Men's Ministry of Reston Bible Church

Men's Ministry of Reston Bible Church It is the goal of the RBC Men's Ministry to equip God's men to be faithful; faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, to their wives, to their families, to their

It is the goal of the RBC Men's Ministry to equip God's men to be faithful; faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, to their wives, to their families, to their brothers, and to the community. We desire to follow Paul's command in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 to "be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."

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TIME TO RE-FUEL: SPECIAL FUEL EVENT Tomorrow 8/31WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON IN AFGHANISTANMen – it’s the topic of the day, d...
08/31/2021

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SPECIAL FUEL EVENT Tomorrow 8/31
WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON IN AFGHANISTAN

Men – it’s the topic of the day, dominating the news cycles, but what’s really going on is not always what seems obvious.

Tomorrow at FUEL we will hear the perspective of a career Army Colonel (ret) who served in Afghanistan as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. An Army infantry officer for 30 years including 5 years in the 1st Ranger Battalion, commander of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion, he deployed to combat twice--once as a captain with the Rangers.

Prior to deployment to Afghanistan, he served for three years as a Colonel in the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe working with NATO allies to generate forces for the mission in Afghanistan. During that time, he visited with our units in Afghanistan on twelve separate occasions to learn the mission and pass that knowledge onto our allies.

Invite your friends to join us, tomorrow morning @ 0625 AM via ZOOM.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98924389610
Meeting ID: 989 2438 9610
Dial in only:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98924389610# or 1-312-626-6799, code 989 2438 9610
We welcome ALL men, regardless of where you live, what church you attend or if you even attend a church.

What: SUMMER FUEL SERIES: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
When: Tuesdays, Aug 10th – Aug 31th, 0630-0730 AM via Zoom

About FUEL:
FUEL is where the worst about you could be known and you’d still feel loved. Come experience safe, non-judgmental, true grace-filled community with other like-minded men and be encouraged by biblical truth and real stories of God at work in and around us. It’s the man you were made to be, because you were made to be more.

Alex Marcus
and the FUEL Leadership Team

Questions, comments or just conversation? Just post it here or contact us thru Reston Bible’s website: www.restonbible.com/fuel

Please "Like" and “Follow” the Men's Ministry page

Now at 328 followers we’re gaining momentum in growing our community of Authentic Men following Christ! Help a friend to be encouraged by sharing this RBC Men’s Ministry page. Please "Like" this Men's Ministry page and share it with your buddies! Help get the word out. Post encouraging comments, start a conversation - www.facebook.com/restonbiblemen

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SPECIAL FUEL EVENT Tomorrow 8/31
WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON IN AFGHANISTAN

Men – it’s the topic of the day, dominating the news cycles, but what’s really going on is not always what seems obvious.

Tomorrow at FUEL we will hear the perspective of a career Army Colonel (ret) who served in Afghanistan as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. An Army infantry officer for 30 years including 5 years in the 1st Ranger Battalion, commander of the 6th Ranger Training Battalion, he deployed to combat twice--once as a captain with the Rangers.

Prior to deployment to Afghanistan, he served for three years as a Colonel in the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe working with NATO allies to generate forces for the mission in Afghanistan. During that time, he visited with our units in Afghanistan on twelve separate occasions to learn the mission and pass that knowledge onto our allies.

Invite your friends to join us, tomorrow morning @ 0625 AM via ZOOM.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98924389610
Meeting ID: 989 2438 9610
Dial in only:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98924389610# or 1-312-626-6799, code 989 2438 9610
We welcome ALL men, regardless of where you live, what church you attend or if you even attend a church.

What: SUMMER FUEL SERIES: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
When: Tuesdays, Aug 10th – Aug 31th, 0630-0730 AM via Zoom

About FUEL:
FUEL is where the worst about you could be known and you’d still feel loved. Come experience safe, non-judgmental, true grace-filled community with other like-minded men and be encouraged by biblical truth and real stories of God at work in and around us. It’s the man you were made to be, because you were made to be more.

