Getting Our Cleats in the Turf!

We’re kicking off a new section of the book this week; “Stand Firm in the Faith“.  Our homework this week is to read chapters 17 and 18.  The last section talked about how a quality man watches over his family; “be watchful…“.  However, this week, we’ll see that being watchful can be directed in the wrong areas if that urgency is pointed to the wrong stuff or wrong time.

Are you confused yet?

Fear not!  Here’s where you need to focus this week.  In chapter 17, think about our tendency to pray for what our author calls “easier paths” instead of “stronger shoes (cleats)”.  And in chapter 18, the key message is the discussion on the five most important Gospel words that provide an essential level of clarity for that firmness.

So, standing firm (in our faith) and having clarity (in our convictions) are the key pillars for this week.  Mike leads us this Friday and will drill down a little deeper into those concepts.

See you at The Cornwell Center starting at 7:30 am!


Manly Men…!

We’re slowly edging up to the Christmas celebration but not before we tackle this week’s lesson from “Act Like Men”, chapters 15-16.  John Ramey will lead us this week where the author discusses, among other topics, Jesus’ ability to be the manliest of men by “stepping up” during situations that called for immediate action.

Don’t believe me?  Consider the following actions by Jesus (which the author point out as well):

  • Making a whip out of cords to drive charlatans from his Father’s house
  • Standing up to an adulteress when others wanted to stone her to death
  • Walking on water….I mean, is there anything more manly than that…!!??
  • Calming the troubled seas with the sound of his voice

How do we measure up as “manly” men?  Are you rugged enough?

Gather in the front parlor at The Cornwell Center beginning at 7:30 am.  John will kick things into gear at 7:45 am.

See you then!


I’m Looking for Sarah Connor…..

Recognize this week’s title from the line of a famous movie?  The original 1984 Terminator movie pits a robotic cyborg-villain played by Arnold Schwartzenegger on a quest to kill Sarah Connor, played by actress, Linda Hamilton.  The Terminator goes on a terror path of death and destruction in his efforts to destroy Sarah.

Famously, the Terminator enters the police station and tells the desk sergeant that he’s a friend of Sarah Connor.  The dialog goes like this:

The Terminator:
I’m a friend of Sarah Connor. I was told she was here. Could I see her please?

Desk Sergeant:
No, you can’t see her. She’s making a statement.

The Terminator:
Where is she?

Desk Sergeant:
It may take a while. Want to wait? There’s a bench over there.

The Terminator:
[looks around, examining the structural integrity of the room, then looks back at him] I’ll be back.

We all know what happens next….where the cyborg drives a car through the front door of the police station.  Luckily, Sarah escapes!

As I was reading through our homework for this week, Chapter 13-14, there’s an inference to Satan in our lives that reminded me of this movie.  In Chapter 13, our author refers to Satan’s efforts as first a “disguise“, then a “division“, and lastly a “destruction“.  The only difference, perhaps, is that Satan hardly ever comes into our lives as ominous as the Terminator!

Be aware!

Jason Schubert leads us this week and will discuss Chapters 13-14 from our book, “Act Like Men”.  Gather starting at 7:30 am at the Cornwell Center.  Jason will kick things off at 7:45 am.

I hope you’ll all “be back” this week!……

Songs of Toby Keith

Admittedly, I have a distinct liking to country music; drives my family nuts, especially!  But then again, I drive a pick-up truck so that genre of music goes hand-in-hand with my F-150!

One the singers I used to love is a guy named Toby Keith.  Originally from Oklahoma, but certainly overlaps into Texas.  Either way, just looking at Toby, and you know he’s country!  One of his earlier hits was a song called, “Talk About Me….”.  Reading this week’s homework, chapters 11 and 12, might have you singing the same tune.

Here’s a taste of the lyrics:

I want to talk about me
Want to talk about I
Want to talk about number one
Oh my me my
What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see
I like talking about you, you, you, you usually, but occasionally
I want to talk about me

Similar to Toby’s song, both chapters this week have a distinct message as it relates to our current section’s theme (“Be Watchful”); and that message centers around “watching me”.  In other words, if we want to start having the conversation about being watchful, then it needs to start by examining the person in the mirror!

Rob Miller steps up to bat this week and will lead us in the discussion.  Looking forward to getting out of the cold (here in Charlotte) and digging into Rob’s review of this week’s lesson!

Gather at 7:30 am.  We’ll start promptly at 7:45 am.  Cornwell Center front parlor room.