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Are You Searching?

Proverbs 8:17New International Version (NIV)

17 I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me find me.

Are you searching? As men, we are usually searching for something to bring significance to our lives. We hunger in desperation to find it. We look to power, pride, sex, and so called important relationships in order to find what we are searching for. The only problem is that the deeper we go in the depravity of it, we lose ourselves.

The only true reality of finding significance is our commitment to Christ. God truly hears our cries for significance, and so he whispers those longing into our hearts. God put these longings inside us in our search for significance.

The Bible says in Psalms 2:8, ‘Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.’ This tells me I am part of his family, a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession. This is the end of our searching. The end of your searching is Christ.

Up coming couples’ ride: July 16-17 – Ride to Le Claire, Iowa – American Pickers – Overnight Stay – Breakfast – A Nice Ride

Join the Quest – Men’s Event – September 18-23, 2016 – One Week in Mooresville, MO. – Going through Fellowship of the Sword is all about you and finding the passion within you – Go to Fellowship of the Sword for more information

No Reserves

Philippians 2:5-8New International Version (NIV)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

To live a life of ‘No Reserve’ means – nothing held back. It is a life lived full-out for Jesus Christ. Many are probably thinking right now, there is not way I can live up to this statement or live up to the Scripture in the beginning. I am not Jesus!

You are absolutely right. None of us are, but the first portion of this Scripture gives us a hint to how we can. Paul said, “Your attitude should be.” I do not know about you, but my attitude is life is only one of the few things that I can really control. So what is my attitude toward a life of ‘No Reserves’ look like?

  • A life of No Reserve means we do not hide behind a spiritual mask.
  • A life of No Reserve means one does not act one way with a set of friends and different with another.
  • A life of No Reserve does not toy around with secret sins when no one else is watching.
  • A life of No Reserve is not about pursuing a career that is focused on one’s self and amassing a fortune for one’s on benefit and pleasure.
  • A life of No Reserve is about being sold out to God’s calling – a calling that sets you up to make an eternal impact for God.

Men, when you live a life of ‘No Reserve’, you live with a burning passion to follow hard after Christ. When you follow Christ with ‘No Reserve’, you are simply responding to all that He has done for you. This is and attitude we can choose to step into.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Tribute

1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not put out the Spirit’s fire

Today, I want to give tribute to a young man who’s life was taken at the early age of 26. His name is Matthew J. Rolffs. This young man was full of life. He lived in such a way that it reminded me of the Dodge Ram commercial, ‘Live life by the Horns’. That pretty well sums it up on how he saw life.

Often people come in and out of our lives. They are intertwined in right moments, challenging moments, and even those moments we do not understand. Some people stay for a time while others are with us moments in time.

This young man brought a mark to my life to push boundaries. He lived life in a way of abandonment. He lived it in such a way that he did not allow other people’s opinions or actions to detour him in the way he lived life.

Matt had a spirit in him, a spirit of fire. Every time he spoke and especially when he smiled, it was all over him. His spirit allowed God to be real in his life. It was not about religion. It was about relationship with the One True God.

This man’s life made a statement and a mark on my life. I pray that all of our lives are challenged in such a way that the Spirit’s Fire radiates from our own lives. Matthew J. Rolffs was a gift to all whom he touched in this life. Until we meet again, Matt. Your life made an impact in those 26 years you lived.

Coming up fast: Men’s Quest – Fellowship of the Sword. Prep begins August 19, 2016 – The event date is September 18-23, 2016 – Trajectory Changing Life Event – Go to Fellowship of the Sword or Vital Ministries.org for more details

 

It Is Not The End!

1 Thessalonians 4:16New International Version (NIV)

16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Today we observe not only those who have passed away or died for our country, but we also observe those who have died and gone on to Heaven to be with the Lord. We decorate our streets, our cemeteries, our downtown squares with American Flags.

In the town in which I live, our street is decorated with American Flags for many blocks. It is exhilarating to drive down the streets and see the sight. It is an honor to be an American in which we live, the Land of the Free and the Brave.

I will also visit the graves of my mother, grandparents, uncles, and cousins. I will stand and look at their headstones and remember their lives they lived between the two dates. Scripture gives me comfort knowing it is not the end, but it is the beginning of the next life of being in the actual presence of Christ.

It is also in my mind that this will be the end of my life on earth if Jesus does not return in my lifetime. I am thankful to the Father to get a chance to live, to make a mark on the time I have been given.

Today is a true day to remember to give tribute to all who have left this earth. We only have one chance in life to be a good man. What will your life be remembered for? It is a sobering thought, but truth is remembered from the life you lived.

I am going to end today with this thought from General George S. Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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No Greater Sacrifice

John 15:13New International Version (NIV)

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

This coming Monday is a day we set aside to honor those who have sacrificed their time and some their lives, so that we may have freedom in this country we live in. We will go out as a nation and decorate the graves of those who gave.

The Apostle John wrote about sacrifice. No greater love to lay down one’s life. Love of God and country has been a commitment to those who have served in our military. Many I believe came to know who God was either in the fight in a fox hole or on the battle field. They gave so that we might be free. 

I believe that our country still believes even though the media might point another way. Today, we are free men. We also can experience freedom in Christ, the one who ultimately gave with no greater love.

The best Vital Men News I can give us today is to walk in your freedom. Visit the memorials and give regard to the One True God. Jesus Christ is our King who gave no greater sacrifice.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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