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Live Small or Live Big

Job 36:15New International Version (NIV)

15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering;
    he speaks to them in their affliction.

Here is a question for us today. Can my pain be transformed into something big, like a greater ability to love, to protect, and to utilize a righteous kind of power?

Most men have a wounded heart of some kind and for most, it is usually a father wound. For me, I am a son of a beginning baby book generation. I was born at the end of that generation that is a driven, hardworking, and isolated generation.

My own father was born after WWII having a father who fought as a gun man of a tanker ship. My grandfather was a hard man. He did not talk much, except when he was drinking. I must truly say that I resented him, and I was also afraid of him.

I will never forget walking into the funeral home when my grandfather had passed. My dad did not see me, but I watched him hold my grandfather’s had while weeping bitterly. I could hear my dad telling him that he loved him.

My dad was also a very strong man. He was a builder and carpenter, as well as, a tradesman. My father also had to overcome his demons of the past. You see, men, drinking had my father, but Jesus changed him. My dad gave his life to Christ and everything changed.

Today, my father is a mountain of a man. He loves Jesus, and he loves to tell his family that. Dad had a choice to live small or live big. He crept out of the mire, gave his life to Christ, and started living big. Pain transforms to something big and greater. 

What is your choice today? Do you choose to live small or to live big?

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Discover the passion in you. You might be asking how you can do this. You can do this by going on a Quest. Our next date is October 1-6, 2017.

Quest is the act or instance of seeking and pursuing something. It is a search or an expedition undertaken to the adventure of chasing the Father.

There will be 5 days of God seeking, self searching, and spiritual training to unlock the hearts of men. You will seek the heart of God and know that he has a heart for you.

Come away to the wilderness with other men for 5 days. Come to the adventure.

Go to Fellowship of the Sword for more information.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Where Are The Men?

Ephesians 4:2New International Version (NIV)

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Have you ever read this verse and felt like you are not sure you could live up to that? At times it feels like a hammer hitting me when I read this verse.

Sometimes we will take Paul’s words to be gentle and start applying it to become a passive man. If this was the true thought of Paul, why did he encourage Timothy to stand and be bold?

I think, in my mind, that there has to be diversity in the moments. How would a police officer, soldier, fireman, a manager, or even a church leader stand when he is faced with adversity or a tough situation?

There has to be both a place for boldness and being humble. It is by allowing the Holy Spirit take control and step into those situations. I believe that this is why the Christian man goes running.

Often we are taught from the pulpit meekness, gentleness, and loving one another. All of this is good, but there are times a man you must stand. Nowhere do I see in Scripture Jesus cowering. Even in the face of Pilot, he stood knowing who had the true authority, and it came from his Father.

Men, here is a call to lead. Here is an all call to stand. Here is a call to be bold. It is time to face our enemy, the devil, and allow the Holy Spirit the Power to work in our lives. That I how men start showing up.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

Vital Ministries News

It is hard to believe That we only have 4 weeks left of Vital Men small groups. We will finish up with our teaching series, “Frequency”, in the next week with chapters 9 and 10.

Our last week for Vital Men will be April 3-7. On our final two weeks we close with a two week series on “Fallen Men Rising”! It will enhance the Easter Season as we celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection!

Let’s finish strong and well men!!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Jesus, The Bearded Man

Mark 9:19New International Version (NIV)

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

Often times we see Jesus as this milk toast bearded man walking around not as this courageous man, but a man who is timid. For some, they say he is the softer side of a man. Really!?

When I read Mark 14-29, I see a man taking on an argument between his disciples and the religious leaders. Nowhere do I see Jesus saying, “Men, let’s understand each other now. Let’s watch our tempers.” 

No, He says in verse 16, “What are you arguing about?”He takes the problem and argument head on. He then listens to the man who has the demon possessed son. The son throws fits and foams at the mouth while the demon tries to kill him.

Jesus gets ticked off with his disciples because of their lack of faith and even says, “How much longer do I have to put up with this?” This is not a weak man to me.

Jesus then waits for them to bring the demon possessed boy. The boy throws a fit because of the demon inside of him. Jesus looks the dad straight on and asks how long this has been going on.

The man replies, “Since he was a young boy.” In verse 22, we see the followers lack of faith, but we also see his honesty. He says, “Have mercy on us. Help us, if you can.”

I love Jesus’ response, “What do you mean, if, anything is possible if a person believes.” The dad cries out, “Forgive me of my unbelief!”

Jesus is now in a moment. the crowd is getting bigger, and it is time to make a stand. He speaks straight to the demonic spirit. He commands him to come out and never come back, and so the demon leaves.

This is not a timid, milk toast man. This is a Savior who stands in the face of the enemy and calls him to a show down. Men, Jesus is not a spineless Mr. Nice Guy. NO, he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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