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…

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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

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,

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

Shepherding Sons

(The following comes from a new page that I just started today.)

I’m blessed to be a part of a great group of men at the church I serve. Each and every week we meet together for the purpose of fellowship, studying God’s Word, and prayer. God has been good to us ever since we first met back in 2001.

My hope and prayer when I first started the men’s ministry was that the men of our church would come to know Christ better and to have their minds renewed and their lives transformed… in every sphere of their lives… personally as well as at home with their families, at work, at church, in the community… everywhere. Again, God has been good and I have seen firsthand how this has happened and continues to do so.

One of the best ways we, as Christian men, can extend God’s Kingdom and impact our culture for Christ is by influencing men before they’re men. I believe the time to begin discipling, encouraging, and developing Christian men is when they’re still boys. Wouldn’t it be great if generation after generation of boys grew up in our churches where being discipled by their fathers and other godly men was commonplace? What might God do in and through the lives of such boys when they become men?

This page is devoted to some things I’ve written on the subject of shepherding (i.e., loving, caring for, encouraging, leading, discipling, developing, etc.) our sons to become men of God. As a father of three I can attest that I’m still learning. I still fall flat on my face as a dad. However, it’s my deepest desire that my own sons would become godly boys, then godly young men, and then, one day, godly men who are raising their own sons or daughters to know the Lord Jesus Christ and to live for him in every sphere of life. What could be better?

PS – Click here to go to the page on Godly Manhood. There’s a great deal more material there.

Grace and Truth,