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Vital Men Breakfast in Newton Has Changed Locations!!

Location: Hy-Vee Newton at 1501 1st Avenue East

June 10


Who to bring: This is a men’s event so bring sons, fathers, grandfathers, or friends.

Come join us for a time of fellowship and an Iron Sharpens Iron Teaching.

See you there!

Strength and Courage



Half Blood Disciple

Acts 1:14New International Version (NIV)

14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

James is the ‘Half Blood Disciple’, who came to believe in Jesus after the crucifixion and the Lord’s resurrection. Not much is said about James in the Gospel, other than he misunderstood Jesus and was not a believer.

Jesus is the older sibling of Joseph and Mary. You have to realize to them Jesus was simply another brother. He grew up with them. They played together, ate meals, slept, and probably had their times of mischief. We forget at times that Jesus was also fully human along with being fully God.

It says in 1 Corinthians 15:6 that Jesus was seen by more than 500 of his followers. In verse 7 it says, ‘Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles’. Jesus met with his brother. You have to cut James a break here. Even he needed proof that his half blood brother was the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

After he receives the Holy Spirit, we find this man full of humility and being one of the eye witnesses to Christ’s resurrection. He would even write one of the books in the Bible that gives us a healthy dose of straight talk about practical Christian living.

I love his opening comment in James 1:1,

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:


Nowhere do you see himself giving accolades of being a brother of Jesus. He is a slave to both God and Jesus. He owes his life to God and Jesus both.

This writing of the Book of James is just another source of proof that Jesus is the Son of God. He was crucified and raised from the dead 3 days later. Let us live a life like James. He lived a life that was lived in humble servanthood to our Savior Jesus the Christ.

Strength and Courage



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Vital Men Bike Ride to Duluth, Minnesota

June 2-4

Three Days

Get signed up early to get hotel reservations made.

Give buck Kraft a call at 641-780-1295

This is a great opportunity to invite friends for this ride and allow the Holy Spirit to do his work.

See you on the road!!

Strength and Courage



Two Charcoal Fires

Luke 22:55New International Version (NIV)

55 And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.

There is nothing more resting than sitting around a charcoal fire in the evening. Sitting back, watching the charcoals burst and crackle. This is a moment of relaxation to calm a man’s mind at night.

For the Apostle Peter, that night he was warming himself by the fire and nervously trying to blend into the crowd. All this while an innocent man in whom he pledged his life would, in a few hours, get brutally tortured, humiliated, and murdered. This was not a night of rest. 

Peter was a strong leader, and a man who placed high value on honesty, integrity, and loyalty. He was a man of his word, but on this night, he would deny knowing the man whom he called the Messiah. All this while warming himself by a charcoal fire.

Later, after his denial, he hit rock bottom in life. Again, he would face another charcoal fire at a place they call, Peter’s Primacy. Here, Peter is forgiven by the man he denied, and he is given three opportunities to receive reconciliation between himself and Jesus.

The two charcoal fires provide two events in salvation. It is as if Christ took Peter back to that courtyard when he built that fire on the shore of Galilee that morning. This was a place of forgiveness for Peter, and it was the justification Christ won for us all on the cross.

In a way, the confessional is our charcoal fire. It is a place of confession where we meet Christ, who sits on the throne as the High Priest. The charcoal fire allows us a place of mercy to give us a place of reconciliation. Without the second fire, Peter would have never recovered from his sorrow and guilt. He would never have been able to be the shepherd for Christ’s flock. All this had he not had the charcoal fire moments.

Strength and Courage



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Get Plugged In This Summer!!

Vital Ministries Teaching on KBOE 104.9 FM Radio Every Sunday at 8:30

Vital Men’s Breakfast May 6 at 7:00 AM at the Newton Perkins

Vital Bikers Men’s Ride June 2, 3, and 4

Vital Bikers Couple’s Ride June 23, 24, and 25

Strength and Courage


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