Corporate Prayer for Peace

1 Timothy 2:1-4New Living Translation (NLT)

Instructions about Worship

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

The primary activity of believers is meeting together in fellowship and to minister to the Lord in prayer. Prayer should be given on behalf of all people. As believers, our primary responsibility is to pray for the government of our nation. We are to ask God that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and reverence. The government we live under affects the life we lead. We are to ask that our government will achieve conditions in which we who are under the government may lead a quiet and peaceful life. We are to lead a life in all godliness and reverence. We must pray that our government will do its job well and properly. We are to pray for a good government. The basic purpose of our Constitution that was put together by our founding fathers was to create a country where people could lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and reverence. God approves of good government. God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. God wants the truth of the Gospel proclaimed to everyone everywhere. We know that good government is the will of God because it helps the preaching of the Gospel, and that is the primary purpose of God for our world. What goes on is not beyond our control. We must grasp the limitless possibilities of prayer and praying according to God’s will that is revealed in his Word. Pray for the government.

Matthew 18:19-20New Living Translation (NLT)

19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

When two or more are lead together by the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus, they can count on His presence. If we are in different places praying in solitary, our prayers still come up before the Lord’s presence as one corporate voice as we pray His will and in His name. Pray 1 Timothy 2:1-4 as a corporate prayer for peace.

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James 1:2-4New Living Translation (NLT)

Faith and Endurance

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

The Holiday Season can be a time of great joy and a time of great sorrow. Just remember, men, when troubles come your way, or when you are feeling low, you are not alone. Take that time as an opportunity to lean on the Lord. Think of it as an opportunity to get closer to Jesus. When your faith is tested and you make it through, you grow. It is a chance to grow closer to Jesus. So, go through joyful times and go through sorrowful times. Go through all times with the Lord. You will develop your relationship with our Lord Jesus, and you will develop your endurance. 

Vital Men will meet at the regular times next week. See you there.

Then we will take a Holiday Break December 12 – January 8.

Vital Men will pick back up the Week of January 9.  See you next year at one of our Vital Men Locations.

Strength and Courage 

Michael

Master, So You Can Forget

Matthew 21:42 (NKJV)  Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?

I am passionate about archery and bow hunting and am dedicated to proficiency and accuracy.  To be accurate with a bow is one of the hardest, most complicated… simplest things in the world.  It’s difficult because it requires work, constant maintenance.  One can not pick up his bow sporadically and reasonably expect to be an “X” man.

However, the equation to becoming an “X” man is extraordinarily simple.  As an archer, this is the equation I use and, likewise, as an archery coach, it’s what I start every lesson with.  “Master the fundamentals, so that you can forget about them.”  That’s right… master, so that you CAN forget.  fb_img_1480653954597

All of the truly proficient archers I have ever known, have one critical thing in common.  They are fundamentally sound.  There are subtle idiosyncrasies in each of their shots, but foundationally they are the same.  That soundness creates a fluid natural shot execution. From the moment they grab their bow, to the conclusion of their follow through, they are smooth, confident and natural. Why do you think that is?  It’s simple, they have mastered the fundamentals. Consequently, they no longer have to think about what to do.  Muscle memory takes over and carries them through the process.  It’s ingrained.  

I have come to believe that this simple mindset, applies just as appropriately to my walk with the Lord.  If I want to grow as a christian man.  If I want to accurately, intimately know and understand the Lord, hit the mark with more regularity, I must “master the fundamentals, so that I CAN forget about them.”  

I am a deep admirer of Dr. Billy Graham. Once, in an interview, he was asked, “what has been the most important contributors to your success in ministry? To what do you attribute your ceaseless faith?”  His answer, “constant prayer and conversation with my Lord and reading, knowing and internalizing His word.” What do you think… fundamentals?  Dr. Billy Graham, a preacher to millions, a powerfully effective vessel of Jesus Christ because… he mastered the fundamentals. His mastery of these simple things, allowed him to forget about them.  They became natural, ingrained, so he could confidently, proficiently and accurately do the work that God prepared for him.  

I am working on this, as should you.  Like accuracy in archery, it’s one of the hardest, most complicated… simplest things in the world.  “Master the fundamentals, so that you CAN forget about them!”  Have a blessed weekend My Friends!  

