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It is hard to believe That we only have 4 weeks left of Vital Men small groups. We will finish up with our teaching series, “Frequency”, in the next week with chapters 9 and 10.

Our last week for Vital Men will be April 3-7. On our final two weeks we close with a two week series on “Fallen Men Rising”! It will enhance the Easter Season as we celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection!

Let’s finish strong and well men!!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Jesus, The Bearded Man

Mark 9:19New International Version (NIV)

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

Often times we see Jesus as this milk toast bearded man walking around not as this courageous man, but a man who is timid. For some, they say he is the softer side of a man. Really!?

When I read Mark 14-29, I see a man taking on an argument between his disciples and the religious leaders. Nowhere do I see Jesus saying, “Men, let’s understand each other now. Let’s watch our tempers.” 

No, He says in verse 16, “What are you arguing about?”He takes the problem and argument head on. He then listens to the man who has the demon possessed son. The son throws fits and foams at the mouth while the demon tries to kill him.

Jesus gets ticked off with his disciples because of their lack of faith and even says, “How much longer do I have to put up with this?” This is not a weak man to me.

Jesus then waits for them to bring the demon possessed boy. The boy throws a fit because of the demon inside of him. Jesus looks the dad straight on and asks how long this has been going on.

The man replies, “Since he was a young boy.” In verse 22, we see the followers lack of faith, but we also see his honesty. He says, “Have mercy on us. Help us, if you can.”

I love Jesus’ response, “What do you mean, if, anything is possible if a person believes.” The dad cries out, “Forgive me of my unbelief!”

Jesus is now in a moment. the crowd is getting bigger, and it is time to make a stand. He speaks straight to the demonic spirit. He commands him to come out and never come back, and so the demon leaves.

This is not a timid, milk toast man. This is a Savior who stands in the face of the enemy and calls him to a show down. Men, Jesus is not a spineless Mr. Nice Guy. NO, he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Vital Men Bikers

Spring is all but here and summer is on the way, so do not miss our kick-off ride for Vital Men Only. This coming June 2, 3, and 4. We will be traveling through northern Iowa to Duluth.

Our second day we will stop at Duluth Harley-Davidson Sport Center on Highway 53. We will then travel north on beautiful Highway 61 along Lake Superior. Then we will start our adventure back to Iowa.

This is a trip with guaranteed beautiful country, great opportunity to hang out with other brothers, and as it says in Proverbs 27:17, we will sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another.

It is a great time to bring another man who has never been a part of Vital Men and see that chasing the Father is a real adventure of life. Keep checking the Vital Ministries Web Page for upcoming news in our Vital Men Biker Trip.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Mr. Nice Guy

Matthew 24:13New International Version (NIV)

13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

The meaning of the word nice is as unreliable as the people it describes. Today, it is synonymous with words like pleasant and agreeable. It is also meant for effeminate, unmanly, cannot endure much, dainty, reluctant, ignorant, and difficult to please.

You might asking yourself, where are you going with this Mr. Nice Guy stuff? We find a fork in the road today as Christian men. If we are unfailingly what they call pleasant, agreeable, and carry the posture of a man who has impeccable manners, we are considered being Mr. Nice?

Often we find these kind of men to simply be posers at church or in front of people. Behind closed doors in their homes, they are secretive and manipulators. Harsh words for the description of being Mr. Nice Guy.

We have lost the true meaning of what it means to be a man and especially a man of God. We fight the 21st century as being called metrosexual, being passive, living a life hidden from adventure, and not living life to the fullest.

Here is a good quote by R.C. Sprouls who says, “When I became a Christian, I understood that Jesus took my sin away. What I never heard from Him was that He intended to take away my backbone.”

I have found that ‘niceness’ makes men agreeable, not good. Niceness and righteousness do not go hand-in-hand. The Bible says righteous men are bold as lions NOT kitty cats. So how do we, as men, live a righteous life? We will discuss that in the next few devotionals on ‘How to Live a Righteous Life’ and how to leave the watered down Mr. Nice Guy behind.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

1 Corinthians 14:26New International Version (NIV)

Good Order in Worship

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

We only have 4 more weeks left in our series, ‘Frequency’, Tune In, Hear God. This coming week we will be discussing chapter 7, Be a Steward of God’s Voice. We will look at 10 ways in which God speaks. It is going to be an awesome teaching.

You can go to our vitalministries.org website to see 6 different locations in which you can get plugged in with other men as we take this incredible journey together hearing the voice of God.

The main thrust of this weeks teaching is to be careful stewards of listening to God’s voice. We will have an opportunity to distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit to which he dramatically changes our lives to hearing his voice. Do not miss it and bring another man with you to Vital Men.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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