Day 20

Day 20 | Set A Meet Up—Use 411

ACTIVITY

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Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Set A Meet-Up with another brother and use the
  • 411 on Brotherhood:
    • 4 Questions
    • 1 Tip
    • 1 Spiritual Element
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  1. Mark Lubbock says:

    I met Saturday with a new Brother. Each week I meet regularly with a variety if Men’s groups & individuals. Some I lead, others are my personal small groups where I don’t lead, some appointments ar rdd to Mentor individuals and others are to meet to learn how I can serve.
    Today’s reading included “The life of the godly is full of light and joy”. I t amazed me to see the marked difference of a man in regular small group Fellowship vs. the ‘lone ranger’. This latter man rarely evidences the Joy!

  2. Bryce says:

    20 Walk with the wise and become wise,
    for a companion of fools suffers harm.

    We become like those we surround ourselves with. I am thankful for my Godly wife and all of my strong Christian brothers!

  3. Dean Wendler says:

    I am so excited! My breakfast meeting yesterday went well and God answered my prayers. I now have a couple of men that want a closer relationship and to grow near to God. Our next meeting is early February. Verse 20a had extra meaning for me today. ” He who walks with the wise grows wise.” I am so glad to be walking with PV REACH through this process. I am getting excellent advise from all of you.

  4. Brian Hays says:

    The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.—Proverbs 13:8

    On our visits to poverty areas in Honduras, I have witnessed that a poor man does not need to exert energy and effort to preserve wealth. He hears no threat and is relieved of this burden, finding his security only in God for the provision of the day. I have only experienced this in America when ministering to some homeless.

  5. Brian Grundhauser says:

    Walk the path of righteousness and the reward is great. Lead a God filled life. Do not let sin and temptation into your life.

  6. Steve Roarke says:

    We go through life trying to acquire more and more wealth and fame, forgetting that all we need our Lord will provide.

  7. Anthony Gjorvad says:

    Disregarding discipline leads to shame and poverty. This is something I have struggled with for the past few years, I have been working hard to increase my discipline these last couple months and it is starting to have an impact on me.

  8. Dan says:

    Good post Brian. I think it’s all about believing and doing what a right. “Each decision you make to obey Gods Word, will bring a greater sense of order to your life, while each decision to disobey will bring confusion and destruction “. Study bible 13:6.

  9. Louie says:

    Those who take advice is wisdom.
    Teaching of the wise is a fountain of life.
    Every prudent man acts with knowledge.
    Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise.
    Righteous are rewarded with good!
    Wisdom, knowledge, righteousness. All of these are mentioned throughout the proverbs and the Bible. They all go hand in hand. One with the other. I found it very interesting that in every great lesson on life these along with discipline are usually included.

  10. cory doden says:

    V20 “Walk with the wise and become wise. For a companion of fools suffers harm.” My mom always told me ” tell me who your 3 best friends are and I’ll tell you if you’re in trouble or not.” Good to be in this group!

  11. Jay Wegiel says:

    I walked away from my first meeting, which was scheduled for 1hr but lasted close to 3hrs, feeling invigorated and closer to God. I plan in the next couple of weeks to meet with a guy whom we used to meet regularly but haven’t met in some time. Then meet with someone new. One person in particular came to mind when I read this passage; Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
    Proverbs 13:13

  12. Pete says:

    What would Jesus do? Before we act or open our mouths let us reflect on how God wants us to respond. Patience, kindness and love our neighbors.

  13. Nick says:

    Day 20:
    Both of these versions do different things for me. The message goes straight to the heart. A refusal to correct is a refusal to love. I would say that most parents would say that they love their children, but how many of them are actually using that word as a verb. It is a call to action. It really is the trenches of parenting. It is where many battles are fought and lost and where many are won by parents dedicated to the mission. Many times opportunities get missed because I simply haven’t recognized enough how important the small moments are. They come and go and I am distracted by something very temporal, that usually can wait. In the short time I have been a parent I am learning to be on guard 24/7 for those moments because they matter. The war is not won usually by one giant battle, but small battles and decisions every day that starts molding kids into the unique individual He created them to be.
    The NIV version I appreciated because of the words “careful to discipline them”. We have to be careful and mindful of how to do that. God’s wisdom is necessary to discern the best course of discipline for each child.