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

 

 

Seek it

true-false

Lately, the news outlets have been full of news about fake news.  There is some outrage over people who portray lies as the truth, and then spread it on social media.  Is this any different than High School kids spreading lies about one another to seek revenge, or to make themselves look better?  Pretty much the same thing, other than you would expect adults to act more like adults than High Schoolers.  With both major party presidential candidates confirmed to have lied on different occasions, who can you trust?  How do you tell the truth from a lie?  Do you rely on gut feelings…I don’t believe that guy because I don’t like the cut of his jib.’  Or maybe you fact check a story to see if it holds any water, or not.  Or just trust certain sources for what they say as true.  Where do you go for the truth?

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  John 17:17

In a world where post-modern cultural and moral relativism predominates, what people perceive as truth changes with their moods.  The ‘what’s true for you is not true for me’ mentality predominates and people can be led to believe most anything, even when shown the cold, hard facts of the truth!  People can be led to believe most anything in a world where what they feel is true or false is a reality for them.  Many who don’t trust in God may put their faith in ‘science’ and what they believe are undisputed truths.  While the laws of physics and math remain fairly consistent in most settings (on earth), what we believe to be true and beneficial in other areas changes each decade, if not month to month.  Evidence based research on what is a good diet, what medicines and medical procedures are beneficial, and psychological treatments are not the same today as they were 30 or even 5 years ago.  We hope it improves, but this is not always the case.  Everyone thinks they are so much smarter now than they were 10 years ago.  Are you?

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”  John 18:37

To be honest, the closer I grow to God, the more I start to think and feel like Him.  When the Spirit of God speaks to me, opens up the Word, and directs me, truth resonates within me.  The closer I am to God, the more I despise sin in my life and the easier it is to see in others as well.  I hate lies and try to avoid them whenever possible, but at times still find my sin nature drawn toward hiding the truth when it may reveal something negative about me.  When I find out someone lies to me, it makes me lose almost all respect and trust in them, even if I forgive them, it will be difficult to believe them again.  The truth matters.

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31-32

Lord, reveal to us the truth of your Word.  Help us see the lies in the world and in the church that we may discern what is true in all things.  Let our words and our lives speak the truth to those around us and be a testament to your work in our lives.  If we ever speak or spread lies, be quick to convict us and allow us the chance to replace what is false with what is true in our lives.  Let Christ be our example of speaking and living out only what is true and calling others to do the same.  May this be true in our lives today.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

Strength, Courage, and Truth in Christ,
Clark

When God Shows Up

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do?  Like you brush your teeth in the morning, comb your hair a certain way, or drive with the same hand.  The reason is you have a habit.  There is a cycle to a habit.  There is a cue like the last thing you do before you go to bed is brush your teeth.  The cue is it is time to go to bed.  Then there is a routine.  You will brush your teeth the same way without thinking, this is your routine.  Studies show you will actual brush the same number of strokes each time you brush. This is your routine.  Then there is the reward… We like the way our teeth feel when we are done.  The tingly feeling we get is from chemicals that do not actually help make our teeth cleaner, but toothpaste companies know they will sell more toothpaste if they generate that feeling.

Just like a habit cycle of Cue- Routine- Reward, I have learned there is a Spirit Cycle.  When God shows up we often want to know what He wants us to do also known at “His will.”  

  1. Purify our hearts

q1wd1q2lyhc-jakub-krizWhat He wants to do in us first is purify our hearts, because if we do what He wants but we don’t reflect His Character or if we do it for the wrong reasons.  

John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 

Purifying is vulnerable, and being set apart is a process.  But it is one of the primary purposes God wants to do when He shows up in your life.

2. Prompt Obedience

God love to speak to His kids.  He will do it though scripture, impressions, confirmation, council, and sometimes dreams and visions.  Many times God will have something for you to do, and He wants you to obey.  This is the Holy Spirit who Guides us.

Acts 16:6 Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time.

God prevented Paul and Silas from preaching the Gospel in a certain area because He wanted them to go somewhere else.  God wants to prompt you too.

3. Produce Life

When you allow God to purify you and you promptly obey Him, it will produce life in you and in others.  The other side of this is the sin cycle.  Which is temptation, an act of sin, and then produces death in you and in others.  We like the produce life part, but it begins in the purifying process followed by obedience.  God has great things He wants to do through you but it begins when He does something great in you!

So I want to challenge you to pray three dangerous prayers:

  1. God would you give me your heart
  2. Prompt me to obey you Holy Spirit
  3. Produce Life out of me

Recklessly, Obsessively Following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

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