Cry Out

This past week, we have experienced many ups and downs at our house. We have had a nice mix of the flu and some colds thrown in for good measure. We have also been attempting to get an infant to sleep through the night, as his normal routine is to wake up every 2-3 hours and take a few sips from the bottle, or more recently, just to be comforted and then fall back asleep. Well, this was not good for any of us, so we have been letting him work through this and only feeding and comforting him sparingly or when he is sick. As most parents would attest, letting a child cry themselves back to sleep is not an easy thing to do, but in the long run, it is best for everyone involved. In the morning, he realizes we are still there to care for him, but not at his every whim.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.   Psalm 34:15

Have you ever wondered whether or not God hears your cries for help? Or if he does, why he seems to respond more quickly to some concerns and others seem to go on without much of a reply? Is God paying attention to us at times, and oblivious at others, or does he truly hear us and attend to what is best for us? We can be a fairly selfish sort at times, actually, almost all the time. If our needs are not met immediately, we may feel like we are being ignored and therefore are not important. In fact, in our society of immediate gratification, often the thing we need most is something to make us wait to remind us that we are not the center of the universe.

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

The next time you cry out to God when you are in a pinch, or when he puts a burden on your heart for someone or a situation that seems difficult to resolve, know that he hears you. Whether or not you receive an immediate answer does not determine his level of care for your well-being. His greater concern is for your heart to become more like his…that you would conform more and more to his likeness. We come to see this better as we spend more time in prayer and more time in his word. The longer we are away from these practices, the more quickly we forget. We seem to need frequent reminders.

The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:19

Sometimes, God lets you struggle through the night to realize that he is there to pick you up in the morning, and heard each of your cries along the way. Your heavenly Father wants to give you good things, even if you do not always agree on what is actually good for you. May you continue to feel loved by your Heavenly Father as he allows us to grow all the while sustaining us with his Spirit. May you take comfort knowing he is in charge of you, of others, of everything.

Strength and Comfort in Christ,
Clark

4 Kinds of People (Part 2)

What if there was a question that could make you a million dollars, restore your marriage, and grow your business?  Sound too good to be true?  It is not… Here is the question:

In light of your past experiences, present circumstances, and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?

Last week we talked about the first two kinds of people: The Simple person is the person who does not have much life experience.  They see life through a small lens.  There is nothing wrong with them, but their need for guidance is very important.  The second kind of person is the fool.  They know what wisdom says, but they just don’t care.  They know what they are doing ends bad, they just do it anyway.  They know being on a computer late at night alone, going to lunch with a woman they are not married to, drinking too much, and spending more than they make is a bad idea.  Since they do not care it goes very bad for them, and scripture says they are a fool.

3. Mocker

The mocker is a fool on steroids. They make fun of people who do right. They are critical, condescending, think they are always right, and think they can control outcomes.  If you try to correct these people.  It is miserable.  It will be a personal attack where they try to make others seem small and they seem big. 

Correct the Simple, they won’t get your
Correct the Fool, they will ignore you
Correct the Mocker, they will love you
Correct the Wise, they will love you

If you choose to stay simple, a fool, or a mocker here is Proverbs warning:

Proverbs 1:22-33 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? 
23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. 24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

4. The Wise

The wise person knows what they do not know.  They know they need council.  They know they should trust counsel more than they trust their own wisdom.  They have a great dependance on the Lord for guidance and strength.  

In light of your past experiences, your present circumstances and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?

