Do you feel like your life is full of questions that you don't know how to answer and decisions you don't know how to make? Where did we come from? What happens when I die? How do I love my wife better? How can I be a better dad? How do I decide if it's ...

 

JBM: Manhood Session One - The Bible Guides Me and more...




JBM: Manhood Session One - The Bible Guides Me

Do you feel like your life is full of questions that you don't know how to answer and decisions you don't know how to make? Where did we come from? What happens when I die? How do I love my wife better? How can I be a better dad? How do I decide if it's time to change jobs? How am I going to get through this?

What if there was a single source of wisdom and truth you could turn to for guidance and direction? Some ancient religions asked oracles. Some look for answers in tea leaves or tarot cards. Others have created elaborate philosophical systems. But none of those ever quite seem to answer the question.

There is one place you can go that perfectly explains exactly how the world works. The principles it contains can help you solve any problem, make any decision. The truth within it answers every important question that has ever been asked about who we are, why we're here and where we're going. It's the Bible. You don't need a prophet or seer to help you understand it. Join Brett Clemmer as we start the first challenge on the Journey to Biblical Manhood and learn how the Bible is an essential for true manhood.

The Big Idea: The Bible guides me to the truth. Every time.

Click here to watch or listen to the Bible study.

          
 

The Goal of Biblical Manhood

Every day you get up, get dressed, go to work, come home, eat some dinner, watch a little TV, maybe read something, go to bed, then get up and do it all over again. Why? So one day you can retire and take it easy? There must be more, right? Join us tomorrow as we begin on a journey through 12 Challenges that will light your socks on fire! Discover how your worst day with Jesus can be infinitely better than your best day without Him. It's going to be a great day!

The Big Idea: Your worst day with Jesus can be infinitely better than your best day without Him.

Click here to watch or listen to the Bible study.

          
 

Two Ways To Avoid Becoming a Cynic

There's a good reason why people become more cynical with age and why young people are more idealistic. EXPERIENCE. 

For example, if a contractor starts a job for a young person, say laying sod, and then doesn't show up for three days, the young person doesn't know what to think. And in their idealism, they are very forgiving. They do not yet have enough experience to understand what just happened.

The more "experienced" person, however, knows that "start and delay" is a frequently used tactic by many over-booked contractors to lock in jobs. In other words, they know it's just more hassle for you to change contractors in the middle of the job than work with the one dragging his feet.

The same thing happens when interviewees overstate their qualifications for a job, or employers overstate how great it is to work there, when a politician makes a promise they don't have the power to keep, or a company sells a product they won't service properly.

So after many repetitions of this cycle, we start to get cynical. All of us. No matter how old we are!

But that doesn't have to be the end of it. We can build a more realistic set of expectations about people. About how unpredictable they can and will be. And yes, deceitful.

I called this process "managing against the Fall." Sure. Love people and hope they will keep their promises. But always have a way to hold people accountable or walk away. President Reagan called this "trust but verify."

Our idealism will inevitably shrink over time, but here are two ideas to help us end up as a realists rather than cynics...

1. Forgive the one who sins against you. Always. That's a Jesus thing.

2. Don't put yourself in a position where you to forgive.

For example, for a good-sized job, never pay "in full" up front (a deposit is OK for a reputable firm). And never, ever make the final payment until they are "done done" (as in, once you hand them the check you're OK for them to drive away in their truck and never return). That's not cynical. That's just realistic.

And check those references and, if available, those google ratings.

 

          
 

Do You Feel Like the Pressure Is Getting to You?

Are you feeling under pressure and overwhelmed? In a tailspin? Out of control? Are you experiencing worry, anxiety, fear? Are you weary, worn down, tired, exhausted, frustrated, disappointed, discouraged, hurting, suffering, sad, even depressed? Is your heart troubled? Are you in sorrow or despair? Are you having trouble getting things done?

From time to time we ALL feel like the pressure is just too much. It may surprise you, but Paul spent a LOT of his career feeling overwhelmed. Join us and renew your hope. Come learn or renew some skills that can help you not only cope, but overcome whatever circumstances are getting you down. It's going to be a great day!

The Big Idea: Pressure is normal. Trying to handle it alone is not.

Click here to watch or listen to the Bible study.

          
 

The Man in the Mirror on Kindle in March for $1.99

Hey everyone...

Harper Collins just told us The Man in the Mirror will be available on Kindle during March for $1.99. That's something we've wanted for YEARS, so please let your friends know. Here's the link to amazon for convenience....

http://amzn.to/2muGmzP

Until we disciple every willing man... Pat

 

          
 
 
   
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