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I just watched this “telecast” (“Stepping-Up National Men’s Simulcast/a>) via online with a groupit of 30+ guys at a local church in town (Morris Minnesota), which several churches got together yesterday early on a summer Saturday morning (8a-12p). I thought it was worth my time as we got equipped to become “better” men to fulfill God’s purpose or calling in each of our lives. What is “our” purpose?..
The Collection for the Lord’s People (Session 1: A Man’s Charge-“Act Like Men” by James MacDonald
Don’t act like this..
“Men don’t run from the battle but they run towards it”
Welcome Back, Duke
From the ashes of Sept. 11 arise the manly virtues. OPINION
October 12, 2001 By PEGGY NOONAN online.wsj.com
“…I believe this quite literally. But then I am experiencing Sept. 11 not as a political event but as a spiritual event.
And, of course, a cultural one, which gets me to my topic.
It is not only that God is back, but that men are back. A certain style of manliness is once again being honored and celebrated in our country since Sept. 11. You might say it suddenly emerged from the rubble of the past quarter century, and emerged when a certain kind of man came forth to get our great country out of the fix it was in.
I am speaking of masculine men, men who push things and pull things and haul things and build things, men who charge up the stairs in a hundred pounds of gear and tell everyone else where to go to be safe. Men who are welders, who do construction, men who are cops and firemen. They are all of them, one way or another, the men who put the fire out, the men who are digging the rubble out, and the men who will build whatever takes its place.
“…faithful to his wife (see marriage, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap…
One of the questions that was asked during a video was-“When does a boy become a “real” man?
“11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”–1 Corinthians 13
Q: What are some of your childish ways (e.g. complaining, pornography, anger, etc..)
Session #3: A Man’s Challenge-“Accept Responsiblity” by Robert Lewis
Man is to [Genesis 2 ]..
2. Lead and love a woman
3. Work (Garden)
4. Serve and better their community (e.g home)
Q: How do you prevent your teenage son skip the “foolishness” of life?
A: Spend time with your son
Michael Vick shares first-ever testimony, POSTED Saturday, Feb. 6. bpnews.net
“Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy listens while a fan congratulates Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick on turning his life around after spending 23 months in Leavenworth Prison for dog-fighting. Dungy told the Super Bowl Prayer Breakfast earlier that he and Vick spoke at least once a week during Vick’s incarceration. ..
New International Version (NIV)
Doing Good for the Sake of the Gospel
“2 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
…6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. ..
Session #4: A Man’s Commissiion-“Help Other Men be Men” by Dennis Rainey
“2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”–2 Timothy 2
Q: Who was your hero growing-up?
In a study, 1/3 “parent(s) 1/3 “no one” 1/3 “me”
40% boys born to “wedlock” mothers
After each session, we were challenged to ask God the “action plan” (2 minute meditation) on what we do next after hearing the message after each session.