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Confronting in Love

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ 1 Peter 4:8

Life can be wonderful and full of blessings… and life can be hard and full of challenges. Marriage is no different. There will be laughter and happiness… and there will be tears and disappointment.  At various times, we will need to confront sin… personally and with our spouse.  When those times come, here are some things to consider.

1. Because we are fallen creatures, we can expect conflict in marriage.

2. There are many things in marriage that are not worth fighting about. 1 Pet 4:8 says that “Love conquers a multitude of sins.”

3. However, there are things that, over time, need to be addressed.

4. We have a responsibility to lovingly confront when issues are undermining our relationship.

5. When preparing to confront, consider the following:

  • Examine your heart. Matthew 7:4
  • Spend time in prayer.
  • Check your motives.
  • Choose your timing wisely.

6. When it’s time to confront, consider the following:

  • Speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
  • Choose words carefully. Ephesians 4:29

We would all do well to choose to believe that conflict is common to all marriages… no one marriage is a “special case.”  The goal is not to be conflict-free but to learn to handle conflict correctly when it occurs. We don’t need to discourage our spouse but we should seek to encourage them and be a blessing to them. We must be constantly working on our marriage to make it look like the Gospel.  Trust God with your marriage.  He designed it and He sustains it.

PRAY:
Father, thank You for my marriage. Remind me how You lovingly confront me with my sin when I need to confront my wife. Help me to love her like Christ loves the church. In Jesus’ name. Amen 

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Marriage Expectations

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ James 3:2

What did you expect when you married your bride? Did you think you had found someone to meet all your needs?  Were you going to live “happily ever after”?  If so, how’s your marriage doing?  Is there conflict?  Was that one of your expectations? Most likely it wasn’t. James 3:2 says that we stumble in many things. When two sinners say, “I do” there will be stumbling in many things. 

Perhaps you bought into the 50/50 plan.  You give 50 % and she gives 50%.  That plan is destined to fail because “50%” is up for interpretation.  For instance, what I think is 50%, my wife thinks is 10% …and vice versa.  In this plan, acceptance is based on performance, giving affection is based on merit, motivation for action is based on feeling, and rejection is based on focusing on weaknesses.  50/50 will never work because it’s based on unrealistic expectations.

So, what will work?  It’s going to take each of you giving 100% …each one sacrificially serving the other.  You see, the problem is your wife …and the problem is you. The solution is Jesus Christ. Only He can meet your every need. Only He can meet and surpass every expectation you will ever have.  Paul David Tripp says: “What the cross brings is fresh starts and new beginnings.”  That’s what every marriage needs. 

PRAY:
Lord, help me give my wife or future wife 100% because You gave 100%. Please forgive me when I have not given all for her. Lead me to seek forgiveness from her as well. Help me have a heart like Yours for my wife. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Dads… Your Kids Need You!

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Scott Cannon, Senior Pastor, Pump Springs Baptist Church, Harrogate, TN

READ Malachi 4:6

Dad, do you know what you children want most from you? The chances are that it is not what you think. I have four children that have taught me so much over that last 22 years. My children presently are age 22, 20, 15 and 12 and each of them have taught me a valuable lesson about what they want from me. They want my heart.

My children’s real desire from me is not the house that I provide for them, it is not the toys and sports gear that I give them, it is not the electronic gadgets that I give them, it is not the designer clothing that I give them, it is not the daily food and snacks that I give them… and I could keep on listing stuff and things. I am sure you have your on list.

Each of my children have clearly stated to me that the greatest thing I can give them is “ME.” My kids want me to be involved in their lives on an ongoing daily basis.

What are you giving your children? Are you giving them stuff (what they really don’t want) or are you giving them yourself (what they really want)?

Don’t fool yourself dad. If you are giving your kids everything in the world and not giving them YOU, then you are robbing your children of the greatest thing they need and want. Our kids know we love them by the amount of time that we give them.

So, dad that means that you and I need to reschedule much of our calendar and give the needed time to our children. As my children grow older and some getting married… I am reminded that I only have them for a short season. Therefore, I must give the needed time that they deserve and invest in their lives.

NOTE: Hey men! This would also be true for our wives. In this same thought you could take the word “wife” and replace it each time you see the word “kids” or “children” and it would also be true. Give your wife the time she desperately needs and longs for as well.

PRAY:
Dear God, help me invest more in my children, each day. May I look back over the long haul and see the fruit of spending time with my children. Help me adjust so I do not get distracted because time is moving on. Slow me down as a Dad and help me win the hearts of each one of my children. In Jesus Name! Amen.

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The “Go-To” Move

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Sterling Brown, Director of Character Development, Kennesaw State University Athletics 

READ 1 Samuel 30:1-6

Every athlete has a “go to” move.  When the team needs a few yards, a defensive stop or some crucial points, it’s the move that’s called upon.  New York Yankee, Mariano Rivera, had the “cut fastball.”  Opposing hitters could barely touch it.  NBA Hall of Fame legend, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, had the unstoppable “sky hook.” Opposing centers couldn’t block it. 

You and I have a “go-to” move for our inner lives.  It’s what you do to find peace when you’re stressed and where you turn when times are tough.  Too many men turn to destructive habits like alcohol or pornography.  Others bury themselves in work or seek escape through withdrawal.  In this moment in Scripture, the weight David felt must have been overwhelming.  Losing his family and his property, with his men threatening to kill him, Scripture tells us:

“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” I Samuel 30:6 (ESV)

Every kid who grew up in the 80’s knew “the Crane.”  In the 1984 classic film, The Karate Kid, Daniel-San employs his “go-to” move.  With one broken leg and defeat seemingly inevitable, he raised his arms in the air, lifted a foot… and won the day.  

Pete Rose on the other hand was one of professional baseball’s all-time greats.  He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, two Gold Gloves, and one MVP trophy, plus held the record for the most hits (4,256) in MLB history.  In 1989, however, he was banned from baseball for betting on the game.  Unfortunately, Pete had a “go-to” move that would be his downfall.  

When the pressure is on, what’s your go-to move?  Whatever you turn to will either strengthen you or destroy you.

PRAY:
Father, forgive me for turning to other things for strength, identity, or satisfaction; Help me turn to You when life is confusing and difficult.  Jesus, thank You for being strong when I am weak, so that in You I find strength to face whatever comes my way. Amen.

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The Guardian of Purity

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Sterling Brown, Director of Character Development, Kennesaw State University Athletics 

READ Matthew 15:16-20

Fifty years ago, Americans had very little idea how destructive habitual smoking, daily alcohol consumption, and maintaining a diet of high cholesterol, fatty foods could be to our overall health.  It has since been revealed that these things are, in fact, enemies of our hearts.  Any one of these can be very detrimental to our health.  All of them at work together are sure to cut one’s life short. 

It is a well-known fact that heart disease is still the leading cause of death in America today (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm).  Rightfully so, much attention and resources are devoted to helping people take care of the most vital of vital organs: our hearts.  There are monitors we can purchase, books written about proper care, exercise classes, nutritional supplements, and the list goes on and on.   

But what about our “spiritual” heart?  I wish I had a spiritual heart monitor for the times I felt defeated and discouraged, or the times I was tempted to fall back into sin.  In this passage, Jesus is explaining this simple, radical truth:

What’s coming out of our hearts is more significant than what’s going into our bodies.   

The Word of God can act like a spiritual heart monitor helping us assess what’s coming out of our hearts.  Through God’s Word we understand that we have spiritual enemies of the heart.  Things like:

Grumbling & Complaining – about people and circumstances to ourselves or others 

Greed & Lust – our incessant inability to be content with what God provides 

Comparison – measuring ourselves by the standards of others, or against others 

Gossip – talking about others to others to paint people in a negative light, these are all deadly issues of the heart. 

Psalm 119:11 (David)

I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

PRAY:
Father, let Your light shine in me and show me what in my heart needs to be repented of.  Jesus, thank You shedding Your blood for my forgiveness, and giving me a new heart and a new spirit with which I may follow You.  Amen.

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Above All

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Sterling Brown, Director of Character Development, Kennesaw State University Athletics

READ Proverbs 4:20-23

Recently, a mild scare landed me in the urgent care with medical professionals asking questions, hooking me up to all kinds of devices and taking blood samples. The problem: I was experiencing dizziness, shortness of breath, and the scariest of all…chest pain.  When it comes to the heart, we don’t mess around.

Solomon was “the wisest man that ever lived.” He had wealth, women, power, status and influence.  He had all the things men today seem to be chasing. Yet by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the author identifies one thing that must take precedence in our lives. 

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Whether it’s getting oxygen to our brains, experiencing the world through our senses, the mobility of our bodies, etc., every aspect of life is affected by what the heart supplies. This could not be truer for our spiritual heart as well.  When you’re encouraged, loving, prayerful or generous, it’s flowing from the heart. Unfortunately, men can stay so busy that our spiritual heart gets neglected. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a CEO, a coach, computer engineer, or custodian, if the enemy can get at your heart, he’s already won.  Time in God’s word and transparency with godly men can act as a guardian for your spiritual heart.  They can strengthen you when you’re tempted or you find yourself battling discouragement.  They can remind you of who you are in Christ and help you gain momentum in your calling.

