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Forgotten God

May 16, 2011

We are starting a new study this week; “Forgotten God” by renowned pastor/author/speaker Francis Chan. And I am convinced that this book was every bit as challenging and thought provoking as our previous study by him, “Crazy Love“. We will be meeting in our usual place, at our usual time: Thursday May 19th in the Worship Center at 7pm.

I am really looking forward to this one! Hope to see you all there!

Bible Study – 10/6/10

October 7, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come on out to church tonight for bible study! Lynn Embry will be teaching us out of the Word! Feel free to stop and get some fast food for dinner on the way to church. You’ll be totally welcomed to eat while we fellowship and learn! Hope to see you all there!

Blessings!

Wayne

Church Planter by Darrin Patrick

September 22, 2010

Persecution in India – Francis Chan

September 10, 2010

Thoughts On Masculinity

July 23, 2010

I’m currently co-leading our Men’s Ministry through the “Wild At Heart” DVD series. It’s my second time through this study, and I can honestly tell you that I’m getting more out of it this time than I did the first.

Today, I have masculinity on my mind and heart. As John Eldredge puts it, “masculinity is bestowed” from the father onto the son. It can’t be derived from the mother, or a woman. But genuine masculinity begets genuine masculinity. Masculinity was designed by God, and it’s the authenticity of a man’s identity. But what happens when that father/son bestowal doesn’t take place? I can tell you, I didn’t get that from my father. And there are many fatherless children in the world. There are many kids who had absentee fathers, and others who had fathers who simply had no idea how to be one. Fact is, there are countless men in the world who have completely missed out on this integral transaction, designed by God to take place between fathers and sons. And so, this morning my heart is with those guys, and I’m asking the Lord what can be done to help them.

Last night, after our men’s small group, a good friend, who is about 15 years my senior, and who I respect greatly, walked up to me and offered a personal encouragement.  This thing he said to me was a huge spiritual affirmation in my heart. And I realized something later, on my drive home. In that moment, when he put his arm around me and shared his heart, affirming and encouraging me,

…he bestowed masculinity upon me.

What he said to me was immediately put up on the trophy shelf in my heart. Please don’t misunderstand me; I don’t mean in a prideful way. But in a way that helps me identify who I am as a man, and who I am in Christ. There’s something deeply spiritual that happens in a man’s heart when an older man of faith comes along and speaks encouragement and affirmation into him. 

And so I sit here today feeling stirred up in my spirit; realizing that this is one of the ways God will bestow the masculine heart to His many sons. And I’m honored to feel called to minister to other young men in this same way.

Lord, heighten my awareness of the responsibility I have to the younger men in our church, and in my realm of influence. And grant me the openness and willingness to invest in their lives, and to speak Your words into their hearts.  – Amen