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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.

MarriageOrdained"Marriage ordained by God is with one man and one woman. No exceptions."

~ Colin Campbell

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MenBackboneWho can tolerate a spineless man?
The nation needs men with backbone--
Men with backbone in their commitment to Christ and His course!
Men who have stickability in the battle of life!
Men who will not bend and bow in the face of opposition!
Men who will not give up on their marriage and fatherhood!
Men who, no matter what the enemy hurls at them, will not quit.

~ Colin Campbell

Painting: “Pardners” by Sonya Terpening (1954, American).

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PrayerWeaponPrayer has the power to change the world.
Without it the world has the power to change us!

~ Colin Campbell

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DoublePortion2The “double portion” is ultimately fulfilled in God’s Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Adam, creationally speaking, was God’s firstborn son because he was the beginning of God’s creation of mankind.

However, because of Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eden, Adam forfeited his position of retaining the honor and privilege of the firstborn, double portion blessing. Jesus Christ is now the firstborn of God’s new creation of man. He is the second Adam who now supersedes the first Adam.

1 Corinthians 15:22 says: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” God intended that all of Israel’s firstborn sons were to be honored by receiving a double portion of the family’s inheritance upon the father’s death.

Romans 8:29 says that Jesus Christ became “the firstborn among many brethren.”

Colossians 1:15 says: “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.”’

Hebrews 12:23 tells us that those who are “in Christ” have now come “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn.” As such, we receive all the blessings we need from His double portion, firstborn, eldest son’s inheritance!

In John 6:29-51 Jesus plainly states that the manna, the shewbread, and the bread used in religious ceremonies speak of Him.

In the Word of God, the double portion was also called the “two tenths deal.” We see this in the following:

1. THE DOUBLE PORTION OF MANNA ON THE SIXTH DAY

Exodus 16:22, 36: “And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man . . . Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.” For five days the children of Israel gathered one tenth, but on the sixth day, they gathered two tenths. This speaks of the double portion.

2. THE MEAL OFFERING

The meal offering on the Feast Day of the Sheaf of Firstfruits was to be made of two tenths deal of fine flour (Leviticus 23:13). Jesus was the sheaf of firstfuits and the true meal offering.

3. THE TWO WAVE LOAVES

The two wave loaves in the Feast of Pentecost were also made of two tenths deal of fine flour. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was also a double portion.

4. TWELVE LOAVES OF SHEWBREAD

Each one of the twelve loaves of shewbread which were baked each week were also made with two-tenths deal of fine flour per loaf. Once again, we see the double portion of Jesus Christ being our Savior and Healer. As the Break of Life, He is life and health for His people.

5. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

In the Ten Commandments we have the two tenths deal in their fulfillment in the two commandments given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 22:37-40: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

How does all this relate to us? Our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives in us, is the firstborn Son of God, sharing with us all that He is and has of His double portion.

We see the double portion in Jesus when He says: “I am the RESURRECTION and the LIFE.”

He is GRACE and TRUTH. John 1:14 states: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.”

There is so much more to discover in this truth of the Double Portion which we must receive by faith to work out in our lives.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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HappyThanksgivingI am grateful to God for this country. We have now lived in the USA for 26 years. When we first came we applied for Green Cards and became what is called Resident Aliens for a number of years. We have now been fully-fledged citizens for about eleven years. Although we came from the wonderful country of New Zealand of which I am very proud, I must confess that I have no regrets about coming to USA.

I love its vastness. I love its wide-open plains, much larger than the eye can see in all directions. I love its massive acres of agriculture, indeed the breadbox with enough to feed the world. I love the big-hearted generosity of its people. I love its high mountains and deep canyons.

I love its great strength and power to promote liberty, truth, and freedom. I love the sacrifice of its young men and women in uniform that are more than willing to lay down their lives for the nations that are being threatened and destroyed at the hands of wicked evil doers.

I love its crowded churches filled with many people who still believe in the one true God, the God of Israel, and His Son Jesus Christ. Although many nations in the world have turned their backs on God, there are still multitudes in this great country who honor and fear Him.

I love America’s Constitution and although the battle still rages to attack and destroy its great values, there are multitudes who are prepared to stand up and defend it. I not only love this country, but I am most grateful and most thankful to God for His great kindness and mercy to this great country.

Despite its negatives, and every country has them, the goodness of God in America far out ways its evils. If you don’t believe me, you have not traveled much in this world.

I love and thank God for my dear, dear wife and family. We are a big family and a very blessed family. Today we will enjoy a sit-down meal in our home for over 100 of us.

I have so many friends for whom I am very grateful. Most of all, I thank my God who has been so very good to me over all these years. If it were not for His goodness and faithfulness I wonder where I would be? Only God knows.

God bless each one of you and a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Be blessed,

Colin Campbell

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