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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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speaktruthMen, we must not waver or compromise the truth under any circumstances. Do not ever apologize for speaking the truth because of pressure, no matter where the pressure comes from.

Deuteronomy 1:17 says, "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man." Check Deuteronomy 16:19 also.

We must not play politics for this is the main reason for the disgrace in which our country finds itself. It's the way we are told Washington does business. Playing politics may be acceptable in Washington, but it's not acceptable to God who is the ultimate Judge of the nations. Playing Politics is playing double standards. It's speaking out of both sides of the mouth. Playing politics is playing with corruption and eventually turns the nation's leadership into a governmental mafia of huge proportions.

Biblical ethics remain the same no matter what the situation. There has never been a time in the history of our nation as great as this moment for the lifting up of truth. Truth is at the heart core of all Christian values. Christian values are absolutes. They remain the same even when we do not hold to them anymore.

Just as Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, the unchangeable Christ, even so must we men and fathers be like him in all things.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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lwgrSpiritual legalism is truth without grace and mercy. John 1:17 says, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Rules and regulations coupled with severe consequences of breaking them is a bondage to mankind, especially when they discover that try as they may in their own strength, they have now power to keep them.

Truth is exactly what it is, "the truth," We all agree how important it is for the truths of biblical values to be taught and practiced in this valueless period in which we live. However, without the grace and mercy of God poured out upon us we remain helpless.

The good news is that Jesus Christ is full of grace and truth, coupled with mercy for all who call upon Him. The Pharisees and Sadducees were legalistic in that they preached the truth with hardness which they could not keep in its entirety. The crowds loved Jesus' preaching for not only did gracious words pour from His lips (Luke 4:22) but He also showed great mercy to the women taken in the very act of adultery.

Jesus was very strong with His denunciation on the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees. Read Matthew 23:13-16.

Men, we must always advocate the values of standards of the Scriptures to our families, coupled with lots of love and grace. They should see us as joyful and loving advocates of God's truth, not stern, harsh, and unloving. This will turn them away.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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remainsilentMen, while all Christian values have their place, some are more important than others. The more important values need more emphasis. Jesus confronted this point with the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:23: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."

Christians in general are notorious for getting caught in the same trap. We argue the point over so many things that have no great consequence. Should we wear dresses to the ankles or knees? Should women wear head coverings? Should men wear suits and ties to church? What sort of music should we have in our churches? More importantly, are we hearing the anointed Word of God? Are we reaching out to the poor? Are souls being saved?

Even in our family life we put more importance on decor and having all the mod cons than sharing God's Word and praying each day with our families. It is more important to have a home of love, peace, and happiness than a home of arguments, fault-finding, and marriage breakdown.

Because we are living in a day of much temptation toward impurity of heart, mind, and actions we must lay much emphasis on keeping our hearts and minds pure. We must prioritize values regarding holiness of heart and mind along with values that promote love, mercy, and peace.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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farmersMen, in order to pass on the baton of Christian values effectively we must refrain from being overly severe, stern, and serious. While there is merit in being stern when dealing with disobedience and foolishness, we must not be known as severe, unloving men in our general every day demeanor.

The American Gothic painting by Grant Wood of the farmer with his pitchfork and the spinster daughter depicts the overly serious nature of that time. Even the church has erred a great deal in the past by depicting God as an overly serious punisher of all mankind. You see this revealed in the Renaissance period in the stain glass windows of cathedrals as well as the famous art galleries of that time.

The apostle John, who leaned on Jesus' breast, writes more about the love of God than any other writer in God's Word. In revealing God he plainly states: "God is love" (1 John 4:8). John is not talking about a sloppy, cheap, surface love, but rather a deep-rooted love that comes from the heart that is filled with the merciful, gracious, and most generous love that is always genuine and never disingenuous or flattering.

Men, this type of love most definitely helps to pass the baton of Christian virtues and values on to the next generation.

Jude 1:20, 21 states, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." This Scripture implies that in order to keep ourselves at all times in God's love we must always be praying in the Holy Ghost. This is not just logical praying without any feeling or heart passion, Rather, it is praying with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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lionheadMen, fear of what others may think or reprisals from enemies or friends should never stop us from holding up the standards of the Lord. Proverbs 28:1 says, "The righteous are as BOLD AS A LION."

In 1 Chronicles 12:8 it tells us about the Gadites who "separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the FACES OF LIONS, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains." Most likely their lion-like faces represented their lion-like spirits and character. If King David was blessed to have such men in his army to fight for his kingdom, how much more should our Heavenly King, Jesus Christ, who now sits on David's throne be blessed to have you and me appearing with lion-like faces to fight for the passing on of His virtues and standards.

There are no devils and demons of evil men that can withstand the boldness of the lions who fight in the battles of "the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David." Revelation 5:5 tells us that He is the One who has "prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals."

Acts 4:13 says, "Now when they saw the BOLDNESS of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."

Many times it is hard to stand up to loved ones, especially of your own family who have grown up and speak for desecrated values. It is also difficult to stand up against the tide of popular opinion on the subject of birth control and raising up family Bible reading and prayer.

We are living in a window of time that is calling for fearless Christians who will not be afraid to call sin exactly what it is--sin. We must call lies what they are--lies. We must, with love and in tears, call every sin exactly what it is. Homosexuality is sin--it is in opposition to the standards and values of God. Over indulgence in alcohol is sin--it creates a dropping of righteous standards. Drug abuse is sin. Adultery is sin. Showing off the flesh with suggestive sexual lust is sin. Plus a host of other sins that have crept into family life and the church today.

Psalm 94:16 gives the cry: "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?"

God is calling for fathers to rise up against the flood of iniquity. We must take our stand with loving boldness to push back the devil's attack on godly values and standards right now.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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