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Prayer- what is it good for? Absolutely Everything

When we pray everyday, we are strengthening our walk with God. We are building our defenses against Satan, who love nothing more than to see us fail and fall as he did. If you ignore God and His commandments, He is more likely to ignore your requests. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in The Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” If you are constantly turning to God, and allowing yourself to be content in His will and His ways, He will bless you in ways you cannot even begin to imagine. The Lord has blessed me with an amazing family, and I am eternally grateful for my wife and kids even though I sometimes don’t show it. We need to be careful and always have peace with them. Sometimes we have to make the hard decisions as men, and they may not understand it, and may be mad at you for it sometimes, which is why we need to turn and trust God (Prov 3:5,6). In James 5:16, it says when a believing person prays, awesome things happen. God blesses those so much who turn to Him in prayer, be it in gratitude, or suffering. We must remember God allows us to be here and He cares for us. In 1 Peter 5:7 it says to cast all of our cares upon Him because he cares for us. John 3:16 goes even further and tells how He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. There is a special on the History Channel that talks of crucifixion and how it was meant to be the ultimate ate punishment and embarrassment. Jesus died in the most humiliating way as atonement for our sins from Our Father. King David goes on to say in Psalms,” For The Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows honor and favor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless, O Lord God, blessed is the man who trusts in you. In Matthew 6: 9-13 Jesus gave an example on how we should pray, called the Lords Prayer. 

Our Father who art in Heaven (acknowledging He is the supremes Being)
Hallowed be thy Name (his name is the most holy of all) 
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven ( Saying We strive to subject ourselves to His will as that is our purpose) 
Give us this day our daily bread ( a request for supplying all of our needs and he does day in and day out) 
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors ( forgive us as we forgive those who do us wrong, and give us the strength to be as loving as God is and as patient) 
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil ( keep us strong and safe from the evil one who seeks to make us fail( 1 peter 5:8)) 
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. ( again exalting His Glorious name) 
Amen
This is how Jesus prayed,a and how we ought to pray, in the same context. Jesus is our Saviour, but also our friend and brother. When God calls us His Children home, Jesus will be right there, vouching for us. He says No man comes to the Father but through me. 
John 12:44-50
Jesus Came to Save the World
 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
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Discipline Your Kids, Do Not be Afraid of CPS

There is a book that is called “Do you mind if your kids don’t?” And it talks about disciplining your kids and the benefits and drawbacks of discipline and the drawbacks are, depending on how you discipline your kids, Child Protective Services will stick their nosy agents in your family affairs and try to take your kids.

Proverbs 13:24 says that if you don’t discipline your kids then you hate them, but if you are quick to discipline them. We are the people who suffer when our kids misbehave. We must be prudent in laying down the law. Proverbs 22:6 says train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. We must continuously educate our kids everyday, even into adulthood.

Billy Currington hits it right on the head when he sings, “walk a little straighter, Daddy, you’re still leading me. We are the people our kids will grow up to be, so we need to make sure we are spot on. Yes, as humans, we will make mistakes, however, Phillipians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. We are made for the purpose of loving God, and through our actions, showing His love to others. We must show our kids that we love them, and it hurts us when they do not obey Gods rules or ours. We must be not only the best example for our kids, but also to the world.

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Loving Your Wife as Christ Loved the Church

Loving Your Wife as Christ Loved the Church

When God created woman, He used a rib. The rib was meant to symbolize equality. He carefully designed woman to be mans partner, not another man, nor did he make two women. Christ will one day return and take all those who follow His commandments. Men, we must make sure we do something about this chronic distrust women have for men. When we encounter those who call themselves “players”, we must lovingly remind them that path only leads to loneliness and despair.

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As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.”

When you counsel another man, you are doing your duty to make him a wiser person. Proverbs is known as the book of wisdom because it talks again and again about how it is wise to hold your tongue and listen to our fathers and mothers and their instructions. The same goes for other men amongst us, namely our peers.
Please make sure you deserve your wife’s respect and trust. Don’t keep secrets…

When we keep secrets from our wives, we are breaking our wedding vows that we made to her, and most importantly to God. Marriage is a union of two people becoming one in God’s eyes as explained earlier in this post. Genesis 2:18-24 explains that the first marriage as designed by our Awesome Creator. We are to be intimate, transparent, and completely honest with our wives. Ephesians 5:25 explains that is deeper how God called us to their husbands, to protect them, and our foolish secrets do just the opposite. These are the women we asked to marry us!!! That means spend the rest of your life with her!!!! Without trust, there is no love, and you don’t want to spend the rest of your life with a woman who wants to take your head off with a meat cleaver, because you betrayed her.

On an encouragement note: please be kind to your wives and love them as Christ loved the Church.