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  • March 30, 2010 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    There are two verses that have been strongly laid on my heart since before the first of they year.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 - All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season, correct rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction.

    "...so the man of God may be..."

    Isn't this what we are striving for as a Christian?  To be a man of God?  It's what I am striving for.  To not just be known as a man of God, but to live the life that a man of God would live.  To me these verses are key.  The scripture is so useful.  I see more and more relevance in scripture to my life and the lives around me the more I focus on and study it.  There doesn't seem to be a situation where the scripture doesn't have something to say.

    We need training to be a man of God and we need to be ready at all times.  I learned just this last week that I can't take time away from my training and my preparation.  I did and I wasn't ready when a brother needed help.  I need to be ready at all times, I must be ready at all times if others are going to be looking to me for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training.

    Pressing into Jesus, learning and studying are things we must continue to do.  It needs to not become something we do in this life, but how we live in this life.  It needs to become second nature; that is when we will be ready both in and out of season.  God bless!
  • February 22, 2010 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What kind of life do you want to live?  How does that compare to the life you are called to live?  Is there a difference?  If so, why?

    I think our earthly beings long to be known, we long to live a life where our legacy lives on long after we are gone.  We long to be part of an epic, to not only be part of it...but to be the center of it.  To be the hero, the one remembered and talked about for ages to come.

    Is that the life your being called to?  Maybe.

    The problem with wanting to leave a legacy, wanting to be remembered for ages...is that in the end it's not likely to happen.  Some people get rich enough to donate to colleges and get a building with their name.  Some people attain high positiions and get into history books.  But for the rest of us; when it's all said and done, we may only be remembered for a generation or two at the most.  Eventually all the people who we affect in this life will pass...who will remember us then?

    I think that most of us are called to do the simple work.  The work that simply is to be done for the glory of God.  We are called to lead and raise up our families.  We are called to do His work in our community.  We are called to help and feed the poor, the orphans and the children.  Each of us have something, some holy discontent that we are called to in this life.

    If there is a legacy we can leave that will last it's with our family.  A legacy that comes from our children seeing us knowing, loving and serving the Lord to the extent; that they do it as an example to their children; and they do it as an example to their children and so on.  Something that becomes a family tradition...

    In the end we are called to do little things in His great big story.  A story He has lovingly invited us into.  Go live your part well and teach your children to do the same.  God Bless!

  • January 12, 2010 6:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is from the 1/12/2010 Daily Encouragement email.

