Bayside Life Men Weekly Blog

Weekly encouragements and devotions to help you grow Spiritually
One Step at a Time
June 17th, 2020
One step at a time. Incremental progress. Often, this is how great things are achieved. Sometimes it can be tempting to become discouraged when one looks back in the past and up to the present to measure what he has accomplished. This can also apply to collectives or movements. We sometimes think that we should be further along by now, or more mature in a certain area of life, than we are. But God...
The Unseen World
June 15th, 2020
If we could pull back the veil that divides the seen from the unseen, the natural realm from the supernatural realm, we would perhaps be amazed by the level of activity that is continually going on above us and around us. Whereas much activity is taking place in our lives, in our communities, in our world, in the news, there are battles being waged and other significant events occurring in “the he...
The Right Structure
May 27th, 2020
Quality construction materials are an integral component of a successful construction project. Most people would rather pay a little more to have a project done right the first time, rather than to skimp on the quality of the materials or cut corners in some other way in order to try to save a little money.In 1 Corinthians 8:1 (RSV), Paul writes: “‘Knowledge’ puffs up, but love builds up.” What ca...
Peace in the Leaving
May 27th, 2020
I think that I can legitimately say that I had a moment of clarity, lying in bed late Saturday night. I was reading on my iPhone about Ruby Dee, an African-American actress and activist, who starred, alongside Ossie Davis, to whom she also was married for 40 years or more, in “A Raisin in the Sun” (in 1961). She and Ossie were personal friends with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta...
Think Deep
May 27th, 2020
It might seem strange, but one of my favorite Bible characters, and one to whom I think I could relate most naturally and readily, if I were ever to have a chance to meet him and have a conversation with him, and someone who I might even consider a personal “hero,” is Solomon. “Why Solomon?” someone might ask. And I’d be eager to try to answer that question.To me, perhaps even more impressive even...
If I Have Not Love
May 27th, 2020
If I have not love, I am nothing at all,Though my storehouse of knowledge be bursting through the walls.If I possess every gift, yet love I lack,I might as well give all of those gifts back.If I can read your mail and your future see,Without love it’s all still a mystery.If a world of wisdom I hold in my hand,If I have not love, I’m a foolish man.Love is patient, love is kind.It leaves everything ...
To Lead, You Must Serve
May 27th, 2020
In his groundbreaking 1970 essay, “The Servant as Leader,” Robert K. Greenleaf formally introduced to the public for the first time a concept that he had been thinking about and developing for many years, the concept and management style of “servant leadership”. He later wrote an entire book on this concept, entitled simply, “Servant Leadership”. Greenleaf first came up with this idea after readin...
The Best Laid Plans
May 27th, 2020
Can God inconvenience you? Do you have your day so planned out that if something unexpected comes up in the course of the day, you completely lose your composure and your patience? Can you be bothered? There is such a thing as a “holy interruption”. In the life of Jesus, there were many. Regardless of His plans and circumstances, He always seemed to eloquently demonstrate grace, flexibility, adapt...
Essential
May 27th, 2020
During the current worldwide coronavirus crisis and associated business shutdowns due to shelter-in-place orders, the distinction has been made between “essential” and “non-essential” workers, for very practical and good reasons. Essential workers are those who are needed to remain physically on-site at their places of employment, those being businesses or institutions that are providing essential...
It's Right in Front of You
April 21st, 2020
The face of Christ was unrecognizable. When Jesus was hanging on Calvary’s cross, He no longer even looked like Himself to those who knew Him and had been in His presence for three and a half years. Isaiah 52:14 (NKJV) says: “So His visage was marred more than any man,/ And His form more than the sons of men...”And Isaiah 53:3 says: “And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;/ He was despised, an...