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Man’s Relationship with the Church

Whatsoever You Do!

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Mitch Temple,  Executive Director of The Fatherhood CoMission

READ Colossians 3:17-23

There is an interesting historical account of the U.S. Calvary attacking a band of Comanche Indians back in the late 1800’s near where we lived in Southern Colorado.  As the Calvary regiment approached the outnumbered band of Comanche warriors, they sounded the attack bugle. Then as Calvary riders neared the fleeing Comanche’s, the retreat bugle was sounded. In a few minutes the attack sound was heard. The U.S. Calvary was confused. They were riding around in circles- advancing and retreating, advancing and retreating. In the meantime, the Comanche band got a way.

Later our Calvary discovered what happened. One of the Comanche scouts had stolen a Cavalry Bugle from an earlier skirmish. He had practiced various bugle tunes before the raid and put them to good use when under attack- attack, retreat, attack, retreat!

I love this story. Not only because it actually happened but because of the great lesson it teaches me: When you are outnumbered, backed into a corner, the odds are against you, don’t give up, get smart. Don’t listen to the defeatist tune sounding in your head, use your head. Try something new. Try something you have thought of before but never did. Don’t let your emotions override your head. Look for options not a place to sit down and die.

PRAY:
God, please help me! I hear all kinds of noise as a man. Help me hear Your vice loud and clear as I seek to walk with You, be a blessing to my family, and a help to my church and community. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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Character

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Dennis Wilder, Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ Ecclesiastes 7:1

I was pastoring my first church in a small town many years ago when an elderly man shared this story. He wanted a brand new Ford from the dealership back in the 1930’s. The car was about $800 which was big money back then. Next door to the dealership was the bank and this gentleman walked into the bank and asked for an auto loan to buy a brand new Ford. The banker asked his name, stuck out his hand, and told the teller give him what he needed for the car. He paid the bank back plus interest without signing a single piece of paper.

Of course we can’t do that today, simply because many men have not kept their word. To keep your word is making your name valuable. A man of character is someone you can trust and no one can have anything bad to say about him.

So why does Solomon believe the day of your death is better than your birth? Simply because a man with good character will be remembered fondly, and have many friends, but for a newborn he must prove himself for his lifetime.

A man of character has already proven himself to his family, his employer, his friends, his church and God. His name has value simply because when he tells his wife he will be home for supper, he’s setting at the table. When he tells his boss that the project will be completed before the deadline, he puts in extra hours to make sure it happens. In the end a man of character will have a good name.

PRAY:
God make me a man of good character. Work in me to keep my word especially to You, my family and all those around me. Amen

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All In

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Ronnie Smith, President CEO of Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Luke 14:27

Jesus was making a bold statement that was tying genuine belief to following Jesus. He knew that everyone who was in the crowd that day was not following Him from the heart. Some were there just to see what He did next. Others were pondering whether or not they wanted to be all in. You can’t be a fence straddler and a follower at the same time.

Jesus uses the Roman cross for His illustration. Everyone knew that if they saw someone coming down the road with a cross beam on their back, surrounded by soldiers, they were headed to a place where they would be executed. The cross was a symbol of death. The cross was despised. Jesus used this to help people, then and now, to see that following Him is not easy; it is not something that the majority will do; and it is costly.

Some have said their cross to bear is the weird relative in their family or the disease they may have. I don’t think this is what Jesus had in mind. Those are trials and lost people have these trials too. They are not carrying a cross.

I believe there are 5 areas of carrying our cross in the life of the believer.

1. Obeying the word of God.

2. Denying ourselves and our fleshly appetites.

3. Serving others.

4. Suffering harm for the sake of the gospel.

5. Being willing to die for the sake of the gospel.

Are you able to say I am doing these things, and or willing to endure those things that come upon you? If not you can’t be a disciple. Turn to Him now and ask His forgiveness.

PRAY:
Dear God, I surrender every area of my life to you. Help me to obey You, deny my flesh, serve others, and be willing to suffer harm and even death if You so choose. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Pride

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

READ Genesis 11:1-9

I recently heard a great leader say that pride was at the root of so much we do. Pride involves thinking of yourself more than you do of others. Pride means you think better of yourself than you do others. Pride tries to justify the betterment of you regardless of what may happen to anyone else. It is unfortunate we now live in a society that rewards pride and seeks to mask it by labeling it under alternative headings such as “driven” or “positive aggression.”

The tragedy of pride is that it leads to self-consumption, self-preservation and self-exaltation. We find this was the case in Genesis 11:1-9 as we read the story of the people and the Tower of Babel. Verses three and four describe the situation best. The Bibles records, “Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth’.” Does this not sound like something that would be said in a modern day scenario?

We know that God destroyed the tower, confused their language and scattered the people. Why? Because God does not delight in pride. As Solomon wrote in Proverbs 16, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud” (v.18-19).

Jesus himself taught that the last would be first and the first last. He also exemplified that by humbling himself and serving others. If you want to evaluate how you are doing in the area of pride, consider how often the people used “us” in Genesis 11 and compare that to how often you use “me” and “I” through your day. Like a pedometer counting steps, you just might be surprised how much it is happening in a day’s time.

PRAY:
God help me to exalt You only. Please help me to humble myself because I know You resist the proud. You also give grace to the humble. So be it Lord, So I can serve You and others. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

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As Human As We Are

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Daniel Garnett, Southern Baptist Chaplain, North American Mission Board

READ James 5:17-18

“As human as we are (NLT).”  Have you ever really stopped for a second to ponder what those particular words entail?  Was Elijah a hero of the faith?  I believe he was.  But have you ever read the account of him in 1 Kings 19 when he was running for his life because Queen Jezebel was trying to kill him?  He became so discouraged in his situation that he asked God to take him off of this earth.  Quite frankly, it’s hard to get much lower than that.  Here we have this hero of the faith wanting to die because the journey has become too difficult.  Thankfully the story doesn’t end there because, at just the right time, God brings healing in Elijah’s life and restores his ministry. 

