ManSchool for next week

ManSchool started back today and we had a great group. Please consider joining us. As I have said, this will be a different kind of session this summer as there won’t be a lot of teaching by us but rather watching the video and then breaking to small groups.

There is a method to our madness. We feel very clearly that God is telling us to emphasize these small groups as that is where rich community is built. Something special is happening among our men and we want you to be a part of it.

I encourage you to read the book along as we go but that isn’t required. If you just want to come and watch the video, that’s cool. We ran a little longer today than planned due to some business we needed to do but going forward, we will start the music/prayer about 6:40 and hope to be done with the video and big group comments no later than 7am. So if you need to be at work at 7:30, this schedule will work – you’ll have 15 minutes or so with your small groups.

I will post the full reading schedule in a few days. For next week, read pages 16-32 in Walking with God if you want to read along.

Listen guys, I cannot tell you how good it was for my soul to be back united with all of you. 3 weeks off and I had started to drift. That tells me something rich is happening in our midst. God is good and He is moving among us.


ManSchool starts tomorrow morning

We will begin at 6:30am with coffee and a song and community prayer – if you have a prayer need, come and share it with other men who will pray for you.

Then we will watch a short video clip from John Eldredge’s Walking with God DVD series.

And then, most importantly, we will break out to small groups and begin the process of trying to understand just how God speaks to us in conversational intimacy. We should be done by 7:15am or you can stay later if your schedule allows.

Come Lord Jesus, come. Speak to us. Let us hear your voice. Guide us. Direct us. Lead us.


A great kid needs a summer job & Summer ManSchool info

I will withhold his name at this point but one of the finest young men I’ve come across at Carver called me tonight asking if I knew of anyone looking to hire summer workers. He is an exceptional kid and is going to play college football for a small school in Alabama next fall. He said he’d do any kind of work and wants to save some money before he heads off to school.

So I am putting this out there to all of you. If you know of something, please leave a comment below and I will get in touch with you. He is a great kid – a good scholar, hard worker and was a key leader on the team. He was also one of the Ledger’s Dandy Dozen best players in the Valley. He has a strong faith. Please help him if you can.

Summer ManSchool starts next Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Milgen Room at the Church. We’ll have music like in the Spring, prayer and then we’ll show a video clip from John Eldredge’s Walking with God. We will then break to our small groups and we will really emphasize the power of small group community and encourage you to plug in and stay connected with whatever group you join this summer.

If you haven’t been coming to ManSchool, this is a great time to start. It is ManSchool “Lite” – you don’t have to read the book, you can just come, watch the video and then spend some time with your small group. Feel free to bring a friend. We will be done with the video by 7am and that leaves up to 30 minutes for the small groups.

Thanks guys and I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday morning.

Strive to LiveUP!

ManSchool this summer

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We are offering a “ManSchool Lite” this summer. Too much was happening this Spring with our men for us to stop. We felt the Lord saying, “Keep going, keep pushing” and that is exactly what we are going to do.

So, we will offer this to you starting Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30am.

We will show a short 5-7-10 minute clip from John Eldredge’s Walking with God DVD series and then break to small groups. We really want to emphasize this summer our small group break-outs and firm those up for the fall. It is in these small groups that the veneer can drop and we can be real and share what is behind the mask.

Our feeling has been for some time that we want to go deeper in our walk. This book/DVD series is designed to do just that. Walking with God and having conversational intimacy daily with Him is the first of the 4 Streams we covered this Spring.

This DVD is all about how we hear God and how we walk with God.

We are saying this is “lite” because we won’t be teaching but rather watching a short DVD. You don’t have to read the book although I suggest you consider reading it as we go. But if you want a “lite” event where you can just come, hear message and then unpack it with your small group, this is for you. But it also won’t be “lite” — it will be deep and that’s our desire – to learn to go deep.

We will be done by 7am-7:15am depending on how long your group runs.

If you want to buy the book, you can get it from Amazon or a local bookstore (though I don’t know what their supplies are).

Waking the Dead – Final Session

Today we wrapped up ManSchool for the Winter/Spring.  Here are the slides… Waking the Dead Final

I showed a clip from Erwin McManus talking about Joshua.  God was talking to him about fear.  We think of Joshua as being strong and courageous – he led Israel into the Promised Land.  But, in fact, he was defined by fear and doubt and a sense of weakness and insecurity (have you ever felt this way?).  Joshua writes in Joshua 1:1. “After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord the Lord spoke to Joshua, Moses’ aide…”

The man who delivered Israel out of Egypt was dead.  The man who stood face to face against Pharaoh and declared the freedom of Israel was dead.  The man who parted the Red Sea was dead and now Joshua was handed a more difficult task than Moses ever had.  He had to lead them to conquer the Holy Land.  Moses, who communed with God like no other human in history, who went to the mountain of God, was dead.

Joshua describes himself in a telling way, “Moses’ aide”.  His assistant.  This was the defining shift of his life.

So one question arises for you today — Who do you have the courage to become?

Because this was Joshua’s question.  He knew who Moses was and he knew who he was in Moses’ eyes but he did not yet know who he truly was.  God starts to tell Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.”  He speaks them over and over to be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid, be strong and courageous.  God is showing Joshua how to redefine himself.

Do you have the courage to redefine yourself?

So many of us have lost ourselves by being defined by others.  Perhaps the greatest act of courage in life is to redefine ourselves.

and not allow ourselves to be defined by others.

or not allow ourselves to be defined by our worst moments.

or not allow ourselves to be defined by our past

or not allow ourselves to be defined by our fears

or not allow ourselves to be defined by our doubts

or not allow ourselves to be defined by the least of us

But to allow ourselves to be redefined by WHO GOD IS CALLING YOU TO BECOME.

Joshua was Moses’ aide and God was calling him to be the leader of the people of Israel.  God had already redefined Joshua telling him “I will be with you the same way I was with Moses.  I will be to you as I was to him.”  But Joshua was still living in his old definition/opinion of his life.

Do you have the courage to let God redefine you?  Do you?  Do you have courage to become all God would have you be?

That’s a great way to wrap up this “Waking the Dead” book by John Eldredge.  This study has been fantastic.  God is moving.  Men are coming alive.  We’ve been talking about “fully alive” and “restoration” and “walking with God” and Living UP.  We’ve discovered how the enemy works and the power of a community of men rallying around and fighting for you.  You are now equipped.

The key question now is — what are you going to do with this?  Will you re-write your story?  Will you take back the condemnation, the agreements, the past mistakes, the words others have used to define you and will you open your heart to the Lord redefine you in His image, His path, His plan.  It’s there men.  It is yours for the taking.  Will you step UP?

An UPrising is coming  Will you be on board?  Will you draw other men into this?  There is more.  So much more.