I encourage you to guard your heart with greater diligence than you guard your body, your bank account, or your business.  That’s what really matters.

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:3 NIV)

PRAY:
Father, with all the blessings, opportunities and challenges in my life, help me to remember the one thing that is most import: to guard my heart. You’ve given me the same Spirit that allowed Jesus to overcome temptation, opposition and even death; may I live to glorify your name from the inside out. Amen.

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Easy, Brother…

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Proverbs 17:27-28

If you find that small issues tend to quickly escalate into a heated argument in your home or workplace, then try one of the following tips the next time you’re facing conflict:

1. Take a deep breath to stay relaxed. Don’t sigh or be overly dramatic about it. 1 Corinthians 13:11

2. Look the other person in the eye, with both of you sitting or standing.  Don’t give them the “stink eye.”

3. Speak softly and slowly.  Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turns away wrath. Ever heard anyone say: “Speak softly and carry a big stick?” Put the stick down.

4. Keep your legs and arms uncrossed. Do not clench your fists or purse your lips. Keep your body language open and not defensive or aggressive.

5. Keep reminding yourself: “We can find a win-win resolution to this,” and remind the other person of this too.  Don’t yell it or nag it.

6. Watch your language. Words that escalate a conflict… never, always, unless, can’t, won’t, don’t, should, & shouldn’t.  Words that de-escalate a conflict… maybe, perhaps, sometimes, what if, it seems like, I feel, I think, & I wonder. James 3:5: So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

7. Affirm and acknowledge the other person’s position. Do it in love.

8. Ask questions that encourage the other person to look for a solution. Ask open-ended questions rather than ones that will evoke a yes or no response. Don’t be like Christian comedian Tim Hawkins.  He was in a heated conversation with his wife and asked her: “Honey, why are you being a psycho right now?” Be smart about it and choose your questions wisely.

9. Always examine your heart. Matthew 7:4: Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?

10. Rise above. Find a way to climb out from underneath the conflict. Getting on top of the conflict will help you to help those you maybe frustrated with. When you get a 30,000 foot view things become more clear and you’re able to reason much better than being under the conflict.

PRAY:
Lord, help me when I find myself in a conflict at home or work. Please help me be the one to offer solutions to the problems we face in everyday life. Lord, I need You to rise above and respond in a godly manner rather than react in a manner that is fueled by my flesh or my enemy. For Your glory, Lord! Amen

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Servant Leadership

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. What a statement! When I read that, I am challenged to the core as a man. Think about servant leadership in your own life, how do you measure up to such a statement?

Servant leadership is more than any man. When a man chooses to lay down his life things change. If we’re not careful as men, we let our EGO (pride) take over. When we do, not matter who we are trying to influence, our impact is, if any, is rejected by those we are seeking to lead. But more importantly, God Himself, rejects us. (James 4:6)

I love how Ken Blanchard, author of Lead Like Jesus, teaches about the EGO. He says that if we’re not careful our own EGO will edge God out. I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t afford edging God out of any area of my life as a man, husband, and father. I need Him, and so do you. Yet there are moments when I am the one who is on the Throne of my, and I edge God out. If you and I don’t lay down our lives as men we will lord over others in everything by making decisions on our own with a heart motive that seeks to control things. Ultimately, we promote self and limit our influence. 

Pride is also exposed in how we make decisions to protect ourselves. Usually this shows up in ways where we are a passively lead and are disengaged with those close to us. When we are passive and disengaged we give little or no direction to those we are over in our family or church, and even at work.

With God’s help, I want to live life as man with an EGO that exalts God only. Instead of a heart full of pride, I want to live humbly before my God and those He has placed under me. I want to be a man who humbly assumes overall responsibility of my wife and children, and those that I have the honor of leading; no matter the case. I want to be filled with the Spirit as I willingly serve the lives in my sphere of influence, especially those in my living room and kitchen. In order to be a leader who exalts God only I must deny myself so that I can pour out my life on behalf of my wife, family, and friends. So be it!

PRAY:
Lord, I understand that in order to be a great leader, I need to be a great follower. I also know that for me to in authority, I must be under authority. God, help me to lay down my life moment by moment for my wife and children to the ends of the earth!

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Dealing with Anger

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ James 1:19-20

How was conflict handled in your home when you were growing up?

Was there open discussion or withdrawal?

Were there attacks or any discussion of conflict? 

Was the cold shoulder given?

Was there pretending that nothing happened? 

Was there discussion quietly after everyone had calmed down?

Was there nagging until the other person was finally willing to talk?

Were snide comments and sarcasm common?

How is conflict handled in your home now?

Is it like when you were growing up? 

Would you like to improve the way you handle conflict? 

One way is to deal with anger.

The source of our anger is within each of us.  No one else can make us angry.  Conflict occurs when our desires aren’t fulfilled – when we don’t get what we want. 

1) Our rights have been violated.  By the way, if you are a believer, you gave up your rights to the Lord Jesus when you gave your life to Him and He gave you a new life. 

2) Our expectations haven’t been met.  Only Jesus can meet and exceed all of our expectations. 

3) We have been hurt.  We are sinful people in need of a Savior.  We hurt people and people hurt us. He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer.

Our unfulfilled desires lead to fighting and quarrelling and may result in anger.  For conflict to be resolved, both husband and wife must be committed to oneness. 

Bryan Loritts says: “Anger undealt with kills relationships and marriages.”  It shows up in two ways: loud and ugly or silent and deadly.  Ephesians 4:26 says to not let the sun go down on your anger.  Don’t let anger bring your marriage down.  Fight for your marriage. Don’t fight each other.

PRAY:
Lord, forgive me when I’ve been angry with my wife.  Remind me that I have no rights that she can violate since I gave my life to You.  Help us to be committed to oneness so we can resolve conflict and not run from it.  Father, show Yourself to be strong in my marriage.

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Man Up!

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc

READ 1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. – 1 Corinthians 13:11

Be encouraged, God is at work! I got a text message from a dear friend and brother in the Lord on Mother’s Day about a statement his pastor made in a message, “Until I die I am going to lead men in a male resurgence.” -Pastor Dannie Williams. Let’s Man Up with him!

I believe that the greatest display of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 is when a boy becomes as man. The difference in a boy and a man is what he does with responsibility. I have come across males in their 60’s and they act just like a child–often running from responsibility. They speak and reason like little boys who don’t get their way on the playground. Away with that! What a tragedy!! I have also met males in their teens who have put away childish things a long time ago and have maned up!

What does it mean to man up? I believe that it means that males abolish and abandon childish ways. Some of the male behavior in our culture is silly and immature. These days require that males (both young and old) become responsible and trustworthy with any task in their own life, family, or community.

Think through some of the following statements, then pray that God will help you Man Up!

1. When a boy becomes a man, momentum happens. Are you a boy or a man?

2. The first step in gaining momentum is taking the first step. What step do you need to take right now?

3. If your position is everywhere your momentum is zero. What is one area that you need to focus on right now?

4. Momentum develops daily, not in a day. Be still and know that He is God!

5. Momentum begins with God. Are you right with God?

PRAY:
God, what do I need to do to man up with you, my family, and my church? God where do I need to take responsibility? Please speak into my life and lead me to obey you in this opportunity of a male resurgence. May the movement touch men everywhere. God, see to it that no man is left behind! In Jesus Name Amen!

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Can You Go Farther?

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Matthew 26:36-46

Persevere means “to continue, to keep on, to stick with it.” Perseverance is a quality that is missing in lives of many men today. There are not many men that are finishing well. There are not many who are sticking with it, whatever “it” may be. In cities all across America, as soon as things get difficult many men are looking for a way out. 

A recent New Your Times article entitled Beyond Marriagescholars studying low-income to working-class communities have discovered that the women in these communities no longer think it is realistic to depend on the men in their lives. The study reported that these women “have seen or experienced too much divorce, infidelity, substance abuse and other bad behavior to trust or fully rely on their partners.

If anyone persevered, it was and it is Jesus. He continued, He kept on, and He stuck with it… no matter the cost. Jesus has always been there and will always be there showing us how to persevere. Verse 29 says that “He went a little farther.” The word “farther” means “to go onward” “to pass on.” He is our example in persevering when challenges and difficulties.

How does He continue? How does He make it to the cross to die for the sins of the world? Jesus seeks help from His friends and His Father. In the Garden, sweating blood, He asks His friends to lift up prayers and His Father to let the cup pass. Nevertheless was His pray though! “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).

Can you go farther…

as a husband to an un-submissive wife?
as the father of a wayward child?
as a single man with sexual temptations?
as a leader in a challenging situation?
as a Pastor in a carnal church?
_____________________?

