It has been quite a while since we last gathered at our men’s retreat and while we know the summer is not the best time to meet, the leadership feels strongly that we need to get our men together.
The fall will be upon us quickly and the ministry to Carver will ramp up in a month. We need to get busy and get ready for all that we need to do. Man School is coming. A lot is going to start happening and we need to get everyone re-engaged in the call.
Why are we so tired? Why is it just so hard for men to engage? We seem so tired, so beaten down, so slow to respond. Life isn’t easy. We are battered – at times – on all sides.
So the LiveUP ministry exists to confront this challenge, empower us together, implore us to be in the Word and to build a brotherhood of men fighting with and for each other.
I’ve ordered a book (can’t wait for its arrival) – called “No Matter the Cost”. I’ll share something from this book next Tuesday night – a man’s video testimony of how he let work consume him, how he fell into an affair and how Christ restored him. Here is what is on the first page…
This is a book for the barely brave who’ve lived long enough to know the texture of pain, the smell of defeat, the sound of loneliness, the sight of betrayal, and the taste of discouragement. It is a book for broken men who’ve come to their senses and are limping toward home refusing to give up no matter the cost.
Boy, I can relate – I know the pain of my own making, I’ve smelled defeat, I’m lonely, I’ve been betrayed and discouraged and yes, I’m broken.
So this is what we’ll touch on next Tuesday.
And…we’re going to talk about Carver. The weekly meals for the football team are about a month away. We need your help! Ideally, we’re looking for a man to step up and take ownership of quarterbacking the weekly meals. We’ll talk about that. We also need men down there every week. Carver is moving into their new school in a few weeks and I’ve seen it, it’s spectacular so we’ll have a great new venue where we can minister to them. Lastly, we are starting a mentor program with Carver and we’ll discuss that.
WE HAVE A LOT TO DO! We’d love to have you here next Tuesday at 6:30 in the Midtown Room. If you can come, email Michael Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or come by the LiveUP booth on Sunday to sign up.
Blessings to you as you seek the Lord, lift your head and LiveUP.