    “A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:24‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    “ Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  14. Dennis says:

    Let your word satisfy my hunger Lord. I want to live in a way that honors you and does not rebuke you.

  15. Edward says:

    Verse 10 convicts me. Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
    I am slowly getting better at listening and acting upon the advice from others who I deem to be smarter and wiser than I think I am.

  16. Brian Menk says:

    16 All who are prudent act with knowledge

    Sometimes I really struggle with asking the right questions and getting all the details. I needed to read this verse.

  17. Dave Benson says:

    “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
    I need the wisdom God gives me through other brothers! My heart is a good indicator when I’m lacking in those relationships. Looking forward to some 411 in a couple of meetings I have today.

  18. Denny says:

    My son and I want to join the church but my wife is reluctant. Please pray for God’s will to be done in this.

  19. Troy says:

    Felt very convicted today by scripture but not in a bad way, increased my prayer time during the confession time and gave me more insight on being more of a “righteous man” (in right standing with God).

  20. Wayne D says:

    Walk with the wise and become wise,
    for a companion of fools suffers harm.
    I think sometimes we may be able to come along side of a guy and introduce them to new friends and activities that are helpful to them instead of the old habits. It took me a long time to realize you become like what you hang around with. I’m thankful for you guys!
    Men’s Ministry is a tool to help others, not just ourselves.

  21. Ryan Gatzlaff says:

    I need to be more accepting of correction. I am too quick to defend, rationalize, and justify my actions before even truly hearing the correction.

  22. Mark Lundquist says:

    Meet up completed and a great conversation was had. Part of my excitement in doing so was because for various reasons, I have been pulling away from friends. For different reasons, I have been having problems fostering the Christian friendships I need to be building. It was good to get out again and start the process of going All In!

    • James Celkis says:

      Indeed!
      I need to make this more of at least a weekly feature; I suspect Spring will bring it about even more easily.
      I was pleased to realize that this is essentially how I have been using my MN Wild ticket plan.

  23. Brian says:

    Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
    but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

    While I don’t have a problem disciplining my kids, my heart isn’t always in the right spot when I do it out of frustration or anger. I pray for the wisdom to correct and discipline in love so that my children will grow up knowing that my love is unconditional and that my discipline was always to point them toward what is right.

  24. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Kindness, humility and a teachable spirit – not only keep us on His road to wisdom, but invites others to follow along.
    Lord help me to keep these close at hand.

  25. Scott says:

    Proverbs 13:12 (ESV): but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
    Proverbs 13:19 (ESV): A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,

    • Scott says:

      A desire fulfilled… I read that and thought, what does that look like. It seems like it has been a while since I have felt I have experienced “a desire fulfilled.” In our world, that is all life seems to be about. We have a desire and we seek to have it fulfilled. But, the writer of Proverbs makes it clear that it is desire rooted in living a righteous life and not random desire. These two verses captured me. I first have to answer the question, “What is the desire?” and then I have to fine a way to fulfill it. There are times I feel I focus much of my attention on others and don’t seek to fulfill the good, Godly righteous desires within myself. As I read these verses of God’s Word, I felt a tinge of sadness. I desire that “tree of life” and that “sweetness to the soul.”

  26. Michael says:

    Verse 14: My daughter was extremely disrespectful to my wife this morning, and I know that ultimately falls back on me. I need to discipline her before it reaches that point

    Should be great weather this weekend if anyone wants to golf

  27. Michael Swalley says:

    Had a very life-giving meeting yesterday, thankful for the brothers in my life and that we can mutually encourage!

