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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 31, 2014

Daily Manna
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:9-21

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 30, 2014

Daily Manna
“After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?”–knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” – John 21:1-19

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 29, 2014

Daily Manna
“But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things– that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed. Likewise exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.” – Titus 2:1-15

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 28, 2014

Daily Manna
“Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” – Psalm 111:1-10

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Wives: Love Your Husbands and He Will Move the World for You

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 27, 2014

Power of a praying wife
There is nothing like a husband who is committed and secured in his relationship with his wife for the cause of Christ. He is sold out for doing everything he can to make sure that his wife, family and purpose in life is fulfilled when he is following the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s rewarding, and it brings so much joy and completeness to his marriage relationship. Knowing that if he totally concentrates on serving God and his wife, God will make provision and a way where it seems impossible. That’s called allowing God to order and establish our steps in life. But sometimes it can become difficult if both the husband and wife aren’t in agreement with the covenant perspective, and then direction is misunderstood. There has to be understanding and agreement between the husband and the wife so that the spiritual leader of the home, the husband, can flourish in the guidance of the marriage and the wife supporting her husband with prayer and encouragement.

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” – Ephesians 5:22-24

When we read this scripture regarding wives submitting to their husbands, many of us get the wrong interpretation of submit, thinking that our wives are do what we say or request of them without understanding. We as husbands desire our wives to honor and respect us because we are their husbands, a sense of entitlement. This kind of thinking or mentality, is exactly what has gotten so many husbands in trouble with their marriages, therefore creating a history of division and separation that has led to a divorce rate of over 55% across America and increasing as we read. But husbands, the biggest needs we have is honor and respect, and if we don’t get it in the home, many of you will seek it somewhere else where we will get it, and that’s in the world. What we’re trying to bring to light is this: If we take time out to study scripture and get the full understanding of what God purposed the marriage relationship to become, our marriages will become more successful based on God’s Word, not the standards of the world. Let’s look at a couple of things that God’s Word indicates in this portion of scripture.

SUBMIT

Wives, as the help meet of your husband as the Word of God calls you, submitting can be misunderstood from so many angles. In your heart you want to submit to your husband but if he is not in his right mind; if he is doing things that are not in agreement with the Word of God,; if he is involved in behaviors that are contrary to what God says he ought not to be doing; and if is acting in a selfish, dishonoring way you will not submit to him. That is a given. But if he is doing all that he can, trying to live a godly life and working consistently, providing and maintaining a sense of leadership and direction, God says submit to that leadership with your whole heart. What you don’t see in your husband, what you desire in your him and for him, pray and ask God to manifest that in him as you continue in submission as he submits to God. This is key and critical to the marriage relationship.

“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.” – 1 Peter 3:1, 2
Wives

I see and hear about so many wives consistently beating down their husbands spiritually, emotionally and mentally because the husband don’t know how to lead or his attempts to lead have gone inconsistent and without positive results. As husbands, this hurts us more than anything in life because it’s coming from the person we love the most in life, our wives. I realize every situation is different and has circumstances that require additional assistance. But if that’s the case, come together and get into agreement about perhaps looking into a Mentor or guidance from a Christian Counselor. When you as a wife, begin to submit yourself under the spiritual authority of your God-fearing husband, and he is following Christ with his whole heart, there is nothing he won’t do for you and he will move the world for you. The honor and respect he desires will surely follow you into his life and your marriage.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR HUSBAND AS THE HEAD OF YOUR HOME

Just as Christ is the head of the church so your husband is to your home. When we as husbands finally get the understanding of the family unit, we will do whatever it takes to maintain provision, guidance and leadership within our home. We need your encouragement, your consistent prayers and your support as we follow Christ in leading our homes. When we fail at a task or become inconsistent in what we are trying to do, don’t discourage us by magnifying our faults in such a way where it feels like we can’t do anything right.
Praying husbands
That’s how much your support means to us. When others see us fail we can handle it, look at the adjustments to make and proceed with caution. But when you, our wives, acknowledge our failures, it hurts us more to the core because it’s coming from the one whom we are trying to lead and love. Help us by praying that we continue to trust God in all things. This will strengthen us to do all we can to continue to move in the right direction, get up and stay focused with power, victory and authority in Christ who strengthens us. Your prayers and support is vital to us leading our homes as Christ leads the church.

Christian wife
This is not a wives-bashing article, nor or we trying to even the score in marital bliss. This article is, and was written with the purpose, and intent to bring some clarity, understanding and perspective to some hurting marriages out there that are looking for answers, guidance and instruction. If your marriage is going in the direction that you and your spouse have agreed on Praise God for your marriage! But to those who are struggling, there is hope! And that hope is in Jesus Christ, the Beginning and the End, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
I pray that you as wives, and husbands, receive this article as it written to you, in love, and with a sincere heart because God is doing a new thing in my marriage as well.

