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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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LetNotManSeparateMen, I mentioned in my last post that whatever it takes for a man to woo a woman and bring her to the altar to say, "I do," is what it takes to hold the marriage together. Because of the storms that currently attack the very existence and idea of marriage, we need to MORE THAN DOUBLE OUR EFFORTS to maintain and grow our marriages.

In today's world of divorce, and even multiple divorces, plus the homosexual agenda that degrades holy wedlock, it makes it harder for marriages that are going through struggles, small or great, to survive. All of this means that we Christians have to work harder than ever to keep our marriages strong and meaningful. We Christians have Christ on our side and we can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13).

If married couples could demonstrate to the world the love, unity, and care that God intends us to express in our marriages, why, the world would knock down our doors to find out what we have that they do not have.

The question is: How is this possible if we, God's people, do not allow Christ into our marriages? He must be in control of our individual lives as well as our joined-together lives.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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ColinNancyToday, 2nd March, my wife and I celebrate our 52nd wedding anniversary. All these years have been unbelievably, amazingly beautiful. I would love to have at least 52 years more with the woman of my life.

Men, we who are married must realize more than ever that marriage is under serious attack. It is so important to not ever take our marriage for granted. The man or woman who does nothing, or little to strengthen and build up their marriage relationship is foolish at any time, let alone the times we in which we now live.

We all live in homes that too a few months or more to construct. But that is not the end. We have to keep maintaining the home in order to keep it ship shape and as new as it was the day we first took possession. We have to keep cleaning the home. Stains have to be removed from carpets, doors need new latches, walls and ceilings need repainting from time to time, plumbing needs constant attention and so on.

Our marriage is like a house. It may take a few months to prepare for the time of the wedding ceremony, the honeymoon is over in a week or two, and then the work of maintenance begins. Just imagine what a new home would look like, both inside and out, without a maintenance program. It would soon deteriorate.

Men, I believe that whatever brought your marriage into being in the first place is what it takes to keep it going. Whatever you did to win your wife's heart in the beginning is what it takes to keep her happy and contented through the years.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BiblicalMarriageMen, I believe that one of the main reasons why the nation succumbs to the homosexual assault of holy wedlock is because of the churches' low esteem on the sanctity of marriage.

How can we expect the world to honor the ordinance of marriage as sacred if we do not regard the vows we make to each other as sacred and holy? Are we not at fault for the decline of esteem for marriage as something very sacred, established by God in the Garden of Eden, and honored by Christ when He turned the water into wine at the marriage in Cana of Galilee?

Vows are indeed sacred and we should treat them with utmost respect, coupled with the fear of the Lord.

The divorce rate in America has made a mockery of holy wedlock, thus weakening God's high moral standard. Divorce should in no way be "the norm" of the Christian church. Sad to say, with approximately 50 percent of Christian marriages ending in divorce, it is pretty much "the norm" in this nation.

We who call ourselves Christians should be weeping over the sacrilege of our broken vows that invoke the name of our triune God. Sadly, we ask: Where are the tears? This does not mean that I, as a pastor, should not be merciful and understanding to those who have, for whatever reason, suffered the sadness and hurt suffered by break-up and divorce. The church should make every endeavor to help and support a suffering couples with all the love and care we can give.

The reason why we Christians of this 21st century cannot muster the strength to fight in this day of battle and experience a resounding victory over the perversity of the homosexual agenda is that we have become weak through our failure to stem the tide of divorce. Sad to say, unless we repent, the homosexuals will put the final nails in the coffin of holy wedlock between one man and one woman.

We must ask ourselves: Is God pleased with the state of the church for the way it treats the values of a Christ-like marriage for the world to see? Answer: Definitely not. In fact, quite the opposite. We must repent that the pearls of God's design for marriage have, and are being trampled on.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WhenTheEnemyWhile we still have freedom of speech in this land, we should exercise our freedom to speak out against the evils that seek to destroy all the righteous goodness that has made this country the great nation that it is--or should we say, has been.

Marriage is a foundation stone, ordained of God, from which springs all the families that make the nation what it is--either good or bad. The sanctity of marriage has been, and continues to be, under enormous attack from the enemy.

We read in Scripture that marriage symbolizes the spiritual relationship that Christ, our heavenly Bridegroom has with His bride, the true church that is meant to be always seeking to please her ever-loving Husband. That is why we as the bride of Christ should steadfastly resist all efforts to pervert the marriage act and the ordinance of holy matrimony that God has blessed, not only within the church, but also outside of it.

The well-being of our nation is dependent on our allegiance to uphold the truth and our resistance to all that is false.

Men, we need to pray about the government taking control of the Internet. There is talk of them passing a bill, "Net Equality," but as usual, no one knows anything about it. Sound familiar? They will surely try to stop all opposition against gay marriage, etc. The Internet is a major bastion of our freedom of speech and we do not need the government taking control.

Pray, stand up, and speak out. Call your representative and be a voice.

Isaiah 59:19 says: "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." The standard needs standard-bearers. This means you and me.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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AbundantGraceLast night I was impressed to watch a lady on Fox News who owns a Florist business. Because of her religious beliefs, she refuses to sell flowers to homosexuals for their weddings. All I can say is that she is one courageous woman who is prepared to stand up for her honest convictions in the midst of a nation that has become so wimpy and flaky on this subject. May God bless her over and over again. All Christians need to pray for her because the powers that be within the states, the government, and even some churches will surely try to demonize her and put her out of business.

It would be a great testimony if all Christian businesses, and churches, who provide services for weddings would also follow her example and demonstrate to the world how deeply offended genuine Christians are regarding the defaming of marriage. The holy marriage ordinance, sanctioned by God for the purpose of joining together a man and a woman in holy matrimony has been abused and defiled. Homosexuals are trampling under their feet the holy things of God. Those who call themselves Christians and sanction this behavior need to read their Bibles a whole lot more in order to understand what God says about this subject.

Many argue that we should just love and encourage these people no matter what their lifestyle. I believe this is sloppy love, not biblical which puts our love to God first. It is cheap grace which is not true biblical grace.

Titus 2: 11-14 tells us about biblical grace: "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

No matter what politicians do to change the laws of this land, we all have to one day answer to God's laws, whether we believe them or not.

2 Corinthians 5:10: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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