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Men and Their Beards

Psalm 133:2 New International Version (NIV)

It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.

Are beards necessary? Does having facial hair make you a man of God? No, having a beard is not a salvation issue. We are not under Old Testament Law. We are under grace. So, why the fuss?

This is a tough place, but I think it is important for us to know what it means to be a man as to being a woman. Satan is in full strength being the author of confusion into what being a man is. We see men, today, dressing like women, showing feminine mannerisms, and even having women’s hair styles. Some will even go to the length of having ‘gender reassignment surgery’. This is a growing confusion that is developing in society and with men.

God created men and women differently for a purpose. They were created unique and were to populate the earth. In Genesis 3:16, the woman was designed for child bearing, and the man in vs 19 would be a tiller of the soil and work with his hands. Men and women have defined gender designs and responsibilities.

In Ephesians 5:21-33, it shows God’s design for men and women. Both need to show care for each other, and it tells how a man should love his wife like Christ loves the church and gave himself for her.

Having a beard is not essential. Having facial hair is not required, but being a godly man is. Yes, the Bible makes a story case for a beard, and it is an honor for a man and glory to God. Not all men can grow beards or want to have a beard, but I do believe that men are called by God to be men of God on the inside and outside. 

Be the man God has called you to be.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Vital Men Biker Trip

May 31-June 2

We will ride the full length of the Mississippi River along the Iowa border.

This is a great opportunity to ride, see God’s creation, and hang out with other men.

Set your calendar and let’s ride!

Just A Touch

Mark 5:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”

Have you ever wished or thought, ‘If I could only touch the hem of Jesus’ garment?’ I have talked with a lot of people recently who have been hit in their lives with some sort of health issue. We all have had something happen in our lives with family members or friends.

I had coffee with a friend who is a cancer survivor. It was very serious, but the Lord touched his life is such a way that he is cancer free. He praises and rejoices that Jesus healed him.

Not every story has that kind of an ending. I have a friend who needs healing in his body so that he can receive an organ transplant. There is another friend who received news that his son has an illness. I have another friend who will be taking cancer treatment.

All of these men are asking just a touch would be enough. The woman who was in the crowd surrounding Jesus thought this. She had a bleeding problem for 12 years. The Bible says that she gave all she had and received no comfort or cure.

In the story in Mark 5, she touches Jesus’ robe and is instantly healed. It says that Jesus stopped and wanted to know who had touched him. The woman knew what had happened to her, and she went to her knees trembling with fear. She told the truth.

I love this next part. Jesus with his compassion for our everyday lives and our pains tells the woman, ‘Your faith has healed you, go in peace.’ She is now freed from her suffering.

Maybe this is you today. 

Jesus, I just need a touch.

Men, keep believing, pursuing, and reaching for Jesus.

Jesus knows what you are suffering, and he has compassion.

Keep the faith and stay the course.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Leaders Are Readers

Own the Moment, by Carl Lentz.

This is not your typical Sunday Preacher or Writer.

He challenges his reader to make the most out of moments each day.

Read this book!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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