  28. Lebron Eller says:

    Vrs. 9,14,20 the light of Righteous shines bright, the teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, Walk with the wise and become wise.

  29. Chuck says:

    Three verses that stand out to me:
    13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
    14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
    20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
    These verses remind me that we must be honest with ourselves, and repent of our sins and short comings, then be receptive to change from the rebuke and teachings of those that are mature in their faith.

  30. Eric M says:

    I really enjoyed today’s devotion – How true it is that I have more than I will ever need materialistically!!!! God grant me the wisdom and power to match that spiritually!!!!!

  31. squirrel says:

    I think we can each say we’ve been “that guy” (well maybe not Captain D since he’s never met a stranger…ok, and maybe Sprocket) who didn’t have friends they could speak openly about the bible and scripture. I have been blessed with men in my life since moving to Pinehurst and joining F3. Sometimes we do life shoulder-shoulder and when times are right it’s easy for me to reach out to any one of you and jump into the deep end together. I know, no matter the issue, I have men who will jump with me, with no hesitation and no remorse once we leap. What I am saddened by is my former self and those men out there who don’t have these relationships or that are too proud, too scared to find them.

  32. Eric says:

    1st meeting. Went well. Face to face over coffee and breakfast. Tip. God loves us and is alive in us when we read his word. Spiritual point, God’s word is alive in us when we pray and read it. John 1: the word became flesh and dwells amoung us.

  33. Jeff says:

    11- msg version
    Easy come easy go but steady diligence pays off.
    An honest days work for an honest days pay

  34. Tom says:

    Humbled to be with you men.
    Won’t meet you all till that day but glad for your fellowship.
    Let’s keep pressing.
    Thanks Vince

  35. Isaiah says:

    I saw in verse 25 that when we make an intentional choice to be in the Word, God will satisfy our spiritual desires.

  36. Addison Waite says:

    Those who guard their lips preserve their lives.

    This verse has helped me much in life. From business to friendships to marriage to church. It is
    Wisdom

  37. Nate Hill says:

    The one thing I have learned in this life is that Vince is right. We need to be mentored or to mentor. We are not on this alone, but as men, we are taught that from our birth.

    I enjoy making new relationships and I don’t call just anybody friend. Their are as lot of acquaintances, but only one or two that I call friends.

    A friend is someone that has seen you at your worst and still like you and not afraid to be honest with you. They look out for your best and there is unconditional love a always!

    They speak into your life and edify you, not suck up to you. They are your friend because they genuinely care for you. There is brotherly love. They keep a confidence and know that you will keep theirs. You pray together and you fight the battles together.

    I pray you each will find a true friend in Christ.

    Nate

  38. Patrick says:

    “The light of the righteous shines brightly.” Influence is not pursued and gained but rather given through a pursuit of righteousness.

    God bless brothers.

  39. Al says:

    14: The teachIng of the wise is the fountain of life , turning a person from death. I’ve been felling the nudging from the Holy Spirit to share with a guy from work. I’ve set up a meet with someone from church but Scott from work maybe my second meeting
    Have blessed week my brothers!

  40. Will says:

    “hope deferred makes the heart sick” that is where we are sitting right now. Our pursuit of adoption the last several years has led us here. Good things have happened, and God is good. However we are nowhere near adopting children, and it is hard. May we continue to walk this path with hope, confident in His calling, even when it seems like hope is hard to find.

  41. Ross says:

    vs 14 “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.”
    When we deliberately seek out a man of wisdom, being with him and listening to his counsel will turn us towards LIFE.

  42. Gary says:

    Very wise council. The older I get, the less money means to me, and the less I worry about stuff. After all in a couple hundred years, it will all be moth food!

  43. Bert says:

    13 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,

    I am thankful for my godly father that I had who loved me and showed me the way of God.
    Now I must heed my heavenly Father’s instruction.

  44. Bert says:

    13 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,

    I am thankful for my godly father that I had who loved me and showed me the way of God.
    Now I must heed my heavenly Father’s instruction. Praise to the Lord.

