?

Log in

Men Seeking Jesus Through The Word of God
men_of_theword
.: ::: .:..::.:. .:. ::: ..:....
  Viewing 0 - 9  
Michael [userpic]

 I know it's been a while, but I have been going through a lot and this morning I was struck by an urge to write and here I am...

Read more...Collapse )

Michael [userpic]

Michael [userpic]

My apologies for not posting anything recently.  I have been reading through the Old Testament in addition to spending a lot of time with my growing family.  In my readings in the OT, I read one of my favorite stories from my Sunday School days - the story of Samson.  I am sure we all remember that story to some degree: Big strong guy with long hair falls in love with a Philistine named Delilah who tricks him into telling her the secret of his strength, she betrays him, he loses his hair and his strength, the Philistines bring him out for one last laugh and he kills them all by knocking down the temple on top of them all.  Sound about right?  The thing of it is that is we look a little closer, there is so much more to the story than what we were taught back in Sunday School.  Let's dive in, shall we?


Michael [userpic]

Last time I wrote about the the multiple aspects of our Lord as it pertains to the Trinity.  Since all exist, and their existence is timeless, don't you think that perhaps Jesus had perhaps paid a visit or two to the Earth before he was born in Bethlehem?  

Michael [userpic]

Some people have a hard time understanding the nature of God as it pertains to the Trinity.  The concept of something, or in this case someone, existing as three separate entities yet they are one can be a barrier for some to overcome.  Is it possible for God to exist in three different forms; Father, Son and Holy Spirit?  Of course!  God is able to do anything - that is why he is God.  We believe in this through Faith, but I believe that God has shown the beauty of his existance in the physical world and by observing that beauty, it gives us further proof of his marvelous existance.  How do I see the trinity in the natural world?  The number three is found throughout creation and the universe.  For example, the universe is made up of time, space and matter.  Time is made up of Past, Present and Future.  Space contains height, width and depth.  Too abstract?  How about something a little more tangible.

Michael [userpic]

Michael [userpic]

Right now, at this moment, I am feeling quite stressed.  I accepted a job with a company located 94 miles from where I live and right now I commute back and forth every day - the cost of gas alone is stressful.  My wife is expecting our second child and doesn't want to go back to work when he is born, and takes off from work frequently (under FMLA, so she doesn't get paid), so money is tight.  I feel like there is the weight of world on my shoulders, and I know that is nothing compared to the weight of the sin Jesus took upon himself, but as a human I struggle with the stress.  2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 reads, "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed or broken.  We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit.  We are hunted down, but God never abandons us.  We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going." (NLT)

As a man, I am surrounded by images of strong men who can take on anything the world throws at them, pillars of strength that everyone can come to and count on, who can shrug off stress and their woes and be leaders of their families.  In reality, I need to be able to go to someone and count on them to help me when I need it.  I am so happy that Jesus is there for me.  My biggest challenge has been to just open up and talk to God.  Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (NLT)

Today as I felt that weight creeping up on me I prayed.  I asked Jesus to give me strength to endure, to guid me in the way I should go, and the wisdom to heed his voice when I hear it.  I asked him to help me guide my family in the way he would have us go and to set the example that they might also live in his word.  It is reassuring that as a man, there is something bigger than me, and someone I can go to when I want to feel like a child for a moment in the arms of the Father.

Michael [userpic]

It's inevitable that people will believe different things about salvation.  The faith has been branched off, divided, and I am not just talking about Protestants and Catholics.  Think about how many different denominations exist, each with their own view of scripture, established practices and traditions that have strayed away from the simple truth and teachings of Jesus.  Pastor David McGee (my paster at Calvary Chapel of the Triad) has stated that we are the most bibilically illiterate generation, and when you consider how the world has changed since the birth, death and resurection of Jesus, it is hard to disagree.   Before the invention of Television, Radio, Cinema, Internet there was simple reading, and The Bible was (and still is) a best seller across the generations.  As the message has been muddied in the waters, questions arise and doubts enter the mind.  If I am a good person and go to church will I go to Heaven?  If I simply follow the ten commandments, won't I be saved?  Let's take a walk down the Romans Road to Salvation and see what The Bible has to say.

Michael [userpic]

Current Music: We Fall Down - Kutless
  Viewing 0 - 9