Day 23
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Melded

Scripture

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”—John 17:1-5

Devotional

There is an old 20th-century word for blending together, its the word "meld." It means to mix, to blend, to combine two into one. This word is probably the combination of two better-known words; melting and welding.

When Jesus said, "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent," he was declaring that how we know God is through the life of himself. It's the bold proclamation he has kept hidden, that he now declares openly in prayer. You see to know Christ is to know God, and thus to know eternal life. Jesus' life is melded to God's—they function in a relationship and have since the beginning of time. To have our hearts melded with Christ means that we too have access to a relationship with God and have an intimate knowledge of this-—eternal life. We only know, therefore, through the knowing and the melding.

Today spend some time knowing God. There are three ways you can do this. First, by reading his Word. Second, by talking with him in prayer. Third, by doing both of the previous in community with other men. We have spent a lot of time over the previous 22 days understanding this. But if you are not in an ongoing community with other Christian men, you might be missing out on a powerful ongoing melding experience. Choose daily to seek out Christian brothers through whom you can know Christ, the Father, and eternal life more intimately.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of accountability.

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

  • Pray: for 5-minutes, praying that God would make himself known to you through your relationships.
  • Tell: other men in the comments below, why brotherhood is important to you.

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157 thoughts on “Melded

  1. David says:

    Brotherhood is accountability, gentle correction, fellowship, encouragement and living out life together in our walk with Christ.

  2. Crosby says:

    My brothers have helped point me to Christ, help me understand His path, and give me the ability to have a Christ trusting mindset through all circumstances

  3. Steve Brown says:

    I’ve been able to weather life’s storms and sort through its problem with my accountability partner

  4. Denny says:

    It is important to have men who you can pour into and who will pour into you. Some of the greatest growth I have experienced has been partially the result of these relationships where we hold each other accountable. I pray that each man doing this study would share with a brother and grow in the Word and in Spirit.

  5. Eddie says:

    Having other men I can talk to, pray for, have pray for me, and challenge me to be better for my wife and kids has helped me grow to a much deeper level of connection with my Father.

  6. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    Brotherhood is a time of encouragement and accountaability. It spures on growth and fosters deeper knowledgd of faith and life’s purposes.

  7. Brad says:

    Brotherhood has been very difficult for me to find. As an elementary teacher finding brotherhood is not possible at work. As a teacher I work close to 55 hrs a week, so no time for a morning breakfast with a friend. However in certain seasons of life I have found time to meld with the brotherhood, I wish it was consistent in my life.

  8. Lee Bailey-Seiler says:

    My men’s group keeps me accountable to stay connected and vulnerable even in times when I don’t feel like making the time.

  9. Chad Husted says:

    I just read day 18 in Rick Warren’s popular book, Purpose Driven Life about this exact topic. We are meant to be in fellowship- close community with others to share life together. I’m grateful for my small group and the reinforcement that what we are doing is vital even when it feels messy.

  10. Adam says:

    We cannot do life alone. Relationships provide encouragement, community, and wisdom. I have received all of these from other guys.

  11. Charles Culver says:

    This is the day the Lord has made and I’m so grateful. Fellowshiping with men of Christ helps keep me accountable and humble. I thank God for the men in my life.

  12. Ross says:

    I tend to think I am best being the master of my own destiny, independent, and very self-absorbed, but the truth is I need other men. Not just one other, but a group of men who know me (and I them), so they can provide me with correction and direction, and prayer support. This is how God intended men to grow together — in community.

  13. Christopher Keeper says:

    Iron sharpens Iron… makes it easier having friends be that spark the spiritual growth, all of us wanting to grow and challenge each other along the way has been a true blessing, not sure if I would been anything more than a Easter/Christmas Christian without you guys!

  14. John D says:

    Accountability and mentorship is so important in my daily walk and provides me with the confidence I need to make great decisions for my Lord and my family.

