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4 Kinds of People (Part 2)

What if there was a question that could make you a million dollars, restore your marriage, and grow your business?  Sound too good to be true?  It is not… Here is the question:

In light of your past experiences, present circumstances, and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?

Last week we talked about the first two kinds of people: The Simple person is the person who does not have much life experience.  They see life through a small lens.  There is nothing wrong with them, but their need for guidance is very important.  The second kind of person is the fool.  They know what wisdom says, but they just don’t care.  They know what they are doing ends bad, they just do it anyway.  They know being on a computer late at night alone, going to lunch with a woman they are not married to, drinking too much, and spending more than they make is a bad idea.  Since they do not care it goes very bad for them, and scripture says they are a fool.

3. Mocker

The mocker is a fool on steroids. They make fun of people who do right. They are critical, condescending, think they are always right, and think they can control outcomes.  If you try to correct these people.  It is miserable.  It will be a personal attack where they try to make others seem small and they seem big. 

Correct the Simple, they won’t get your
Correct the Fool, they will ignore you
Correct the Mocker, they will love you
Correct the Wise, they will love you

If you choose to stay simple, a fool, or a mocker here is Proverbs warning:

Proverbs 1:22-33 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? 
23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. 24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

4. The Wise

The wise person knows what they do not know.  They know they need council.  They know they should trust counsel more than they trust their own wisdom.  They have a great dependance on the Lord for guidance and strength.  

In light of your past experiences, your present circumstances and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?

So where are you simple, invite some guidance.  Where you are a fool, know the consequences of sin by far out way its pleasure.  Where you are a mocker, know if you keep up what you are doing you will eventually be alone.  No one will want you in their life.  Choose wisdom!  Be Vital!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

4 Kinds of People (Part 1)

I went to several parties in High School.  They were your typical high school parties with a lot of craziness and little accountability. I thought I could handle it without doing anything stupid. I heard adults say it was a bad idea, but in my mind I was smarter than them. Now God has made me a youth pastor, I love the irony.  

Proverbs has a lot to say about wisdom and what it means to walk in wisdom.  There are 4 kinds people talked about the most.  There is the simple, the fool, the mocker, and the wise.  Today we are going to talk only about the first two.

The Simple

The simple person is someone who lacks experience.  There is nothing wrong with them, they are just simple.  Their perspective of how the world works and what wisdom really looks like is limited to their personal experience.  They have not yet learned to trust what other peoples experiences have shown them. Taylor Swift says it best, “when your 15 and someone tells you they love you, your going to believe them.”

Some phrases of the simple: “Nothing is going to happen.”  I am sure you have never used this line, maybe it is just me.  Wisdom does not come natural at this phase of life.  How many of us have stories we wish we didn’t have because we have said this.  Another phrase is “I can handle it” So many men I know have addictions and worse stories as a result of this attitude. The older we get we don’t say this out loud, we just think it and do it anyway. Or “Your Overreacting.”  How many times have we said or thought this to our wives, bosses, pastors, or God?  We make little of things that are not big deals yet, but we all know how it ends.

The cure for the simple is time and applying wisdom learned from others.   So where are you walking with a simple mindset and refusing to walk in wisdom?

The Fool

The fool knows wisdom but doesn’t care. Their attitude is “I don’t give a ________” Depending on who you hang out with determines how they fill in that blank. 

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.
Proverbs 10:23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,

Fools don’t learn from their mistakes and they find pleasure in their defying wisdom!  They do not have their best interest in mind.  Now if you are friends with a fool…

Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

The fool gets people hurt.  They do not care about the consequences of their decisions. They do not care about their body of their future. They get people and themselves hurt. 

Where are you walking as a fool?  You know the road you are on ends bad, but you do it anyway.  You know you need to bring something to the light but fear holds you captive.

The cure for the fool is tragedy.  They will eventually suffer harm. So where do you have a “I don’t care attitude?”  Where do you need to seek wisdom?

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Developed or Discovered?

I work with leaders from the age 13-60.  Many of them want positions of authority.  Some have had a lot of leadership experience and some none at all.  The most successful leaders are not the ones that are fighting for position but those who are quick to learn and ask a lot of questions.  They are concerned with being developed.

I am 30 years old this year.  I am reviewing my 20’s and I see a them.  There were times when I tried to prove myself so I would be discovered as a great leader.  Those times were always full of conflict and insecurity.  Then there were times when I was all about being developed, not striving or proving anything.  I recognized my need for growth huge in this time.  I found mentors and leaders who could help me.  I did what they said whether it made sense or not.  I grew a ton! Also, leadership opportunity came my way. 

Jesus was God’s son and Jesus was about 30 when He started his ministry.  Why not 18 after all he is God in flesh.  Joseph was 30 when He was promoted 2nd in command of Egypt, before that he was a slave in Potiphar’s house and a prisoner in a political prison. David was about 30 when He was finally given the role of King of Israel.  All of them had been given a dream years before that. God waited until they were developed before they were given position. 

Can you imaging being Jesus at 25.  You know who you are and the mission you have been called to and you have to wait.  From age 12 – 30 we have one verse.

