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Words of Understanding

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 31, 2015

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 31, 2015

ASSURANCE OF THE RESURRECTIONDevotional

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”  –  2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-8

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A Psalm For the Troubled Spirit

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 28, 2015

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“Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation;
Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off?

Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You,
O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.”

PSALM 43:1-5

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 28, 2015

PRAY FOR ALL MEN Devotional

“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.  –  1  TIMOTHY  2:1-7

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 27, 2015

 DevotionalALL HAVE SINNED

“What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”  –  ROMANS  3:9-20

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 26, 2015

FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM AND ONE ANOTHER Devotional

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.  –   1 JOHN 1:5-10

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 25, 2015

Devotional LOVING GOD UNDER TRIALS

“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.   –   JAMES 1:12-18

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An Encouraging Quote . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 25, 2015

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“What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.”

H.P. Liddon, on Self-Control. (August 20, 1829 – September 9, 1890) was an English theologian. The son of a naval captain, he was born at North Stoneham, near Eastleigh, Hampshire. He was educated at King’s College School, and at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated, taking a second class, in 1850. As vice principal of the theological college at Cuddesdon (1854–1859) he wielded considerable influence, and, on returning to Oxford as vice-principal of St Edmund Hall, became a force among the undergraduates, exercising his influence in opposition to the liberal reaction against Tractarianism, which had set in after John Henry Newman‘s conversion to Catholicism in 1845.

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An Encouraging Quote

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 24, 2015

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“Why are we not one? Sin is the great dividing element. The perfectly holy would be
perfectly united. The more saintly men are, the more they love their Lord and one
another; and thus they come into closer union with each other. Our errors and our
sins are roots of bitterness which spring up and trouble us, and many are defiled. Our
infirmities of judgment are aggravated by our imperfections of character, and our
walking at a distance from our God; and these breed coldness and lukewarmness, out
of which grow disunion and division, sects and heresies.” 

Charles H. Spurgeon, on Division

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What’s On Your Mind?

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 24, 2015

your mind“I’m doing very well in my recovery. My life is changing for the better and I have some structure in my life. I’ve been wanting to share disclosure with my wife but when is it a good time to do that?”

This seem to be the topic most couples are extremely concerned about because it involves sharing and disclosing all the things that we’ve ever done to them, mind you, all that we can remember. Yes, eventually you will need to make disclosure with your spouse but don’t be in such a hurry to carry it out.

DISCLOSURE: the act or an instance of disclosing; exposure; revelation.the act of disclosing.

When desiring disclosure, keep in mind there are two components that need to be in place; consistent sobriety for at least a year, and the emotional, spiritual health of the both of you. Those of us who are having somewhat of a pattern of good success in our recoveries tend to “feel” good about our efforts. We believe that this is the time to “spring” this moment onto our spouse. But we need to be mindful of the fact of asking ourselves have I grown and progressed enough; have I allowed the transformation process to resonate in my life; and is my relationship with God moving toward becoming more in tune to hearing His voice for guidance and instruction. Then, on the other hand, you have to look at your spouse and see if she/he is or has received help in understanding what has happened to them because of our behaviors and actions against them. Are they strong enough, emotionally, spiritually or mentally to receive your confession. Most of the time our spouses are not ready, especially if you have not been in recovery for any length of time or have had sobriety for less than a year. How can you tell if your spouse is ready or healthy enough to receive your disclosure? Encourage her/him to seek out some help or ministering with a mentor, support group, even pastoral assistance. This will help bring some peace and understanding into what you’re going through and how you’re doing it.

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