  15. G says:

    I pray that I will find Christian brothers in my life. I seek for brotherhood to make me better in my everyday life, as it is an area I am lacking in my spiritual growth. Right now, I only have my girlfriend to assist me on my Christian path and this is not healthy. I look forward and will keep on praying for God to lead me to a great group of friends and man as I move onto the next stage of my life. Please be praying for me to find the men I need in my life.

  16. Rex Wright says:

    Brotherhood in Christ – I could not live without it – in my job and in my friendships -I have tried to hold myself accountable to men in my life throughout my Christian walk

  17. Brad says:

    I have always been kind of a recluse of a person. But over the past couple of years I see myself wanting to interact with others more. Brotherhood gives me the strength and the courage to keep going.

  18. Rick says:

    I thank God for the godly men he has placed in my life. I am a visual learner. When those men provide a good example, it makes it easy for me to handle life’s challenges with the same level of integrity the have demonstrated. I am also encouraged by brothers in the Lord when i am experiencing a dry season.

  19. Will says:

    I know that I will be at my best when engaging in Christian brotherhood. I know that other men encourage me and challenge me in ways that I would not do on my own. Godly men bring perspective and experience that I need into my life.

  20. Michael Pechar says:

    Brotherhood has become so important that I have volunteered my time and talents to building the men’s ministry in my church.

  21. Dallas says:

    I usually meet Thursday morning for breakfast with a great bunch of guys but with this covid 19 it hasn’t been possible but we stay in touch electronically .

  22. Mike says:

    Brotherhood allows me to bond and talk to another man in a way that is different from talking with my wife. There are certain topics that are easier to have a meaningful conversation with another man because they understand what I am feeling or going through because they have been there themselves. I would feel alone with out the brotherhood I have.

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  23. Zach says:

    Brotherhood is important to me for so many reasons, mainly because recently I fully realized that many brothers deal with similar sin in their life and each brother has a unique perspective that is still centered around Christ. We all have our burdens and it is okay to let your Christian brothers carry some of it for you.

  24. John P Goushian says:

    Brotherhood is important because of iron sharpening iron. We can all learn or have a different perspective from another’s experiences.

  25. Chee Khiam Tay says:

    We need Christian brother for encouragement . This works both ways as we share our Joy and sadness , our victories and also our low moments. But all times knowing God is with us and will eventually see us through.

  26. David Luevano says:

    I have a friend M. A. that if I call at any time and need help he will come without hesitation. I will do the same for him. We visit guide often and share the word and support one another. I need to strengthen my relationship with Jesus. He has already given up everything for me.

  27. Bryon says:

    The fellowship, wisdom of those who have been were I’m at, prayers, and the showing of Gods love through others.

  28. John Wilson says:

    The brotherhood I have had over the past few years with the two of you (Chris and Tony) is what has re-sparked my calling of my ministry. I it weren’t for our brotherhood, I may have burnt or fizzled out. So I thank God for you guys!

  29. Ted says:

    Without my brothers that I have come to know at EBBC I would be floundering in my walk (more lovely non Walk) with my Lord Jesus.
    They (you) hello me stay focused.

    Thank you

    Blessings

  30. Gerald Waddle says:

    Brotherhood is the means for me to stay connected. Not only with these individuals but with Jesus Himself. My brotherhood allows me to continue to learn and grow my faith. Without these people I would surely have strayed even further and they’ve helped me dig out of our so many ruts.

  31. Nate says:

    Amen guys! Just that strong community to keep me accountable, but also get godly advice that I can trust. Lastly have those relationships and spend time with people who aren’t going to tear you down or take you away from your faith, but rather push you towards it.

  32. Matt R says:

    Having connections with men in Christ has benefitted me greatly. When I was younger, I had a personality that I put on when around people from church, and a personality that I had when I was by myself. In doing so, I did not have any deep relationships with people in Christ. The feeling of being alone was constant in my life. Now, since I typically meet regularly with other men in Christ (present situation excluded), I never feel alone, and can be the same person regardless of the situation that I am in.

