Bayside Life Men Weekly Blog

Weekly encouragements and devotions to help you grow Spiritually
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...
Where are we going?
April 17th, 2020
When my wife and I went on our honeymoon, more than 20 years ago, I thought it would be fun to surprise her every day, and even several times a day, by not telling her where we were going.I had the whole trip (about five days) planned out, and had made reservations at each place we were going to stay each night, as we traveled up the California coast from San Francisco to Eureka, driving a car we ...
The Cure for Sin
April 8th, 2020
Everyone has been infected, spiritually speaking, with a virus called sin. No amount of hand washing or social distancing can protect one from it, because we were all born with it coursing through our spiritual veins.And there’s only one medicine that can rid us of it and its deadly effects. It’s a therapeutic and a vaccine all in one. It’s called the Blood of Jesus.Over the millennia, people have...
Don't Look Back
April 7th, 2020
“Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32 NKJV) One of the shorter verses in the Bible. But it packs a lot of punch. And it really makes you think. What was Lot’s wife’s fatal mistake? Simply put, she looked back.In Genesis 19:26, we read: “But his [Lot’s] wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” What was she looking back at? Sodom, and Gomorrah, and all the cities of the plain, and...
A Declaration of Interdependence
April 2nd, 2020
Even though we can’t be together,Now I need you more than ever.And even if we cannot touch,I need, and you need, each other so much.I see you in the distance, and I know how you feel,And it’s hard to believe,But it’s all too real.Believe me when I say to you,The air that you breathe is what I breathe, too.We need to get through this, you know that we must,Interdependently, through mutual trust.Let...
Missed Timing
April 2nd, 2020
Jesus threw me a perfect pass that set me up for an easy lay-up. All I had to do was take the shot; it would have been nearly impossible to miss. But, sadly, I hemmed and hawed and lost my nerve, and that perfect shooting opportunity passed. The moment was gone, and time moved on. Has this ever happened to you?Well, it happened to me this last Saturday morning, at Costco in Rancho Cordova, again. ...
Grace Amidst Turmoil
April 2nd, 2020
Grace keeps turning up in unexpected places:The long-lost friend who says I haven’t changed at all in 40 years except for my hairstyle;The neighbor knocking at our door in her housecoat, asking if I wrote that note and stuck it on her windshield;Brazilian mothers holding microcephalic babies in their arms after Zika wrought its devastating toll, inducing weeping with their faith-filled, undying, t...
Wash Your Hands and Your Soul
April 2nd, 2020
We are all being called upon to maintain social distancing and stop gathering, in order to slow down the rate of spread of COVID-19. One Person Whom you  never need to distance yourself from socially is God. James 4:8 (NKJV) says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Amazingly, the very next words in this verse are: “Wash your hands”! (NIV)God wants us to sit, stand, kneel, walk, and l...
Have the Character of Christ
April 2nd, 2020
“I feel like we don’t have a lot of time left. Whether it’s a few months or a few years, it really doesn’t matter. And if I’m wrong — and, on the one hand, I really hope that I am — it really doesn’t matter. Whether we have a little time left, or a lot of time left, I think we still should live as if we have only a little time left. We need to “keep [our] lamps trimmed and burning,” as the old Gos...
Post-Christian?
April 2nd, 2020
Do we live in a “post-Christian” world, society, and culture? What does that even mean? And is that question itself even a relevant or important one for the Church to consider?In the Old Testament, during the captivity of God’s people in Babylon, Daniel continued to go about his personal business as a devout believer in, and follower of, Jehovah, regardless of, and undaunted by, the sometimes almo...