Friday, July 15, 2011

THE GENTLE WARRIOR!


The Bible calls Jesus a Warrior... He is both the strong warrior and the gentle shepherd. And Jesus is our example for manhood today. Every man has the responsibility to become the Gentle Warrior that God has called us to! The following scriptures shows this heart!

The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Exodus 15:3

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns…He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God…Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter…"On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Rev 19:11-13, 15-16

God created every man with this heart of a warrior. It might have been suppressed over the years or never recognized, but the warriors heart is in there! You might have crushed it or you might of used it to further wrong pursuits, but it is in there. This heart comes to move us forward in our purpose, to be the juice to motivate us to conquer our mountains.

Every warrior has a cause to fight for. Every man has to fight for his family... to stand against the unprincipled voices of culture that are diametrically opposed to what we believe as Christians. Our families are looking for their men to lead them...

Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14

Fight, and you may die. Run, and you'll live. At least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance—just one chance—to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, [raising his sword over his head] but they’ll never take…OUR FREEDOM!” William Wallace in Braveheart

A warrior without a cause to fight for will find the wrong thing to fight against.

But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. Acts 8:3

Two ways the warrior fights!

Sometimes you throw a punch, YOU GO ON OFFENSE... You take the initiative to train your children; to love your wife... you stand up and let others know that, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”! You show the example, not just tell it! You lead your family in integrity; in honesty; in following Christ. Saul, later called Paul, became a Christ follower and then said to those he was interning, “Follow me as I follow the Lord”!

Sometimes you turn a cheek. absorb the pain. DEFENCE, DEFENCE!

Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory." Deuteronomy 20:3-4

And then as you grow into the Gentle Warrior God has called all men to, keep your sons close enough to smell the action, see the battle, and taste the victory... They are our next generation of Gentle Warriors!

Fight right, fight strong, fight the good fight! Karl

Friday, July 8, 2011


When I was a child, I spoke and thought and 
reasoned as a child.
But when I grew up, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11

This is the third entry on the subject of Manhood and what it means to be a man in today's culture...

Today more than ever we need to answer this most important question. How does a boy become a man? A godly man with character, conviction, and purpose?

One thing I have discovered with my sons over the last almost 40 years is that it takes a clear, distinct, and intentional purpose and process... to get there! Hey dad, your sons will grow up regardless, but will they arrive at the place that they know how a man of God should act? Or understand his unique responsibilities as a husband or a father to his own children?

Culture is clueless when it comes to real manhood... there is no real answer because we are a fatherless generation! Fathers are absent, so there is no man to look to... and when the father is in the home, we have a difficult enough time as adult males to maintain our masculine outlook in this mixed up “gender neutral” culture, so imagine what it must be like for our young sons growing up! Most of our social problems such as rising crime, violence, abuse, and lack of morality come from a directionless and disconnected generation of sons. The best hope we have for this generation is in dads who are taking man rearing to heart and empowering their sons with a legacy of manhood...

I have to say that when I had my first son almost 40 years ago, I had no clue of how to grow him into a man... I could hardly be considered one myself. I was like many, a selfish boy in a man's body, a poser, looking grown on the outside, but all the characteristics of a boy on the inside. To make it worse, I didn't have a clue or even looked for one! My first glimpse of how far off track I was as a real man was when I became a Christian. As I started studying out the holy Scriptures, I found God's idea of manhood and the road map to get there... This last 36 years has been a journey of discovery that has brought me and my 3 sons into the rich rewarding christian life of manhood that continues now into a third generation of grandsons, praise God!

Fathers need two invaluable keys in raising godly sons. First is a clearly defined, biblical definition of manhood. Second we need a process that we follow that will get us there. Somehow we think our sons will just “get it”, but we need a directional process that we can monitor to know we are on right track.

Every son deserves a father that is loving, affirming, and there; but they also need a father that gives vision, direction, and instruction in becoming a man.

I continue on our next blog entry, so stay turned... Stay fearless and faithful men,Karl

Friday, July 1, 2011

I'M NOT AN ALARMIST, BUT...








My last entry I shared some info about our men's ministry at Faith City Church... I wanted to continue here...

I had the opportunity to ask some of the guys why they come to Fight Club... This is what some of the men said;
    • Builds Godly relationships.
    • Stirs my faith.
    • Helps me become a better man now and when I have a family I will lead them right. (a young man said this)
    • Make connections with other guys.
    • It's a spiritual checkup.
    • Allows us to see other church men active.
    • I need fellowship.
    • Opportunity for male bonding that's different than world's way.
    • My flesh tells me to stay home and sleep in on Saturday mornings, so I need to do opposite.
    • Helps me see that I'm not alone in this.
    • Accountability
    • I come ready to speak into other men's hearts, and ready to serve others.
    • I come to be an example to other guys, that this time is important.

I thank God for all the guys that not only make Fight Club a priority in their schedule, but really work at walking out what it is to be a godly man of character!

I want to add another reason to this list, if I may, and it's this: If we don't give the time, energy, and discipline to find out just, “What is a man?” and “What kind of man should we train our sons to be?” then we are just as confused as the average guy that's out there.

Let me get to the point... If you are a man, you need to be at Fight Club... and if you have a son, then you REALLY need to be at Fight Club! And if your son is around 8 years old and up you need to bring him with you, they can handle it!

But even more than that, you need to discover what a real man is, how he lives, how he treats women, and how we pass on the power of manhood to our sons and grandsons. None of us just wake up one day and are instant men! No, it takes a clear, distinct, and intentional purpose and process... to get there!

I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but our culture is in deep trouble... and I believe that a major factor of the trouble is a loss of vision for manhood! It's difficult enough for us as adult males to maintain our masculine outlook in this mixed up “gender neutral” culture, so imagine what it must be like for our young sons growing up!

Praise God there is good news... The Bible provides us with the map to real manhood... and many guys are finding it and living it... and training their sons with it!

In my next blog entry I want to help us discover, What is a man? We will find the process to produce one! How does a boy become a man, because it doesn't just happen on it's own... And, how do you know when you've become a man? It's not about hair growing either!


Keep fighting the good fight men; for you, your families, and your world... Karl