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Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell is an internationally known author, speaker, and authority on Biblical Manhood and Family.


Called to the encouragement and lifting up of men throughout the world Colin is an author of books, teaching CDs and DVD's.


As author of Where Are The Real Men of God? and 21st Century Patriarch DVD studies, Colin often speaks at family retreats  and Men's groups throughout the year also.


Believing God’s plan is "building godly generations" through men and families, he seeks to impart God’s truth to the next generation and their children too.




 

ForgivenessWhat is the testimony of our God? “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:7).

Naturally, there are not many kings who forgive those who commit rebellion and sin against them. In fact, most kings, even good kings, either banish them like Pharaoh did to Moses or they kill them outright.

But out great King of glory is very, very forgiving to those who repent and are sorry for their sings. In fact, forgiveness is a major part of God’s great glory. Where would any of us fallen creatures be if there was no forgiveness in God for all the sins we have committed in one way or another?

How grateful we should be that the greatest and highest King is One who forgives all the sins of His repentant children. Not only is He willing to forgive, but He patiently waits for us and is longsuffering towards our sinfulness. What other King is like our great King? He even puts up with our foot-dragging and resistant attitudes towards repentance.

Before the world began He planned the only way possible for our sinful debt to be paid for the ransom of our lost souls. His forgiveness is so great that He sent His only beloved Son to a cruel, rugged cross to pay the full price for our redemption. What other King has ever done this?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ArkCovenantJames 2:13 (ESV) states: “Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

God gave the law through Moses. While the law was perfect in itself, its application to the human race which is “born in sin and shapen in iniquity” pronounced doom, guilt, and judgment.

Inside the tabernacle was the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Inside the ark was the law engraved on stones. On top of the ark was the lid (known as the Mercy Seat) which was sprinkled with blood. Over the top of the Mercy Seat were the two cherubim, gazing down in awe and amazement on the blood-sprinkled ark.

I am sure their amazement and awe was that the condemnation of the law was overcome by the blood-sprinkled Mercy Seat. I am sure the Holy Spirit of God would have us, who are the guilty ones, to also be amazed and awed by the incredible mercy of God given to us through our Lord Jesus Christ who is also our Mercy Seat.

If the angelic cherubim, whose wings covered the ark and whose eyes were filled with awesome wonder at such amazing mercy (symbolizing creatures who knew no sin), how much more should we be filled with grateful amazement!

Let’s read the fourth stanza of Samuel Davies’ hymn, “Great God of Wonders”:
In wonder lost, with trembling joy,
We take the pardon of our God:
Pardon for crimes of deepest dye,
A pardon bought with Jesus’ blood.

Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

Be encouraged again.

Colin Campbell

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KeepingMercyGod wants the whole world to not only know Him for the greatness of His power, but rather for the greatness of all His goodness.

Exodus 33:18, 19: “And he (Moses) said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. And he (God) said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”

When God proclaimed His goodness, graciousness, mercy, longsuffering, truth, and forgiveness He passed by, He hid Moses in a cleft of the rock and covered him with His hand (Exodus 33: 22,23 and 34:5-7). It was then that Moses understood what the glory of God really was. It was not only the majesty of His strength, power, and authority of His person and kingdoms, but rather the glory of His great goodness and benevolence.

In his hymn, “Great God of Wonders” Samuel Davies reveals what God showed Moses concerning the greatest glory of Who He is:

Great God of wonders! all thy ways
Are matchless, Godlike and divine;
But the fair glories of thy grace
More Godlike and unrivaled shine.

Who is a pard'ning God like thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

The last verse of this hymn states:

O may this strange, this matchless grace,
This God-like miracle of love,
Fill the whole earth with grateful praise,
And all the angelic choirs above.

Who is a pard'ning God like thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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FamilyWorship"If family worship is established in a home, it will be found that the following results will be apparent in that home. The father and the mother will be truer to Christ, for it will be quite impossible to pray in the presence of one's children and then to live inconsistent lives.

It will also be true that the children will have a sweeter and better memory of the home and if it be true that the father is able to provide few of the luxuries of life, he will make up for the absence of these things by the fact that he has put into his child's memory the consciousness that Christ was real in his early home, and that His influence was always felt, not only in time of sunshine, but quite as effectively when the shadows fell across the family life. In these days of stress and strain it is worth everything to a youth, or a man or woman of middle life, to have a memory that can hold when everything else has failed."

~ J. Wilbur Chapman

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StrengthenInnerMan“Our daily devotions are the most needful of our daily works, and the most pleasant of our daily comforts. Prayer time must be kept up as duly as mealtime.”

