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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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SaltEarthEphesians 5:11 challenges us to "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."

Salt, is a wonderful spice for enhancing the flavor of food and is also a powerful preservative. The Scripture spiritualizes the value of salt, especially in these two areas. As believers, we are the salt of the whole earth. We are to make the earth palatable to God. As salt destroys corruption and purifies in order to preserve what is good, so we are to actively attack all corruption around us. Whenever we discover corruption in our own lives, or in our families, we must activate the salt shaker.

We must dispense the salt wherever we go. We need to shake our salt all over Washington DC. We must REPROVE the works of darkness, or as other translations say, EXPOSE the works of darkness.

I believe the whole nation needs to be shaken with a heavy dose of salt. We Christian men have access to the same salt that Jesus had, the Word of Truth coupled with a Spirit-filled life. Most Christian men are not using the salt shaker liberally, therefore corruption abounds.

Let's be filled with the Holy Spirit and God's Word--and keep on shaking the salt.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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SaltEarthJesus said in Matthew 5:13, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." Men who are salt shakers sprinkle salt on everything. Salt Shakers have solid convictions based upon the truth of God's Word. Salt Shakers are not afraid to stand up for these convictions before their fellow men. Salt Shakers are the greatest need of this hour.

We must realize more than ever the importance of having God's Word deeply entrenched in our lives. In John 15:7 Jesus said, "If he abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

Many confess they are Christians and are "in Christ" as it tell us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Yet, they do not have the Word of Christ abiding in them. How can we have strong convictions, based on the truth, if the truth is scarcely abiding in us? Not only should we be constantly reading and meditating on God's Word, but we should also have our spiritual ears wide open to hear what God wants to speak to us on a daily basis.

If we find ourselves in the midst of situations that conflict with the Word of Christ within us, we must stand up for what we know to be right and SPRINKLE THE SALT!

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, DO IT WITH THY MIGHT!"

"If a man does not have a full time job, he has a full time job looking for a job!"

Men, if work is hard to find, do not give up. Look Harder. In hard times, it is often more difficult to find real hard working men that to find a decent job to work hard at. There are too many ordinary men that are barely average in their work ethic.

Manliness is best expressed by an extraordinary work ethic. Men who go far beyond what is normally expected are rare indeed. Men who put their shoulder to the task, who roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. These are the men who make themselves indispensible. They are the last ones to be laid off, and the first to be re-hired.

Men who work really hard are always respected and admired for what they do. One does not have to be doing manual work to as it were "roll up your sleeves" for all work requires it.

I have also noticed that hard working men are rarely overweight, but usually lean and sinuous because of their vitality. No dragging the chain here! No slouching. No mooching. Let's get the job done! They don't have time to get soft and flabby. Who wants to hire soft, overweight men?

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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man upMen, don't allow your work-related manhood to atrophy. If, as 1 Timothy 5:8 tells us that if we don't work and provide for our family that we deny the faith and are worse than an infidel, it stands for reason that working and providing is a more spiritual part of our faith that we realize. God made men to be providers. He expects us to work hard and be generous with our provision. Working to provide is a strong part of our manliness and if we deny this principle in our lives, our manliness will be impaired.

Ephesians 4:28 says, "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." In a sense, we steal from society if we do not work to provide for ourselves and others. I realize that many who are on government subsidies when they could be working if they got off their butts and became more serious about finding work to help with provision, for their own and other needy families, would be offended if they were told they were stealing from society. I know I am sounding blunt and the emasculated feminized men may find this a tough truth to swallow.

The truth is that no country or nation can survive the high rate of unemployment and government hand outs that we have for long. We are crashing and it's just a matter of time before we hit the ground. We Christian men must lead the way out of this mess by doing with all our hearts whatever God has given us to do.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Men, the Scriptures make the matter regarding men working and providing for their families very clear, and I might add, very strong. 1 Timothy 5:8 says, "But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel." These words are very strong indeed as they classify a man who is able to work but for whatever reason does not, as an infidel and a denier of the faith.

Men, we must make every endeavor to find work no matter what the work may be. Just because the government provides all sorts of programs that literally pay for everything, including health food, utilities, mortgages, etc. we should only use this assistance as a last resort and for as short a time as possible.

These programs sap men of their initiative, character, and creativity Extreme socialism turns men into wimps and promotes laziness. No communist country has been successful in creating entrepreneurship that effectively lifts the living standards of the masses.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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