I believe we all face the “dark night of the soul” at some point in our lives whether it is due to some type of sin we have allowed to creep in or whether it is some outside circumstance that has rocked our world.  But know this, no matter how dark life may become, God wants to bring healing in your life and use you in ways you could never ask or imagine and I believe He wants you start right at home.  Was Elijah a hero of the faith?  Sure!  But he was also a man just like us.

PRAY:
God, we give you thanks that you are a God who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.  Help us to walk faithfully with you no matter how dark life may become knowing that no amount of darkness can overcome the light of Jesus within us.

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Leadership

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Dennis Wilder, Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ John 21:15-17

Leadership’s greatest secret is learning how to follow. Jesus had spent three years pouring himself into these disciples and now it was time for them to carry out the Gospel mission that Jesus had begun. Jesus gives Peter a direct command to care for His sheep.

When we learn to follow God’s plan we will be better leaders. Your wife desires a leader. Your children desire a leader. Your work wants a leader, but the best way for you to lead is by following. God’s plan, no matter how unpopular, is always right. So as you lead in the home lead by the values given in the Scriptures. When you lead at work keep Biblical ethics.

Don’t run from leadership but embrace it and follow through seeking God as your strength to do what is right. The answer is found in your love. Our love of God will determine our leadership strength, because God gives us confidence to accomplish His work.

Read a little further in John 21 and Peter asks about another disciple and his fate. Jesus answers Peter’s question saying, It doesn’t matter about him, “Your follow me!” It doesn’t matter what other Dads are doing around you, follow the Lord. It doesn’t matter what other employees are doing, follow God’s plan. You have a direct command from God, be a Godly leader and accomplish His mission.

PRAY:
God I will follow your leadership today and I will lead my family in Godly matters from this moment on. Amen.

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God’s Call

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Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist & REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Joshua 24:15

The single greatest privilege we have in life is to know Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. The second greatest privilege we have in life is to serve Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives.

We come to Him as a result of His divine invitation ( Rom. 10:13).  We serve Him as the result of His divine call, for He saves us for a purpose (John 15:16). The invitation is to “whosever.” The call is universal to all who choose to follow Christ and  irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). But God, in His divine wisdom, would never call us to a service for which He does not equip us (Phil. 4:19).

The call of God is both general and specific but not to be confused with the command of God for all believers. One example of God’s universal command for all believers is that to be “holy and I am Holy.”

(1 Peter 1:16). Another is to “walk worthy of our calling” (Ephesians 4:1) and probably the most well known is that of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

Your call must not be taken lightly for it is a high calling (Philippians 3:14) therefore it must be a high priority. Your call is very special to God ( Romans 8:30).

The specific or personal calls simply are examples of the diversity of the body of Christ and the necessity of that diversity (Ephesians 4:16). The call of God may take you around the world or next door or both. The type of call and related giftedness is the prerogative of a Holy God.

Our commitment to God’s call is the result of the fact that “we are not our own, we are bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). 

PRAY:
Father, like Joshua, I desire that my LOVE for You might be manifested by my service to You.

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The Power of Words

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ Ephesians 4:29

Albert Einstein once stated: “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” While Einstein was an agnostic, he correctly acknowledged that we can make a mess of things by simply opening our mouths.

The book of Proverbs is filled with verses pertaining to speech. Proverbs 15:1 reminds us that “…a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Have you ever responded to someone in anger, only to immediately wish you could take back what you said or say it differently? Whether it’s the words we use or how we say them, there is power in our speech. The tongue can either build someone up or tear someone down.

The apostle Paul was writing to the church at Ephesus when he encouraged followers of Christ to use only such a word “…as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Christian character is defined by many attributes, but wholesome speech is certainly one of them. Our words have the power to either draw someone closer to Christ or push them away. May we all desire to give grace to those who hear us speak, that they might draw near to Him!

PRAY:
Father, please help me to speak in righteousness, with kindness and humility. May the words of my mouth bring forth wisdom to those with ears to hear! Keep watch over the door of my lips, and use my words to draw others closer to Jesus! May You receive all the honor and glory! Amen.

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There Is Power In Prayer 4

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Jeremiah 33:3

Some have referred to Jeremiah 33:3 as God’s address. In the verse God invites us to approach His throne of grace with prayer. He also promises to answer our prayers for He says, “And I will answer thee.” But in the last part of the verse He announces that He has the power to “show (us) great and mighty things, which (we) know not.”

Obviously, there is no limit to what God can do. In fact Ephesians 3:20 is where Paul tells us that God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” There is nothing impossible with God. He omnipotent. That means He has all power – power over principalities, powers, might and dominion and all other distinctions of power.

I will mention two things, which God has the power to do.

First, God has the power to redeem. He redeemed John Newton, a vile slave trader, who expressed his testimony from complete debauchery to glorious salvation in the hymn, Amazing Grace.  God can save the wretched sinner and the religious hypocrite.  He can save the drug addict and the person trusting in his own good works for salvation.  He can save the down and out and the up and in.

Secondly, God has the power to revive. He can revive and restore delinquent and backslidden believers, broken and beleaguered families, but He can also revive dead and lukewarm churches. Actually, I do not believe a morally and spiritually bankrupt nation is beyond the reach of God’s reviving and restoring power.

PRAY: Dear omnipotent Father, give us the grace to repent in our hearts, our homes, our churches and in our nations so that we might experience a true weeping, reaping and sweeping revival. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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The Prayer of Communion 3

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Hebrews 10:19-22

The passage above tells us that we have the privilege of entering into the majestic presence of God by virtue of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Sometimes we need to approach God in prayer not because we need something or because we want to intercede for others.  We just need to have some communion and fellowship with Him.

