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Full Throttle

Colossians 1:10New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

I enjoy living life at full throttle. In my faith, driving, and riding motorcycles, I like to go at speeds that can put the hair standing up on your arms. For those of us who ride motorcycles know exactly what I mean with this description.

Living life on the edge is for some, a way of life. I have a good friend who leads the way on our Vital Biker outings. This man lives for full throttle. He makes our events fun and also gives us that sense of exhilaration in our souls.

It is also exciting to live life full throttle in my faith. Living a life to the best of my ability to always honor and please my Lord. My day always starts with getting into the Word, and then seeking the Lord in my day.

My hope in living full throttle is that my life produces fruit, every kind of good fruit. This past Saturday, I experienced that with meeting up with 3 men during my day. First, my dad and I had father, son time over breakfast. I then met with a young man who is a missionary in Brazil and had a time of mentoring. Finally, I had lunch with a single dad who is raising 3 kids, and encouraged him to stay the course.

In all three men and the time that was given, we experienced growing and learning God better. Living full throttle is what Jesus has called me to do. I am called to live in the fast lane to pursue the Lord and make disciples.

Let’s Ride!!

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Isaiah 43:19New Living Translation (NLT)

19 For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Happy New Year! It is the beginning of 2017. What will it hold for our nation? What will it hold for our church? Most important, what will it hold for you? 

All of us at one time or another made or will make a New Year Resolution. Most start off good for the first week, but in 30 days or less, we fall off the wagon.

Today, I am concerned about what 2017 has for us as Vital Men. What is our direction spiritually, both as a group of men and individually. I would like for you to consider one of the following options and make it a commitment between you and the Lord. By doing so, 2017 will be enriched in the Holy Spirit’s direction for our lives.

  1. Read the Bible and commit to reading the One Year Bible.
  2. Read Proverbs. There are 31 chapters. Read one per day.
  3. Read the Vital Men Devotionals each day and offer this to other men to benefit from it.
  4. Journal and write down what the Holy Spirit is whispering to you each day.
  5. Share your faith to someone who does not know Jesus.

Step into one of these options, men. It will help make 2017 a year seeking the Lord for direction and wisdom.

Strength and Courage



The Return

Luke 17:15New Living Translation (NLT)

15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”

After the carols are sung and eggnog consumed, Americans will hit the roads to return unwanted gifts. We will return as much as $284 billion dollars of unwanted gifts. The gift to be remembered?

Jesus gave 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19 a gift of healing to their bodies. These men had a flesh eating disease that would ultimately take their lives. The men were unclean and would be placed in a colony to live out their lives separate from everyone else.

In this story, Jesus hears the lepers calling out to him, “Help us! Have mercy on us!” Jesus immediately sends the gift of healing to their bodies. He tells them to go show themselves to the priests. As they started walking, the healing happened.

For me today, my thought goes to the nine. Why did they not come back? Why did they not return to Jesus and thank him? Did they think they were owed? Were they ungrateful? We do not know. Scripture is silent.

Yet, one did come back. This one man who received healing came back to praise Jesus. He got to his knees with his face in the dirt. What was interesting was that he was a half-blood. He was half Jewish and half gentile. He was a Samaritan. He received the gift of healing and was grateful. 

Many will hit the malls and stores to return gifts after this Christmas holiday. These gifts will be forgotten. Do not forget the gift of Jesus. Hold dearly your gift of salvation. Also, do not forget the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He was a gift to our world. He came to save. Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of salvation and your abundant grace.

Strength and Courage



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Luke 2:14New Living Translation (NLT)

14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

Christmas made it! It is here! Tonight is Christmas Eve. Stories will be read, scripture quoted, and songs sung. Generally most of us will go to a candle light church service where this is a time of fellowship and worship.

As I look at all this, do we really do the day of Christmas justice? Why is it at this time people will come to church and then we do not see them again until Easter or at Christmas next year?

My mind moves to the shepherds on a hillside. These men were watching their sheep. To me it would be a mindless job, but God sent his angels to these men. Not only did they see the angels, they heard them sing.

I believe no orchestra or band could have even begun to match the gloriousness of that night. That is why I think we should, as men, be the strongest voices heard tonight. God sent angels to the shepherds. These were men doing their job.

Tonight, men, our job is to get our families to church to sing praises. We are not singing to a babe in a manger. Tonight, we sing to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords who is returning again! Merry Christmas!

Strength and Courage




Matthew 1:17New Living Translation (NLT)

17 All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.

You will notice that Matthew points out the genealogy from Abraham who was the father to Joseph, the husband of Mary. Joseph was not the father of the Messiah, but he was the step dad to the new born King.

Jesus had no earthly father, yet, through the prophesy of Abraham, then to David. It was completed by Joseph. It is interesting to me that God had importance of a name. What I am meaning by this is that he knows everyone’s name. He knew his son’s name, Jesus.

The genealogy of his birth was important then, and it is important to us today. Names give significance of time and generation with each family.

This week, Christmas week, are days and times set aside with family members with names. For me this gives me great joy. My genealogy has given me five children, two with spouses, and five grandchildren.

Like most families, there is messiness involved with my family, and so was it for Jesus. Abraham, the father of faith, lacked faith at times. Boas was born of Rahab, the prostitute. Solomon came from David and Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah. And this goes all the way to the birth of Jesus born of the Virgin Mary.

With Kingdom eyes, what a mess. Yet, God still uses us. We, his people, play a role in our Lord’s Kingdom. Each having a name.

Strength and Courage



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