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Man of Character

Matthew 1:19 New International Version (NIV)

19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

We do not have much Scripture on the man named Joseph who was the husband of Mary, Step-Father to Jesus, and a carpenter by trade. Though, what is said about him shows he is a man full of character.

In verse 18, Joseph was pledged to Mary to be her husband, but she becomes pregnant. For most men, anger would take over, or a condemning spirit would come on most men. But, this did not happen to Joseph. He keeps his head and moves in character.

He is also noted as being faithful to the Law which is God’s Word. He reads the Word. He studies the Word. The Word is part of his life. He knows that he could have her stoned to death.

No, not Joseph. He was a man of character. At this point, there had been no dream, no angel, and no word from the Lord. He was moving in character. 

Trust and character is big in a marriage. Not exposing our spouse is essential. Men of Character go first to the Lord when struggles happen in their lives. A true test of character is when you are facing hard challenges in life and how you respond.

What challenges are you facing today? Will your character stand out in adversity? Will you do the right thing? 

Choose to be faithful to God’s Law in your decisions. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. This will help every man as we all pursue character.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Vital Men Small Groups will be on a BREAK until the Week of January 7, 2019.

Please take time to devote to your family.

Let us remember that in Bethlehem, Love was born, and Hope is here.


Vital Ministries News

Announcing a REVISION to Next Year’s Vital Men Small Groups TOPIC.

We will be studying in the Book of Mark.

The main emphasis of this Gospel is stating Jesus as the Son of God.

This is an action packed Gospel of the life of Christ.


From a Stump

Isaiah 11:1 New International Version (NIV)

The Branch From Jesse

11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Have you ever seen a tree that has been cut down and it appears to still have life in it? Along the sides of the stump you will see shoots that start growing. It appears to still have life in the stump.

This is the analogy the Prophet Isaiah uses to show that out of a stump, Judah, the shoot reflects that the Messiah will come. Even though the stump appears to be dead, life will come from it.

I see this analogy can be used for us as men. God has to literally cut us down to leave only a stump that is the only evidence that we once lived. From our stump, if we ask Jesus to be our Savior, a shoot of life will appear.

Like Jesus, the Spirit can rest on us. We too can be empowered by the Holy Spirit. New life in us can once again grow. Out of the brokenness, a new man appears.

We all have our brokenness. Like Israel, we need a Savior to lead us. As we begin this Christmas Season, let’s continue to remember the ‘Reason for the Season’. It is all about Jesus. He came once, and he is coming again.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Vital Men will start back up the week of January 7, 2019.

We will study the Book of John.

We will see how John portrays Jesus as the Son of God, and we will answer the question hat has been passed down from generations since, “Do you believe Jesus is Lord?”


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