Bayside Life Men Weekly Blog

Weekly encouragements and devotions to help you grow Spiritually
Sometimes You Don't See Everything
October 15th, 2020
Have you ever met a couple and wondered: “How did he end up with her?” or “What did she ever see in him?” Sometimes, in His infinite wisdom, insight, and foresight, the Lord pairs people that no human matchmaker or dating service algorithm would probably ever pick for each other. And the funny thing is, sometimes these seem to be some of the happiest couples in some of the most successful marriage...
Don't Take it for Granted
October 15th, 2020
If the last three months have taught me anything, I think that it’s that I shouldn’t take anything for granted. So many things have happened that few could have predicted, and even fewer expected. In many ways, and to a large extent, the status quo has been turned upside down, shaken out, and thrown into the wind, in some ways no doubt much for the better, although the course of that change has, n...
The Bounds of Stewardship
October 15th, 2020
One of the greatest lessons that one can learn in life is that one’s area of stewardship is finite. Some things fall inside the boundaries of one’s stewardship, and other things fall outside of the boundaries of one’s stewardship. It takes wisdom, and sometimes perhaps even revelation, to know the difference. But great freedom can come when one does not try to involve oneself in, or insert oneself...
More Than Human
October 15th, 2020
One of the most remarkable things about Jesus, aside from the incarnation, and His being fully human and fully Divine, was that He never had His own agenda. It’s something that really makes Him almost unique among great and famous historical world figures. Instead of having His own agenda, Jesus always relentlessly and wholeheartedly pursued His Father’s agenda. His only ambition was to obey and f...
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 ...