This is the highest level of prayer, because it is one of the primary requisites for revival. When God gave us the prescription for revival in II Chronicles 7:14 He spoke of the necessity of humility, repentance and seeking God’s face.

I believe there is a vast difference between seeking God’s hand and seeking God’s face. When we seek His hand we are looking for His provision, but when we seek His face we have no agenda other than communion with Him – worship. When we achieve that intimacy then we have taken a giant step toward revival.

Men must realize that business interests are important, hobbies offer distractions from the fast pace of life and sports often consume an inordinate amount of time, but that nothing is more important than spending time with the Lord. How much time do you spend each day seeking the face of God? The promise of Matthew 6:33 is that if we seek first God’s kingdom all other things will find their proper place. Try seeking Him above all else.

PRAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, forgive me for only giving You a place in my life.  Help me to make You preeminent in my life. Help me to be able to say with King David, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Prayer Calendar March 2015

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And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it! Many churches, like First Baptist Woodstock, are crying out to God for our nation and world right now. Join us as we pray for Christians around the world that are being persecuted, our national leaders, the church and our missionary families serving in hostile areas. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and that our American politicians will have the wisdom and knowledge to always stand by Israel.

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1 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. Get our App at realmomentum.org/mens-app.

2 Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM. Pray that he continues to lead well with his wife Terry and their family. Pray for Mrs. Terry as she had a terrible fall last weekend where she cut her had and had to have stiches. Pray for a quick healing and recovery. 

3 Tomorrow morning, 77 TIME meets early for Dad’s of young men and women who attend Mount Paran Christian School. Keith been with these men since the school year began and God has been working. Pray that God would ignite a movement among these men that will result in generational transformation.

4 Please pray for Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM. Pray that he continues to lead well with his wife Janet and their family. Pray as he will be following up with churches and ministries who attended last month’s Iron Sharpens Iron conference in Omaha.

5 Since the beginning of the year dozens of churches and hundreds of men have been challenged to lead will in their relationship with God, their family, and church. Ask God for the seeds of revival to take root in the hearts of every man everywhere.

6 Please pray for the men and women who will be attending the REAL MOMENTUM Family Conference at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Vidalia, GA beginning today and concluding March 11th. Pray for Keith as he challenges the men of Tabernacle Baptist Church to be engaged in igniting a movement of godly men in their homes, church, and community.

7 Join Clark Osborn in praying for the Revival and Prayer meeting tonight in Topeka, Kansas. Please pray that families will be encouraged by the preaching of God’s Word and as they call out to Him in prayer. 

8 Pray today for Nichole as she has the opportunity to speak into the lives of the ladies attending the REAL MOMENTUM Family Conference at Tabernacle. Pray for Nichole to have favor in encouraging women to cry out to God in prayer for their husbands.

9 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.

10 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. There is no doubt we need revival, especially among men. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!

11 There is one more session today at Tabernacle 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.

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 learn and adjust to the process of God meeting their needs as faith based missionaries. He equips the called!

13 Tonight begins a REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Bethel Baptist Church in Odenville, AL. Pray for God to use each message Keith shares today to penetrate the heart of each man.

14 The REAL MOMENTUM Family weekend for Bethel Baptist 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.

15 The Lord has surrounded Keith, Nichole, and their children with a great team of Board Members who are engaged in the mission. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and focus to each member and that we will walk by faith and not by sight.

16 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.

17 Pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Pastors, missionaries, business men, and leaders 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!

18 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.

19 Please pray today for Richard Holden’s daughter, Callie Holden, as she will be having gall bladder surgery. Pray for wisdom for the Doctor, a successful surgery and quick recovery for Callie.

20 It has been one month since the 2015 Iron Sharpens Iron conference meeting in Omaha, NE., hosted by REAL MOMENTUM Ministries. Please pray that real momentum will continue from a great conference encouraging men to stand up and be counted among those who want to do great things for God and His kingdom.

21 Today, Keith will be speaking at the Iron Sharpens Iron conference in Baton Rouge, LA. Please pray as he will be speaking to men on how to gain real momentum in their relationship with God, at home with their families and through their service to others in their church and community.

22 As Keith travels home today from Louisiana, please pray that men would maintain the momentum they gained from the Baton Rouge ISI conference in their homes, church and workplace. Also, please pray for safe travels for those returning home on the road or in the air.

23 The best way to renew our mind and think like God is to read God’s Word regularly. The Bible asserts that the words it contains are God’s words and they are “living and active.” Pray that God will use His word to awaken men!

24 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. 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!

25 Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he has met with pastors and influential laymen in 5 different cities in East Tennessee. Pray for the Lord’s favor and guidance as Richard looks to schedule and confirm pending dates for more REAL MOMENTUM weekend events.

26 Over 150 men from several attended the REAL MOMENTUM weekend at FBC St Mary’s last month. Pray that what God started in each man individually and collectively would begin to impact the families and churches represented. Pray for God’s wisdom as we consider how to follow up now and next year’s opportunity.

27 Lift up Clark Osborn as he will be participating with 500 men and boys at the 25th Sportsmen’s retreat in Iowa, March 27th through the 30th. Clark will be there with his sons and grandson and many other men from the Midwest. May God’s favor and blessing be on these men and families as they share in this fruitful time together.

28 The average man sitting in your church knows, deep down, that he could be more than he has become. What are you and I doing to help him become that man? We need your prayers and with God’s help we can continue to find ways to engage, encourage, and equip men with families and churches in mind.

29 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.

30 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.

31 Pastor Dannie Williams and FBC Lyons, GA are preparing for a REAL MOMENTUM Men’s Conference that will be held on April 18. Pastors will lead breakout session and Keith and Ronnie Smith will be the keynote speakers. Pray for God’s touch on each man to preaches, teaches, and attends.

