The Extraordinary Husband: A Case for Adam

Of all humanity and manhood, I dare to say that most lambasted man is our great grandfather, Adam. Many comedians make fun of him and he is used to represent the weakness of manhood. Oh, but I bet to differ.
This man out of whom we all came, I believe, represents the life of an ideal husband. This I say because, a critical look at this man’s life shows that he is a strong man within and without. It’s true, Adam had the best opportunity you can think of, he had a beautiful garden crowned with a beautiful woman, filled with everything he could ever need. He had the Most High as his father, companion and provider. However, along the line, he messed up everything by disobeying his creator.
In effect, he lost everything he had and now had to start all over again from tilling the ground to harvest to provide for his own need and that of his family. What was his initial reaction? He blamed his creator for giving him a wife who caused the whole mess? What did he do to his wife? He gave her the sweetest name available then, Eve. Eve, from the Amplified Bible means living spring.

Lessons from Adam
1) He did not cry over spilt milk. After losing a very wonderful condition he went on to work to still to be there for the family.
2) He did not direct his frustration towards his wife but his God, who knew about events in his life whether good or bad
3) He did not rain insults, curses and beatings on his wife. Rather, he called her Eve, meaning, spring of life. It is interesting to note that before the incident his wife was called woman and then after Eve. They did not have children before but they went on to have children after the incident.
4) Though he blamed his God, he did not break contact with him. He reconciled with his wife and nourished his family in the way of the creator.
Men, let’s be strong in all situations. Like Adam, God is and will cloth us to cover our weaknesses even when we fail. As descendants of Adam, let’s be extraordinary husbands.

Remember, being an Extraordinary Gentleman is not about that one great thing that you do that totally changes and pushes you into a new light of being. Being extraordinary hinges on the little choices and decisions you make in every situation, even after a major failure.

Written by Richard Ofori


The Will of God: A Portrait of David

Today I will like us to continue our discussions on the will of God with an illustration from the bible. Unlike many of our articles that have scripture references scattered in explanatory texts, this article will be the other way round. We will have short explanatory references and questions scattered in scripture text to stimulate thinking about the will of God. This is to help us understand the working of the will of God with an illustration from the life of David. Enjoy the reading!
2 Samuel 5: 17 – 25 (Net Bible)

When the Philistines heard that David had been designated king over Israel, they all went up to search for David. When David heard about it, he went down to the fortress. 5:18 Now the Philistines had arrived and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 5:19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” (How do we react when the line of action in a situation seems obvious, do we ask the will of God or choose our own mode of action?) The Lord said to David, “March up, for I will indeed hand the Philistines over to you.” (Though the Lord might give us obvious answers sometimes, other times his answer might just be the opposite)

5:20 So David marched against Baal Perazim and defeated them there (Do we act on the will of God with confidence in him?). Then he said, “The Lord has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.(Do we remember to give the glory to God for the victories?) 5:21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men picked them up.

5:22 The Philistines again came up and spread out in the valley of Rephaim. 5:23 So David asked the Lord what he should do (When the situation seems familiar do we still ask the will of God?). This time the Lord said to him, “Don’t march straight up. Instead, circle around behind them and come against them opposite the trees (God might just have a different ACTION PLAN!). 5:24 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, act decisively (And a different TIMING for the action plan to unfold). For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 5:25 David did just as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Gibeon all the way to Gezer (When we act because God is acting, our victory is extensive and resounding).

I hope the Holy Spirit inspired you to receive in-depth understanding of our case study illustration. Remember to leave your comments, we cherish them a lot and do not forget,

The will of God in every situation consists mainly of three parts, the declared will (what), the action plan (how, who, where) and the timing (when).

Your Ministry is NOT Your Identity

I loved this post on ministry from one of the blogs I have subscribed to and I feel permitted to share it with you. I hope it blesses you. And an additional thought, no matter what (who) you are (your position), your wife wants a husband, your children want a father (Daddy) and your parents want a son (daughter, for the ladies) and your friends, they want a friend, what (who) you are is secondary. Enjoy God’s blessings.

Genuine Motivation

By Paul Tripp

I was a pastor in the process of destroying his life and ministry and I didn’t know it. I wish I could say that my pastoral experience is unique, but I have come to learn in travels to hundreds of churches around the world that, sadly, it is not. Sure, the details are unique, but I see in many pastors the same disconnect between the public persona and the private man. I have heard so many stories containing so many confessions that I grieve over the state of pastoral culture in our generation. The burn of this concern, coupled with my knowledge and experience of transforming grace, drives me to write this column.

Three underlying themes operated in my life and I have observed the same themes in the lives of many pastors with whom I have talked. Unpacking these themes helps us examine where pastoral culture…

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