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Summertime means fun time. For kids, school’s out, free time is in. For families, special memories, trips and other adventures will be made. For men, the juggling act continues keeping the balls at work in the air, while mixing in some time away from the office for some time with the family. For Satan, summer breaks provide ample opportunity to ramp up temptation, distraction, flirtation, and ultimately destruction. For many churches, regular meetings press the pause button and men’s groups take a summer break…Wait… They WHAT?
While the internet brings a wealth of information instantly to our finger tips, it also throws our children into an ocean of risk. Too often, our kids navigate those waters without a life preserver and become bait for the enemy’s piranha-like feeding frenzy to attack the weak. Parents today have more than their neighborhoods, schools and kids’ friends to worry about. The enemy is cleverly casting nets online fishing for their souls and God’s men must be aware of where their kids are swimming. For example, social media has brought the world together, while giving predators tools to connect while disguised in sheep’s clothing. Online video gaming, once a harmless recreation (remember Atari?), now provides realms of obscene and violent behaviors. And with every online search, marketers of all kinds of dangerous material get closer to home.
How will we secure the next generation of young men? By Kenny Luck We have all heard it. One man passing the "baton" to another. A father passes a baton to a son, an outgoing CEO passes one to the incoming one, or a retiring athlete passes the baton to his younger successor. Nice idea but wrong metaphor when it comes to faith, mentoring, leading, and discipleship. Why wrong? Because from the first relays in ancient Greece to the world track and field championships of today runners who pass a baton stop running after handing it off.
Don't tell me you haven't looked ... You know what I'm talking about -- women wearing skin-tight yoga pants. It's even big news. Clothing maker Lululemon Athletica lost millions of dollars from investors a couple of years back when reports came out that they had to recall their yoga pants for being too sheer. Imagine being in the store and seeing a woman having to prove the knit is too thin! Well, apparently the company fixed the sheer problem, but leads me to think there's more to this story than meets the eye. Many times, temptation starts with the eyes, and where you look. In James 1:14-16, God reveals how sin starts with a look, and ends with destruction. “But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.”
- Mon Sep 16, 2013
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Every pre-season, professional sports teams “draft” players and make “trades” to assemble a team for the next season. Teams look for a winning combination, the best possible mix of talent and experience that fit into their system. I think every God’s man needs to draft teammates that support his goal of living a God-honoring life. So, who’s on your team? At Every Man Ministries, this is a core concept. We want men to “Get in. Get Healthy. Get Strong. Get Going.” If that’s your system, then you need to draft teammates that support this process. Here’s what I mean: The first person you want to draft is a man who you can confide in, perhaps a best friend or pastor, who you may think of as a “Wing-man” -- someone you can confess to, share your struggles with and pray with.