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His Name Is John

Luke 1:63 New International Version (NIV)

63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”

The birth of John the Baptist marks the fulfillment of prophesy. His name means, “The Lord is gracious.” The fulfillment of the prophesy comes from Malachi 4:5-6, “I will send the prophet Elijah to you.”

As you read this Scripture in Malachi you might ask the question, “Is God raising Elijah from the dead?” No, he is sending the man, John, who will take on the character of Elijah and bring his people to repentance. 

John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus. His trajectory in life was to prepare the way of the Lord. He had a calling at birth. He was the cousin of the Christ, and he was a man filled with the Spirit.

There is power in that man. A man filled with the Spirit and who is on fire for Jesus has a power to him. We need men like that today. We need men who have the courage of Elijah and who are spirit filled like John the Baptist.

You might be asking, “How can that happen?” “How can the courage of Elijah be in my life?” Courage is fueled in God’s promise and God’s power to fulfill them. It is not a matter of how will I have courage. Courage is faith in God and that he will help you over come your fears.

Being filled with the Spirit is given to all believers in Jesus. It is when we fully yield our lives to Christ. Psalm 19:4 says, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Let’s be men of courage and ask the Holy Spirit to fill our lives in order to advance the Kingdom of Christ. Let’s be men of fire like John the Baptist.

Strength and Courage



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Strength and Courage


Man of Character

Matthew 1:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

We do not have much Scripture on the man named Joseph who was the husband of Mary, Step-Father to Jesus, and a carpenter by trade. Though, what is said about him shows he is a man full of character.

In verse 18, Joseph was pledged to Mary to be her husband, but she becomes pregnant. For most men, anger would take over, or a condemning spirit would come on most men. But, this did not happen to Joseph. He keeps his head and moves in character.

He is also noted as being faithful to the Law which is God’s Word. He reads the Word. He studies the Word. The Word is part of his life. He knows that he could have her stoned to death.

No, not Joseph. He was a man of character. At this point, there had been no dream, no angel, and no word from the Lord. He was moving in character. 

Trust and character is big in a marriage. Not exposing our spouse is essential. Men of Character go first to the Lord when struggles happen in their lives. A true test of character is when you are facing hard challenges in life and how you respond.

What challenges are you facing today? Will your character stand out in adversity? Will you do the right thing? 

Choose to be faithful to God’s Law in your decisions. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. This will help every man as we all pursue character.

Strength and Courage



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Announcing a REVISION to Next Year’s Vital Men Small Groups TOPIC.

We will be studying in the Book of Mark.

The main emphasis of this Gospel is stating Jesus as the Son of God.

This is an action packed Gospel of the life of Christ.


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Vital Men Small Groups will be on a BREAK until the Week of January 7, 2019.

Please take time to devote to your family.

Let us remember that in Bethlehem, Love was born, and Hope is here.


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