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Being A Zero

1 Corinthians 1:28-29 New International Version (NIV)

28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.

Throughout the Old and New Testaments God chose the zero’s, the nobodies, to carry out his divine will. Abraham would be chosen to bring a new nation to the Promise Land while he was in his 70’s and living in Huvan.

How about Moses? He was confronted by God at a burning bush to bring God’s people out of bondage from Egypt. He told God that he could not speak, that he was tongue tied. He was chosen by God.

The disciples were considered uneducated men without qualities. You have the impetuous Peter, the quiet other brother Andrew, the hot heads James and John, the doubter Thomas, and the very social Philip. Jesus even brings a thief into the group name Judas.

Men will see other men with no character traits and call the zeros. They get beaten down, their past gets called out, and they may be broken.

I love what Jesus does with the so-called worthless zeros. He takes the zero and brings value to their lives when men make Him number one. He goes from a zero and puts the on in front of it and lives a life as a ten!

Men, we are on fire for Christ. With this fire Jesus’ Kingdom will be advanced. Will that be your story?

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Lead Your Wife

Ephesians 5:25 New International Version (NIV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Go all out in your love for your wife. When Paul wrote these words, I am thinking if this is even possible. I don’t know about you, but showing love for my wife all the time is truly a tall task. We are geared differently, and we have our differences.

Loving someone who is different has its challenges. This is a true statement. There are 5 senses that both men and women are born with. These senses can be used as a way to connect with our wives and show your wife that you truly love her and want her to know we are ‘all in’ in the marriage.

Let’s look at our 5 senses and see how God can use these to make our marriages stronger.

  1. Hearing – You can say to your wife you are hearing, but are you listening? Our wives have an uncanny instinct to know whether or not we are truly listening.
  2. Sight – Men are geared with sight like a dog on point. We notice physical beauty. Our wives want to know if we notice her or not. What she really wants is for us to see her as the most important relationship outside of God himself.
  3. Taste – As men, we like our tastes or what interests us. But do you know your wife’s tastes? What are her interests? Take notice of that.
  4. Smell – I swear my wife smells everything. Nothing gets past her. Do you take notice of how she smells? Are you delighted in that? Also, how about you? Do you still splash on the cologne? 
  5. Touch – My wife loves it when I hold her hand. She likes it when I carefully touch the small of her back. Touch your wife without it leading to sex. Your wife needs your touch to reassure her that she is important and loved as your wife and an important person and partner in your life. Your wife knows the difference.

In loving her with what you both have in common is truly a way of leading your wife in the love of marriage.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

For the month of February, I encourage you to read the book by Gary Chapman called, 5 Love Languages.

It is an easy read, and it will give you insight into understanding how to love your wife.

It is my top pick.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Fellowship of the Sword

Dates for the Midwest Quest will be up soon!

Start praying and ask the Holy Spirit if this is the year to go.

Dates will be up soon!

Strength and Courage

Michael

Submitting To Authority

1 Peter 2:13-14New International Version (NIV)

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

Submitting isn’t always easy. It’s a choice to submit to authority. The interesting thought about our verse today is that Peter isn’t asking. He is telling. What he’s telling us here is that by submitting, we are truly subjecting ourselves to authority.

To be ‘subject’ is a military term which means to arrange in military fashion under a commander. You actually put yourself into an attitude of submission.

Isn’t it interesting to see a man like Peter to have an attitude of submission, and to actually write about it. Remember that Peter in his early beginning with Jesus was always asking ‘why’ or ‘how come’. He was more of a man who resisted authority as to submitting to it.

Even while Jesus was reinstating Peter after his denial in John 21:15-18. He tells Peter that he will even in his death someone else will dress him and lead him where to go.

I think we all struggle with authority to one point or another in our lives. My own dad has shared with me that I have too many maverick instincts.

So what can we do with submission? I as the Lord for help, and I realize more and more this submission is good in my life to those who have authority over me. Lord, you have full authority of my life, and you place people of authority to rule over me. I thank you for loving me enough to show me the areas I need to submit.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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