Archive for June, 2012

Building The Wall

Posted: June 27, 2012 in Fatherhood, God's man, Marriage

As Nehemiah was encouraging his people to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem their enemies were  right there to ridicule them and threaten them. This lead to some discouragement among the workers. Nehemiah then gave his people a charge. His charge got very personal. In the big task of rebuilding a city wall, Nehemiah was able to bring the importance down to a personal level.

Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:13-14 NIV

Nehemiah posted people in the lowest points, they stood in the gap to protect against opposing forces. He reminded the people of the strength of the Lord and reminded them who they were fighting for.

The challenge is still with us today guys. We are called to stand in the gap, to protect others against opposing forces even when they discourage and threaten us. We need to make the battle personal to fight to protect our families against the opposing forces of the world.

It is our job men, to protect and to lead and to teach our family, to fight for them against opposing forces. They are counting on us to be there.

 

Ever have the feeling that you are ready to give up? The opposing forces just seem so strong that you can’t go on? You feel like you have been beaten up so many times that you just can’t take it any more?

Check this out from the life of the Apostle Paul in Acts 14:

19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

 After being stoned and left for dead, Paul got up and went back to his business. Paul didn’t let a little thing like being pummeled with rocks stop him in his work for the Lord.
So, what about us? What common everyday issues and situations derail us and get us off track? Perhaps we can gain some perspective for our lives. Nobody said that following Christ would be easy and often it’s not. But, when things get tough, when you want to give up, don’t talk to yourself, talk to Him. He will give you what you need to press on.

Boys of Summer

Posted: June 21, 2012 in God's man

For those who may have missed it, we started our Men’s Ministry summer series of classes called ‘The Boys of Summer’. BOS offers five classes for men on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00. If you want some info on the classes just check out our website at http://bthl.ch/page

Boys of Summer is also a great place to meet some of the men in our church if you happen to be new to Bethel or know someone who is, check out Wednesday nights.

Later,

ds

Important Words

Posted: June 20, 2012 in Fatherhood, God's man

Every son needs to hear a few things from his dad. There are some words that every son longs to hear from his dad. The words are simple but they carry a great deal of weight that can have an effect for life. Every son needs to hear the words “I love you” and “I’m proud of you”. Those simple words can make a huge difference in every boy’s life. As old as I am, those words still make a difference to me coming from my dad.

We have a great example to follow in the Bible. In the first chapter of Mark. Mark 1:9-11 says this, At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

If you have sons, they need to hear these words from you and these simple words will help to shape their lives. Dads, this applies to daughters as well and for that matter it applies to your wife. Let your family know by your words and your actions that you love them and you are proud of them. These few simple words will make a huge difference in the lives of the people in your family. Don’t hold back, let them know.

If you didn’t hear these words from your dad, you know how much they would have meant to you. Don’t carry that legacy into the lives of your family. Let them know.

Isolation Is Dangerous

Posted: June 8, 2012 in God's man

1 Peter 5:8-9

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Being isolated is a dangerous place for a guy. Just like Scripture tells us, the devil is out there looking to devour the guy that is not connected to the body. That guy is easy prey.
 
Guys, make sure you are connected, Get In with a group of guys in your church. Guys that can equip and encourage each other for the battles of life.
 
Keep in mind, we are – Stronger Together!
Here is a link to a video that talks more about the dangers of isolation.

http://youtu.be/FB3tqwrjeUM

How’s Your Heart

Posted: June 7, 2012 in God's man

Philippians 2:5-8 

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
 
In a conversation with a friend today, my buddy told me that he was being selfish. First off, that is difficult to admit. Second he is a humble man who loves the Lord. That kind of heart check is hard and important for us to consider.
 
So, here is the challenge to us all, as we read the verses above, we should  each consider our attitude. Is it where it should be? Centered on Christ, on others and not ourselves? What I realized today after talking with my friend about his feeling of being selfish was SO AM I.
 
I’m grateful for the men that God has put in my life.

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