Devotional for Saturday and Sunday June 20-21

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Think for yourself”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “We need strong men in tough times”
 
I had the good fortune to be part of the Promise Keepers movement throughout the decade of the 1990’s. That was a time when hundreds of thousands of Christian men were filling football stadiums across the nation for the purpose of worshipping Jesus, listening to encouraging and challenging speakers, and enjoying great fellowship with other Christian men. It was a powerful movement which made a big impact across the land.
 
One of the most popular Promise Keepers speakers and authors was Ewin Louis Cole. Of all the books he wrote for men his bestseller was “Strong Men in Tough Times: Developing Strong Character in an Age of Compromise”. In that book Cole made a convincing case for the need for strong Christian men to stand-up, speak-up, and take action to deal with the serious problems associated with the rapid decline of morality and values in our society. He wrote, “In all of human history there has never been a time when the call for strong men was louder or the need greater.… and “The world is looking for strong men who will overcome drifting philosophies and bring order, hope and dignity back to a world in desperate need of men who will be heroes”.… and “Today’s world is progressing technologically but regressing morally and spiritually.”
 
Those statements were true when Cole first wrote them in 1993 and they’re even truer today. The need for strong Christian men of virtue and courage who will take a stand for faith, family, and righteousness is greater today in our nation than ever before. Far too many men, even Christian men, are giving-in to the cultural pressures of our day. But in 1 Corinthians 15:58 the Apostle Paul called us to stand firm; let nothing move us; give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord; and know that our faithfulness is not in vain.
 
On this Father’s Day weekend 2020 I want to commend and encourage all the courageous and faithful men out there who are not afraid to take a stand for Christ in the midst of an immoral and hostile culture. Thank you for standing firm. You are making a difference.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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