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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 30, 2012

The Word, with Our Morning Coffee
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:16

This is one way the Lord brings healing and restoration to our lives: Confession. Having a brother or sister whom we can share our faults, shortcomings, troubles and struggles with gives us accountability. As Christians, we tend to carry around in life the burdens of our disappointments and bad choices. Sure, we’ve gone to our heavenly father and confessed, but God also desires us to have those whom we respect and appreciate in the faith that will give us spiritual wisdom and advice that will help us and strengthen us to not be put in that position again. Sharing our trespasses with others can be rewarding as well as encouraging. Those that we share with will pray with and for us. Prayer, through God’s divine love and mercy brings healing, and this is what we ought to first and foremost provide for others at all times. Our prayers will encourage, and bring understanding to our situations, to comfort those in time of need and help. Enjoy your day friends, and pray for others with fervency and intention. Someone may need our prayers today.


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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 29, 2012

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” – James 1:22-25

Getting refilled with God’s Word daily is a must for all Christians. His Word is our lifeline, our divine and sustainable connection to living a life orchestrated by His Spirit. We receive His Word by attending church, Bible studies, personal study, and hearing His Word audibly as well. But did we know that we are totally accountable for doing the very word we hear, speak and receive? His Word is telling us right here in the first chapter of James that we ought to be doers of His Word. It doesn’t benefit us to sit up under an anointed man or woman of God, hear and receive God’s ordained and blessed Word, then not apply and live that very word. We ought to take that Word and allow His Holy Spirit to guide and teach us to live out what we receive from His word. God calls us blessed when we do His perfect Word and apply it to our lives. Our witness is perfected in His integrity and righteousness, and will stand as others see Him working in us daily in the things we say and do. It’s not about being seen with good works. It’s about a relationship that transcends those of the world. Take God’s Word, and ask Him to give you strength and understanding to live out what you read from His Word. Live out loud that the Father may be glorified in you. Have a great day my friends, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 28, 2012

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”” – Revelation 1:7, 8

Are you ready for that great and dreadful day of our Lord’s return? He Himself, Jesus Christ, said He will return and everyone, including those who refuse to acknowledge Him; those who persecuted Him, those who don’t and won’t believe in Him, those that have hardened their hearts, and those who live in disobedience and rebellion as a way of life, all will see Him as He truly is. He is the beginning and the end. Everything that exist begins with Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Is our conduct and attitude in alignment with the Word of God? Are we consistently trying to live our lives with purpose, with intent, with allowing our light to shine so that others may see Him in us? These are the things God is looking for in His people, His creation. If we’re not, strive, recommit ourselves to living for the Lord with fervency and diligence. Our desires ought to be to please our Creator, our Heavenly Father Jesus Christ with every ounce of our being. After all, He made it all possible for us to live, breathe, and have our being. Have a wonderful and truly blessed day, in Jesus’ Name!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 27, 2012

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

As Christians, God’s Word tell us that there will be trials and tribulations we will face in our life. But He also assures us that we ought not to be worried or overly concerned about them because they are only there to make our lives better. The things and situations we go through on a daily basis are meant to strengthen us because they are only temporary and won’t last. God wants, and desires for us to focus on the things that are unseen, which is in obedience to exercise our faith. If we can see the things that are temporary, then we know it’s end or conclusion. But if we focus on our faith, and trust God for those things that are unseen, we activate our faith, and trust that He will comfort us, that He will sustain us through whatever is before us. All that we face in life, when we deal with it according to our faith is only preparing us for the eternal blessings of God. So don’t worry or fret because of our issues or challenges. God is there, and is in complete control. This outer shell, our physical bodies, are slowly breaking down, but the inward man, the spirit man, is being renewed everyday as we continue to trust Him. Put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and He will guide you unto all truth and understanding. Have a great day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 26, 2012

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
– James 5:7, 8

Waiting. This seems to be one of the hardest things we struggle with as children of God. We realize that we serve an Almighty God, and we know He has all things, including life, in the palms of His hands. But we assume that when we want or need something from God, He is, or supposed to, deliver upon our request because of who we are in Him. That is so far from the truth. God’s Word instructs us to wait on the Lord, to have patience in all things, and He will deliver according to His time frame. Maybe God doesn’t want us to have that particular request. Maybe there is a lesson to be learn from wanting or needing the desires of our hearts. Studying God’s Word has shown me He will respond in three ways: Yes, No, and Wait. When we understand the patience of God, and realize that He is in control of all things, our hearts will rest in that, and He will give us the answer He wants us to have. Just as the farmer waits for his increase, we too, ought to wait on God for our requests and petitions to be answered. If you are a little impatient, ask the Lord God, Jesus Christ, to bless you with patience, and believe me, He will respond to your request with love and mercy in ways you never even thought of. Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength as His word teaches in the book of Isaiah. Choose today to align yourselves with waiting on the Lord. Have a great Monday, and let patience rest upon your souls in all things you say and do.

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 23, 2012

“Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.” – Psalm 5:1-3

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is always there for us. No matter what we’re going through in life, He is a constant help in times of need, and it seems like we’re always in need for something. But shouldn’t our need be more of Him and to be like Him? We ought to desire His presence and His comfort; His Holy Spirit for guidance and understanding; and His peace, in getting to know Him better every day as we spend time with Him. Our hearts and minds ought to be centered on Christ, thinking about Him daily, seeking Him, knowing that He is there and listening to our very thoughts. We should always recognize God in all things because it helps us stay focus on who He is, His greatness, His goodness and His love for His people. He is our comfort, and He is our Lord. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Know who God is to you, and His peace will always rest in our hearts. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend my friends!