The Prayer of Intercession 2

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J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ Romans 9:1-3

The prayer of intercession is the second level of prayer. This is when we turn our focus from our needs and concerns to the needs and concerns of others. In Romans 9:1-3 we find Paul’s great intercessory prayer. There is hardly a more selfless prayer in the Bible than the great apostle’s prayer for his fellow Jews. He even prays to be “accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”

Moses prayed a similar prayer of intercession in Exodus 32 when he pled with God to blot his name out of the book, which He had written rather than refuse to forgive the Israelites for their sins.

Jesus also gave us a beautiful example of intercessory prayer in John 17 when he prayed for his disciples. It would be worth your time to read this prayer of our Lord to see how he fervently prayed for his followers.

Every Christian man should consistently intercede for his wife and children particularly. He would do well to keep a prayer journal with the names of family members, friends, servants of God and unbelievers for whom he prayers.

When people find out you are an intercessor they will begin to ask you to pray for them and their needs; and there is nothing that is a greater compliment to the man of God than to have others to entrust you with their prayer requests.

PRAY:
God, help me to lose sight of myself and to prefer others above my own needs and interests. Give me a heart of compassion and a sensitivity to the hurts and heartaches of others.  Help be to become a prayer warrior and a true intercessor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Margin Needed

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Ronnie Smith, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Matthew 11:25-30

Stephen Olford used to quote Vance Havner, by saying, “If you do not come apart, you will come apart.” We all know that over work and stress can cause machinery to break down. But, for some reason, we think the human body is different. For those of you who are over achievers and think it is more spiritual not to use all of your vacation, you quote Philippians 4:13. You have the idea that you would rather burn out than rust out. That used to be my philosophy until I heard Chuck Swindoll say, “It doesn’t matter, either way you are still out!”

God wants us to have margins in our life. Richard Swenson, MD points out in his book, “Margins” that the opposite in our culture is true. He says many of us are overloaded in these areas: Change, choice, commitment, debt, decisions, expectation, fatigue, hurry, information, media, noise, people, possessions, technology, traffic, and work.

Did you know that Jesus was never in a hurry?

Many of your schedules are packed so tight you could not drive a nail in them with a 20lb sledge hammer. If the least little unexpected thing shows up in your day you lose it. Why? Well, the first thing is that the old sin nature has come out but the other is you are so busy that you have no room for interruptions. Your calendar looks like Jim Bob Duggar’s quiver, full!

Listen to Jesus. Get away from the hectic pace. Take a break. Drop some things from your schedule. Worry less about pleasing people and more about pleasing the Lord and spending time with Him.

Is there any margin in your life?

PRAY:
Dear God, grant me the wisdom to know how to rework things so I can have some margin in my life. Then, Lord, help me to carry it out, in Jesus Name, Amen

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A Lifestyle of Generosity

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Steve Hyland, Retired from Coca Cola, REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

At first glance this promise from God does not seem to make sense to the natural man. If we give (sow) generously we will receive (reap) generously. When we give, our natural thought might be I am losing something by giving and I will likely not receive anything in return. Well, this is not true according to God’s economy. As we are open to be generous to others, God supernaturally works to keep on providing resources to us to give to others generously! 

I have learned that you can’t out give God, He owns it all. When we understand the resources we have are all from God and we are His stewards, it should help us to look for opportunities to be generous towards others. God will judge us on how generous we were with what we were given.

The second part of the promise is that if we sow sparingly we will reap sparingly. If we will not be generous, God will not be generous towards us. Fear or selfishness may hinder us from being generous, but if we will trust in God as our provider and focus on others, God will use us to make a difference in this generation.

Make the decision to be a generous giver and God will bring people around you that you can be a blessing to and show them the love of God in a tangible way.

PRAY:
God, help me to be a generous giver in my family and with others as You guide me by your Spirit. Please forgive me for times I have not helped others when You prompted me in the past. Help me to be a good steward of the resources You provided me. Help me to live a lifestyle of generosity with Your power. Amen.

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Forgiveness Makes Men of Character

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Steven Kegley, First Baptist Church—St. Marys, GA, Sr. Pastor

READ Colossians 3:12-14

The world today is full of people who want a pound of flesh for any transgression done against them. The concept of being a forgiving person is not even on the radar of the everyday Joe.

God’s Word is very clear that forgiveness is a necessary practice in the life of a true man of God. In fact Jesus would bluntly say, “If you want to be forgiven then you must forgive”Matt.6:15. So how does forgiveness build me into a man of character that can practice forgiveness God’s way?

The man of character must put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and perseverance (3:12). Without these Fruit of the Spirit being evident in our lives forgiveness will not happen. Forgiveness unlocks the door for these Christ-like traits to flow through our lives into the lives of those who have trespassed against us.

The man of character works at bearing with those who seem unbearable (3:13). This is where the rubber meets the road in Christian forgiveness. Easy to do? NO! Important to do? YES! Even when I would rather do a masculine act verbally or physically to remedy the situation? Even then—forgive! (Matt. 18:22) There is no limit to God’s forgiveness directed toward me and He expects me to reciprocate that forgiveness.

And after displaying the Fruit of the Spirit the Bible says, “above all these things put on love” (3:14). Now that does it! That’s just more than a man can do! You are absolutely right! It is more than a mere man can do. But, it is not more than a man of God can do. (Phil. 4:13)  The result of this courageous act of ongoing forgiveness is the “bond of perfection” through Christ ruling in our heart. A completeness that only comes to the man of God who will travel down the road of forgiveness.

PRAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, help me forgive as You forgive. I truly desire to walk in your forgiveness and I know I can only do that as I forgive others. Please empower me to practice forgiveness and develop into a godly man of character. In Jesus Name. Amen.   

