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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.

AbsenteeFather2Currently, it has become a rare thing to find caring and loving fathers.

John 8:29 says: “And he that sent me is with me: the father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” Repeatedly Jesus emphasized how much His Heavenly Father was involved in His ministry. He credited all the miracles He performed to His Father by saying: “The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10).

God was never an absentee Father with Jesus--from eternity past to eternity to come.

Fatherhood and sonship are inseparable positions. Each one of us fathers need to sit up and take note. Every father needs to be more deeply involved in the lives of all their children—sons and daughters.

God our Father is the prototype of all fatherhood. Ephesians 3:14, 15: “For this because I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.”

God desires that all families should be under the influence of a godly father. We have allowed present day culture to virtually destroy God’s vision for fatherhood. What we now call fatherhood is almost unrecognizable compared to the image of our Father God from the beginning and revealed through Jesus when He was here on earth. It is truly a time to recap on the true image of our Father God.

Far too many fathers do what they think is right. The problem in most cases is that they have never been taught. How can we ever succeed in any career, especially one that deals with living souls who have eternal destinies, without first being trained by true, godly fathers?

To be continued. Be encouraged,

Colin Campbell

Painting by Daniel F. Gerhartz

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AbsenteeFatherAbsentee fathers are not true fathers. They are a contradiction to fatherhood. Fatherhood is an “on the job” career. Fatherhood is the highest career known to man. To understand the importance of fatherhood we must ask ourselves the question: how would we feel if God was never available to us or revealed Himself to us as our Father?

How amazing to know that God is our Father? He tenderly cares for us. He is ever mindful of us. He engraves us on the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16).

John 14:23 gives us an even greater revelation of God in the lives of those who love Him and keep His words. Jesus said: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

This is amazing fatherhood. It reveals how much God our Father desires to be intimately involved in our lives. He wants to live with us. God is not an absentee Father. Perish the thought.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WhereAreFathersTrue fathers are loving and available fathers. Jesus said in John 8:29: “He that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone.”

Where are the fathers of this generation? This is a huge question. If this generation fails, is it the children’s fault? Or is it the fault of the fathers? Our country is rocking and reeling under the effects of mob riots, violence, and destruction. We can thank God we have a president who is deeply opposed to all this violent, criminal activity. We can also thank God for our new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who is of the same mind as our president to support the Police Force and come down strongly against murder, violence, and disrespect for law and authority.

We as Christian men must pray now for our president, Donald Trump, and all members of his cabinet. How can they be successful if we do no care enough to pray earnestly for them? We also need to pray for great repentance for all moral and civil disobediences. Locking up those who are rebellious, rioters, and murderers, although I agree it must be done, does not necessarily change their hearts and ways. We are reaping the results of a great national failure of godly fatherhood and motherhood, marriage, and pretty much all biblical family values.

But there is still hope if we repent and pray!

Malachi 4:5, 6: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heat of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Pray for the turning of fathers’ hearts to their children and families. Fatherhood is not absentee fatherhood, but available fatherhood. Jesus confessed that His Father was always with him.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Each week, Monday, and Friday, I go into the city to specific supermarkets to pick up day old bread and cookies to take to needy people in our area. As I delivered the bread to Helping Hands I slipped on a wet mat and fractured my pelvis.

I thank God that my beloved heavenly Father provides in the atonement, not only forgiveness of sins (which is more than amazing), but also physical healing (Isaiah 543:4,5; Matthew 8: 16, 17; and 1 Peter 2:24). Jesus demonstrated this in his ministry on earth by giving forgiveness of sins and healing to the multitudes.

Thank you so much for your prayers for my healing. My wife and I are scheduled to leave in four weeks for ministry in New Zealand and so I am trusting for a supernatural healing.

~ Colin Campbell

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SleepingChild2Today we come back to our series on FATHERHOOD IN GOD’S IMAGE

Psalm 11:3 states: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Fatherhood, without doubt, is one of the most important foundations upon which we build a healthy society!

Fatherhood is one of the greatest roles a man can have the privilege to live and fulfill.

Without the function of true fatherhood, society quickly fails. Strong fathers are necessary to make strong families and strong families make a strong nation.

Christian men are greatly privileged to know God as their Father. Jesus said in John 14:6: “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” To know God as our Father is indeed a priceless treasure to experience. In the Gospel of John alone the name of the Father is mentioned approximately 123 times. Jesus spoke of God as Father more than any writer in the Bible.

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus taught us to pray: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9). To me, this surely means that the name of God as Father is a hallowed name, a name to be reverenced, to make holy and sacred.

God is the prototype of all true fatherhood. There is a strong sense of love, intimacy, care, protection, and mercy that God graciously provides for us through our relationship with Him as our personal father. God is the greatest Father of all. He is perfect fatherhood.

We are so amazingly and unbelievably privileged to always address Him each time we pray as “Our Father” or even better, “My Father which art in heaven.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

Painting by Terri Meyer (watercolor). The artist describes the painting: “My grandson melted into my father's arms.”

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