ride. It's nice, but it compares not with what is to come.

 

 

 

    Be a blessing to someone today.

 

        
Vice Cow, Moo Cow Bikers