Everything? Really?

When I was 15, all I wanted was a car. If I had a car, I would have independence, mobility, and most important FREEDOM. I would no longer be dependent on mom to give me a ride across town or going places on a bike. If I had a car, I would have EVERYTHING… or so I thought.

Now I am 30 and a car turned into… If I had a degree I would have EVERYTHING… If I was married… If I had kids… If I was debt free.. If I had that job… If I had a retirement fund… I would have EVERYTHING…

Then it becomes not enough… This week I was in scripture and I came to these verses…

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life

1 John 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

If I have Jesus… I have EVERYTHING. If I have Jesus and live the way He leads… I get the rich and satisfying life He promised. It all start with knowing Jesus and being submitted to the way he leads.

Now lets look at the alternative. The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. So our options are rich and satisfying or death and destruction. On the surface it seems like an easy choice. Yet Jesus said the road to this rich and satisfying life is narrow and hard to find, and the road to destruction is wide and popular.

So what do you typically choose? Popular decision or narrow challenge. You can’t do anything about what you have done up to today, but you can choose what you will choose today. So where do you need to choose life? What do you need to do to choose Jesus? Go do it!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Combating Busyness

busy-83-1184096-639x426Its that season when I fear my IPhone may either explode, or Siri may simply start screaming at me for overfilling the calendar app. Between taking on a new position at church, kids going back to school, my math teacher wife heading back to school, fall programming ramping up at church, and activities for out kids kicking back into high gear I’m preparing for a solid two months of living on coffee and Cliff Bars. I think many of us encounter these incredibly busy season in our lives, while others of you probably feel as if I’m simply describing your typical Tuesday. According to Psychology Today some of the side affects of an over busy lifestyle can include: fatigue, sleep problems, stress, increase in drug/alcohol abuse, depression, and many more. While its easy to say that the best solution to busyness is to cut things out of our lives, sometimes we are simply going to be busy. The question is: what can we do in the busy seasons of our lives to combat the negative affects of busyness?


Lets look at the example Jesus set for us. Jesus was constantly busy. He had disciples fighting for his attention, crowds of thousands flocking to him, the sick, poor, and afflicted asking for help, and religious leaders questioning his every move. He knew that his time on earth was incredibly short, and that he needed to maximize every moment. Yet, between all the sermons, healings, debates, fellowship, and miracles Jesus always found time for prayer. After the Pharisees try to have him arrested {John 7 }what does he do? He retreats to the Mt. of Olives to pray. Do you remember where the Lord’s Prayer comes from? It comes from the disciples seeing Jesus taking time for prayer and asking Him to teach them how to pray like that. Indeed, Luke 5:16 tells us that “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” When it is time for him to be handed over for death on the cross what does he do? He goes and fervently prays on the Mount of Olives {Luke 22}. See a pattern here?

Life is going to be busy, difficult, and stressful. The best resource we have to combat these challenges is spending time with God. Its something we have to make non-negotiable in our lives. Many of us would not dream of starting our morning without coffee, breakfast, or checking social media. Yet, we tend to take connecting with God through scripture and prayer for granted. We seem to have time for emails, text messages, fantasy football teams, political blogs, and ESPN, but not for our Creator and Savior. We need to change that. If Jesus could take time out of his schedule saving the world to connect with the Father, then I think we can too! This week, set aside time to re-connect with God. Share your joys, your struggles, your needs, your sins, your requests, and more. Let God fill you with the joy and hope to propel you through the busyness of your life this week.

A Life Of Honor

1 Peter 2:17New Living Translation (NLT)

17 Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.

A definition of honor by Chuck Holton is the quality of valuing things rightly; the practice o giving everything its purpose, based on valid assessment of what it is worth.

A life of honor can take on many different ideas and directions. What is honor to a man of god? Would you truly lay down your life for another man, for a cause, and for the sake of Christ?

When you get the opportunity look up William Swenson on You Tube. You will find a man rescuing men on the battle field during the Afghan War. You will see him retrieving men from the battle field while risking his own life to get them on a medical chopper. You will even notice him carrying a red cape on his back so that the choppers will find him in the rescues.

The thing I noticed most interesting was that he would kiss the men on the head as he left them. Why would he do that? It is said that men on the battlefield become brothers. I have got your back and you have got mine.

Men, we too are on a battle field. There are men who lay wounded or near death spiritually all because of our enemy, the devil. We need to be like the war hero William Swenson. Go back to the battle field and retrieve men who are either injured or help them in the fight.

That will require honor from you.

September 14 is our kickoff night for Vital Men. Let’s go after men who need our help and bring them to Jesus. It is going to be a great and powerful night with our guest speaker, Chuck Holton. 

Go to vitalministries.org for all of the details.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

Vital Ministries News

Ephesians 2:10New Living Translation (NLT)

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

People generally are as happy as they choose to be. This is a quote by good old Abe Lincoln. What a good quote, but the key to it is ‘choose’. Each day we have a choice to do the following three things in life.

  1. Always do what is right.
  2. Always do your best at whatever you do.
  3. Always trust others the way you want to be trusted.

Jesus put is even simpler. Love your neighbor as yourself. Choosing to do right is a pathway to living a full life not about you, but about other people. What will your choice be today?

KBOE Every Sunday 8:30-9:00. Put your dial at 104.9 and get inspiration for the week.

Conquer The Battle for Purity this Fall, September 21-October 19. Go to vitalministries.org to find a location near your.

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Wasted Game, Wasted Gains

Proverbs 12:27 (NKJV)  The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man’s precious possession.

As my preparation for departure to the western wilds wraps up, I’m stricken by this verse.  I’m headed to the Rocky Mountains, once again, for peace, recharge, a deeper understanding of the Lord, appreciation of the splendid gifts of this playground He entrusts to us and… elk.  If the good Lord sees fit, I should like to fill a tag and, consequently, the freezer.

To fill an elk tag is a great joy, but a tremendous blessing, a gift.  After the enjoyment of time spent in God’s grandeur, my family will be fed and nourished for the better part of the year.  If I went to the mountains, or the fields here at home, shot my game, walked away without attempted recovery or simply left it lie, that would be wasteful, irresponsible, illegal and just down right unappreciative.  After all, I already stated how valuable that game is and what blessings and joy it brings.20160819_004723  

This is true of all the things He provides for us, the fruits of our labors, our talents and abilities, our knowledge, everything.  To not make use of these gifts, earned or bestowed, is wasteful, irresponsible and just down right unappreciative.

The value of the gift is determined not by the recipient, but in the heart and intent of the giver.  Do you think that anything God blesses us with is given in any less than the purest, most loving, fullest capacity of His endless love? The intent of His heart, therefore determines its worth.  Consequently, no matter how great or small we measure it, it’s value can be no less than infinite.

Our days are forever being filled with examples of these gifts, His heart, His love.  What are we doing with them?  Are we roasting what we were blessed enough to take?  Are we applying ourselves fully and utilizing our talents and resources to their fullest?  Are we being diligent?  

As I prepare to head west, Proverbs 12:27 has given me something to examine and work on putting into practice, diligently.  This applies not only to my time at 10000 ft, but to every day and every facet of my life… and yours.  Food for thought.  Have a blessed and safe weekend. 

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

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