I have a big ole NIV Study Bible that I have had for many, many years that I actually don’t read out of that often anymore. The other day I was nudged by the Spirit to pick it up and read out of it. As I picked it up a piece of folded paper fell out in my lap. As I went to stuff it back into my Bible I became curious as to what it was, so I opened it up and began to read. This is what it said…
I used to like to watch the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” hosted by Drew Carey. The show consisted of a panel of three or four performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games. Topics for the games were based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host. While sometimes a little coarse, watching the performers act out different situations on impulse was hilarious.
What keeps us from fully embracing the idea that we have an all-powerful, creator God who will stop at nothing to capture our hearts?
Yes, it’s true we’ve bought into the lies of the enemy and signed up for agreements for things that are not true. Yet, something more is at play . . .
I recently retreated with 6 other men for a weekend. We spent about 44 hours together in a remote but comfortable setting to talk about our spiritual lives, our journeys and our vision for the future. The three of us who planned the weekend made a decision to forgo an agenda and trust the Holy Spirit to lead us during our time together.
At True Pursuit we put a lot of emphasis on the Weekend, meaning the two weekend events the team puts on each year; one in Michigan and the other in Pennsylvania. We tell men the weekend is different from any other Men’s Weekend they might have attended from a church or organization. And we believe we are right! So what follows are some comments from our True Pursuit Team about the weekends and why they are so important to our mission.
Not too long ago I was talking to a young friend of mine about his life, and some of the poor decisions that he had been making. He made the statement that he had been living a life that was being driven by “bad fuel” and that he was aware that he needed to start letting “good fuel” drive his choices.
Get your crap together!
A crude way to describe how most men feel about God and the way they view and relate to God. How many of the men you know might describe their functional view of God as: a morose and miserable monarch, a frustrated and petty parent, or a policeman on the prowl?
The True Pursuit team has spent some time on this subject and often talks about the relationship between solitude and community. I have asked the team to take a minute and think about how you pursue and experience solitude in your life, and then offer the reader the benefit of your experience.
I turned 60 this year. As I look back over the last year of my 50’s, I realize that I have really been struggling with the idea of entering my 60’s. Mild depression, a defeatist attitude…like I am nearing the end. It affected my work, and the way I interacted with my family, friends, and even God.
Something that every one of us has to wrestle with is this: Is Jesus more interested in strict justice or love? Sometimes these two go hand in hand. It is often kind and good to hold to a standard of behavior. But, there are many times when it is not possible