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“And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy…?” Revelation 5:2
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5:11-14
This month, America took a day to remember and celebrate its Presidents. There have been 45 Presidents including Grover Cleveland’s two, non-concurrent terms.
The reason we celebrate Presidents Day, as a Nation, is to continue the tradition, which began after the death of George Washington, our first President, of setting aside a special day of remembrance for Him - then for each successive President thereafter. At the time Washington was venerated as the most important figure in American history.
I find that interesting…
It seems a bit ironic, right now, that we just celebrated a National Holiday, with the expressed purpose of venerating the highest elected office in our Nation, when the US House of Representatives has just voted on “articles” to Impeach our current President; Donald J Trump. It is particularly gut wrenching to look to such a holiday when, in my voting life time, 3 of the 7 Presidents, have faced impeachment; Nixon, Clinton and now Trump.
Therefore, as a Christian, I find it timely to consider who we should “venerate” i.e. “worship”, and who we should patriotically appreciate for their God given role, as we pray for them to fulfill it in a God honoring way. I find it helpful to remember this – we Christians reserve our highest allegiance, our veneration for the One who is truly “worthy” of worship; the One true God who sits on a heavenly throne; ruling the nations of men and their Kings, Presidents and Prime ministers.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I am patriotic, but I am not naïve - I stand firmly on two enduring principles of Scripture, when it comes to American Presidents…
1. We shall not speak evil of a leader of our people”; (Exodus 22:28/Acts 23:5).
2. And, We shall pray for those who lead us… “2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
Therefore, I will celebrate with gratitude “Presidents Day” this February 17th, because I appreciate our country and my citizenship in it. And I will support whoever our President is because of a maxim in scripture – that as I seek the welfare of America, I benefit – for in its welfare, is mine and so too, is our Nation’s. (Jeremiah 29:7)
Well, now you know why we founded the Master’s Men – it’s an attempt to reach men with the gospel, to help them grow in Christ, that we might see a favorable, godly, uptick in biblical family values – which is good for marriages, children, neighborhood and entire communities; as well as the Nation.
Because Christ came to save people – we care too; about people. Because groups of collective people build nations, we’re dedicated to the task of building up people, in Christ; because …”He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (Ephesian 4:11-13)
Therefore, rather than complain about issues or leaders, we’ve decided that we can best serve a nation by bringing Jesus and His gospel to its people.
Finally; because men are apt to err, we go to make disciples. In that way we can best serve our country, by serving individual men – so that a growing body of godly leaders, at home, work and government, will preserve the beautiful benefits we enjoy, when we are “one nation under God” – so may it be Lord Jesus; so help me God!
“for… there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
What if Jesus hadn’t been born? Have you ever thought of that? What would the world be like if Jesus never came – what would you and I be like if there never was a Jesus; the Savior of the world?
The first time I ever heard the notion it came from Baylor University coaching legend, Grant Teaff. He was addressing an audience at a sports banquet which I attended. I assumed he would tell tales of football lore – but no. He spoke of Jesus and how much Jesus meant to him (Grant), to the world and why it should be important to us, the audience.
I don’t remember much about it except it seemed to me a creative Christian adaptation to the Christmas movie; “It’s a Wonderful Life”, with Jimmy Stewart.
As Grant told it, without Jesus the world would be a cold, dark, careless place. Gone would be the churches that reach out to save the world; to seek the lost, care for the needy, feed the hungry and comfort the grieving. Gone would be so many schools, universities and programs that educate learners. Absent would be the fine medical institutions and hospitals and mercy ships that were founded by Christian charities and denominations.
Instead, like Jimmy Stewart’s angelically revealed-alternate world, life would be dark, sinister, lonely, loveless and meaningless existence.
Fortunately it isn’t so – for Christ has come. He has come to bring us back. He has come to bring us joy. He has come to provide peace; with God and each other. He has come that we might have life and have it in its abundance.
Yes, Christ has come.
Mary swaddled him in clothing strips, nestled Him in a feeding trough, cloistered Him in a livestock stable, with its various residents, and shared His presence with baffled shepherds.
What a wonder, what a joy, a Savior has been born for us!
Yes, Christ has come and we must celebrate this greatest of gifts, of feats, of historical realities, of spiritual resolution for mankind and its darkness. For His coming brought hope. His life removed the darkness and brought light. His later death would remove the curse of death forever when He bought the redemption of mankind.
Yes, Christ has come. No need to worry what the world might have been like. Instead, it’s time to consider what the world could be like, if all mankind would acknowledge Jesus, as Lord and Savior, this Christmas. And it’s time to be a part of that proclamation. Let’s use this Christmas season to trumpet the news that a Savior has been born, who IS Christ the Lord.
Merry Christmas, my friends!
Master’s Men teammates; I close with a business matter, a final piece of good news. Once again a long time partner of our ministry has provided us a $15,000.00 matching grant to help close out our financial year strongly. Our need is $50,000.00 by December 31. I hope you will consider helping us now as generously as you’ve helped all year long.
There are several ways you can help. Obviously a gift by check is one way, donating online at www.mastersmen.com, is another. Or, for those of you who have seen an increase in your securities portfolio, given the rise of the stock market, you may choose to send shares of appreciated stocks, which will not only provide you with a tax deductible gift but also allow you to avoid capital gains taxes. For the details on how to make that stock transfer please call me (1-704.905.3855).
