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Vital Gathering

Join us for a Vital Gathering

July 14

5:00 P.M.

Debbie’s Celebration Barn in Oskaloosa

Come hungry! Food served at 5:00.

After Food and Fellowship, there will be Live Band Worship, a Message of Inspiration, finally, the evening will end with a Desert Treat.

Bring your whole family, friends, and anyone who would like to have an inspirational evening.

Vital Gathering

Join us for a Vital Gathering

July 14

5:00 P.M.

Debbie’s Celebration Barn in Oskaloosa

Come hungry! Food served at 5:00.

After Food and Fellowship, there will be Live Band Worship, a Message of Inspiration, finally the evening will end with a Desert Treat.

Bring your whole family, friends, and anyone who would like to have an inspirational evening.

 

 

True Manhood Part 4

Titus 2:2 New International Version (NIV)

Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

This is the last segment on the writings of True Manhood. So let’s be real with each other. Men, being a provider is only part of our true manhood. Being the spiritual leader in our homes, being a man who guides, governing well, and guarding the family is what true manhood is all about. This is who we are in Christ.

We are in a day of emergency to true manhood. Men are losing sight of true manhood. We are falling in the ranks of complacency and allowing the enemy to take the day. Brothers, it is time to rise up.

In Titus 2:6 it says for us to encourage young men to live wise. How do we do that? Older men need to mentor them to live wise in the Lord, talk about marriage, and talk about raising a family.

Titus 2:7 says that you yourself must be an example. Do other men see you doing good works? Do they see you being kind? Do they see you walking in integrity? Do they see you being serious about reading your Bible and living it out?

Finally, in Titus 2:8 it says to teach truth so that your teaching cannot be criticized. This truth comes from God’s Word. It is not your truth. We live by God’s truth, and we live a life that reflects truth no one can criticize.

True manhood reflects Christ. It is a journey for every man. It raises men who live in self control and worthy of respect.

Live in true manhood and be the man of God you are!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

True Manhood Part 3

Philippians 2:9 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,

In true manhood, if you are not serving others like Jesus, you are not walking in Biblical manhood. It is hard and uncomfortable to serve others like Jesus did. It is called sacrifice. The world says leadership amounts to privilege. The Biblical vision of leadership is sacrifice.

Often times we want rewards for our sacrifice. We want to be esteemed in what we did for others. We could never give in to the thought of our sacrifice of being stripped of our dignity, placed on a cross for all to see, and mocked.

Our God sent his Son as a Sacrifice of true manhood. As a matter of fact, every knee will bow in heaven and on earth to Jesus.

You see, true manhood is not afraid to kneel before god, come before God in humility, and ask how to live a life of true manhood that honors God.

True manhood also confesses that Jesus is Christ the Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:11). When you confess your failures, sins, and weaknesses, Jesus makes you stronger.

True manhood does not stop you from calling out to Jesus. It does not let pride stop you from kneeling. Jesus is elevated to the place of honor, and we bow before him.

True manhood lets your wife and children see you kneel before Christ the Lord.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

True Manhood Part 2

Matthew 5:44 New International Version (NIV)

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

It is easy for a man to show respect and regard when it is done in return. We all have friends who like what we like. We have friends with the same hobbies, religious beliefs, and ideas. It is easy to call them friends.

Now, what about those who do not? There are people you will not share the same beliefs. Down through history, there have been tag names given to groups in order to dehumanize them, and to make it easier to hate on them.

This past March, I spent an eleven day trip to the Holy Land of Israel. This country has always experienced enemies and fighting down through the centuries of time. The nation is called God’s people, the Jewish people are his chosen. Not everyone living in that nation has the same opinion.

While visiting there, we had a Jewish guide and a Muslim driver, as well as, a Palestinian guide. All three got along well with each other. I heard them call each other brother. 

I asked our Jewish guide his perspective. He said that we are all brothers and have learned to live with each other. I would have to say that they had an extent of brotherly love.

During my time there, my views changed regarding the Muslims and Palestinians. I may not agree with their religious beliefs. I saw good men. God changes your heart in true manhood when you can see through different lenses and love who you call an enemy. When you ask for blessings on another, God blesses you, and your prayers will not be hindered.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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