Marriage Matters Meets Newest Outlet Partner: Patreon

New Platform

We love to share the good word of a God-centered marriage. Patreon has emerged as a fantastic platform for sharing that word.

It allows for not only hosting our video content from the Marriage Matters.TV shows, but also makes converting them as podcasts as simple as hitting the upload button.

We think you’ll enjoy Patreon’s clean platform and the fact that it takes you out of the clutter of most social media streams; if just for a moment!

Stop by and check out the newest expansion for spreading the gospel of marriage and family. PLEASE make sure to click the FOLLOW tab for updates.

Lessons Learned

Our latest lesson learned is that this faith-based ministry incurs costs for bringing marriage and family resources to everyone. From software to soft-tipped microphones, it’s been a process of growth.

We’ve been led to trust our expenses will be covered by love offerings. While the majority of content at Patreon remains free for you, we also make it available to become a partner through monthly giving or one time gifts.

Chance To Bless

Admittedly, neither Leah nor I are good at receiving. We’d prefer to continue covering the costs out of pocket, but God has really been working on our hearts to show that while it’s wonderful to give as we love to do, it is also His desire that we learn to recieve.

Through this new platform at Patreon, and also at our Marriage Matters website, there are ways to bless our ministry in whatever makes you most comfortable. We do thank you and promise that every penny goes toward the strengthening of marriages and families.

Marriages Do Matter,

Scott & Leah

Jesus: He Sees Us

Jesus: He Sees Us

Imagine the woman with an issue of blood in a horde of people clamoring to see Jesus. She desired coming to Him, but she didn’t approach Jesus face to face.

She’d allowed her affliction to define who she was. Sin shackled her into a life of feeling unworthy and ashamed to face Christ. Like so many of us, we figure if we can slip into a quiet acquaintance with God, we might go unnoticed, but still gain the benefits of association.

Maybe we try sneaking up from behind for confession, forgiveness and salvation. Like my teachers told me as a mischievous kid, “I’ve got my eye on you.” God sees us. He knows our hearts, and that we desire to approach.

Jesus knew her need and her faith, but He wouldn’t allow her to go unnoticed. Jesus proclaimed for her and those who judged her that she was healed. This wasn’t to embarrass her, but to redeem her.

It can be intimidating to openly pursue Christ. You may wonder, what if I fail or sin again. Guess what, you will. And only by pursuing Jesus will you be forgiven again and again while your heart becomes one with His.

He sees us.

Much Love / Much Respect,
Scott

43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

Luke 8:43-50

Crowded Out Of Christ: Push Back

Crowded Out Of Christ: Push Back

 I love the story in Luke of the woman who had an issue with blood for 12 years, and fought the crowd to come behind Jesus to touch His garment. She was healed.

Is there a crowd keeping you from seeking Jesus? Is it friends, family, or your spouse? How about the guys down at the bar, or the your coworkers?

As a rookie cop, I carried my bible and smiled even in the worse situations. I had the light of Christ burning in my soul and I couldn’t hide it.

But through the years, I allowed my peers to ridicule and mock me. Although in mostly good nature, I left the bible in my locker and the smile twisted into a snarl at the inhuman things people did to one another.

By God’s grace, I pushed through my crowd that had once kept me from reaching out to Jesus. Brothers, do not allow anyone or anything keep you from going to Him. It might even be unintentional acts, but they are still what is keeping you from Him.

How about this Brick Breakers’ page? There are lots of Brothers who share and send DMs which is totally cool, but is there a reason why you’ve not liked the page or shared it with other Brothers? Is there a social media crowd keeping you from Christ?

I’ve been in the #trenches and know how easy it is to get swept up in a shift away from Christ. But I also know that I had to push through my crowd to find Him.

I love this lesson from Luke and her story. I want to share something else about it later, but for now, don’t get crowded out for Christ.

Much Love / Much Respect,

Scott Silverii

“Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?”

Luke 8

God’s Plan: To Prosper You And Not To Harm You

God’s Plan: To Prosper You And Not To Harm You

Warriors,
Being a man of God is not easy work. It’s not for the faint of heart or the weak-willed. If you’re like me, you’ve lost friends, been talked about behind your back, and become the butt of jokes when you messed up and everyone was always glad to tell others.

To be honest, sometimes I wonder “Why?”

But I know why, and we all know the cost. But what’s the motivation, the drive and the purpose to work every day to be called a man of God if most of the time our own family and friends seem to disrespect us?

Because we were called and God has got a plan for each of us men. Yes, each of us men of God. No it’s not easy, but what is the alternative?

