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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

 

Vital Ministries News

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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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

Michael

 

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

Michael

 

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