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For the month of February, I encourage you to read the book by Gary Chapman called, 5 Love Languages.

It is an easy read, and it will give you insight into understanding how to love your wife.

It is my top pick.

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Fellowship of the Sword

Dates for the Midwest Quest will be up soon!

Start praying and ask the Holy Spirit if this is the year to go.

Dates will be up soon!

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Submitting To Authority

1 Peter 2:13-14New International Version (NIV)

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

Submitting isn’t always easy. It’s a choice to submit to authority. The interesting thought about our verse today is that Peter isn’t asking. He is telling. What he’s telling us here is that by submitting, we are truly subjecting ourselves to authority.

To be ‘subject’ is a military term which means to arrange in military fashion under a commander. You actually put yourself into an attitude of submission.

Isn’t it interesting to see a man like Peter to have an attitude of submission, and to actually write about it. Remember that Peter in his early beginning with Jesus was always asking ‘why’ or ‘how come’. He was more of a man who resisted authority as to submitting to it.

Even while Jesus was reinstating Peter after his denial in John 21:15-18. He tells Peter that he will even in his death someone else will dress him and lead him where to go.

I think we all struggle with authority to one point or another in our lives. My own dad has shared with me that I have too many maverick instincts.

So what can we do with submission? I as the Lord for help, and I realize more and more this submission is good in my life to those who have authority over me. Lord, you have full authority of my life, and you place people of authority to rule over me. I thank you for loving me enough to show me the areas I need to submit.

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Vital Ministries News

Five Locations and Now We Have Added a New Time and Location for Vital Men

Don’t miss out in joining us in one of our 5 evening locations of Vital Men. Go to to find a location near you, get signed up to receive devotionals for both men and women, and get information on up and coming events. 

Also, we now have a new location for Vital Men for ages 20-40 in Oskaloosa. We are meeting on Tuesday Mornings from 6:30-7:30 at the Brickhouse Cafe. If you cannot make an evening Vital Men, come to our early morning time. Hope to see you!

We are studying 1 and 2 Peter. These are great opportunities to have fellowship with other men and grow deeper in your faith.

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Spiritual Milk

1 Peter 2:2-3New International Version (NIV)

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Ever see the commercial or advertisement, “Got Milk?” Milk for a new born baby is absolutely essential for them to live. That is why the bond between mother and child is so important. The baby grows from the milk that comes from the mother.

Peter uses this illustration of spiritual milk as a dependency of spiritual life itself. He points out the importance of being pure and not contaminated. The purity of milk is important for us as we grow up in our faith.

So, how is your milk consumption? Do you crave it? I hear from some that they don’t have time to read or don’t understand what they are reading. I get that. When I was young in my faith, I said and felt both of these things. And I gave those answers myself.

What I found out by not craving spiritual milk is that I struggled more in my life. I made greater mistakes. And I failed in relationships with people because I was going on my own thoughts rather than seeking out the wisdom from God and getting spiritual milk from the Bible.

The book of Proverbs has incredible insight to those who seek spiritual milk as to the fool who does not. Proverbs 18:2 says, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” That was me. I was a man without spiritual milk.

So what do we do? Think of it this way, “Got Spiritual Milk?” Jump into God’s Word and get spiritual nourishment for your life. then you will grow up into the spiritual maturity in being a man God has called you to be.

Strength and Courage



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