Archive for August, 2012

GET IN – But, I’m Already In

Posted: August 29, 2012 in God's man, Serve

Every spring Major League Baseball players go to Spring Training. During Spring Training a lot of time is spent reviewing the basics or running the drills.  Highly paid, specialized athletes, the very best in the business before each season spend time on the basics of playing the game.  Why, did they forget?  Did they lose their talent over the winter? Probably not but doing the basics in Spring Training will help the players be ready for the season.

You may be far beyond the stage of Get In.  You may be in the Get Healthy, the Get Strong or even the Get Going part of the pathway.  If you are, that’s great but here are two things to keep in mind. First of all, it never hurts to review the basics once in a while. And second, you should be reaching out to help new guys GET IN. New guys are going to need to start at the beginning, they need basic training and who better to train them than a guy who is further along in the journey.  I would imagine that somebody once helped you with the basics.

 

GET IN – The Need For Friends

Posted: August 28, 2012 in God's man

Ecclisiastes 4: 9-10 says,  Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! NIV

Isolation is a dilemma facing many men today. Unfortunately, it occurs in the lives of men inside and outside of the church. These men have become so isolated that they have no close friends to turn to when life gets tough.  Today men are turning to liquor, drugs and pornography at an alarming rate to combat their pain and loneliness.

Isolation is not what was originally intended for us, we weren’t created to be alone. Overcoming isolation takes hard work and fighting it is a battle that we must win in order to raise our effectiveness as God’s men.

Check out the book Being God’s Man by Pursuing Friendships, it is our suggested resource for this quarter. 

Dad – You Can Do It…

Posted: August 28, 2012 in Fatherhood

Being a dad is a tough job. You never have a day off, the pay is low and the responsibility is great. The rewards however are tremendous. Those little moments, the hugs, the laughs, the giggles. Those times when they curl up on your lap or come at pouncing on you like you are their personal trampoline. Here is a link to an article that I thought was worth a look.

http://pastors.com/six-gifts-your-kids-need-from-you/

Have a great day out there dad’s

Rogue Warriors for God

Posted: August 15, 2012 in God's man, Just A Thought

Who will you become? Will you discover your true reason for living, enter the battle, and become a new man in Christ? Or will you settle for less than God’s desire for you? That’s your decision. No one can make it for you.

But to become more like Christ, you will have to embrace a new way of living. This kind of can-do attitude is what the Navy SEALs look for in a man. In many ways SEALs are rogue warriors. Totally unconventional. Guys who will do anything to win the battle. SEALs live by a different code that is guided by a set of unwavering commitments, such as:

• Total commitment to what they believe, risking everything for those beliefs
• Making clear what they believe to others
• Being always easy to find; at the center of the battle

The Apostle Paul was tough and uncompromising. He held to a code that defined his life. He lived on purpose, not by accident.

If you choose to become this kind of man, made new and unwilling to compromise, then let the great Apostle Paul lead the way. In 1 Corinthians 4:16, he said, “Therefore I urge you to imitate me.”

Will you do it?

Adapted from Being God’s Man…by Walking a New Path
 by Stephen Arterburn, Kenny Luck and Todd Wendorff, © 2003.
www.EveryManMinistries.com

On The Go – All The Time

Posted: August 12, 2012 in Just A Thought

It feels like our lives are on the go all the time.  Busy all the time, running all the time, never slowing down is what life has come to be for many people. Here is a short article that may help us all to consider that we need to spend some time being still.

http://theresurgence.com/2012/06/27/3-reasons-why-we-wont-be-still

UNIFIED – for a common purpose

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Coming Up

August 25 is the date for the next Bethel Men’s Ministry Breakfast. The time is 7:30 to 9:00am and we’ll be in Fellowship Hall. We’ll be talking about a common purpose and what that looks like as a vision for the coming year.

You can register on-line at http://bthl.ch/breakfast or in the lobby at the Men’s Ministry table – you know the shiny diamond plate table.

 

Not Always Easy

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Life, my friends isn’t always easy.  Your response to that may be something similar to “well duh’.  Some days we feel like Charlie Brown on Halloween, we just keep on getting the rock in our goody bag.  Not only do we dislike the rocks that we get, we ask why me, why did I get the rock. Maybe it isn’t a rock for you right now. Maybe you are dealing with something bigger. The job market is tough, the economy is slow and prices keep going up on everything. Tough times are a part of life in a fallen world that’s all there is to it.

One problem that we have is that we think we are in charge. In the book of Daniel chapter 4 we read about some trouble for King Nebuchadnezzar. You can go back and read the whole thing, it’s a great story. In verse 17, 25 and 32 a few very revealing words are spoken to King Nebuchadnezzar.  In a dream he hears them from messengers coming down from heaven, in Daniels interpretation he hears them and finally in a voice from heaven he hears them. The words are “the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes”.

Here’s the deal, if those words are true for King Nebuchadnezzar they are true for us as well. Let me restate that, the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men, mine and yours. That’s right – God is in charge fellas, it’s not you. Sorry if that bursts any bubbles. God is sovereign, He is in charge.  You can’t control everything as much as you think you can or as much as you think you do. The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men.

So, what can you do? You can choose how you react to tough times. You can choose how to respond. If you need some help here let me suggest a short study. Being God’s Man in Tough Times is a short nine session study that will help you and the guys in your small group react to tough times when they come around. If you need help finding it email me at men@bethel-church.org