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Vital Ministries Men’s Ministry going STRONG! Bring friends, fathers, brothers, sons, and friends. Encourage them. Spread the word to sign up for daily men’s devotionals. We even have women’s devotionals for the women in your lives. Encourage your wives, sisters, and mothers to sign up for the Vital Ministries Women’s Devotionals. Jesus is for each one of us, and he truly has a plan for each one of us.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Make choices in 2018 to grow deeper in your faith. Make choices to live healthier in what you eat and in your exercise. Choose to read a book that helps your mind stay healthy mentally.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Searching For Love

Luke 2:23-24New International Version (NIV)

23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Mary and Joseph had to go to the temple for purification rites. That was the Law, Leviticus 12. They had to redeem their son since he was the first born son. They paid their money to redeem the Redeemer who would one day redeem his parents and all mankind with his blood.

This may not be part of the Christmas story that you are looking for today, but this was a sacrifice of love in the form of two birds. The birds would be the sacrifice of Jesus redemption according to the Law.

We always want this Hallmark photo of Mary and Jesus giving birth in this seemingly sterile stable, yet that wasn’t the case. It was a mess with foul odors, stinky shepherds, and probably blood on the floor from birth.

Yet, according to John 3:16, God so loved the world He sent His Son down to earth to our mess. It is a place of struggle, pain, and eventual death. Yet, we celebrate Christmas searching for love.

God is love and so is his Son. It is hard for me to wrap my brain around it to the place where God sent his Son for me and my brokenness and shame. Like David says, “I lift my eyes to the hills for a glimpse of my Savior’s love.”

Are you searching for love today? It’s not in a manger anymore. He came. He died. He rose from the dead. We wait for His soon return for us. That is love. 

Merry Christmas to all my brothers in Christ and your families.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Only 2 more days until Christmas. Choose to be an expression of Christ’s love these next days. Take time to love on family and friends. Be an expression of love with your time. Be present in family moments.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Love Jesus more than anyone. Point your life choices to Jesus. Have transparent love for Jesus. Have real love for Christ. Be thankful for Jesus in your life.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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