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Ephesians 5:33New International Version (NIV)

33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Are you set for Valentine’s Day? Yes, are you, not your wife making plans? Often, as men, we allow our wives to make the plans or give suggestions for Valentine’s Day. That is not the right way, men. Let’s look at a few suggestions that will keep you out of the dog house and into the right way of looking at the big day.

  1. Actually plan ahead – Make a plan for Valentine’s Day, get suggestions from her, but you take the initiative to make the call.
  2. Give her a card – I suggest you add a small letter attached with the card, letting her know that she is the woman in your life, and let her know she is a treasure.
  3. Meet her for lunch – Ask her out for lunch, that would shock her, and get the fire started early in the day.
  4. Intimacy – Without a doubt, that is a part of the plan. The beginning of the day has been established and make it all from the heart.
  5. Lights Out – When all is said and done, a small token showing her she is special will make her feel treasured: A bottle of her favorite perfume, body lotion, or something that is special to her.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Everyone Is Called

1 Peter 2:10New International Version (NIV)

10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Every Christian you see has at least two major callings in their life. The first is the call to use your vocation for the Glory of God to bless other people. The second is the call to make disciples.

All to often we assume that only the people in ministry carry that obligation or calling on their lives. I have been privileged to live both in the day to day world and in ministry. But, guess what? Most of my opportunities came through my work as a builder in my day to day life.

It is important to realize that most people put up walls to people who are in ministry. To be truthful, in ministry, people want you to pray for them and solve their problems. In the secular world most people are not looking for you to solve their problems as to what they need to do. Most people look for that door. They are looking for advice our counsel.

I have found that in those moments in my day to day life, people are more open to hear the Gospel Message. You get to share your story. This is one awesome feeling knowing that Jesus used you to help someone find Him.

So, use that call on your life. You are called to use your vocation for His Glory, and you are called to make disciples. In essence, men, we are all called to advance His Kingdom.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Exodus 25:22New International Version (NIV)

22 There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.

During worship God meets with us and speaks with us. That is an incredible thought. Our God wants to meet with us and speak to us. This next week in Vital Men, we are going to look at what it means to hear God’s voice through worship.

Most men struggle with how this works. Are you going to ask me to stand, lift my hands, and sing? Before we look at that question, let me pose another. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do?

Think with me. You are in church, or you are in your vehicle, or maybe you are out in nature. How do you position yourself before the Great High God?

This past week I had the opportunity to get alone for three days and chase the Father. As I was out on a walking trail. I had music playing. I was in full worship. It was God, me, the trees, the eagles, and the deer. I was praising and worshipping. 

One of the songs I was using to worship was from Hillsong, ‘I Surrender’. I was walking fast. I had my hands up. There were tears falling as I sang ‘I’m desperate for you’. What a worship time it was. The Holy Spirit met with me and spoke to me. There is nothing better than being in His Presence.

Men, we have a powerful teaching this next week. Do not miss the blessing of what God has for us. We can hear His voice through worship.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Fighting Discouragement

Nehemiah 4:10New International Version (NIV)

10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

Discouragement is an easy trap this time of year. For us in the midwest, the sun may hide behind clouds for days. It gets cold, damp, and dreary. Soon our attitudes and outlooks on life may change.

Nehemiah fought discouragement in building the wall for Jerusalem. He faced sarcasm and mocking, which lead to opposition, criticism, and finally conspiracy. It is said that the conspiracy actually threatened to stop the building project.

There were 4 causes of discouragement in verse 10 that I believe will give us insight in how to discover the tendencies of discouragement.

  1. A loss of strength: Usually loss of strength is due to working or over working for long periods of time.
  2. A loss of vision: The confusion of the clutter in life can overwhelm a person, and a goal vision a person has can be lost.
  3. A loss of confidence: If a person loses confidence in accomplishing a task, discouragement to seep in.
  4. A loss of security: If a person loses a sense of security in a vision of a goal or task, that person can loose heart.

Maybe today you are fighting discouragement or have been in the battle of it, and you are wearing out and becoming discouraged. Remember these words in Nehemiah 4:14, ‘Don’t be afraid of the enemy. Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!’

Men, the Lord promises to help us overcome!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Matthew 15:18-19New International Version (NIV)

18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Next Week Sunday, February 5 at 5:30 is Super Bowl 51. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons face off. This will be the Patriots 9th appearance, while this is only the 2nd for the Falcons.

It is predicted that over 114 million people across the globe will be tuning into the game. People will not only be interested in the game, but they will be interested in the commercial advertisements and the half time performance of Lady Gaga.

What a change from the first Super Bowl in 1967 when the Green Bay Packers faced the Kansas City Chiefs. I was 7 years old at that time, and I can still remember the game. It was not about commercials or a highlighted half time. It was about the game and the men playing it. It also was not about individual players. 

As a matter of fact, the Super Bowl was about the Packers and the Chiefs. The half time show was two college marching bands performing. Maybe we are missing something in these 51 years.

I encourage us all as we watch the game to watch in what we say and how we act. It is still just a football game and men playing it. What matters most is our conduct. People are watching and so are our kids and grandkids. 

Enjoy the game, but choose to be a Vital Man.

Strength and Courage

 Michael

 

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