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Jeremiah 17:9 New International Version

The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?

The heart of every problem is the problem of the heart. God revealed to Jeremiah that God searches the heart and the mind and knows exactly how to reward each person. In order to know the condition of your own heart read the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal what is inside you. That is why we need to memorize Scripture. This is our verse for January. Study it and keep it within your heart.

 

Vital Men Small Group

Next week, we are studying James 5:1-6. James gives warnings to the rich. Go to vitalministries.org for your nearest location.

 

                                                                                                   

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Vital Men Event at the Newton Church of the Way

February 1, 2016 is our next quarterly event in which you can bring your sons and friends. Brandon Sereg will be our guest speaker. We will have the Vital Men Band leading us in worship. Come hungry because Country Catering will have food for us at the low cost of $7.00. The doors will open at 5:30. Do not miss this event!

Strength and Courage

Mike

 

 

 

Distractions

 

1 Corinthians 7:35 New International Version (NIV)

35 I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

 

This time of the year is NFL playoff season. It is win or go home. Great teams, players, and coaches played the Wild Card weekend. I especially enjoyed the Seahawks and Vikings game. It was a game of ‘old school’ beauty out on the field in the elements.

In the final seconds of the game, the Minnesota Vikings had a chance to take the lead. It was all eyes on the foot of the field goal kicker, Blair Walsh. It was to be an easy chip shot, and the Vikings would win.

The only problem was that there was a distraction. The laces were facing him as he proceeded to kick. In a previous field goal kick, he had the laces come up facing him, but he kicked it clean through the goal posts. This time when the laces were facing him, he was unable to overcome the distraction. With the missed field goal, the Seahawks walked away with the win.

We all face distractions in every day life. We can be distracted from our thoughts, worries, fears, technology, or laces on a football.

I think for me in my life, and I am sure for you, as well, those distractions keep me from a focused life in Christ. The enemy likes nothing more than keeping you distracted from hearing God’s voice through the Holy Spirit.

I am sure Blair Walsh will replay that chip shot for awhile. There are no do overs in the NFL or life.

Distractions will slowly erode your spiritual journey. When we choose to get back on focus, we will realize Christ should always be before us. My prayer is that young Blair Walsh will get back up and realize that you make some and you lose some. That is simply part of life. In the big picture of life, keep Jesus at the focal point, and those distractions will be come less significant because you know what is important.

Strength and Courage

Mike

 

 

 

Rewind

 

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

13 Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
    including every hidden thing,
    whether it is good or evil.

 

The Bible is very clear as to what your purpose in life should be. We see men in both the Old and the New Testament seeking out the purpose of life. Even Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, discovered futility of life in the world. Solomon says that life is all about honoring God with our lives and thoughts by keeping His Commandments.

Yet, we have those moments in life that we wish we could push that rewind button. Have you ever had that moment? I wish I would have handled that situation differently. I wish I could go back and take back those words.

This past week we had a funeral of a man who was 46 years old. He died in a tragic accident, and he left behind a wife and three children. He was a husband, father, brother, son, and to many a friend.

What I noticed as I sat and waited my turn to pay my respects to the family and console the family were the pictures that were being projected on a screen showing the life of this family and this man. It was a rewind button of pictures. They showed the good memories.

This man has now been ushered into the presence of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We will stand before God, and he will account for all we did in this life. We have only one life, and everything we do will be revealed.

Our purpose in life is to glorify God. We do this by fearing and obeying Him. Keep your eyes fixed on the prize of Heaven and knowing Jesus. Be known as a friend of God.

Strength and Courage

Mike

 

Looking For Courage

 

Ezekiel 22:30 New International Version (NIV)

30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.

 

A gap represents a place of weakness, vulnerability, and danger. God expressed to Ezekiel his longing to find faithful men who would have the courage to stand in the gap against moral failure that was growing in that time amongst that generation. He was looking for a few courageous men who were committed to building their lives in righteousness.

The Lord is still seeking men who will stand for the moral law of God. He is looking for men to stand in the gap and confront the enemy with God’s help. Yet, it will take men who have the courage to stand and face adversity straight in the eyes.

As men, we often face those challenges with fear. We must meet our fears in order to know the courage that each of us has inside. We will not just freeze in that moment, but we take that fear and face it and have the courage to stand.

Fear can be paralyzing, and it can keep us from growing into the men God has called us to be. Standing in the gap, we can acknowledge our fears and confront them head on.

I believe that today our God is still looking for men with courage. We will stand in the gap for our wives, families, and our country. Men who stand for righteousness stand in the gap. Men who have the quality of being morally right stand in the gap.

We cannot be perfect in righteousness for it is impossible to attain. The good news is that it is possible by the cleansing of sin by Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, ‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’. This means we are made righteous in the sight of God.

This is how we can stand in the gap and be men of courage. Yes, we will have fears. This is good because it causes us all the more to lean on Christ in becoming the men he has called us to be – Courageous!

Strength and Courage

Mike

 

 

 

Crazy Faith

 

2 Timothy 2:13 New International Version (NIV)

13 if we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot disown himself.

 

It has been said by Dr. J. Oswald Sanders, “Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen.” How many of us live in assurance of things hoped for? When was the last time you made a decision with the future in plain sight? Is that what people mean when they say, “You just need more faith.” How do I know how much faith I have?

What if your crazy faith cost you everything? That was a question, I believe, that the disciples grappled with while they walked with Jesus, and as he ascended back to heaven. Look at this portion of Scripture in Matthew 17:20, ‘You do not have enough faith.’ Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

Jesus is rebuilding the disciples because of their lack of faith from being able to cast out a demon in a boy. It was all because of faith.

All of us have the crazy faith moments. We either seize up in that moment or have a little faith as the size of a mustard seed and believe. This year I am challenged with the one word, ‘Deeper’.

I want to have the crazy faith of believing I can see the miraculous in my life. I want to have deeper encounters with Jesus. I want to be called a friend of God like Noah, Moses, and other men of God.

I want to have the crazy faith in 2016 of seeing people come to Christ, addictions broken, marriages saved, cancer beaten, and life given. That takes crazy faith, but I pray to have it.

Where is your crazy faith for 2016? Want to walk on water? Want to see demons flee? Want to see the spiritually dead come back to life? It will take crazy faith on your part. It will take reading God’s Word, cultivating a deeper prayer life, and resisting the devil. Join me in ‘Crazy Faith’.

Strength and Courage

Mike

 

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