    I heard a pastor on the radio say something like: "If we can't be thankful for what we already have, how can we be thankful when we get what we want?"  This really nailed me.  I spend so much time wondering and day dreaming about what I want, about how things could be...that I usually overlook what I already have.  Do you too?
    Philippians 4:11-12 - I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
    Are you content in your current circumstances?  Or have you gotten caught up in our culture, trying to keep up with the Jones family?
    1 Timothy 6-10 - But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
    We live in a culture where there seems to be a fine line between being seen as content and seen as being lazy, seen as being not content and having desire, passion and drive.  But is it really one or the other?  I think you can be lazy and not content, just as you can be content with what you have and still have desire, passion and drive for improving. 
    The question really becomes about the heart.  Where is your heart?  What is your motivation to do what you do?  Is it about you or about Him?  Is it about your glory or His?
    "But godliness with contentment is great gain." - Let's set our heart on Him, let's be content and happy in what He has already blessed us with, let's walk on His path and be blessed in His ways.
  • January 04, 2010 4:05 PM | Anonymous member
    Wll we made it through all of the anniv. of Dez's passing on to be with Jesus. Spring, easter, her boys' birthdays.Summer, fall, our birthdays, no happy birthday daddy from her this year. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. One more date, the anniv. of her passing, the 7th. we are doing good though I almost lost Terri a couple of times, didn't think we would make it through Thanksgiving, tears in the stuffing. But we made it and Lord willing we will celebrate our 28th wedding anniv. this month. We were recently given a book by the pastors wife, they are our dear friends, by C.S. Lewis called "A Grief Observed" This is a random collection of notes he wrote after he lost his wife to cancer. They were found by a friend after he passed away and published under a suedonym for some time and then under his name. We also found a copy of Carol Wimbers book 'The Way it Was' in it was Carols candid stories about John Wimbers death and also about their son who died of cancer. Terri has done remarkedly better since reading 'A Grief Observed.' She went out and bought flowers for the house, that was cool. Most of our progress has been from knowing we have endured.
  • December 17, 2009 4:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    What a blessing this past year has been! Individuals in our warrior group have been faced with major obstacles; financial, marital, parenting, legal, and health challenges. And many of our men thought for sure they would crumble under these stresses...but through the grace of God and our army of warriors, we've emerged stronger than ever. Why? Because we were willing to reveal our true selves to our fellow warriors. We surrendered to a higher power, God Almighty. The realization, that being a "poser" is counterproductive and destructive, led dozens of our men to replace their pride with humility. And, their new-found humility is bringing honor, wealth, and quality of life. God...you are so awesome...beyond our comprehension. Father God, we will continue to listen to your voice and watch for your signs of direction...for we can now clearly see where we were and how far you've brought us....And, we can't wait to see where you take us by this time next year.
  • November 24, 2009 4:31 PM | Anonymous member
    God let us have one more boom I promise I won't waste the next one. AArgh, if I don't learn the lesson then am I doomed to repeat the assignment. Good people also suffer in bad times, just a little less. And rotten people prosper when times are good, they just don't sleep well, I think. When the saints in Alexandria A.D. third century (approx) Fell to the same plague as the local non-believers it is recorded that they died differently, they died while aiding others. I am thankful for what I have left and the future is still up to me and God. We don't just remember the poor we invite them over for dinner and games.
  • October 25, 2009 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    There's a point that John Eldredge makes in his book that probably has become my primary standard to follow at this time. It reads: "Listening to God would be a tremendous source of guidance and relief for the leaders of churches, ministries, and businesses if they would adopt this approach (asking God his will) in their day-to-day decision making...Surrender to what you hear (from God). Think of all the foolish things that would be avoided, and all the noble things God has for us to embrace. It's an act of humility, really, by which we admit we haven't the smarts to run this thing and we need the counsel of God. In the small things as much as the big ones." The word, "humility" keeps popping up lately in my life. Proverbs 22:4 says, "Humility and fear of the LORD, bring honor, wealth, and life." God wants me to experience honor, wealth, and long life. He wants to bless me. He wants to help me. By surrendering my daily challenges to him is an act of humility. And, that OK by me. I get stressed and tired of trying to do things without him.
  • October 06, 2009 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I believe those who have a deep desire in their heart to walk with God, hear, then act on his instructions...to the point it becomes automatic. Many times we are aware of His communication, but usually we're taking action on His behalf, not realizing it. A simple example are those who attend our Men's Retreats. I wasn't able to make the October camp, but I know God was there...moving many to experience the Holy Spirit for the first time. To get the "first-timers" to camp wouldn't have been possible without those believers who are walking with and listening to God. For instance, I believe those who make God a daily or hourly walk, are like a magnet for others to subconsciously follow "wishing they had what he has." Look how brother Wayde felt moved to take several men on a 6-hour trip from the front range to camp. Whether Wayde is aware of it or not, he obviously acted on God's desire by inviting them, as did the ones that accepted the invite for that matter. If a person has any doubts on whether God is walking with him (and he with God), one just needs to look back and see how he's been repeatedly led away from the dangers and shown the path of righteousness.
  • September 24, 2009 2:01 PM | Anonymous member
    Thwarting, is that a word, what is God up to. It sure seems like God is not helping, but hindering my existence in certain areas, like work. I pray, I get what seems like dribble, non-sense from God then I wait, and more confusion sets in. did I blow it by waiting and not acting, opportunity no longer open. OK what now, I'm out there but get either too much to do at once or no response. It seems like the door is closed on me in certain fields, and there is a door open somewhere else but where. Ministry is great, I teach three times a week at different venues and have several other ministry opportunities like camp that we work with. Drug education opportunities abound and are very well received. But real profitable work, too few and far between. Recreation is so frustrating I am going to go crazy just trying to find a place to relax... Last wednesday I went to one of my favorite areas, Gould up by Walden, watched the weather prayed, kinda, and went when it seemed good. I get there and it is ominous, thunder and fog, the storm that I thought was passing came back and dumped on me the whole ride. I kept thinking that if I went fast enough I could outrun it, instead I ran into it and it followed me worsening by the minute. Rain turned into hail, 50 degrees turned into 40. Rain and hail, puddles and rivers, cold and misery. My bike ran terrible it was wet or something, I was 30 miles from anywhere and it quit. Nooo I am so screwed, no one was with me and no one would find me for days, it would take me 10 hours to walk out without my bike. My pack was so wet I am sure my matches and my powerbar where as cold and soggy as I was.I prayed and kicked my bike back to life and took off as fast I as one can ride in half inch hail on a trail full of knee deep puddles, sometimes going down or up steep inclines in a virtual torrent of water and hailstones. God, I am just trying to get away a little for a few hours and enjoy the forest. Not happening, by this time my boots were no longer filling up with water but were now splashing out at each bump, rigamortis or hypothermia was now setting in I wasn't sure which, 20 mile of beautiful forest left to the truck, God help me, I am an orange and grey popcicle on an orange and black motorpopcicle. I make it back and am recovering just fine but what is God after and does the Devil have the ability to join God in the thwarting process, thereby doubling my misery and obliterating any possibility of a good time this summer. What summer? And this following a weekend of no fish fishing with my grandson. Cold and wet but undaunted, God is up to something and we are excited, not even sure how or why but we are.
  • September 14, 2009 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    What an awesome August camp with so many men of all ages and backgrounds coming together as one heart. These camps are truly life-changing. For those who haven't been, it is a "must" in order to take that next giant leap in your relationship with God. For those who can think of several other men who need to experience the Holy Spirit, get 'em there. A message that got thru to me during this last camp was I need to be more aware of vows or agreements I've made in the past without God's involvement. Then as I was reviewing a section of the Walking with God book, it pointed out that same thing. I need to ask for God's forgiveness and retract those agreements that I made that did not include God. Have I tried too many times to do things on my own? Have I made assumptions that God won't heal me or my loved ones from sickness? Or, have I made financial decisions because I have doubts that God will rescue me from failings? It's my own doubt, pride, and human greed that prevents me from experiencing the full power of God's spirit. Jesus, you are my counselor, my physician, my financial adviser. Thank you.

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