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Monday, Monday

Numbers 6:24-25New Living Translation (NLT)

24 ‘May the Lord bless you
    and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
    and be gracious to you.

For some of you, this song will bring back memories and for others, you might be thinking, ‘What?’. Back in 1966, a group called ‘The Mamas and The Papas” recorded a song called, Monday, Monday.

The first part of the song goes like this: 

Monday, Monday, so good to me,

Monday mornin’, it was all I hoped it would be,

 Oh, Monday mornin’, Monday mornin’ couldn’t guarantee,

That Monday evenin’, you would still be here with me.

This Monday, today, I will do a funeral for a 55 year old man who passed with cancer. His life was cut short due to the illness in his body. There are no more Monday mornings for his life on earth. His life is now complete.

You might be thinking to yourself, ‘Okay, so how is this spiritual?’ Good question. There are no guarantees in life on earth at our ending. God knows our beginnings and our ends. My hope is for us to think of each day as a gift from the Lord. 

Today is Monday, Monday. In the part of the song is says, ‘But Monday mornin’, Monday mornin’ couldn’t guarantee.’ What is guaranteed is best said in Psalms 118:24, ‘This is the day that the Lord had made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

For us who receive today as a gift, let your ‘Monday, Monday, so good to me’.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

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Colossians 3:5New Living Translation (NLT)

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Our kick-off season starts September 14, 2016. Summer will come to an end and fall will take its place. It will start with the football season beginning with high school, college, and NFL football. What a great season!

I want to just hit on a few of our up-coming events and teaching series as we move forward. Let’s prepare for battle.

September 14, 2016 – Kick-Off Night with our guest speaker, Chuck Holton. He is an Army Ranger speaking on his latest book, Growing Up To Be Men. It all starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:00 at the Pella Christian Auditorium. Bring your sons and other men to this great men’s event.

September 18-23, 2016 – Fellowship of the Sword – A week long in Mooresville, MO. Days are counting down to preregister. Go to Fellowship of the Sword web site for more information.

September 21-October 19, 2016 – We are having a 5 Session Series on ‘Conquer’ – The battle plan for purity. I am excited about this teaching series as it will give us, as men, a battle plan to defeat our enemy as we fight together for male purity. This is a great teaching series for teenage men, as well.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Cease Fire

Acts 21:30New Living Translation (NLT)

30 The whole city was rocked by these accusations, and a great riot followed. Paul was grabbed and dragged out of the Temple, and immediately the gates were closed behind him.

Paul was truly needing a cease fire with this angry mob who were totally out of control. If you read further into the text, they were trying to kill Paul. For what reason? It was possibly pride or religion. They were following the Book of the Law, but they were forgetting its Author.

I want to ask for you to think about this question today, “How do we save life while pointing fingers?” That is what was happening with Paul here. Fingers were being pointed at Paul because of their own religiosity. The rioting people were more concerned with their religious past than their spiritual futures.

If you read in Galatians 2:21-22, is says, ‘Is there conflict, then, between God’s Law and God’s Promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.’

If you dig deep into what Paul is saying here, you will find law and grace compliment each other. The law was not given to provide life, and law was not given to reveal sin. The law was given to prepare the way for Christ.

The Jewish Zealots had missed the mark, but Paul was right on target with Jesus Christ. Jesus says it best in Matthew 22:34-40, ‘Love God with all your heart, mind, and spirit and love people. On these two hang all of the law.’

Let’s be men with cease fire attitudes. Love God more and love our fellow man with less pointing fingers and more grace.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Obeying Authority

Romans 13:1New Living Translation (NLT)

Respect for Authority

13 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

Do we or do we not obey the authority of those who are over us? Our country is falling within itself due to noncompliance to authority. What I mean by this is that there is a noncompliance to those in law enforcement. There are those who are choosing to take away their ability to enforce law.

Are there good law enforcement officials and bad law enforcement officials? Yes there are. But, we have to trust God in those who rule over us. Romans 13:6-7 says, ‘For because of this, you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to the very thing. Render to all what is due them; tax to tax is due, custom to whom custom, fear for who fear, honor to whom honor’.

When you read these Scripture verses, they do not say to do this only sometimes. Paul says that they are servants of God. This is the attitude or context of submission. If law enforcement or those in authority rule over us and are corrupt, pray for the government and work toward godliness and reverence.

We have very controversial situations going on in our country, but this is an opportunity for light to shine in the darkness. Take your light and allow it to shine. Pray for our government and leadership.

Strength and Courage

Michael

Quest Deadline Getting Closer: Go to Fellowship of the Sword for more details. This is a life changing event. Do not miss this opportunity.

 

Description Of A Warrior

Matthew 5:1New International Version (NIV)

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,

The warrior is the loyal soldier. He stands up for what is right. The warrior is the guy that gets things done his way. He has no time for childish games, and he does not let his personal life get in the way of his mission. A warrior is often a hero in the making. He is on the verge of doing something great.

This sounds perfect for being a warrior in the eyes of the world. As young boys, we watched movies like Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, and Gladiator to name a few, but are they the real warriors in which the Bible describes warriors?

If you continue to read in Matthew 5, you will see a different description of the warriors Jesus is calling for. Those who are poor, mourn, humble, hunger, merciful, pure, and peaceful. That was Jesus’ criteria for the spiritual warriors he is calling.

This steps you back doesn’t it. It does me. Yet, Jesus calls out to the multitudes and shows them if you want to be the children of God this is what a true warrior looks like. As a matter of fact, they will mock you and persecute you. They will lie and say evil things of you just because you call me Lord.

The question that I have today is when was the last time someone persecuted you or mocked you for standing up for Jesus? It is that we have become so much like a world warrior that we have lost being the spiritual warriors who look more like Christ?

My prayer for us today is that we take on the warrior spirit of Matthew 5:3-12. I hope we do not just read these words, but we live them. Jesus promises a great reward in Heaven for being a spiritual warrior.

Strength and Courage

 Michael

 

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