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The Bar of Forgiveness

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Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist and REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Ephesians 4:32

As a believer, having been forgiven and to be obedient, we have no option but to forgive. It is a choice, an act of our will. While it is the greatest need in all our lives, I’m sure you and I can put someone else’s name in need of forgiveness.  The single greatest act we can ever receive or give is that of forgiveness. We need the grace of forgiveness and must extend the grace of forgiveness.

Our ultimate example in scripture took place on the cross (Luke 23:34). Just like Jesus,  we must refuse vengeance and not forgive based on the other person’s response.

Forgiveness is a principle foreign to the world. Therefore, it is critical that, as a believer, we forgive as did Jesus, even to the point of loving our enemies. Believers must be different having the “mind of Christ.” Yes, the bar of forgiveness is high.

The prize of forgiving:
1. We resemble Jesus.
2. We represent Jesus well. (2 Cor. 5:20)
3. We restore rather than tare down. (Gal. 6:1)
4. We are obedient unto Christ. (Mark 11:25-26)

The prerequisite of forgiving:
1. Humble ourselves.
2. Consider others before ourselves.
3. Die to self.
4. Determine to forgive unconditionally.

REMEMBER…
1. It is easier to demand vengeance than to forgive.
2. When the offense is between believers follow the instructions in 2 Thess. 3:14-15
3. When treated unfairly it is easier to blame than to forgive.
4. Forgiveness is foreign to our flesh, represented by our pride.
5. Do whatever it takes to forgive, making no demands.

Enjoy the best; forgive the rest.

PRAY:
Dear Father, enable me to see those in my life needing forgiveness as once You saw me from the Cross. Help me to represent you well in how I receive and extend forgiveness.

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Faith Comes By Hearing

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Keith Boggs, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Jeremiah 23:9-32

You got your ears on?

I was called to proclaim the Word of God in my early twenties. I knew that the Word would be offensive to the culture in which I lived. What I did not realize was the same Word would also be offensive to those in most of our churches.

Hearing the Word is a very serious matter. Charles Spurgeon said that, “Life and death and eternity and worlds unknown may hang on the preaching and hearing of one sermon.” I was sitting in a room full of teachers and preachers when I heard Crawford Loritts define preaching as, “A message from God for the people at a moment in history.” I don’t want to miss what God has to say to me, do you?

For me to be in season and out of season every time I hear the Word proclaimed I must respect it’s powerful authority and realize my personal accountability. As the preacher proclaims the message faithfully, I must listen intently with a desire to take the truth and faithfully apply it in my life.

Are you ready for the teaching and preaching of God’s Word?

What are your thoughts on preaching? Do you like to hear the Word proclaimed?

Let me ask a more direct question, do you believe that your pastor will stand with a Word from God for you, your family, and your church this Sunday? Are you expecting God to speak through him to you?

May you and I be prepared to hear the Word of God proclaimed! Let’s start today by preparing to hear the next Word from our pastor by praying for him as he studies to proclaim the message God is laying within him. But, don’t stop there! Pray for yourself so that you are ready to hear God’s message preached.

PRAY:
Lord, thank You for the written Word! May I experience You today as I read the Word. God, use Your Word to expose, encourage, equip, and empower me as a man who seeks to be conformed to the image of Jesus.

I do not want to miss what You would have me to hear. I pray for my pastor as he studies and prays for You to make clear the message he is to proclaim. And by all means, give me a consecrated ear, a cautious mouth, a calm temper, a clean heart, and a contagious spirit as I submit to You and accept the Word that I will hear my preacher proclaim.

For Your Glory and in His Name, Amen.

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One Time Around

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Joe Bufford, Senior Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ James 2:14

Several years ago, my wife and I participated in a motorcycle ride that was a fundraiser for a women’s shelter on the south side of Atlanta, Georgia. At the time, I owned a Suzuki Intruder 1500 which served as the cruiser we enjoyed traveling on so much. My wife and I are fairly small people in stature and the motorcycle hardly recognized we were on it. It toted us with ease, and when called on, at high rates of speed. Little did we know when we registered for that ride we would have an experience we would never forget.

Half way through the ride we pulled into the Atlanta Motor Speedway where we were directed to park our motorcycles on the infield near pit row. Unbeknown to us, arrangements had been made for all of the registered riders to race around the racetrack. I will never forget how exhilarating it was to pull up to the starting line and take off around the track as fast as we could go. At speeds up to 120 M.P.H., we were around the track in no time and being waved back into the infield.

As exciting as it was, I was just as disappointed. One trip around was all we were given and it just seemed to go by too fast. All I could think about at the end was how and what I would have done differently if I had known I was only going to get one lap around. Life is very much like that one lap. James wrote in his epistle, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (2:14).

I am not sure how you have been spending your one lap, but from here on out might I encourage you not to waste it, but spend it in pursuit of the Lord Jesus Christ. Eternal investments will never leave you with disappointments.

PRAY:
Lord, help me live every day with eternity in mind. Give me wisdom and discernment to make the most of the each day I have to live with You, my family, my church to the ends of the earth. Amen.

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Someone’s Bride

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Revelation 21:9

People leave churches for many reasons.  Some of them are valid.  Many are not.  Maybe that’s happened to you.  Perhaps you had a good reason to leave.  Maybe you didn’t.  Either way, hopefully you’ve found a church that’s alive and you’re serving Jesus faithfully there. It’s easy to think that other churches aren’t doing it right.  I used to think that way until a missionary friend shared a story with me.

Think back to your wedding day.  When your bride walked down the aisle, you thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world.  She had spent hours getting ready for you.  She had many people fixing her hair, doing her nails, and helping her get dressed.  What if she had overslept, rolled out of bed, threw on some warm ups, jumped in her car, and made it to the church just in time to walk down the aisle?  Would you love her the same?  Yes. Of course you would… even though she didn’t look her best.

