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Vital Ministries News

Calling all men!! We start Vital Men in all locations!!

We will be studying the book Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson.

We are looking forward to studying what it means to chase after that lion in your life. We have listed 6 communities to which you can get plugged into being with other men.


Knoxville meets at the Marion County Fair Grounds 6:30-8:00

Oskaloosa meets at the Vital Ministries Building 6:30-8:00

Ottumwa meets at Country Kitchen 6:30-8:00



Pella meets at The Well 6:30-8:00



Newton meets at Bridgehouse 6:30-8:00

New Sharon meets at First Christian Church 6:30-8:00

How Do You Define Failure?

Proverbs 24:16New International Version (NIV)

16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
    but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

Webster says to fail means to fall short. In our eyes as men, when we see failure it means to be unsuccessful, to disappoint, to be inadequate, and the ultimate failure of bankruptcy. It all spells failure.

Yet, when I look over my own life you cannot eliminate failures. To each person, failure has a different expectation. So here are a couple of questions I have for us in the concept of failure. Are you all reaching goals, I mean, personal goals in the failure? Will you give into the fear of failure and quit trying?

History is full of men who were thought of as failures. Look at Napoleon. He was 42nd in a class of 43. Yet, this man led his army is success and almost conquered the world until he hit his Waterloo.

David writes this in Psalms 119:6-7, that it was good for him to fail because through failure he learned the consequences of his actions. He recognized that he was going in the wrong direction and could change it to become pleasing to God and successful in life.

Fear itself is a driving component that defines failure. Men, the key to living a fearless life is to be willing to take risks. Being afraid is not a bad thing, it is the coal fire in your soul that ignites the passion of the risk.

Fear and failure tried to keep me from being in full-time ministry. The enemy was always reminding me of how I had fallen. But like the Apostle Paul, my focus is Christ, and in Him I live a victorious life. Even when the world says I have failed.

How about you today? Are you up to your neck in what seems to be failures? Are you looking to the Hand of Christ to pull you out? Be willing to grab his had. As he pulled me out of that miry clay. He will pull you out of the failure and allow it to be a place of learned consequences that change your actions.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

We are introducing in Oskaloosa only Vantage Point 3 – The Journey.

It will give us in depth answers to 3 primary questions all men ask.

Who is God?

Who am I?

What does God desire to do through me?

Do not miss this in depth teaching that will help you in your life’s trajectory. 

Oskaloosa Vital Men Meet Every Tuesday Night at 116 A Ave. East.

Beginning September 12


The Cost will be $125.00 per person


Job 33:4New International Version (NIV)

The Spirit of God has made me;
    the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

I wear an I-watch that reminds me to take a moment to breath. At first it was annoying, but since then the reminder to do that is useful. It is useful especially in my busy, rollercoaster days.

It says we breath in and out physically 12-14 times a minute without even having to think about it. When we are at rest, our lungs take in six liters of air per minute. When we are working hard, we an take in more than 100 liters. 

When I think about physically breathing, it is life dependent, so is ‘Spiritual Breathing’. Our spiritual life is dependent on it. I like this thought from Bill Bright in which he says, ‘Spiritual Breathing’, like physical breathing is a process of exhaling the impure  and inhaling the pure. It is an exercise in faith that enables you to experience God’s love and forgiveness and walk in the spirit as a way of life.

Here lies the problem. The average Christian man does not understand the concept of ‘Spiritual Breathing’ as an exercise of faith and as a result, we live a life on a spiritual rollercoaster. We go from one emotional experience to another which lends itself to living as worldly Christians with little to no faith.

We need to make these choices of ‘Spiritual Breathing’ in order to allow the Holy Spirit to breath into our spiritual lives. Here are two suggestions that I am using that I believe can help us to understand how to breath in spiritual good air.

  1. Exhale – By confessing our sins immediately to God and asking His forgiveness is the exhale to spiritual breathing.
  2. Inhale – By asking the Holy Spirit to control and empower us and keeping us from returning to sin is the inhale of spiritual breathing.

The results, men, will give us a Christian life that is no longer about our own self help and defeats. It will allow the Holy Spirit to permeate every area of our lives. ‘Spirit Breathing’ is a conscious effort and the more we do it, the more the Holy Spirit breathes into our lives.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Vital Men will begin the week of September 11-15 in all locations. We will have tow teaching options for me in the following locations.

In Pella, Newton, Ottumwa, and New Sharon the men will be going through the book, Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson. This teaching will challenge and encourage us to unleash our faith and chase after that five hundred pound dream in your life.

In Oskaloosa only, we are excited about teaching, The Journey. It will be for men only as we look to answer three primary questions about life. Who is God? Who am I? What does God desire to do through me?


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