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The Gift Became Flesh

John 1:14New Living Translation (NLT)

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

The Word became flesh. This was the Father’s Gift to all mankind with no limitations. There are no limits on His love. There are no limits on His faithfulness. Jesus became the incarnate Word of God himself. Just thinking and writing about it gives me goose bumps.

There are two Greek words in the Bible that depict the term, ‘word’. First, you will see ‘rhema’ which means spoken word. A great example of that is found in Luke 1:38 where the angel told Mary that she would become the mother of God’s Son.

But the ‘word’ that is used here comes from the Greek work ‘logos’. This is used meaning total message. This is given in reference to God’s message to mankind.

Think about it this way for us today. The total message is not from a scribe, or a priest, or a prophet. The total package message or ‘The Gift” dwelt among us. When Jesus walked the planet in Israel, it was more than just His Words. It was His Message!

Obviously none of us has seen Christ physically, but some of us have seen Him in dreams and visions which are powerful gifts given at particular times. I have experienced such a gift once which came at a dark hour in my life.

The Gift of Jesus and His Message still exists today. How are you searching for it? James 4:8 says, ‘Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.’ What a gift! Pursue Him, men, with all your heart, soul, and spirit.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

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James 1:2-4New Living Translation (NLT)

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

The Holiday Season can be a time of great joy and a time of great sorrow. Just remember, men, when troubles come your way, or when you are feeling low, you are not alone. Take that time as an opportunity to lean on the Lord. Think of it as an opportunity to get closer to Jesus. When your faith is tested and you make it through, you grow. It is a chance to grow closer to Jesus. So, go through joyful times and go through sorrowful times. Go through all times with the Lord. You will develop your relationship with our Lord Jesus, and you will develop your endurance. 

Vital Men will meet at the regular times next week. See you there.

Then we will take a Holiday Break December 12 – January 8.

Vital Men will pick back up the Week of January 9.  See you next year at one of our Vital Men Locations.

Strength and Courage 

Michael

Light in the Darkness

1 John 1:5New Living Translation (NLT)

Living in the Light

This is the message we heard from Jesus[a] and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

God’s light was sent to mankind by His Son Jesus Christ. He literally sent light into a dark world. I do not know about you, but that statement literally blows me away.

I can remember one time when I was in a deep cavern in the Ozarks. We went down by an elevator to the bottom. Obviously they had a light on, but for a moment they turned them off. It was total darkness. We could no longer see anything. It was completely dark.

Eventually they turned the lights back on, but what comes to mind for me in that experience is that God the Father is the source of light. In the light comes truth.

As we look to this coming Christmas season, I am reminded at not only the babe in the manger, but the Father who is the very source of truth sent His light.

So, I have this question for us to think about this morning. Do our lives walk not only in God’s truth, but in His light? Do we make choices to walk away from darkness?

When Jesus is Lord of our lives, light penetrates us. Like the Father who sent His Son to bring light, so does the Holy Spirit in our lives. We become walking flashlights in dark places.

Are you getting this men? The Holy Spirit is the battery in the flashlight of our souls that brings light in our world today. Be God’s light, men. When the light is in us so is the truth.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Exodus 3:4New Living Translation (NLT)

When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

“Here I am!” Moses replied.

This coming week of November 29-December 2, we will be back to finish both this week and the following week of December 6-8 our series on “Good or God?”. You will not want to miss out as we finish this teaching series.

We will then take a break for the Holidays and return on the week of January 10-12, 2017. This will give you time for family and to prepare for this coming Christmas season. Please take the initiative to lead your family as we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We will then return and start a new teaching series from the book, Frequency by Robert Morris. We will learn to tune in and hear God. I strongly recommend you to get this book and start preparing.

A lot of great stuff is ahead. Let’s take charge. Continue reading God’s Word, praying to the Father, and listening for His voice. It is an honor, men, to serve along side you.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

A Life That Mattered

2 Timothy 1:9New Living Translation (NLT)

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

Have you ever stepped back and looked at your life? Have you looked where you came from? Are you looking at where you are going? I believe all men ponder this question. Did my life really matter?

My mind reflects to the movie, Saving Private Ryan. In this movie a band of men go off on a dangerous mission to save one man. They risk their own lives to accomplish this mission. In the movie, all but two men live through the struggles of attaining the goal of saving Private Ryan, the last living brother in his family.

Now fast forward this man’s life. He is now an older man. He has had a wife, children, and has witnessed grand children being born. He visits the grave of the Captain who gave his life to save his. This Captain told him before he died, “Make this day count.”

The man, Ryan, is at a humbling and sobering moment as he is visiting the grave of this Captain. He has memories flooding back as he stands at the grave. As he is pondering his life, his wife comes along side him. He speaks to her and says, “Tell me I was a good man.” 

His wife assures him he is a good man and that his life did matter. Men, we all want to know the answer to that question. I have a quote for us today that I believe will make us all know our lives mattered, and that we are risen in Christ.

“Never regret a day in your life. Good days give happiness. Bad days give experience. Worst days give lessons. The best days give memories.”

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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