Visualize yourself standing at the threshold of death with nothing but memories to look back upon and nothing but the grave to look forward to, what would you have to see as you look back over your life in order to look God the Father in the face and say, “Oh God I have finished the work You gave me to do, my life has been a success.”
~ Walt Henrichsen ~
Jesus said: “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for
the food which endures to eternal life……”
I pray this week you have seen the hand of the Lord in your walk ……. even if it has been a difficult one. I was reminded by a dear brother what Paul says in Phil 1:6,21… “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Does it get any better than that? Wow! I will never forget those exponentially stressful days when we were involved with the Sharon India Foundation and found out some awfully distressing news. I woke up very early one morning with extreme chest pains thinking I was having a heart attack. In a profound way, verse 21 came to mind. If you would like to read the details, you can click here: E² Vegas.org/Friday-Mens-Group-6-7-19
I’m telling you this because all of us need those difficult reminders to re-focus on “What is Our Purpose?” So as you reread the opening quote by Walt, reflect on his following statement, “I would like to submit to you that you’re not ready to live the remaining years of your life, how many ever that may be, until you can answer that question in specific and concrete terms.” This week I came across an audio teaching by Walt that I don’t think I ever listened to. The opening quote above is in this message. Actually I was so impacted by it, late that night I typed up several pages from the message including the Bible verses used. One brother said, “Dan, I thought this was an outstanding and convicting message. I think we all would benefit from it.” I agree and that’s why I am encouraging all of you to listen to it and take some notes. Here is the link:
Commitment to Vision
Before I close, take a quick inventory of your time. How much of it was getting updates on the woman jogger in Memphis that was murdered while jogging? For us in Las Vegas, how about a former Public Administrator that allegedly murdered a season investigative reporter? Then we have Queen Elizabeth’s death, fires, heat waves, government politics, sports of all kinds and NASA that can’t even get a rocket launched. So what’s my point? If Jesus said we are to work for the food that endures to eternal life, how much of your time is focused in that area? One more shot across the bow: It’s only by the grace of God that you or I are not the man that murdered the Memphis jogger! Jesus said, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44). It’s time to spend some time on our knees………
“The Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”
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Men: Please take some time reflecting on these (2) devotionals
Day 251: Antinomy Definition: In Scripture there can be two conflicting ideas that are equally true. Take time to understand these ideas
Day 252: An awareness of your depravity* is essential? *Romans 3:23
The Most Vexing of Biblical Antinomies & Good People Do Not Go to Heaven – Day 251 & 252 Red Book
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically
SECOND SATURDAY – This Saturday 7pm – 9pm
Come hang out with like-minded men!
[Our brother Jermone Riley will be sharing his testimony – photo on the right]
Click Here: E² Vegas.org/Second-Saturdays
Read Your Bible or Die
By Paul Washer
Men: I don’t need to make comment on this 3 min video ……. The title says it all
Click on photo or here: Read Your Bible or Die (YouTube 3 min)
Pass it on to your friends with children or grandchildren
The Stars Still Shine In The Daytime
By Seth Lewis
Such a great article by this brother in Ireland. He emphasizes the importance of relationships in our life. We especially see those in discipleship relationships. When you ask a room full of believers how they came to Christ, a few will possibly say an altar call, crusade or televangelist, but the vast majority will say it was due to a personal relationship with someone.
Keith Green – Oh, Lord You’re Beautiful (Live)
My wife passed this song over to me and I thought I would share it.
Keith Green died in a plane crash in 1982 with his 2 young children. He was 28 years old….
Keith Green – Oh, Lord You’re Beautiful
(YouTube 5.5 Mins)
“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith,
so that you will have a full understanding of every
good thing we have in Christ.”
Excerpt from Voice of the Martyrs, Extreme Devotion
Missionaries are often mischaracterized as some sort of special forces – a unique troop in God’s army of faith which acts on our behalf. The truth is, every believer is called to be a missionary. Some of God’s most valuable work may take place around the kitchen table, having coffee in a next door neighbor’s house. The heart of our mission remains the same wherever our mission may take us. We are bound to share the love of Christ. For some, sharing their faith with their closest friends would be a personal feet of heroic proportions. For others, a variety of cultural contexts will form their mission field. The measure of our mission is not what is important. It is our motivation that counts. To what extreme are you willing to go to share the good news of Christ?
Even the mother of Jesus knew that she was a slave to her son
And Mary said, “Behold, the Lord’s handmaid. May it happen to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)
Handmaid: Greek word: doulē = female slave