That’s how it is with the church. That’s Someone’s bride.  When I heard that story, the Holy Spirit got all over me.  I began to look at churches differently.  Few look like the first scenario.  Most look like the second.  Instead of focusing on the fact that a church doesn’t look her best, let’s help equip her to get there… to get ready for the bridegroom… Jesus Christ.

PRAY:
Lord, use me to help my church to advance the Kingdom. God help me be man that is praying for my pastor, serving those in my small group, ministering to those who You send my way. Help me help my church bring glory to You, in great Name of Jesus, Amen!

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Tell Others About Jesus

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Ronnie, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Matthew 28:18-20

The main verb in this passage is “make disciples.” It could be rendered, “As you go, make disciples.” In order for us to make disciples we have to be involved in people’s lives. We must show them we care, and then at the opportune time, share the good news of Christ with them. At that point we can challenge them to turn from their sin and put their faith in the finished work of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. This is a command for the believer in Christ.

Here is what Robert Coleman has to say about this passage: “Evangelism is not an optional accessory to our life. It is the heart beat of all we are called to do. It is the commission of the church which gives meaning to all else that is undertaken in the name of Christ.”

So we are to present Christ to people and pray for them in their journey to salvation. Once they are saved, we should walk with them, teach them, hold them accountable and encourage them to obey the Lord. This will take sacrifice and commitment on your part.

Here is a great place to start. Write down 3 people in your sphere of influence that need Jesus. Begin to pray for them daily. Ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to witness to them, and for Him to send others to witness to them as well. As the Lord opens the door, push away fear and intimidation. Tell them what they need to hear. God wants to use you to bring about life change in people’s lives. Go for it!

PRAY:
Dear God, grow my desire to tell people about Your Son. Give be the boldness and compassion I need, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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How To Win in Conflict

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Dannie Williams, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Lyons, GA

READ James 4:1-12

I lived much of the early years of my Christian life, and at times today, focusing on the outer man so as to get the approval of others.  Some would call that self-righteousness.  When I began to study James 4 I realized that this problem was not external.  In verse 1 James questions the source of quarrels and conflicts among us. He answers the question with a question, “Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” (NKJV)  The problem is internal.

As you walk through this passage you will discover the issue is passion for approval from others.  In verse 4 God says that this passion for the approval of others could be summed up as spiritual adultery and sets us at odds with God.  In verse 5 He reminds us that when we pursue this approval we are denying the Holy Spirit the right to control our lives.  James realizing our need of help in winning this battle tells us in verse 6 that God provides adequate grace for us to win in this battle.

To win, as verse 7 says, we must stop rejecting God’s ways and submit to Him.  At the same time we must resist the temptation from Satan to satisfy the flesh.  James describes this process as drawing near to God which brings about a response of Him drawing near to us.

This passage concludes by challenging us to cleanse our hands (confession), purify our hearts (repentance),  humble ourselves, and when we do God will honor us.

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, I want to win the war within me. Help me to crucify my flesh and as I draw near to You, I humbly wait for You to draw near to me. Give me the desire and power to want You want for me in every situation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Generosity

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ Matthew 6:19-21

One Saturday evening, I went into my closet to lay out my clothes for Sunday church. I went to retrieve a cashmere sweater, only to find that a moth had chewed a hole in it. The sweater was ruined. I was reminded of Matthew 6:19 where Jesus warned of earthly treasures. Moth and rust will destroy, and our earthly possessions are fleeting. The Lord teaches us not to store up treasure for ourselves here on earth but to share all we have with others. In doing so, we will have treasure in heaven.

This is contrary to the world around us, however, which would have us to believe that happiness is found in a new luxury car, expensive clothing, or fine jewelry. Turn on the television, and you’ll quickly experience this deception. Be assured, though, all we have comes from The Lord, and we are instructed to be good stewards of that which we’ve been given. This means giving to others – generously and with joy, “…for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Generosity, however, is not merely about giving of our treasures. It’s also about giving of our time and our talents. It’s about making an investment in eternity, for the glory of God! This sometimes means writing a check, but other times it means taking the time to encourage or disciple someone else, or to find a place of service within the body of Christ. Generosity is the employment of everything we’ve been given to make known the name of Jesus!

The Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17), and Jesus Himself is the giver of life! Therefore, let us all seek to be more like Jesus through our generosity. A wise pastor once said: “We are never more like Jesus than when we give!”

PRAY:
Father, I desire to be a good steward of that which you’ve given to me. Grant me wisdom in how to best use my gifts and talents to make known the name of Jesus! Father, please help me to give generously and with joy, and may it all bring honor and glory to You! In the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

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Prayer Calendar February 2015

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1 Join us in giving God glory for a great weekend of ministry. Nichole was in North GA speaking to 250 ministers’ wives while Keith and a team of men joined 20,000-plus men for the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference. There have been well over 900 downloads of the REAL MOMENTUM App! Move, Lord Jesus, move!

2 The Movement of men continues as the REAL MOMENTUM Ministries team has expanded once again. Richard Holden has joined and will be serving as a missionary to men. He will be our Southeast Regional Director in Canton, GA and we are excited about Richard joining the REAL MOMENTUM team. Please pray for Richard and his wife, Terry, as we anticipate God using him to engage men, encourage families, and equip churches for a movement of men in the Southeast region to the ends of the earth.

3 Tomorrow morning, 77 TIME meets early for Dad’s of young men and women who attend Mount Paran Christian School. Keith will begin taking these men through NO MAN LEFT BEHIND for the next several months. Pray that God would ignite a movement of men that will result in generational transformation.

4 Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he begins developing and reaching out to contacts in the Southeast region. Pray as he will be meeting with pastors and influential laymen in 5 different cities in East Tennessee.

5 Tonight the Board of Directors will gather together for devotion and prayer in seeking God for a movement of men. God is at work and momentum is building. Please pray for wisdom and counsel to follow God’s leading in a movement of men that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.