  45. mike says:

    20 Walk with the wise and become wise,
    for a companion of fools suffers harm.

    you start to become the same as those you are around the most. That can be a good thing with the right people around you but can also be a horrible thing if the wrong people are around you.

  46. Steve B says:

    Whoever disregards discipline comes to power and shame and whoever heeds correction is honored. It seems like I am getting a more thorough view of Proverbs this time around and more meaningful.

  47. Gavin says:

    Two verses that stuck out to me in this reading of Proverbs were –
    12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

    20 Walk with the wise and become wise,
    for a companion of fools suffers harm.

    Where do I put my hope? What types of things am I hoping for? Surround yourself with brothers and sisters and share wisdom. Continue to be grounded in relationship with Jesus Christ.

  48. Steve says:

    I really resonate with this concept. We men need to have a brother in Christ that we can connect, share, play, pray and with accountable to. I and another brother have had such a relationship for over 25 years! He is my closest friend and we have both been there for each other through many personal triumphs and deep trials. I highly recommend finding such a man. This relationship never takes the place of what should only be shared with your wife if you are married and it never discloses or betrays things your wife has shared with you in confidence. This relationship keeps us honest as men to our wives or our personal integrity before God. It simply lets us know there is one person on earth that is going to ask those hard questions and hold our feet to fire in all areas of our life. It has been an amazing blessing to us both.

  49. ben.templet says:

    My verse for today.
    7 One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
    another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

  50. Scott H says:

    “One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” Funny thing, but so true. Often times the brokest of people appear to be rich. Another parallel is often times couples that appear to have the best of relationships, especially per social media have the worst of relationships.

  51. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Lots of good stuff packed into today’s reading, but I will choose verses 20 and 24.

    It is so simple yet true that you tend to reflect the people that you surround yourself with. I can easily look back at times when I have had struggles and quickly identify either a lack of good influences or the presence of bad influences (or both) during those times.

    And as a parent, verse 24 takes on more and more meaning as my young children grow older. I have to constantly remind myself that discipline is the teaching tool that allows us to learn. Otherwise, our children (and us) would run amok with no sense of direction, boundaries, or understanding.

  52. Gordon says:

    A Christian friend at my workplace agreed to regularly meet to pray and Bible study. This is a breakthrough because I’m not very sociable. I pray that it works well despite my stoic personality. I’ll also call another friend.

  53. scott kelly says:

    9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
    but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
    I have seen this light in my Christian brothers, some brighter than others. I pray, Father, that I heed your word, that I follow these instructions so that I may be so bright as to lead others to you. that I may be an example of your goodness and faithfulness.

  54. Eddie says:

    I am still a few days behind, but working on catching up. I sent out the invite for the meet, just waiting on a response now. verse 20, walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm, stood out to me. I have tried to follow this advice from King Solomon since I rededicated my life to Jesus a few years back. I no longer seek out fools for companions as I used to when I was in the military, but am focusing on building relationships with other believers more than just my coworkers who happen to be around me.

  55. Matt Karasek says:

    14 “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,”
    I need to do a better job of getting “tips” from other men in different fields, one of which is financial. I feel I have “invested” spiritual and biblical wisdom to my family and others (which I hope …”leaves an inheritance for {my} children’s children), but I have not done the best job “investing” in my childrens’ earthly inheritance.

  56. Sprocket says:

    “ Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame”

    Before you can have discipline, you first must appoint someone to have authority over your life. You must give someone permission to speak truth….

    #shieldlock

  57. Tim says:

    Salt and light. Isn’t that what we are called to be, wisdom from God is what we all should be praying for. It will help In

  58. Nathan says:

    18 Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame,
    but whoever heeds correction is honored.
    This hit home for me because my wife and I were having a talk with her younger sister who is making very poor life choices. She is a Christian yet spurned our words, said in love to try and show her the negative impact of her choices.

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