Dedrick Whipple

"Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation." --Luke 22:46

STAY AWAKE!

When is the Christian most liable to sleep? Is it not when his temporal circumstances are prosperous? Have you not found it so? When you had daily troubles to take to the throne of grace, were you not more wakeful than you are now? Easy roads make sleepy travelers. Another dangerous time is when all goes pleasantly in spiritual matters. Christian went not to sleep when lions were in the way, or when he was wading through the river, or when fighting with Apollyon, but when he had climbed half way up the Hill Difficulty, and came to a delightful arbor, he sat down, and forthwith fell asleep, to his great sorrow and loss. The enchanted ground is a place of balmy breezes, laden with fragrant odors and soft influences, all tending to lull pilgrims to sleep. "The arbor was called the Slothful's Friend, and was made on purpose to allure, if it might be, some of the pilgrims to take up their rest there when weary." Depend upon it, it is in easy places that men shut their eyes and wander into the dreamy land of forgetfulness. The distressed soul does not sleep; it is after we enter into peaceful confidence and full assurance that we are in danger of slumbering. Take heed, joyous Christian, be as happy as you will, only be watchful.

  Our goal as a Men's Ministry is to develop the young, middle aged and older man to become practitioners of the Faith and build healthy, strong, and spiritually cognizant leaders of the home, the family, and the business community and the church.