“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” G.K. Chesterton
When our life in these mortal bodies comes to a close, will we as Christian men have fulfilled what God requires? Surely I am not speaking of our redemption, for there is nothing that could ever be done to merit eternal life. But what about how we have used the life that God has given? Will we be men that finish strong? Will we be men that can give a good accounting of the stewardship of our lives? When it comes down to it will we be FOUND FAITHFUL as Christians, husbands, fathers, and sons? This year, my desire is to build upon the foundation of the themes laid in these past five years “Marks of Manliness”, Band of Mighty Men”, “Kings not Pawns” and “The Call to Endure” with the capstone theme on being men who finish well. Ultimately, to be FOUND FAITHFUL!
“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be FOUND FAITHFUL.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
Men’s Retreat November 17-19, 2011 at Tall Timbers Ranch, Leavenworth, Washington
Tonight, I have been studying for Men’s retreat, (or advance depending on how you look at it), that is coming up in just a few short weeks. Our theme this year is “A CALL TO ENDURE”! I realize that a theme like this might not be that enticing to some of the weaker sort of men, but those are not the sort that will radically impact their families, churches, and the culture around them. So, if you are the sort of man that is just sort of a man, than you should probably stay home. On the other hand, if you want to be ‘the man’ and endure for those all around you who are desperately in need of someone that will not wilt under pressure, then come join us!
Growing up, my parents, or some other wonderful soul, gave me a plaque with my name on it. It said simply, CRAIG “strong, enduring” followed by a Scripture reference from Proverbs 24:5 which reads “A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.” I can’t say that I have been successful at measuring up to that plaque that hung on my wall, but I can say that I am still trying.
One of the ways that our strength to endure is increased is through an increased knowledge of the truths of the Word and most important through an increased knowledge of Jesus Christ who is the Word. That is why it is vital for you men to invest your time, money, and energy into coming to Mens Retreat 2010. This year we are opening up the retreat to men age 12 and up who will act like men and come with hearts ready to be challenged by the meat of the Word.
You can pick up a brochure this Sunday at church to register ASAP. The cost is only $100 this year.
Fathers Bring Up vs. 4
In the first post under the title of “Fathers Man Up”, we looked at the importance of fathers taking responsibility for raising their sons and daughters in the ways of the Lord. In the second post, I wrote about how the scripture admonishes us as fathers to not provoke our children unto wrath.
In this third post, I want to look at the rest of the admonition found in Ephesians 6:4. God’s call for fathers is to be proactive in your efforts to bring your children up in the ways of the Lord. This is no small “weekend investment”, as many fathers may think, but will require you to invest your life into your children which will produce great returns.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when there are old they will not depart from it.
First, God has called upon us to nurture our sons and daughters.
Fathers Provoke Not
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers provoke not your children unto wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
First, through sins of commission, which include sins that a father commits against his children. These may be things such as provoking through an angry spirit when James 1 says the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God, or neglect of their physical needs when Scripture teaches us that those who don’t provide for their own are worse than infidels. Also, cruelty and abuse physically, sexually or emotionally of which the Scripture teaches that if one offends a little one it were better for him to tie a millstone about his neck and jump into the sea. Other sins committed could be listed such as sarcasm, ridicule, and favoritism which can be very destructive to any child…