Which of the five senses brings back your memories most sharply? For me it is definitely the sense of smell.
A certain kind of sun oil takes me instantly to a French beach. The smell of chicken mash brings back childhood visits to my grandmother. A hint of pine “Christmas,” and a certain kind of aftershave, my son’s teenage years.
Paul reminded Corinth that they were the aroma of Christ: For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ (2 Cor. 2:15). He may have been referring to Roman victory parades. The Romans made sure everyone knew they had been victorious by burning incense on altars throughout the city. For the victors, the aroma was pleasing; for the prisoners it meant slavery or death. So as believers, we are victorious soldiers. And when the gospel of Christ is preached, it is a pleasing fragrance to God.
As the aroma of Christ, what perfumes do Christians bring with them as they walk into a room? It’s not something that can be bought in a bottle or a jar. When we spend a lot of time with someone, we begin to think and act like that person. Spending time with Jesus will help us spread a pleasing fragrance to those around us. —Marion Stroud
Lord, please guide my thoughts and actions so people will know that
I have been with You. When we walk together Lord, people notice.
INSIGHT: The imagery of a pleasing aroma coming up before the Lord appears in several different ways in Scripture. In the Old Testament, one of the pieces of furniture in the tabernacle was the altar for burning incense (Ex. 30:1). Along with the lampstand and the table for the bread of the Presence, the incense altar was in the holy place—just outside the Holy of Holies. In Revelation 8:3-4 incense is offered on the altar in heaven. This incense is connected to the prayers of the people of God. We see that not only can our lives be a pleasing aroma to God, but our prayers can be as well. Bill Crowder
Feel a little out of control right now? Could you use some encouragement?
From Israel, in the north region of the Galilee, singer and songwriter Shannon Wexelberg shares her personal story of a life-changing event. Her husband Mark was severely injured by a distracted driver. As a result, his job ended, they moved from their home, and they had to let go of some dreams.
Whatever your story or wherever you are in the journey, we invite you to join Shannon as she worships. Let the music from I Have a Song draw your heart to praise, on this Day of Discovery.
Men's Fraternity Classic is the original curriculum authored by Dr. Robert Lewis that helped launch the Authentic Manhood movement. Men's Fraternity Classic is a series of three one-year-long studies, beginning with The Quest for Authentic Manhood (24 weeks), followed by Authentic Manhood: Winning at Work and Home (16 weeks), and concluding with The Great Adventure series (20 weeks). More than just a rally or a Bible study, Men's Fraternity provides men with an encouraging process that teaches them how to live lives of authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ and directed by the Word of God.
Men's Fraternity was designed to help men come together and strengthen each other through weekly sessions that combine biblical teaching and small group interaction.
These time-tested resources have been used all over the world to equip men to make their pursuit of noble manhood a lifelong priority. Church leaders and lay members are using the series to energize the men of their church and to connect with men in the community. Many men also use the series in their own personal pursuit of authentic manhood.
Our goal is to provide timeless truths and practical insights on how we can live to be the men God intended for us to be. We want to do more than just offer good curriculum, but to foster a worldwide movement of men who are committed to follow the courageous footsteps of Jesus into authentic manhood; men who will reject passivity, accept responsibility, lead courageously and invest eternally.
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