6 Please pray for the men and women who will be attending the REAL MOMENTUM Family Conference at Shelter Church in Chattanooga, TN. Pray for Keith as he challenges the men of Shelter Church to be engaged in igniting a movement of godly men in their homes, church, and community.

7 Pray today for Nichole as she has the opportunity to speak into the lives of the ladies attending the REAL MOMENTUM Family Conference at Shelter Church. Pray for Nichole to have favor in encouraging women to cry out to God in prayer for their husbands.

8 Please pray today for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he will be preaching and ministering to the great people of Crossroads Community. Also, pray for Richard and his wife Terry as they minister to a couple of hurting pastors this month.

9 Lift up Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Equipping Conference. Ask God to prepare each speaker and the volunteers as we anticipate ministering to hundreds of men in the Omaha area.

10 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. There is no doubt we need revival, especially among men. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!

11 The average man sitting in your church knows, deep down, that he could be more than he has become. What are you and I doing to help him become that man? We need your prayers and with God’s help we can continue to find ways to engage, encourage, and equip men with families and churches in mind.

12 Keith, Nichole, and the entire family have the great honor of joining with Kelly Davidson, Director of Young Singles at FBC Woodstock for their Winter Retreat in North Carolina. Pray that this time would be impactful for each one that attends.

13 Life up men and women who are in their 20’s and single. Today’s culture poses great challenges so ask God to use this retreat to help each young man and women resolve to live for the glory of God, whether others do or not.

14  Keith will be leading five teaching sessions and while some have been completed the work is not complete. Ask God to make His mark on these last few hours together.

15 There is one more session today 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.

16 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 learn and adjust to the process of God meeting their needs as faith based missionaries. He equips the called!

17 Please pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Pray as several men will continue providing fresh content about how living in a right relationship with God, at home, and through the church really does impact the ends of the earth. Pray that God will guide every word spoken, every man filmed, every edit made for a movement of men!

18 The best way to renew our mind and think like God is to read God’s Word regularly. The Bible asserts that the words it contains are God’s words and they are “living and active.” Pray that God will use His word to awaken men!

19 In a couple of days, the 2015 Iron Sharpens Iron conference begins in Omaha, NE., hosted by REAL MOMENTUM Ministries. Clark Osborn of REAL MOMENTUM has done an excellent job organizing this event. Please pray for a great conference encouraging men to stand up and be counted among those who want to do great things for God and His kingdom. 

20 Please pray for safe travels for the REAL MOMENTUM team (Keith Boggs, Steve Hyland, Tony Williams, Charlie Strickland, Richard Holden, and Allen Welborn) driving 14 hours from Atlanta to Omaha as well as the speakers that will fly in from all over the country. Pray that the last minute details are finalized as the Iron Sharpens Iron conference begins tomorrow. 

21Ask God to move mightily in the lives of men attending the Omaha ISI conference today. Pray that they would be ministered to through the speakers and the ministries they represent.

22 Please pray that men would maintain the momentum they gained from the Omaha ISI conference in their homes, church and workplace. Also, please pray for safe travels for those returning home on the road or in the air.

23 Lift up Richard Holden, as he will leading a REAL MOMENTUM weekend in Lawrenceburg, TN. on March 7-8. Pray that God will guide every word spoken and that each man attending would be encouraged to ignite a movement of godly men in their homes, church and community.

24 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. There is no doubt we need revival, especially among men. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!

25 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.

26 The Lord has surrounded Keith, Nichole, and their children with a great team of Board Members who are engaged in the mission. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and focus to each member and that we will walk by faith and not by sight for a movement of men.

27 Tonight begins a REAL MOMENTUM Men’s weekend for Southeast GA at First Baptist Church in St Mary’s, GA. Pray for God to use each message Keith shares today to penetrate the heart of each man.

28 The REAL MOMENTUM Men’s weekend for FBC St. Mary’s continues with a full day of activities. Ask God to infuse the men with the burden for a movement of men that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.

 

Defeating Distractions

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Ronnie Smith, President/ CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Ephesians 5:15-17

We all have 168 hours in a week. We sleep approximately 56 of those hours. That leaves us with 112 hours each week to accomplish what we need to get done. We need to look and see what needs to be done in our life that only we can do and give some time to those things. For example, I am the only one that can be a husband to my wife right now. I am the only dad to my children. No one can walk with God for me. I am the one who God uses to provide for my family. Do you get the picture? We must establish priorities.

We are to walk as “wise” men and “redeem the time.” The greatest enemy we have in accomplishing this may not be something that is evil. In fact, they may be good things that have become the enemy of the best. Your hobby can be a great thing, but if it consumes too much of your time, talent, and treasure it becomes a bad thing. Technology is a wonderful tool, but if we can’t spend quality time with our children and our wife because we are “thumbing” a phone or a tablet it becomes a bad thing.

So are you redeeming the time? What do you need to reevaluate? What distraction do you need to defeat, in order to be all God wants you to be? Think of yourself as an athlete trying to get in tip top shape. Look at the discipline they carry out to become the best they can be. Why don’t you take some time and develop a vision of what you want your family to look like, among other things and identify what distracts you from that. Then work on putting it to death, while putting into place the things that will make it happen.