  33. Jon Brady says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Fellowship with other Christian men, has been vital in my growth to be more like Christ. We become more like Christ together.

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  34. John says:

    Christ came as our Messiah, our King, to prove God’s love for us. Claiming Christ as our Savior and putting Him in lead of our lives to purses God’s plan over our plans binds/melds us as brothers, to Gods plan. Which no one can break and we are stronger together inspite of the worldly sins that tempt us.

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  35. Bob M says:

    Brotherhood is how we are the hands and feet of Christ. I was the lost sheep, literally! One of my brothers in Christ left the flock and came and brought me back to the flock this past year. I am grateful to have a brother that will do whatever it takes to bring the one lost sheep back to the flock.

  36. Stephen says:

    I have never truly known brotherhood….it’s been mostly about me….but now I feel as close to other men than I ever have. I know other men I can truly open up to. And how special is that!?

  37. Anthony Meschke says:

    Able to confess and not be judged. Open sharing of other’s struggles helps me to know how to help others and that I am not alone. Resisting the hold the devil has on me.

  38. Cory Bullock says:

    It’s times like now that seem like Brotherhood is the most important thing we as Christian men would need in our lives but it will be the brotherhood relationships that come out of this that continue during when the world resume somewhat of a normal day to day again to see how we truly still pour into each other

  39. Jesse says:

    My Brotherhood has given me an opportunity to grow in faith.
    Wisdom share within this community the has led me to understand his meaningful purpose. Commitment to small groups and serving is became an essential part of my life and for this I am thankful.

  40. Jason Davidson says:

    Brotherhood is what has shaped me into the man/husband/father I am today. Of course there are many brotherhoods and I could have easily been surrounded by the wrong one. My brotherhood is part of my guardrails in life … helping me get back on the path when i stray to the left or right.

  41. Don says:

    Being involved in our church brotherhood and the man cave, had brought me closer to God by being in contact with Christian men. Praying we will soon be back to normal.

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  42. Chris Teti says:

    I understand that these “challenges” are pre-recorded but I feel a slight disconnect with the simple fact that during this virus and the sheltering in place, we are sitting here and listening to this alone. Sure I have reached out to others by phone or email but the personal touch is missing. I wish Vince that you added a special message to one of these daily interactions about the times we are currently in!!!

  43. Dale Nerison says:

    I am thankful for you, my Christian brothers, and themen at MGCC. It is good to be able to learn together, and share wisdom and struggles, and walk the walk of faith together.

  44. Boyd says:

    Brotherhood has become very important to me in my present stage of life. I am raising up 4 kids at home and have been in my present job for 15 years. The world threatens to dilute me out, and I need an anchor with other godly men in my life.

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  45. Tim Kelley says:

    I need my brothers to walk with me, talk to me and look me in the eye when I mess up (literally holding my feet to the fire) because of this and God’s grace and forgiveness I am a mighty man of valor fighting for the kingdom of Christ and His glory. Praise the Lord!

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  46. David says:

    While praying the Holy Spirit reminded me of the song [Let Others See Jesus In You]. Having other christian brothers to talk to gives me encouragement.

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  47. Sheldon says:

    being male they can identify with struggles that i experience in my daily life, and by being able to relate we can learn and encourage one another for this i am greatful for the brothers in my life, and by extension for you brothers be bless.

  48. Ian Bonthron says:

    Without other men I would be lost. I enjoy and need the fellowship and accountability of other men.

  49. Alan Hendrickson says:

    Having a relationship with other Christian men holds me more accountable to God to them and to myself..

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  50. Dennis says:

    Brotherhood , true brotherhood, is an essential part of this Christian life. It is important to me for growth and accountability. The issue for me has been finding a group of guys that will stand the test of time.