As a matter of fact you can! But, the only way to go farther is to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus. Get some men around you that will pray you through unlike the disciples. Press into God’s will and be obedient!

PRAY:
Lord, help me be a man who presses in and presses through no matter the challenge. Thank You Jesus for not only being my example of how to persevere but also empowering my inner man with Your grace to to help in my time of need. God, no matter what I’m facing… not my will, but Your will!

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Get the Momentum

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Psalm 1

When God begins to move in your life as a man, you will be under constant pressure and temptation to be drawn off course. Developing good habits by practicing certain things each day will go a long way in helping you get some momentum going in the right direction. And if you are winning as a man, you are helping your family and church win. Sometimes we do things without practicing and we know the results, most times they are not very good. To get better, practice is required. To go to the next level, practice is required. To win, we must practice!

The following areas are where Jesus molded specific “practice habits:”

1. Practice Solitude. Jesus spent time alone with the Father. You and I can do no different. We need to get still and quiet before God so that He can speak into our lives. Begin practicing the privilege of solitude today!

2. Practice Prayer. Prayer is an essential act of the will that demonstrates whether we are really serious about living like Jesus. The posture of the heart is more important than the posture of the body, but prostrating our physical selves before God helps our heart posture. Believe God for the impossible and win in prayer!

3. Practice Knowing and Applying Scripture. It is all well and good to know that the Bible is useful, reliable, and valuable. It is another thing to make it your own in a practical way. Hear the Word, Read the Word, Study the Word, Memorize the Word, Meditate on the Word so that the Word becomes flesh in you as a man! 

4. Practice Accepting and Responding to God’s Unconditional Love. Yes, practice accepting and responding to God’s unconditional love. He really does love you!!! God’s unconditional love and promises are there so that we can find a never ending supply of what we need to live like a winner. You are more important than you think you are!

5. Practice Maintaining Accountability. Following Jesus can be lonely so get some other men around you who want to win and win together. We need other men in our lives with whom we can be open and honest with to avoid being blind in areas that matter. Find men who will look you in the eye and tell you the truth. Be that kind of man in return!

Get on a winning streak! By the way… an ugly win is still a win!!

PRAY:
Lord, please move in my life as a man. Fan the flame You’ve already ignited and help me experience all You desire. May my wife and children be favored and blessed because of my love and leadership to them. Take us and use us because of what You’re doing in me! Help men win, and keep on winning! Amen!

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30 Marriage Lessons – 3

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Mitch Temple, Executive Director, Fatherhood CoMission

READ Genesis 2:18-25

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23 And Adam said:

“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

To see the first 20 lessons, go to the following:

Lesson 1-10
Lessons 11 – 20

Keep going by praying through the next 10 lessons below…

21. My attitude does matter. Changing behavior is important, but so is changing attitudes. Bad attitudes often drive bad feelings and actions.

22. Change your mind, change your marriage. How you think and what you believe about your wife affects how you perceive her. What you expect and how you treat your wife matters greatly.

23. The grass is not greener on the other side.  The grass is greenest where you water it the most.

24. If you are having trouble with the grass on the other side looking better than your own grass, get away from the fence. Stay away from people, thinking and things (Facebook) that may cause you to climb your fence.

25. Growing up in the country I learned that the grass is usually the greenest over a septic tank.  What looks better than what you have in your own marriage is probably not.

26. You can change your marriage by changing yourself. Trying to change your wife is like trying to push a rope – almost impossible. Often the only person we can change in our marriage is ourselves.

27. Love is a verb, not just a feeling. Everyday life rips away at the “feel good side of marriage.” Feelings, like happiness, will fluctuate. But real love is based on a couple’s vows of commitment: “For better or for worse” – when it feels good and when it doesn’t . Good feelings will come back when we hand in there and do the good things.

28. Instead of winning the battle with my wife, I learned that marriage is more often about fighting the battle between my ears. Don’t hold grudges, bring up the past, and remember that you married an imperfect person – and so did she.

29. A crisis doesn’t mean the marriage is over. Crisis are like storms: loud, scary, and dangerous. But to get through a storm you have to keep driving. A crisis can be a new beginning. It’s out of pain that great people and marriages are produced.

30. Doing the right things is not usually my problem, it’s most often that I need to get my “want to” fixed.

PRAY:
Lord, I want to win as a husband. I know that I follow You, I can lead my wife. May she see how much I love her by how much I love You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

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30 Marriage Lessons – 2

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Mitch Temple, Executive Director, Fatherhood CoMission

READ 1 Peter 3:7

Is there hope for me and my wife?  Yes! Where there’s life, there is hope. Even when struggling emotions, past experiences and those around you say there is none, there is hope. It rises above all these and says take one more step. Hope whispers “look for a miracle” when our hearts may say “nothing will help.”  Hope says “look at the horizon” versus a past filled with darkness and hurt. 

If you haven’t read the first 10 lessons I’ve learned in 30 years of marriage, start here, then continue with the next 10 below. Read and reflect on each one prayerfully…

11. Move on (Healthy couples don’t live in the past. They deal with it and move forward. Don’t hold grudges. God and you are the only ones you are hurting).

12. There is value in just showing up- hanging in there even when the feelings are not there. Totally committed couples (those who have healthiest marriages) are those who are committed to showing up long enough for the bad things to go away and the good things to come back.

13. Be concerned when your spouse stops complaining or asking questions. They are probably withdrawn and have given up. Pray!

14. Your wife is not perfect, neither are you.  “A Flake or two is better than no flakes.”

15. Today we live in a nonlinear, point & click, mix & match, over saturated with info media world.  Be careful about too much technology that steals from your marriage.

16. Don’t try to solve problems when the stress level is high. Wait and tackle it later.

17. “Don’t believe your own Press.”  You are not as good as you think.

18. Don’t treat your kids or dog better than you do your wife.

19. Marriage is not just about being romantic, it’s about taking out the trash too.

20. If you do what you always have done, you will get same result – which is the definition of stupidity. Wise couples have learned that you have to approach problems differently to get better results. Often it’s the minor changes in approach, attitude, and actions that make the biggest difference in marriage.

PRAY:
Lord, please help me lead my wife in an understanding way. I don’t want to mistreat her; I want to honor her. Hep me listen with respect as she shares her heart. Set the pace of our marriage relationship in stride with You Word and Your Spirit. Be glorified as I seek to lead my wife with You help and power. Amen!

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30 Marriage Lessons – 1

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Mitch Temple,  Executive Director of The Fatherhood CoMission

READ Ephesians 5:15-33

I’ve been helping couples for many years. I have also been on a 30 year journey to make my marriage better and I have not given up. I’m not satisfied with where it is, I want it to be the best it can be because God gave me my wife and marriage as a gift. I’m determined to honor that gift. Do I fail? Sure. Often? Yes. But my heart keeps pointing toward “better” not “worse.”

Take some time to prayerfully consider the following if you’re married or hope to be one day…

1. It’s not about me. It’s bigger than simply being happy, getting my way or meeting my needs.

2. Put God first, her second. Don’t expect her to do for me what only God can do.

3. Think smart (think in simple terms, one step at time, small changes versus fixing everything at once).

4. Express Appreciation. Look for and focus on the positives. Express appreciation for specific things about each other on a regular basis.

5. Learn to forgive. Realize that forgiveness is often a process not just words. It hurts you more than your spouse when you withhold it. (Don’t confuse forgiveness with trust. You can grant forgiveness, trust has to be rebuilt).

6. Say yes (work together to try to get to yes- a win-win for both).

7. Choose battles (Realize that some battles are not worth fighting. Choose which ones you can let go of).

8. Before you say or do something your gut tells you not to do, ask “Is it worth it?” Will the outcomes of what I am about to say be worth the satisfaction of getting it off my chest?

9. Shut up (know when to be quite and when to say something).

10. Just stop it. Stop fighting, if you can’t… get help. Don’t avoid conflict but learn what is healthy and not healthy. Learn when to call time out, wait an hour, let emotions die down and then reengage calmly and humbly.

PRAY:
God help me win as a man in my marriage. May God give me desire and power as a husband that honors You and Your Word. Lord Jesus live through me to touch my wife for Your Glory in Jesus Name, Amen!

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Use Your Gift

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Brandon Rosko, Former Chairman of Deacons, FBC Woodstock 

READ Proverbs 18:16

Who is qualified to serve?  When am I able to serve?  What should I do?

All great questions.  The answer is found in the first part of today’s verse, “A man’s gift makes room for him.”  So, we need to discuss the gift a man is given and why it makes room.

Gift(s) – We learn more about the gift(s) that Solomon is mentioning in Romans 12:6-8.  These gifts are given at salvation according to the Lord’s choice by the Holy Spirit.