PRAY:
Dear God, Help me to have a vision for what you want for me and my family to look like. Show me the areas where I am distracted, and help me change, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Accountability – The Strength of a Godly Man

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Bryan Robertson, Family Pastor/Speaker, www.gracebc.org, www.familywalk.org 

READ Proverbs 27:17

I started implementing accountability about 15 years ago when I was a Student Pastor at Oakland Baptist Church in Corinth, MS. I met with about 4 other guys at the Dinner Bell every week during lunch. Pastor Johnny Hunt always said, “Don’t waste your lunches.” So, while we ate, we would hold each other accountable to the following questions: 

  1. Have you been in the Word daily? Ps 119:11
  2. Have you acknowledged Him in all your ways? In other words, how’s your prayer life? Prov. 3:5-6
  3. Are you tithing and spending His money wisely? Mal. 3:8-10 & Luke 12:42
  4. Have you spent quality time with your family? Ps 133:1
  5. Have you been exposed to sexually explicit material in any way? Ps 101:3
  6. Has your speech been uplifting and wholesome? Eph. 4:29
  7. Have you missed church? Heb. 10:25
  8. Are your relationships and where you go honoring to Him? 1 Cor. 15:33 & 1 Thess. 5:22

Answering these questions in total honesty with a band of brothers will keep you from a multitude of sins. Who can you get to hold you accountable? We just do better when people are watching and holding us accountable. So go ahead! Man up! Open up! Show up! Raise the bar up! And step up to the plate of manhood! You can’t do this alone! Find you a strong spiritual brother and get started this week. Be intentional and do it!

PRAY:
Father, help me to take my spiritual walk to a new level. Please show me who You want to hold me accountable and help me to be consistent. I want to honor You with the life You’ve given me and finish strong!

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The Sphere of Oneness

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Eric Bolding, A Man of God (1965-2015)

READ: Malachi 2:13–16; Emphasis on 2:15

According to the Word of God when a man and a WOMAN marry they are no longer two but ONE.  Made so by the same power that God exerted in the creation and the same power He exerted when He raised Jesus from the dead.  The power of the Holy Spirit.  A man and his wife are made in Oneness with each other by God.  Jesus said, “So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

As a man we must go against everything innate within us and relinquish our prideful independence.  Most of the time, especially as believers we cannot do this on our own. God Himself will have to intervene and yank this embedded demon from within us.  It most likely will require a series of painful mistakes for God to work this out of us.  I know from personal experience that EVERY single misstep and unwise decision that I have made as a husband and a father is when I have made the decision without any regard or input from the one that God has made me one with… My Wife!! 

God has made you one with no one other than your wife.  Proverbs 18:22 says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.”  Move forward with nothing without being in ONENESS with your wife.  Make no decision without being in ONENESS with your wife.  If she doesn’t know about it don’t do it.  If she’s not in it, God probably isn’t either.  If God is going to speak to you through another human being it will most likely be her.  Listen carefully.  It will most likely be a whisper or a suggestion. 

As the spiritual leader of the home you do have the ultimate responsibility but never forget that God has given you an invaluable helper!  Relinquish your independence.  God does not call us to domineer.  He calls us into Oneness.  The most dynamic and powerful tool of evangelism on the earth is a man and his wife operating in Oneness of the Spirit!  Church starts and ends at home!

PRAY: 
God help me to relinquish my prideful independence and come into true spiritual union with my wife.  Make me into the man that you would have me to be for my family that You have given me.  What an awesome privilege and what an awesome responsibility.  Help me Lord because I cannot do this without You!

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 

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Leadership Through Serving

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Steve Hyland, Retired from Coca Cola, REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Philippians 2:6-8

After spending 30 years in the business world in marketing and management, looking back I attended several leadership seminars to be trained in various leadership techniques. All of the seminars were pretty similar in content. If you give a clear vision to your team, provide good strategic direction, and actions to execute your strategy you will be successful in your projects. Also, most team members will follow you because you are in the position of power and influence.

My approach in leadership has always been using these verses as a model and leading the way Jesus did… As a humble servant, leading through serving my team. What does that look like?

  • Lead through serving your team members to get to the finish line.
  • Be open to the ideas, thoughts, and other ways to get the job accomplished.
  • Always be hands on to help complete the task with the team.
  • Don’t ask others to do what you would not be willing to do.
  • Encourage other team members.
  • Communicate openly and honestly to all team members.

Try this approach first in your family and see how it works. Expand to your work and your church activities and before you know it, people will notice your style is different than most leaders. They will also see that your style is effective and people will want to be a part of your team. You will be leading Jesus’ way! Serving will also keep our egos in check, as power and position can go straight to our heads!

PRAY:
Father, thank you for the model of leading that Jesus gave us in His word and also demonstrated to while He was on the earth as a leader. I need Your wisdom and power to be a servant leader. Lead me by Your Spirit so others would see my example and be drawn to You. Amen.

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Sudden Change

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By Charles Carpenter, CEO CSA Atlanta

READ 1 Peter 1:2

1 Peter 1:2 reminds me that I was chosen by God the Father, my salvation and security rest in the free and merciful choice of Almighty God, and no trials or persecution can take away the eternal life He gives those who believe in Him.

HOW HAVE YOU PREPARED FOR THE “SUDDEN CHANGE” THAT WILL COME INTO YOUR LIFE?

In athletics players and coaches must practice for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” that will happen during the course of the game.  The outcome of the game usually depends on how successful you handled the “SUDDEN CHANGE.” If you ask any coach how much time is spent on “SUDDEN CHANGE” he will tell you they work daily. It is very important for the one who knows what to do to communicate to the ones who will execute because “SUDDEN CHANGE” in one’s life can come in many forms: health, an accident, loss of job, a wayward child, a son or daughter having life-changing issues, or even getting a promotion to another city.

My wife and I were in the ER of a local hospital with her dying father. As we were praying, we experienced a peace beyond all understanding (Phil 4:7).  We were prepared for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” through our relationship and faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  There was a family who had entered the ER with their mother had a heart attack and there seemed to be no hope for her recovery. They were running and screaming looking anywhere and everywhere for hope and help. They were not prepared for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” of someone they loved so dearly. 

I challenge you to spend time daily with our Lord in prayer and in His Word so you can be prepared for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” that will come into your life.

PRAY
Lord Jesus, I pray that you quicken my heart to know you personally so that I can be prepared for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” in my life as a man. God help me win in whatever I face. For the glory of God, Amen.

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