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Book of the Month: Dude’s Guide to Marriage by Darrin and Amie Patrick

This is a great read, and it has great insights on marriage.

 

 

 

 

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NO Vital Men March 21-25

We will observe Holy Week.

Bring your family to church on Easter Sunday, March 27.

 

From Tragedy, Glory

During Wednesday night’s men’s group, our discussion revolved around tragedy.  This  discussion was intense and very enlightening.  Obviously we live in a tragic world, no surprise.  It has been tragic since sin entered it through Adam and Eve’s disobedience.  There is illness, injury, death, ruination, depredation, starvation, corruption, murder, assault and evil.  People are attacked by hardship.  For some it happens more often than others and more severely than others.  These hardships and trials are never enjoyable, seldom fair and most likely leave us asking, “why me, Lord?!”  

II Corinthians 12:7-10  (NKJV)  7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
 
As we discussed the topic of ‘why tragedy’, things began to take on a new complexion.  I, myself have been relatively untouched by significant tragedy.  I’ve suffered some health issues, the loss of love ones, financial struggles and the like, but little in comparison to others I know.  However, I am the product of a family racked with tragedy.  Had it not been for the tragic events of the generation before me, I, Scott Pace would not exist.  My mother’s life would not have followed the course it did and I would not be here today.  That is a sobering realization… because people suffered, their lives followed a course that would have been so very different than it could have been and consequently everything that followed would be completely different.  Think about that for a moment.  
 
If you believe, as I believe,that God has a design and course for your life and the lives of those you touch, then that changes the complexion, doesn’t it?  Difficulty, hardship and tragedy shape who we are, how we think, alter our perspectives, lead us down unexpected paths and alternate choices.  How many people have come to the salvation of Jesus Christ through tragedy?
 
My mother and her siblings experienced an immeasurably horrific, tragic youth.  One of the many affects resulting from this suffering was my uncle being sent to prison when he was very young.  He found Christ in prison.  After his release, he earned his GED and then went to seminary.  He became a missionary, doing God’s work, saving lives.  I don’t doubt that God used my uncle and his tragedy to save hundreds if not thousands.  My uncle suffered, others suffered, it was tragic.  However, without that tragedy, he wouldn’t have become the man God used to reach so many.  Had he not gone to prison, he may not have come to Christ.  Tragedy is awful, but sometimes we don’t realize the good, even the great God may pull from it.  
 
I am not trying to diminish people’s suffering.  I long for the day when suffering is a thing of the past.  I am not trying to marginalize evil deeds or excuse those who do them.  I am simply trying to illustrate the fact that not one of us can see the whole picture, know the grand design.  God is at work in ways we cannot not even remotely comprehend, for reasons we can scarcely imagine.  There is a ripple effect from the lives of each and every man, woman and child that carries for eternity.  The overwhelming majority of which we will never actually be aware of.  We must have faith, especially in times of trial, despair and tragedy that it is in God’s hands.  We don’t necessarily have to know why, simply trust, whether we are witness to it or not, that He can and will draw from tragedy, Glory.  Thank you and God Bless You
 
John 16:33 (NKJV)  33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
 
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,
Scott Pace
  
 
 
 

 

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

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

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