  • Exhortation – encouragement, comfort, counsel to accomplish God’s best
  • Giving – time, talent, treasures
  • Leadership – set direction and motivate
  • Mercy – sensitive towards those who are suffering / compassion
  • Prophecy – speak the message of God to the people
  • Service – identify undone tasks in God’s work and do them
  • Teaching – instruct others in the Bible

Room – Why do we need room?  Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 12 that each person is given different gifts and much like the different parts of the body.  We are to come together and use our gifts to accomplish one purpose – God’s Will!  The room that is created for each man also indicates there is space at the table for everyone.  All are needed and there is a specific purpose and place for everyone to serve.

As Henry Blackaby would say, “find out where God is working and join Him.”  God wants to use you for great and mighty things.  Start using your gifts today.

Other Scripture on Spiritual Gifts:  1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4; 1 Peter 4:9-10; Ephesians 3:6-8

Want more help on discovering your spiritual gift – http://www.fbcw.org/give/servegod/

PRAY:
O God, may Your will be done in my life today.  Help me go from asking for things from You, to allowing You to do Your work through me.  I thank You that I’m not needed to accomplish Your will, but rather You allow me to participate in Your plan.  Use me today!  In Christ’s name – AMEN.

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Overcoming Doubt

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Jody Pack, IT Manager

READ Romans 7:14-25

Have you ever experienced doubt or regret over sin in your life? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I continue to commit this same offense in the sight of God, even though I know better and want to do better?” I have, and so did the apostle Paul. Paul was a champion of the faith, and yet he acknowledged the sin that dwelled within his flesh. Paul writes, “I am doing the very thing I hate” (v.15) and “I practice the very evil that I do not want” (v.19). Simply put, Paul recognized and struggled with sin in his own life.

So, what does this reveal about Paul’s faith? Was it false? No! In fact, the conviction over sin in his own life was further evidence that Paul’s faith was real! Like me and you, Paul had a sin nature (Genesis 3, Romans 3:23). His response (v.24) was to cry out to God, saying “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Paul may have struggled with sin, but he did not surrender to it. Likewise, when we struggle with sin in our own lives, our first instinct should be to cry out to God and confess our sinful nature – not to surrender to sin or to turn away from Christ. God’s Word assures us that when we confess our sins, “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Are you convicted over sin in your own life? Take comfort in the fact that conviction over sin is evidence of real faith. Are you experiencing moments of doubt in your spiritual life? James says the testing of your faith produces endurance (James 1:2-4). As you confess your sin and moments of doubt to God, take time also to praise Him for the assurance that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1) and that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38). Praise God, Jesus Christ has already conquered sin and death!

PRAY:
Father, thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love! In my moments of doubt and weakness, remind me that I have been saved by grace and that You paid the sin debt I could never pay! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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For A Movement of Men – 5

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Nehemiah 4

13. God is moving in men, families, and churches. We must continue the fight. Do not get left behind, the movement needs you. Just like your favorite football team, you want them to get the momentum because when they do you know that they will most likely win the game. Let’s do whatever we can as men, women, families, churches, ministries, and organizations to help every man we know find real momentum in his relationship with God, his family and church to the ends of the earth.

There are other passages that illustrates a movement of men, but I really like Nehemiah 4. I love how Nehemiah speaks right into the situation:

“Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. [14] And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (Nehemiah 4:13-14)

I think it is a major thing that Nehemiah specifically lists the brethren then sons in verse 14. When we fight for other men, we are also fighting for his wife and children. We are also fighting for his church and community. When we fight for another man we are touching a future we cannot see. It could be his future wife and children. It could be his future community. 

Could it be when we fight for men, God fights for us?

Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. [20] Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.” (Nehemiah 4:19-20)

There are a lot of men reading these devotions and we are separated far from one another even if we are in the same community. We will do well to pray for a movement of men. When we do I believe that God hears us and goes to work by fighting for us. Read the following testimony of what God is stirring in the hearts of men after a recent REAL MOMENTUM Conference in Southeast Georgia before praying that God would do something similar where you live.

I am thankful today for what God is doing in our men in Toombs County. The conference spilled over into a good discussion in our Sunday morning SS class. Then we had several men stand and give testimony on Sunday night to the fact of what God had done and is doing in their lives. Monday morning we met at 6 am at the high school to pray, and discuss some things. We are on the verge of a great movement of men becoming all they need to be. I sense it. We need to forge ahead carefully and with great sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. This is not about a man or a ministry. It is about the God of glory invading men’s lives and transforming us into the image of His Son. Pray for us! Thanks!

PRAY:
Please hear our prayer for a movement of men, God! We are in great need all over the world. We need You! Use Your Word and Your Spirit to help us come to life! 

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For A Movement of Men – 4

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Psalm 12:1

10. Mediocrity creates misery and it’s a good thing, if you press in and move on with God. This lesson is probably the most liberating reality for me. I want to live unleashed and unhindered for God as a man. And although I’ve seen God do amazing things in my life as a man, husband, and father the last few years, there is still work to do. I’m not where I want to be as a husband nor a father. I’m not where I want to be as a disciple-maker of men.

There is more I need to learn about my wife and children. There is more to discover in how to engage and encourage men and their families. I’ve got desires for coaching churches and helping them be supremely effective in ministering to their most important congregant, the man sitting in the pew this Sunday. I’ve got a long way to go, but help is on the way as my help is from the LORD!

11. We are losing the next generation of men. This one drives me.

43% of millennials (those born between 1980 and 2001) are now being raised by single parents (usually mothers) compared to 5% in 1960.

I so want to reach young men, but to be honest I don’t know how. I have seven daughters and all of them may be walking down the isle one day, though not soon, but too soon. I want my daughters and their girlfriends to walk down the isle and take the hand of a faithful, godly young man who will love and lead her like Christ. However, many of the young men in our culture today come from families that look nothing like mine. Many of them are not even raised by their father.

Reaching the next generation of men is a challenge to say the least. But, I will do what I can while I can, seeking to find ways to mentor the next generation of husbands and fathers. I’ve got a long ways to go but I think I’m on the right track!

12. Men don’t need another conference or program, men need a movement. Don’t get me wrong, I love conferences. There have been many that God has used in my life. I even lead conferences for men and families. But, a conference in and of itself is just another conference. What men need today is a movement.

Movement happens when men move together. I long to see men band together in the common mission of being faithful, trustworthy, dependable, and loyal where they live, work, and play. I look forward to the day when men can share eyeball-to-eyeball about their struggles. I look forward to the day when men can stand toe-to-toe with their issues and another brother can help them win as a man. Until men get honest with God and each other they will keep attending conferences without any transformation and we will not see a movement that we all know is needed.

PRAY:
God, I praise You that You are at work in me! I also praise You that You are at work in several men that I know. It is refreshing! Help men everywhere press in and move on with You. May the talk stop and the walk start, today! Help us gain the ground that we have lost on the next generation. God, fight through men for men that ignites a movement bringing glory to Your Name! Amen

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For A Movement of Men – 3

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc

READ Psalm 12:1

7. The influence of women (our wives, mothers, and daughters) are key to a movement of men. I believe that God will use women in igniting a movement of men. I believe He will move through women who cry out to Him in a season of prayer for their husbands, fathers, and sons rather than attending the next bible study. The wife was created to be her husband’s helpmeet. She is critical to any movement toward God in his life and when she lovingly comes under her husband, she not only influences him, but she also influences other women to do so as well. May every wife, mother and daughter do him good by crying out to God for a movement of men!

Men, ask God to burden your wife to pray for you!

8. Most men will respond when they are challenged to the core of who they are as a man, but they need help. I am convinced that when the Word of God and the Spirit of God go to work in the heart of a man he will respond. We need to be sensitive as to how to help men when they do encounter God because no man should have to walk through trials and tribulations alone.

I am praying for God to call men up, families to call men in, and churches to call men out! The great thing about that prayer is that He is already answering it! Start praying that prayer with me and watch God move in the hearts of men.

9. Men in the second quarter of life (age 26-44) need to reconcile their relationship with their earthly father. The battlefield for most young men today is littered with the broken marriages of their father and mother, bondage to addictions in trying to find relief from their pain. There are ever-reaching tentacles of pride, insecurity, fear, and unbelief that plague their mind and emotions while they contemplate what the future holds for them as husbands and fathers. Most men between 20-40 years of age are hurting and are having a hard time finding help. We all need to step up and help these men!

One of the areas I have found God do His greatest work is in helping a man make things right with his earthly father, whether the father is living or not. This must happen if we’re going to see a move of God. He gave us the ministry of reconciliation because He knew we’d need it.

PRAY:
Lord, keep answering prayer! Answer the prayers of our wives after You’ve given them a heart to cry out to You in prayer for us. I pray that You raise up men who challenge men to the core of who they are as a man. Keep it up LORD! Thank You for what is taking place in the hearts of men, families, and churches to the ends of the earth, Amen.

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For A Movement of Men – 2

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries

READ Psalm 12:1

4. Until men submit to God nothing in his family, church, or in this nation will change. Godly male leadership is a must if anything is going to change in this day and time. May fresh wind blow in the heart of every man who is in your circle of influence. Men, it is time to line up under The Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him!

