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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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InGodTrustPsalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”

Isaiah 26:2: “Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation, which keeps the truth may enter in.” The United States, like Israel, was founded upon the truth, “God is the LORD.” “In God we trust” is the founding statement of this nation.

Not all that left Egypt truly trusted in the Lord, for there was a mixed multitude among them. Exodus 12:8 says: “And a mixed multitude went up also with them.”

Nehemiah 13:3 says: “Now it came to pass when they heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.”

Likewise, the United States was founded primarily by people who trust in God. However, there has always been a “mixed multitude” of people of other faiths, or no faith at all.

Numbers 11:4 says: “And the mixed multitude among them fell a lusting.” It appears that the mixed multitude who did not really fear or trust in God caused Israel to sin. They were most likely the people who dwelt in the “uttermost parts of the camp” (Numbers 11:1).

There were gates God wanted Israel to go through but the mixed multitude weakened their stand for truth and integrity. The same principle applies today. We must not allow the doctrines of the mixed multitudes to dilute our nation’s truth, “In God we trust.” If we as a nation allow other faiths or doctrines of the mixed multitude amongst us to dilute our integrity we will not be able to possess the gates of our enemies either.

The only way to possess the gates is to “keep the truth.” God gave Abraham promises because of his obedience. Genesis 22:16, 17 says: “Because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.”

If we do not keep the truth, not only will we not be able to possess the gates of our enemies, but sad to say, our enemies will possess our gates. This is happening in our land even as I write. Our colleges are full of the philosophies of the mixed multitudes. Our president is very pro-Islam. Our churches are invaded with political correctness, which in itself if a bunch of lies, and anything but correct as far as God’s truth goes.

Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:18: “Upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WalkSecurelyPsalm 25:21: “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me.”

Truth and integrity are twins. You can’t have integrity without truth. The kingdom of God is a kingdom of truth, coupled with integrity. Half truths do not add up to integrity because it is part truth and part something else. Half the witness is not the full witness because it withholds certain facts that could make all the difference to the outcome of the judgment in court.

Integrity is soundness, completeness, and without fault.

In today’s world signatures, handshakes, and covenants or oaths are almost meaningless. If you have a smart and slick attorney you can get away with almost anything. Consequently, integrity is regarded as old fashioned and obsolete by many. Although, thank God, not all.

This last weekend I was speaking on the subject of Truth and Integrity and mentioned some examples where integrity still means a lot to us, especially in the area of safety.

How would we feel about boarding an aircraft that lacked in integrity in the landing gear or instrument panel? Coming into Phoenix on a Southwest airline we had the hardest touchdown I had ever experienced. We literally landed with a big bang. I was so glad there was integrity built into the landing gear. I was glad we landed very smoothly at Nashville. I was somewhat anxious as was the chief stewardess who voiced her concern at Phoenix and her approval at Nashville.

I believe that moral integrity is much more important than the integrity we place on our physical safety. Moral integrity provides safety for body, soul, and spirit.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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RaisingNoNOWhen Pilate asked Jesus if he was a king, Jesus answered: “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?”

The devil masquerades himself an angel of light. Millions are snared into believing that Islam, Buddha, Hinduism, atheism, communism, and countless other deceptions are speaking the truth. They obviously cannot all be right. Therefore Pilate’s question to Jesus still remains a mystery to millions.

If Pilate only knew when he asked the question of all questions, “What is truth?" that THE TRUTH was standing right in front of Him, the One condemned to be crucified by the High Priest as well as the leaders of Israel.

The answer to Pilate’s question was confirmed to the world three days later by Jesus’ rising from the dead. Jesus had stated: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). He also said in Matthew 12:40: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

In the final analysis, the only basis for all truth is God. We can only know Him through His Son, Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Jesus said: “Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 8:37).

What our country desperately needs to lead us are men and woman who hear Jesus’ voice. In the end, no one else, no matter how good-looking, how talented, how worldly-wise, how well-educated, or how appealing in personality can be trusted. This country and the world needs the real truth, not the counterfeit.

We parents must raise up sons and daughters who are of the truth--who seek the truth, who recognize and know the truth, who daily hear the voice of Jesus Christ who is the only truth, and who speak the truth.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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RaisingYesYesWho in their right mind wants to do business with liars? Who wants to be married to a liar? Who wants to be led by a liar? One thing is absolutely certain: “You cannot ever trust a liar.” It is pharisaical and ludicrous to be so easily deceived by so many of these liars. Political want-to-be leaders stand up before millions and look so innocent, speak so plausibly, and say all the right things they think you want them to say--and we gullibly swallow their tempting bait.

We need to check out the following regarding those who want us to vote for them:
1. Can they be trusted to do what they say they will do?
2. Are they compulsive liars?
3. What is their integrity and track record?

The last time we elected a president nobody really knew. In 2012 we still did not learn our lesson. Are we not in danger of committing the same mistake again? We are in desperate need of a president who has a solid track record of always telling the truth. Blessed is the nation that can find an honest man to lead them. Political correctness is a nice term for lying, cheating, and deceiving if the party politics do not agree with the honest truth.

We must ask ourselves. Why is it so hard to find a man of strength, courage, and power to speak the truth? If we are honest, we will realize the answer lies in our failing homes, families, churches and schools of learning.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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SpeakTruthNowJesus states in Matthew 5:37: “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

As homeschooling parents, or otherwise, it is imperative to teach our children the absolute necessity to speak the truth and hate lying.

As America faces the coming election of a new president, the polls show that the citizens are fed up and sick and tired of leaders who lie through their back teeth. To them political correctness is far more important than speaking the truth. When a nation looks to elect a new president, the last thing they need is a man or woman who says all the right things but does exactly the opposite when they come into office. Lying is one of the main ingredients of corruption.

There is a famine in the land for truth speakers. We have far too many politicians in Washington who are corrupting the nation with lies. Our country is being morally weakened, on a daily basis, by leaders who have no stomach for the truth and who ostracize and criticize those who stand up against them.

What sort of parents did these liars have? What sort of church did they attend? What sort of college education did they receive? We must pray them off their thrones and vote them out once and for all. America needs people who will only speak the truth.

The world desperately needs people of truth. We will destroy ourselves quickly if this country does not quickly honor the truth, praise the truth, and love the truth. We urgently need a revival of speaking the truth and doing what we said we would do.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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