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Moments

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 The Message

After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live. Take care of yourself, have good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.

When I read these verses from The Message, I think of moments. Moments of good health come to mind. Moments of enjoying come to my mind. And moments of enjoying what I do for a living enter my mind. In that we give back to God all of our moments in life to glorify him.

Moments of good health have a price. Some we control and some we do not. In these moments, I have made a choice to work on getting into shape and watch more of what I eat. I hope my days are lengthened if its God’s will to run this race we call life.

In my moment of family, my wife and I have made choices to make family a priority. We want to be available for our kids and grandkids. They grow up fast, so we treasure the moments we have with them.

As for the moments of my job, I feel blessed in doing what I do. the door to doing the Lord’s ministry is open for me. I am able to do Vital Men, be an associate pastor in my home community, and to continue ministry in construction. I have been greatly blessed with moments.

As the writer says, “It’s a gift!” God deals out the joy in the present, the now. I pray that my moments bring fame to Jesus. He is the source of my joy and the giver of my moments.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

Come As A Child

Matthew 18:2-4New International Version (NIV)

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I tell you the truth unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

This past Sunday one of the men in our church brought to me his five little grandchildren. The youngest lay asleep in his arms as they were heading home. He and his wife were joy filled as they were spending time with their grandchildren.

My mind went to Matthew 18 as he left me. How do young children come to adults? They come in weakness, vulnerability, and neediness. Jesus says, “I want you to come to me in the same manner, with your weaknesses, your vulnerabilities, and your neediness.”

I do not know about you, but I do not like to show weakness. I do not want people, especially men, to see I am vulnerable. Being needy sends me running. Men do not like to show any of these traits.

Yet, the Apostle Paul hits on it in 2 Corinthians 4 and 12. God’s power is made perfect in my weakness. Jesus’ power dwells in my in my manifest weakness. In my weakness, Christ’s power is shown. When I am weak, then I am strong.

How far do we go in showing weakness. For many, including me, I show weakness as long as it is safe. In my secret moments, I sense I fall short of what Jesus asks of me. The bottom line is this. It takes courage to show weakness.

Let us all sit in the thought of what it means to come as a child.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Vital Men begins in 5 weeks!!

Locations: Ottumwa, Pella, New Sharon, Oskaloosa, and Newton.

We begin the week of September 11-15, 2017

Keep watching the web page for more details.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

I Don’t Believe

James 2:26New International Version (NIV)

26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Have you ever had someone tell you, “I don’t believe.” I think any man who has received Jesus has met someone who says, “I don’t believe.” What do you say in those moments? What is the right response?

If you go to the Bible and read John 7:5 it says, ‘For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.’ Much of Christ’s family didn’t believe in him until after his resurrection. This being the case, it continues to happen today.

This past week I met a man in our park. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a man who spent his life in the military. As I walked by him, I noticed his ball cap that said he served in Vietnam. So, I stopped and thanked him for his service. He asked if I had served, and I said, “No.” He went on to tell me that he didn’t believe.

What a conversation starter. He was at the night of worship in the town square, he seemed to be looking for answers, and he was looking for hope.

Man, it hit me at that point! What do I say? You see, our downtown was buzzing with excitement because of this event, except for this Vietnam Veteran sitting on a bench. I spoke with him for a time and encouraged him to stay and listen. Then I said I would like to meet with him and have coffee. He said he comes to the park daily, so we set a time to meet. I will be there to meet with him. When you lose hope, you don’t believe anything, especially Jesus. 

Men, we need to be ready for those, “I don’t believe.” moments. The Holy Spirit uses us. It says in 2 Corinthians 4:6, ‘Let there be light in the darkness.”

Let’s be light, men, and shine for those who live in darkness.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Concert on the Square, Downtown Oskaloosa

Sponsored by Central Reformed Church

August 5 at 5:30 pm

FREE

Food Vendors and Kid Zone

Ryan Stevenson

Tim Timmons

Bridge Worship

We hope to see you there!!

 

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