Blessings! As men we are facing ongoing challenges. That is all part of maturing, and also part and parcel of being a believer and finding our place in God’s economy. I am thankful for the brothers I have and know. Thank you for being more than friends, thank you for being brothers!
I have a sense now of much change that will surely come as a result of a refocus on who Christ is and who I am in Him and my place in His Kingdom. Relationships are paramount, with God, with family, and with friends. I have discovered over the years that doctrine and beliefs divide, and that Jesus Himself, by being Himself cause people to stumble and wonder what is up and what is down!
The path we choose needs to be the path that Jesus walks, with Him living His life in and through us. It is no real mystery, it is simply what the word of God says, that He indwells us and rests in us and guides us. He desires that we become His hands and His feet. My prayer is that as friends we will embrace the path that is less travelled, the pathway that includes trial, affliction, rejection, pain and suffering, for that is the path that Christ has trod, and He continues to lead and remain on that path. He is with us every step of the journey. We are not alone. We have a Brother closer that any other. Steadfast and true, ever faithful to the end. Like Peter, we men say, “Where else can I go, to whom can I turn?”
I am looking forward to walking this path with you. I hunger very much for authentic fellowship, and friendship. We are indeed a band of brothers. So now more than ever, we need each other as friends. We are facing many challenges as men, within and without the universal church. Much of what we know has changed and continues to change. Knowing that we are not alone brings encouragement and strength. I thank God for you, knowing that He has bonded us together, and as we walk with Him, and He with us, we will yet become stronger, even in our weaknesses we will be made strong, because of Him. Bless you my brothers.