Friday Men’s Group 5/5/23

Named after the Greek god of the heavens and sky

For there is one God, and there is one mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
1 Timothy 2:5

Hi Men:
Question:  “During this last week, how often did you think & speak about Jesus?”  Great question, huh?  If you weren’t communing with Him, then what were you doing?  Do a quick mental recap.  How many of those other “things” you were doing will last into eternity?  Remember the glorious riches we possess, “………..which is, Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27b) 



What’s so special about Uranus?  Not much 😊, but I like the new image from the JWST showing the great clarity of its rings.  A Few Facts:  Uranus was the first planet discovered with a telescope.  Uranus is an ice giant with icy water, methane and ammonia on its surface.  It’s also “gassy” (I could make some jokes right now) because it has an atmosphere composed of methane, hydrogen and helium.  It’s also the coldest planet….. -351°F.  The most unusual fact:  It’s the only planet that rotates on its side.  Ok, that enough to bore you ………..



This Wednesday, Luke 15:10 came to life.  Here is the story about Leo if interested……. 

Back in February 2022, I hired a man (Leo) from Guatemala to assist me with some landscaping issues I was having.  He was referred to me by a friend of many years that was the head arborist at UNLV then went on to have his own company.  He trained Leo and said he could greatly help me.  On the average Leo would come over once or twice a week a couple times during the month.  Early on, I shared Steps To Peace With God and he said politely, he was not interested.  He did find my story about receiving Christ under a tree in my backyard quite interesting.  Fast forward 15 months………………

  • On Tuesday of this week, I could tell that Leo was troubled.  I gently inquired and he said he would tell me later.  He was emotional.
  • Wednesday he was quiet and helping me trim a tree.  He told me a bit later that he had to leave, which was out of character for him.
  • I gently asked him what’s up and he shared what he is going through.  I just listened and then asked him if he would like me to pray for him.  He said YES!
  • As I prayed for Leo, tears welled up and as I had my arm around him, he was crying
  • When I finished I asked if he still had Steps To Peace With God and he did, but asked for another one.  I went to the house and brought several to him
  • I then asked if he wanted to read it together.  He said YES!  We went slowly through the whole tract.  He was crying as we read several of the verses
  • At the end, Leo prayed to receive Christ.  He knew that calling on the name of the Lord, saved him (Romans 10:13).  It was very genuine…..
  • Leo asked what some of the main verses were, so I had him look them up in a Spanish NT that I brought out to give him.  It was heart-rendering to see him read those verses.
  • We talked about John 3:16-17, Romans 10:9 and a lot about John 15:5, which he could relate to being a landscaper.
  • He said he feels really good and his stomach stopped hurting
  • We talked about many other verses and the goodness of God and His righteousness.  We hugged each other and I told him how much I love him.

The huge blessing with Leo, Lord willing, is that I will be seeing him again and again……. And through the Holy Spirit, move right into discipling him.

God & God Only!

Humbled by His mercy,
(Gal 2:20)



After you read this a couple times, ask God to put one man on your heart that you can send this devotional to.  Remember, even in the Christian Church the majority attending on Sunday are NOT BELIEVERS (yet thinking they are….yikes!).  This devotional may be just what God uses to have that eternally important discussion.  Remember what Charles Spurgeon said: 

“Have you no wish for others to be saved?  Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”

Experiencing the Wrath of God – Part III – Red Book Day 128
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically

Solomon said, “As a man thinks, so is he



Leette Henrichsen’s May Letter 




Men:  This is out of the Blue Book and I think we all need to read it again and answer the above question………..

Letting Others Invest
Day One Hundred Twenty

“…I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and slothful servant!…You ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.” Matthew 25:25-28

The Savior calls attention to two kinds of servants, and alludes to a third: He discusses faithful and unfaithful servants and closes by suggesting that the unfaithful servant could have “invested My money with the banker.” Many Christians fit the description of this third option. They are willing to invest if someone will do it for them. For example, you ask a friend to come to a meeting and he does; but when the meeting is over he does nothing more. You invite him to a Bible study and again he joins and does nothing more. He will become involved if you drag him with you, but he will take no initiative. 

The faithful steward takes initiative and assumes ownership. He doesn’t wait for others to tell him what to do. He prayerfully analyzes his options and by faith exploits those he feels best serve the cause of Christ. A self-starter, he doesn’t need the prodding and cajoling of others to motivate him.

At the local high school assembly, recruiters from the various branches of the armed forces presented to the student body the benefits attached to joining them. The Army, Navy, and Air Force representatives, each in their turn, presented a picture of job security, training, travel, and advancement. The last to speak, the Marine recruiter, came to the microphone and said, “In an audience this size there may be two or three men that qualify for the Marine Corps. At the end of the meeting, I would like to talk with them,” and he sat down. When dismissed, students flocked around the Marine.

God still seeks faithful servants who are not content with allowing others to invest their lives for them, but rather are willing to pay the price to be all God desires of them. Are you such a person?



Making Disciples Not Just Converts

Disciples are those who have seen the cross. They have met with the living Christ. They have died to this present world. So now they live fully for the will of God. Disciples are those that shape their entire lives around the truths of the Bible. A disciple is called to obey all the commands of Jesus Christ to follow in all of His ways by the Spirit of grace. Discipleship is not an option, it is the call for every believer in Jesus Christ. Disciples making more disciples is a principle of the Scripture. To have one brother who preaches the Gospel is not the Biblical model but rather all of God’s people should be preaching the Gospel through their words and lives as obedient disciples. All the calls for discipleship in the four Gospels are 100% applicable to us as modern day Christians.

 [See Attached PDF Making Disciples Principle 14]

“The church changes the world not by making converts but by making disciples.”
…John Wesley (1703-1791) 



“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life?
For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
(James 4:14)

I love where the ESV includes, “What is your life?”  What a great question to give concerted thought to……  This article was well written by Tim Challies.  He expanded those points below so make sure you click on the link at the bottom.  If you have time, check out the funeral sermon from Thomas Watson where Challies obtained the points below.  Thomas Watson, a Puritan, wrote the sermon in 1676.

6 Very Good Reasons to Consider Your Short Little Life

“Our lives are short. They are, in the words of the author of Ecclesiastes, little more than vapor, dust blow by the wind. Yet the very thought that could dismay or depress you, can also motivate you. Here are some blessings that will be yours when you pause to consider your short little life.”

Considering your brief little life will cool your love for the world.

Considering your brief little life will humble you.

Considering your brief little life will drive you to repentance.

Considering your brief little life will compel you to resist temptation.

Considering your brief little life will bring you comfort in sorrow.

Considering your brief little life will help you value grace. 

Please read the entire article:   6 Very Good Reasons to Consider Your Short Little Life 



Please pray for our FCA brother, Jorge Hernandez.  He is in Wales UK and has been sharing the Gospel to many that have abandoned God.
Photo Below:  Jorge on the far left at Zion Boot Camp 2022


This Saturday Jorge will be at a men’s breakfast for the guys qualifying for the WHEELCHAIR RUGBY EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPThe winners will qualify to attend the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.


Watch the Wheelchair Championship Promo to give you a flavor of this event. (Vimeo 1:21)

Pray that God places many in front of Jorge that are desperate for the Good News of Jesus Christ

Jorge will also be in the midst of the Coronation excitement!
Check out these Bible tracts from Living Waters!!

PDF of Coronation Million



Men:  Are YOU doing this?