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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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peopleperishMen, I would like to list some of the reasons why the major roles of parents are at an all time low, and why these reasons affect biblical ethics and values being passed on to the next generation.

1. Parenting is not an important role in the church.
Many churches fail to take these roles seriously enough to make Fatherhood and Motherhood a vital teaching of their church agenda.

2. Insufficient emphasis.
Giving lip service to the importance of parenting or an occasional encouraging mention is not enough. The Bible has much to say on this subject from the beginning to the end.

3. Ignorance

a) Ignorance on the subject by pastors who have not been trained themselves in this subject.
b) Ignorance as to the gravity of the problem. It is the main cause for the accelerating of the drug and sex culture, even in the church.
c) Ignorance on the doctrine of parenting in the Scriptures.
d) Ignorance that causes leadership in churches to think that parenting is a natural virtue and does not need further teaching.

IGNORANCE LEAVES THE DOCTRINE OF PARENTING TO THE CULTURE OF THE DAY!

To be continued. Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Keep GoingGenesis 18:17-19: "And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do: . . . For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment."

Men, one of the greatest problems that we have to overcome in the relay race of passing on the baton of biblical values to the next generation is summed up in the word "endurance." Do we have the endurance to see the task completed?

We must guard against softening our stand on the principles of truth. Sometimes I see politicians and businesses stand up against corruption, resulting in much opposition. How disappointing to later see them cave in because they do not have what it takes to endure the contradiction of the opposition. Hebrews 12:3 says, "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

How sad to see state after state who have opposed the homosexual agenda for years now caving in. They did not have the endurance to pass on the baton of time-tested Christian Judeo ethics and values. Their surrender has resulted in state wide moral corruption, which in turn weakens other states to follow suit. This can be said of not only the homosexual agenda, but multitudes of other moral issues.

The fatherhood role of passing on the baton of godly values has suffered incredibility in so-called Christian America and the west. Because the biblical role of fatherhood, with all its responsibilities, has not been strongly taught as a major foundation stone in nation-building for many years, it has gradually succumbed to the corrupting attacks of the evil one.

This abdication of parental values and rights has led to the state becoming the legal parents of multitudes of our children. This is sadly the position we face more and more these days. I firmly believe that the biblical roles of both father and mother need to have far more attention in the teachings of the churches.

The church at large is not teaching important doctrine. Is it because of an over emphasis on other truths at the expense of this foundational truth? Or perhaps the mindset that godly parenting just happens naturally. Whatever the reason, true biblical parenting is at an all-time low and desperately needs to be revived. Somewhere along the line, fathers have dropped the ball and the opposite spiritual team to us has picked it up and is running away with it.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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familychurchMen, I firmly believe in the importance of attending some type of church service on a regular basis. Whether it is a large church or a small home church is not the point. The point is that you, along with your family, are gathering together with other Christians to worship, be encouraged, exhorted, warned, and sharpened by the anointed preaching of God's Word.

Hebrews 10:25 says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

We must teach our children that we are not to be an exclusive island to ourselves, but rather that we have a responsibility to fellowship and worship with others. In this way we are accountable to one another.

In Ephesians 2:4-6 Paul tells us that "God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (made us alive) TOGETHER WITH CHRIST." But we are not only together in Christ, but together with one another. "And hath RAISED US UP TOGETHER, and made us SIT TOGETHER in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." As believers, we are together with one another in our plural togetherness in Christ Jesus. If we stay at home on our own with our children, how will they learn their responsibility to love, fellowship, and care for their fellow believers with whom they share such a blessed inheritance in Christ?

It seems a tragedy to me that having this amazing grace to be crucified, buried, raised, and seated together with Christ Jesus, yet we are still so carnal that we shun and resist our togetherness with one another here on this earth. Shame on us.

The body of Christ has many members and as with our own bodies, we need every one of them (1 Corinthians 12:12-20). How can we exhort, edify, and encourage one another when we won't even worship the Lord with one another?

The assembling of ourselves together is definitely more than having people come over to our house for fellowship. The Lord, through the apostles, set up the New Testament church with apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors/teachers. These men are also called elders, and alongside these men are deacons. The Lord has a purpose in establishing His church this way, and we had better not forsake it. If we do, we do so to our own peril.

By this means we then have assistance in passing on the baton of biblical values to the next generation. However, as fathers, we must not in any way pass our own responsibilities as fathers to the church.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Prov1911AngerProverbs 15:18 (HSCB): "A hot-tempered man stirs up conflict, but a man slow to anger calms strife." As we raise our children, it is important for us fathers to teach them how to be peacemakers and not strife-stirrers. We do this by example of course.

Because children are immature and are susceptible to foolishness, we fathers and mothers must learn the art of being peacemakers. We all know that this is not a once in a while thing but is a ministry that has to be exercised daily. A parent who does not have their own anger under control cannot settle a dispute successfully. A firm, but at the same time, calm spirit can quickly settle the hostility between siblings.

Even strife between adults cannot be settled when one party is angry, or both parties have never been taught how to take control over anger in their spirits. Whenever we sense anger rising in ourselves, we must immediately go to prayer and seek the Lord to give us the strength to keep it in check, or we will quickly become unrighteous. What may begin righteously, if not watched closely, may soon become unrighteous, especially in the case of anger or those who do not know how to control their anger.

The most important aspect of parenting children is to teach them how to deal with their anger from an early age. Being "slow to anger" is one of God's attributes and a godly virtue of those who seek to be conformed to His image.

Our God is a God who is "ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, SLOW TO ANGER, and of great kindness" (Nehemiah 9:17).

"The Lord is merciful and gracious, SLOW TO ANGER, and plenteous in mercy" (Psalm 103:8).

"Turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, SLOW TO ANGER, and of great kindness" (Joel 2:13).

"The Lord is SLOW TO ANGER, and great in power" (Nahum 1:3).

The Word speaks to us in James 1:19, 20: "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, SLOW TO WRATH: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."

In the Wild West, a man was famous if he could draw his pistol like a streak of lightning, although he could shoot more accurately if he could calm himself down. However, as far as anger goes, it is better to both be slow on the draw and also keep your spirit calm at all times.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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tastewordsProverbs 15:1: "A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger."

Men, if we do not want our children to be angry with us because we have spoken hurtful and grievous words to them, we must learn how to control our own spirits. Proverbs 16:32 says, "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." And Proverbs 19:11 (NKJB) says, "A man's discretion makes him slow to anger."

Surely, none of us fathers want to be remembered after we are dead and gone as being angry fathers. Even when the behavior of our children deserves a sharp rebuke, we must keep our own spirits under close reign. Speaking words of discipline and correction goes further to bring about the desired results when spoken with a soft and appealing tone. Anger, even righteous anger, can quickly get out of control and become unrighteous if it is not guarded carefully.

In times of strife, we must also remember that "a soft answer turns away anger." This does not mean that we should in anyway compromise the truth. But truth is received better when served with a little honey. Slamming down people's throats your hard-line opinions does little to bring about change for good.

Men, every day we are influencing our children for good or for bad. Every day we are involved with the great work of passing the baton on to the next generation. We must daily pray that we will do an excellent job of imparting biblical values to the next generation.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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