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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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Growthpromotes1 Peter 2:2 says: "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby."

Just as healthy growing children have good appetites, so we must always be increasing in our appetite for righteousness. Growth is a healthy thing in young people. Shoes and clothes quickly become too small. It's a good thing!

The only way to satisfy a hungry appetite is to feed it!

Fathers and mothers must also do all they can to promote spiritual hungry appetites in their children. It is imperative that we prove daily doses of God's Word, coupled with prayer in a way that promotes an ever increasing appetite in them for God and for righteousness.

Parents are responsible before God for the creation of spiritual growth in their children. And growth promotes appetite. Even though there comes a time in the natural order that young people reach their full height and their appetite settles down somewhat, we must never stop growing in the spiritual realm.

God is calling for spiritual giants. We become spiritual giants by the divine force of growth. Parents, we must grow spiritual giants who have a ravenous appetite for righteousness. These are the young people who will flood the world with righteousness. But we cannot do this unless we ourselves have a continual increasing hunger for righteousness. We lead the way.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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BlessedThirst"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). I believe the filling is dependent upon the extent of our hunger and thirst. The first filling of the Holy Spirit followed a ten day continual prayer meeting of hungry, thirsty people.

Without doubt they needed much more than their natural gifts and talents to fulfill the great commission of making disciples for Christ in all nations. Their Messiah had just been put to death by a hostile, devil-inspired, religious people because He proclaimed the truth. They would proclaim this same truth and knew they would face the wrath of the devil. They knew they needed to be filled with the promised power of the Holy Spirit if they were to see an evil world converted to a salvation of righteousness. They hungered and thirsted for this power that would enable them to lead nations to Christ.

Men, as fathers we owe it to our children to give them the legacy of a father who is filled with the Holy Spirit and power from on high. If we are going to be filled with righteousness and our children filled with righteousness we most certainly need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Are you hungering and thirsting after this righteous blessing?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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blessed righteousnessToday we continue the series, THE BEAUTIFUL ATTITUDES which I was writing to you before leaving for Europe.

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6).

God is calling for men whose utmost desire is to seek after righteousness. How wonderful it would be if each one who calls himself "Christian" would have an insatiable hunger and thirst for righteousness, not only for their own lives, but also for their city, state, nation, and the world.

This hunger and thirst should, and can be, so great that it drives us to our knees in earnest prayer that all ungodliness and corruption will cease and that godliness will flood the land.

Men, all the while the prayer meetings are empty and unattended, or if they are lifeless and without passion, it reveals our failure to hunger and thirst for righteousness.

When someone is deprived of food and water, they soon become desperate for these essential commodities of life. If we were genuinely, both individually and corporately, hungry and thirsty for righteousness, the prayer meetings would be packed full of people crying out to God.

We can say ever so quickly that we love righteousness, but how much do we hunger and thirst for it? It is only the hungry and thirsty who are promised the filling. It is not for those who merely make casual requests for it.

Prayer meetings are really for the hungry and thirsty. The rest may as well stay home. They will only take up the time with insincere and impassionate empty words.

Men, where are the hungry and thirsty? They are crying out to God?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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GodBlessAmericaWe cannot call ourselves Christians or a follower of God if we do not agree with Him. A true Christian agrees with God's judgments and decisions. God has clearly made known His judgments on homosexuality, let alone gay marriage.

Men, to those who want to defend their acceptance of homosexual marriage on the basis of Scripture where Jesus states in Matthew 7:1, "Judge not that ye be not judged" does not mean that we should not judge between right and wrong. We all make judgments every day regarding what we should do or not do. If we should not judge , why do we present oral arguments before nine judges at the Supreme Court?

Those who wrote their disagreements regarding yesterday's post on the basis of being judgmental have also placed their judgment on me.

We are told over and over in the Scriptures that we must judge righteously (John 7;24; 1 Corinthians 6:2-5; 10:15; and 11:13 etc.). What Jesus is saying is that we should not bring our anger on people we disagree with, e.g. make a physical application of vengeance. Matthew 26:52: "All that take the sword shall perish with the sword."

Regarding homosexuality God very clearly reveals His judgment on the matter by warning after warning. There are at least 39 mentions of Sodom,. Sodomite, and Sodomites in the Old Testament and at least ten in the New Testament. All are given as warnings so that we will make righteous judgments and decisions, now and forever.

I want God to bless America.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

What does God's Word say about judging one another?
Check out: http://tinyurl.com/PermissionToJudge

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lev1822Today the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on the highly controversial subject of gay marriage. Please pray. Pray with your families. Don't let anything hinder you from praying.

As I have previously written on this subject, I am highly opposed to all homosexual behavior. As a dedicated Christian who knows what the Holy Bible clearly states about homosexuality, I have no choice but to reject it, because God rejects it. Leviticus 18:22 says, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination."

Homosexuality is not natural for it goes against the natural God-given function of men and women. We must not allow our minds to be twisted by some that propound that "they were born that way." This means they have no choice in the matter and it would be unfair for God or man to judge them as sinners.

I ask the question: "Are prostitutes born prostitutes? Can thieves cannot help themselves because they were born thieves? Do murderers murder because they were born murderers? Give me a break. Some say they know gays who are wonderful neighbors and friends, therefore it would be wrong to judge them. People can say, and do say the same about murderers, rapists, and thieves. Most people, no matter what they do in the dark can often appear to be friendly neighbors and workmates to unsuspecting people.

The evil of homosexuality, like all sin, is contagious if unchecked. We must never forget that just as Sodom and Gomorrah were judged by God with a massive overthrow of fire and brimstone (Genesis 18 ad 19) so were many powerful empires brought down when homosexuality was at its highest level, e.g. the Roman Empire.

The fact that there are those who support gay marriage, giving it the same status as the marriage of one man and one woman denigrates holy wedlock which was initiated and ordained by God in the beginning.

Marriage is a holy institution. Genesis 23, 24 says: "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a MAN leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his WIFE: and they shall be one flesh."

Those who fear God will stand against legalizing gay marriage for the Bible makes it clear that this sin brings judgment from God on cities, nations, and empires. Just because we may feel safe at this present time does not mean to say that judgment will not come. Remember Noah's flood. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah. God has not changed.

I believe God loves all sinners enough to send His only beloved son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. All we have to do is repent and be converted. It is right that we should love all homosexuals, but hate their sin. Even as we should love all sinners, but at the same time hate their sin.

The so-called Christians who support gay marriage do not adhere to the same Bible that I seek to adhere to. Nor do they serve the same God that I seek to worship. Just as God is indeed a God of AMAZING GRACE, He is also a God who judges those who trifle and abuse His grace.

Galatians 6:7, 8 says: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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