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Posted by Men of Redemption on October 12, 2017


This morning’s reading is reminding us as children of God that there’s more to being a child of God than carrying His Name or identifying ourselves as His beloved. We have purpose and intention as a believer and we need to understand what the Father has instilled in us for the tasks before us. In order for us to reach those around us with the Gospel-“The Good News”- we need to equip ourselves with God’s anointing and take His message into the world as His disciples. Just as God sent His Son into the world, He also is sending us into our world-our families, our jobs, our neighborhoods, and everywhere we go-to spread and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God didn’t create us as trophies that just sits upon a shelf to be  looked at or gazed upon for recognition or affirmation. We have purpose to go forth and declare the good news to others that they might know who Jesus is and see Him actively moving and working in our lives. Our witness is powerful if we are in relationship with the Father because the world will see God’s goodness and mercy in all that we say or do. He has equipped us with His Holy Spirit to go forth in power, victory and authority, so we have no reason not to go forth in His Name. We can not let doubt, inadequacies, low self-esteem, keep us from taking the Word of God into a hurting and dying world. Even if we don’t know how to deliver the message, that’s why He gave us His Holy Spirit to empower us, to encourage us to stand and be intentional in sharing His Word with others. We are commissioned by our Heavenly Father because that’s His desire for us as His children, to draw others to the Truth, the Way and The Life! When God empowers us we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Go out into your world and make disciples of men and women everywhere, in Jesus’ Name!


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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on August 11, 2017



Today, Heavenly Father God, help me lift up and glorify your name with all that you’ve blessed me with; You have given me talents, gifts, wisdom and understanding along with discernment-show O God how to use them affectively to draw others to you. Help me not be caught up in building up myself but edifying others so that they might know your Word, that they might come to relationship with you Father God and experience your love, grace and mercy like I have come to know you and even more so. Strengthen my desire to serve with gladness and a cheerful heart Lord God, that I might show myself diligent in drawing others to the kingdom of your light O God.

“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”  –  Romans  12:3-8 

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Today, I Will Trust God To . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 25, 2016





 . . . . To Fill Me With Your Holy Spirit

Father, in Jesus’ Name, this day I seek you with all of my heart, and ask you heavenly father to fill me with your Spirit; I realize that I can not do this thing called life without you. I need your guidance and supernatural authority to overwhelm me with love and grace and mercy so that I may show the love of Christ to all who I encounter. I need your Spirit to empower me when I’m being attacked by the adversities of this life in my vulnerable moments; I need your Spirit to enlighten my mind and heart to the things of God when I don’t know or have the answers; I will depend upon you and you only Lord, and the Holy Spirit to bring me through every situation no matter what or how it presents itself. I will trust you O God to lead me by the Holy Spirit because I cannot do it by myself.

“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”  –  John  14:15-18

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A Writer’s Thoughts On . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 24, 2016

Writer's thoughts



 . . . . Being Thankful    

Wow. Where do I begin. Well, I guess I’ll begin by saying that I’m thankful that I’m alive, being able to write these thoughts I’m sharing with you. I realize I could be not in my right mind, thinking things I shouldn’t be thinking, but I’m not. I could be occupied with something that has my attention on selfish desires, but I’m not. Or I could be doing something that brings me pleasure in all the ways I would like, again, but I’m not. But I’m thankful that my mind and heart has been and always will be stayed on Christ Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I’m thankful because I’m not living that life that I lived for so long that was centered on selfishness, aligned with my desires and thoughts to advance my own agendas. A lot people were hurt because of my erratic and out of control behavior. But I’m thankful for God exposing me, making me face the pain I’ve caused to others and humbly apologizing to every one of them. Now I’m making amends to them by living a life that has been transformed by the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for that opportunity for redemption and wholeness through His saving power. It wasn’t the end of that season in my life but the beginning of a new one. I’m thankful!

The fruits of my labor bring me joy, peace beyond anything I could ever imagine. The renewing of my mind, and the transformation of my life has and is bringing eternal blessings to every situation and relationship I’m involved in. The men in my life, whose accountability with myself has truly brought transparency and honesty to every area of my being. I’m thankful!

I have a wife and family that believes in me, and still believes that I will continue to allow God to develop me into the Man of God He created me to be. They continue to pray for me, encourage me, support me in all that I’m doing to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ despite what I have done to them. I’m thankful!

My friends and family members, after much disappointment and shame that I have caused them over the years, most of them now support me as they have witness God’s transformation in my heart and life. Our communication is better, more real and genuine. They see me for who I really am, not whom I wanted them to think I was. God has brought restoration and newness to our relationship. I’m thankful!