Much Love / Much Respect,
Scott

Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

FIT@50Week 94: Approaching the New Year Happily

FIT@50Week 94: Approaching the New Year Happily

FIT@50 / Week 80: Being Human

FIT@50 / week 80

Being Human:

I’m going to take a breather on this one. This week’s FIT@50 is probably best spent just being human. I’ve come to understand that it’s okay to just be human. That being FIT@50 means it’s alright to chill out every once and awhile, and allow life to be just so.

Of course, as I say this, it’s on the heels of another fast-paced week of networking and meetings for Liliana Hart and I. But just like the week before and the month before that and the year preceding that, we promised each other we’d slow it down.

Honestly, I don’t know that slowing down is an option.

It’s called being human.

If I could show you, right outside our suite window is an amazing sugar-sand beach with warm crystal waters. We’ve yet to stick a toe in either of them since we arrived on Monday.

Why? I’m really not sure why, but neither of us are complaining. We’ve been blessed to share this week catching up with friends and meeting new people who are as passionate about business as we are.

One of the best parts of this week has been how many people have taken the time to express their condolences for the loss of my dad. I mentioned that our circles on social media allow us to get to know so many people on a personal level. I’ve appreciated everyone who has made the very real effort to pay their respects.

It’s called being human.

Speaking of being human, I got caught up earlier with the reality that it had already been a week since my dad’s passing. I had that brief moment of chest compressing panic, but quickly tapped my heart with the tip of my middle finger to reassure myself it would be okay.

It’s a habit I picked up years ago while still in law enforcement. The bulletproof vest I wore on duty had a heavy plate covering the heart. It’s called a shock plate, or trauma plate. I’d tap that plate with my finger as a reassurance reminder that my heart was covered by a metal shell.

I didn’t realize it was something I still did. Although, having matured in my needs for reassurances, it’s not the steel plate that protects my heart from the trauma of grief. I have God’s reassurance that I’m protected, and blessed with a wonderful wife, family, and friends who care about what that heavy steel plate once protected.

It’s called being human.

Do Good,

Scott

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The Eulogy: 2015

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The Eulogy: 2015

Over the last few days I’ve witnessed so many who’ve cursed or eulogized the last year; yes 2015. Instead of rejoicing in the 365 days of life God allowed them, they dismiss the gifts of grace in hopes of happenstance instantly or magically changing their circumstances.

What makes a person believe that the tick of a second-hand tock is going to erase the hardships, the failures, the could-have-beens, the should-have-beens and the never-have-beens?

Good things happen, bad things happen, terribly horrible things happen and yes; wonderfully fantastic things happen. This is what we call “Life.”

Were there hard times in 2015? Sure. After 15 years I still miss my mother. After 8 years and counting, I still cheer-lead for my son with Down syndrome to live an amazingly fantastic life. Day after day I still watch my dad as the effects of diabetes and dementia take their collective toll.

This is called “Life” and it’s a gift; rejoice in it. Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

While attending a funeral recently, an 89-year-old gentleman graced me with conversation. In sincerity and optimism he looked squarely at me and said, “Chief, life is too short. Enjoy it.”

What do you say to that?

I thought about the many who hurriedly stowed away 2015 in hopes of better times, the comment I could not respond to on life’s brevity, and my own take on the passing of one calendar year to the next.

I’m going to be honest with you; am I where I wanted to be on several levels at the end of 2015? No, not at all.

– I wanted to increase my walk with Christ

– I wanted to be a better father

– I wanted to be a better son and brother

– I wanted to be a better friend

– I wanted to be thinner and healthier

– I wanted to not be so guarded

– I wanted to cycle more, and eat ice cream less (debatable)

Am I bitter? Have I plastered Facebook with admonishments over a 2015 unlived, have I darkened others’ days with tales of “unfairs” over the last year? No. Not at all. It was a fantastic year. It was a 365 day blessing of mercy that God gifted me. It was yet another year in my life well lived.

This is not a criticism for pessimistic postings. It’s a reminder that if you think back over the course of the last year you will find;

1. The bad things that could have been avoided, possibly required more of our time and attention.
2. The horrible things that could not be avoided, we should be thankful that we’re still in this life to grieve, learn or recover.
3. The good things that happened probably resulted from our hard work and dedication.
4. The fantastic things that happened probably included someone else’s support along the way.

If you sat on your thumbs in 2015 waiting for what you thought owed and were disappointed, then sitting on your thumbs in 2016 will probably only result in much more soreness and even more criticisms come next New Year’s Eve.

Don’t be so quick to eulogize the passing year for its failures, as they represent the “you” who experienced it. Instead, embrace the positive and learn from the each opportunity.

Failure is not getting knocked down. It’s refusing to get back up.

See you at the end of yet another superhero’ish calendar year 2016.

Do Good,

Scott
Originally posted at scottsilverii.com – The Eulogy: 2013 / 2014