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How is your pursuit of alone time with Jesus? Are you reading your Bible? Are you taking time to listen to the Holy Spirit? If you are, stay the course. If you have fallen from it and need to get back, do it TODAY! Do not let another day pass.

No Colored Allowed

Galatians 3:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

By today’s heading, you might be asking, “Did I just read that correctly?” Sadly, you did. For me, the month of July is a month of reflection of our country. Our history, our independence, and our way of life has all come with a sacrifice and battle.

One portion of our history that saddens me is how our country has dealt with race. I love to read the stories of triumph of how people have overcome those obstacles placed before them.

There is a story of one of these Americans who overcame. His name is Myrtis Dightman. He was a black man who entered the profession of bull riding in the cowboy arena. He was the first black American to qualify the 8 second rule of riding a wild bull. I encourage you to read in greater detail his triumph as a black man living in America.

It said that in the 60’s is was posted at the rodeo in bold letters, ‘No Dogs, No Negros, No Mexicans’. Yet, he went in anyway and pleaded with those in charge to allow him to compete. This man did not allow that sign to stop him.

Myrtis Dightman was a man with grit. He fought to be equal in a professional sport. He is the first living Black American to be inducted in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1997.

Myrtis Dightman is now in the latter stages of his life, and he lives in the great state of Texas. He goes to a Baptist Church, and these are his words that he shared with the man who wrote his story, “I’ve lived a good life. I was a cowboy.”

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Start reading the Book of Judges in the Bible. This will be our teaching series as we start back to Vital Men September 10, 2018.

Now Is The Time To Fight!

Joshua 5:13 New International Version (NIV)

The Fall of Jericho

13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”

Joshua had an encounter with the Commander of the Lord’s Armies. I like what Joshua does in that moment. It says in Joshua 5:14 that he fell face down to the ground in reverence to the Commander.

Men, this is important. What made Joshua such a great fighter was that he was a great worshiper. He was obedient to God and served God with all he had. When he did that, he was a good fighter.

This past week we had a man by the name of Pastor Henry from Nicaragua visit our church. His country is which he lives is in anarchy with corrupt government officials, police, and military.

He has ben in the United States for 5 weeks and would soon return to his home. He stated that most of his countrymen were afraid and stayed in their homes. They are literally fearing for their lives. He told us that when he returns, that he was not going to hide. He was going to be a front line warrior. 

What a statement. He declared that this was his moment to stand in the fight and lead his people for what was right. He was ready to stand for Jesus, the church, and for the people of Nicaragua. In life or death, he was ready.

What is your fight? We still serve the Commander of the Lord’s Armies. Will you join with me today to fight our enemy through prayer and in praising of King Jesus? Jesus is the Commander of the Lord’s Armies!

Strength and Courage



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Ready to participate in one of life’s great events? It will require of you obedience and a willingness to chase the Father of your soul. Go to Fellowship of the Sword and sign up for the Men’s Quest September 23-28. It is a LIFE CHANGER!!

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