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Romans 12:2New Living Translation (NLT)

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

This coming week we are starting a new teaching series: ‘Good or God?’. Without transforming and renewing, how will we ever truly discern what is good enough in our lives? I am challenged by this new series by the author, John Bevere.

I believe that we can truly commit to a journey of seeking truth from God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and in prayer. We can truly find the goal that God sought for all mankind. We will seek whole heartedly for the source of truth that God wants the good in our lives.

We are in six different communities throughout the week. Come and bring a friend as we discover ‘Good or God?’. As I believe we will be empowered to engage in every aspect of our lives. Do not miss out!!

Strength and Courage




Mark 14:36New Living Translation (NLT)

36 “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Grit is the ability to persevere over difficult times and for long periods of time. It is a relentless resolve to keep pursuing a desired goal and not giving up.

Jesus, the man who knew sorrows, prayed a prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was an incredible prayer. Jesus faced a horror that no natural man could face. He gave up his own life when he said, not my will, but your will be done. He took on a cross and moved relentlessly toward it with full determination. Never has more grit happened or been seen all for the sake of love.

Grit requires courage. It is the ability to manage fear of failure as we face adversity in our lives.

There is a quote by Teddy Roosevelt who describes grit this way: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds cold have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat, and blood; who strived valiantly; who errs; who comes again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spreads himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Strength and Courage



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Galatians 6:10New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

Opportunities come and go. It is the choices that we make in them that reveal the doors of life. One opportunity to do daily is doing good toward our fellow man. Sometimes it may be words of kindness and some may be acts of kindness. One is saying while the other is doing.

Allow the opportunities that God places in your life to show his glory through you. Sometimes visiting a person who is unable to leave their home is an act of kindness. It could also be a simple smile or ‘hello’. All opportunities of kindness are good.

Knowing Jesus bring opportunities. Do not allow regret over wasted opportunity to set in. Make the most of every opportunity now and seize the moment.

Coming Soon: Hockey Game – Road Trip to Des Moines to Watch the Des Moines Buccaneers Play the Youngstown Phantoms on the Ice

Date: December 17, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Des Moines Buccaneer Arena, 7201 Hickman Road

Cost: Arena Level – $10.00 per person, $7.00 per child

Who: Anyone can come. Bring your wife, children, and friends.

We just need to know how many by November 10, 2016 to prepay

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A Call To Rise

Isaiah 26:3New Living Translation (NLT)

You will keep in perfect peace
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

There is no peace in this world except that which comes before God. Jesus told his men, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”

The disciples doubted their worthiness and their capabilities to do the work Jesus asked them to do. Go out to all the nations to bring the Good News of the Gospel. After the Holy Spirit’s arrival, they went into the streets with a force.

As men, we to doubt that Jesus could ever use us. We may think we have made too many mistakes, made too many failures, and may have addictions. How could he ever us me? In 1 Peter 2:21 it says, “For to this you have been called because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”

A powerful verse to rise into, men. The enemy has got us running and being afraid of our past, our present, and our future. We are afraid to lead our wives and children. We are afraid to speak to fellow workers about Jesus. We are afraid to pray in public places.

If we do not rise, men, the enemy takes ground. I say, “Enough!” We are called to rise and to prepare for battle. We are called to suffer for what others might say, to be criticized, to be ostracized, and to be considered lunatics because of our faith.

The enemy will not stop taking ground from you until you rise to the man he has called you to be. This will put you on your knees in prayer, rending, and journaling from God’s Word. Then we will become doers of the Word.

Let’s rise and be sons of the Living God!

Strength and Courage



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Philippians 4:9New Living Translation (NLT)

Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Education begins with the reality of God’s existence and the fact he has communicated to us through creation, his Word, and his Son.

That is why reading his Word, going to church, and being involved in Vital Men are all parts of our education. This will give us a deeper walk with Christ. It is important to be informed and learn about culture, today’s challenges, and persevering in life.

Let’s continue in our Conquer Series, The Battle Plan for Purity. Only two more weeks left as we are challenged and informed on how to live a life of purity and to remain free men in a life of sexual purity.

The week of October 24, we will start a new series, ‘Good or God?’ by John Bevere. These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what is generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will. Generosity, humility, justice are good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty are evil. The distinction seems pretty straight forward.

But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? What a great study! Do not miss this great teaching opportunity!!

Strength and Courage



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