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Which Way Will You Go?

Proverbs 16:9New Living Translation (NLT)

We can make our plans,
    but the Lord determines our steps.

There comes a point in every man’s life in which he will decide which way to go. Will I strive to be someone important? Will I work hard to do something important? Generally speaking, both pursuits will not go hand in hand.

Young men today are often enticed to the glamorous life and with that comes a career like wanting to be a sports star, music star, or an actor. No longer are the careers of being a teacher, doctor, or banker a desired career.

For myself, I was led into a career of construction. I was taught at a young age that hard work produced good results. That has been absolutely true in my life. Eventually, that life lead to becoming a general contractor.

This life has given me a good life and also fulfillment in what I do. Yet, this still did not define me in who I really am. When I went through the darkest hour of my life in my 40’s, it lead me to asking Jesus this question, “I want the rest of my life to yield to be apart of something important, will you guide me?”

Today, the Lord has allowed me to start a men’s ministry called, Vital Ministries. I get to share my faith and disciple men. I also preach at a state correctional facility, and I am also an associate pastor at a church.

I get to help men stand and know who they are in Christ. I get to be apart of something important and advance Christ’s Kingdom.

You have a choice in life to be someone important or do something important. Remember, you may make plans for your life, but will you allow the Lord to lead your steps?

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Proverbs 27:17New Living Translation (NLT)

17 As iron sharpens iron,
    so a friend sharpens a friend.

Quest, the act or instance of seeking or pursuing something; a search. An expedition undertaken in medieval romance by a knight in order to perform a prescribed feat.

By ‘coming away’ with Christ for five intense days of God seeking, self searching, and spiritual training, the Quest Ministry works to unlock the hearts of men. We seek the heart of God, knowing that in his heart we will find manhood. We seek to become warrior hearted men fighting for our wives, children, and the generations to come. The Quest uses Biblical truths to show men how to have life to the fullest. Our destiny is found in unlocking the passionate heart placed in men from the beginning of time.

Men, this is the last call for the March 5-10, 2017 Quest. Will you come away to the wilderness to a place isolated from day to day routines. There will be no cell phones, no deadlines, and no distractions. The choice is up to you. Go to Fellowship of the Sword and find more information. Sign up for this life changing event.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

We Are Sheep

John 10:8New Living Translation (NLT)

All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them.

Hearing God’s voice is a question of identity. Who are you at your core? You really have to sit in that question of identity. When we realize that our only true identity can be found in Christ alone, it is at that moment His voice becomes clear.

If you continue reading in John 10:8-11, you will find two voices speaking to fight for a place in our minds. Satan is the first by making empty promises along with an empty identity. Satan’s only purpose for your life is to kill, steal, and destroy.

The One True Voice comes from Jesus. He clearly states that He is the Good Shepherd. He is the Shepherd that sacrificed his life for the sheep which is you and me.

I believe Jesus used the word sheep as a synonym to help us truly understand our dependency on Him. Sheep will die with most any cause. They are frail, they bunch together, and they will follow the leader really well. Sheep depict us perfectly.

That is why sheep need a shepherd, and they know his voice. People outside of Christ do not know His voice. People who have given up their lives to Christ hear His Voice.

Men, we are sheep in need of a Good Shepherd. Allow Christ to lead your life, and you will most definitely understand His Voice.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Psalm 16:1New Living Translation (NLT)

Psalm 16

A psalm of David.

Keep me safe, O God,
    for I have come to you for refuge.

Men, are you interested in drawing closer to God? The Bible teaches us if we draw closer to Him, that He will draw closer to us. It is an act of obedience on our part to chase the Father.

So, how can we do that? One way is through Quest coming up the first week in March in Mooresville, Missouri. You can have that opportunity. The event is called Fellowship of the Sword. I encourage you to go and check out their web site.

You will experience 5 1/2 days with Christ and seeking Him, as well as, self searching and spiritual training. Your Quest will unlock your heart in such a way, and you will experience a change in your heart. You will find manhood.

Become a warrior hearted man. Become a man who fights for his wife, his children, and family. For me, next to my salvation, it has been a game changer. 

Quest will allow you to understand Biblical truths, and it will show you how you can live life to the fullest. This is a 5 1/2 day adventure in the unknown of yourself to experience the known God. 

Space is limited, men, and we have ways to help with some cost. It is up to you!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Hebrews 13:16New Living Translation (NLT)

16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

Vital Men Event: Saturday, January 14, 2017

Where: The Well Resource Center, Pella, Iowa

Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

What to Bring: Screw Guns, Extension Ladders, 6′ Ladders, Tape Measurers

What Are We Doing: Building Walls and Placing Metal Fire Blocking

FOOD: Yes, Lunch Is Being Provided

Men, do not miss out on this time of fellowship. We will be working inside. Bring your son or bring a friend. Many hands make light work. Coffee and Donuts will be at 8:00 a.m. Then we will get to work. Hope to see you there!!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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