MICHAEL GRIMM's Word of the Week.. & Men's Ministries
March 13, 2023

Brother,

I hope and pray all is well with you today.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”  - Philippians 4:19

God is an incredible provider. There are countless verses in Scripture that refer to the ways that God provides for us. His desire is to help us develop Christlikeness so that we become salt and light in the world. God distinguishes between our wants and our needs, and He is concerned with every part of our being. God provides for us beyond anything we can ask or imagine. He uses the tough times to not only shape, but also transform our lives. We can trust His guidance, goodness and care to do more for us than we could ever do on our own. God will provide for us even in troubled times.

We should see the challenges and trials we face as God’s divine way of preparing us for greater heights. When we’re going through troubled times, God often puts someone in our path that can assist us through our trial period by lending us emotional support. If we close ourself off from the world, it may be hard for us to see that God is putting someone in front of us to help us, and also working through that person to get us through the situation  we are facing. However, when we open ourself up, this person can guide us in lifting ourself up out of the pit.

When we are going through troubled times, it can be frustrating. Life can feel unpredictable and out of our control. During this trial period, God can inspire some really great ideas on ways to turn our life around. For example, if we are currently stressed about being unemployed, God may inspire us to think of new and creative ways to produce additional income, while also channeling our talents. We can begin by making a list of services needed by people around us and a find a way to make ourself useful in those areas. This may be a test by God to humble us, while also helping us to grow. Trusting in God, along with having a positive mindset will help us to think outside of the box and transform our life.

If we happen to be struggling today, I encourage all of us to read His word.  Scripture is a great place for healing and the words we read can be a great blessing through hard times. Sometimes, we can simply run through the pages of Scripture, stop on a passage and discover that God is speaking through those words. Other times, we can simply listen to the readings or the pastor’s message on Sunday and open our hearts  really hear God speaking to us through those verses. No matter what the circumstance is that we are facing, we can always rest in the fact that God will always be faithful.

Many of us have a hundreds of items on our wish lists. It could be a new cell phone, a new car, or a big lottery win. We hope that God will provide us ways to access these things. The problem with this is when we begin to think this way, we are viewing God as our genie in a bottle. God never says He will provide for our wants, but He makes it clear that He will provide for the needs for His children. God is faithful. He knows exactly what we need. God will provide, even in difficult times. Trust Him.

Let us pray, thank you Father, for your love and care for us. We acknowledge that you are the one responsible for my well-being, therefore, We cast all our cares upon you. And we refuse to be anxious about anything for we know you care for us affectionately and tenderly. We believe that whatever we need when we ask you are going to give us. Thank you, Lord, for the Grace to be a child in your family. We thank you Father for surrounding us with awesome Brothers that are there for us with listening ears and hearts.  We don’t often say it Father but we love you and appreciate all You do in our lives.  We ask all of this in Your Holy and Precious Name – AMEN

Have a blessed and safe day and week. 

STAY STRONG!

Brother please remember I am there for in thought, prayer and action - 24x7.

Love Your Brother and Friend in Christ,

Michael
215-272-2740

PS   I encourage you to join our Zoom meetings.  The next one will be this Thursday (3/16) evening starting at 7:00 pm.

These Zoom meetings are open to Everyone.  It's been an awesome blessing to talk, share, now see and pray with other Brothers around the country.

Below are the details. Join your Brothers from all over the world  as we all strive to get closer to HIM and to each other and become BETTER men of God today, tomorrow and always.

Join Zoom Meeting - Just click the link below

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84950156389  
February 27, 2023

Brother,

I hope and pray all is well with you and your family today.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

There are so many times (too many times, maybe) where we feel like we need a pause in this life. We need to refocus; we need to reset our life and the path before us. We sometimes we imagine ourselves on a trail, and with all of life’s distractions and responsibilities, we begin to take turns and shortcuts that eventually lead us off and away from the original path we were on, the one that was made for us, not by me.

In times of trouble, pain, and hurt, we are encouraged to run to God. The Bible tells us to go back to Him, look towards Him and draw near to Him. As comforting as these instructions are, they begin to feel vague when we feel so deeply entangled by life’s messes.

There is nothing quite like the relentless, wholehearted and determined pursuit of God. Run to Him. Chase after Him. Be fascinated by His Word and intrigued by the miracles He is capable of performing. Believe that He knows us and loves us, and has been patiently waiting for us to look to Him during this time.

I encourage all of us to dedicate time to the Lord in prayer and worship, and read the Word like we would dedicate time to a friend, family member, sport or class. Give Him the chance to change the trajectory of the path before us. He will make it clear because that’s His job. Life is so hard when we try to control it, but when we let go of the reigns, it suddenly becomes so easy. We were never meant to be in control.

When we release this control, we will realize that the questions that once consumed our mind are now answered or no longer matter. Our worries will disappear and our confusion will melt away. We will begin to adopt the very perspective God wanted us to have all along. You will be grateful for the experiences we have and the people in our life. The things that once would have gone unnoticed, we now count as blessings and answered prayers.

I encourage all of us to run to God. And when we do, look around. Who is cheering us on and encouraging us along the way? Who is running with us and at the same pace and with the same love and determination in their hearts? We need and should surround ourselves with brothers who are also on a path leading to God. These are the people that will encourage us, love us and remind us of God’s plan and His love when life and anxiety begins to take over.

Though we once felt so alone, we begin to see the very community He is blessing us with, although it consists of people we never knew or never expected to be a part of our life and walk.  So, Brothers, trust God. Because when we do, we can follow His path and His plan for us. He will reveal the life that He has constructed for us and that He has always wanted to give us, along with the peace and love that can only come from Him. He is so good and wants His children to feel known, loved and protected!

Please join me in listening to the song below and let it speak to your hearts today:

  https://youtu.be/OH5ZgAvcmLo

Have a blessed and safe day and week. 

STAY STRONG!

Brother please remember I am there for in thought, prayer and action - 24x7.

Love Your Brother and Friend in Christ,

Michael
215-272-2740

PS   I encourage you to join our Zoom meetings.  The next one will be this Thursday (3/2) evening starting at 7:00 pm.

These Zoom meetings are open to Everyone.  It's been an awesome blessing to talk, share, now see and pray with other Brothers around the country.

Below are the details. Join your Brothers from all over the world  as we all strive to get closer to HIM and to each other and become BETTER men of God today, tomorrow and always.

Join Zoom Meeting - Just click the link below

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84950156389

PS.  We have revised our 1 Day event to 3/25 - please see the attached flyer and respond with a positive answer - please call with any questions.    I hope and pray you respond with a YES. I need to hear from you by 3/3.  Please pray about attending this awesome event.