Remembering Adam and the Strength We Lost.	          (Part I. in a series on Manhood)

Remembering Adam and the Strength We Lost. (Part I. in a series on Manhood)

Where did the weakness come from?  Many sociologists will point to a turbulence in time which we know as the 1960s in America.  With free sex came fractured families which lead to countless boys growing up without a dad to lead the way.  While such statistical data is something to consider, the real root resides much further back in history.  The real problem goes all the way back to our first father, Adam, and his forgetting who he was.

What we find in the ancient order of things before sin entered the picture is that Adam was strong.  God created Adam to actually rule over creation, to tend the garden and creatively name the animals and even his own wife, Eve.  Imagine; all of God’s creation was set down in front of Adam to govern.  In short, Adam was created strong.  The problem arose when for whatever reason, Adam lost sight of his heart and gave up his strength as Eve slipped into the grasp of the evil one.  Adam did nothing.  Eve and humanity suffered.  Adam forgot who he was.  The result was more than his personal anti-mission, but total brokenness within himself, with his wife, and ultimately with God.

But thank God the historical narrative didn’t end there.  This past Christmas we were reminded that God stepped into history and made a way for things to be different.  Jesus Christ came to bring life and restore our hearts.  Jesus Christ came to restore our strength.  Yes, we deal with brokenness and the brave man acknowledges that.  But yet, when we come to Christ and walk daily with him we can see that God is truly in the restoration business.  While we will never experience perfection this side of eternity, we can get a glimpse of what God had in store for us in the life of Adam as he was meant to be.  God made Adam strong so that he might bring strength to the world.  God made you strong so that you might strengthen others.

So as we get ready to enter the second month of 2015 what can you do to strengthen those around you?  Could you be more present for your wife and children?  Could you be more supportive of your local church family and its leadership?  Could you reengage with some other guys in your life as a band of brothers?

Whatever it might be, the fact is that our strength starved world is waiting for you to push toward the chaos and make a positive change.  Yes, they’re waiting for you.

 

Concluding in the words of Paul; “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage, be strong. Do everything in love.”  1 Corinthians 16:13-14.

An Investment Challenge for 2013.

Well we’ve come to the conclusion of another year.  I’ve thought about a number of ways to close things up for 2012.  I’ve pondered a few ways to kick off 2013, but nothing really resonated.  Then I came across this video link below. It has some huge application for my leadership friends and followers of Christ in general. There is also implication to the American society as a whole. The take away challenge I’d give from this clip toward the New Year is to intentionally invest in the lives of others. The particular challenge would be for older godly men to purposefully take 2013 as a year to build into the lives of two or three younger men with the hope that they would do the same in years to come. This is so fitting for the Church and the culture at large today.  The answers that our world is looking for are not found in government, but in Christ and the Kingdom mentality He called us to.  The answer is to actually do what Jesus said . . . “go and make disciples.” (more…)

A Kingdom Fit for Men!

William Merrill, 1867-1954

I’m excited to be back with my friends at The Crossings this Sunday. In honor of Father’s Day, I’ll be teaching from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 which is a great and challenging text for dads. One of the illustrations of the study is a hymn written in 1911 by William P Merrill entitled, “Rise Up, O Men of God”.  Enjoy!

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
to serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
and end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
her strength unequal to her task;
rise up, and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where his feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
rise up, O men of God!