Calling All Mission-Minded Men at Southside

Brothers,

Below is some information about the mission trip to Guatemala that some of the men of our church will be going on this coming April. The info-meeting referred to has already happened, but the contact information is still good and it is definitely not too late to learn more and/or sign up, though space is limited. (Just to be clear: this mission trip is open to any and all men at Southside… though, as I said, space is limited.)

PS – One of the best and most inspiring messages I ever heard on missions was by John Piper. You can read or listen to the message by clicking here.

Grace and Truth,
Dale

Have you been looking for a way to put your faith in action?  Has God begun to give  you a heart to serve?  Do you desire to deepen your relationship with God by sharing His love with others?

Then we’ve got a trip for you!

The Baxter Boys men’s ministry here at Southside is sponsoring a mission trip to Guatemala on April 21-29 of 2012.  We will be involved in a construction project with the Mission2Guatemala team–the ministry our youth have worked with over the past few years–and will stay at their center in Chisek.  The cost of the trip will be $1500 per person which includes airfare, living expenses in Guatemala,  and construction materials for the project.  A deposit of $400 will be due by January 15, and we hope to offset the rest by fundraising.

We will have an exploratory meeting on Wednesday, December 14 at 5:45 PM in the Family Life Center main area.  We will discuss the trip, pass out the FAQ sheets from M2G and plan fund raising.  If you have any questions or are interested but cannot attend, contact David Preston at prestondinjax@aol.com or 616-6817.  You don’t have to be a “Baxter Boy,” just a man of God willing to rise up and go forth in His name.  See you on the 14th!

Man Alive Countdown… New Book by Pat Morley

NEW from Man in the Mirror

by Pat Morley

Men, my new book MAN ALIVE comes out on January 17. I would like to enlist your help to get the word out.

90% of Christian men lead lukewarm, often defeated lives — and they hate it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. MAN ALIVE will show men how to harness the raw energy they feel into a powerful spiritual life.

But how do we engage these men? We need to put a little bait on the hook.

So we’ve produced a heart-pumping, 75-second video trailer that you can view at www.ManAliveBook.com. (Yes, I’m the driver.) (See video below)

The plan is to get as many people as possible to watch the video trailer to create awareness for the book and its message.

Would you please share the trailer with your friends? Here are some ways you can help get the word out:

Twitter:
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Check out this heart-pumping video trailer for Pat Morley’s new book MAN ALIVE at www.ManAliveBook.com.

Facebook:
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Share trailer w/ your friends via Facebook, Twitter, blog, or email list. Let him know at manalive@maninthemirror.org. He’ll enter you for daily drawings. Each daily winner will receive a signed MAN ALIVE, DVD Study Resource, & 10 “Becoming a Man Alive” booklets — a $60 value. Enter once, eligible every day through January 17.

Email: Forward this email to your friends.

Bloggers:
If you want to review the book, email me at manalive@maninthemirror.org and I’ll send you an Advanced Reading Copy.

#453 © 2011. Patrick Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for non-commercial ministry purposes with proper attribution.

Thanks in advance for your interest and help,

Pat Morley

When Manly Virtue Died

One of the “games” I play with my children when we watch TV together – whether an actual program or a commercial – is when I ask them this question: What do you learn about men in this program? The answer is most often, “That men are the dumbest people on the planet.”

It seems that with every passing year the male characters on TV are dropping IQ points. If this is still a response to the way women were treated in TV’s early years, then I think it’s safe to say that the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and gotten stuck.

Below is a good article on a related subject by Suzanne Fields

These are difficult and perilous times for boys. A distorted culture has robbed them of virtue to measure themselves against. The good once associated with masculinity in a patriarchal society has been tossed out with the bad. This, alas, is the era of feminist ascendency.

Manhood is more easily mocked, satirized and derided, or exposed for its villainy, exploitation and criminality, than held up as an ideal for boys to aspire to. We’ve always had rogues, rascals and villains, but until now we’ve also had a baseline, a common denominator, of what it means to be a man. Male-female cultural distinctions, once blurred, now are disappearing.

Click here to read the whole article

Courageous: The Movie – This Friday

Back in May I shared the news that a great new movie for everyone… but especially dads and dads-to-be was coming out in September. Well, this Friday it will be here. Details and trailers are below, but I wanted to point out that a movie’s lifespan at the theatres depends greatly on its opening weekend. Therefore, I want to encourage you to go and see the movie this weekend, whether it’s with your friends, your son(s), your father, your men’s group, or whomever… just GO!

I’m hoping to have a group (or perhaps several groups) from our men’s ministry at Southside invading one of the theatres here in Jacksonville this Friday night.

Here’s the trailer for the movie…

Here’s some information about the movie…

From Fathers.com -

Why should you see Courageous? The movie is full of lessons for dads. In just about every scene, there’s a powerful truth or insight that we could stop and talk about, probably for hours.

To get some snapshots of what the movie is about, see this video of the song “Courageous” by Casting Crowns – from their new CD, Come to the Well.

As the song says, “Where are you, men of courage?
You were made for so much more.”

Isn’t that a strong call for all of us to step up in our role as fathers?

You probably know by now that there’s a clear faith emphasis in this film. Maybe you’re on board with that, but even if you aren’t, I hope you’ll still give it a chance. I’m quite certain there’s still a lot in this movie that will inspire you to be the father your children need. Find out more or reserve your tickets at courageousthemovie.com.

Come to the Well by Casting CrownsAlso, there are some fantastic resources available that go right along with the movie’s message. You can get this music from Casting Crowns (now available for pre-order) here. Or, see the new books available that complement the movie, such as The Resolution books for men and women, and my new book, The 21-Day Dad’s Challenge, which is out very soon.

Here are some ministries that have partnered with the folks who produced the movie.

Here’s Courageous the Movie’s YouTube channel with lots of clips, reviews, etc., from and about the movie.

I hope to see you at the movie.

Grace and Truth,
Dale

Why Satan Wants You To Keep Secrets

The Top Ten Reasons Satan Wants You To Keep Secrets

10.) You lose out on the support God provides in the body of Christ.

9.) You lose confidence spiritually.

8.) You lose the ability to develop self-control, and you repeat the cycle of sin.

7.) You lose fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

6.) You lose your connection with the truth.

5.) You lose credibility with others.

4.) You lose intimacy with your family.

3.) You lose intimacy with others (it’s not the real you).

2.) You lose days, weeks, months, even years of joy and peace.

1.) You lose intimacy with God.

From Every Young Man God’s Man: Confident, Courageous, and Completely His by Stephen Arterburn, Kenny Luck, and Mike Yorkey