Alex Marcus
and the FUEL Leadership Team

Questions, comments or just conversation? Just post it here or contact us thru Reston Bible’s website: www.restonbible.com/fuel

Please "Like" and “Follow” the Men's Ministry page

Now at 328 followers we’re gaining momentum in growing our community of Authentic Men following Christ! Help a friend to be encouraged by sharing this RBC Men’s Ministry page. Please "Like" this Men's Ministry page and share it with your buddies! Help get the word out. Post encouraging comments, start a conversation - www.facebook.com/restonbiblemen

08/24/2021
Men's Ministry of Reston Bible Church

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SUMMER SERIES Tomorrow 8/24
DISTRESS SIGNALS

Men – it’s hard to look at the landscape of what’s going on around us and not get distressed. From the Loudoun County School Board’s positive decision on Policy 8040 to the degrading situation in Afghanistan, it’s hard to not get drawn in and discouraged. Yet The Lord Jesus has given us His word for these times.

Join us at FUEL tomorrow morning @ 0625 AM via ZOOM as we consider a biblical perspective on the culture and times and our correct response to it.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98924389610
Meeting ID: 989 2438 9610
Dial in only:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98924389610# or 1-312-626-6799, code 989 2438 9610
We welcome ALL men, regardless of where you live, what church you attend or if you even attend a church.

What: SUMMER FUEL SERIES: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
When: Tuesdays, Aug 10th – Aug 31th, 0630-0730 AM via Zoom

About FUEL:
FUEL is where the worst about you could be known and you’d still feel loved. Come experience safe, non-judgmental, true grace-filled community with other like-minded men and be encouraged by biblical truth and real stories of God at work in and around us. It’s the man you were made to be, because you were made to be more.

Alex Marcus
and the FUEL Leadership Team

Questions, comments or just conversation? Just post it here or contact us thru Reston Bible’s website: www.restonbible.com/fuel

Please "Like" and “Follow” the Men's Ministry page

Now at 328 followers we’re gaining momentum in growing our community of Authentic Men following Christ! Help a friend to be encouraged by sharing this RBC Men’s Ministry page. Please "Like" this Men's Ministry page and share it with your buddies! Help get the word out. Post encouraging comments, start a conversation - www.facebook.com/restonbiblemen

It is the goal of the RBC Men's Ministry to equip God's men to be faithful; faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, to their wives, to their families, to their

08/17/2021
Men's Ministry of Reston Bible Church

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SUMMER SERIES Tomorrow 8/17
NEED ENCOURAGEMENT?

Men – are you feeling like you could use some encouragement? You’re not alone. It doesn’t take but a few minutes in the news cycle, add the unsettledness of covid, the variant, masks, the schools, mandates, etc, to feel overwhelmed or discouraged with what we are living thru today.

Do you want to hear some good news? Start your day with a fresh perspective? Consider joining us at FUEL tomorrow morning @ 0625 AM via ZOOM to hear an encouraging story from a man sharing how God has been working in his life. And you’ll be in the company other of men going thru the same journey and facing similar challenges as you.

Every man has a story, and every story is worth telling. We know each other thru our stories, and most importantly – we know more about God. You see, every man’s story is unique and inspiring – because it’s Father’s story He is telling thru us. God providentially works out the details in each of our individual journeys to achieve His purposes. And we are all connected thru our stories.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98924389610
Meeting ID: 989 2438 9610
Dial in only:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98924389610# or 1-312-626-6799, code 989 2438 9610
We welcome ALL men, regardless of where you live, what church you attend or if you even attend a church.

What: SUMMER FUEL SERIES: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
When: Tuesdays, Aug 10th – Aug 31th, 0630-0730 AM via Zoom

About FUEL:
FUEL is where the worst about you could be known and you’d still feel loved. Come experience safe, non-judgmental, true grace-filled community with other like-minded men and be encouraged by biblical truth and real stories of God at work in and around us. It’s the man you were made to be, because you were made to be more.

Alex Marcus
and the FUEL Leadership Team

Questions, comments or just conversation? Just post it here or contact us thru Reston Bible’s website: www.restonbible.com/fuel

Please "Like" and “Follow” the Men's Ministry page

Now at 328 followers we’re gaining momentum in growing our community of Authentic Men following Christ! Help a friend to be encouraged by sharing this RBC Men’s Ministry page. Please "Like" this Men's Ministry page and share it with your buddies! Help get the word out. Post encouraging comments, start a conversation - www.facebook.com/restonbiblemen

It is the goal of the RBC Men's Ministry to equip God's men to be faithful; faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, to their wives, to their families, to their

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SUMMER SERIES Tomorrow 8/10FUEL Summer Series via ZOOM4 x 4: 4 weeks, 4 storiesMen – invite your buddie...
08/09/2021

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SUMMER SERIES Tomorrow 8/10
FUEL Summer Series via ZOOM

4 x 4: 4 weeks, 4 stories
Men – invite your buddies, set your clocks, and step into 4-encouraging weeks at FUEL starting tomorrow morning @ 0625 AM via ZOOM! If you haven’t been to FUEL, this is a “small bite” to try out for four weeks, and you’ll be inspired by 4 stories from a different man each week, and the fellowship of men going thru the same journey and facing similar challenges.