5. Partnerships are powerful. Whether it is our generous donors who help fund our ministry vision and mission for men on a local and global level to families and churches as well as the like-minded ministries that we have partnered with. We understand that for us to accomplish God’s call on our ministry we must work with others, beginning with men. For REAL MOMENTUM to become a movement of men we need men, women, children, churches, ministries and other organizations to join with us to build into men. Because when men win, we all win. We need each other!

6. A call to lead is a call to prayer. If you call yourself a Christian leader and the key component of your leadership is not prayer, you’re not a leader. I pray more than I’ve ever prayed, but I don’t pray enough. If there is one area where I need to step up in it is prayer. I need time alone in prayer and I need time with others in prayer. Prayer must become a priority for me and for you; for our families and our churches. We must go to war… in prayer.

Andrew Murray said, “The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelism in history.” 

PRAY:
God, You can bring the dead to life! I’ve seen it in my own life. I praise You that You are working in men. Oh God, call men up! God, use families to call men in. LORD, use Your church to call me out! Raise men up, LORD! Raise them up! And when You do, lift their wives and children! God, lift their churches and communities! Only You can do this in a man… Do it now, LORD Jesus, Amen!

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For A Movement of Men – 1

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries

READ Psalm 12:1

We have been and will continue to pray for a movement of men. I want you to join us as I share some lessons that I have learned as a missionary to men. The reality is that there are some lessons that we must never forget, especially in ministering to men. We’ve got to find a way in joining God to help them win.

Here we go…

1. Men are hungry for discipleship no matter where they are on the planet. Having been in several states and one foreign country ministering to hundreds of men, it is obvious that men of all ages want more. I see hungry souls and thirsty spirits whether they are in the north or south and in between. The lack of Biblical manhood is a global issue.

The average man you know, whether he’s in your church or not, knows, deep down, that he could be more than he has become. What are you and I doing to help him become that man? He needs your prayers and with God’s help he can come to life!

2. Churches struggle to provide meaningful, transformational discipleship for men of all ages. If we were to honestly evaluate church ministry to men we would have to conclude that a large majority of churches do not value men. Men’s ministry in most churches is an after thought and most churches do not have an equipping strategy to help their men be faithful husbands, loyal dads, spiritual leaders, trustworthy churchmen, etc.

The truth is that the devil has a much more effective plan to reach men than do most churches.

Patrick Morley brings clarity to the deficiency of church ministry to men, “I love the church, but the church on the whole has not been able to muster an ongoing will or comprehensive strategy to disciple men. Pastoring men is not a top priority in any denomination based upon their actual allocations of financial and intellectual resources.” 

3. The most powerful team on the planet is a husband and wife walking in oneness before a Holy God. And men, God has called you to be the MVP whether you are married or not. I really believe this. As much as I love the Georgia Bulldogs and as good as they are (to me) and as hard as I pull for them to win when they play between the hedges or in any other venue… I have come to the conclusion that the team I must be rooting for, praying for, helping, encouraging, cheering, strengthening, coaching with all of my heart and soul is the husband and wife team, beginning with me and Nichole. I long to see families win. Starting with men, we can get on a winning streak that will help thousands of generations be anchored in Christ.

PRAY:
God, help me as a man! I so long to be a faithful man of God. I want to grow and mature in every area of responsibility and leadership. With Your help, I will be what You want in this day! Lord encourage my wife to pray for me and help me win as a man. God, I need You to rally other men around me to speak into my life as a husband and father. May I capture some momentum as a man today. In Jesus Name, Amen!

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God Knows What He’s Doing

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Dr. Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Ephesians 5:25-33

What should a husband do if his wife will not follow his leadership? 

1) Maintain an attitude of humility. Humbly admit that as a man, you still have much to learn about leading your wife.

2) Acknowledge and confess your own sin. The temptation is to dwell on the sin of your spouse instead of confessing your own.

3) Get in her shoes. Try to think about the situation from your wife’s perspective so you may understand why she is struggling to follow your leadership.

4) Know your Biblical role. A husband should memorize and meditate regularly on Eph 5:25-33 to remind him of his role.

5) Pray regularly for her. Pray often that she would come to know and understand God’s design for marriage and see your desire to lead her Biblically as a good thing.

6) Decide to forgive. A husband needs to prepare that his wife is going to sin against him and he is going to be tempted to retaliate.  Instead of retaliating against your wife, you must choose to forgive, just as you have been forgiven (Eph 4:32).  This decision will guard against bitterness and allow you to receive your wife graciously, with love.

7) Make God’s glory your highest goal. Learn to be God glorifying, not man centered or wife centered. By doing this, the following occurs:

-You will be less vulnerable to intimidation and manipulation.

-You will be protected from sinful reactions if and when she doesn’t respond appropriately to your care, your service, and your leadership.  You can be satisfied with and secure in the knowledge that God is pleased with your motive and obedience, regardless of your wife’s response.

-You will be less likely to seek or demand from your wife what only God can provide. You will be satisfied with God and by His help will seek to simply serve your wife.

Remember this:  God created marriage, husbands, and wives.  He knows what He’s doing and we can trust Him.

PRAYER:
Father, thank You for my wife.  Your Word says that a man who finds a wife finds a good thing.  Remind me of my role and empower me to empower my wife to fulfill her role. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Strength is Deceiving

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Brandon Rosko, Fmr. Chairman of Deacons, FBC Woodstock

READ Proverbs 7:6-27

Can you think of an example of a weak person falling morally or failing in the Bible?  Don’t hurt yourself trying or spending too much time on Google. There aren’t any. It was always the strong man. Even, many times, God’s man.

Abraham, the man who was counted righteous by believing God’s miraculous promise of countless descendants and worldwide blessing, turns around in the very next chapter and tries to help God out by having a child with a woman who was not his wife [Gen. 16].

Noah got drunk right after being delivered through a worldwide flood of destruction [Gen. 9].

Moses got impatient with the God who had parted the Red Sea and didn’t go into the Promised Land as a result [Num. 20].

David committed adultery and murder after being promised an eternal dynasty [2 Sam. 11].

The list goes on and on including many examples in the New Testament.  Our enemies – the world, the flesh, and the devil – know exactly where we are weak.

Verse 26 in today’s reading states, “For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men.” I tell you all of this to encourage you, not to condemn you. If these great men of the faith had times in their life where they failed miserably, just remember they were men too. They weren’t super heroes! 

Don’t compare your every mistake to their highlight reels. A careful reading of these biblical accounts leaves us with a different picture: we read of people who committed terrible sins and showed surprisingly little faith despite all God’s blessings. It’s people like you and me. We can identify with their weaknesses. God can and will work in us too. 

This is true for examples in the Bible and also for those around you. Our weaknesses lead to strength through our relationship with Christ. “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” (2 Cor. 12:10).

PRAY:
O God, may Your will be done in my life today.  May I not go through another day in my strength, but rather in Yours.  Fill me with Your Spirit and be my Strength, O God.  Help me be more for You by acknowledging my weaknesses before You, a Holy God.  Use me for Your Glory.  In Christ’s name AMEN.

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The Power of His Purpose

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Acts 26:19-32

Purpose brings direction to a man’s life. Vision helps you know where to go and what to expect. However, having vision does not mean that you will know every answer along the way. But rest assured, God gives men vision so that they become the desired destination of His purpose for their lives.

Paul’s vision on the road to Damascus became the captivating force for his success. The apostle teaches us the power of purpose while he lived for what was ahead; ‘I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision’ (v19). While Paul was on his way to doing something, he became something.

God’s vision (purpose) for Paul accomplished a number of things:

• It stopped him. Purpose allows us to see ourselves. More importantly we see God.

• It sent him. Purpose allows us to see others. We feel compelled to act. In Mark 6:34, the Scripture says that when Jesus came out, He “saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them… and He began to teach them many things.”

• It strengthened him. Purpose enables us to continue despite struggles and lack of resources. The only way we can press on is to press into Him.

• It stretched him. Crawford Loritts succinctly said one time, “God’s assignment is always marked by gaps.” Gaps are good because they can only be filled by God. And when He fills a gap, everyone will notice.

• It satisfied him. Paul’s radical obedience to God’s purpose made a mark in human history.

The power of God’s purpose for you and me is His primary means of sanctification. On your way to obeying Him, He will make you into the man He desires. There is no better journey!

PRAY:
God, give me ears to hear and eyes to see. May I be a man who walks by faith on purpose! Set my heart to Your will and by all means, as I move ahead give me the grace to become what You desire!

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The War Against Evil – 3

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Richard Holden, SE Regional Director, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Psalm 51:4, James 4:7-10, 1 Peter 5:8-9

Indwelling sin does not absolve us of responsibility for our actions. Today, we hear that men who commit adultery do so because it is in their genetic makeup to do so. They were “born that way.” Homosexuals say the same, “they were born that way.” I heard about a kleptomaniac who argued the same thing. So do alcoholics and gamblers. 

So, what if scientists do discover an adultery gene, a homosexual gene, an alcohol gene, a gambling gene, and a kleptomania gene?  What could we say then? 