  51. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    I thank the Lord for community. Our personal or individual chair time is very important for our spiritual growth but without the outlet of community, we become like a pond of water that only has water flowing in – without a way for the water to flow out, the water becomes stagnant.
    Since creation God has sought after a community of believers.
    Lord Jesus, help us to build that community of believers here in Winona.

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  52. KF says:

    Brotherhood has become so important to me because I know the ones that I am vulnerable with are genuinely there for me with no judgement. Who will pray for myself and my family as I do for there’s. I truly can’t take it for granted.

  53. Jeff says:

    We were meant for community. And for men it is good for us to meet together, to share our experiences with each other, to pray, open God’s word, and challenge and hold each other up.
    Amen.

  54. Duc says:

    Thank you for giving us the teaching of “meld” this morning. I am thankful of being able to connect with my brothers in Christ throughout my walk with Jesus. It meant so much to me as I don’t know where I would be without it. We have come together to lift each other up, encourage/support one another through tough time, keep each other accountable in many areas of life, share joy and praise God for His work, and more importantly sharpen each other to be more like Jesus everyday. Truly thankful for the opportunity!!!

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  55. Bryan says:

    Brotherhood; always my favorite! Wisdom, kindness, role-models with experience of mistakes and successes, all mixed with joy, jokes, authenticity, openness, humility and sensitivity.
    So thankful for the Men Child ( of God) in my life helping me follow The Way.

  56. Mark DuVal says:

    We’ve been doing online fellowship through Zoom the past two weeks. So instead of meeting every Saturday at 7am, we are doing it online. And in the midst of this pandemic, talking through with our guys our roles as spiritual leaders in our families is important as we are a source of stability and we can share God’s message of hope and being our Savior in times like these. But my guys are a lifeline to me, to re-establish, re-ground and renew ourselves each week. We actually do that for one another. To regroup for the next weekly battle and its so important. As it says in Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Keep on meeting guys….

  57. rich says:

    My God Buddies are the most important relationships I have outside my family. MY GBs “sharpen” me every day (see Proverbs 27:1).

  58. rich gorecki says:

    My God Buddies are the most important relationships I have outside my family. MY GBs “sharpen” me every day (see Proverbs 27:1).

  59. Michael says:

    Brotherhood is important to me because I can pray for and be prayed for in specific ways; we can open up more in some ways that we can’t open up to our sisters in Christ or an unbelieving world, and we develop bonds that are just a foretaste of the ones we will have in heaven

  60. Lewis Thompson says:

    Why brotherhood has become important to me, is the fact that I can’t do life alone. As a Godly man, I need relationships with other like-minded men. Men like You, Alan! That profess their faith and trust in the Lord.

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  61. Dan says:

    The River Glen Men’s Group (AKA the spiritual F Troop).
    I am humbly grateful to be part of a community of men who work at being all in with our Lord and Savior , Jesus Christ.

  62. Jeff Brown says:

    I accidentally posted to the general group which was kind of cool because I saw all the men’s comment on how they struggle to connect with men. Very Interesting! Like the country song that goes “looking for love in all the wrong places..looking for love in all the wrong faces” as much as I know this love comes from god I don’t trust and have faith in that. I recognize this and give it up to you God and repent of not having the faith that you have and will take care of me and love me and connect me to the right people.

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  63. Marco says:

    So so important that I have Godly men in my life. They encourage me, and support me when I fall short. I call it Bromance. God has bless me with some great Godly Men in my life this last year.

  64. Coach says:

    Brotherhood has shown me that some of my struggles are shared. The struggles I face daily and weekly, other brothers also face so, I know I’m not alone in my concerns about these daily struggles. I take comfort in the faith that God loves us and cares for my brothers and I through out our daily battles.

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  65. Jeff Brown says:

    Like the country song that goes “looking for love in all the wrong places..looking for love in all the wrong faces” as much as I know this love comes from god I don’t trust and have faith in that. I recognize this and give it up to you God and repent of not having the faith that you have and will take care of me and love me and connect me to the right people.

