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Longrider - A Bikers Path to Salvation

Hi... my name is Marty but my biker friends call me LongRider. That's because I used to put alot of miles on my Harley when I lived down south. But that is not what I am here to talk about. I am here to tell you about my life before and after I met the Lord, Jesus Christ.I first came to know Jesus in 1982 while working in the defense industry. Some of my co-workers had a prayer meeting every day in the parking lot prior to work. It took the more than six months of praying for me before I felt the leadings of the Holy Spirit to give my life over to Christ. Before then, I lead the life of a stereotypical biker... drugs, alcohol, violence and crime. I don't believe in going into details about this portion of my life because I feel it falsely glamorizes it and in no way glorifies the Lord. Let me just say that I was either drunk and/or high every night and spent more than one evening in jail. I followed the Lord for several years before I found myself backsliding. I guess I had never totally given myself to the Lord. I still had the urges to use drugs and alcohol and I was trying to control them myself. To this day I can not pinpoint the exact "how" or "why" I strayed for the Lord, all I know is that after I had turned my back on God, my life was in worse shape than it ever was before. I kept going from job to job and from relationship to relationship... all of which failed. That is when a friend of mine took me to the Open Door Mission in Rochester, New York where I enrolled in thier Bible Based Christian Life 12-step recovery program. There the Lord performed a miricle in my life. He accomplished in an instant what I could not do for myself in 20 years. He totally delivered me from drugs and alcohol. And all I had to do was to turn my addictions over to Him and ask Him to remove them from me! Through the kind care and guidance of the staff of the Open Door Mission and my home church, Bethel Full Gospel Church , I returned to my walk with the Lord, this time without the urges and cravings for the drugs and alcohol. The violence and anger was replaced with love and a genuine carring for my fellow human beings. God is good and He is real! He is there for you if you wll just humble yourself and call upon His name. I hope that each of you that read this find the joy and peace that my Lord has for you. If you don't know Jesus and would like to, please click on the salvation link below.


About RTS

This site was made in order that my friends and family who have not placed thier faith in Jesus may have the chance to hear what Jesus has done in my life, how He has changed my life and how He can change their lives. In many instances my friends and family have wondered if I am for real, if I really believe in Jesus, has my life really been changed, what is he all about. I am here to tell you that Jesus is very real, he has made a very real impact in my life and He can do the same for you. This site is geared for non believers and new believers looking for answers about Jesus. I myself do not have many answers, but Jesus does if you put your trust in Him. My time with Jesus has been a journey and I wish to share what I have learned so that others may join me on the road to salvation.