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Dear Manly Training friends

This summer I will be taking up the challenge of traveling to church organizations in Mexico and Texas that have requested me to go and teach the manly Training Mindset to the men of their churches. Ten of the 14 churches I will be visiting are in some of the most impoverished areas of  the Texas border with Mexico.  They cannot pay for my traveling expenses or the training material.

The Manly Training Summer of 2017 tour will bring men to Christ and teach them the biblical skills they need to be the men that God created them to be. Manly Training will provide the men of these churches with the training material, encouragement, biblical truth and most important, a plan for them to follow, because without a plan, success is accidental! These men will hear the truth, and the truth will set them free. Free from Father wounds, free from the damage caused by years of abuse and neglect, free from the passive complacency that has made their marriage fail.

We have a large fundraising goal for The Manly Training Summer of 2017 tour. The expected minimum cost of the tour is $ 5000.00.
I have set a fundraising target of $ 7000.00 so I can also provide the men with workbooks that they can take home. I would greatly appreciate your help in reaching this target because these men need to hear this message.

I have started my fundraising off with a personal donation of $ 700.00. which is 10% of the total needed amount. Your donation will bring me closer to my goal and help Manly Training get the message to these churches along the border.

Click on this link to Go-Fund-Me:

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I forgot!

Everyone one of us struggle from time to time with the issue of forgetfulness. We forget little things – things like; where we placed our glasses or our keys. Have you ever been driving down the road and you suddenly become aware that you might have missed your exit? Or, you realize you’ve driven 8 miles and you don’t remember how you got there? Forgetting little things is a normal part of life – especially as you get older! For some, it’s even more serious than forgetting the little things, it’s losing the memory that provides us with self-identity.

Occasionally that happens because of disease or perhaps an injury that is so severe that a person can’t access that part of their memory. It’s not that they don’t have the memory of who they are – it’s that they can no longer access that portion of their memory. We call that amnesia. They can forget their names, who they are – their friends and other significant relationships. As devastating as those kind of situations can be it’s not as scary as what happens sometimes to believers who forget their identity. And that’s what I want to deal with today as we begin a study through the book of Ephesians.

Ephesians is one of the greatest books in the New Testament. Written by Paul somewhere around the years 60-62 from a Roman prison cell. When Paul wrote this letter he was going through some of the most uncertain times in life. Whether he would live or not was very uncertain. – When you are going through uncertain times you might begin to doubt whether the things you’ve committed yourself to were actually worth it. Paul doesn’t fall into that – he uses the time to write to believers to remind us of who we are in Christ.
The issue of identity is one of the most important issues you will deal with in life.

Everywhere you go people want to know who you are. Walk into a bank for any kind of transaction – they are going to want to know your identity. Get pulled over by a policeman – the very first thing he/she wants to establish is who you are. Go into an airport – you can’t even move through it without having some form of identity. Or a hospital – every time you get a shot or some medicine you will have your identity checked several times– and that’s a very good thing.

The issue of identity is important. In fact one of the more difficult problems we face today is identity theft. There is this whole new emerging business of protecting people from identity theft. The devil doesn’t want you focusing on your identity in Christ – because there is great power in realizing who we are in Jesus. In fact one of the primary strategies of the enemy is to keep people blinded to who they can become in Christ. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor. 4:4) Satan works overtime trying to keep people blinded to everything that God has prepared for us in Christ. The Lord wants you to know you are to Him and how precious you are and the blessings that are yours because of Christ.

Imagine what happens when a person enters into a relationship with the God of creation. Imagine God choosing to set his love upon you – sends his Son to redeem You – sends His Spirit to awaken your slumbering heart – pours out His saving grace in and through you – imagine realizing that you are a strategic player in God’s redemptive plan – a plan that infuses your life with eternal significance and turns everyday into an infomercial of the power, wisdom and grace of God. Imagine discovering that you life on earth God designed as an instrument of change to lead people out of darkness into the light – imagine that you have all of that and much much much more – but you don’t even realize it.

So tell me, who are you? Who are you really? What characteristic about your life defines who you are? This is a website for men, so let me ask you, are you a father, a son a husband? Are you single? Are you Married? Maybe you are divorced! Do you have kids? Or maybe you chose not to have kids.  Perhaps you have kids and wished you’d never chosen to have kids… or maybe now you’re an empty nester.

