Friday Men’s Group 8/18/23

Hurricane Hilary – NOAA

“I form the light and create the darkness; I bring prosperity and create calamity.
I, the LORD, do all these things.”
Isaiah 45:7

Hi Men:
I pray you had a great week “in” Christ.  I love the verse that reads, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ………” (Romans 13:14)  Question:  Have you put Him on?  Have you spent any time on your knees asking Jesus about this?  As we have discussed so many times, Christ lives in us, so how about this verse:  “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”Jesus    Example:  Let’s take the sin of unforgiveness since it’s a big problem with many “so-called” Christians.  Actually, to forgive others is a command, so if you refuse to forgive, then based on the verse above:  (1) you don’t love Jesus; (2) God will not love you and (3) God & Jesus will NOT come and live in you.  Simply put:  “Go To Hell!”  It’s time to take an inventory of our disobedience to His word……  and………whatever you do, do not confuse Grace with Obedience. 


So what’s up with Hurricane Hilary?  As we know from Isaiah 45:7, God can do anything He wants and that helps maintain my “Fear of the Lord.”  Just take a moment to reflect what He did on the island of Maui……….
So right now, Hilary is several hundred miles south of Cabo and will most likely develop into a Cat 4 later today.  What makes this hurricane unique is the fact that only (1) hurricane has been recorded to land in So. Californina and that was in 1854.  The last tropical storm that landed was 84 years ago.  When it finally arrives in California this Sunday, it will be a tropical storm or most likely a tropical depression.  Most meteorologists will be focused on the potential rainfall and there’s a good chance Las Vegas will also be a recipient.  In normal circumstances that’s a good thing, but to have a lot of rain in a short period of time can create calamity in our arid region.  Death Valley could very well get its annual allotment (2.23”) from Hilary this weekend!

I am always blown away by how much water these systems can hold.  I remember when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas (2017), then stalled, went back to sea and re-landed in Louisiana.  Scientists and meteorologists estimated that Harvey dumped a total of 33 trillion gallons of water!  More water than flows over Niagara Falls in a year…….. whoa!   By the way, 33 trillion gallons of water is equal to:  125 quadrillion tons.  To make it simpler to understand, that amount of weight would make 19 trillion Hoover Dams!  [Note:  Hoover Dam weighs 6.6 million tons].
How Big Is Your God?

“Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men………..”  (2 Cor 5:11 KJV) 
Question:  Are you persuading men?

“Lord, here I am, send me”



“Grace promises a freedom that ungodly men turn into lasciviousness. Only a very few seem to grasp this truth.”

Men:  Check out this quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods.

Sadly, the church today is filled with “Cheap Grace” …………………

Jude – Day 232 Red Book
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically

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




Many of you know the India Story………
Without revisiting it at this time, Daniel & Hephzi Janagam of Hyderabad, India were asked by the brothers and sisters in the Philippines if they could once again come and teach them the principles of discipleship……… Jesus final command in Matt 28:19  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations………”

Please read the attached PDF report by Daniel Janagam….  You will be encouraged.

This was just one of the testimonies that came from the teachings:

Lay Woman – Why Go To Work – Philippines (YouTube 49 Seconds)




In the course of your day and as circumstances arise, do you view it through these 3 questions?

  • “What do you seek?” (John 1:38)
  • “Who do you say that I am?”  (Matt 16:15)
  • “Do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15)
    • Wisdom, Power, Wealth, Worry, Anxiety, Anger, Judgement, Family, Position, etc)

If Jesus isn’t the answer, you need to re-evaluate.  Jesus must be #1
Men, we are just touching the surface.  We will circle back on these most important questions

The above thoughts are attributed to Boa



Promise Keepers – 1996

Headed to the L.A. Coliseum

What’s up with this old photo from 27 years ago?  You might even recognize a few faces including your own!
We will talk about it again, but you will definitely want to listen to this YouTube as Becket Cook interviews the CEO of Promise Keepers, Ken Harrison.

This is one encouraging message!  It’s an hour presentation, but well worth it.

Are You a Courageous Christian? (YouTube 1 hr 3 min) 

Note:  One of the brothers sent this video to his pastor, asking if they would stand up to the cancel culture or cave in.  He hasn’t heard a reply as of yet! 

About Ken Harrison:
He is one bold guy for Christ.  His opening verse in his book is from 2 Corinthians 5:10



Another couple fluffy paragraphs on Obedience, Fear and Assurance
Send a copy to your buddies and engage them in a conversation (See attached PDF)