Friday Men’s Group 4/12/24

Hindu Girls Dressed as Radha and Lord Krishna

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; 
no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Hi Men:

Amid wars and solar eclipses, I pray this week you have found quiet time “in” Christ…….. and you have experienced the joy of knowing who you are “in” Him……… surrendering more of your life to Our King.  I love the words that Hudson Taylor used, “The Exchanged Life.”  We exchange our life for Christ.


Along with other men across the country, we had the blessing of being involved with the brothers and sisters in India for many years. I stumbled across the above photo and saw that the girl on the left is dressed up as the goddess Radha and the girl on the right is dressed up as Lord Krishna.

A FEW FACTS: There are 1.2 billion Hindus and about 1 billion live in India. That’s a lot of Hindus! Those Hindus also worship millions of Hindu gods….. that’s right, not thousands, but millions and they are all demonic. Of the 1.3 billion people in living in India, only about 2.2% call themselves Christians. Reality Check: If John 14:6 stated above is True, then 97.8% of the 1.3 billion people in India are on a terrifying road headed to the lake of burning sulfur for eternity, including those 2 young girls. We not only need to pray continuously for these lost people, but come alongside brothers, like Daniel Janagam and others, who are faithful to the Great Commission. I will have more to say in the weeks ahead as we profile some of the brothers, here and abroad, that are in the trenches for Jesus Christ…..

Violence and Persecution aimed at Christians

It would be very easy for me to forget the words from Romans 12:19, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord,” and want to send in the special forces and sniper teams to take out those that are butchering our brothers and sisters. Yet, we are clearly told by Jesus to:

“……… Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28)

This is not a suggestion, but a very clear command that is NOT passive, but calls for an active response. Isn’t it interesting when you reflect on those 12 men that Jesus handpicked, then spent 3 years discipling them. Jesus leaves the scene at His Ascension and those men become Great Commission focused (E2), change everything and end up being executed; some quite violently. So I guess the question to ask ourselves, “Are we in the game or on the bench?” “Are we wimps or warriors?” “Are we wasting our ammunition on secondary targets?” “Do we have a temporal focus or an eternal one?” Are we willing to take up our cross and follow Him? (Matt 16:24-26)………….. are we willing to die for Jesus?

“Yet you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14)

I love the question in the verse above: For what is your life? Why do we put so much emphasis on this life? Like my dear wife said to me early one morning a number of years ago as I was having a complaining spirit walking to the garage……“Dan, remember, this is NOT our home! We are not home yet.” I never forgot that morning………..Jane was spot on!

Look up, men!
(Galatians 2:20) 

“One of the best indicators that you are His obedient slave is when He asks you to do what appears to be nonsense, and you obey Him, resisting the temptation to modify His specific instructions.” 

Based on the last sentence of this devotional (see above), would you say that “ you are his obedient slave?”

Commitment Leading to Disobedience – Day 103 Red Book

The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically
Solomon said, “As a man thinks, so is he

How Should the Believer Relate to Smart Phones and Social Media? (Part 3)

The Mind and Heart Conquered
* Comparison
* Predators
* Conclusion

 Men: We continue with Part Three of Dr. Scott Bangert’s article. I encourage all of you to carefully read this article (and not with your smart phone nearby). Share it with your kids and others.

One of several questions asked in Part 3:

What are legitimate uses for my phone? How much of my phone use is spent on legitimate vs illegitimate things? How much of my phone use is spent on necessary vs unnecessary things? In what way should this change? How do I develop a healthy relationship with my phone?



🥶 In icy cold Lake Erie 🥶

Great Lakes Men’s Retreat @ Beulah Beach
April 25 to April 27, 2024

>Retreat Information<

Please pray for the men and speakers
for this upcoming conference

Men: Today there are a few recent Christian songs that would actually be classified as one of the ‘old hymns.’ Stuart Townend, born in 1963, wrote the lyrics to the song below. Take a moment and slowly read the words of this profound hymn. He also wrote the words to “In Christ Alone” with Keith Getty. Check out when Fernando Ortega sings this song.

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart –
His wounds have paid my ransom.

 Fernando Ortega (YouTube -3:44 Min)

Men: You will like this video. I missed sending it out for Easter. It’s from the
John 10:10 Project : WILDFLOWERS & RESURRECTION (YouTube 3:50 minutes)
Actually the photo above is not in the video. It’s one of the irises that my wife planted.

Background Hymn: Turn your eyes upon Jesus  (Hymn by Helen Lemmel – 1922)


Does this quote concern you?