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Finding Fault

Daniel 6:4New International Version (NIV)

At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.

Have you ever wondered how Daniel lived a life in which no one could find in who he was, what he did, and how he lived life behind closed doors? This is a thought provoking question for a Monday.

We see in the book of Daniel that he aligned his heart with God’s heart. He sought God’s will to be done through him. He had a consistent and prayerful focus, he grew as a God follower, and as a person and leader.

Daniel had a prayer life and practiced it three times a day. He would take time to worship God and looked toward Heaven. This habit got him thrown into a lions’ den. He spent the night watching an angel holding the mouths of the lions shut. Not one scratch was found on him the next day.

What if we chose that practice? What if we chose worshiping and praying to God. In turn it would be said that we were faithful men, responsible men, and trustworthy men. That would make an impact with our wives, children, places of work, and in our community.

How hard would it be to have people find fault in us? Today is a good day for heart alignment. When we choose a Kingdom focus and live a life of prayer and worship, we become a heavenly force to contend with. Let’s live a life where it is hard to find fault in how we live life.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

It is a new day. It is time to look forward, but we cannot help looking back. Even when blessings come into our lives, it is still hard not to refocus on the regrets. Are you ready to change this in your life? You are not your past. You are not your mistakes. You are not your dad. You are not your addictions. 

You are God’s beloved son. You can receive forgiveness. You are a new creation.

So, how can this change in your life? By setting a dat to chase the Father on Quest Midwest, October 1-6, 2017. This is a time of coming away. You will have five intensive days of God seeking, self searching, and spiritual training. 

Learn in Quest the Biblical truths to show you how to live life to the fullest. 

Go to Fellowship of the Sword for more details.

Strength and Courage 



The Price of Disobedience

1 Samuel 13:8New International Version (NIV)

He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter.

Why does there have to be that work in life, ‘but’? In the ‘but’ comes the anxiousness of life. It is the crucial moment of success or failure. King Saul paid a great price for the rest of his life because of the, ‘but’ moment.

In the Bible, you read how this tragic moment in the life of Saul plays out. It leads to frustration and trying to seize the moment, knowing it is an act of disobedience. Saul offers a sacrifice to God and disobeyed Samuel’s command.

Now, I think Saul thought in his mind that his troops were fearful. They were slipping out of the ranks ad running. This meant he had to do something. So he does, but what a mistake. Samuel arrives on the scene and asks him, “What have you done?”

This turn of events costs Saul his Kingdom and favor with God. What a moment for Saul. He had it all going for him. He was tall and strong, but weak in faith. Because of his disobedience, God raised up another man, King David. He was a man who chased after God’s heart.

The true tragedy in the story is King Saul’s lack of forgiveness. No where do we see a repentant heart. Saul was a man of moments. He worked out of his own intellect as to looking to God for guidance.

How about you today? Are you paying a price for disobedience and feeling lost that you have lost favor with Jesus? Today is the day of salvation, men! Repent, get on your knees, and cry out to Jesus. He is there, even in our disobedience. He is the King of restored lives. His blood has bought and paid for us, so we might live in obedience and relationship with Jesus our Lord.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Vital Men Breakfast in Newton Has Changed Locations!!

Location: Hy-Vee Newton at 1501 1st Avenue East

June 10


Who to bring: This is a men’s event so bring sons, fathers, grandfathers, or friends.

Come join us for a time of fellowship and an Iron Sharpens Iron Teaching.

See you there!

Strength and Courage



Half Blood Disciple

Acts 1:14New International Version (NIV)

14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

James is the ‘Half Blood Disciple’, who came to believe in Jesus after the crucifixion and the Lord’s resurrection. Not much is said about James in the Gospel, other than he misunderstood Jesus and was not a believer.

Jesus is the older sibling of Joseph and Mary. You have to realize to them Jesus was simply another brother. He grew up with them. They played together, ate meals, slept, and probably had their times of mischief. We forget at times that Jesus was also fully human along with being fully God.

It says in 1 Corinthians 15:6 that Jesus was seen by more than 500 of his followers. In verse 7 it says, ‘Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles’. Jesus met with his brother. You have to cut James a break here. Even he needed proof that his half blood brother was the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

After he receives the Holy Spirit, we find this man full of humility and being one of the eye witnesses to Christ’s resurrection. He would even write one of the books in the Bible that gives us a healthy dose of straight talk about practical Christian living.

I love his opening comment in James 1:1,

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:


Nowhere do you see himself giving accolades of being a brother of Jesus. He is a slave to both God and Jesus. He owes his life to God and Jesus both.

This writing of the Book of James is just another source of proof that Jesus is the Son of God. He was crucified and raised from the dead 3 days later. Let us live a life like James. He lived a life that was lived in humble servanthood to our Savior Jesus the Christ.

Strength and Courage



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