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Wednesday, August 28 2019

For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6 

In Hosea 6, God rebukes their shallow attempt at piety. Their godliness was an empty form, a hollow shell. 

"For your goodness is as a morning cloud,  and as the early dew it goeth away" (Hos. 6:4). 

Clouds and dew soon disappear and evaporate. So had Israel's goodness. 
In place of lasting, inner character, they substituted perishing, outward burnt offerings. 

In effect, God said, "I wish mercy kindness, humanity, compassion rather than external elements such as burnt offerings." 

The mercy desired describes man's relationship to his fellow man. The knowledge demanded is man's relationship unto God.

So DADs...how is it with your walk? 
Are you giving mercy or burnt offerings?
Do you display patience with others or shortness in your words?
Do you have a yearning and a real desire to know Him…or primarily symbolic gestures?

Are you turning to Him…or are you simply turned towards Him?

Where is your mercy?

DADs…TODAY...don’t be a “hollow shell” or a “morning cloud."

DADs...
“Get in the game”…Today is game day… and so is every day…God gives you! 
So…C’mon men...
Suit Up!

To follow the “Suit Up” Movement…

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Wednesday, August 21 2019

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Colossians 3:10

DADs...This verse picks up in the middle of a thought begun in verse 9, regarding Christians setting aside the "old self" of worldly, sinful behaviors.

In contrast with the "old self", the believer is a new creation “reMade” and should therefore “live" differently.

Paul adds that the "new self" is constantly “refreshed” through “knowledge" of the one who created it: Christ. 

“Knowledge" which comes from Christ is noted throughout Colossians as an important part of the Christian life.

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
Colossians 1:9–10

DADs…are You growing in the knowledge of God TODAY?

DADs... take off your "old self"…
look to your "new self"
and be “remade” and “refreshed" 
through the knowledge of our Heavenly Father!
DADs...
“Get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you! So…C’mon men...
Suit Up!

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Wednesday, August 14 2019

DADs…Just as Christ is "the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15):
15 "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation"
believers are being remade into the likeness of Jesus. 

Paul notes elsewhere that Christ is "the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4):
4 "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

Jesus is also fully involved in creation (Colossians 1:16): 
16 "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him."

The gospel of John 1:3 reveals: 
"All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” 

The believer is a new person increasingly designed to grow more like Christ, the one who created us.

DADs…a quick read…but deep meaning for YOU and for me!
Today and everyday we are reMADE through Christ!
Its time to Suit Up!

DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
To follow the “Suit Up” Movement…

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Wednesday, August 07 2019
DADs...You have been reMade! (a 60 second read)
“Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; 
the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 
(2 Corinthians 5:17). 
DADs...A really wonderful benefit of being 'in Christ” 
is that we are reMade as individuals and our 
“reMaking” can be evident in our many roles
as men, husbands, and DADs as well. 
We are still the same persons, 
but several changes 
have taken place, 
and will continue to do so. 
Every day as we grow in Christ we are 
reShaped and reMade!
When we have been baptized into Christ, 
Paul shares in Romans 6:3-4:
 
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into 
Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4
 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death 
in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through 
the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
This passage also says that we rise-up 
from baptism with Christ to 'walk in newness of life.”
DADs…we will be talking about our reShaping and reMaking
leading up to our next DADU on the September 21st at Church Project
throughout this this month. 
DADs…allow yourself Today, to be reShaped
Acknowledge God’s hands in your life.
Remember that You have been reMade!
DADs...
“Get in the game”…
Today is game day…
and so is every day…
God gives you! 
So…C’mon men...
Suit Up!
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