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From Our Family to Yours!

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 22, 2012

From all of us in Men of Redemption and Wives’ Redeemed Hearts, we’d like to wish all of you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day! Thank you for supporting us by observing our articles and your generous responses. May the Lord God, our Father Jesus Christ, continue to bless you in all that do!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 21, 2012

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”– Ephesians 4:29

Guarding our tongues, the words that we say can be a difficult task for some. Some of us go through our day not really concerned about what we say and how say it because of our busy, hectic schedules and routines. It’s easy to just speak our minds because there’s so much we’re trying to do or accomplish, and we don’t have time to stop and think about it. But the Apostle Paul is urging the Ephesians, and us, to be careful, and mindful of what we say, regardless of whether we have the time to stop and think about it. The things we say in our daily activities should be edifying, building others up instead of tearing them down. In our criticism of others, let it be positive and affective criticism because it will go a long way in helping to bring encouragement to their weaknesses. How about you? Wouldn’t we want others to address us in like manner? I would! Try sharing with others with a little more understanding in what we say to them. It’ll go a long way in building relationship. Have a great day friends!

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The Word, with Our Morning Coffee

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 20, 2012

“A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way?” – Proverbs 20:24

In life, we try to live in a peaceful manner, doing the right thing almost all the time. We fail sometime, but we always try harder to succeed in all we do. We set goals with purpose and intention, striving to perform at the highest level. God knows this, and He wants to order our steps so that our course in life will remain steady and consistent. Following God’s Word for our lives bring assurance of victory in all that we do. We may not win everything battle because all battles are not meant to be won. Some are meant to teach us, to open our eyes to what God wants to show us that will be beneficial in moving forward in life. Let’s take some time and ask God what it is that He wants for us, and allow Him to guide us in all we do in our day, in our lives and in our hearts. Have a great day friends!

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Being Thankful, Part 2

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 19, 2012

Our Weekly Article of Encouragement Volume 2 Article 112

Being Thankful, Pt. 2

About a year ago I posted an article (November 2011, Art. 60) about being thankful, understandably so since it was that time of year, Thanksgiving Day. We had received so many positive responses, I felt it was only fitting that I continue in that spirit of thankfulness with part 2.

God has brought tremendous healing and restoration to my marriage and family relationships. He has instilled purpose and intention in and over my life, my marriage and all that I do in this life. I am grateful that He has kept His mighty hand upon me to complete the work He has begun in me. His mercy and grace has allowed me to see His love in ways I never could imagine. I’m thankful!

The lives that are being touched influenced and affected by our testimony and daily victories through His Spirit have changed my perspective on how I see life, people, and the situations they go through. They realize that they’re not the only ones who have struggles in their marriages that cause division, unfaithfulness and obscurity. I’m able to reach out and share those victories and how they can overcome. I’m thankful!

I’ve learned, and still learning, to see myself as God sees me. Not someone who has disappointments in life, past behaviors that were not edifying to others directed by making bad choices, but someone who has been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony. Because of His love for me, His mercy and grace, His plan for my life, I can live in His grace, and have life abundantly. I’m thankful!

My relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is growing stronger day after day as I diligently submit myself under His guidance and obedience. He gives me understanding and discernment into the ways of life to make good, decisive choices for my family, my marriage and all that I do for the kingdom of God. He directs my paths and brings wisdom to those areas concern. I’m thankful!

My marriage with my wife is stronger that it has ever been. Our covenant relationship continues to grow and build on the foundation that we stand on, the solid rock, Jesus Christ. Our future has never been clearer than it is now. We, together, see our purpose as one with fulfillment and desire to move forward in love lead by His divine presence and guidance unto all truth. I am ever so grateful and thankful!

Being surrounded godly men, men of spiritual integrity and Biblical guidance has opened my eyes as well as my mind to the ever increasing need for accountability and like-mindedness. Being in one accord with those around me assures me that if I ever stumble or fall, I have a three-fold cord that is not easily broken. Real brotherly love has been established and embedded in my core of bonding together. I’m thankful!

Reaching out to help others who are struggling, having nowhere to turn when other say they’re here for them and can’t be found, God has purposed me to answer the call to them in their crisis and spiritual challenges. I’ve never proclaimed to have all the answers but what I do have is the healing, the victories, the overcoming, and the fruits of that labor from being obedient unto God. For that, I am truly thankful!

Having a church that has been there with me through the ups and downs, the highs and lows has lifted my spirit to see above my circumstances, and not focus on the discouragements or the lies of the enemy. Marriage ministries, classes that strengthen my awareness of what God for me in this life, others speaking into and over my life, have given me hope on a daily basis. I am truly blessed and thankful!

I cannot forget the sacrifice of all sacrifices that brought life and hope to me, as well as to the entire world, the death upon the Cross. The shedding of His blood, the burden of every sin in life being cast upon His only Son so that I, and you may have a right to the tree of life. He loved me so much that He gave His all so that I might enjoy the things that I am enjoying now. My soul and spirit are eternally thankful!

But let me acknowledge one person who, if not for her love and obedience to God, I would not be where I am today in my marriage, in my family, on my job, in all my relationships with family and friends. She has shown me what the love of God is with her life and love for me. She has given me what God wanted me to see from His perspective: His grace and His mercy through my wife. Her obedience and submission to His calling has convicted me and changed my life completely where my marriage is concerned. And for that, to my beloved Queen, and virtuous wife, Jackie, I am eternally grateful, thankful, with everything in my being. I thank God for you everyday. I’m truly blessed, and ever so thankful to have you as my wife. To God be the glory, I am humbly thankful!

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