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Vital Men Bikers

Spring is all but here and summer is on the way, so do not miss our kick-off ride for Vital Men Only. This coming June 2, 3, and 4. We will be traveling through northern Iowa to Duluth.

Our second day we will stop at Duluth Harley-Davidson Sport Center on Highway 53. We will then travel north on beautiful Highway 61 along Lake Superior. Then we will start our adventure back to Iowa.

This is a trip with guaranteed beautiful country, great opportunity to hang out with other brothers, and as it says in Proverbs 27:17, we will sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another.

It is a great time to bring another man who has never been a part of Vital Men and see that chasing the Father is a real adventure of life. Keep checking the Vital Ministries Web Page for upcoming news in our Vital Men Biker Trip.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Mr. Nice Guy

Matthew 24:13New International Version (NIV)

13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

The meaning of the word nice is as unreliable as the people it describes. Today, it is synonymous with words like pleasant and agreeable. It is also meant for effeminate, unmanly, cannot endure much, dainty, reluctant, ignorant, and difficult to please.

You might asking yourself, where are you going with this Mr. Nice Guy stuff? We find a fork in the road today as Christian men. If we are unfailingly what they call pleasant, agreeable, and carry the posture of a man who has impeccable manners, we are considered being Mr. Nice?

Often we find these kind of men to simply be posers at church or in front of people. Behind closed doors in their homes, they are secretive and manipulators. Harsh words for the description of being Mr. Nice Guy.

We have lost the true meaning of what it means to be a man and especially a man of God. We fight the 21st century as being called metrosexual, being passive, living a life hidden from adventure, and not living life to the fullest.

Here is a good quote by R.C. Sprouls who says, “When I became a Christian, I understood that Jesus took my sin away. What I never heard from Him was that He intended to take away my backbone.”

I have found that ‘niceness’ makes men agreeable, not good. Niceness and righteousness do not go hand-in-hand. The Bible says righteous men are bold as lions NOT kitty cats. So how do we, as men, live a righteous life? We will discuss that in the next few devotionals on ‘How to Live a Righteous Life’ and how to leave the watered down Mr. Nice Guy behind.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

1 Corinthians 14:26New International Version (NIV)

Good Order in Worship

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

We only have 4 more weeks left in our series, ‘Frequency’, Tune In, Hear God. This coming week we will be discussing chapter 7, Be a Steward of God’s Voice. We will look at 10 ways in which God speaks. It is going to be an awesome teaching.

You can go to our vitalministries.org website to see 6 different locations in which you can get plugged in with other men as we take this incredible journey together hearing the voice of God.

The main thrust of this weeks teaching is to be careful stewards of listening to God’s voice. We will have an opportunity to distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit to which he dramatically changes our lives to hearing his voice. Do not miss it and bring another man with you to Vital Men.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Call For Confirmation

Judges 6:17New International Version (NIV)

17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me.

We see in the Bible, the story of Gideon’s fleece. A man who asked the Lord several times about confirmation about direction for his life and leading the people of Israel.

Their are always times in our lives that we seek confirmation from the Lord. We see in Scripture that God did not condemn Gideon for wanting confirmation, and I believe that still holds true for us today.

As we seek God for guidance and confirmation, we can ask these questions to confirm how God is speaking to us.

  1. Does it align with the Bible? God’s voice never disagrees with the written Word.
  2. Does Godly counsel agree? What are other men or your wife saying about the matter? Do not just go to those who you think might agree with you.
  3. Does peace reign in your heart? Do you have peace in your decision? 

Maybe today you are looking for confirmation in some situation in your life. Allow these 3 principles to direct you in your decision.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Treasure

Proverbs 2:4New International Version (NIV)

and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,

It is obvious this portion of the Bible is talking about the wisdom of God, but for me, I also like to think of treasure in my spouse. As men, we like to go and divide and conquer in our work and life.

I have always regarded my wife as a treasure from the Lord. She is a help mate, my companion, and the love of my heart. But we can get in a rut in the road and continue through life and assume our wives just know we treasure them.

The greatest gift that I can give to my wife, the treasure, is to help her know I have got her spiritually. What I mean by that is I pray for her daily, and I also pray with her daily. That has become the most special moments in our marriage.

When we pray, it is not about the kids or every day life. I pray a hedge of protection over her. I pray for her physical health. I also pray against the enemy. I pray about 2-3 minutes over her. Men, my wife knows where she is in my heart. She is a treasure.

I want you to think about this challenge in praying with your wife. Yes, at first it is a little awkward, but I promise that you will get over it quick. By praying over your wife, men, it can be some of the most special moments of your day.

Lead, men. That is the key that opens the treasure.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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