Understand the times and seize the moments

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Pay careful attention, then, to how you live – not as unwise people but as wise – making the most of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16 (CSB)
Out thought for today: “Understand the times and seize the moment”
This Saturday the men and boys at Oak Hill Baptist Church will be meeting for our monthly men’s breakfast. We will have a pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at the church at 8:30, followed by a short devotional, and then some discussion and planning of events. We invite you to join us!
As sat at my desk yesterday considering what to speak about in the devotional time, I was considering the books about men’s issues that I have on my bookshelf here in my home office. There are forty-seven of them. I have more on the bookshelves in my office at the church. That’s a lot of books about men’s issues. One of the reasons there are so many books for Christian men, is because our society desperately needs godly men of strong character and impeccable integrity to step up and be men. In the midst of a culture that is confused about Biblical manhood, and which has been aggressive about shaming and essentially emasculating men, we need men to be men.
One of the books that had the greatest impact on me early in my life as a Christian is “The Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper”. I was fortunate to come to faith in Christ just as the Promise Keepers movement was kicking into high gear. That movement, and the book, instilled in me a desire to be a godly man, and it impressed upon me the vital role Christian men must play in our society.
One of the passages of Scripture often featured in Promise Keepers events was Ephesians 5:15-16 (above), and one of the lessons drawn from it is that we as men of God must understand the times we live in, and we must rise up and seize the moment for Christ. Our families, our churches, our communities, and our nation need the men of God to do that – it’s vitally important and desperately needed.
But that’s true for all of God’s people, not just for the men. All of God’s people – men, women, boys, and girls need to be people of strong character and impeccable integrity who understand the desperate times we live in, and who have the boldness and courage to rise up and seize the moment for Christ.
Let that be true of all of us. Be kind, but also be bold, seizing the moments and situations you find yourself in and using them to shine for Jesus.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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