  66. Don says:

    As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Prob 27:17
    In the process, both are sharpened, both are made better, both are made more effective. This is what I want for men I surround myself with.

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  67. Dave Benson says:

    I love the word “meld”. If our relationship with Jesus or the brothers in our life was surfacey we would feel quite depleted right now. In John Piper’s devo yesterday he said “Eternal security is a community project” and how true that is! There is something special about unpacking scripture with another brother. I’m grateful that we have the technology we have so we can use it to meld until we can gather together again. Have a blessed Palm Sunday!

  68. Art says:

    It is not only good but necessary to have brothers to be accountable to for encouragement, prayer, keeping us to task and always knowing that we are available to each other at a moments notice!

  69. David B says:

    Brotherhood is important to me because I never feel more connected and accountable to God, my wife, family and community, then when I have a group of brothers u meet with on a regular basis to talk about being a man of God.

  70. Kevin says:

    I’m still trying to find brotherhood in my faith walk. It seems like such a solitary mission most days. Father give me the faith to reach out to the men in my life for more support!

  71. Doug says:

    I miss meeting on Friday mornings with a group of men for bible study, since covid-19 we are doing zoom for bible study.

  72. Tim Ruppe says:

    I am thankful for our group of guys that are involved in our brotherhood at CCBC.. And knowing that I have so many Christian brothers that I can call on to help me with anything is what makes them so important to me..

  73. Jim Butterfield says:

    I don’t have a lot of close Christian friends. I have two or three very close Christian brothers that can lean on me for prayer, wisdom and just plain being there. We need those couple of men that will always be there no matter what. To have the tough conversations and to be diligent in seeking the Lord together.

  74. Bryce says:

    Brotherhood has become important to me because it holds me accountable to my own relationship with Christ while giving me the opportunity to connect with others who are going down the same and at times bumpy path.

  75. Darin Palmer says:

    Christian brotherhood is something I have never have. I’m looking forward to being a part of a brotherhood. If this means me starting a men’s group then I’m ready for such a undertaking.

  76. Gary says:

    Brotherhood for me has come thru addiction recovery. I thank God everyday for sending me angels in the form of Christian Brothers!

  77. Todd says:

    Praising God for Journeymen and the opportunity to be real with one another and grow together in Christ.

  78. Gary says:

    Brotherhood is important to me because it brings us together as a true family and I learn from my brothers as they help me on this journey with Christ.

  79. Mike Sirignano says:

    Good morning my brother Gary! May your knowledge of God be strengthened by your knowledge of Jesus! Wish we could be together in church but one day we will be together eternally!

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  80. Timothy says:

    I read this quote when studying the prodigal son and it reminded me that brotherhood often reminds me not to search for unconditional love in the wrong places – Nouwen said “I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found. Why do I keep ignoring the place of true love and persist in looking for it elsewhere? Why do I keep leaving home where I am called a child of God, the Beloved of my Father?”

  81. Troy Theye says:

    Brotherhood is EVERYTHING!!!! Lets start with this challenge, our relationship with each other commenting and sharing our situations in the open-good or bad. Its awesome to be humbled and be able to express yourself no matter what the case. Also recently my relationship with my church, new men, men’s group and one on one remotely or however we receive the word, GOD IS GOOD and all the time.

  82. Troy R Theye says:

    Brotherhood is EVERYTHING!!!! Lets start with this challenge, our relationship with each other commenting and sharing our situations in the open-good or bad. Its awesome to be humbled and be able to express yourself no matter what the case. Also recently my relationship with my church, new men, men’s group and one on one remotely or however we receive the word, GOD IS GOOD and all the time.

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  83. Seth says:

    Brotherhood is important to me because it creates unity. It brings us all together because we all have one thing in common. And together we are stronger with brotherhood.

