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Dad & Me

Dad & Me
Saturday, 5.2 / 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Preschoolers, ages 3-6, and their dad or father figure, will have a great time together while watching a skit, eating a snack, and doing fun activities while “Driving with Dad.”

$6 for Dad, grandfather, or uncle and 1 child

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A Man of God Fights

 
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things.  Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  (1 Timothy 6:11-12).

What are you fighting for you in your life? 

Before you answer nothing, spend a little more time thinking about the question.  What are you fighting for?  You see, we are all fighting for something.  If you exercise and it gets hard, you are told to fight through it.  You may be fighting for your job.  Maybe you or a loved one is fighting for their life.  Perhaps you’re fighting to save your reputation.  Have you ever fought for your marriage?  I have. 

We are all fighting for something and the things we fight for are what we value the most.  The Apostle Paul tells Timothy to fight the “good fight of the faith” and likewise, we as followers of Jesus should fight the good fight of faith.  But for many of us, our faith can be easily swayed.  When we pray for healing of our sick child and it doesn’t happen, our faith may weaken.  Some give into the pressures of loved ones and walk away from their faith.  Others give into the influence of this world and give up their faith.  All around us there are temptations and pressures that have the ability to weaken our faith. 

So, when you are faced with opposition of your faith in Jesus, what do you do?  You, man of God “fight the good fight of the faith”; you plunge into the conflict.  By doing so, by fighting the good fight of the faith, we obtain the reward that God wants to bestow on every believer, the fullness of eternal life (John 10:10). 

This week, think about the battles that you are facing in your life.  How is that fight affecting your faith?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

A Man of God Pursues…

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:11-12).

 To pursue something means to go after it and in our lives we are all pursuing something, but are they the right things to be pursuing?  Mostly we pursue things of this world: prestige, money, a college degree, recognition, success, a spouse, and inclusion to name a few.  But, a man of God is to pursue the virtues and behaviors that are opposite to what the world says we need to pursue.

As men of God we are called to pursue:

– “Righteousness” – means to do what is right, in relationship to God and others.

– “Godliness” – is having reverence for God.  It is having a God-like character and conduct.

– “Faith” – is trust in God.

– “Love” – is willing the good of others or having a selfless devotion to their needs.

– “Endurance” – means to have continued faith even when facing adverse circumstances.

– “Gentleness” – is tender kindness toward others.

So, Man of God, what are you pursuing?  Is it the success in this world or is it the virtues that identify you as a man of God?

The Apostle Paul lists six areas of our life that we as men of God are called to pursue.  Which one are you most deficient in?  This week be intentional about pursuing and improving that area of your life.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Man of God

This week, I’m going to start by asking you to do something. Grab a piece of paper and something to write with and define the phrase “man of God”. Take a few minutes and write down some words that you think describes the kind of person that is a man of God. What did you come up with?

Early on with my walk with God I struggled with what it meant to be a man of God. I knew I wanted to be a man of God, but I wasn’t sure what that was. Was it somebody who professed faith in God? If so, then I was good. I was a man of God. Was it a person who prayed? If so, I was good, but not quite where I needed to be. Is a man of God somebody who attends church, reads the Bible or is involved in a Bible study? For me, all of these thoughts fell short of what it means to be a man of God.

So, I started looking in the Bible and what I saw was that the phrase “man of God” was a title for some power house names in the Old Testament: Moses (Deut. 33:1), Samuel (1 Sam. 9:6), David (2 Chron. 8:14), Elijah (1 Kings 17:18), Elisha (2 Kings 4:7). This is a pretty good starting five for an all-star team of men of God. This was a list of men that I could never live up to in my quest to be a man of God. I felt discouraged, frustrated and hopeless. But then, I read the following passage and I had hope…

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:11-12).

You see, being a man of God is not just a definition, it is a lifestyle. In this passage, the Apostle Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the man of God; to describe the Christian life. Words like flee, pursue, fight, and take hold of.

