December 08, 2021
“Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.”- Fred Rogers When the lovers of God teach you truth, a fountain of life opens up within you, and their wise instruction will deliver you from the ways of death." - Proverbs 13:14 (TPT) Gandalf He moves about Middle-Earth with a vast knowledge of its history. After all, he has been there for much of it, since the Third Age. He is both confident in who he is, and humble with those whom he serves. He is a guide to many, for that is what he does - he helps. Some may say, “Gandalf isn’t real,” to which I would reply, “Oh, he is very real.” Did he really live? Well, that is a different question altogether. Characters, whether fictional or factual, live. It is how they lived that must be seen. C. S
November 08, 2021
How many men’s groups do you know of where you would say, “Dang!!!! They are making a difference, and I gotta be a part of that!” There is a great loss of heart in the hearts of all men. Going after the hearts of men, seeing them healed, trained, free and wholehearted, then turned loose back into a landscape of spiritual battle is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage. It takes real intimacy with the Father to sustain you during the fight and to fill you on your masculine journey. It also takes intimacy with your fellow man - loving God and loving others! Most men’s groups fail. Let that set in for a second. According to WACMM Fewer than 10% of U.S. churches are able to establish or maintain a vibrant men’s ministry. Whether you are in your backyard, around the board room table, or
June 22, 2021
I’ve always loved The Lion King. Before the Broadway play in 1997 and Disney’s remake in 2019 (both of which are really good), there was the original, the 1994 animated film starring James Earl Jones as Mufasa and Matthew Broderick as Simba. I was thirty years old when it came out, just old enough to be a dad and just young enough to still be a kid. Over the years of this story’s influence, I have seen more and more how, at its core, it is filled with many Biblical characters -- Joseph, Moses, the prodigal son, not to mention the deep Biblical themes of good versus evil, resurrection, becoming, and the journey of learning how to wield power and authority for the hearts of others. These characters and themes resonate deeply with the hearts of image bearers everywhere because the characters
March 01, 2021
“I hear what you’re saying but do you hear what I’m saying?” “Yes, but I don’t think you understand.” “What don’t I understand? How can you say that? ... It’s you that doesn’t understand.” “That’s not fair.” “Oh, now I’m the one not being fair? I’ve told you so many times, I don’t want you to load the dishwasher.” It’s funny when its someone else. And yes, the story above really is one of the milder disagreements I had with my wife. Unfortunately, that’s how it often goes. Two people discussing who is more right, or at least defending themselves to the death that they are not the one in the wrong. Like a bus, our marriages seem to stop at these familiar places on a regular basis. And all too often, when one of us is getting off the bus, the other is getting on. There is always far more
December 04, 2020
Just because you like something, it doesn’t make it good, right or true. Just like because you don’t like something, doesn’t make it bad, wrong or untrue. We see this as parents for our kids, but often forget that we are still kids ourselves, with a Heavenly Father. In 56 years, I’ve learned a few things ... but not near enough to no longer need a Father (Thank you, God, I have one in you!). Because today holds some things and some people - those I know and love as well as a host of those I don't yet know and have yet to come to love. Each day holds circumstances and events that, though familiar, are unique to today - I’ve never been here before. I've never lived this particular day before. In every situation past, present, and future, I am ready to confess … I am tainted. My belief system
October 30, 2020
We were created for love, made by God for a love affair of the heart. Intimately connected in oneness. Jesus even prayed it in John 17:20: “I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, 21 that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me.” (AMPLIFIED VERSION) And where there is a love affair, there can be jealousy. God? Jealous? Oh yes … You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am
October 09, 2020
Who knew a swab could go that far? For those of you who have been tested for COVID, you know the mixed feeling of concern and hope, the reasons you would subject yourself to such a test. You feel the need to be responsible - and to not be responsible for the spread of the virus. And, whether with symptoms or without, you want to know what might lie in store for you in the days to come. The week of September 18, COVID came calling on Zoweh. Eleven of us tested positive. Four weeks later, we have all suffered to varying degrees and endured symptoms from fever, chills and aches, to rib bruising coughs. A few of us have been more fortunate to see only the mildest of symptoms, while most hard pressed during their days of quarantine. The symptoms that are seldom talked about are the dreariness
September 16, 2020
The Masculine Journey if full of training modules. Unfortunately, as others handle (and mishandle) our hearts for many formative years, we also find ourselves in need of healing moments as well. The Masculine Journey has its stages. You don’t trust an eight-year old with a chainsaw or to drive a car, but you can and should trust him to bring order to his room, choose whether he wants broccoli or green beans, the red t-shirt or the blue one. Just like you trust a fourteen-year old to get his chores done without being nagged (easier said than done) and don’t pick up after him or dress him anymore (although at 56, my wife does a pretty good job of selecting what I can and cannot wear). The older I get, the more I see the Masculine Journey which my heart has been on and the need I have to be
September 01, 2020
Along the masculine journey to becoming a good king, there are many opportunities for ceremonies of initiation/validation and for graduations - hundreds of such moments. Most men miss them, because most men aren’t looking. Nor are they seeing the bigger picture. God is growing you up as a man and wants you to engage, cooperate, and let him. When I was young, my dad taught me how to shoot a basketball. “Look at the back of the rim, see that hook the net is looped on? That’s your target. Hit that hook on the back of the rim and the ball goes in.” He used to say, “Never up, never in. With the right arch, hit the back of the rim and it will go in every time. Aim for the front, and you’re short even an inch, and you’ll miss every time. Never up, never in.” End of lesson. Brothers, what you aim
August 24, 2020
The surmounting losses and continued compromises of COVID-19 have made the battle landscape fertile ground for our enemy to invite spirits of fear, hopelessness, depression, accusation and even hatred. Survey what you are invited to feel and think, and consider that not all of that is you. What an incredible and incredibly difficult time to be alive. This generation is facing challenging times for sure but I’m not sure I would trade this time for other wartimes. But if the battlegrounds are fertile for the enemy, they are fertile for the Kingdom of God, too. I wonder what God is moving us through and I wonder what He has for us in the midst of these days? When “death" is the headline of a time, the kingdom of darkness works overtime to move against God … death is its specialty, it fights