Loving the Fight

Loving the Fight

With the gigantic Thanksgiving Day “Love on the Mountain” experience coming up in just a few days and the equally gigantic Christmas Store on December 2nd, the Lord has given us an amazing gift—the gift of walking into His Vison for us as a congregation—the vision of ministry in rural America AND the rural Third World—as a GATEWAY Church where Jesus’ heart of reaching those most open to the gospel—who tend to be those most rejected by the culture—intersect…

It is also a great gift from God to be involved in ministries that help us focus on the heart of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  But I believe that we–especially men–need more to help us battle through the jungle of life…

Men were wired by God to fight—to fight for what is holy and righteous, to fight for their spouses and families and friends, and to fight against evil and our real enemy…

Graceis the supernatural power of God that captures and empowers us; Holinessis our decision to FIGHT for the things of God and against the culture—and our own flesh; Righteousness is the gift God gives to those who choose Holiness—who choose to Fight the Good Fight of faith!   And it is a FIGHT, easily missed by those who settle for shallow faith; easily lost by those who are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices…

                                                                                FIGHT CLUB

I am inviting all the men in our congregation to join me in becoming part of the Fight Club, which will kick off January 5th at Midnight.  We are joining forces with the I AM Worship Center and several other local churches and pastors in this 10-week-long process of becoming battle-ready Spirit-strong Men of God.

For ten weeks, we will face daily challenges—and daily accountability—in areas of physical, spiritual, and relational growth—to become an Army of Men who not only survive but also thrive in this hostile world.

I know what it feels like to be frustrated with life—with not having what I want when I want it—and by being tempted constantly to just give up and give in to the temptations that surround us.  Almost daily, I pray with men who are at the end of their rope—disillusioned by the grind of life and often discouraged by their (real or perceived) failures as husbands and fathers and friends.  When we feel like we’re failing everyone including God, it really seems pointless to go on trying…

If I had not learned how to fight the good fight of faith, I would have lost this fight a long time ago.  You would not be reading this, because I would not have written it… Only God knows to what depth I may have fallen had He not put men in my life who taught me how to fight, and helped me grow as a Man of God…

I long for the men of this church and community to rise and fight and take this area away from the Enemy—which is not our wives or kids or jobs or frustrations.  But make no mistake—if we don’t fight the good fight, we will lose.  We are fighting an ancient and well-equipped enemy who understands our weaknesses.

On the other hand, Satan is fighting Men of God dressed in the Armor of God—an Army equipped by God with every weapon necessary to destroy his schemes, as we walk in integrity and protect each other’s backs…!

I hope to see you at the giant bonfire kick-off to FIGHT CLUB on January 5th 2018!


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