Sometimes people derive their sense of identity from what they do. Are you a teacher – an office worker – a plumber – a salesman? Sometimes it’s age – I’m an elderly lady or I’m a cranky old man or I’m a teenager. Sometimes it’s possessions that define us. “I’m a homeowner or I’m a collector of this or that. Sometimes it’s education. I’m a professor – a phd or whatever letters you affix before or after your name. Sometimes it’s a particular skill we’ve either been gifted with or have developed. Some guys know how to fix cars – so they are mechanics. Some can play music – they are musicians. Some can grow plants – they are a gardener. Sometimes we let society define who we are. Are you white collar or blue collar? – Republican or Democrat or Independent? Are you management or labor? In school – are you a jock or a geek? Those are the identities that we all too often allow others to place upon us and sad to say sometimes we develop our sense of identity not by what we’ve discovered about ourselves but what others have said about us.

There are countless ways we use to define ourselves and choose to allow others to define us. I’m not saying that any of these things are wrong but are they the things that really give us identity and purpose in life? The problem with them is that if this is how we develop our identities – life becomes very fragile and unpredictable. Because so many of these things change. My name is Eduardo, but I can change my name with a visit to the court and a modest fee. So If I change my name to Pedro, am I no longer me? I am a husband and a father, but if God forbid, something happened to my family, would I no longer me me? I’m a multi-unit restaurant operator, but if I got fired or quit, would I not longer be me? I have been a Republican for 30 years but do I really want my life defined by a politician? Especially in this crazy time when politics have become so corrupt and parties are being forced to change due to the leadership within! So who am I? I am a son of God. I am His and He is mine!

What I’m saying is that your identity needs to come from something much deeper and more fulfilling than all those categories. As a believer, a christian, the Lord wants you to understand that you are more than any one of those labels.

Your true identity is based on who you are in Christ. Look at what Paul says about his identity in the book of Phil. 3:4- 8 “If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” Paul is saying I used to use all these things as a way of defining myself, but I came to a place where I realized that none of those things would really define who I am. What’s really important to me is who I am in Christ – and that’s what I celebrate and focus upon in my life today. So, who are you? And what are you going to do with that?

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My Resolutions for 2017

Today is December 29th. In two more days we will be bringing 2016 to an end! As we ponder on the past year and wonder in excitement about 2017, many of us will make one or more New Year Resolutions. This means we all make promises to ourselves that usually get
shattered by March. And even though we break our resolutions year after year, we will still promise ourselves to eat healthier, exercise and work hard.

I have been thinking about my own resolutions for this year and since so much of my life revolves around my three boys, it would make sense to make resolutions for the new year based on them. I want to share them today because I feel it may bless other dads who may have the same challenges I do.

So, I resolve to: Get my my kids to sleep in their own beds this year. Currently, my family approaches bedtime like a roving band of narcoleptic gypsies. Despite having officially-assigned beds, the boys often wake up in each other’s beds, my bed, on family room furniture, on the giant teddy bear in the corner of the room or on the floor… but never outside … at least not yet!

The good news is we all still like each other and this sleep shuffle doesn’t seem to affect my kids. But it affects me, as I frequently wake up at 3 a.m. with one leg on the floor, because I’m subconsciously trying not to be shoved out of bed by a recently-arrived occupant. This needs to stop, because they’re all getting too big, and Dad is getting too old to have his body twisted around like this without him knowing.

I also resolve to: Get my kids outside more. I think I resolved to do this last year. If so, I don’t think it worked very well, or I wouldn’t be resolving to do it again. My oldest son who will be 9 in 11 days has played soccer at the YMCA for four years now, but only in the Spring and the Fall due to the fact that the Summer heat is unbearable in San Antonio TEXAS and there are too many things going on in the winter. Now, my 5-year-old did play soccer, and learned how to dramatically throw himself on the floor when another boy tries to take the ball from him. It’s funny to watch, but I’ll be missing that now since soccer really isn’t his thing. I am grateful for the 2016 Summer Olympics because no my 5 year old is taking Gymnastics. You should see him pull himself up on the rings!

Nevertheless, I’d like to target a certain hike or camping trip. I’m not talking the coast trail to Alaska or anything, but one of my kids has been harping about wanting to go camping. My boys are going to get some exercise, if for no other reason than to make me feel like I’m a functional parent.

I also resolve to: Start my kids’ college funds. Because I finally realize that day isn’t decades in the future and I don’t want them to someday owe $217 million in college loans.

I also resolve to: remodel the house this year so that Mom, Dad, Three energetic Boys and two crazy dogs can live together in harmony in an 1850 square foot home.

These are the silly (or not so silly) resolutions I have planned for 2016. But there are some very serious ones I want to also share with you today. I started Manly Training in September of 2015 and already I have seen and heard of many men who have started their journey towards becoming the man that God created them to be.

I fully resolve to do everything I can to make Manly Training a tool that will make a difference in our world today. Manly Training needs to become a movement that will help men across America and the world become Godly men, Loving husbands and Fathers that will be there for their families. I dream of a day that fatherless homes are eradicated in our great land. A day when those 24 million children that go to bed in a home without a father today would be able to say; “Good night daddy”!

