Tagged: men’s ministry

Shaped for Service–a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Shaped . . . Every professional sooner or later develops a unique vocabulary. Pharmacists can recite the scientific names of commonly prescribed drugs. Copy editors easily distinguish between dependent clauses, gerunds, and prepositional phrases. Marine biologists can name the genus and species of organisms that inhabit coral reefs, kelp forests, and tide pools. Artists who work with…

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Strong Faith Relationships–a free devotion for Father’s Day & men’s ministry

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household. Ephesians 2:19 Social networking sites can take up a lot of time. Updating your profile, blogging about your experiences, reading your friends’ newsfeeds. Yet, despite the commitment, social networking sites continue to expand. Why? Perhaps it’s…

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Men, Husbands, Dads–Celebrating Father’s Day

It’s no secret. Pastors in most congregations would jump up and down with joy if many more husbands, dads, and single men alike began to dive into Bible classes, men’s retreats, and other spiritual growth and service opportunities. Father’s Day offers dozens of opportunities to say thanks to those men who already lead by word…

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Survival Strength

He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  Jeremiah 17:8 Displays of strength are easy to come by in our world. The halfback’s speed and agility rush him into the post-game spotlight. The CEO’s power is hard to miss as he flies into a meeting on…

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Walking Strong–a free devotion for Father’s Day

When I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Jesse “The Body” Ventura once body-slammed religious belief. “Religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people,” he said. Later, he tried to clarify his remarks, but this former wrestler had put into words how our world wrestles with faith. “Strong men don’t…

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A Quiet Strength–free devotion for men’s ministry

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 We tend to associate strength with activity. If we can meet deadlines at work, juggle schedules at home, and manage all the other competing demands on our time, we are strong. Overwhelmed by work, we rely on…

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The Master Matters

In one short, and often-overlooked, parable (Luke 17:7-10), Jesus describes an aspect of our Christian service. He begins with three rhetorical questions: If your servant comes in from a day’s work in the field, plowing or shepherding, will you invite him to sit down and eat dinner? Won’t you instead ask that he get cleaned…

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Through the Fire–a free devotion for the Nat’l Day of Prayer

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Galatians 6:18 On March 25, 1911, a roaring blaze gutted the top three floors of a New York City high-rise sweatshop. One hundred forty-five workers died in the inferno, forty-nine of them leaping in terror from the flames to the street far below. Many…

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Disarmed!–a free Easter week devotion

Having disarmed the powers and authorities, [God] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15 For decade upon decade, and quite probably for century upon century, somewhere in the world, disarmament talks have continued. The underlying premise is that enemy nations will voluntarily destroy their weapons or allow them…

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Got Life?–A free Easter devotion outline

Introduction An ad popular a few years ago asked, “Got Milk?” I’d like you to think about a similar question: “Got Life?” How might people in your family answer that question? How might your friends? Some may say . . . “Sure! I’m healthy! When you’ve got your health, you’ve got just about everything!” (Life…

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