Day 16
lent-challenge-day 16 Vince Miller

The Proclamation of Brothers


As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out."—Luke 19:37-40


This was Jesus' royal march to the end of what he had come to do. He entered the Holy City of Jerusalem to be rejected, not respected. Jesus was on a trajectory that would result in the cruelest punishment of all time—Roman crucifixion. A path he chose, not one that was chosen for him.

The irony of this moment is that to some, this situation was cause for celebration, and for others, it was cause for concern. For those familiar with Jesus, they knew him intimately, which resulted in uninhibited praise. For those not so familiar, their inhibitions were exhibited by their present concerns. Regardless Jesus understands that if mankind did not sing and celebrate, that creation itself would demand response as even the very stones would cry out.

But every man experiences the coming of Christ differently. Even so, we who are Christian men should not soften our praise. We should praise more willingly and energetically, not to taunt but to demonstrate. Why leave celebration to the boulders, rocks, and pebbles? Instead, we should praise, and do it together, as brothers in Christ.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of brotherhood.

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

  • Pray: for 3-5 minutes, praising God for what he has done for you and others.
  • Share: below, giving a shout of praise as bothers.
  • Tell: one person today something you are praising God about.

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188 thoughts on “The Proclamation of Brothers

  1. John says:

    I Praise the Lord for Vince’s message today (and previous messages) and all the brothers participating, those who have commented and those who haven’t (yet?). The Lord is leading us to his call which is individually for each of us. Praise the Lord!

  2. TIM Ruppe says:

    Let’s not leave it to the rocks to cry out and praise God.. May we praise God boldly for what he has done for us.. Remember that he chose to go to Calvary and pay for our sins.. Praise God from who all blessings flow..

  3. Jay Wegiel says:

    PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!! My salvation, my rock, my comfort, my peace. PRAISE BE TO GOD!!! That Your Spirit communicates with my spirit. AMEN!!!

  4. gordon.barrineau says:

    Thanks to the Men’s group of River Glenn for welcoming back into the group. Technology is good….

  5. Art says:

    I rejoyce that I am part of the family of God through Jesus Christ. I give praise to God for my wife, family, friends and church. May I live to glorify God and in that gratitude share the gospel to the unsaved and let them know of the life, love, and forgiveness of God!

  6. Loryn says:

    I’m thankful for this group of guys that are getting together and growing together to become closer to God. This is so needed in world, not just during this season we are in, but at all times. May God bless you all

  7. Walter says:

    My praise is for the ability to see and feel God’s timing in my life. Through the struggles of day to day there’s always a simple sign that He shows me He’s listening and right there by my side.
    “Footprints in the sand”

    • Darin Palmer says:

      Praising God for my soulmate that I didn’t think was out there! For this lesson that brings my brothers in Christ closer to one another and closer to God! Thanks Vince!!

  8. Ben says:

    Today I praising Jesus the Almighty King of Kings and Lord of Lords for his Holiness, Righteousness, Grace, Mercy, Kindness and is Power over all things in heaven and earth!

  9. Rafael Dixon says:

    I thank God for my Christian brothers. I thank Him for the brothers I haven’t met yet in the community. I pray for all the brothers and them for sharpening my iron.

  10. Austin says:

    I give praise to the lord who gives me strength to endure now. Give me the strength to continue pushing on chasing my dreams and goals. 🗣

  11. Tom says:

    I thank the Lord for his guidance and love as he directs my path through good and bad times. He calms my restless spirit, quiets my anxious heart and stills my troubling thoughts when I start to have doubt. He is an on time God!

  12. Randy says:

    Lord we praise You! Longingly opening ourselves to pour out Your Greatness Goodness and Otherness, celebrating the glorious grandeur of who You are!
    Blessed be Your Name, Your Renown, Your highness of heights beyond us, before us, ever abounding strands and cords of life.
    Holy and Hallowed are You, an ever-present and everlasting Living God !
    Hallelujah ! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    We sing praises You ! You alone Lord ! Blessed be Your Name !

  13. Dean Wendler says:

    I tend to be future-oriented and fail to take time to recall all that God has already done for me. I have been so blessed. Being quarantined has allowed time to thank God for what he has done for me. Now may I move ahead with gratitude. I listened to the song “It is well with my soul”. We can all have peace in this time of crisis. God is in control.

  14. cory doden says:

    Praise to the Lord I get to start my day with Him and my brothers. Then eventually be with Him forever at the end of this life.