This week, I want to look at the first part of this passage, “But you, man of God, flee from all this” (1 Tim. 6:11a). Now fleeing doesn’t sound very manly, but that is exactly what we are called to do. I find that fleeing isn’t a one and done thing. There are things in my life that I have to flee often. Things like lust and envy. When Paul writes that we are to “flee from all this” he is referring to false teachings (1 Tim. 6:3), greed (1 Tim 6:9-10), sexual sin (1 Cor. 6:18), idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14), and our youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22).

So, what is it in your life that you need to flee from. Is it idolatry? Maybe it’s your pride? Perhaps it is lust? Is there some sort of sexual immorality you’re struggling with? Are you struggling with faithfulness to your spouse? Whatever it is that is separating you from God, it is time for you take action and flee from it. Don’t wait!

“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Council Bluffs Men’s Bible Study

Ongoing Tuesdays/6:00-7:30 AM/Panera Bread – 3617 Denmark Dr., Council Bluffs, Iowa
This group of men gathers weekly to discuss and study the Bible over coffee. There is always room for one more. Join us if you’re in the Council Bluffs area.

For more info contact: Steve Irvin – sirvin@frontiernet.net or Dave Piercy – piercy@cox.net

Wait for the Lord

The LORD is my portion, therefore I will wait for him” (Lamentations 3:24).

Confession…I am not a patient person. During the course of any given day, I am presented with multiple opportunities to practice patience, but inevitably I fall short of having success with this virtue. If I think a stop light is taking too long to change green, I back up and roll forward again in an attempt to trigger the countdown to my green light. Anybody else do this? Or at the grocery store when I’m in the express lane and the person in front of me has surpassed the maximum 12 item limit…let’s just say I have been known to get a little agitated by this. Am I the only one? Don’t even get me started about the DMV or the doctor’s office. Both are great locations allowing us the opportunity to practice patience.

Waiting is just part of our lives. We wait for a call to see if the job we applied for is ours. We wait for payday. We wait for a loved one to return home from a tour of duty on the other side of the world. We wait for a positive pregnancy test and then we wait for the birth. You wait for the doctor to come out and tell you how your child’s surgery went. You wait for the result of a biopsy. Waiting is hard! I came across this quote regarding waiting, “Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting” Khaled Hosseini.

Waiting can be punishment because, as is often the case with waiting, it is filled with uncertainty, stress, anxiety and fear. But to wait is something we must do and often our waiting is on the Lord. We pray for healing and we wait. We pray for guidance in our lives and we wait. We pray for a child to love and we wait. We pray for reconciliation in our marriage and we wait. Now to wait on the Lord can be the hardest thing to wait for, but waiting on the Lord is what we must do. It’s not easy and it may seem that God isn’t interested in answering our prayers, but God is worth waiting for, because God often uses waiting to renew us, refresh us, and teach us. So, make good use of your times of waiting by discovering what God may be trying to teach you in them.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

You’re Not Alone

As followers of Christ, we are not immune to pain, suffering, and having our hearts broken. We wish we could escape the pain of grief, loss, sorrow, and failure. We wish we could escape all of the troubles of life that wear us down, but we can’t.

You see, many, if not all of us are reminded regularly just how difficult and full of pain this life can be. We watch a loved one battle an incurable disease and it breaks our heart. We watch a loved one struggle with an unhealthy addiction that is destroying their life and it breaks our heart. We read about children being bullied and taking their own lives and it breaks our heart. We have friends whose marriages are ending and it breaks our heart. We know people, who want a child to love, but they can’t conceive and our heart breaks for them. You lose a loved one, a relationship you treasured ends, you lose a job, or you lose a child. Your marriage ends. Your heart is broken. Where do you go? Who do you turn to?

Too often, during these times of heartache, we blame God for allowing the circumstance that broke our heart. God, where were you? God, why did you allow this to happen? God, my heart hurts so badly right now, why have you abandoned me? If this is you and you’re going through a battle is in life that has left you brokenhearted, I want you to know that God has not abandoned you. You’re not alone!

So, instead of blaming God or running from Him during the times of grief and loss and sorrow and heartache, cry out to Him and trust that He hears you. Because the truth is, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

Where in your life are you experiencing heartache? Talk to God about this. Admit that you need His help and thank Him for being by your side.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)