Friday Men’s Group 8/4/23

God Is Still On His Throne


“God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.”
Psalm 47:8

Hi Men:

Well, how did you do this week spending “time” with the Lord?  It is a scientifically proven fact that meditation will bring a person’s blood pressure down.  There is no better time spent than meditating and reflecting on the goodness of the Lord.  Can any of you tell me if there is anything more profitable than being “in” His Presence?

I was going to put the photo this Indochinese Green Magpie as the main photo (click here to see a short 16 sec video).  But after my wife Jane took the photo above on Wednesday and texted it to me with the label, “God Is Still On His Throne,” I changed my mind. 

Why, you ask?  Good Question……
If we truly believe that God is  firmly seated on His Throne, here are a couple thoughts:

  • Why are you anxious about so many things:  [Phil 4:6-7
    • Remember, God even takes care of those Magpie’s  [Matt 6:26-27]
    • Make sure you read the article:  Purpose in Peace  (see below)
  • When you see bad things happen in our nation and across the world, do you say, “How and why did that happen?”
    • How quickly we forget verses like, Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?”  (Lam 3:38)….  Or how about this verse, “The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.” (Isaiah 45:6-7)
    • Spend time reflecting on our Sovereign God….. keep you eyes in the Word.  It will bring your stress-level down.
  • By the way, how are you doing in the area to Seek and Save the Lost?  If God is sitting on His throne, why in the world are we hesitant?  His own Son gave us the command in Matt 28:19-20………  There is no better time than now.

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand:
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

Hymn by Edward Mote (1834):  (YouTube 3:16 min)
Great shots of the Grand Canyon.

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found……

Are you walking that walk?
The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
(1 John 2:6)



O God, You are my God;
Earnestly I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My body longs for You,
In a dry and weary land
Where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1) 

I would think that if we took this verse at face value, we would have a much better chance to “walk the narrow, hard way.”  By the way, the definition of “EARNESTLY” is: Sincere and Intense Conviction

The Narrow Gate – Red Book Day 216
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically

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

¹ Psalm 73:17-19   ² Hebrews 3:14

If the way to heaven is so narrow, and so few find it,
what will become of those who never seek it?
William Tiptaft (1803 – 1864)



You are probably getting tired of me putting this quote in the Friday email.  Well, I was again convicted recently by a verse in Romans one of the brothers in Boston brought to our attention:

“However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him……For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”    (Romans 8:9,14)

In light of these two verses, I’m going to let you wrestle with God over Spurgeon’s quote



Purpose in God’s Peace

“Do you have Peace in your life right now? Your answer to this question can profoundly impact how you mature as a follower of Jesus.  My guess is you won’t come across many believers or non-believers who wouldn’t be interested in being at Peace.”


See attached PDF -or- Read it on the MIM website



“For My hand made all of these things,
so they all came into being, declares the Lord
Isaiah 66:2
The Elephant’s Trunk
(Equipped with more than 40,000 individual muscles!)

The John 10:10 Project
Watch on YouTube  (8 minutes)

Men:  Take a moment to watch this amazing video and send it to some of your buddies.  A great way to get a conversation going……….



by Bill McCurine

“Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.  For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”
Hebrews 4:1-2


Dear Friends,

This month’s blog comes from our beloved brother, Bill McCurine.

The subject is rest. All people long for rest, but Christ alone offers true rest. How do you define rest? For many people the definition may be too narrow or shallow to describe the kind of rest mankind seeks and the rest only Christ can provide. True rest exists contemporaneously on several levels. Bill explores this topic in a biblically compelling way in the attached.

Remember, if you feel led to write a future blog, please contact Arthur Corbin ( or Chris Strippelhoff (

Good reading and good life.

In His name,
Arthur, Bob, Chris, and Steve

 PS. As always, you can find this and past blogs at

Men:  See attached PDF 



Read It Here

It been almost 2 years since my dear wife sent me this blog.  I included it a Friday letter back then.  If you haven’t forwarded this to your wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, and friends that need a bit of encouragement, I highly recommend doing it.  It’s really well written.  Madelyn Canada did a great job!  She even used one of my favorite verses:  John 15:5 and one of my favorite quotes (see below).

A couple quotes from the article: 

How often do we look at Him and say, “Lord, this piece is too hard” waiting for Him to change His mind and give us an easier one? It’s not “too hard” to follow Him, but it is costly. It can take longer than we’d like and require more than we want to give.

In fact, it requires our entire lives.

There is no such thing as “too hard” music. Neither is there such a thing as “too hard” obedience. Costly obedience, most definitely, sometimes unimaginably so. But in the words of Jim Elliot, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” I am convinced that when we stand in glory and see the Savior’s face, we will not consider any cost to have been too great.