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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 vitalministries.org 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.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Glory In The Game

Psalm 115:1New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 115

Not to us, Lord, not to us
    but to your name be the glory,
    because of your love and faithfulness.

Alabama wins its 5th national with coach Nick Saban. It was a comeback night victory. Trailing 13-0 at the half, Coach Saban makes a quarterback change from a seasoned quarterback to a true freshman Tua Tagovailoa.

This young man lands the Crimson Tide to an overtime victor of 26-23. He sat on the bench all season, yet he makes ready for the moment. Coach Saban calls both quarterbacks together and makes a change. The moment is for young Tagovailia. He gets sacked toward the end of the game for 16 yards. The next play, he throws a 51 yard strike for a touchdown.

At the end of the OT win, Tua gets asked this question, “Do you have a sense of what it is that you and your guys just accomplished?” This was his response, “I just thank God I was put in a place and position that I am in now.” God gets the glory!

You see men, when we are placed in moments and we are ready in the moment, God uses us. Young Tua was a hidden player from Hawaii, yet God had a plan. In that moment, he saw great things.

Most of us will never see national titles or have our name in the news. Yet, we are all given moments. Are you ready for your moment? Stay the course in your devotional time in the Word and in prayer. It is in the day by day that makes us ready. When we are ready, God gets the glory!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Subdue It!

Genesis 4:7New International Version (NIV)

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Cain did not listen to the Lord. I find it interesting that Cain is actually hearing from God himself, yet he does not listen.

We often get caught up in the same thing. We will hear something the Holy Spirit is saying to us. We will read something in the Bible, and it speaks to our heart. We may hear from another person who is speaking godly wisdom, but we choose not to listen. The web of sin entangles us.

There is another part of this verse where God tried to empower Cain, and I think it needs another look. God told Cain to subdue his sin and be its master. There is power here, men.

When sin entices us, this comes from our heart. We have been given power from God which is for us today. The power of the Holy Spirit helps us to master our sin. Did you get that?

So, when the enemy who crouches at our door and tries to entice us, you can master that enticement. Grab that sin by the throat and say, “No!” Get the thought away. Click off that website. Do not tear someone down. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you be the master over sin.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

We start our new teaching series in 1 Peter. We will study in this text what it means to have living hope! Life does not determine hope, but the faith of life does. Faith and hope in Jesus determines hope. Invite friends and do not miss this study!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Happy New Year!

Hebrews 10:24-25New International Version (NIV)

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Out with the old and in with the new. 2017 is in the books. What will 2018 hold? Every January most of us will make resolutions or promises of change that we hope will happen. We promise everything from more discipline, to a better diet, and to getting closer with God.

I have found that if I do not make actual steps to doing change in my life, it will usually not happen. Then, I need to hold to those steps and keep to doing the change in my life. Last year at this very time I had very high cholesterol, and I knew I needed to make a change. I asked my wife if she wanted to start exercising and make a diet change. She was totally on board with this, so we both started working out three times a week at our local CrossFit, then two days a week we either jogged or walked, and we changed how much we ate, as well as, changing the quality of food we ate. We stayed the course for the entire year of 2017 and the dividends payed off very well. My cholesterol went down 60 points to a very healthy range, may weight went down 15 pounds and is holding at a healthy range. My wife had very similar changes and is maintaining her weight. We also noticed that our coordination and athletic ability greatly increased. For 2018, we will keep to this life choice and maintain because the benefits are so inspirational.

There was another dividend of 2017 that I wanted to do, and that was to continue to read the Bible through in a year. I reached that goal, and this was my third time to do this. The Bible is getting into the very marrow of my bones like it says in Proverbs3:8, “This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

This year I am going to journal my thoughts of my day with the intent of hearing the Holy Spirit deeper in my soul; allowing Him to lead me deeper in my decisions of my every day life making life fuller, as well as, reading my Bible daily. I read Proverbs every day and will continue this for 2018. 

What are your plans for 2018? Will you make it intentional to do good works for other people? Will you be an encourager? Will you make ready your life, if Christ returns? Will you read the Bible every day? Will you do a life or health change? Do not neglect the promises and blessings that Jesus has for you in 2018. Include Jesus in your life. He will walk with you every step of the way.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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