  15. Brian Grundhauser says:

    God has blessed me with wonderful kids and awesome brothers in Christ. I am blessed beyond what I deserve.

  16. Eddie says:

    THANK YOU GOD for coming to earth as a baby, non-threatening in any way, completely relatable, and for dying for our sins in your full glory, showing us what true humility looks like. Amen.

  17. Zach says:

    I am praising God for sending His Son to save sinners, including me. Thank you Jesus for showing us the way!

  18. Gary says:

    I would like to praise Mike for opening this challenge to me,also my brother Vic for helping me in prayer .God bless you both

    • Michael Sirignano says:

      It’s all the Lord my friend, it all comes from him. Even if I did not present this challenge, the stones would have cried out to you!

  19. Dan says:

    God loves me, a wonder that’ll take an eternity to understand. I have an awesome family and wife all graciously given me.

  20. Davin says:

    My family is healthy and spending time together like we never have before. God is using this time to grow our faith and our family.

    • Jesse says:

      Being in isolation during this time of my life has given me a chance to renew faith in him. I’m realizing that in the difficulty’s I’ve encountered it is the best time of my life. It’s a time today for togetherness as he is speaking to us. He will make it better even if the future is unknown. Letting God in is allowing me to be drawn closer to him and to give praise & be greatful!

  21. Guy says:

    Father I thank you for introducing me to Tom Holmes, and you using Tom to invite me to the men’s group.
    Thank you Father for all these men.

  22. Guy says:

    Father I thank you for introducing me to Tom Holmes, and using Tom to invite me to the men’s group.
    Thank you Father for all these men.

    • Eric says:

      God Thank you for this extended Family Time! Thank you for my brother in law Chris who opened his heart to invite me to truly Authentic Men’s Group! Thank you for the Men who have heard my story and not judged but embraced me as a Brother and encourage me every day to be a better husband, better father, a better person, and A authentic Christ Follower.

  23. Nick Hall says:

    God you goodness knows no bounds! I thank you for another day with my wonderful family! I’m great full to you for this community of brothers I get to connect with! Thank you Lord!!!

  24. Bob says:

    Good morning Jesus thank you for another great day to praise you and serve in your kingdom, thank you for all you have done for me so I can one day come boldly into the throne room of God knowing you have covered all my sins
    Thank you Jesus

  25. Edward says:

    I don’t understand God’s reason for this coronavirus thing, but I praise God that He is using it to make us all bolder in connecting with others to share our faith.

  26. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    With every change of season, with every planting, growing and harvest season – creation proclaims the glory of Our Lord. We are His greatest creation so let’s be His greatest worshipers proclaiming with total abandonment “Our God IS AN AWESOME GOD” for the miracle of salvation, redemption, love and adoption.
    All Praise King Jesus. – AMEN.

  27. Doug says:

    I praise God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit! My creator and my redeemer! Lord, may I praise you with rejoicing all the days of my life!

  28. Nathanael says:

    Praise God that you as calling all men/women unto you. You knew we were always to busy to spend time with you but now you gave us no choice. We have all time time in the world.

    Hallelujah Praise God for your grace and mercy. That you know we need you.

  29. Adam C says:

    Praise God for being for being the refuge people can turn to in the darkness of life. He is our sustainer.

  30. Dan says:

    A shout out to all my brothers and sisters in Christ. You have been a huge part of my faith journey and I thank my God and Savior for placing you all in my life. Let’s continue to worship God and bring glory to his name. Amen

  31. Bryce says:

    Praising God for the extra family time I’ve been experiencing with Jen, Alex and Jack. We are engaging in meaningful conversations, are more relaxed and playing family games together.

    I’m also thankful for Eric for coordinating this group and asking me to be part of the Warriors. I look forward to listening, reflecting, praying and sharing each day.

  32. Paul says:

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow/ Praise him all creatures here below – praise him above the Heavenly hosts – Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

  33. Rich says:

    Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty. Who was, who is and yet to be. I praise your name through high and low. You are my rock and my savior. All glory belongs to you God.

  34. Duc says:

    Glad to have this time to be in God’s words and spent with family. Blessed to be in the group of brothers in Christ!!!

  35. Steve says:

    Thankful for a home to live in, a wife, and no sickness. A church I can attend online or in-person (someday soon).