Luke 2:52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

Weird thought isn’t it. Jesus had to grow in wisdom and favor with God.  Jesus needed developed.  Even at 30 he is saying my time hasn’t come.  Can you imagine Mary?  She has a virgin birth, and I am sure everyone believes the engaged pregnant woman saying she has not had sex.  She wants her son discovered for who He is. 

Joseph has a vision of greatness. He tell his family who you would hope supports his dreams, and he gets sold into slavery by his brothers.  If Joseph is to one day lead an Egyptian amy being in the caption of the guards house, in charge of everything in the house.  Maybe God is up to something.  If farmer boy is going to be 2nd in command of the greatest nation on earth, learning politics in a political prison doesn’t seem that far out.  As a prisoner, Joseph is put in charge of the prison. Slavery and a prisoner would not his first choice, but he was developed into who God wanted him to be. 

You might feel stuck in obscurity and that you have not been discovered yet in the dream that God has for you, but God has a tendency to test his people in the place of obscurity to see if they will be humble and be developed or just whine about their circumstances.  God has GREAT THING planned for you life, but He wants you focused on being developed so He can trust you being discovered.  Who is further in the journey that you need to have mentor you?  What job do you have you need to do your very best in?

Go be Vital!

Recklessly obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

In the Light

I was leading a mission trip last spring, and I was responsible for leading the guys in the morning.  The morning after a full day of concrete is not an easy morning to wake up teenage boys up.  So I decided to just turn on the lights and do the loudest rooster crow I could.  When teenage boys wake up quickly things go bad.  Did I abuse my authority by waking them up an hour early… Maybe. 

John the disciple knew Jesus as good as any man did in this time.  He wrote 4 books of the new testament and never referred to himself by name. He referred to himself as the disciple Jesus loved or the beloved. He knew Jesus.  In his letters he referred to Jesus as love and light.  When we think of the light of Jesus we are often afraid. 

John 3:20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.

Yet John says we miss understand the light when we are afraid.  We think Jesus is going to use the light the way I did in Honduras.  We think it will hurt and expose.  But that is NOT the gospel…

1 John 1:This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

Followers of Jesus love the light. They know it is gentle and kind.  They know even when brought into christian community there is no condemnation, no record of wrongs kept, or fear.  Instead they know that by bringing sin in the light they will receive mercy, grace, and freedom.  As a result, this believer walking in the light can walk in joy!  Real joy… Joy without consequence… Joy without shame… Real Joy!  I want this joy! I want this kind of christian brothers!  I want to walk in the light!

Where is there darkness in you that needs to be brought into the light?  What if we simply misunderstand the gospel?  Often we believe that sin is fun.  We believe that the ecstasy found in sin and the thrill in perversion is better than life God’s way. Could Jesus replace that ecstasy and thrill found in sin?  If this were true we would come quickly to Jesus!

John is saying this is the Jesus he knows.  When you know Jesus you do not want to sin because it is not light and there is not real life and joy in it. So today who do you need to confess the things you have hidden in darkness?  What do you need to bring into the light?

Go be vital! Be in the Light!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus 

Brandon Sereg

Don’t Remove Ancient Boundries

Proverbs 22:28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.

Right now in the USA there are major reforms in immigration.  Controlling our borders is a major issue.  Many wars have been waged over borders and ancient boundary markers.  Land means money. Boundaries mean control.  However they also mean security. Though annoying, security in the airport is a big deal, and I am very grateful it is taken seriously. 

God has set up some major ancient boundaries when it comes to our sexual lives:

#1- No Sex Before Marriage 
Sex was God’s idea designed for marriage.  1 Thessalonians 4:1-5 encourages us to stay away from sexual sin and control our own bodies. When I do premarital counseling with a couple who is having sex, it is very different from the one who is not.  The wedding day is different.  It is pure!

#2- No Dating or Marrying Unbelievers
2 Corinthians 6:14 There are not good people and bad people.  There are only lost people and found people.  Lost people still walk in darkness, and as believers we are to share Jesus with them but not be pursuing intimate relationship with them. 

#3- Homosexuality is a Sin
Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Homosexuality is not the “unpardonable” sin, in fact it is not greater than lust, pornography, or sex before marriage. It is still a sin, and, like all sexual sin, it has the power to destroy you.  God is working for you, and the enemy is working to destroy you.  

#4- No Sexual Touching (outside of marriage)
1 Corinthians 7:1. In teenage world, I get asked all the time “How far is too far?”  What they are really asking is how close to sin can I get without making God angry and making me feel guilty. The better question is how far from sin can I get, to not get caught in its trap?  Also, masturbation alway has lust attached to it, and Jesus said lust is the same as adultery. Run from sexual sin!

#5-No Lustful Thinking
Matthew 5:27-28, Job 31:1, 2 Timothy 2:22. Purity is about the heart and not just our hands.  In sexual sin, people ALWAYS get hurt.  This is not a victimless crime!  Run from sexual sin, stop feeding your sinful nature.  

#6- Avoid Immoral Friends
1 Corinthians 5:9. Do not have friendship with people who claim to follow Jesus and live sexually immoral lives.  Notice I did not talk about people who do not claim to follow Jesus. Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.  The closest people you have to you shape the most important parts of your life. 

Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Being a Vital Man is impossible if you do not RUN FROM SEXUAL SIN! Go be Vital

Brandon Sereg

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