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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18New Living Translation (NLT)

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

This coming week is Thanksgiving week. It is a time set aside with family and friends to enjoy the holiday feasts of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. That sounds good.

This week I believe holds two thoughts of what Thanksgiving is all about. The first thought is that this holiday is the beginning of the Christmas season of going to the malls at midnight, the rush to fill wish lists, and the stress of the holiday season.

The second thought is that we just take in the Thanksgiving day by possibly going to church the night before or on the morning to Thanksgiving, enjoying the fellowship of family, and enjoying great food with family and friends.

All of this is great stuff, but I am reminded of what the passage in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 really says to rejoice always, to pray continually, and to give thanks in all things. I believe, men, this is the true measure that the Pilgrims had as they enjoyed the thankfulness of God’s gracious provision.

We will not be meeting as Vital Men the week of Thanksgiving. This will allow you time to spend with family and to allow Thanksgiving to be a true day of thankfulness to our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Strength and Courage



Friendship with God or the World

Romans 5:10New Living Translation (NLT)

10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.

Which do you hold dear to you? Do you hold a friendship with God most dear, or do you hold a friendship with the world most dear? We usually say it is God, but is that the real truth?

When I look at this passage in Romans 5:10, we see the heart of the Father who gave his Son. He loves us that much and wants a friendship with us. He restored the friendship so that we can commune with God through his Son. 

What is required of us to call ourselves true friends of Jesus?

  1. True friends will obey the Son. John 15:4 says, “You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.” If you are not obeying him, you are not his friend. God is looking for consistency and regularity in your life.
  2. The obedience that Jesus requires is active. Some people think it is merely what God states thinking I am not a thief, adulterer, or an alcoholic to name a few. All of this is good and right in refusing to live a wrong lifestyle. True friendship with God is where you choose to do the right things because you are a friend of Christ.
  3. True friendship obeys Jesus because they want to. Obedience comes as a desire not a duty. Duty says, “I have to do the right thing. I have to read my Bible, and I have to pray.” Obedience gives joy in doing right because you want to do what is right.

We all have what we call fair-weather friends. Jesus fed people, healed people, and raised people from the dead. Are you Jesus’ friend? Do you obey him? Do you follow his commands? Do you spend time with Jesus? Be fair-weather friends with the world. Be a true friend with Jesus.

Strength and Courage



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Romans 14:19New Living Translation (NLT)

19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

I am looking at the days ahead for our nation. Our nation is a land that has had those who have sacrificed. Veterans have served our country. They are Patriots that stand for what our country is made of.

I am encouraged that revival may come to our land with humble leadership with Kingdom focus. I pray for our new leadership as it will take us to a new chapter that will look to God the Father. God places kings both good and bad, so that his incredible work might be done as we wait with eyes to the sky for his Son returning in clouds.

Our part, men, is to be part of that change. This starts with yourself by loving our wives and raising our children to know Jesus. Take it to the places of our work, our churches, and our communities.

We can pray for a changed America. As people, we humbly submit to Jesus Christ our Lord. This I believe, men, is the pursuit of peace and building up one another.

Strength and Courage



The Decision

Psalm 32:8New Living Translation (NLT)

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
    I will advise you and watch over you.

Tomorrow is finally the day. It is the day to cast your vote on a new President. The vote will lead us to our next President. Which way will we go?

That very thought brings anxiousness to our lives. Will that person lead us wisely? Will the Constitution holdup as it was originally written? Will they pick the next right judges in the Supreme Court to rule our land?

My first opportunity to vote was with President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in 1980. That was a big deal at the time. I remember the hostage situation. When Ronald Reagan became our new President, they immediately released men and women hostages. It was a big deal.

Every election is important. Will Hillary Clinton become the first woman to lead our country, or will Donald Trump become the first business man to lead our country with the changes he has promised.

I have prayed and asked the Lord for his Will. God places all kings whether good or bad to move his people toward him. No matter who is the next President, God is still in control moving everything according to his will with His Son, Jesus, and with the Holy Spirit.

I encourage you to vote. It is one of our rights and freedoms as Americans.

Strength and Courage



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2 Timothy 3:14New Living Translation (NLT)

14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.

What do you believe and what do you hold onto when you face true adversity about your faith? Do you stand up for what you believe when all others slowly stop believing, move to another ministry, have a change of life, or simply leave?

There is a new movie coming out this weekend called, Hacksaw Ridge. It is about a young man named Private Doss who was in WWII fighting in the Pacific. He believed that while those around him took life, he would save life.

In the Army’s eye, he was a coward, unwilling to fight, and not a soldier. It is said that this man saved 75 wounded men on the field of battle. He prayed this prayer, “Lord, help me get one more!”

I look at this and see the bravery of a young man who believed in his calling, and he faced adversity. He stayed faithful to the call of what Christ had on his life. He stayed faithful when others in his unit turned against him, when the military turned against him, and even some of his closest friends turned on him.

What are you called to face today? Maybe you are in a company that is facing hard times. Maybe your marriage is breaking at the seams. Maybe cancer is knocking at your door. There could be a wayward family member that is not coming back to Jesus. What do you do when you face adversity?

I choose to believe. Even in ministry there will be those who leave or move on, but I choose to believe. I ask the Lord for strength and courage. I ask the Lord to help me get one more.

Strength and Courage



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