Please remember that every gift to the Master’s Men is tax deductible – and for every gift, prayer or other act of support given us, you have our full appreciation.
Thanks for your prayer and financial help
Happy Birthday America!
Our Anthem, better known as “The Star Spangled Banner”, has 4 stanzas’ – I didn’t realize that until just yesterday, when I read the lyrics. The 4th stanza is below and it explains WHY we’re the “land of the free and the home of the brave”, and HOW we got there.
This is the “WHY”…The concept of “Free”, always relates to the sacred result of vigilance; defeating evil. In this context, meant to save our values. Free is never without cost and it always relates to separation from bo***ge – the shackles of tyranny, inhumanity, totalitarian rule.
The concept of “Brave” is first cousin to Free. No one can be free without the courage and faith to step into the battle to defeat evil. This bravery often exacts the ultimate cost; death. But death to a noble people is preferable to life under a tyrant.
And by the way, tyrants can be both individuals and institutions, who act at the bequest of the ultimate evil, sin, or to personify sin; Satan.
The HOW” of this honored characteristic – “Free and Brave” is the object of our salvation, hope and faith – individually and collectively, as a brave, free people – it is “In God we trust”.
That is a fitting conclusion to an inspired Hymn that represents the best of the virtue of the American faithful. Here is that stanza…
America’s National Anthem - “The Star Spangled Banner”
By Francis Scott Key
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave
Happy Father’s Day, Dads!
What a privilege to help conceive, nurture and raise children; the hope of the future!
What a sacred mandate to “teach” them about God our Heavenly Father.
And the manliest way to showcase God, is to love their mother and to stand firm on God’s values at home.
God bless you, dads, you are a hero to your family.
"...The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up." Deuteronomy 6:4- 7
[05/08/19] Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13
“Saying goodbye… and hello again”
“He is not here, but He has risen…” Luke 24:6
What is the reason for Messiah and why is Good Friday and Easter such a big deal?
Messiah, Jesus, had to come and intercede, to mediate, substitutionally on our behalf for we could not save ourselves. Paul writes that, “we have all sinned… and the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life, in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 3:23; 6:23). This is what we ultimately celebrate and why – His death leads to our eternal life!
And that brings me to Easter week – Good Friday and Easter… On Good Friday we remember He died – for us. However, at Easter, we celebrate that He came alive again; resurrected from the dead
The Biblical narrative reveals that there were many eye witnesses of both his death and his subsequent resurrection. Over 500 people gave a firsthand account of seeing Jesus alive. This is why believers celebrate the hope of resurrection at funerals and rejoice, worldwide, during Holy week. We REJOICE and celebrate Good Friday and Easter – “saying goodbye and hello again” – “Goodbye” to the punishment of sin through the death of The Savior and “hello again” as we give boisterous celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, which guarantees our own!
Praise God for this indescribable gift!
Happy Easter, all!
Hello 2019! In with the new, best, healthiest way of life & out with old inhibiting habits, perspectives & norms...
Which is what Jesus does for us "...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; OLD things have passed away; behold, all things have become NEW" 2 Corinthians 5:17
[04/27/18] "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” - Luke 19:10
[04/16/18] "The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." - 2 Peter 3:9
[04/13/18] "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." - Isaiah 40:31
[04/12/18] "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10
[04/09/18] "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 6:23
[04/06/18] "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6
Christ is risen! Today is a special time to reflect on the resurrection of Christ, the finished work of the cross and our eternal blessing in Him. #HappyEaster #EasterSunday #HeisRisen
[03/31/18] There are moments in our lives when it feels like God has abandoned us, but #HolySaturday reminds us that when Christ appears to be absent He is actually doing His greatest work. Christ didn’t abandon the disciples and He won’t abandon you and I.
He bore our sins on the cross, taking our place He died for our sin and shame. But what was meant for evil God meant for good. What man could not do, God did. Christ defeated the powers of sin and darkness, the veil was torn giving us access to God through Him. #GoodFriday
[03/23/18] "Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it." - 1 Peter 3:11
[03/22/18] "Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it." - 1 Peter 3:15
[03/21/18] "Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise." - Hebrews 10:23
A video which is referenced in our newsletter this month. A message still relevant for America today.
Billy Graham talks about the need for prayer in America from LA crusade in 1963
[03/19/18] "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." - Galatians 5:22-23
[03/16/18] "Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." - Colossians 3:12
[03/15/18] "We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are." - Romans 3:22
[03/13/18] "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!" - Psalm 1:1
What makes a man a leader in his home? When he listens to God and obeys. A lesson from the life of Noah in the Men of the Bible series. http://mastersmen.com/men-of-the-bible
[03/09/18] "God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When God warns it is dangerous to ignore Him. The Men of the Bible series looks at the life of Noah, his faith and obedience. http://mastersmen.com/men-of-the-bible
[03/06/18] "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." - Romans 12:12
There is a spiritual battle taking place. In the Men of the Bible series we learn what that means and how we can fight spiritually. http://mastersmen.com/men-of-the-bible
[03/01/18] "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation." - Romans 5:3-4
In the Men of the Bible series we look at the life of Noah and the implications it has for us today. http://mastersmen.com/men-of-the-bible
God speaks courage into our hearts. The courage to stand for Him, the courage to be a light and a witness in our dark world.
Giving takes faith. In the Men of the Bible series we talk about the faith of finances. How God blesses faith in one of the hardest areas of life: money. http://mastersmen.com/men-of-the-bible
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