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Center

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Center

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.—Hebrews 12:1-2

Witness it! And then lay everything else aside—fear, concerns, issues, challenges—and run. Just run the race. And endure for the sake of endurance. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Look only to him. Look not to circumstance. Look to the cross, and it's suffering and consider what Christ did for you. In comparison, your suffering is trivial. So fix, endure, and despise the shame you feel my brother. This is something we are in together—suffering for the sake of Christ.

DO THIS: Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face.

PRAY THIS: God, I have turned my gaze. Help me to see your beauty today. May the things of earth grow strangely dim.

HEAR THIS: Charlie Hall: Center/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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Holy

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Holy

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."—1 Peter 1:14-16

Sometimes we men fail to realize the reality of our present state. We conform to the old ways, passions, and ignorance—maybe because it's so familiar. But notice that God understands our current condition better then we do. He speaks it into our lives. He calls us holy as he is holy. What a privilege! He deserves both our praise and obedient conduct.

DO THIS: Live in holy conduct, it's your praise to a worthy God.

PRAY THIS: God, you are worthy, a worthy sacrifice for my sin and shame. You are holy, and so am I.

HEAR THIS: Michael W. Smith: Agnus Dei

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Submission To Authority

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Submission To Authority

For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.—John 6:38

Many people don't consider this, but Jesus was submissive to authority, while still being the authority. This is important because many falsely believe that authority is exempt from rules. But even God is subject to specific rules—and there things God cannot do. He cannot sin, and he cannot be untruthful; these are just a couple. But Jesus's submission is not robotic and mechanic; it's willing. He wants to do his Father's will because he trusts his Father. And therefore, when his Father sends him to go—he obeys by going—willingly. Will you willingly submit to His will today?

DO THIS: Submit to God, willingly.

PRAY THIS: God, I confess that my heart rebels against your authority all the time. It may be subtle, but when I don't get my way, my attitudes and responses are out-of-line with your will and in line with my own. At these moments help me to submit to you more frequently.

HEAR THIS: I Surrender: Hillsong Worship

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My Hope Is Built

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My Hope Is Built

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.—Matthew 7:24-26

Since everyone hears, there are only two choices for all men—hear and act or hear and don't act. And the choice we each make is the difference between wise and foolish, rock and sand, and built to last and built for looks. And fellas heed the words and warning because there's a storm coming and it's imminent. The storm falls, blows, and beats on all men, but there's only one who endures—it's the one whose hope is built on the rock.

DO THIS: Hear and act upon the Words of Christ.

PRAY THIS: God, all else is sinking sand. Help me today to place my hope in your words alone.

HEAR THIS: Mountain City Church: My Hope Is Built

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Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

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Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

The eternal God is your dwelling place,
    and underneath are the everlasting arms.—Deuteronomy 33:27

Many years ago, I remember visiting Pompeii, Italy. The immortalized statues of families cornered in homes embracing each other at the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (79 A.D.) is embossed on my mind forever. But isn't it interesting that in calamity an embrace is particularly comforting? In moments of great fear, we run into the protective arms of another. But the arms a believing man runs into are even more secure. They are descriptively called everlasting arms. And you can run to them at any time for safety, security, and assurance in the tragedies of your life.

DO THIS: Run to God, he's got big arms.

PRAY THIS: God, you are greater than all my troubles. Shelter me in your strength.

HEAR THIS: Alan Jackson: Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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You Are A Part Of Something Big

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You Are A Part Of Something Big

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.—Dwight L. Moody

Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.—John Calvin.

I think it's essential for you to hear this, but did you know you are a part of something big that some Christians believe is unnecessary. You are a member of a worldwide, and local body of believers called the church. While your personal relationship with Jesus Christ is essential, it was never intended to be private. Therefore participation in the body of Christ by joining a local church is not just nice; it's necessary. I often worry about you not attending a local church regularly, and that you might dismiss it as irrelevant. But here are a few reasons I believe it's important and the ways it has blessed me in my journey with Christ.

One | Man Was Created For Relationship

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."—Genesis 1:26

Notice the text above. God creates man us not just in "his" image but in "our" image. The use of the plural personal pronouns "us" and "our" is significant. And just like the Godhead (Father, Son, and Spirit) is in relationship, we were created with the same need, not only for a relationship with God but others.

But you intuitively know this. You would otherwise experience loneliness and aloneness without meaningful relationships. You have been aware of this your whole life. You are reminded of this immense value often—every time someone includes you or leaves you out. Every time a friend comes to rescue or leaves you hanging. Every time a girl takes an interest in you or, in some cases, ignores you. We desire relationship, and we cannot do without it. God sketched it into the very fabric of our being.

Yet the relationships that fill this void have the potential to move us in two directions. Either they move us toward God or away from God. They thus make us better or worse. You have heard these words from me many times, but these two scriptures capture this truth. "Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'" (1 Corinthians 15:33) And at the same time, here is another important scripture, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." (Proverbs 27:17)

You know both your mother and I have always been concerned about the relationships you have. The reason being is that we know that relationships have great power to either corrupt you or make you sharper. At this point in your life, you get to make your own choices about the friends you will spend your time with, but I hope you'll spend more time with those in the latter category—men, and women, that make you sharper.