So where are you simple, invite some guidance.  Where you are a fool, know the consequences of sin by far out way its pleasure.  Where you are a mocker, know if you keep up what you are doing you will eventually be alone.  No one will want you in their life.  Choose wisdom!  Be Vital!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Everyday Miracles

It was recently the anniversary of one of my favorite historical events, the Miracle on Ice. In the 1980 Olympics the Soviet Union was the overwhelming favorite to win the gold, while even a top five finish was considered a stretch for the US. Calling that fateful semi-final game for ABC was Al Michaels, who had called only one hockey in his career heading into the Olympics. Michaels would become world famous for his call at the end of the game, exclaiming: “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Because of the absolute perfection of that line I’ve always wondered if Michaels had prepared it in advance, just in case the US pulled off the upset. Then I watched an interview where Michaels described the end of the game. Once the US took the lead he made the decision to not engage in any speculation, or to even imagine a possible US victory, but to fully engage himself with the action of the game. He gave his best to every moment, dutifully calling every pass, every check, every shot. Then, with five seconds left, the puck slid out into no man’s land, allowing Michaels the freedom to say something not related to the action. Michaels then seized the moment, extemporaneously coming up with perhaps the most famous call in sports history.

 

Many of us spend our lives waiting for big moments. We wait for a big promotion, a big break, an opportunity to go on a mission trip, or the opportunity to share our faith with a room full of people. We think that as long as we’re ready when the big moments come in life that’s enough. And, if the big moment never comes, well then that’s someone else’s fault. But what about the rest of life? You know, the other 99.9% of the time you spend on Earth. The Apostle Paul puts it like this:

 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Romans 12:1-2

 

We need to live our entire life as if we are on the grandest stage for God, because guess what friends, we are! Every day of our lives brings the opportunity to impact the world around us. It’s an opportunity to love our spouse, to encourage our children, to build-up a co-worker, to make a cashier smile, and to do an unsolicited good deed for someone in need. It’s a chance to live out our faith and to shine Christ’s light to a world covered in darkness. Like Al Michaels we need to be giving our best in each and every moment of our lives, not just sitting back and reserving our best for what we perceive to be big moments. Because, lets face it, that little moment where you offer encouragement and love to someone else may be an absolute miracle to them.

Quest

 

James 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Quest – The art or an instance of seeking or pursuing something; a search. An expedition undertaken in medieval romance by a knight in order to perform a prescribed feat.

I am looking forward to this week being on a Quest with 19 other Questors and 12 volunteers where we will be helping men who want to seek the heart of God and know that in his heart he will find manhood.

It is an opportunity to become a warrior hearted man. It is a time of discovering how to fight for your spouse or your potential spouse. It is a time of learning how to become a better father or father-to-be.

Since January of this year in Vital Men, we have been discussing ‘Destiny’. The men who are so challenged to take on this incredible adventure will find the key to their ‘Destiny’ by unlocking the passionate heart which has been placed in all men since the beginning of Adam.

I am so excited to be with two men whom have stepped into this challenge to go on their Quest. This year instead of being a Questor, I will be serving by praying with the men, talking with the men, and locking arms with the men.

As it says in Proverbs 27:17, ‘Iron sharpening iron; so one man sharpens another’. The sparks will be in the air as men adventure in pursuit of chasing after the Father. What a Quest to take on!

I am writing for all of you to start praying about going on a Quest. You can go to the Fellowship of the Sword website and get more information as to what Quest is all about. Be praying for us this week that we all pursue the passion that God placed inside each of us as we draw near to our Heavenly Father.

Strength and Courage

Mike

 

 

 

 

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Proverbs 15:1 New International Version

15 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.

 

Fine is the word for men when we talk with our wives. How was your day? Fine. How was supper tonight? Fine. How does this dress look on me? Fine. Yeah, we got fine down and figured out. The only problem is, it is only one word. She is wanting to talk with you.

There are all kinds of reasons why men do not hold on to good communication skills with their wives. I think for some of us, it is how many words that get spoken from our wives. What takes us a hundred words or less, takes our wives a thousand words or more. It is called details. Most men want the bottom line as opposed to women wanting details.

Men, in order to talk with our wives, it will take you to listen to all the details. It is important to our wives. That is how they talk. Listen in sometime to women as they talk. The words seem overwhelming, but they understand all the details.

In order to be a good husband, you will need to talk with your wife. She not only wants to talk with you, but she wants to you to talk and communicate with her. Let’s make talk Vital in our relationships with our wives.

 

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