    • Tom Cullen says:

      I love when my spirit just starts to praise G-D walking down the street in stores to be honest it’s taken awhile to get back to this point I don’t know why maybe this study praise G-D for this study

  36. Michael says:

    I love that all our inhibitions and insecurities will melt away in heaven; the relationships I have with my brothers here will be so much sweeter and pure in eternity. This also convicts me to be more open and honest with my brothers, and especially my small group, and live in light of that

  37. Eric Jensen says:

    I praise God for a really good family day yesterday as we’re quarantined together. This is an answer to prayer. I also praise God for change and transformation. I’m not the same man I was last year, 5, 10, 15….. years ago. Lord, thank you for renewing my mind!

  38. Seth says:

    Praising God for always wanting to be in my life and creating new opportunities for me and other people!

  39. David C says:

    Meeting with three other brothers in Christ to gather together in home fellowship watching the live stream our Calvary Chapel church service this morning and we will praise God in worship for His Presence , Provision and Power !!

  40. Dave Benson says:

    I’ve listened to Waymaker by Leeland several times in the last few weeks and the lyrics are so powerful. “You are here healing every heart, I worship you. You are here turning lives around, I worship you.” I join you brothers in proclaiming the name of Jesus to a world that so desperately needs Him! Enjoy and cherish your worship today!

  41. Michael Sirignano says:

    God has given us peace through His Son Jesus in this tumultuous time. Our only hope is in Jesus!

  42. Pete says:

    Praise and blessings to my brothers and sisters in Christ. Let’s be thankful for our faith in God and each other. As I continue on my journey I am thankful for the support you show me.

  43. Dustin Blais says:

    Thank you heavenly Father for saving and changing my life radically! Praising you for the work you have done and continue in my life. I am forever changed.

  44. Warren M Campbell Sr says:

    I thank God for my brothers. We worship, pray, praise and minister together quite a lot. It’s a joy to praise and worship our King.

  45. Nate says:

    God is so good for good friends and faithful when providing for my family. He is God in the throne always!

  46. Randy P says:

    How good and pleasant it is for us to dwell together with Jesus our Victor. Even if it is through technology. God Bless each one you with unspeakable Joy today! Thanks again Vince for Your obedience and using your gifts to bring us together.

  47. Les says:

    Praise God for forcing us to find different ways of communicating to the lost souls because of this pandemic

  48. Charles Culver says:

    Good morning my YCOG brother. I pray your safe and healthy doing these times of practising distancing from one another. God has blessed me with another milestone. I’m celebrating 27 years of sobriety and I’m proud of it. Pray I see you guys soon.

    • Ricky D Brittain says:

      Congratulations Charles, I took my last drink November 5 2005. I think we share a lot in Christ brother

  49. Jason says:

    Lord Jesus I praise you for this time with my family and for bringing me together with this group of men to praise and honor and glorify you!

  50. Bryan says:

    Prayer Answered! Spoke with APH today for the first time in months. He is joyful and we reconnected. Thank you God for this connection. It has been so frustrating for so long.

  51. ching says:

    Praise to our Lord, and Praise to Dave Wall to get the remote connection setup for men to connect remotely.

  52. Marcus Bachmann says:

    Praise God, He is Lord at this time !
    May we be men of His courage and of His good news! Praise God, He is Lord at all times! Let us invite And remember Him to be Lord daily in our lives.

  53. Jeff says:

    Praising God for my local church reaching out in online fellowship with an interactive church meeting instead of just a streaming show so we can stay connected as a church Praise Him for brothers and sisters in Christ who are continually reaching out to each other in concern and Love. Praise Him for His sovereignty in this time of concern. Praise Him for taking the ultimate punishment for my wrongs so that I can have a relationship with Him no matter what happens.

  54. Coach says:

    I give praise for the many Easters that we can and may celebrate each day in our lives. We all need to Celebrate these Easters daily . I also praise all the front line medical care workers and care giver of persons with COVID-19. Please Lord keep them in your watchful eyes…Amen!

  55. Alan Hendrickson says:

    Praise be to God for his Mercy and Grace.. for his loving guidance and constant companionship.. for walking with us thru this broken world

  56. Lewis Thompson says:

    I’m praising God for my relationship with YOU Alan!
    Praying for your test results for the Coronavirus to come back negative.

  57. Brian says:

    I praise God for being active and involved in our lives and desiring relationship with us to the point of His own death on the cross.

