A Time to Work and a Time to Rest
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
1d ago
Episode Summary. In this final episode of our series, Don’t Waste Your Life. Rule It for God, we will examine a very common feeling among Christian men—that their secular work, itself, is a necessary evil, but only of secondary importance in our mission to spread Christ’s kingdom of righteousness over earth. Is that true? This episode seeks to apply a biblical worldview of work and rest to our understanding of our mission.   For Further Prayerful Thought.  In your own words, how would you summarize the biblical view of secular work? How is a high view of creation connected to a high ..read more
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Prayer That Accomplishes Your Mission
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
1w ago
Episode Summary. God wants your prayer life to be filled with petitions and intercession for others and for the advance of His kingdom. He wants answers to such prayer to become your frequent and thrilling experience. Scripture says, If we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him (1 Jn 5:13-14).John tells us that prayer is essentially a blank check, with one important caveat: We must prayer according to the will of God. This episode explores what it means to pray according to ..read more
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Is Your View of Christ’s Mission for You Fuzzy?
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
2w ago
Episode Summary. George Barna’s Millennials in America report observes, “One of the most attention-grabbing attributes revealed in this research regarding the Millennial way of life is their widespread desire to identify a purpose for living. Three out of four Millennials are still searching for their purpose in life.” This evidence that Millennials want a life of purpose reminds me of the popularity of Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, which has been translated into 137 languages and sold more than 50 million copies. There is weighty evidence that human beings are designed to want ..read more
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Better Connecting Our Everyday Lives to Our Mission
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
3w ago
Episode Summary. No Christian man I know wants to waste his life. He doesn’t want his life to simply be a shooting star that burns out in a few moments of eternity; he wants his life to matter. He wants to get to the end of the race marked out for him and hear, “Well done” from the lips of Jesus. But we also know that in order to hear Jesus’ commendation for our mission, “Well done” we need to “well do.” We need to stay focused on it. As we saw last week rudderless life is a wasted life. The starting point for connecting our mission from Jesus to our everyday lives is coming to the conviction ..read more
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Overcoming a Disordered Life to Stay Focused on Honoring Jesus
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
1M ago
Episode Summary. Not only does God have a specific mission for you in 2023, which Paul summarizes in Ephesians 2:10 as good works, but that mission is so important that God specifically designed you for it—to have your specific place and responsibilities in your family, your natural gifts and vocational calling, your specific spiritual gifts with which to contribute to the Body of Christ, and your specific relationships with the lost. God has designed both ME—and THE SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES I WILL HAVE IN 2023 to impact my world for Christ. This episode looks at how to overcome a disordered lif ..read more
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The Incarnation and Our Mission in 2023
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
1M ago
Episode Summary. As our 2022 race comes to an end over the next few days, it is a great time to reflect upon the upcoming race marked out for us by our Commander in Chief, Jesus, in 2023. Since the incarnation is at the heart of Christ’s mission to redeem his people and renew creation, how does the incarnation impact our mission as Christ-following men? That is the question we seek to answer in this episode. For Further Prayerful Thought Comment on the principle that when you love someone you must give up many of your freedoms. How might this thought enrich your understanding of the incarnati ..read more
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Why It Matters that Jesus is the PRINCE OF PEACE
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
1M ago
Episode Summary. Joe Namath once said, "When you win, nothing hurts." The pleasure of victory can be so great that it overcomes the aching muscles and bruised body that result from battle. If you are disheartened, battered, discouraged or weary from fighting the good fight--your heart aching and soul bruised--my hope is that this episode will give such a clear picture of the colossal TRIUMPH of Messiah Jesus—and our part in that victory, that in some small way the pain is lessened, because we GRASP the ENORMITY of our eventual WIN. For Further Prayerful Thought How does Jesus’ title Prince of ..read more
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Why It Matters that Jesus is the Everlasting Father
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
1M ago
Episode Summary. Sometimes a single word can be loaded with meaning: Mom, Dad, Darling, Champion, Failure. Single words can be so important that Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” As we continue our series on the titles of Messiah Jesus in Isaiah 9:6, both of words that make up this title are loaded with a wealth of meaning, encouragement, and hope. The title is EVERLASTING FATHER. For Further Prayerful Thought  What are the differences that a person would normally have in his relationship with his king and his father? Is ..read more
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Why It Matters that Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
2M ago
Episode Summary. For the next four weeks, our focus is on the first and most foundational part of our mission—deepening our love relationship with Christ. We will do this by zooming the camera in on four titles of Jesus given in the Isaiah 9 prophecy of the coming Messiah Jesus—Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. What do these titles tell us about Jesus and what difference these descriptions of our Commander in Chief make in our everyday lives? This episode examines Jesus, the Wonderful Counselor. For Further Prayerful Thought  Do you agree or disagree ..read more
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Caring for the Poor and Marginalized of Our Cities
Mission Focused Men for Christ
by Gary Yagel
2M ago
Episode Summary. This episode seeks to examine what the church’s commitment to the poor of our cities should look like. We then examine three serious flaws in the progressive view of social justice, an ideology which is captivating many young adults leading them to abandon Christianity. Finally, we examine how only the church can bring about the restoration require to solve the problems of our urban poor but raise the question, “Will middle class Christians care enough to do it?”    Questions for Guiding the Rising Generation to think about this material.  What is the biblical ..read more
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