Erwin Lutzer said, “They would be right!” Why? Because the Bible says we are all born in sin. We were all born with sinful, perverted desires. Left to ourselves, we would all turn away from God and toward sin. We were all “born that way.” 

We have power to make choices. Some choose to play the blame game.  They blame their sin on everything else and everybody else.  We need to say with King David in Psalm 51:4 “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil thing in Your sight – that you may be found just when you speak, and blameless when You judge.” 

Satan wants us to believe two lies:

The First Lie: “Just try my way once and you’ll be satisfied…once will not hurt anything.” 

The Second Lie: “Now that you have fallen, there’s no use trying to stand up again, you’re mine!”

Let me encourage you with the Sword of the Spirit:

The Bible says in James 4:7-10 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hears, you double-minded! Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” 

1 Peter 5:8-9 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brothers in the world.”

PRAY:
God, I need You! The enemy is real and relentless in his pursuit of me, my family, and my church. In Jesus Name, help me submit to You. Help me draw near to You. Cleanse me, Oh God! Amen.

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The War Against Evil – 2

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Richard Holden, SE Regional Director, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ James 1:14-15, 4:1-3

We need to understand that there is a battle. And the battle is within. There was a time when people had to go looking for things that would fulfill their sensual desires; not anymore!  It’s everywhere!  

James also speaks of being dragged away and enticed, which pictures the idea of being caught in a trap. However, the hunter disguises the deadly poison with attractive bait. We must believe God’s warnings and understand that Satan is the hunter. His intention is to cause us shame and destroy our effectiveness for Christ. Be aware that behind the lie is a liar and behind the trap is a trapper. 

So, where do these fights come from? James 4:1-3 says they come from within, “the desires within you.”  They are desires with hedonistic, bodily appetites for self-gratification. Our lusts are always lining up their forces against the Spirit within us.  They are always fighting fiercely for position and will never accept defeat. 

Our raging desires can take on many forms: revenge, greed, alcohol, drugs, pornography, etc.  The battle is over who will control the “inner man.” Have you ever noticed that when an addict tries to change, he often substitutes one crutch for another?  Unless we deal with the root, not just the fruit, there will be no victory, no transformation. 

The more these selfish desires are fed, the stronger they remain, insisting on more.  Walter Brueggemann said, “I have found myself discovering that mostly I do not need more advice, but strength.  I do not need new information, but the courage, freedom, and authority to act on what I have already been given in the gospel.”

It is usually not a matter of knowledge. Men know the difference between right and wrong. It is a matter of desire, motivation, and willingness to do what is right.  Obviously, we cannot do this in our own strength.  We must cry out to Jesus for help and rely upon His strength!

PRAY:
God help me to deny myself and take up my cross to follow Your desires. I am nothing without You! May I give way to You in each area of my life. I want to win as a man and I can’t do that without You working in and through me for Your good pleasure. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

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The War Against Evil – 1

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Richard Holden, SE Regional Director, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ James 1:12

September 11, 2001 is the day of the worst attack on American soil when Islamic terrorists flew commercial airplanes into the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon while another one was headed for the White House and was heroically diverted by Americans who were passengers on that plane.  These heroes died to save the White House, and all who live and work there.  Over 3,000 Americans died that day at the hands of evil. 

Immediately following these events, President George W. Bush said, “Great harm has been done to us.  We have suffered great loss.  And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment.  Freedom and fear are at war.  The advance of human freedom – the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time – now depends on us.  Our nation – this generation – will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future.  We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage.  We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail!” 

Erwin Lutzer said, “this should be our attitude regarding the war that rages within each of us who are Christ followers.”

Most of us ask God to conquer temptation for us by taking away our urge to sin.  We forget, however, that God wants to give us the ability to say ‘no’ despite our selfish desires.  Then, victory comes when we say ‘yes’ to God when everything within us is saying ‘no.’ 

There are only two references to the “crown of life” in the New Testament.  Revelation 2:10 speaks of this crown being given to those “willing to be faithful, even to the point of death.” Then, James 1:12 states that the “crown of life” will be given to those who “stood the test.” 

Obviously, mastering our desires is equally as difficult as giving our lives to the gospel! We know that this war is between God and us but the battle ultimately spills over and engulfs our family and friends.  May God help us men step up, be found faithful when the attacks come, and bring glory to His Name.

PRAY:
Lord, I know that I face so many difficulties throughout the day and this day will be no different. Help me to rely upon You so that I may win. I want to stand approved after the tests that may come my way today, ultimately bringing You glory! Amen.

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Man Up and Give Up

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Chris Brooks, Executive Director, God’s Man Up Ministries, Inc.

READ Deuteronomy 30:18-20; Romans 3:23 & 6:23

As men, most of us hate the feeling of losing and cringe against the thought of surrender. I recently read a quote by Winston Churchill in his famous speech during WWII when he said… 

“We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

That get’s my blood pumping and probably does yours as well.  As men, we simply don’t like to surrender and many of us are willing to fight to our last breath like William Wallace when he cried out “FREEDOM” just before the executioner’s axe fell.

UNFORTUNATELY, men can often carry this passion into their perspective of Jesus Christ and Eternity.  The reality is that we are facing a battle against overwhelming forces and can never hope to press our way to victory with any measure of willpower and effort. But, that is exactly what we are trying to do when we attempt to WORK our way into God’s good favor or try to WILL ourselves to be good. 

In the Bible, Isaiah tells us that, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:6, NIV) and the Apostle Paul clearly points out that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.(Rom 3:23)” and that, “The wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23a).  No matter how strong and courageous we think we are, in our own effort we just can’t overcome our sin to satisfy the requirements of the Law and can never hope to escape the judgment and the wrath of God.

The GOOD NEWS is that we don’t have to fight the battle for our eternity because the war has already been fought, the battle is over, and we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ.  Through Jesus, his life, death, burial, and resurrection, He conquered our sin, fulfilled the requirements of the Law, and satisfied the judgment and the sin debt that we could never hope to pay.  Jesus tells us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life . . . no man comes unto the father except through me.”

You can only do one of two things . . . trust in your own effort and cling to your willpower and determination to “Never Surrender”   OR   you can trust in God, surrendering yourself to His will and accept the victory that is only found in Jesus Christ.  Just remember, the default setting is “Never Surrender” so don’t get caught in the trap that not choosing is an option. Just as Moses challenged, “Today I set before you Life and Death . . . now choose life.” (Deut. 30:19)

PRAY:
Dear God, I do recognize You as God and the sovereign ruler of Your creation. I realize that I have not lived up to the standards of holiness that You have established and that without Your Son Jesus Christ, I know that I would stand condemned by the law and remain under Your judgment for my sin. Right here and right now I surrender. Thank You for Your mercy, grace, forgiveness, and victory. Use my life for Your glory. AMEN!

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Renewal

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Tony Williams, Realtor, REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Romans 12:1-2 

It is essential that men do not conform to this world. There too many men being shaped by the culture instead of Christ and the fallout is painful. Renewing your mind will set the stage for a great display of the will of God in your life as a man. When a man is being renewed he and his family can experience God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will.

Renewal requires daily, ongoing evaluation of our belief system. Once you identify an error, the next step is to find its counterpart, the Truth. The Truth in God’s Word is the only thing that counters the specific lies we are being told. We must dig into the Word of God to find specific Bible Truths to prepare for the daily onslaught of error.

I’d like to share 4 practical ways with you that have helped me:

  1. Speak the Truth out loud. By speaking the truth verbally out loud feelings that can be misleading are neutralized.
  2. Personalize the Truth. “I am destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and I am taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
  3. Pray the Truth. Find areas of life that you need to work on – find Scriptures that address this need and pray those verses believe in the power of God’s Word.
  4. Mediate on the Truth.  Charles Stanley said that the last thing he thought about at night before going to sleep was the truth.” He would choose a verse and rehearse it over and over in his mind. Thinking through God’s Word helps us have the mind of Christ.

When we immerse ourselves in God’s Word we discover the Truth. When we discover Truth, He makes us free. He is at work! When He is at work things change. Most importantly, we change and become more like Him. Now that’s the kind of renewal I want, what about you? 

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, help me be renewed. Set me free to be a Man of God. As I pursue You in the Word, may Your Truth become personal to me. I long to give myself to You as a holy man, an acceptable man. Me, my family, or my church will do well if I’m not conformed to the world. God renew me each day for Your glory, Amen!

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The Blessing of Fathering

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Bob Morris, Deacon Chairman, First Baptist Church Woodstock, Healthcare Sales Director

READ Proverbs 22:6

What an honor and privilege God has given us to be a parent to our children. Many wise people have said over the ages that, besides faith in our Lord, there is nothing in life that provides more joy, satisfaction, and blessings than our families. Many have said they regretted spending too much time at work but few express regret about spending time with their children.