  58. Troy Theye says:

    Very Thankful and additional Praise to our God!!! Through hard times of our own and a different sort of path right now putting us all in a new culture of dealing with how Life is, thank you for the direction, patience and wisdom to push forward, accept and trusting Jesus through all of this.

  59. Wade says:

    I praise God for this daily devo. Everyday, I post, and then I scroll through the other comments and I am blown away by how God is touching the hearts and minds of my fellow brothers in Christ. The comments and the shear number of posts really encourages my heart and affirms my belief that God is on the move. The day of salvation is at hand.

  60. Thomas Snowden says:

    I praise the Lord for all the struggles he has brought out of even when I felt like giving up he was been with me.

  61. Ricky D Brittain says:

    God has given me many blessings over the years. One thing that I truly cherish is the brotherhood I have found in Christ. Together my brothers we have just begun to reach men throughout our community.
    I thank God for that brotherhood. Let’s build the kingdom men.
    God bless you

  62. Dave Wall says:

    Praising God for bringing our daughter Christina together with Justin, and now engaged this week with plans to get married this year!

  63. Eric says:

    Praising God for choosing to save us. Also praising how God’s power is alive in people as illustrated by encouraging real time examples of strength, grace, patience, and innovation to overcome!

  64. Rick says:

    Thank you Lord for adopting me into your family. Thank you for giving me a future and a hope. Thank you for giving me relationships with others who love and fear you and encourage me in my walk. Thank you for blessing me more than I deserve and thank you for giving me a second chance with my family. You have drawn pleasant boundaries around my life and given me peace in your unfailing love. Thank you Lord!

  65. Brian Winckler says:

    Praise the Lord for all my brothers, both here and at church. For you have equipped these many to do your work.

  66. Jefferson says:

    Praise God always for His goodness and Mercy towards me. In that yet I was a sinner, He came to save me! How blessed and lucky am I?

  67. Wes Karr says:

    1 Peter 1:3-9 was exposited this morning by Jeff Long ( or check podcast). It reiterates this and is so encouraging. We have so much to rejoice in light of heaven.

  68. Dave says:

    Praising God for time gifted to our family to be together. For miraculous change in my wife’s health over past 2 years.

  69. Jon Brady says:

    I praise you for your acceptance, grace, leadership, and love. Thank you for my brothers in Christ: MSG (Men Seeking God), Fight Club, and Dad Camp. I have been blessed because of these men.

  70. Dale Nerison says:

    I praise God for His love and grace and mercy, and for His presence and power in my life. I thank and praise Him for my family.

  71. rich says:

    Thanks for all my brothers in Men’s group and those all around like you Gordon. It was good to have you join us via Zoom yesterday.

  72. Jeff brown says:

    I made a list of things that I think are not good enough in my life and just eliminated the not good enough and thanked the lord for all these things.

  73. Kevin says:

    I’m thankful for Vince and his ministry! I’m thankful for my continued recovery from depression, anxiety and PTSD. I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for health- for the health of those in my life. I’m simply thankful for this day!

  74. Wayne says:

    Praise God that He is in control. “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” Colossians 1:17
    Praise God that thru His Mercy and Grace that we are still alive today to proclaim the Good News in the midst of all the current chaos. Praise God that He chose us to be His humble but bold mouthpiece.

  75. Walter says:

    On this Sunday I’m overwhelmed by the power Jesus has exerted on my life. The Bible speaks of the new creation in Christ. I’ve had reason to look back over my life and the change He has wrought is unbelievable, unfathomable, amazing beyond measure! So, today I praise Him for His mercy and grace, the power and love to make all things new! Thank you Lord!

  76. Danny says:

    I praise the Lord for the stillness that I have experienced as if He has pressed the pause button… I also praise Him for technology in this time so that we can be connected.

  77. Gerald Waddle says:

    I am proud and praising my dear friend Rodney. He’s come from the life of a thug to being a prominent preacher. His devotion that I watched today brought me ease and comfort in the Lord.

  78. Dave says:

    Father God creator of the universe, who created all things through Jesus, who will preserve us until the last day and will raise us up, who came to live with us and lives with us and in us even today. What an amazing amazing God. You are the true God! We love you Father. We love you Son. We love you Holy Spirit. Help us to love You more!!

  79. Chris says:

    this is hard because I’m feeling depressed and fear about what’s going on in the world right now but I am praising God that he loves me so much that he is working on me right now. That even though I am hurting now he is at work for my good

  80. Ron.M says:

    I praise and thank the Lord for the staff at my church who are making it possible to experience live worship online twice/week via the Zoom app.