Every man has a story, and every story is worth telling. We know each other thru our stories, and most importantly – we know more about God. You see, every man’s story is unique and inspiring – because it’s Father’s story He is telling thru us. God providentially works out the details in each of our individual journeys to achieve His purposes. And we are all connected thru our stories.

Encourage the men you’re connected with to join you tomorrow and during this Summer Fuel Series to be inspired and encouraged as we hear how God is weaving our stories together for the advancement of His kingdom.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98924389610
Meeting ID: 989 2438 9610
Dial in only:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98924389610# or 1-312-626-6799, code 989 2438 9610
We welcome ALL men, regardless of where you live, what church you attend or if you even attend a church.

What: SUMMER FUEL SERIES: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
When: Tuesdays, Aug 10th – Aug 31th, 0630-0730 AM via Zoom

About FUEL:
FUEL is where the worst about you could be known and you’d still feel loved. Come experience safe, non-judgmental, true grace-filled community with other like-minded men and be encouraged by biblical truth and real stories of God at work in and around us. It’s the man you were made to be, because you were made to be more.

Alex Marcus
and the FUEL Leadership Team

Questions, comments or just conversation? Just post it here or contact us thru Reston Bible’s website: www.restonbible.com/fuel

Please "Like" and “Follow” the Men's Ministry page

Now at 328 followers we’re gaining momentum in growing our community of Authentic Men following Christ! Help a friend to be encouraged by sharing this RBC Men’s Ministry page. Please "Like" this Men's Ministry page and share it with your buddies! Help get the word out. Post encouraging comments, start a conversation - www.facebook.com/restonbiblemen

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SUMMER SERIES Tomorrow 8/10
FUEL Summer Series via ZOOM

4 x 4: 4 weeks, 4 stories
Men – invite your buddies, set your clocks, and step into 4-encouraging weeks at FUEL starting tomorrow morning @ 0625 AM via ZOOM! If you haven’t been to FUEL, this is a “small bite” to try out for four weeks, and you’ll be inspired by 4 stories from a different man each week, and the fellowship of men going thru the same journey and facing similar challenges.

Every man has a story, and every story is worth telling. We know each other thru our stories, and most importantly – we know more about God. You see, every man’s story is unique and inspiring – because it’s Father’s story He is telling thru us. God providentially works out the details in each of our individual journeys to achieve His purposes. And we are all connected thru our stories.

Encourage the men you’re connected with to join you tomorrow and during this Summer Fuel Series to be inspired and encouraged as we hear how God is weaving our stories together for the advancement of His kingdom.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98924389610
Meeting ID: 989 2438 9610
Dial in only:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98924389610# or 1-312-626-6799, code 989 2438 9610
We welcome ALL men, regardless of where you live, what church you attend or if you even attend a church.

What: SUMMER FUEL SERIES: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
When: Tuesdays, Aug 10th – Aug 31th, 0630-0730 AM via Zoom

About FUEL:
FUEL is where the worst about you could be known and you’d still feel loved. Come experience safe, non-judgmental, true grace-filled community with other like-minded men and be encouraged by biblical truth and real stories of God at work in and around us. It’s the man you were made to be, because you were made to be more.

Alex Marcus
and the FUEL Leadership Team

Questions, comments or just conversation? Just post it here or contact us thru Reston Bible’s website: www.restonbible.com/fuel

Please "Like" and “Follow” the Men's Ministry page

Now at 328 followers we’re gaining momentum in growing our community of Authentic Men following Christ! Help a friend to be encouraged by sharing this RBC Men’s Ministry page. Please "Like" this Men's Ministry page and share it with your buddies! Help get the word out. Post encouraging comments, start a conversation - www.facebook.com/restonbiblemen

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SUMMER SERIES Tomorrow 8/10FUEL Summer Series via ZOOM4 x 4: 4 weeks, 4 storiesMen – invite your buddie...
08/09/2021

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SUMMER SERIES Tomorrow 8/10
FUEL Summer Series via ZOOM

4 x 4: 4 weeks, 4 stories
Men – invite your buddies, set your clocks, and step into 4-encouraging weeks at FUEL starting tomorrow morning @ 0625 AM via ZOOM! If you haven’t been to FUEL, this is a “small bite” to try out for four weeks, and you’ll be inspired by 4 stories from a different man each week, and the fellowship of men going thru the same journey and facing similar challenges.

