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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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Zechariah 9: 9: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

Mathew 21:5: “Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy king cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.” This Scripture tells us that Jesus fulfilled the Zechariah's prophecy when He chose to ride into Jerusalem on a colt, the foal of an ass.

This was indeed a humble form of transport for Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. The humble multitudes that heard His teaching and witnessed His miracles recognized who He was and spread their garments on the road and cut down branches from the trees and spread them in the way. Multitudes went before and behind saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest” (Matthew 21:9). All the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

There were more noble forms of transport in Jesus’ day. Perhaps a throne-type chair held aloft by several strong men, or a chariot with magnificent white horses would have appealed far more to the proud, political religious leaders. But they did not want to recognize a Messiah riding on an ass.

Men, this same Jesus Christ is still looking today for humble, meek, “donkey-type” men to ride on through the pathways, roads, and streets of this life on earth. He refuses the glamorous and prideful forms of transport.

And this is the way He brings in His peace. His kingdom consists of humble men and woman.

Come, ride on my life, Lord Jesus Christ, my King and my Master!

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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WhoRiseUpPsalm 94:16: “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”

It surprises me that there are so many churchgoers who support homosexuals and their right to be married. I believe this is because church leaders, for fear of losing their 501C3 status or losing people from their church, do not speak up about what God says concerning this issue.

Gods people are like sheep and easily led astray. Church leaders and parents who claim to be Christians must from time to time, especially at this moment which this subject is such a “hot potato,” should rise, up, stand up, and speak up.

Another reason why church leaders do not speak out against this moral perversion is that they are afraid of being branded a bigot or intolerant. They love the praises of men and want to be loved by all. They want to be popular, but the truth is not always popular. Antibiotic injections have to be given in order to save lives, even if the recipients don’t like needles being poked into them.

As parents, we must share with our children what God says about the sin of homosexuality. The state schools through Common Core are not afraid to educate the nation’s children to accept homosexuality as an alternative to heterosexual marriage. The media is fine with pushing alternative lifestyles.

However, because the world jams these immoral values into our young people’s minds, we as church leaders and parents cannot afford to hold back the truth. If we are silent because of fear of being branded bigots, homophobias or such like, woe unto us.

We must speak up now.
We must stand up now.
We must rise up now.

This is the time to educate our children with the truth of God’s Word or we will be in danger of losing them. Many have already lost their children to the deception of homosexuality because not enough people are prepared to rise up and call it what it is: homosexuality is an abomination to God and it should be to us.

Leviticus 18:22 says: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination.” This ruling comes from the Supreme Court of Heaven.

Be ready to rise up.

Colin Campbell

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noDoes God agree in any way with the Supreme Court’s decision on homosexual marriage? The answer is Absolutely No.

In the beginning God founded and ordained the institution of marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27, 28) Marriage between a man and a woman is sanctioned by God in multiple instances throughout the Bible. The Bible records no incidence where God sanctions or affirms homosexuality or marrying two of the same sex.

In the first book of the Bible, Genesis chapters 18 and 19 declare God’s hatred for homosexuality and His awesome judgment upon it.

The law of Moses prohibits and pronounces judgment against it (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; and Deuteronomy 23:17). There are 39 negative references to Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament and nine in the New Testament. They all speak of judgment concerning the cities and their sin of homosexuality.

Hate speech is frowned upon concerning race and homosexuality. However, God wants to bless every race, no matter their what their skin color. Just as murder is spoken against and no one sees that as hate speech, so must parents and church leaders speak up against all moral perversion (which uses the human sex drive to do things God did not ordain or create us to do).

The homosexual agenda is now taught in more and more state schools in our nation and there are many Christians who are deeply offended by the liberal hate speech opposing biblical morals. Christians are not taught in the Bible to hate homosexuals any more than they are taught to hate abortionists or murderers. But we are to hate the sin of homosexuality and must speak against this sin. In fact, we must speak out against all that God speaks again.

In the midst of all this we must always remember that we are all sinners in some way or other and that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die and shed His blood for each one of us and that by repenting and turning from our sin we are saved and cleansed from every sinful and moral offence against God.

God loves sinners but He does not love or condone the sin. The supreme Court dared to rule on the behalf of what God condemns and unfortunately, and sadly, the country will suffer for their decision.

Christians cannot bow to their ruling, but only to God’s ruling.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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LittleFellowA careful man I want to be;
A little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he’ll go the self-same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate’er he sees me do, he tries.
Like me he says he’s going to be;
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I’m so very fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go
Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,
I’m building for the years to be;
The little chap who follows me.

~ Unknown

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ForgiveThemIt’s hard to imagine how many families are torn apart through the failure to forgive. Ephesians 2:4 says: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins . . . ” To be rich in mercy is to be rich in forgiveness.

In the midst of unimaginable suffering and taking upon Himself the sin of the world, Jesus cried from cross, “Father, forgive them: for they know not whatthey do.” Without a doubt, the crime of all crimes was the crucifixion of the Jewish Messiah by His own flesh and blood. And yet it was all our sins, both Jew and Gentile, that nailed Him to that cross.

God had forgiveness in His heart when He planned our salvation from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). However, no matter how willing God is to forgive, it can only be received and experienced by the repentant, believing heart (John 1:12 and 3:16).

As men and fathers, God does not want us to be like Shakespeare’s Macbeth, always wanting our pound of flesh. God does not want us to be severe, cold, and calculating when it comes to forgiveness and peacemaking. However, this does not mean that we should be sloppy and giving forgiveness and fellowship to adulterers and fornicators while they continue in their sin. Far be it. But we should have a fervent desire to see fellowship restored, even if it is at great cost to us.

It cost our Heavenly Father His beloved Son. How much cost are we, His followers, prepared to pay? Forgiveness is not something we as Christians should struggle to give; rather our hearts should be full of it, always desiring for the right moment to pour it out.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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