Furthermore, I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.

•I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.

•I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be wiling to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.

•I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.

•I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.2016-12-27-23-11-56

•I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.

•I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.

•I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.

•I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.

•I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.

•I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.

•I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15

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The Decision

I find myself wondering what it must have been like to be Joseph (Jesus’ step father). There are lots of books and bible teachings about Christmas. Most of them have to do with Jesus himself and rightfully so. Then you have some teaching where Mary (Jesus’ mom) is highlighted. But I don’t know of many books or bible teachings where Joseph was the center of the teaching. And so as Christmas day is just 3 days away, I want to look at Christmas from the eyes of men. And today it is all about Joseph, the man, the father and the husband.

I’ll set the scene now; Joseph’s heart was full of anticipation over his recent engagement to Mary. He had to be daydreaming and thinking about what his life would be like, and he was, no doubt, optimistic about his future. Little did he know that God had other plans and that the first Christmas would get in his way.

The bible does not tell us how Joseph came to notice MARY’S condition. Did she tell him from the start? Did she begin to show and have to explain it to him? Did he even give her a chance to explain? And, suppose he did. How in the world was he going to believe something as far fetched as the actual truth?

“An angel appeared to you?” Joseph may have asked, “Angels do that all the time, don’t they?” He would have been sarcastic about it, “Come on, Mary. You’ve driven a knife through my heart. Don’t add insult to injury by lying to me!”

Hind sight is 20/20 they say and so you and I both know that Mary was telling the truth. Nevertheless, I can only imagine how bad Mary felt when her husband-to-be didn’t believe her and now didn’t trust her. But, I don’t want to focus on Mary since this is written for men and about men, let’s look at all of this from Joseph’s point of view. Can you imagine how crushed he felt that Mary would betray him this way (At least he thought she did, what other logical explanation is there)? If you put yourself in his shoes, this had to be a huge disappointment! Once Joseph thought Mary was unfaithful, it must have given him the unwelcome effect of leaving him feeling inadequate. This is what must have been going through his mind: “Wasn’t my love enough for her? I guess not, and what does that say about me”? He may also have lost the ability to trust not only Mary but anyone, at least for a time. He might have asked himself, How can I ever love again? How can I possibly risk another broken heart?

Whatever Joseph was feeling – and we don’t know, do we? Because the text doesn’t tell us – but whatever it was, we know that he was a righteous man. Even though, in his mind, he had been dealt this dreadful blow, even though the foundations of his world had been shaken, even though he had been hurt and hurt deeply, he didn’t seek to retaliate. Mary had wounded him; he wouldn’t do the same to her.

In fact, Matthew tells us that he “was unwilling to expose her to public disgrace.” So, he “planned to dismiss her quietly.” It was a noble thing. Back in those days, an engagement was as binding as a marriage, and he would have been within his rights to drag Mary through an ugly and mean-spirited divorce. He could have ruined her for life. But he didn’t. Instead, he was willing to make it easy on her, as easy as he could make it.

I’m guessing that he may have had trouble going to sleep at night. You know how it is when your mind is spinning and you can’t quit thinking about how you got where you are and what you’re going to do now. Joseph’s life had been interrupted – which, I suppose, is an understatement. This isn’t how he had planned things to go at all. He had always been careful. He was known for his sound judgment. How could he have gone so wrong? With these thoughts churning in his brain, he finally drifted off to sleep.

But even his sleep was interrupted. He was awakened by a dream. Nothing unusual about that, but this was an unusual dream. No “visions of sugarplums” dancing in his head! His vision was of something much more frightening: he saw an angel, and the angel called him by name. Joseph, he said, do not be afraid. Joseph, your fears are unfounded. The baby that Mary is carrying is from the Holy Spirit.

Now, think about that. Not only had Joseph’s life been interrupted and not only had his sleep been interrupted, but now his apprehensions had been interrupted as well. His disappointment – interrupted. His suspicions – interrupted. His discouragement – interrupted. His shame – interrupted.

That’s what the message of Christmas does. It interrupts the pain of living – no matter how intense it may be – and it tells you that there is ultimately no reason to be afraid.

Why not? Because the baby in Mary’s womb is Emmanuel, God with us. He is God’s affidavit in the flesh that you will never have to face any difficulty alone. God will be with you.

Over and over in the Scriptures, God assures us of this. In Isaiah 43, he says to you, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” I will be with you, he says. I will be with you.