~ Matthew Henry

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FamilyBibleReading“If the incense of prayer is to glow all day, it has to be renewed and kindled daily. The modern talk about being independent of times and seasons, so not needing definite periods of worship, is worse than rubbish. No man will have reverence diffused through his life, unless he has a consecrated reservoir of worship in the background of his life.”

~ Alexander MacLaren

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greatest thingThe following are the qualities of a man who would lead the church of God. However, they should also be the qualities of all men, especially husbands and fathers. Each one of us have our own little church, our family. God shows us the way to lead our families. Let’s check list our lives against God’s Word:

“He must be a man whom no one can criticize. He must be the faithful husband of one wife. He must be abstemious, wise in the art of living, with an ordered beauty in his life.

He must be hospitably inclined and he must be skilled in teaching. He must not be too fond of wine. He must be gentle and not pugnacious. He must be peaceable and money must have no attraction for him.

He must preside well over his own family, with children who give him complete obedience and perfect respect. If a man does not know how to preside over his own household, how can he look after one of God’s congregations?

He must not be a new convert, in case he should become inflated with a sense of his own importance, and so incur the same judgment that was passed on the devil for his pride.

He must have a good reputation among those who are not members of the church, for he must never incur the risk of making himself a target for abuse, and he must never pride ammunition for the slanderer” (1 Timothy 3:1-7 William Barclay translation).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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YourTruthGod reveals His glory in the fact that He is abundant in truth (Exodus 324:6). God is full of truth and He never holds it back from those who really want it.

John 8:32 says: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

John 1: 14 says: “(And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

The world does not like people who speak the truth. Perhaps that’s why so many Christian people do not want to vote for the most truthful. They prefer someone who does not really speak the truth and thus people are deceived.

The Bible is full of the real truth and those who love God’s Word enough to read it daily will be the bearers of the truth.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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abundantlyGod’s abundant goodness is His glory that He revealed to Moses, but also to us. (Exodus 34:6). God’s goodness toward us is lavish. God does not give sparingly, but exceedingly and generously.

Annie J. Flint writes:
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

It does us well and good to think and dwell upon the abundant goodness of the Lord toward us.

May we also be abundant in goodness toward our wives, families, and fellow man.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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LongsufferingGod’s glory is revealed in His longsuffering (Exodus 34:6).

Psalm 86:5: “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”

In Numbers 14:18 Moses reminds God of His longsuffering when he stands in the gap and makes intercession for the children of Israel who had rebelled against God because of their lack of faith to go in and possess the land. God reveals just how much longsuffering He had toward them, especially when they came out of Egypt. They murmured, grumbled, and complained.

Numbers 14: 11, 27: “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.”

Verse 22 tells that they tempted God ten times! And thus He says: “Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto the fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it” (v. 23).

This is a sobering passage to all Christians, teaching us not to take our salvation too cheaply. Some think they can tempt God and get away with it, but there comes a time when God says Enough is Enough!

The truth is that we can praise God for His amazing longsuffering towards us all. This is an amazing aspect of the glory of God.

Men, we also should know our heavenly father and show great longsuffering towards those who provoke us and offend us.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ForByGraceGod’s glory is revealed in His graciousness (Exodus 34:6). The Hebrew word “gracious” means “to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior, to favor, to bestow.”

The graciousness of our God is amazing and beautiful because He stooped and bent down so far to save us. In fact, He humbled Himself and stooped all the way down from the heights of heaven to the old rugged cross in order to save us from our sins and lift us up into heavenly places with Him.

When Jesus spake, the people all “wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth” (Luke 4:22).

They hymn writer says:
O the love that drew salvation’s plan,
O the grace that brought it down to man,
O the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary.

Men, we ought to be the most gracious men that walk on planet earth because His grace lives in us by His Spirit. Does your wife, your family, and your friends know you as a gracious man?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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NoFrownHow do you arrive home to your family? Like a wet blanket with a frown and a gruff voice? Or do you bring joy and happiness to your family the moment you arrive home? Come home with surprises. Come in with an encouraging word and a smile for everyone. What a difference you can make to your wife who has been home with the children all day! Let your wife and children anticipate your homecoming with joy and excitement.

~ Colin Campbell

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BeMercifulExodus 34:6: “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.”

We have written about knowing God in the last two posts. We now see in this scripture that God’s glory is revealed in His mercifulness, or we could say, fullness of mercy. Where would we be if I wasn’t for His mercy?

Lamentations 3:22, 23 say: “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

What an amazing glory we discover in His mercies towards us. None of us have earned a single atom of His mercy--and that is the truth! What an insult to God it must be if we take His mercy for granted and we are not grateful.

Psalm 57:10: “Thy mercy is great unto the heaven.”

Psalm 37:21: “But the righteous showeth mercy and giveth.”

