The time has come for you to suit up for battle. Grab your helmet, sword, and shield to test your strength in the ultimate battle tournament, MMOG IX - The Gibborim. The Charlotte Church is excited to host the ninth annual middle school boys event for fifth through eighth graders, April 14-15, 2018. Based on David's mighty men and their brotherhood, fathers and sons are in for a life-changing weekend where there will be battle games, impactful Bible lessons, campfire sharing, and food.
"The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend." -- Exodus 33:11
When I was a child, my mom read this scripture to me. I still stand in awe and wonder that Moses could physically stand in the presence of God. So does that mean God will speak to me face to face? If He spoke to Moses, why doesn't he speak to you or me? This is definitely something to desire, and on judgement day we will stand in God's presence, but would God audibly speak to us?
Father’s Day is this Sunday in the U.S. Some of you have plans with Dad, others may make a phone call, and then there are those who have mixed feelings or totally resent the day all together. Wherever you are at, please allow me to encourage you with turning our focus to how God views us. I love my dad. No matter how much my dad and I disagree or frustrate each other, I have a longing to be with my dad. I have a want to be validated by him, but there is nothing I can do to get that from him. It must be his choice to validate me. Stick with me here. In the scriptures, Jesus was validated twice by his Father: After Jesus was baptized and the transfiguration.
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." – Psalm 73:26
Throughout my life, I have reached points where this scripture truly humbled me before God. I tried to plan ahead, get advice, make good decisions, but then find myself wondering what went wrong. David Laing tells his story in his article, "Broken Into Better Shape," about how God spoke to him through Psalm 73.
Hiking! There is something about that word that I love. It is full of enthusiasm and adventure. I love the word because of the incredible memories I have had being in God's creation. There are so many metaphors that come to mind as I walk purposely down a trail, following a map or the signs placed along the way. The metaphor that resonates with me the most is the parable of the narrow and wide gates.
On Saturday morning at Reach2016, all the men of the conference came together to be inspired by eight men who have walked the walk and talked the talk. Each shared about their life and the highs and lows that God has brought them through. The scripture that unified all their messages was Ephesians 6:7, "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people."
With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to remind myself that it is not just one day out of the year that I am commanded by God to honor my mom and dad, but every day, all day. When I was 11, my mom had me memorize Ephesians 6:1-3: "Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother' -- which is the first commandment with a promise -- 'so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'"
Warrior is the latest book from Sam Laing, the author who brought us Mighty Man of God. I have memories reading Mighty Man of God, and feeling inspired after reading 2 Samuel 23:10 about Eleazor standing his ground and striking down Philistines until his hand froze to the sword.
Disclaimer: The 33 Series is a great series on manhood but is not written or commisioned by the International Churches of Christ or Disciples Today.