Most of my longest-lasting friendships and relationships have been forged in the church. In fact, in the church, I have found lifelong friends whose character, skill, and influence is still having an impact on me. Their voices echo in the chambers of my heart and mind whether or not I still see them regularly—some have passed on, some have moved, and some I still see, but they speak truth to me. And because we have shared in worship and sought God's way together, they have made me the man I am today. This is just one of the many reasons I think it's vital to attend a local church. 

So go to church! Build some friendships and pursue God with others, even when it feels a little awkward for a while.

Two | You Need the Church and The Church Needs You

If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.—1 Corinthians 12:17-18

In these verses, Paul, the author, is comparing the church to a body. A living system of people that work together and therefore rely on each other as they rely on God. And while many believe you can be a Christian without going to church, nothing could be further from the truth—the reason being—you are the church!

Choosing not to attend because the church is full of sinful people, you don't like its style, or think it's not necessary to be called a follower of Christ is entirely mistaken. God never intended Christians to function independently from the Christian community. It's simply impossible. This would be like saying you're a soccer player when you don't play on a team. Or suggesting you are a leader when no one is following you.

And here is the great part about being a part of church or body—you need them, and they need you. In reality, the church has gifts and resources that you need, and at the same time, you have gifts and resources that the church needs. Being a part of a body has numerous mutual benefits. Plus, you gather with people that share a common vision, mission, and values regarding life and godliness, and all this results in the biggest reason we go to church—to worship God together. Weekly we gather underneath the Lordship of Jesus Christ and worship him. As the author of Hebrews said, we must "not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (Hebrews 10:25)

Three | Men Need Regular Positive Accountability

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.—Galatians 6:1-2

Accountability is something many men run from simply because we think of it only as something that occurs when we do something wrong. But accountability can be positive as well. It can be something that pushes and drives us to be better men, leaders, husbands, and fathers. I know without positive accountability as a man, I am destined for negative accountability—which is how most men learn through failure. But it doesn't have to be this way. You can be a little more proactive.

You need to start building relationships with some Christian men you trust and with whom you can confide. Men that love Christ and will propel you to be better. They will help you to become the man that God wants you to be and offer you encouragement in the temptations and burdens of life.

While I am present for you now, there will be a day I am not, and I hope that you will always be connected to a church because it's essential to your ongoing growth and faith development. Act upon this immediately, and it will bless your life along our long journey toward our eternal home—together.

I love you, son, Dad.

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Vince Miller is an author and speaker to men around the world on topics that include manhood, masculinity, fatherhood, mentorship, and leadership. He has authored 18 different books for men and is hosted on major video platforms like RightNow Media and Faithlife TV. He hosts a weekly podcast, writes weekly articles, and provides daily thoughts from God's Word all just for men. He is a 27-year ministry veteran and the founder of Resolute a Men's Ministry Platform that provides bible studies aimed at building better men found at www.beresolute.org. See his latest book and small group study Called to Act: 5 Uncomplicated Disciplines for Men.

Rock of Ages

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Rock of Ages

For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”—1 Peter 2:6

Notice that it stands. It's a stone unlike any other. A cornerstone cut from the depths of the aged earth. It's qualities—chosen and precious. And who selects this rock? God, of course, the great I am! He chooses and lays it. And it's the best rock, one for the ages. It's plum, level, firm, set, immovable, and sure. And who is this Rock? None other than Jesus Christ! And what is man's response? To believe. And the benefit? The end of all shame.

DO THIS: Rid yourself of your shame—believe.

PRAY THIS: God, I need renewal, washing, and cleansing. I run to the Rock of Ages.

HEAR THIS: Norton Hall Band: Rock of Ages

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I Will Look Up

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I Will Look Up

The heart of man plans his way,
    but the Lord establishes his steps.—Proverbs 16:9

Our heart has all kinds of plans, does it not? There are things we want to do and plans we make to get there. And then one day we discover that God "highjacks" them all—or does he? Might it be that our way and his steps are just a little out of sync? That our heart sees a limited future, and that God sees beyond human limits. What if God was instead not highjacking our plans, but directing our steps to prevent our demise. What if instead, God was directing a step today to provide a better plan? If so, should we not trust him and let him establish the best next step?

DO THIS: Take the step God wants you to take, even when you don't.

PRAY THIS: God, I look up today and believe that you are my Lord and will trust you again with my life. Forgive me for my resistance!

HEAR THIS: Elevation Worship: I Will Look Up

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Broken Vessels

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Broken Vessels

I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.—Psalm 31:12

I have felt this way. Broken beyond repair. How about you? Yet this verse cries of utter despair. Forgotten. Dead. Broken. But you are not beyond repair. God does not look upon man's despair and walk away. He hears our cries. He responds to our tears. He is near to those who are broken if that is you today. So don't lose heart. God is about to save!

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.—Psalm 34:18

DO THIS: Let God save you.

PRAY THIS: God, come to my rescue today. Save me. Only you can.

HEAR THIS: Hillsong Worship: Broken Vessels

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