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Meat For Men Daily Encouragement Blog

The vision for Meat for Men — UNCOMPROMISING MANHOOD blog is to encourage husbands, fathers and single men in Biblical manhood.

ConsiderFactsDid you know that Arab refugees in Israel only began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, nearly twenty years after the establishment of the modern State of Israel?

Did you know that the Jews have had a continuous presence in the land of Israel for well over 3,000 years?

Did you know that Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in Bible, but not once in Koran?

Jews pray facing Jerusalem, but did you know that Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem?

King David founded the city of Jerusalem, but did you know that Mohammed never came to Jerusalem? And what does the Bible say about King David’s reign in Jerusalem which is the forerunner of Jesus’ reign forever and ever? Look up: Psalm 89:4, 29, 34-37; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 24:23; Jeremiah 33:14-22; Micah 4:7; Luke 1:32, 33; and Hebrews 1:8.

Here’s a link for more information: http://www.targetofopportunity.com/palestinian_truth.htm

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PrayForIsraelToday I break into my current series of FATHERING IN GOD’S IMAGE to call us to pray for Israel.

We who love Israel and pray daily for her prophetic future know that this little nation lies at the center point of international tensions and debate. Those who do not know what God’s Word says about Israel’s national destiny are at a distinct disadvantage. How can they stand on the right side of this debate if they don’t know God’s plan and Word?

The devil is the deceiver and is doing his best to disrupt the future God has written regarding Israel in the period known as the “end times.” Although Israel as a nation has little or no regard for Jesus Christ whom we love and trust, we know that in the end times their eyes will be opened to the truth that He is their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10).

Those who study the Bible regarding the future of Israel and the land know that it is better to side with God and what He says or we will find ourselves fighting against God (Joel 3:2). Who wants to do that?

We have observed President Obama’s strong Islamic leanings. He is certainly more Islamic than Christian. Through his eight years of presidency he has shunned Prime Minister Netanyahu repeatedly. Now, in his last week or so of office he is trying ever so hard, with a last-ditch effort, to use the Office of the United States to enable the predominately Islamic United Nations to deregulate Israel from their land.

This is the land they have lived in for over 3,000 years. This is the land that was given them by divine mandate for an everlasting possession (Genesis 17: 8). And in 1967 they recaptured the heartland of Israel (the so-called West Bank) from attacking Arab armies and Islamic nations who vastly out-numbered them.

Now we have nations that have never had to face the pogroms, gas ovens, mass destruction, and the serious persecutions that Israel faced over the years bullying them into an even smaller and more vulnerable situation than they can possibly accept for their own protection and survival. Shame on all those countries who own vast areas of land and who have never been surrounded by enemies that hate them and who will never, now or in the future, permit Israel to exist in the Middle East in the land that belongs to them eternally by the promises of God.

Are there a few promises? No, there are hundreds. Check out: http://bit.ly/EverlastingPossesion

Even New Zealand, the country of my birth, turned its back on Israel that lives in land that would amount to one of New Zealand’s provinces. Thank God, the United States has a president coming into office in four says who understands Israel’s dilemma. May God have mercy on my own country of birth, as well as all the countries that turn their back on Israel. None of these countries would accept being bulled to give up land that belonged to them for generations.

There is a God of justice in heaven who sees the arrogance of France and the other European nations, the vast, rich Arab nations surrounding Israel, and the Democratic Obama administration representing the Unties States of America. He will judge the nations for such bullying and prideful actions.

The two-state solution can never work. They have proved it will not work by what the Palestinians have done with the land already given over to them by the pressure of the nations. America has suffered many calamities because we have pressured Israel to give up its Promised Land. An interesting book to read is “As America has Done to Israel” by John P. McTernan.

How dare we mess with God and think we will get away with it? For years, little Israel has been the infamy of the nations, but God loves those who are trodden underfoot and persecuted. Jerusalem belongs to Israel’s Messiah, Jesus Christ, and He will reign forever over the whole earth from the city of Jerusalem (Psalm 89:36,37 and Luke 1:33).

We must humble ourselves and pray.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BibleFallApart“Christian parents who don’t have daily family devotions and don’t make time to build a solid Christian foundation to their children’s impressionable years should not be mystified when the children, in their teenage years, turn from the things of God.”

~ The Evidence Bible, Compiled by Ray Comfort

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HaveACompHeartAll sin, whether large or small, is rebellion against the ethical and moral standards of God which He has revealed in His Holy Bible.

However, there are some sins that require more drastic measures of discipline. This is to provide protection for the family and to help the offender understand the seriousness of his/her actions of sin and rebellion. The offender should be given clear understanding that mercy and forgiveness are lovingly offered based on sorrowful repentance.

The advice Paul wrote concerning the serious fornicator in 1 Corinthians 5:1-9 regarding his removal from the church family has similar application to the individual family. His being removed from the church with the purpose that his spirit would “be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” was effective to bring this man to compete repentance and ultimate restoration to the church family (2 Corinthians 2:6-11).

All such actions should only be done in the spirit of meekness and in the fear of God.

The parable of the prodigal son would not have ended with the beautiful repentance and father’s forgiveness if the father had forbidden his rebellious son to leave home. The father’s home would never have been the peaceful, righteous, godly atmosphere as previously if the rebellion was overlooked and tolerated.

The rebellious son would never have come to his senses, with repentance and godly sorrow, if he had been encouraged to remain at home in his rebellion.

The mercy, love, and forgiveness displayed by the father who ran towards his repentant homecoming son would not have happened.

Tolerance toward evil never helps to get rid of it!

However, the father never hardened his heart against his son. He watched and watched and waited for his return.

Herein lies the wisdom of God in the dealing with a rebellious son or daughter.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ThoseWhoOpposeThe compassionate heart of fathers and mothers towards their wayward children must somehow and some way be felt by the erring child. Hardness and rejection on behalf of parents often tends to broaden the divide. Much prayer, wisdom, and discretion is needed.

What should parents do with an older teenager who, for whatever excuse, declares themselves homosexual? Should they be allowed to remain in the family home? What impact would that have on the other siblings as well as the godly atmosphere of the home?

The same question can be asked concerning drugs, alcohol, and pornography. Or even a husband or wife involved in adulterous affairs.

The parents (in a spirit of meekness) should seriously admonish the guilty party toward repentance (2 Timothy 2:25). They must give understanding to the offender of how God views their rebellious conduct--firstly against God, and secondly the parent’s family values. The parents must also give clear understanding that they have a God-given mandate to protect the sanctity of the family home as well as the other siblings in the home.

To protect the sanctity of the family’s Christian values, the offender must understand that unless they repent, they cut themselves off from the family home, which of course, you do not want to happen.

If they are working and making their own money, they must know that unless they repent within a reasonable period provided by the parents they must move and out and put their rebellious sin under their own roof.

You will tell them that you will continue to always love them and pray for them. You could also arrange to meet with them as parents at regular times at a certain place, e.g. a coffee bar to encourage them to turn away from their sin. But not in your own home.

They should also see your compassionate heart and know that their actions bring great grief and weeping to your heart.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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