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The teaching is called the Christian Atheist, believing in God but living as if he does not exist.

 

Fighters

1 John 5:4New International Version (NIV)

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

This life is full of battles. Threats to our faith are always in front of us. As men, our fight is against the powers of this world that take us away from our faith in God. The good news is we have every weapon we need to use in the fight. When we put on the armor of God, and remember Jesus is our Lord. He goes before us. We will defeat our enemy and come out victorious.

I teach young men that every Friday night. Before the football team I am apart of takes the field of battle, I reassure them if we fight before the Lord and give Him the Glory, we will alway be victorious no matter the final score. 

This past week our football team took to battle on the field and handled the first half, but then in the second half there was a shift in the young men.

It was very hot that night and fatigue was setting in. The opponent began to score, and fighting started to take place between our young men among themselves. There was a mind game beginning to take hold. Thankfully we had scored far enough ahead that the opponents push did not take away our team’s win when the game was over. It was not a good win, though. They knew it. These young men can learn from this. It is not a lost lesson. 

Men, I saw how that this is how life can be. We have battles that come from the enemy. These battles hit our minds. We may not handle situations the best. The hit tells us we fall short, the low blow tells us we are weak, or the down talk tells us we are failures. These can hit our minds and thinking and pull us into petty fighting or down talking.

In Psalms 18:39 it says, ‘For you have girded me with strength for battle. You have subdued under me those who rose up against me’.

Men, we are fighters. We need to stand against our enemy who comes against us in our minds. Hold the line. Change the mind talk to positive. Be a fighter. God has equipped. Jesus has delivered. The Holy Spirit empowers. Be a fighter.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Love My Church

Ephesians 1:15-16New International Version (NIV)

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

We often see at this time of year, “Love My Church”. I think the local church has great opportunities for us as men to get plugged in and be involved. There are opportunities for relationship, commitment, and banding together as brothers.

My thoughts for us today are, “What can I do in being engaged in church?”

First, what is your commitment? I believe men who love their church get their families there. We help our wives with the kids. By doing this we are showing love for her and telling our children that church is important.

Second, invite over men to church. This is important, guys. Shoulder tapping with the ask brings men. By doing so, it tells that man you care for his life. You want the best for him and for what God has for his life.

Third, be involved. Nothing shows a man’s heart when he shows us he is involved. You can get involved in a church event by setting up tables and chairs. You can barbecue at a picnic event. Invest in friendship whiles getting involved.

Fourth and finally, love Jesus. When you love Jesus, you want to know more about him. You will be attentive in church. You will listen to what the Pastor says, and it will bring transformation to your life. It will encourage others.

Men, I do love my church because Jesus is coming after her some day. We need to be a church that waits with expectancy of Christ’s return. There lies the power of the church. The church is his bride.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Calling all men!!  Vital Men in all locations!!

We will be studying the book Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson.

We are looking forward to studying what it means to chase after that lion in your life. We have listed 6 communities to which you can get plugged into being with other men.

Tuesday:

Knoxville meets at the Marion County Fair Grounds 6:30-8:00

Oskaloosa meets at the Vital Ministries Building 6:30-8:00

Ottumwa meets at Country Kitchen 6:30-8:00

 

Wednesday:

Pella meets at The Well 6:30-8:00

 

Thursday:

Newton meets at Bridgehouse 6:30-8:00

New Sharon meets at First Christian Church 6:30-8:00

Not Fair!

James 1:12New International Version (NIV)

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

We have all had those moments of ‘It’s not fair!’ This past week I had one of those moments. I do a radio show every week on our local radio station and I usually only do teachings on it. I will keep reminding myself of that more.

There was this one candidate who was running for a local office and was struggling in knowing what to do next. So this person called me and shared the frustration. In a moment without thinking it through, I said that I would interview this person on my radio program and talk about faith and how faith helped this person. This brought on a chain of unexpected events.

Two weeks later after this radio interview, I was called by the station manager explaining to me that what I had done could not be done. It got the radio station crossways with the other candidates. The consequences could cause my radio spot to come to an end.

In my mind, I ranted, “It’s not fair!” It was on of these dirt kicking moments. I was angry. I thought I had done a good thing, so I thought.

Later that day, I spoke to my son about it. He stated that I needed to humble myself and apologize. 

The next day, I had a meeting with the station’s operations manager. I walked in and owned the mistake. I humbled myself and was ready to pay the consequences. The manager said, “Mike, we like your show and what it brings to our listeners. I accept your apology. What I need is for your willingness to have another candidate on your show, and things will be smoothed over.”

Wow! I was thankful for the opportunity to do this and to keep my spot on the station. I humbled myself, and Jesus gets the glory. What I learned was that life is not always fair. It is how we act in it that changes us. Men, as a good friend always tells me when those situations happen, “Onward and upward. Be a man of character.”

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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