That’s Isaiah forty-three, in which God speaks to us. In Psalm twenty-three we speak to him, and what is it that we say? “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Why? Because there’s no evil to fear? Not on your life. In the valley of the shadow of death? There’s evil all around. Isn’t there? The reason we do not fear it is…what? What do we say? “I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”

God is with us, and that changes the landscape of any disruption. What is it that this Christmas brings to mind that you had rather not think about? Perhaps it is a loss that you have endured over the past year. Or a setback of some kind. A financial reversal. A scary diagnosis. A broken heart. A lost love. A shameful memory. Some sin that has overtaken you.

Christmas interrupts the unraveling of your life. Your fears, like Joseph’s, are unfounded, and for the same reason: The child in Mary’s womb! You are to name him Jesus, the angel said. Why Jesus? Because of what it means. And what does it mean? It means “the Lord saves.” He saves his people, the angel said. And that means he saves you.

His birth, you see, arrests the disintegration, the demoralizing depreciation of your life that you think you’re helplessly witnessing. The news of Christmas suspends the erosion of your hope and gives you new cause for joy.

Joseph’s sleep had been interrupted by the news of that first Christmas, but we don’t see him rolling over in bed to go back to sleep. No. What do we see? We see him dressing as fast as he could. We see him running, unable to contain his joy – running to Mary to tell her how happy he is now that he knows the truth.

If you think your life as it is now is without hope, you’re believing a lie. The truth is, God is with you. And when God is with you, there’s always hope. Don’t be surprised then if Christmas interrupts the ache within you. It’s been doing that for some two thousand years.

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Provide

A REAL MAN WILL HAVE A FRUITFUL WALK
Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.

 

God’s plan for the man is to provide for his family. He is to be a provider for the home. This goes all the way back to Genesis 3:19. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.” Now he’s saying it’s not going to be easy. And that ladies is why God gave men a tough exterior. He’s suppose to be tough because he is the primary bread winner. God did not make the woman to be the primary bread winner. God made you ladies, to be the nurturer.

God made the man to provide. That provision goes beyond food and clothing and housing. If you think that you can give your kids things and put your wife in a beautiful house and you’ve done your job, you’re wrong. You are to provide the emotional and spiritual security of that home. We have a generation today that has forgotten that principle.

You are not to be only a provider, you are to be a provisionary. That is to say what does my family really need? Have you ever sat down and thought out plans for your family? I have. I have them on my prayer list. I’ve thought out plans for my life and plans for each one of my children. That doesn’t mean that I can rule their homes. I can not.

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But I have something that I can pray for. I have something that I can work towards. I have something that I can hope for. What is God’s plan? What is man’s fruitful work? He is to be a provider and he is to be a protector.

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The Dream


The dream-Christmas through the eyes of a man. Part III

• JOSEPH’S DREAM

That night, as Joseph tossed fitfully in his sleep, God gave him a glimpse of his divine plan. An angel appears to Joseph in his dream and tells him, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the baby in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21 NCV).

Now, the Bible doesn’t tell us this part, but I’m certain that before Joseph fell asleep that night, he first fell to his knees and prayed to God. He asked, “Why, God? Why would she do this? Why does it hurt so bad? What have I done to deserve this?” More than anything that night, Joseph needed a word from the Lord. He needed to hear from God. Can you relate to that?

Maybe you need God’s guidance and direction for your life. Maybe you just need his comfort and assurance. Whatever the reason, I think we all experience moments when we just need to hear from God. I don’t think the problem is that God doesn’t speak to us, though. The problem is—we’re not very good at listening.

I believe that one of most valuable lessons we can ever learn is how to listen to God. In the midst of our complex and hectic lives, nothing is more urgent, more necessary, or more rewarding than listening to what God has to say. And I believe that God speaks just as powerfully today as he did to Joseph. His voice wants to be heard! He may not speak to us through a burning bush like he with Moses or through a dream like he did Joseph—but God still speaks!

Sometimes God may speak to us through a restless spirit. Other times, God uses another person’s words to speak to us—a poignant sermon that just happens to speak to your immediate needs or a spiritually insightful book that does the same. Sometimes God gives us unusual blessings to get our attention. Other times he may use disappointments, difficulties, and dilemmas for the very same reason. Sometimes God speaks to us through recurring themes—a subject that keeps coming up in a variety of ways. God may even impress a specific message into our hearts through his Spirit; what Bill Hybels calls “the quiet whispers of the transcendent God.” In each of these and other similar circumstance, we ought to turn to God and ask, “God, are you speaking to me? I’m listening.”

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27 NLT). The opening words of the book of Hebrews assures us, “Long ago God spoke in many different ways to our fathers through the prophets, in visions, dreams, and even face-to-face, telling them little by little about his plans. But now in these days he has spoken to us through his Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2 TLB).

The question is—are you listening? And if you do hear God’s voice… do you have the guts to respond? Joseph did. The final scene in Joseph’s story reveals Joseph’s decision.

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