Every man has a story, and every story is worth telling. We know each other thru our stories, and most importantly – we know more about God. You see, every man’s story is unique and inspiring – because it’s Father’s story He is telling thru us. God providentially works out the details in each of our individual journeys to achieve His purposes. And we are all connected thru our stories.

Encourage the men you’re connected with to join you tomorrow and during this Summer Fuel Series to be inspired and encouraged as we hear how God is weaving our stories together for the advancement of His kingdom.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98924389610
Meeting ID: 989 2438 9610
Dial in only:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98924389610# or 1-312-626-6799, code 989 2438 9610
We welcome ALL men, regardless of where you live, what church you attend or if you even attend a church.

What: SUMMER FUEL SERIES: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
When: Tuesdays, Aug 10th – Aug 31th, 0630-0730 AM via Zoom

About FUEL:
FUEL is where the worst about you could be known and you’d still feel loved. Come experience safe, non-judgmental, true grace-filled community with other like-minded men and be encouraged by biblical truth and real stories of God at work in and around us. It’s the man you were made to be, because you were made to be more.

Alex Marcus
and the FUEL Leadership Team

Questions, comments or just conversation? Just post it here or contact us thru Reston Bible’s website: www.restonbible.com/fuel

Please "Like" and “Follow” the Men's Ministry page

Now at 328 followers we’re gaining momentum in growing our community of Authentic Men following Christ! Help a friend to be encouraged by sharing this RBC Men’s Ministry page. Please "Like" this Men's Ministry page and share it with your buddies! Help get the word out. Post encouraging comments, start a conversation - www.facebook.com/restonbiblemen

TIME TO RE-FUEL: SUMMER SERIES Tomorrow 8/10
FUEL Summer Series via ZOOM

4 x 4: 4 weeks, 4 stories
Men – invite your buddies, set your clocks, and step into 4-encouraging weeks at FUEL starting tomorrow morning @ 0625 AM via ZOOM! If you haven’t been to FUEL, this is a “small bite” to try out for four weeks, and you’ll be inspired by 4 stories from a different man each week, and the fellowship of men going thru the same journey and facing similar challenges.

Every man has a story, and every story is worth telling. We know each other thru our stories, and most importantly – we know more about God. You see, every man’s story is unique and inspiring – because it’s Father’s story He is telling thru us. God providentially works out the details in each of our individual journeys to achieve His purposes. And we are all connected thru our stories.

Encourage the men you’re connected with to join you tomorrow and during this Summer Fuel Series to be inspired and encouraged as we hear how God is weaving our stories together for the advancement of His kingdom.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/98924389610
Meeting ID: 989 2438 9610
Dial in only:
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98924389610# or 1-312-626-6799, code 989 2438 9610
We welcome ALL men, regardless of where you live, what church you attend or if you even attend a church.

What: SUMMER FUEL SERIES: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
When: Tuesdays, Aug 10th – Aug 31th, 0630-0730 AM via Zoom

About FUEL:
FUEL is where the worst about you could be known and you’d still feel loved. Come experience safe, non-judgmental, true grace-filled community with other like-minded men and be encouraged by biblical truth and real stories of God at work in and around us. It’s the man you were made to be, because you were made to be more.

Alex Marcus
and the FUEL Leadership Team

Questions, comments or just conversation? Just post it here or contact us thru Reston Bible’s website: www.restonbible.com/fuel

Please "Like" and “Follow” the Men's Ministry page

Now at 328 followers we’re gaining momentum in growing our community of Authentic Men following Christ! Help a friend to be encouraged by sharing this RBC Men’s Ministry page. Please "Like" this Men's Ministry page and share it with your buddies! Help get the word out. Post encouraging comments, start a conversation - www.facebook.com/restonbiblemen