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 27, 2014

Daily Manna
“A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the Lord Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, And to those who are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, The Lord shall lead them away With the workers of iniquity. Peace be upon Israel!” – Psalm 125:1-5

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 23, 2014

Daily Manna
“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight– That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.” – Psalm 51:1-13

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 22, 2014

Daily Manna
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”– Romans 5:1-5

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Husbands, Love Your Wives Please!

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 21, 2014

Shopping
A couple of weeks ago while I was at work I just happen to be in the produce department at Costco gathering some boxes and saw one of the most disturbing incidents that you’d ever not want to see. It still bothers me to this day because I believe it was unwarranted and uncalled for. It even bothers me to share this incident as write to you.
While gathering some boxes I observed an elderly couple looking over the grapes, deciding which brand to buy. As the couple glanced over the fruit, the wife reached for a specific brand assuming that her husband was in agreement with the selection and began to place it in their basket. Then the husband shouted “No I don’t want that one!” Then the wife responded in kind “These are the ones we always get!” Then it happened. He literally shoved the basket into his wife’s hip, almost knocking her over in the process, then stating “Look, what did I tell, what did I say?” The expression on his wife’s face showed it all. She was hurt, embarrassed, ashamed, as though this incident was something that happens all the time. I was floored! I just stood there in shock, feeling sorry for her because she didn’t deserve that. In my heart, I wanted to intervene, but I knew it wasn’t my place. She didn’t react as though this is the first time it ever happen. I was angry, and I wanted to do something to let her husband know that what he did wasn’t right, that treating his wife like that was wrong. All I could do was just pray that it doesn’t happen again.
Being a man who is married and going on almost 30 years together with the same woman, when I see things like that it makes me love and respect my wife even more. I work hard to treat my wife in a loving manner always, not allowing the pressures of disagreement or dislikes to interfere with how I treat her. Yes, my wife may do some things that might irritate me or make me say hummmmm as I myself might do as well, but in no way, by any means would I or have I ever induced any physical pain or discomfort upon her person to show my dislike for her or her actions.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” – Ephesians 5:25

I’ve learned through the Word of God how a husband ought to treat his wife. When I witnessed the incident I just mentioned, immediately I thought to myself “Do I treat my wife in that manner?” and began to examine myself. I don’t want to treat my wife like that. If there is disagreement I accept it because I realize that we’re not going to agree on all things. Christ loved the church despite its disobedience and acknowledgement of his commandments and His statutes, and gave Himself for her anyway. There was no conditions or arrangements required that we had to agree to. As a husband, I am to love and treat my wife lovingly and consider her at all times no matter what we’re doing or where we are. I’ve learned to love my wife despite our disagreement, despite our dislikes, and understand that we can and will come to a loving and caring resolution to any situation. Yes, I know sometimes, in the heat of the moment some of us may get a bit impatient, reacting in ways that we may regret, but there must be some type of self-control by the Spirit of God that overrides and reduces the anger in which we react.

Husbands love your wives
When we, as husbands do things that make our wives feel lonely and unimportant, like spending too much time watching TV or playing video games for hours on end, we’re never making time for our wives. This brings a sense of division or separation in the marriage relationship, and causes an unloving sensation to saturate the atmosphere of the home, making our wives feel like “Why am I here?”
Husbands, guys, when we make our wives priority one behind the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, everything falls into place. This is what Christ desires in us as husbands.

“So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.” – Ephesians 5:28, 29

The Word of God teaches us that we ought to love our wives like we love our own bodies. Those of us who work out enjoy spending time at the gym, exercising and watching our development of our physique. We take pride in it because we’re putting in work, sweating, endurance and concentration. If we took that same mentality and applied it to our marriage relationship, we’ll become stronger, bigger, better, and we’ll want to gaze into our marriage just like we want to look in the mirror in the gym after working out. It’s not rocket science guys! What we put into our marriage that’s what we’ll get out of it. I want to encourage you husbands to really take a serious look at how you’ve been treating your wife, then examine yourself. Am I treating my wife and loving her like Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her?
I’m sure we’ll all find we can make some improvement in a lot of areas. Don’t allow a trip to your local venue be the place where people find out what’s really going on in your home when they see how you treat your wife. Make a difference in changing how you treat your wife, and then watch the glory of God shine in your relationship and bring out the true happiness that everyone else is seeking.

Wives, I haven’t forgotten about you when it comes to how you are to treat your husbands. It’s on the way!

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Our Daily Manna

Posted by Men of Redemption on January 21, 2014

Daily Manna
“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
– Psalm 1:1-6

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