My Source

I know being a husband, a dad, and working with other people has caused me to ask questions I have a hard time answering.  Then I after sitting in a question for awhile, I have more question. These questions are even harder than the first.  I know I don’t have the answers and feel like they are so far above my ability to understand.  Now I feel discouraged.  So I look to other people and for every person I ask, I get a different answer.  So where is my source that is steady, consistent, and worthy of my submission?

This week, I read…

Psalm 119:25 I lie in the dust;
    revive me by your word.
26 I told you my plans, and you answered.
    Now teach me your decrees.
27 Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,
    and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28 I weep with sorrow;
    encourage me by your word.

I think the Word of God is supposed to be that source!  Think about some of these phrases… You revive me by your word, you answered, you help me understand, and encouraged by your word. I don’t know about you, but revived, answered, helped, and encouraged are all things I need.  Here I find that the source of all of those things is in God’s Word!

29 Keep me from lying to myself;
    give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
30 I have chosen to be faithful;
    I have determined to live by your regulations.
31 I cling to your laws.
    Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!
32 I will pursue your commands,
    for you expand my understanding.

This starts with a desire to not lie to myself.  How do I know if I am lying to myself? It is by the privilege of knowing God’s instruction, comparing it to my plan, and finding there is a gap. As a result, I can live the last three verses… I have chosen, I have determined, I cling to, I will pursue… because you have expanded my understanding.

So where is your source to be… revived, answered, helped, and encouraged?  If it is anywhere but God’s word, it will always be temporary and lacking.  When you put deep roots into and drink from God’s deep well of wisdom and love, you will find yourself living in the fullness of what He designed for you!  If you need wisdom, encouragement, direction, or help go to the only One who is worthy to be that source for you!

So today, right now, GO to Jesus and ask Him to give you what you need and allow Him to fill you up!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Easy Leadership

Over the past thirty years leadership has become one of the largest topics in politics, business, and religion. An entire industry has sprung up to teach us how to be leaders in virtually every aspect of life, with Americans spending nearly $25 billion PER YEAR trying to make themselves better leaders. Thirty years ago a budding pastor in seminary may take a one-hour course on leadership that focused on Robert’s Rules of Order and their denomination’s book of order, and lay leaders may have had a one-hour orientation to their church’s bylaws. Today seminaries offer entire tracks on leadership, and churches often send their lay leaders to multi-day leadership conferences. Leadership, however, is far from a new concept. God has been calling people to be leaders since creation. He calls us to lead our families, our friends, and our churches. God’s goal in leadership has always been quite simple: to bring glory to God and to make others better.

 

I want to offer three leadership principles outlined in the second chapter of Nehemiah. In this chapter Nehemiah, who serves in a senior position to the King of Babylon, asks the King to allow him to return to Jerusalem to help his people rebuild the city. In an era in which kings had absolute authority this was a request that carried substantial risk. Yet Nehemiah, who felt God calling him to make a difference, chose to take that risk for God’s glory and the benefit of the Israelites. Here are three things he teaches us about leadership that I hope we can all adopt in our own lives:

 

  1. Define your mission {Nehemiah 2:4-5}: Want to make an impact for God in your family, workplace, church, and world? Then start by clearly defining what it is you are setting out to do. Think it out, write it down, share it with others {for accountability}, and, most importantly, share it with God in prayer.
  2. Make plans carefully {Nehemiah 2:6-8}: Nehemiah made incredibly detailed plans to ensure his work would be successful. Sometimes we can be tempted to not put in the work, simply saying, “well, if God wants this to happen then He’ll make it happen regardless.” Yet, that’s not what we see happen in scripture. God desires us to put in the work, and then blesses that work. I always tell aspiring leaders that we need to plan and work hard, and then trust God to bless it and use it.
  3. Inspire Others {Nehemiah 2:17-18}: We often equate leadership with the individual. Someone is a good leader because they make good decisions, speak well, and get good results. We miss perhaps the most important aspect of leadership we see in scripture: inspiring others. Nehemiah was successful because he inspired the Israelites to rebuild the city. Paul was successful because he inspired community after community to follow Christ. Are you inspiring others in your life to follow and serve God?

Perish and Provide

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Luke 9:23 New International Version (NIV)

Before you start thinking today, here we go. I have heard this before. I want you to put a different lens cover on your glasses. Yes, Jesus is saying this to everyone who has had breath in their lungs. Right?

What if we would put it in a way that declared a man’s true manhood? Are we not called as husbands, fathers, and grandfathers to a higher purpose in life?

Too often men hide behind manhood and continue boyhood instead. They are boys in a man’s body. You are probably thinking I am going for the throat today, but I am really not.

Jesus was a real man’s man. He worked hard. He stood in for his earthly father. He provided for his siblings, and he loved his mother well. Only a man who loved his mom so much would tell his closet friend to care for her while he hung on the cross as he fought for each and every breath he took.

We have a choice in life to perish or provide. What I mean by that is was are called to be disciples and follow Christ. Submission to that beginning step into manhood is important. We are to have living life like a boy perish, and we are to step into manhood being called to provide is a life of manhood.

There is a price to being the provider. You get up. Go to work. Hold a job. You do this each and every day, again and again. In doing that, you perish to living for only you.

Yes, every man needs some me time, but me time does not return us to a lifestyle of boy time. One of my favorite me time activities is riding my Harley. I love to ride and ride hard. It gets me into my nothing box, and only men can understand this. But I am still a man in that box. I do not yield to sins of the flesh in those moments.

I am going to leave you today with this thought about perish and provide by a man who faced both and lived it. Here is the quote:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strength and Courage

Michael

Perish and Provide

Luke 9:23New International Version (NIV)

23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Before you start thinking today, here we go. I have heard this before. I want you to put a different lens cover on your glasses. Yes, Jesus is saying this to everyone who has had breath in their lungs. Right?

What if we would put it in a way that declared a man’s true manhood? Are we not called as husbands, fathers, and grandfathers to a higher purpose in life?

Too often men hide behind manhood and continue boyhood instead. They are boys in a man’s body. You are probably thinking I am going for the throat today, but I am really not.

Jesus was a real man’s man. He worked hard. He stood in for his earthly father. He provided for his siblings, and he loved his mother well. Only a man who loved his mom so much would tell his closet friend to care for her while he hung on the cross as he fought for each and every breath he took.

We have a choice in life to perish or provide. What I mean by that is was are called to be disciples and follow Christ. Submission to that beginning step into manhood is important. We are to have living life like a boy perish, and we are to step into manhood being called to provide is a life of manhood.

There is a price to being the provider. You get up. Go to work. Hold a job. You do this each and every day, again and again. In doing that, you perish to living for only you.

Yes, every man needs some me time, but me time does not return us to a lifestyle of boy time. One of my favorite me time activities is riding my Harley. I love to ride and ride hard. It gets me into my nothing box, and only men can understand this. But I am still a man in that box. I do not yield to sins of the flesh in those moments.

I am going to leave you today with this thought about perish and provide by a man who faced both and lived it. Here is the quote: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Vital Men Quarterly Event: Growing Up to be Men!

Guest Speakers = Andrew and Marty Schmidt

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Doors Open = 5:30 

Food = Country Catering

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Thought for the Day: We often spend life chasing success but not stopping to define it. Yet, what we call the journey God calls success. As a Christian, success is not a destination. It is the journey. When you go through the trials of life and remain true to God, you are a living example of success, regardless of your destination. By David and Jason Benhain.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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