  84. JP says:

    My bothers (and sisters too). Love me sustain me carry me help and shine as examples of Jesus for me to follow. I will be and am forever and eternally in their debt. I love them beyond measure for their investment in my life

  85. Thom says:

    I am tired of doing life alone but have been fearful of trusting other guys with my concerns. Give me the confidence to reach out to other believers.

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  86. Donny Lill says:

    Brotherhood has meant seeing and learning that its not just certain men that struggle with their faith. I always used to think I wasn’t worthy to grow in faith because I was not brought up in a strong faith filled family and because I made horrible decisions as a young man. Come to find out even the most faith filled men have had struggles and have made poor choices in their lives. So now brotherhood is being their for one another and reminding one another that it all begins with our faith and from their He shall lead the way. Iron sharpening iron!!

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  87. Edward says:

    There is old saying that “you become like the people you hang out with.” I deliberately chose (or God nudged me) to start hanging out with Christian men one and half years ago. At first I was uncomfortable and kind of intimidated by my lack of biblical knowledge and my non-existent relationship with God. But let me tell you guys, it was the best thing I have ever done. I am becoming more like them day by day. And now God is connecting me with other men who I can share my faith with and grow alongside them. I will forever be a “work in progress”, but my life and eternal perspective has totally changed. Keep praying, keep studying your bible, keep connecting with other men, and become a servant to others.

  88. guy says:

    Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
    God I thank you for these men in my life

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  89. Dean Wendler says:

    Brotherhood is important to me as a way to help me reach my life goal of growing closer to God and doing his will in my life. By sharing other men’s experiences and wisdom they gained, I to will become a better man. As we all are finding out, being alone is not fun. God created us to live in community.

  90. Sean says:

    As men, we can tend to try to go it alone; to handle it ourselves. We can try to play it off that we are fine when things really aren’t. Having a group of men that can open up and talk to one another honestly about struggles and problems is extremely important in our walk with Christ. Fellowship, prayer, reading the word together, encouragement and accountability are all crucial to us growing and getting to know God the Father, the Son and the Spirit.

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  91. Matthew C Miller says:

    While talking with other men we share new insights and wisdom about God and Scripture that we wouldn’t otherwise see!

  92. Samuel says:

    I fail at brotherhood because I have never trusted anyone completely, let alone my two brothers. I have been estranged from one for many years and the other has just betrayed me again and it is difficult. But the worth of it all is that I realize that I do not have a close relationship with any Christian brothers and at sixty-six years I realize I could really use one and no idea how to start one up.

  93. Ben says:

    Brotherhood is so Important because it confirms, encourages and keeps me accountable in my walk with Christ Jesus!

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  94. Tom says:

    Brotherhood has help me over the years to understand the word ofGod. It has given me the strength. I have needed in times of tribulation. It has strengthened my Faith.

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  95. Chad says:

    My melding and continued transformation is not possible without the encouragement and accountability from my brothers-in-Christ.

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  96. Randy says:

    Brotherhood is important to me for connecting otherwise fraternal relationships beyond an other connectedness paternally sourced in God Himself with others. That is we share Christ, breaking bread, poured out wine in our everyday whether in route norms or rough patches, torrents or storms. We are stayed in Him together.

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  97. cory doden says:

    Guys it been great virtually melding with you over these weeks. Let’s finish strong this week as we go with our brother Christ to the cross.

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  98. PATRICK says:

    Connecting with other brothers in Christ is so important to me. I know it keeps me from slipping back into my old ways. I need the fellowship of other Godly men in my life. Thanks to all and God Bless you all.

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  99. Dan Boswell says:

    Our brothers hold us, and we them, accountable. To correct our misgivings, our understanding, and our acceptance of what God has given us to accomplish on the earth, in our lifetime.

