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Vital Bikers Couple’s Ride

June 23, 24, and 25

Traveling to the Ozarks in Missouri

Leave at 7:00 am

Contact Buck Kraft at 641-780-1295

Enjoy Riding, Fellowship, and Food


Love – Time – Death

1 Corinthians 13:13New International Version (NIV)

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Love, Time, and Death; these three things connect every person who ever lived and who still lives and who is yet to live. We all long for love. We all wish we had more time. And we fear death. In the deepest part of every person lies these three component parts. They connect us.

This past weekend we visited the grave site of my mother. My dad was there with family, siblings, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We stood and revisited a life that once lived and continues to touch each one of us in her legacy.

I realize how much she loved each one of us, how she spent time teaching us, and how she raised us. Her sudden death still impacts us all yet today.

As we were talking about her time on earth, my son read to us from 1 Corinthians 13. That chapter speaks to our hearts of what love really is. Love is not simply saying it. It is living it through the time you live life.

I was so thankful to have a mom who loved me in my own life. This moment challenged me in my own life in how I love. What will I do with the time I am given, so it will prepare me in my death. I want my life to glorify Jesus.

How is your love with your wife, family, and the everyday people? Do they see it? What about time? 

King Solomon says life is simply a vapor. Death, we do not like that word, but it is inevitable unless Christ returns in our life time. Are you preparing for the life to come? 

Love, Time, Death, but the greatest of all is Love. It brings all of life full circle.

Strength and Courage



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Men’s Breakfast – June 10, 2017

Hy-Vee in Newton, Iowa

7:00-8:00 am

$7.00 will get you all you can eat

Bring: Dads, Sons, Friends, Men

Hope to see you there!!

The Measure of Strength

2 Timothy 2:1New International Version (NIV)

The Appeal Renewed

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus

Often as men we measure strength by the outside appearance of a man. What is his physique. Is he muscular? Is he handsome? Is he ripped? Does he have a six pack? These are all based on outward appearance.

There are many times in the Bible where God commanded men to be strong. One of my favorite verses in life is within the Book of Joshua. The Lord commands him 3 times in the first chapter to be strong before he leads Israel into the Promise Land to face enemies which were described as giants.

Was God asking Joshua to lift heavy objects or move might walls? No, God was referencing the command of strength to be more of a deeper and an infinitely required inner strength.

Maybe the better alternative to measuring strength is by endurance. This kind of strength is called courage. Courage, itself, is a better indicator of a man’s strength.

God called out Joshua to be strong 3 times, but he also called out courage 3 times. He needed courage to face the trials and tribulations. He also needed to have the ability to be virtuous and moral regardless of the situation.

In 2 Timothy, Paul encouraged Timothy by pointing out the greatest source of strength known to man. He needed to be strengthened by the grace of God. It is in Christ Jesus and in his grace that we will find the measure of a man’s strength. It is in having right relationship with Jesus that we receive grace and where we will find the measure of our strength.

Strength and Courage



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Vital Bikers

Last call for an adventurous weekend for men.

Duluth, Minnesota

June 2, 3, and 4

Call Buck Kraft at 641-780-1295


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