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A Psalm of Praise . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 26, 2016


“The Lord reigns; Let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim Let the earth be moved! The Lord is great in Zion, And He is high above all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and awesome name—He is holy. The King’s strength also loves justice; You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His footstool—He is holy. Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called upon His name; They called upon the Lord, and He answered them. He spoke to them in the cloudy pillar; They kept His testimonies and the ordinance He gave them. You answered them, O Lord our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, Though You took vengeance on their deeds. Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy.”

PSALM  99:1-9

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 26, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: 1  THESSALONIANS  4:13-18

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Comfort ourselves in knowing Christ’s return is as real as life itself.

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 25, 2016

Writer's thoughts



My Thoughts on . . . .

Overcoming The Mountains in Our Lives

Our lives are filled with challenges on a daily basis, some we can see and others we can not. We know there are things in this life that seem overwhelming to us at times, more so in our vulnerable moments than when we are expecting them. But what about those challenges or “mountains” as the Word of God calls them, that seem too much for us to overcome? These “mountains” can be a number of things; debt, financial hardship, real life decisions, loss of employment, betrayal, addictive behaviors, failing marriages, faith, hope. I could go on because that’s where so many of us are in this day and age. Our focus is on how can we overcome these mountains in our lives and still have some sanity  left to cope with life? That in itself is a challenge already! I have struggled with these same challenges and as I live and breathe I will continue to see these mountains in my life. But the understanding to dealing with these mountains is not trying to figure out how to overcome them, but recognizing them, acknowledging them and asking God what is it that He is trying to get me to understand why they are there. We don’t want to deal with the mountains in our lives because it interferes with our tasks, our plans, and all it does is impedes our forward progress. I believe we have to understand first and foremost is that there is reason(s) why they are there. God has purpose for everything we go through in life, and He wants to see us overcome in all areas of our lives. One way to strengthen our focus and to begin to overcome is seeing how bad we want to succeed and trusting Him in that process.

I’m reminded of the story in the Bible in the book of Zechariah 4:1-9, where Zerubbabel was to rebuild the temple but was discouraged and didn’t know how that was going to happen. The tasks to complete this temple were overwhelming and it became evidently clear that he didn’t know how this was to happen. But God, through His prophet Zechariah, informed him to tell Zerubbabel that . . . . “it is nor by might nor by power but by my Spirit.” And that is the best way we can overcome any and all mountains in our lives. We need to trust God to reveal the nature of the mountain and seek His guidance to overcome it. We’ll never overcome anything in this life by leaning to our own understanding. It will never leave us and we’ll spend the rest of our lives trying to beat our mountains down anyway we can, exhausting ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. If God is willing to show us how we can overcome, why are struggling and not trusting Him to do what He wants to do in us and through us? Who better to help us in our time of need that the Almighty God, Jesus Christ Himself?


So no matter how high or difficult your mountain(s) may appear to you, if you just begin to trust The One who can remove them from your way you will be able to proceed with less difficulty and more focus. These mountains are mere stubble in His sight, and God wants us to recognize that they, too, can be the same way we see them if we trust Him through it all. It’s God’s Holy Spirit that will direct us to overcoming all mountains in our lives, no matter how they manifest themselves or appear to us through the struggles of this life. God can do it because He has overcome the world!

Just some thoughts from a brotha who lives and believes that we all can overcome if we just allow God to be the God of our lives. He delights in bringing us joy and life more abundantly when we declare Him God over all we are and are becoming. Just saying . . . .

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 25, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: 1  CORINTHIANS  7:17-24

“But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.”

Know your calling and stay in your lane. God has purpose for you.


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Recovery Tip For This Week

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 24, 2016

Road_RecoveryThis Week’s Tip . . . .



Work Out During the Week. 

All work and no play make a man or woman in recovery boring and unsociable. We’ve spent countless hours organizing our structure, attempting to stay on task, and I know we get pretty tired and bored when there’s nothing else involved physically. So having a good balance of exercise and physical maintenance for our bodies are a sure thing to help us keep fit and focused mentally on our recoveries. No, we don’t have to have a strong regiment for exercising, just something to maintain good physical health habits like walking or jogging, riding a bike or on the treadmill. Exercise is vitally important to our recovery as it will assist us in thinking more clearly, increase our focus and awareness more purposefully, as well as help our chemical makeup with smoother blood flow. With consistent workouts, our eating habits will eventually change as well. But let’s remember working out is just another tool in our recovery to use help build us physically and mentally, not to boost our egos or show off to others about what we’re doing. Sometimes people will notice a difference in our appearance after working out and compliment us, then we allow it to get into our heads and we become affected mentally for the wrong reasons.  This is where having a workout partner will help in this effort. He will help keep our focus on the purpose and task at hand. So add something to your recovery to help keep it fresh and don’t allow boredom and stagnation to become a part of what you’re doing in recovery. Have fun and get that workout in!

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A Psalm of Praise . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 24, 2016


“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”  

PSALM  19:1-14

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 24, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: ACTS  1:1-8

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Holy Spirit is in His people, willing and working to do the will of the Father. Are you being used for His purpose or your own?


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A Psalm of Praise . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 21, 2016


“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah. But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him. Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord. There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” 

–  PSALM  4:1-8

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 21, 2016

DevotionsToday’s Reading: James  1:12-18

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Even in the very midst of trials, trust the Lord God Jesus Christ through it all.


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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 20, 2016

Breakfast of ChampionsAs I read God’s Word I find myself being challenged in many areas of my spiritual walk. One of those areas is Temptation. Even before I start my day, the enemy of my soul is already in fight mode against with a plan to disrupt my day, my life, and even has strategy to take me out. Knowing this from staying in God’s Word, I must prepare myself daily if I know I’m being purposely attacked in this area, and every other area of my life. I have to dress for battle daily as His Word tells me. Every day that God allows me to arise I am bombarded with attacks mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There are days that I can’t handle the pressures of what I’m seeing or what I’m hearing. But I’m thankful that I’ve read in His Word about preparing myself daily with the Armor of God. I’ve learned that I can’t make it in this life thinking, even believing, that I can do what I am supposed to do in life without being attacked with every effort by the enemy to prevent me from continuing in my purpose for God. That’s why I have daily devotion. That’s why I stay in God’s Word. And that’s why I purposely, and with every intention, surround myself with men of God who are in this battle to help me fight the good fight of faith. I’ve learned how to put on the armor of God with purpose, realizing that the enemy can’t penetrate this suit of armor. He may try, but God’s Word tells me that he won’t succeed or prevail. I want to encourage you to stay in God’s Word, read about what His armor is and how to put it on in your life, then watch God’s love and protection proceed before you with power, victory and authority, in Jesus’ Name!

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”  –  EPHESIANS  6:10-18

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