Freedom Is Not Free
My mom lived for three years in a prison camp in WWII. When the Marines landed on the tiny South Pacific island of Guam and liberated her, saving her life, she felt many things. Relief, peace, and hope were at the top along with a flood of tears that flowed from seeing and experiencing so many horrors of war. One thing she did not feel was ungrateful. Quite the opposite. She knew her freedom came at a very high price–the kind that involves blood. One thousand six hundred members of the armed forces laid down the ultimate sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. More than anyone I ever known, my mom understood the principle that freedom is never free.
|As God’s man, spiritual freedom must be fought for and we must believe that the prize is worth the price. But it WILL cost you. The question is: what are you sacrificing to win more spiritual freedom and secure more victories in your spiritual life and in the lives of others? The world continues to need liberators who believe strongly in the cause of freedom and are willing to fight for it. Hit the beaches of someone’s life today and help them win more freedom by sharing this newsletter or telling them about our media vault filled sermons for every man.
Anger: The Cancerous Emotion For Men
|My ability to become angry amazes me.
Someone or something trivial will trigger it. It’s my reaction to feeling thwarted in some way however serious or ridiculous. I trip over my wife’s heels on the way to the closet. Ugh! Somebody cuts in front of me on the freeway. Really? My schedule or plan gets interrupted or redirected. You’ve got to be kidding me. I get asked to do something I didn’t plan on doing. What? A project takes way too long because I am not the one in charge of it. This is ridiculous. I get a “no” when I thought for sure I would get a “yes” to my request. Unbelievable. Sensations, words, and feelings seize my body in those moments. Before I even have a second to think about things, there it is. I am “hot” about someone, somebody, or something. Anger in this sense is not bad, not a sin, and is functioning the way it should. I am being alerted to an obstruction of my will. The problem is that all anger contains some level of malice. It’s this aspect of anger that can act like an aggressive cancer and spread quickly because it includes an intent to harm. All anger is harmful which is why we don’t like it when we know people are angry with us. At some level they want some kind of correction or harm to befall us. Again, the abiding and unseen presence of anger in any relationship is a cancer and once spotted has to be radiated quickly.
Man of Steel Vs. Son of Man
|The box office hit movie “Man of Steel” contains imagery and references that the filmmakers thought would be of interest to faith-based communities, drawing a comparison between Superman, the Man of Steel and Jesus, the Son of Man. So, I thought it would be fun to compare Superman and Jesus in a head-to-head competition of overall greatness. Then, you can decide whom to idolize. Superman is perhaps the most popular “super hero” among men, because, in my opinion, he personifies what men aspire to be and do. For example, he saves people, he has special skills and abilities, he has integrity and infallible nature, yet his Clark Kent character provides a “human” side that feels vulnerable, weak and awkward. I think these are reasons why Superman resonates so deeply with men.
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I am praying for you each week during the month. Next month, I’m going to ask for your help with a few things. Again, take courage and live as God’s man, flaws and all. Don’t let your struggles keep you from doing good. Come to the site and share your comments and thoughts, and encourage others! Until next week…
YOU ARE THE REVOLUTION!
Kenny Luck is the founder of Every Man Ministries and the men’s pastor at Saddleback Church. His 20th book – SLEEPING GIANT: No Movement of God without Men of God – is the proven blueprint for men’s ministries, and was recently released through B&H Publishing. Leadership kits and church resources published by LifeWay. Watch and read more of Kenny’s teaching here at EveryManMinistries.com.
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