  81. Dave says:

    Brothers, I am proud to be on this journey with you. Thank you God for keeping me sober over the past 25 months. I could not have done it without you. “I can do all things through Him that strengthens me.” Hang in there…this too shall pass. Amen

  82. Zach M says:

    I praise the Lord for my family’s safety and my wife and I’s second daughter arriving in a few weeks.

  83. John Wilson says:

    I am truly thankful and praise God for all he has given me. Especially salvation. I am so exited for His return

  84. Bryon says:

    I’m thankful in the middle of this storm the world is going through, because of sin, that I
    the Lord our God loves me enough to already die on the cross so that I can be in paradise one day with the great I Am. This is not our home.

  85. Sean says:

    Praise God that through all of this, the church is still finding ways to “gather”, even if it’s through online services or FaceTime so that we can worship you together!

  86. Jeff says:

    Lord, thank You for the awesome bond that You’ve made possible for us, as men, to experience and enjoy as brothers in Christ! Praise the Lord!!!

  87. David says:

    I praise my Lord and my God, that even though I am in a dark valley right now, I know He is with me and He will deliver me. Praise God! To Him be the glory!

  88. David Luevano says:

    Brothers who are with me on this journey to recognize how much Jesus Christ has blessed us with. Remember we are all worthy of all Jesus’s gifts. We must rise to the top and live by the faith of Jesus Christ. Yes we will fall but we must ask for forgiveness, rebuke our sin and ask for the strength to fight temptation in the future. Once forgiven by Jesus we must forget as Jesus does and move forward. Do not let satin keep us down. In Jesus name I pray.

  89. Conrad says:

    Bless the Lord oh my soul. His steadfast love protect us in times of needs and in danger! Worship His holy name!

  90. Gordon Schlegel says:

    Admittedly, this is a self-centered shout-out, but I have to praise God that He didn’t allow me to be of the world, meaning that when I tried to act like the world does, the world would say, in some way, “You’re too ‘off’ to act like we do”. From the start, He wanted me to be His, not because of anything I would or could do — because that amounts to zero, zip, nothing — but because of His grace, and His grace alone.

  91. Brad says:

    Lord I Praise your holy name, for you have done great things. I praise you for my 2 month old grandson, his wonderful parents, and the rest of my family. To you be all honor and praise. Hallowed be thy name.

  92. Edgar says:

    I want praise God for our brothers and sisters who courageously came as a team to do the live Sunday Experience service of our church. Shout of praise to you all! We are proud of you. Glory to God! Amen and Amen.

  93. Darrell says:

    Praise God for the blessing to connect with brothers and still being able to worship with my church family via social media.

  94. Steve Roarke says:

    Thank you to my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, and to my wonderful, amazing Wife. I am truly blessed by the people in my life. Thank you God.

  95. mark warfel says:

    To Quote my good friend James Ward……Ain’t no Rock, Gonna Cry in My Place, As Long As I’m Alive,I’ll Glorify His Holy Name…..

  96. Matt R says:

    I praise God for His patience with me, and for seeing me through a period of my life when I walked away from Him. In spite of my former actions, He never let me go. Since returning to Him, He has continually shown His love for me and my family. I am truly amazed.

  97. troy says:

    I am very grateful for our meeting last week online. it was much needed to feel apart of the group at theses times

  98. Lee Bailey-Seiler says:

    Wahoo Father ! For my Christian brothers who encourage me, and correct me, and help me grow. What a great gift fellowship is.

  99. Will says:

    Thank you God that we are healthy and safe!
    Thank you that I am still able to work, and that we will continue to be paid.
    Thank you for the extra time of bonding, may it build our family ever stronger.

  100. Jonathan Robertson says:

    God, let my first instinct be to praise you. To shout in triumph in the hope of your coming.

  101. Ross says:

    Men, reading your comments really encourages me! God’s work in the hearts of men is not constrained in any way by the things of this world! Praise to God and blessings to the men who follow Jesus!

  102. Rex Wright says:

    I praise the Lord for brothers over the years who have kept my thinking on sound doctrine and sane!

  103. Michael Pechar says:

    I couldn’t be more happy to be on this journey with Vince and others. God is great and even in dark times he shows this.

  104. Boyd says:

    I thank you Lord for all of these men that are pursuing you, and are loyal to you. It makes us humble, and good men upon the Earth.

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