Men, considering God has shown us such great mercy, shouldn’t this motivate us to be much more merciful towards our wives and families? In fact, we should be merciful toward all men.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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PressOnMen, even though God answered Moses’ request to show him His glory, he was only allowed to see God’s back parts for God said, “There shall no man see me, and live” (Exodus 33:20). The actual seeing of God’s rear or back parts would have been very special to Moses. However, I am sure that when God proclaimed who He was in the essence of His character that this would have meant far more to Moses than anything else.

Moses realized that the full revelation of the goodness of God’s character would take more than a life time to comprehend. God’s glory cannot be limited to a moment of time. It will take the ages to come for God to show us “the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).

To know the glory of God is not just a onetime experience, but a life time and beyond experience. To know who God is in a daily experience is what it takes to know the glory of God. As the hymn writer says:

More about Jesus would I know
More of His love to others show,
More of His saving fullness see
More of His love who died for me.”

In Philippians 3:8-14 the apostle Paul mentions that the ambition of his life was to know Christ and then he states that he was PRESSING ON for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Hosea 6:3 says: ”Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.” The moment we plateau or flatten out, thinking we know Him sufficiently, we are in a dangerous place. Knowing God and making Him known should be the greatest joy and fulfillment of our lives.

How can we possibly make known the glory of God if we do not increase in the knowledge of God? The glory of God is an inexhaustible treasure of the finest gold. There is no end to His glory.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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IAmToday we begin a new series, THE GLORY OF GOD’S NAME

TO KNOW THE NAME OF THE LORD IS TO KNOW HIS GLORY
We read in Exodus 33:18 that Moses BESEECHED God to “Show me thy glory.”

God replied: “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I WILL PROCLAIM THE NAME OF THE LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (verse 19).

In Exodus 34:6 we see what God did: “And the LORD passed by before him and proclaimed, the LORD.” What was the proclamation of the name of the Lord?

In Exodus 3:13 Moses asked God: “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?”

God replies in verses 14, 15: “I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”

Take notice, men. The glory of God is associated with His name. God’s goodness is bound up in His name. We can only really know His glory as we press in to experience day by day His goodness and amazing grace.

To be continued. We have so much to discover about God’s name.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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VoteCountsMen, today we must continue to pray earnestly for the voters in the states of Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, and Mississippi. Pray earnestly as people vote in each of these states that God, in His great mercy, will give Ted Cruz great favor. He is the most conservative, God-fearing, Bible-loving, constitution-upholding, and uncompromising candidate. This country desperately needs someone like this at this time.

~ Colin

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WhatsTruthProverbs 10:19: “In the multitude of words there wanted not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.”

The doctrine of Donald Trump is “flexibility.” During the No. 11 debate last night in Detroit, Donald Trump made it clear that he believed that it was okay to be flexible and change your mind, no matter what you may have said or believed in the past. Wow, I thought that this is what had made the people of America so angry. They want politicians who won’t change their minds.

Throughout his campaign Trump has reiterated over and over again that people are sick and tired of politicians who say one thing and when elected to Washington change their minds. This to me is plain, straight hypocrisy for he criticizes others for doing what he believes in doing himself.

He says he is not a politician. He is a business man who is very flexible in order to get a good deal for himself. If he is the nominee for the GOP, I think he will fit in perfectly with the Washington cartel establishment. To Donald Trump, what you say is not that important; what is important is what you get.

People are fickle and believe that what he says he will do. But the big question is, especially after his backing down when faced with questions and answering that he will be flexible is: will he really do what he says he will do?

Behind closed doors he secretly explains to others his flexibility who agree to a gag order. Could it be that he doesn’t mean to carry out what he said about sending all illegal immigrants back? Will he be flexible on the issue? He will not allow us to hear what was said in the secret meeting. What’s he got to hide from us?

One thing for sure from last night’s debate is that Donald Trump stated with his own mouth that he will be involved in current court battles over his business deal with Trump University for a number of years to come. There could be other legal battles over his business dealings. The question is: if elected, would this affect his work as president of the United States?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

http://www.foxnews.com/…/ny-court-rules-fraud-charges-again…

http://money.cnn.com/…/news/donald-trump-university-lawsuit/

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DontBeDupedIsaiah 28:5, 6 says: “In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.”

Washington DC is the gateway of this nation. We must fervently pray for the coming president to be a truly godly man, not just one who says he is a Christian. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

Because Donald Trump is doing so well in the primaries, there is now a great concern, to the point of a great divide among the Republican establishment. Many may think this is a good thing because the GOP needs to be shaken up. This of course if true. However, because of Trump’s past record, he proves himself to be more a liberal democrat than a conservative republican. He most definitely is not a conservative. Check the following:

1. Many fear that he will turn Obama Care into a single payer system wholly supported by the government. This of course is what Obama wanted in the first place.

