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Last Call for Vital Bikers Couples Ride

June 23-25

The Ozarks

Kickstands up at 7:00 AM on June 23

Call Buck Kraft for Questions: 641-780-1295



Psalm 90:12New International Version (NIV)

12 Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Time. All of us have a season of time. From the beginning of conception, is the beginning of time. Even for a child that could only be moments from the time of birth, to those who live to be in their 90’s, and beyond. We all have a season of time.

This past week my like hit 57. It seems like a long time, but when I look back, it looks like a blink. James 4:14 says, “Your life is like the morning fog. It is here a little while. Then it is gone.”

Most people will say in their life, “I wish I could have had more time.” For most it is because they fear death. Mark Twain says this about time, ‘The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.’

This is where I am at in my life. I have rounded second base and third is in full view. I want to live a life that prepares me with the time I have left before death. I want my wife to know we spent a full life together. I want my children to pass on to their children that their dad had a full life serving Jesus.

What are you doing with the gift of time in your life? Are you chasing wisdom and legacy? Is your life chasing Jesus no matter your age?

I leave you today with this thought about ‘Time’ by Bil Keane, “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Vital Bikers Couple’s Ride

June 23, 24, and 25

Traveling to the Ozarks in Missouri

Leave at 7:00 am

Contact Buck Kraft at 641-780-1295

Enjoy Riding, Fellowship, and Food


Love – Time – Death

1 Corinthians 13:13New International Version (NIV)

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Love, Time, and Death; these three things connect every person who ever lived and who still lives and who is yet to live. We all long for love. We all wish we had more time. And we fear death. In the deepest part of every person lies these three component parts. They connect us.

This past weekend we visited the grave site of my mother. My dad was there with family, siblings, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We stood and revisited a life that once lived and continues to touch each one of us in her legacy.

I realize how much she loved each one of us, how she spent time teaching us, and how she raised us. Her sudden death still impacts us all yet today.

As we were talking about her time on earth, my son read to us from 1 Corinthians 13. That chapter speaks to our hearts of what love really is. Love is not simply saying it. It is living it through the time you live life.

I was so thankful to have a mom who loved me in my own life. This moment challenged me in my own life in how I love. What will I do with the time I am given, so it will prepare me in my death. I want my life to glorify Jesus.

How is your love with your wife, family, and the everyday people? Do they see it? What about time? 

King Solomon says life is simply a vapor. Death, we do not like that word, but it is inevitable unless Christ returns in our life time. Are you preparing for the life to come? 

Love, Time, Death, but the greatest of all is Love. It brings all of life full circle.

Strength and Courage



Vital Ministries News

Men’s Breakfast – June 10, 2017

Hy-Vee in Newton, Iowa

7:00-8:00 am

$7.00 will get you all you can eat

Bring: Dads, Sons, Friends, Men

Hope to see you there!!

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