But I could never be thankful enough for the men I surround myself with every Monday night – Men of Redemption! These guys have contributed a huge part to my life in all facets. They have been through the hurts, the pains, the disappointments as well as the daily victories and successes in my life. I am accountable to every last one of them. The honesty and transparency they hold me to is unmatched by any other. They are there for me 24/7 with God’s grace and mercy as well as His love. Sharing, caring, knowing about each other on all levels-personal, emotional and spiritual, as well as professional, has developed a true honest relationship that will never be broken. I love every one of these guys. I’ve never had such a great group of guys in my life that really cared and supported me the way they have. Guys, I am so grateful and thankful to God for every one of you!

Just some thoughts from a man of God who knows who he is and whose he is. God has done some wonder-working, supernatural stuff in this short life He has allowed me to have. And until He calls me home, every breath that He allows me to breathe, every step He strengthens to take, and every opportunity He places in front of me, I will share and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just saying . . . . I’m thankful!!

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” 

–  Matthew  28:18-20


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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 30, 2016

Breakfast of ChampionsI have to ask myself this question: Am I getting what I’m seeking when I read the Word of God? I know oftentimes I make mention of how much I read, how often I read and why I read. But the most relevant question is am I getting it and what am I doing with that knowledge? Well, I’m very happy to say that I am truly getting more than I ever thought I’d get. The Word of God becomes more real to me the more I read it. It’s the life of becoming Christ-like, imitating Christ in every aspect of my character. I want to learn how to relate to people, how I can serve others, and meet the needs of those who are less fortunate than many. As I continue to read about how Christ our Savior continued to show the world what love is because He is love, I see and desire that compassion He has for people everywhere no matter the ethnicity, cultural background or gender. His Word teaches me daily as I read that His love reaches everyone and that’s what He desires in us as His people. The greatest commandment of all is to love God with all of hearts, minds and souls, then to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Who then is our neighbor? Everyone that is outside of ourselves whether they live down the street, in another state or another country. That’s what I’m seeking after, the same love and compassion Christ showed me so that I may in return give that love to those who are seeking the same. I’m satisfied with what I’m getting from God’s Word-wisdom, understanding, guidance, instruction, peace and the love of God. The more I go after that, the more He fills my cup as it overflows with His goodness and graces.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 

–   MATTHEW  22:36-39

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on September 8, 2016

Breakfast of ChampionsAs I began to choose what book of God’s Word I’m going to read next the other day, I was reminded in my spirit- Is God Pleased with my efforts or due diligence in reading or studying His Word? I mean, I definitely don’t read His Word out of obligation or because I have to. I read His Word because I enjoy the comforts of knowing who my Heavenly Father is, who my Creator is, who it is that spoke life and everything I see into existence. That’s powerful in my eyes! I’m learning so much about God’s personality, His heart and about how He feels about people and why we do what we do. I read over and over again about people in the bible about the decisions they make, the choices they settle for, and I see so much of myself in all of it. But because He loves me so much, more than I love myself, I truly understand by reading His Word that He really cares about me more than I could ever imagine. I’m thankful to have the privilege to spend time reading His Word and about Him. I believe God is happy when He sees His creation picking up the Word of God, with true intentions and an open heart, to read, to understand, and to absorb His Word in our lives for a better understanding of who He is and what He wants and desires for us in this life. I’d like to see God smiling when He sees me reading His Word, perhaps a grin that that so wide with joy that I could even begin how His hearts must feel about me. I’m forever grateful Lord Jesus! You are so awesome, and your love for me is limitless as your Word tells and shows me!

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Read Your Word This Morning?

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 27, 2016

Breakfast of ChampionsHas God been good to you last week? Did He keep you from hurt, harm and danger throughout all that you experienced in life this past week? Did he keep you safe on the roads as you and your loved one travel these dangerous and treacherous roads of life? Whether you want to admit it or not, God did just that and probably more. It’s all the most assured that we ought to be thankful, grateful, and that He loves us so much that He goes far above and beyond anything we could ever ask or think of when it comes to this life. We realize that daily as we get into His Word everyday He gives us life. We can learn what God wants from us as His greatest creation, the apple of His eye, and He feels rewarded when we acknowledge Him in all our ways. Take some time out today and read His Word, The Bible. See what the Creator of the Universe wants you to do for Him. Amazing thought right, the One who created everything we see has something He wants us to do. Imagine that! But He does, and that makes Him so happy!!

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”  

–   2  CHRONICLES 7:14, 15

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My Daily Devotion

Posted by Men of Redemption on March 28, 2016

“And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you Devotionsmay learn them and be careful to observe them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive. The Lord talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire. I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said: ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. ‘You shall have no other gods before Me. ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.  –  Deuteronomy  5:1-10

Today’s Point of Focus:

The Lord God will bring us out and deliver us, because He is the great I AM!

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My Daily Word

Posted by Men of Redemption on June 11, 2015


“Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. How long will you attack a man? You shall be slain, all of you, Like a leaning wall and a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his high position; They delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, But they curse inwardly. Selah. My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor. Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them. God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.”  –  PSALM  62:1-12


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His Word For Me This Day Through My . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on April 27, 2015


“My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.   –   JAMES 2:1-13

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