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How Do You Receive the Message of the Word of God? We come to these verses in Galatians Chapter 6 regarding the importance of the Word of God and the sowing of the seed of the Word of God, but turn to that passage in Acts Chapter 17. Paul and Silas have travelled to Berea. They have just been through a period of tremendous trouble as a result of their preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teaching The Word of God, but that did not put them off. In Berea, they preached in the synagogue, and the people "received the message with great eagerness" - verse 11. BUT LOOK WHAT THEY DID. They examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Never accept anything just because a Bible Teacher or Preacher proclaims a certain message. Go home and check it out. Go home and make sure that what was taught was actually what the Scriptures said. This is important for our spiritual welfare and well-being - and safety. Those who teach will be judged more strictly than others. (James 3 verse 1) It is wise to take time to check out what is said - not only on Sundays or on other occasions - but also what we say in our everyday conversation. This applies to our behaviour too - where we go - what we do there - what we may become involved in. It is wise to check it out with what is in The Word of God. The ideas or thoughts or fashions of men can be very misleading, and can lead us into dangerous areas. Just because a man says something - that settles nothing - no matter who that man might be. Jesus has given us teachers to open up this Word - so that we might come to grasp the significance of every part. We see the need for a teacher in Acts Chapter 8 at verse 26. There is a man travelling from Jerusalem to North Africa. He is the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Queen of Ethiopia. On his way home he is reading the book of Isaiah, and when he comes to Chapter 53 he cannot make sense of it. He cannot grasp its significance. And God has provided a Bible teacher to be in the vicinity - a man who knew what the Word meant - a man who was filled with the Holy Spirit. We are allowed to overhear this conversation. GOD takes us right into the chariot. This important official needs someone who can explain what he is reading - someone who can teach - and Philip points him to Jesus Christ. This Chancellor was reading all about Jesus, but he did not recognise HIM. He needed a teacher - someone who could reveal from the Word of God, Jesus Christ - and he came to believe. This Chancellor spotted some water - and he asks Philip - "Why shouldn't I be baptised?" From what we read nobody had mentioned baptism - but right away - the Chancellor and Philip went down into the water - and Philip baptised the Chancellor. In the New Testament baptism is never trifled with - it is never postponed. There is no record of anyone being baptised without believing - without coming to a degree of faith. He was not told he needed six weeks of preparation classes. As soon as he came to believe in Jesus - the old man was buried - and the new creation emerged clean and obedient. A teacher was needed, and it is Jesus who gives teachers to the Church. Jesus gives Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. There are times when we may exercise more than one of these ministries. Returning to Galatians 6 - we are called to sow abundantly - generously - we are not to be stingy or mean with God. We don't give God our tips - but our first fruits. And, at the proper time, we will reap a harvest, IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP. “Gracious God, You are so generous. That day when You created the water we see such generosity – that day when Jesus went to the cross to rescue and save and forgive, we see such generous costly love. Help me to respond with my life, my gifts, my abilities – my all – in Jesus Name. Amen.” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous columns may be read at Studylight.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings in Christ Jesus.)
We Are What We Eat In Galatians Chapter 6 verse 6, we read, “Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.” This is a verse which most preachers and teachers do not like to mention, but we have to consider the whole Word. We have to embrace every part of it. Each of us needs teaching. Each of us needs someone to teach us the Word of God. We return to complete our reading and study of Paul’s letter to the Galatians following our consideration of what actually happened at that time of the birth of Jesus. Remember – a few weeks ago - we read these words in Romans Chapter 10, that faith comes through hearing, and hearing the Word of God. Perhaps today - in one sense - that has never been easier for those who really want to be fed from the Scriptures. There are many various excellent magazines and books and teaching aids. We can find out which are the best - not only so that we might be blessed - but so that we might learn and grow and mature in Christ. We must not depend upon any of these spiritual helps, but we have to learn how to make good use of them. The Church of Jesus Christ has never had such a menu of good sound solid teaching material, and from this verse we see that each of us needs instruction in The Word – and yet we hear that Bible Reading has declined over the past years. Make sure you are in the Word of God regularly When someone feeds us spiritually, we in turn share our material goods - our material wealth. Verse 7 - Do not be deceived - God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. This is why we seek good sound solid teaching from The Word of God to be sown in our hearts and minds - and allow good seed to have as much positive influence as possible. Now, the harvest is not immediate. A farmer does not sow this week and reap next week. It is very similar when we allow the Word of God to be sown in our lives. We may not see a harvest right away - through preaching and teaching - through