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We are excited to announce that Vital Men now has a conversion in the works from English to Spanish. We are now working to reach our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters with devotionals and other related Vital Ministries News.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

We are in the process of getting Spanish written Strength and Courage wrist bands. This is another avenue to promote Jesus and reach men in the Great Commission.

Is Your Christianity Worth Dying For?

Isaiah 33:7 New International Version (NIV)

Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets;
    the envoys of peace weep bitterly.

Does your heart break for the things that break the heart of God? That question should put us in a state of wonder. It is easy just to live life. You get up in the morning, do your every day work, go home and watch a little T.V., and then off to bed. Then you do it again the next day.

Living life in the ordinary will always return the same result, but what if we chose to look at life in a different way? Ask the Lord to help you see people like He does. If you pray with sincerity, He will show you.

This past week I went to see a man whose wife had a stroke. She is in a hospital with limited movement and is unable to speak. 

I was asked to meet with and discuss options on a concrete slab and a ramp. Before I went to see him, I asked the Holy Spirit to see the situation from God’s eyes. I immediately felt compassion. When I met him, I felt his heart pain.

Now, bare in mind, this man is a big ex-marine. He is a tough man who has been broken by life. He spoke with tears in his eyes that he loves his wife more now in the 17 years of marriage. We took our hats off and prayed.

Men, that is Christianity, and that is worth dying for. Men, being real with each other in hard times. I told him that we would pour the slab and build the ramp as soon as the weather broke. We were two men with tears in our eyes who knew God had this. The Lord answered my prayer and let me see this man through His eyes.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Being A Zero

1 Corinthians 1:28-29 New International Version (NIV)

28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.

Throughout the Old and New Testaments God chose the zero’s, the nobodies, to carry out his divine will. Abraham would be chosen to bring a new nation to the Promise Land while he was in his 70’s and living in Huvan.

How about Moses? He was confronted by God at a burning bush to bring God’s people out of bondage from Egypt. He told God that he could not speak, that he was tongue tied. He was chosen by God.

The disciples were considered uneducated men without qualities. You have the impetuous Peter, the quiet other brother Andrew, the hot heads James and John, the doubter Thomas, and the very social Philip. Jesus even brings a thief into the group name Judas.

Men will see other men with no character traits and call the zeros. They get beaten down, their past gets called out, and they may be broken.

I love what Jesus does with the so-called worthless zeros. He takes the zero and brings value to their lives when men make Him number one. He goes from a zero and puts the on in front of it and lives a life as a ten!

Men, we are on fire for Christ. With this fire Jesus’ Kingdom will be advanced. Will that be your story?

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Lead Your Wife

Ephesians 5:25 New International Version (NIV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Go all out in your love for your wife. When Paul wrote these words, I am thinking if this is even possible. I don’t know about you, but showing love for my wife all the time is truly a tall task. We are geared differently, and we have our differences.

Loving someone who is different has its challenges. This is a true statement. There are 5 senses that both men and women are born with. These senses can be used as a way to connect with our wives and show your wife that you truly love her and want her to know we are ‘all in’ in the marriage.

Let’s look at our 5 senses and see how God can use these to make our marriages stronger.

  1. Hearing – You can say to your wife you are hearing, but are you listening? Our wives have an uncanny instinct to know whether or not we are truly listening.
  2. Sight – Men are geared with sight like a dog on point. We notice physical beauty. Our wives want to know if we notice her or not. What she really wants is for us to see her as the most important relationship outside of God himself.
  3. Taste – As men, we like our tastes or what interests us. But do you know your wife’s tastes? What are her interests? Take notice of that.
  4. Smell – I swear my wife smells everything. Nothing gets past her. Do you take notice of how she smells? Are you delighted in that? Also, how about you? Do you still splash on the cologne? 
  5. Touch – My wife loves it when I hold her hand. She likes it when I carefully touch the small of her back. Touch your wife without it leading to sex. Your wife needs your touch to reassure her that she is important and loved as your wife and an important person and partner in your life. Your wife knows the difference.

In loving her with what you both have in common is truly a way of leading your wife in the love of marriage.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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