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Vital Biker Couple’s Ride

June 29, 30, and July 1

Red Wing, Minnesota

A Great Couples Weekend


Vital Ministries News

Final Hour

Table Rock or Bust

Vital Biker’s Trip

June 1, 2, and 3

Let’s Ride

Strength and Courage



The Next Big Thing

Malachi 3:6 New International Version (NIV)

Breaking Covenant by Withholding Tithes

“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

One thing we know for certain and that is God is unchanging. He stays consistent and does not allow anything to detour his promises. That is what the prophet, Malachi, was saying. From the time of Jacob to the present time, God was watching over his people.

Unlike us, we can get focussed on the next big thing. We may look for change. We may look to the next big promotion, the next new vehicle, or the next big sporting or hunting event. We may always be looking for change. Now, bear in mind, this is not all bed. I believe God gives us those abilities to make those kinds of changes.

One change that I wrestle with within my life is my iPhone. I, at times, look at it too much. It actually hurts productivity. According to statistics, a person is 28% more likely to make an error on a work project after receiving a phone call and 23% more likely after receiving a text.

I have found that my iPhone breaks my focus, and the things that I need to be aware of around me get forgotten. My attention needs to change on what is important. Missing small details can be a big cost. 

Legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, put it this way, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make a big things happen.”

What is your next big thing in  your life? Do you want to recapture your focus? When you recapture your focus, the next big thing in your life will thrive. Let’s power off the phone and gain focus.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Time is running short. Do not miss our Vital Biker’s Trip this June 1, 2, and 3. We will need to make hotel reservations to get rooms ready for us. It is a great time to ride and have fellowship with other men.

Let’s Ride!!

Strength and Courage



Lost Boy

Psalm 27:9-10 New International Version (NIV)

Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.

If you are looking for a good book on salvation, Greg Laurie has got one. It is called Lost Boy, My Story. He shares his journey of how he came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior. 

In his journey of not having a relationship with his biological father, his adopted father, Oscar Felix Laurie, makes an impact on his life. This man was the one who helped Greg Laurie know he was loved.

We all have a story of being the Lost Boy. And in that story, someone significant helps us on the path way to Christ. That person who shows love that resembles that of the Father.

For me, it was my grandmother. She was that typical grandmother. She was a farmer’s wife who knew how to love. Her arms were always wide open for hugs and kisses.

My grandmother has long since passed, but her legacy will forever live in my heart. By her love, she taught me about love. She saw the simple things in life and was content in them. She endured the Great Depression working on a 100 acre farm raising 9 children.

She taught me that God was good. That He was loving and cared for his creation. That He loved a lost boy like me. That Jesus was the God of our Salvation. That He holds us close like a grandmother does with her grandson. I am thankful for an amazing God and loving grandparent.

Strength and Courage



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