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!

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

I Don’t Feel Like My Life Has Purpose

from Pat Morley at Man in the Mirror

A frustrated young man in his teens asks me, “What’s the point? What is my life supposed to be all about?” A man in his late sixties, with tears in his eyes, tells me, “I don’t know what to do. I just don’t feel like I have any reason to get out of bed in the morning.” Whether we’re young or old, no unmet need troubles men more deeply than feeling like our lives have no purpose. It starts growling when we’re young, and until it’s satisfied in God’s way, it will just keep chewing you up. Men tell me all the time that they feel like their lives lack purpose.

We could sum it up like this: A man has an urgent need to feel that his life has a purpose, that his life is going somewhere, that he has a reason for living, and that his life is not random. Yet most men don’t know God’s purpose for their lives.

I’ve got great news for you. God has a “Big Holy Audacious Goal”-a BHAG-for your life. Come and get the answers you need to live a life filled with purpose and direction. It’s going to be a great day!

If you would like to watch Pat Morley teach a Bible study lesson on this topic, click here.