Our children are a God-given gift that deserve and require the very best we have to give every minute of every day. Our God never stops loving us, which includes disciplining us when necessary and we are called to do the same for our children. The biggest mistakes we make include:

  • Not giving love when they need it (God never fails to love)
  • Not giving discipline when called for (God never fails to discipline)
  • Not making our children a priority above jobs and money (God warned us about this)
  • Not praying with, reading God’s Word with, and not going to church with our children as often as possible, and at least weekly.

Our children follow our lead in growing their faith. When they see our close relationship with God they will strive for the same. Find a church the whole family connects with – that glorifies God and blesses your family and you will see the awesome difference it makes in our children’s lives.

PRAY:
Father God, thank You for the blessings of our children. We pray for wisdom and discernment as fathers. Just as You love us unconditionally, we pray to make sure our children know we give them the same type of love. This means having the courage and faith to say no when appropriate and to discipline them according to Your will. In Jesus Name we pray – Amen!

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Not So Fast

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ 1 Corinthians 15

It is tempting to move on into another day, another week if you’re not careful. But please, let me encourage you to really take some time and consider yesterday, Resurrection Sunday. Would you prayerfully process what really happened on that day? Take time and think through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The implications could be both historic and eternal. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of history.

We live in a world that wants nothing more of Jesus than for Him to be dead. I don’t want Him to be dead but, if I’m not careful I can live life as though He is dead. At times, I rush into the next thing, day, or project making decisions and checking off the next item on my list. The pace that life takes can be paralyzing–and we try our best to live simple and slow. I wish I could slow down this life because it’s moving so fast and I can’t keep up. I had people tell me that my children would grow up before I knew it. I tried to heed their wise counsel but am found wanting more time.

Read all fifty-eight verses in this chapter slowly. Think through the implications of the Gospel of Jesus Christ… according to the Scriptures. One of the verses I like is verse eight where Paul says, “Then last of all He was seen by me…” Men, let’s make it a point to see Jesus before running off into another year. The word “seen” translates as “to become visible, appear” as well as “see; pay attention to; understand; visit; experience; learn about.”

My hope after this Easter, beginning today, that Jesus will be seen by me. I want Him to be more visible in my life. More and more, I want to see Him appear in the things I do as a husband and father. I want to pay attention to what He is saying and what He is doing. I want to understand Him and have his heart, mind, and will about the life He desires for me. I hope that I visit with Him more than I ever have between now and next Easter. My desire is to go at a pace when I experience Him in all the details this life has to offer as I learn about Him.

Men, our day is a day that requires that Jesus be “seen” by us. Would you join me in seeing Jesus come alive in all that we are and all that we have? 

PRAY:
“For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22). Lord Jesus, slow me down so that I experience resurrection power not just on Easter Sunday. Jesus, meet me with Your power and life moment by moment from this day until that day. Oh God, make me alive in Christ until He returns, AMEN!

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The Other Side of the Cross

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Philippians 3:10

There was a season in my life where I did not live unto God. I am not saying that I am perfect now. But in my early twenties my life was marked by sin. The choices I made as a young man were not unto the Lord; I knew that and so did many others. More importantly, my Savior was well aware of who I was becoming. Sin was taking its toll. I was hurting myself and more importantly I was hurting others. I was backslidden and on a path that is contrary to everything that my life has become.

When a man fails, no matter his age, he hurts others, no matter their age. I wished I would have known that my choices would follow me well on into life. Those choices in my early twenties had implications in my thirties. The lingering effects of sin eventually finds its way to the innocent. I wish it were different.

Now, nearly twenty years later, I am amazed at what He has done. Resurrection Sunday is special to me because I am reminded of what God did when He spoke to me when I had a dead life, a dead faith, a dead hope, and a dead future. The day I made an intentional decision to reconcile with God, things changed. I found freedom and forgiveness when I humbled myself and took God’s side against myself. Life as I knew it began to change when I got honest with who I had become, as an immature man living in sin.

God has a way of making the dead come to life! I love to tell men that there is so much more on the other side of the Cross. But, you must come to the Cross and make things right with God. Once I reconciled with God, I found peace, hope, joy, forgiveness, vision, and on I could go. On the other side of the Cross I found, a wife… Nichole over there. God had 9 children on the other side of the Cross for me: Madison, Morgan, Mallory, Meghan, Joshua, Stephen, Maleah, Mercy, and Mae Ellyn.

The discovery continues. I am excited about what He has done and what He is doing!

How about you? Why not come the Cross, make things right with God and discover what He has for you? I can’t think of a better day than Easter Sunday!

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, come alive in me afresh and anew! Thank You that You got up from the dead and live forevermore! I stand amazed in what You have done in my life. You make all things new! Live on in me, my family, and church to the ends of the earth for Your glory!

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As A Man

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Philippians 2:5-13

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 

6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 

7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 

8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 

11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, the greatest display of love was when you became a man. Help me, both in Your death and in Your life, be the man You desire for me to be. In no way do I want to rob You of any glory. Work in me, on me, through me, and with me to be the husband for my wife, the father for my children, and the man of God for this day. Work in me mightily for Your good please, My Great God! In the Name of JESUS!

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He Bore the Sin of Many

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Isaiah 53 (NKJV)

1 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.

3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.

9 And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.

11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.

12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, I am still moved by Your soul being made the offering for [my] sin. At times I still feel overwhelmed while meditating on what You accomplished for me and in me. I long to live unto You! May this Good Friday be a day that I am reminded and renewed in a right relationship with You as Lord!

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He poured out His soul unto death.

He was numbered with the transgressors.
He bore the sin of many.
He made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:12

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Slow Down

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Dr. Joe Bufford, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ James 1:19-20

We have a son who will turn eighteen this summer and has now been driving for three years. We praise the Lord he has neither had nor been involved in any kind of accident during that time. He has, however, been pulled over once for speeding. My wife and I knew it was just a matter of time before it happened. We had warned him over and over about slowing down.

He had a habit of always wanting to speed ahead of us if we had driven separate cars. When he did get pulled over we were not with him and he was on the interstate. It scared him to death and he assured the officer he was not paying attention to his speed. He lost his driving privileges (notice “privilege,” not “right”) for one month. I could not be too harsh because I once received two tickets in a matter of four days when I was his age.

I humbly share this story not to encourage you to drive slower, although you might need to, but to emphasize a practice I often teach people who struggle with getting angry. The practice is to work on going from “120 m.p.h.,” to “45 m.p.h.”

James says to be “Swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (anger).” Rarely does anything good come of those who blow their lid, their fuse, or anything else for that matter. Take a walk outside, stop and pray, or put this verse to memory. Above all, learn to say, “I am sorry,” if you do lose your cool.

To encourage my son in righteousness, I took a strip of medical tape and wrote the word, “GRACE” on it. I then placed it over his speedometer from the 75 m.p.h. marker and higher. It is a reminder that grace is a privilege, not a right! Jesus gave us what we did not deserve so learn to share grace, not anger, towards others.

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, please help me to control my anger so as not to bring destruction in my life or anyone else’s. Remind me to practice slowing down even when there is a justifiable reason to be angry. Thank You God for Your grace!

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Prayer Calendar April 2015

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The greatest act of love the world has ever witnessed is when Jesus gave His life on a cross to pay every sin debt for every person who has ever lived, is living, and who will ever live on this earth. But it doesn’t end there, Jesus got up from the dead and He is alive! What a blessing we have in knowing the Living One who paid it all!

Please take time this month to pray for many who have yet to personally meet and give their life to Jesus. May they realize their sin debt has been paid in full and salvation awaits those who trust in the risen Savior! 

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Keith will be on an important call with Dr. Robert Lewis to discuss how REAL MOMENTUM can be a part of teaming up with him to unleash a man-building revolution. Pray for God to give Keith wisdom and discernment as well as faith in this awesome opportunity of linking arms with one of the great champions of ministry to men.

REAL MOMENTUM will host two Movie Screenings for the Kendrick Brother’s latest movie, WAR ROOM, on April 30th in Kennesaw and May 14th in Atlanta. Pray for the training that will take place today as we prepare to learn how to promote this moving film concerning prayer. 

Praise the Lord for the effort Jesus made to endure the cross, despising the shame. Let us not be ashamed. Let us rejoice that our sins have been forgiven and our debt paid in full.


4
. Pray for your pastor right now. Ask God to fill him with fresh oil for the journey ahead. Pray that God would touch his wife and children. Pray that God would surround him with men who are full of faith and wisdom. Please pray for your pastor. 


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 Victory in Jesus! Pray for Pastors and others who will be sharing the message of Easter. Pray the Lord gives them a life-changing Word to share with so many who may not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray that many will hear the message of the Resurrection and receive eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. HE IS RISEN!


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 Pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Pastors, missionaries, business men, and leaders are providing fresh content about how living in a right relationship with God, the family, and through the church really does impact the ends of the earth. Pray that God will guide every word written and read!


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 The greatest need in America is a godly man in the home. Pray for God to call men up, out, and into being a faithful, godly man, husband, and father.