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  100. Jim says:

    Brother is important because we are not called to be LONE wolves. I need other men to come along side me as I/we walk this walk

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  101. Eric Jensen says:

    I appreciate my brothers in the Lord, who keep me accountable, inspire me, motivate me, encourage me, point me in the right direction and steer me away from the wrong direction, help me keep my heart and mind focused on Christ and eternity and not death!

  102. Nick says:

    Brotherhood is such an encouragement. I certainly miss it in this strange situation we find ourselves with a pandemic.

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    • Sean says:

      I hear you. Texts, phone calls and video chat have been helping. It’s definitely not the same but Jesus will meet us where are even if it’s through video screens!

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  103. Austin says:

    Brotherhood has always been important to me, the loyal ness and transparency is need for men to grow and “thrive.” I believe this in the experiences I have, and through what God has shown me.

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  104. David C says:

    The Need for Brotherhood (from various devotionals with Scriptural references):

    Shepherd Talk

    With Whom Do You Gather?
    We men often find it hard to gather with other men in Christian community. Calendars are full: “I just don’t have time for one more thing.” Pride is high: “I’m good . . . I’m doing fine on my own.” Aversion to vulnerability is strong: “Oh, man . . . I’m just not that good at opening up.” If we are followers of our King, Jesus Christ, though, we must gather—“not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some” (Hebrews 10:25).
    But . . . why? Why is community so important for men? Well, a couple reasons. “Two are better than one,” Scripture tells us—we are stronger, less vulnerable, together (Ecclesiastes 4:9).
    “For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:10).
    Even more important, though, Jesus tells us that he is uniquely present when we gather in his name (Matthew 18:20). You see, God the Holy Spirit dwells within each follower of Jesus. (John 14:17) Therefore, when we gather, the power of the Spirit flows from one to another and back. When we gather, the work of God is done: confessions are made; sins are repented; love and compassion are expressed; hearts are healed; encouragement is given; lives are transformed. Men are lifted up, up out of sin and rebellion, into life and identity and calling. Work is done that just cannot be done in isolation.
    Okay, so what do we do?
    Grab some other guys . . . one guy, even. Start meeting on a regular basis, weekly is best. Fight for community, brother—against calendars, against pride, against fear. King David sang:

    “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133:1-3). This is so very important.

    “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:20‬ ‭ASV‬‬

    “For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up.”
    ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ASV‬‬

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  105. Rafael Dixon says:

    Brotherhood is important to me for so many things: accountability, fellowship, closeness, and because Jesus did it first. It makes me stronger when I’m around you guys. I love and miss you guys.

    • Ricky D Brittain says:

      Man hath no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. That is so true brotherhood is so important to me. My brothers keep me accountable and are also the one I turn to to talk about things I don’t want to talk to anyone about

    • Thomas Snowden says:

      Brotherhood is very important and I learned that very young when I was in the US Army and was overseas. We had a tight brotherhood that we always watched each others back and we took care of each other. Brotherhood is all we had to get us through each day and to keep each other safe. I really miss that type of brotherhood because we fought war together and kept each other in the fight. In the civilian world that is very hard to find a good brotherhood non Christian and Christian.

  106. Jay Wegiel says:

    No doubt in my mind that some of my biggest spiritual growth spurts have come from both preparing to share Christ with others; i.e. Sunday school prep, 6am mens meeting prep, Men’s Breakfast prep, Retreat prep, One on one meeting prep….. Then the actual act of attending these fellowship times.

    • Stephen says:

      I have never truly known brotherhood…it’s been mostly about me. But now I realize that I know some men that I can truly open up to… and how great is that!? Thank you EBBC Men…Jay, Jim, Dennis, Ted, Les, James, Steve….thank you. And as I go forward, I will be a greater part of the brotherhood..

  107. Nick Hall says:

    Brotherhood is important to me because of the encouragement, love, and grace I receive from my group. We are always there to push one another, pick one another up, and just total support. The Lord has blessed me with some awesome brothers and I’m so great full to him. Praise be to God!!!

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