Thinking Positively…..

This week, we’re reading Chapter 2 of our new series, “The 4:8 Principle“.  Our author talks about the importance of “thinking positively”….every day!  And conversely, he shares the “anti’-positively thinking” and it’s impact.

When thinking positively, our author refers to it as “Asking the 4:8 Questions”:

  • What are the five things I am thankful for right now?
  • What are five of my strengths or positive traits?
  • What are five of my best achievements so far?
  • Who are the five people who love me the most?
  • What five things am I looking forward to in the next seven days?

Jason Schubert leads us this week and will talk about “Asking the 4:8 Questions” and more.  Reminder that we’re back at The Cornwell Center.  Please gather starting at 7:30 am in the front parlor room.  We’ll start our weekly lesson at 7:45 am.

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for one or two Friday’s to lead the weekly lesson.  You can find the volunteer sheet at this LINK.

See you then!

New Series Introduction: “The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life”

Welcome to a new series:  The 4:8 Principle by Tommy Newberry!

The FMMF plan for this series will take us about 10-11 weeks, covering a chapter per week.  As before, we’ll look for men from the group to volunteer to lead a week or two.  Mike will kick the new series off this week, covering the book’s Introduction and Chapter 1.  Please read those two sections as your “homework“.

Don’t have the book yet?  Not to worry.  CLICK this link to get a PDF version of this week’s homework.

SignUp Genius for weekly leaders is LIVE at this LINK.

Also, we’ll meet at The Flying Biscuit Cafe in Park Road Shopping Center for this week’s meeting.  Please gather starting at 7:30 am.  First one there gets to grab a table!

This will be a great series.  I’ll see you this Friday!


And That’s a Wrap!

Nearly 40 chapters ago, we started down the path of our current series, “Act Like Men” by James MacDonald, with the marching orders:

“Be watchful.  Stand firm in the faith.  Act like men.  Be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.”

So how have we measured up?  Are we being watchful?  Are we standing firm in the faith?

Are we acting like men?

Our series wraps up this Friday when Rob Miller will cover chapters 39 and 40.  Take special note of MacDonald’s emphasis on “love” in chapter 39.

For me, the final chapter was most profound.  MacDonald calls for us not to live out our Christian lives as a way to say “thank you” for Christ’s resurrection and the promise of everlasting life.  Sure, that might be true.  However, it’s more material to me when MacDonald explains that our true role is to allow Christ to take up residence in our bodies by the Holy Spirit and living out His resurrected life in everything we do.

Certainly more easier said than done!

Looking ahead, we’ve chosen our next study as “The 4:8 Principle” by Tommy Newhouse.  Order the book ahead of time.  We’ll plan to meet next Friday, 3/22 at The Flying Biscuit in Park Road Shopping Center at 7:30 am to kick-off the new series.  (I’ll share a reminder next week as well.)

As for this week, we’re on our normal schedule; gather at The Cornwell Center starting at 7:30 am.  Rob will start this week’s lesson at 7:45 am.


The lies we tell……

Right out of the gate this week, our author shares a story about John Rambo….you know….”Rambo“!  Now, if that doesn’t get you excited about FMMF-Charlotte, then I don’t know what will.

Homework this week is to read chapters 37 and 38.  We’re in the final stretch as next week will wrap up the current book series!  This week, we’ll also briefly decide on our next planned study, so bring any ideas you might have.  (I’ve gotten a couple so far.)

Rob Miller is back in the saddle this week, leading us in this week’s discussion.  There’s a great series of passages in the first chapter that I’ll bring to your attention.  Our author lists out several lies that he’s heard from men over the years:

  • Nobody understands the struggles I’m dealing with.
  • I can’t trust anyone.  Total honesty will be used against me.
  • If someone tries to get close to me, they just want something.
  • People like me but they don’t really know me.  I can’t risk self-disclosure.
  • I’ve seen Christians kick a guy when he is down.  No thanks.
  • Christian men are weak, crying and confessing.  Oh please!
  • If I really face my secrets, the dam will burst and I will lose it.
  • What if I make myself know and the other guys won’t reciprocate?

How do we tackle lies when they come our way?  Pay attention to the timely response our author shares…..”timely” in that he shares the examples where Jesus was tempted for 40-days in the desert…..Welcome to the season of Lent!

Gather on Friday at the Cornwell Center beginning at 7:30 am.  Rob will kick our lesson off at 7:45 am.