8
 Keith will be meeting with Jeff Smith about some potential video narratives to tell the heart and vision of REAL MOMENTUM Ministries. Ask God to give wisdom and insight as to what He would have us communicate to men, families, and churches.


9
 Please pray for the REAL MOMENTUM leadership team in Omaha. Pray for Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he leads two new team members Troy Blaine and Craig Paulsen. Pray that these men continue to lead well with their wives and family.


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 Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he has met with many pastors and influential laymen. Pray for the Lord’s favor and guidance as Richard looks to schedule and confirm pending dates for more REAL MOMENTUM weekend events.


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 Please pray for Clark Osborn as he attends the Marked Men for Christ conference today in Kansas. Pray for God to move greatly in each man attending. Pray God’s favor on Clark as he desires to connect with men and churches to ignite a movement of men and expand the ministry impact of REAL MOMENTUM.


12
 Serving as a missionary to men in the Southeast Region, Richard Holden of REAL MOMENTUM is in need of financial support from many generous families across the country. Pray as Richard and his wife Terry trust God in meeting their needs as faith based missionaries.


13
 Tomorrow morning, 77 TIME meets early for Dad’s of young men and women who attend Mount Paran Christian School. Keith has led these men since the school year began and God has been working. Pray that God would call these men up and out for a movement that results in generational transformation.


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  Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!


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Today REAL MOMENTUM kicks off a weekly men’s Bible Study. The morning session is at 6am-7:30am will be in Kennesaw, GA at Noonday Baptist Church. The evening session is at 6pm-7:30pm in Woodstock, GA at FBC Woodstock.


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Please pray for Clark Osborn and John White, from Golf with Goodness Sake, as they are in the planning stages for the REAL MOMENTUM Golf Tournament this June in Omaha, NE. Please pray for many men to partner with REAL MOMENTUM for this ministry fundraiser.


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 Today, Keith will be speaking at the Awaken Atlanta Convergence Conference in Atlanta, GA. Please pray as he will be speaking about how men are key to any movement concerning prayer, evangelism, discipleship, revival and spiritual awakening.


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REAL MOMENTUM for Men starts this morning at FBC Lyons, GA. Pastors will lead breakout sessions and Keith and Ronnie Smith will be the keynote speakers. Pray for God’s touch on each man who preaches, teaches, and attends.


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 Pray for Keith, Nichole, and their family as they visit with Ronnie and Delana Smith and their family in Lyons, GA. They will be worshipping together at FBC Lyons. Pray that God will use Pastor Dannie Williams to speak into the heart of each Boggs family member.


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 Keith will have the privilege of meeting with Dr. Charlie Bass, Interim President of Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, GA about how REAL MOMENTUM can help develop a team of men and establish an intentional strategy for discipling young men on campus in biblical manhood. Several pastors and leaders in the area are on board so pray for obedience to this great opportunity.


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Please plan on attending tomorrow’s REAL MOMENTUM for Men’s meeting. Keith Boggs will speaking on A Man & REAL MOMENTUM. Please invite other men who desire to be a faithful, godly man, husband and father. Can’t make the session, get it on the App!


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Pray that your church will bring ministry to men to the forefront of their disciple-making process. Ask God to stir the pastors and staff across America for men to unite hearts to develop an effective discipleship ministry to men.


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Fewer than 10% of U.S. churches are able to establish or maintain a vibrant men’s ministry. Pray that God would burden pastors and all men to begin establishing a viable ministry to men in their church and community.


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 Tonight begins a REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Trinity Baptist Church in Ocala, FL. Pray for God to use each message Keith shares today to penetrate the heart of each man.


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 The REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Trinity Baptist Church continues with a full day of activities. Ask God to infuse the families that Keith and Nichole have ministered to this weekend with the burden for a movement that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.


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There is one more session today at Trinity Baptist Church before Keith and the family will be making the journey back home. Pray that each person’s relationship with God has been strengthened and will ultimately result in bringing God great glory now and until He returns.


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Please pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Daily devotionals have been delivered to many using the App. Pray as several men are accessing the app every day. Pray that men are engaging with the content and growing and being challenged to live for God.


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Several men will be participating in our bi-weekly prayer conference call at 7:30am. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God!


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Please pray for the REAL MOMENTUM for Men Bible Study that will be meeting this morning and evening. Pray for Brandon Rosko as he speaks on A Man & His Personal Devotional Life. Pray that men will be challenged to spend more time with the Lord and pursue a growing relationship with Him. Pray that God will use His Word to awaken men!


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Tomorrow night begins a REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, GA. Lift up Pastor Mike Stone and the leadership who has been preparing for this weekend. Pray for God to use Keith and Nichole during each session.

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Using Our Gifts & Talents

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ 1 Corinthians 12

God has intimately wired each of us in a distinctive way. He also gives unique gifts and talents to each of us, enabling and equipping us to serve Him in a very special way – a way that He pre-ordained. In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul reminds believers that there are varieties of gifts “…but one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills” (v.11). In other words, God in his omnipotence and omniscience created us with gifts to accomplish His will. Do you know your spiritual giftedness, and more importantly, are you using your gifts? In Romans 12:6, Paul encourages the brethren “…since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly.”

We each have a place of service within the church, the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:14, Paul illustrates our role within the body of Christ when he states, “…the body is not one member, but many.” He goes on to say, “…God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired” (v.18). We are not here by chance! God has created us, gifted us, and placed each of us in a unique position to serve Him and to carry out the Great Commission. Let’s be obedient and encourage others to do the same!

As you think about your own personal spiritual giftedness, consider taking a “spiritual gifts survey” to help identify the gifts God has given to you. Ask God to reveal to you these gifts and to grant you wisdom in using them to bring honor and glory to Him. A wise Sunday School teacher once taught me: “We will find the greatest fulfillment in life when we use our spiritual giftedness to serve Christ!”

PRAY:
Father, the desire of my heart is to use the gifts and talents You’ve given to me to bring honor and glory to Your name by carrying out the Great Commission! Grant me wisdom in how to best use these gifts to make known the name of Jesus! Amen.

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We are not here by chance! God has created us, gifted us, and placed each of us in a unique position to serve Him. @Real_Momentum App

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He Equips the Called

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ John 21:4-11

You have likely heard the saying, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” This is certainly true of the disciples in John chapter 21. Knowing the disciples are empty-handed, Jesus first instructs them to “…cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat” (v.6). The disciples then caught so many fish, they were not able to haul in the catch. God is faithful to equip us when He calls us to a vocation or a task! The provision is His!

Next, the disciples drag the net full of fish onto shore, only to see a charcoal fire “…already laid and fished placed on it, and bread” (v.9). Jesus then invites the disciples to “…bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” (v.10). Verse ten reveals that Christ desires for us to be His co-laborers! He is capable of accomplishing His will without us, but we are invited to participate and to work alongside our Creator! What a privilege! Even though Jesus had supplied the fish and bread before the disciples reached the shore, He invited them to bring their catch too.

Has God been calling you to a particular place of service but you’ve been apprehensive to follow? Do you lack self-confidence in your ability to serve? If so, consider the words of the apostle Paul:

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

To serve God is to faithfully follow Him, with all confidence that He equips the called and that His power is perfected in our weakness!

PRAY:
Father, I desire to co-labor with you, empowered by Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live by faith, not by sight, so that Your power may be perfected in my weakness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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@Real_Momentum App for Today – To serve God is to faithfully follow Him, with all confidence that He equips the called and that His power is perfected in our weakness! 

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Spiritual Wisdom

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ Ephesians 1:1-23

In his letter to the faithful in Christ Jesus at the church at Ephesus, the apostle Paul speaks of the “eyes of your heart” (v.18). Paul encourages the faithful by telling them he is praying “…the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.” As a follower of Christ, have you ever considered that God has given to you spiritual eyes, in addition to your physical eyes?

Our spiritual eyes are opened when we come to faith in Jesus Christ and receive His Holy Spirit. These “heart eyes” allow us to see the world around us in light of eternity, and they grant us wisdom to live-out His purpose in our lives. Paul’s prayer is that the faithful will know the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.

Once we fully grasp and appreciate our hope and kinship found in Christ Jesus, we desire to live a life of obedience for Him! He empowers us to serve Him (v.19), by the same surpassing greatness of the power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of God, “…far above all rule and authority and power and dominion.” That same power is already at work within us (Ephesians 3:20), as followers and servants of Christ!

To serve God is to first experience the grace, hope, kinship, and authority of Christ in our lives. This occurs when we fully surrender our lives to Him and our spiritual eyes are opened. He imparts to us wisdom and enables us to see the world around us in a different light – the Light of the world (John 8:12). What a mighty God we serve!

PRAY:
Father, open my eyes and grant me wisdom to serve You and do Your will. I desire to live-out Your plan and purpose for my life, each and every day. In the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

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As a follower of Christ, have you ever considered that God has given to you spiritual eyes, in addition to your physical eyes? @Real_Momentum App

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