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Staying Even

John 14:27 New International Version

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.


Stay even and do not get anxious. A lot can be said about such a statement. I am always reminded at this time of year as we fight through the winter, to stay even. When we cannot get outside, or the snow and cold creates issues, our minds get anxious.

The enemy truly jumps all over anxiousness. That is why it is important for us to stay even and not allow anxious thoughts to overcome us. My dad states it like this, “Spring is on the horizon.” Allow Christs peace to be in your hearts. Like it says at the end of the verse today, ‘Do not be afraid’.

Coming Soon!!!



A New Vital Men’s Location in Northern Iowa.

Praise God for Men Rising Up!!



Remember Valentine’s Day for Your SWEETHEART



The LOVE Day is February 14





Vital Women – Women’s Group – Meeting in March and April, 2016

Proverbs 31:29-31 New International Version (NIV)

29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


Monday Evenings Step into Spring

March 7, 21, 28, April 4, 18, 25


Fellowship and Bible Study for Women

Vital Ministries Building

116 A. Avenue East, Oskaloosa






What About Honor?


1 Peter 2:17 New International Version

17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.


Peter tells us to honor those who are in authority over us. This includes a mayor, a governor, and the president. We need to remember the fact that God gives all governing authorities.

I am especially reminded of this as we head into this year’s presidential election. I am mindful that our vote is a privilege and honor that we have been given from our founding fathers in the beginning of our nation.

It is essential for us to know of the candidates and what they stand for. We need to know who they are as a person. We need to know their previous stances in how they have voted. Every election is important. It is our American right to vote, and it is a good right.

I would encourage us all to look at the person we vote for as to their Christian beliefs and what kind of a family person they are. This speaks volumes into the honor of such a high position as president.

Remember that honor is not always about awards, wealth, political clout, worldly power, or celebrity status. Those who seek and thrive at the world’s honor are not mindful of things of God. It becomes all about them. 1 Peter 5:6 says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’

I like the quote, ‘A man who would die for something has everything to live for’. 

Jesus did that as the Son of Man. Jesus is the ultimate authority and a man of great honor.

Let’s be Vital Men and respect those who are in authority over us. Let’s be ‘In the Know’ as we seek the next person who will be in authority over us as president of our country. Keep in mind the characteristics of being humble before our Lord Jesus Christ.

Strength and Courage





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Praising Jesus

John 4:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

Worship without truth does nothing for us and God rejects worship that is not done in truth. Truth without the Spirit is a man made worship. It is important for us as men to realize as we joined together on February 1st, that both worship and truth came together.

I was so encouraged by the Vital Man Band in how they brought us into worship. I was also challenged by the truth that was brought up in our new teaching, ‘Destiny’.

Men, the hour has come, and now is the time for us to be real in our worship to God. Listen and act upon the truth we received from God’s Word. Let’s be challenged by what we received in worship and truth. Allow our lives to be continuously transformed by the Truth and the Word.


Next Quarterly Event

May 2, 2016

Vermeer Global Pavilion

Supper Provided by Country Catering

Speakers: Schmidt x 2 = Andrew Schmidt, Celebrate Church, Knoxville + Marty Schmidt, Bridgeview Church, Ottumwa

The Charlie Koopman Band Will Lead Worship

More Information Coming Soon.



Vital Men ONLY Motorcycle Event

June 3, 4, and 5

Road Tripping to Northwest Iowa

Organizer:  Buck Kraft 641-780-1295

This is a great opportunity to bring another man or son who can ride on this three day trip.

Strength and Courage





Being Authentic


Ephesians 4:22-24 New International Version (NIV)

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.


The authenticity of being a Vital Man is in his quality of his exposure of brokenness and in the adornment of God’s grace. Our world is in deep need and search of men who are willing to be authentic.

We find the media today and our culture being obsessed with image. We have to look and dress a certain way, be thin, and have a six pack. It is to the degree that to be successful is based on outward appearance. Inside, men are crumbling.

That is when we fall to the hypocrisy of being authentic men. We become all about self serving, not compassionate, and full of aggression and insecurity.

Men, our true image, real authenticity, is based on the image of God and glorifying him. I like it where it says in Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

So, how does this apply to authentic manhood? I am going to briefly hit on 3 action steps that will get us there.

  1. Be Vulnerable – Be a story teller. Confess where you came from and also how you are still broken. All we need is our Savior, and we need redemption and Jesus.
  2. Embrace Tension – Take up your cross daily through your brokenness. You found your way to the cross, to death, and to burial. You are now a new creation. You are throwing away that sin nature and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform you.
  3. Recovery Is With God’s Story – Following Jesus is a daily choice. After your vulnerability, you went to the cross, and you received God’s Word. His Word covers your life. Jesus’ story has now become your story.

When you experience authenticity, be ready for a great adventure. When God sees you being real with him, it will allow you to be real in life. That is a new man!

Strength and Courage 





Vital Ministries News


Psalm 144:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

Of David.

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues peoples under me.


We get the opportunity to unite under one evening and to praise our Lord in worship. We will eat at the table together as united men. We will participate in having the Word of the Lord. I realize that our meeting is February 1, and for those of us in Iowa, it is caucus night to show support for the next presidential leader for our country.

For those of you who are going to the caucus, we will be in prayer for you. For those of us who will be attending our Vital Men Quarterly, I ask you to bring someone. Bring a friend, brother, son, or grandfather. Let’s unite as warriors to strengthen and encourage one another in the name of the Lord.


Vital Men Quarterly Event

Monday, February 1, 2016

Newton Church of the Way, 2306 53rd Ave. East

Food Service Begins at 5:30

Food Cost $7.00

Worship and Teaching


Special Prizes: Best Arm Tattoo, Best Beard, Best Goatee, and Best Mustache

Strength and Courage




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