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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.

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Prov1911AngerProverbs 15:18 (HSCB): "A hot-tempered man stirs up conflict, but a man slow to anger calms strife." As we raise our children, it is important for us fathers to teach them how to be peacemakers and not strife-stirrers. We do this by example of course.

Because children are immature and are susceptible to foolishness, we fathers and mothers must learn the art of being peacemakers. We all know that this is not a once in a while thing but is a ministry that has to be exercised daily. A parent who does not have their own anger under control cannot settle a dispute successfully. A firm, but at the same time, calm spirit can quickly settle the hostility between siblings.

Even strife between adults cannot be settled when one party is angry, or both parties have never been taught how to take control over anger in their spirits. Whenever we sense anger rising in ourselves, we must immediately go to prayer and seek the Lord to give us the strength to keep it in check, or we will quickly become unrighteous. What may begin righteously, if not watched closely, may soon become unrighteous, especially in the case of anger or those who do not know how to control their anger.

The most important aspect of parenting children is to teach them how to deal with their anger from an early age. Being "slow to anger" is one of God's attributes and a godly virtue of those who seek to be conformed to His image.

Our God is a God who is "ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, SLOW TO ANGER, and of great kindness" (Nehemiah 9:17).

"The Lord is merciful and gracious, SLOW TO ANGER, and plenteous in mercy" (Psalm 103:8).

"Turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, SLOW TO ANGER, and of great kindness" (Joel 2:13).

"The Lord is SLOW TO ANGER, and great in power" (Nahum 1:3).

The Word speaks to us in James 1:19, 20: "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, SLOW TO WRATH: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."

In the Wild West, a man was famous if he could draw his pistol like a streak of lightning, although he could shoot more accurately if he could calm himself down. However, as far as anger goes, it is better to both be slow on the draw and also keep your spirit calm at all times.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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tastewordsProverbs 15:1: "A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger."

Men, if we do not want our children to be angry with us because we have spoken hurtful and grievous words to them, we must learn how to control our own spirits. Proverbs 16:32 says, "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." And Proverbs 19:11 (NKJB) says, "A man's discretion makes him slow to anger."

Surely, none of us fathers want to be remembered after we are dead and gone as being angry fathers. Even when the behavior of our children deserves a sharp rebuke, we must keep our own spirits under close reign. Speaking words of discipline and correction goes further to bring about the desired results when spoken with a soft and appealing tone. Anger, even righteous anger, can quickly get out of control and become unrighteous if it is not guarded carefully.

In times of strife, we must also remember that "a soft answer turns away anger." This does not mean that we should in anyway compromise the truth. But truth is received better when served with a little honey. Slamming down people's throats your hard-line opinions does little to bring about change for good.

Men, every day we are influencing our children for good or for bad. Every day we are involved with the great work of passing the baton on to the next generation. We must daily pray that we will do an excellent job of imparting biblical values to the next generation.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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livebytheWordI wrote in my last post about cathedralling or showcasing the truth. We also need to ask ourselves the question: why do most people visit cathedrals these days? I myself have visited many cathedrals in many countries, mainly to admire the architecture and also to see if any still have any real sense of the presence of God. I usually came away admiring the architecture only.

We endanger the truth by embellishing it with oratory and beautiful religious surroundings. Doctoral divinity degrees coupled with man made ordinations can often likewise endanger the truth. People get taken up with the showcase rather than the Word of God.

Isaiah 66:1, 2: "Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine handmade, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."

God still asks us fathers of today the same question He asked Israel of old: "Where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?" Religious aesthetics may appeal to the spiritually carnal mind of men, but God looks for contrite and humble men who tremble at His Word, men who fear to offend Him. The showcase and the cathedral appeal to the religiously carnal nature of men, but God is not at all impressed with these things.

God is not looking for clever minds and intellects to showcase His truth. He is not looking for fancy upbeat styles, nor even the old fashioned ways. He is simply looking for men and women, fathers and mothers who are repentant (contrite) and humble and who fear His word enough to LIVE IT OUT THROUGH THEIR LIVES.

Can we admire the Word and yet not live it? Yes, we can. Can we shout the Word, quote the Word, pray the Word, and do all manner of religious activities with God's Word, but still not live it? Yes.

God is looking for people (living stones) who will live the Word. As fathers we must make certain that God's Word is alive in us and then we will be able to pass the baton on to the next generation.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BatonSpeaking the truth is important, but living the truth is even more important. One of the most damaging things about passing on the baton of biblical values from one generation to the next is the failure of fathers to live up to these values in their personal every day lives.

Mental assent to truth is , I believe, one of the most dangerous enemies of truth. Truth has many enemies but the most subtle of all is mental assent for it mentally holds truth in high regard but fails to implement it into one's own life.

Throughout the centuries Christianity has built show cases around truth, e.g. the big, ornate cathedrals throughout the European empire and the more modern ones of the new world. It is like putting our most valuable plates or family heirlooms on display in valuable fancy cabinets. But the cathedral is not the truth. The priesthood's clothing is not the truth, no matter how beautiful it is. The real truth is found only in the Bible which hopefully is still somewhere inside the massive show case.

The truth is best displayed by those who not only know the truth, but live the truth. Unless fathers live the truth from their hearts they will never be able to pass its values and virtues on to the next generation.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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fathersTeachChildrenMen, while the main burden of homeschooling weighs mainly on the mother, I believe it is very important for the father to provide every assistance possible. The father must encourage his wife daily for the effort and sacrifice she makes. This effort should not be taken for granted. As fathers, we should not fail to . . .

1. Daily show interest in what the children are learning and accomplishing.
2. Help the children to understand things they find difficult to understand.
3. Step up to the plate if any of the children have a behavioral problem or need correction. Don't leave it only to your wife.
4. Help your wife in searching for the right curriculums for your particular children.
5. Join up with a homeschool support group in your area if you feel your wife needs more encouragement.
6. Be careful about running your children to every extracurricular activity they want to be involved in. This creates a very hectic lifestyle for the mother, especially if there is a larger family.
7. Make time for your wife so she can discuss with you the things that concern her about the children's learning. And pray for her every day as she faces this great task.

I believe that all true believers should take their children out of the public education system. We still have some godly teachers who are trying to hold up the light, but on the whole, children are now being taught from a humanist/liberal base and more and more the gay agenda is being including, plus classes on Islam. Children hang out for many hours every day in the company of peers who are usually a negative influence upon their lives.

Do we have a clear purpose for their education? If so, we will want them to receive a godly education.

Last night I was talking to my daughter-in-law and asked her what was her biggest reason for homeschooling. She replied that she did not want to be robbed of the time she would miss with her children, which adds up to thousands of hours. Over the course of their life at school, children will be away from their home for about three years of their life (that's apart from college). And this in the most formative years of their life!

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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