Stand-Up and Stand-Out

“Jesus was traveling from one city and village to another spreading the Good News about God’s kingdom.” (Luke 8:1)  Have you ever wondered where Jesus got the money to support traveling with 12 apostles? Well, here you go…   “Joanna, whose husband Chusa was Herod’s administrator; Susanna; and many other women. They provided financial support for Jesus and his disciples.”  Luke 8:3 (GW)  THAT’S RIGHT, the women.  If it was the women paying the bills, you have to wonder, “Where were the men?” 

I don’t know where they were, but I know they’re still here. A recent survey says, “Women are generally more religious than men, particularly among Christians….” Most churches I have researched run about 60% women with 40% men. Like I said, “Where are the men?” We are in need of men like never before. C’mon guys…. it’s time to fill in that 40 percent we so desperately need in our churches. We are living in a society where “24 million children (34 percent) live ‘absent’ their biological father.” HOWEVER, “Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.”

There is so much more to say, but for now, MEN, it’s time to Stand-Up and Stand-Out so we can spread the Good News about God’s kingdom.” 

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

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