2. Many fear that he will support Planned Parenthood because he constantly tells the public that they do “Many wonderful things for women.” But they are the biggest abortion provider in the country and even sell body parts of unborn children.

3. Many fear his foreign policy. It is one of great concern because he originally supported the Iraq policy of George W. Bush, but as the war dragged on, he took the side of the democrats and denounced it.

He professes to have a neutral stand on the Palestinian/Israel conflict. This is a dangerous stand for the protection of Israel.

4. Many fear his stand on the right to bear arms.

5. Many fear his proud stand for the gay/homosexual agenda.

6. Many fear that although he makes great boasts about building the wall between Mexico and USA, there is now a big question as to whether he will keep his word about sending illegals back home. Although this has been his big campaign speech, there are now rumors of a change of mind.

7. Many fear and have great concern as to who he would nominate to the Supreme Court to replace Judge Antonin Scalia. Since Trump himself is not a conservative and is weak on abortion, Planned Parenthood, and same sex marriage, will this affect his own judgment in this huge matter?

8. Many fear that if Donald Trump gets the nomination that many, many republicans will not vote in the final election. I am hearing more and more conservatives who say they will not vote in the final elections if Donald Trump is the nominee as he is far from a conservative. Therefore, sad to say, that would give Hilary Clinton the presidency. I myself could not in good conscience cast a vote for Donald Trump.

Although Trump is a successful business man and showman, is he any better than George Soros or Warren Buffet or a lot of the wealthy elites in the democratic party? Why is it that so many democrats are voting for Trump? Is it not because they know he is one of them at heart?

God can still turn the battle at the gate. We must pray more fervently than ever. Christians should vote according to the past fruit of a man, not only by what he says now.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

A few extra links for you to read:

http://hubpages.com/politics/A-Biblical-Response-to-Trump ( a well-researched article).

http://www.ctfamily.org/an-open-letter-to-donald-trump/

http://www.firebreathingchristian.com/archives/12093 about Jerry Falwell Jr.

http://www.courant.com/…/hc-dear-donald-trump-20160217-stor…

http://www.thedailybeast.com/…/christians-cringe-at-donald-…

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Proverbs29 2Today is Super Tuesday, the biggest day of the 2016 presidential primary season. Voters in 13 states will determine the fate of our nation today: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming, and American Samoa.

I have been seriously fasting and praying that the candidate who is the most conservative, the most God-fearing, and who will never negotiate with his enemies by bribes, lies, or false promises will be favored by God to win the GOP nomination.

Some people may think that a pastor should not be political. I strongly disagree. I feel strongly that we should do all we can to further the cause of righteousness in all areas of life and political leadership for this influences the nation for good or evil.

Personally, I am disgusted with many Christian leaders who endorse Donald Trump. This reveals just how shallow their Christianity is. Trump upholds Planned Parenthood because they do “wonderful things for women.” But Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in this country and even selling the body parts of unborn babies that have been aborted.

He uses bad language when it suits him. He boasts about how many women he has slept with and his casinos have adult sex clubs and who knows what goes on in them. He boasts that he led the gay parade rally in Israel. If that’s all he thinks of Israel, may God have mercy on us.

Trump calls himself a good Christian. I believe that he is a deceiver and we are told in Matthew 7:15, 16: “Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.” I believe that Donald Trump is a wolf, parading as a conservative in sheep’s clothing.

Ted Cruz is disliked because he is a strong Christian who will not be bribed by lobby groups or anyone else. He is the strongest defender of the constitution of any of the candidates and will never compromise godly values. He will keep his promises and has a track record for doing so.

You will not go wrong voting for Ted Cruz because it is a vote for righteousness and integrity.

2 Chronicles 31:21: “And in every work that he (Hezekiah) began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BENJAMINNETANYAHU“After serious consideration and looking over a very deep and qualified field of potential candidates, I have decided to give my support, my personal endorsement if you will, to Senator Ted Cruz. Ted has been a stalwart supporter of Israel and our people. He is one of the few leaders in the U.S. government with the intestinal fortitude to call terrorism ‘terrorism’, and directly address the threat of radical Islam and a nuclear Iran. Ted has proven to be fearless in fighting against the odds when he must, something I as the leader of a tiny nation surrounded by enemies can relate to.” He concluded, “Over the last two years Ted and I have been in regular contact, we have worked closely together on policy. To say the least, he (Cruz) has been an unwavering ally; and what’s more he’s been a true friend. I would ask the American people, and the freedom loving members of the world community to join me in supporting Ted Cruz as the next U.S President.”

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