our conversations - through our witness and service - but we must NOT give up. The harvest will appear in the spiritual realm - just as it appears in the physical realm. The principle is the same. As we continue to sow seed generously, God will bring it to fruition. We have to exercise patience that the Holy Spirit will take that seed, and that Jesus will do a work - the Holy Spirit will bring it to life - something will happen - our character will change - fruit will grow - lives around us may be transformed. It is quite a big ask. It is quite an expectation. It worked in the first century as soon as the Church of Jesus Christ was birthed and launched and if the pure seed is sown, it will continue to work. We might even notice the difference, as we experience more and more of the love of God - the joy and peace of God - the faithfulness of God - imparting an ability to exercise more and more self-control. Now there is nothing which can bring this about better than by feeding upon a balanced diet from the Word of God. We hear frequently today that "we are what we eat". Nowhere is that more true than in the spiritual realm. “Lord Jesus, help me to read the Bible and study the Bible. Help me not only to understand Your Word – but to share it. You are giving me a challenging task – keep me faithful, and loyal, and dependable, to the end. Amen” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous pieces may be found at Studylight.org in the 'Archives' section - every prayerful blessing.)
God’s Solution to Our World’s Massive Problems We are reading, and studying, these opening verses of Luke Chapter 1. Zechariah was a faithful priest in a day when there was not a lot of faithfulness around. I wonder how many people thought, “Look at that silly old priest going away to conduct a service - and say prayers - and preach something - a message - which no-one really wants to hear.” How many people might say that of us as we meet for Worship and Prayer week by week? Ignore it - forget it - overlook it. Let people say what they want. If you know you are right in the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ, let people think and say what they like. Zechariah, and Elizabeth, his dear wife, had no child. Elizabeth was unable to bear a child, and now they were very old. They had not become sour or bitter. They had not allowed this to make them resentful or jealous. They were righteous, godly and blameless. Do not let anything at all cause you to become sour or bitter. Once in the lifetime of a priest, he would be called to lead the service in The Temple in Jerusalem, and, Zechariah’s day arrived! Zechariah was in the House of God leading the people in Praise and Prayer, and God moves and acts in that dry dead old Jewish ‘church’, when He sees a faithful man about his spiritual duties - a man who is righteous and loyal. Amidst all the corruption and formality of the religious routine - amidst all the hypocrisy of the elders and scribes and Pharisees - God has a group of Praying People - and on this day, this godly man has a group of praying people around him - supporting him and strengthening him. What an encouragement it is when a Pastor or Preacher knows that around him there is a group of praying people. Look at what happens when God sees a faithful man, and a praying people. God acts and God moves. The Lord God sends an angel, and, when the Lord God acts and moves by sending an angel, the man of God becomes troubled and afraid. When God comes near us at times - or in a new way - we too can become troubled or afraid. The angel seeks to dispel the fear, “Don’t be afraid - your prayer is heard.” God had heard His faithful servants. He always does, and God is now answering their prayers, but this is not what they expected. Prayers are not rejected because the answer is long in coming. A delay is not a denial. Elizabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. Verse14. This will fill you with joy and gladness. Many will rejoice at his birth. This was going to be more than just a family blessing. He will be great in the sight of the Lord. It is those whom God calls great who are really great. From birth - from his mother’s womb - he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. John is being separated unto God, and for God, from conception. John is being prepared for ministry, and he is being anointed with all he will require for ministry. Who can tell what part our children might play in the mighty purposes of God? Verse 16 – What a ministry John is going to have. Could anyone wish for a higher ministry than that? He will minister in the spirit and power of Elijah. Do you realise that John is the most ignored and overlooked person in the narrative surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. We must remember both births. Both are important in the eyes of God. He would bring fathers and children together. They had generation gap problems too. They had similar problems to those we have today - and no government, no social work department will solve them. They will only be solved when God begins to act and move - but through whom? Righteous godly men and women. In current terminology, only an anointed ministry of the Body of Christ can save and rescue this type of situation. But, here we are studying the beginning of the solution to a massive problem, and this same massive problem confronts and faces us today. Consider these words, and this move of God, carefully and thoughtfully, with a view to discovering what your part might be in the practical outworking of God’s solution to man’s multiple problems in these present days. “Loving, gracious, holy Father, we thank You for the Bible – for the way in which Your Word has been preserved over the years when men have tried to undermine and edit and modify and dilute the truth. Help us over these next days and weeks to share Your truth. Amen” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be read at Studylight.org in the 'Archives' section - warmest greetings in Christ Jesus.)