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The Unsung Heroes of Our Faith

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Memorial Day is soon to arrive this weekend. It’s easy to forget why this is a holiday for us. Most of us have time off work to relax with the family, entertain with a cook out, and enjoy summer activities. However, this day is a time to remember the sacrifice made for us by the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. Take some time this week to reflect upon their sacrifices and honor them on this holiday.

This holiday is also a reminder that the freedom we have to express our faith was not always free either. There are some unsung heroes in the Bible that made sacrifices that have paved a way for us. Story after story, there were many people that were bold in their faith. Jumping to the New Testament, Hebrews 11 chronologically goes through these stories. From Abel and his righteous sacrifices to Noah, Abraham, and Moses and their remained faithfulness to God. At the end of the chapter, we move to a paragraph that mentions the unsung heroes of faith that aren’t mentioned in Bible. In Hebrews 11:35-40 it says,

“… There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

These men and women were persecuted, suffered hardships, devastation and more because of their faith. Their sacrifices and their boldness paved the way for us to have the freedom to express our faith in Christ and have courage in that. While they did not see all of what God was doing, they knew that they were paving a way for us in the present day and in the future.

This holiday weekend we have so much to be thankful for, let’s carry that this week in remembrance to honor those who have gone before us.

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Blog Spotlight: Men's Community

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This week I had the opportunity to sit down with a Skye Ho to discuss his experience in Men's Ministry.

  1. What part of Men’s Community are you involved in?

There are many different aspects of Men's Community at E91, but I am only involved in the King's Men program.

  1. When did you begin attending Men’s Community?

I started two years ago when Ned invited me to one of his groups

  1. What have been some of your most impactful stories from Men’s Community?

My first King's Men group changed me in a dramatic way. I realized the beauty of investing in Christian authors and influences as well as the power of being in community with other men. I’ve been in men’s groups in the past, but the opportunity at E91 to discuss deep spiritual issues had a dramatic impact on my perspective. Also, the things I learned in King's Men changed who I am. I built character and became more of who I wanted to be.

Since then, I began my own King's Men group and brought seven other random guys together. I saw them care for each other and rely on one another, as well as learn more about Christ individually. This group became the community that meant the most to me – a group of guys that I could share my heart with in a way that I have never done before. I thought I would be ministering to them but ended up finding a safe place for me to grow.

  1. Is there anything you would suggest to others who want to be involved that aren’t yet?

Men's Community is an opportunity to find other guys that are like you. Guys that like sports, that have baggage, guys that want to achieve more than they are today. Everyone who joins's is more related to you than you think

  1. What do you enjoy most about being involved in Men’s Community?

I enjoy seeing other men be the men they want to be. So many men are held back because they’re afraid to grow or don’t want to put the effort in. They need to be given the opportunity to break out of complacency – and most will.

  1. Any other thoughts you want to share?

It doesn't matter how mature you are in your faith, everyone needs community. I encourage men that want to get out of complacency to join Men's Community. When we start moving in action, we understand that we can find others that struggle and we can support each other.

Also, want to say that the Great Banquet has had an enormous impact on my life and spiritual walk. I don’t think that’s explicitly part of Men's Community, but it’s sponsored by E91 and it’s a lot of the reason I go to this church.

If you want to learn more about Men's Community and events that are coming up, click here!

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