Thanks Giving Podcast for Men - A Manly Thanksgiving part 3

Thanks Giving Podcast for Men – A Manly Thanksgiving part 3

A Manly Thanksgiving part 3

This Thanksgiving, make it a point to bless those that are less fortunate. Thanksgiving is a compound word, Thanks and Giving. We typically focus of the word “Thanks”. On today’s podcast, I want to focus on the word “Giving”.

Giving Thanks is good. And it is necessary! But Giving Thanks without giving to other less fortunate is an incomplete Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Podcast for Men – A Manly Thanksgiving part 1

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Thanksgiving Podcast for Men - A Manly Thanksgiving part 2

Thanksgiving Podcast for Men – A Manly Thanksgiving part 2

A Manly Thanksgiving part 2

What does it mean when God tells us to be thankful? Be thankful in EVERYTHING! Does that mean I must be thankful even when bad things happen to us? Find out what this means on this thanksgiving podcast for men, you’ll be surprised!

Are we to be thankful about everything as the word of God suggests? This Thanksgiving Podcast for Men will explain what this means!

Thanksgiving Podcast for Men – A Manly Thanksgiving part 1

We Give Thanks for You!

Truth time: Manly Training Ministries is a full time job – on top of my Area Manager Job and being a husband and a Father! I easily put 30+ hours a week into creating the content for Manly Training– whether it’s dreaming up posts, creating art images, responding to emails and comments, and managing my social media feeds.

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2) by joining me over at Patreon!

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But don’t worry! MTM is still going to be EXACTLY what it is now — New Posts every Tuesday and new Podcasts every Monday. Patreon perks are simply that: extra perks!

I have big plans for Manly Training– including a book AND a YouTube channel.

Your pledge will help me continue to put the considerable time and effort into each and every post that makes Manly Training what it is.

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Thanksgiving Podcast for Men – A Manly Thanksgiving part 1

A Manly Thanksgiving part 1

Thanksgiving is Quickly approaching and so is the end of the year. Do you know how husbands and fathers should promote and celebrate Thanksgiving in their home? If not, then listen to this!

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We Give Thanks for You!

Truth time: Manly Training Ministries is a full time job – on top of my Area Manager Job and being a husband and a Father! I easily put 30+ hours a week into creating the content for Manly Training– whether it’s dreaming up posts, creating art images, responding to emails and comments, and managing my social media feeds.

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1) By donating directly through PayPal –>  Donate Button with Credit Cards

2) by joining me over at Patreon!

Patreon allows you to pledge as little as $1 a month, and in return you’ll get some pretty cool rewards, ranging from your name and blog on my MTM VIP page, exclusive content, and PODCAST VERSIONS of my posts!

MTM Won’t Change, I Promise.

But don’t worry! MTM is still going to be EXACTLY what it is now — New Posts every Tuesday and new Podcasts every Monday. Patreon perks are simply that: extra perks!

I have big plans for Manly Training– including a book AND a YouTube channel.

Your pledge will help me continue to put the considerable time and effort into each and every post that makes Manly Training what it is.

So thank you from the bottom of my heart. I pray every day for each and every one of you who take the time to read my words. You are a blessing.

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Halloween and God’s protection, provision and purpose for our lives.

Halloween for Christians

As fathers, we must be vigilant about the spiritual atmosphere and well being of our loved ones. Today I want to discuss the issue of Halloween from a Christian perspective. Should we be involved in the celebration of Halloween? Let’s understand Halloween and God’s protection, provision and purpose for our lives.

Finding the answer to this question has been interesting and fun. I began by asking several people I know and then looking into what many leading Christian writers, authors and spokesmen have written about the subject.

The Origin of Halloween

I also searched various websites such as christianitytoday.com, focusonthefamily.org, and cbn.com to read what others might be saying. I came to the conclusion that they all agreed on the origins of Halloween. However, just about everyone had a different take on the matter of allowing our children to participate in this super-charged media driven holiday. As a Christian father, I have a responsibility to make sure my family and I live according to God’s written word, therefore, the Bible has the final say on this matter.

Let’s briefly discuss where this Holiday come from. The origins of Halloween are Celtic in tradition and have to do with observing the end of summer sacrifices to gods in Druidic tradition. In what is now Britain and France, it was the beginning of the Celtic year, and they believed Samhain, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves. The fact that the day’s became shorter and that A dark winter was fast approaching made the evil spirits rejoice and play nasty tricks. Believe it or not, most of our Halloween practices can be traced back to these old pagan rites and superstitions.

A Christian Halloween?

So, when did this pagan holiday get its Christian influences? Good question! In the fourth century, Christians attempted to Christianize the holiday by celebrating the lives of faithful saints the day before Halloween. This was a conscious attempt to provide an alternative and re-focus the day away from ghouls, goblins, ghosts, witches and other “haunted” experiences. The word Halloween actually came from this practice of celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” which when shortened became “Hallows Eve” and then “Halloween”.  Since the fourth century many Christians have decided to allow their children to dress in more “innocent” costumes of pumpkins, princesses, Superman or as a cowboy. Part of this is due to the simple reality that in today’s Western culture it is nearly impossible to “avoid” Halloween.

The Purpose of Halloween

So, how should we as Christians respond to the celebration and to those of our friends and family who join in on celebrating Halloween?

Halloween and God’s protection, provision and purpose for our lives.
Halloween and God’s protection, provision and purpose for our lives.

First,  it’s important to mention that as Christians, we should not respond to Halloween like superstitious pagans do.  What I mean by this is that pagans are superstitious, but Christians are enlightened by the truth of God’s word. Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year; in fact, any day is a good day for Satan to prowl about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). But “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has forever “disarmed principalities and powers” through the cross of Christ and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through [Christ]” (Colossians 2:15).

God’s Protection on Halloween

Second, Christians should respond to Halloween with cautionary wisdom. Some people fear the activity of Satanists or pagan witches, but the actual incidents of satanic-associated crime are very low. The real threat on Halloween is from the social problems that attend sinful behavior—drunk driving, pranksters and vandals, and unsupervised children. Like any other day of the year, Christians should exercise caution as wise stewards of their possessions and protectors of their families. Christian young people should stay away from secular Halloween parties since those are breeding grounds for trouble. Christian parents can protect their children by keeping them well-supervised and restricting treat consumption to those goodies received from trusted sources. But overall remember that it is God’s protection we need and we must trust our Lord to do so.

God’s Provision on Halloween

Third, Christians should respond to Halloween with gospel compassion. The unbelieving, Christ-rejecting world lives in perpetual fear of death. It isn’t just the experience of death, but rather what the Bible calls “a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume [God’s] adversaries” (Hebrews 10:27). Witches, ghosts, and evil spirits are not terrifying; God’s wrath unleashed on the unforgiven sinner—now that is truly terrifying.

Christians should use Halloween and all that it brings to the imagination—death imagery, superstition, expressions of debauched revelry—as an opportunity to engage the unbelieving world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. God has given everyone a conscience that responds to His truth (Romans 2:14-16), and the conscience is the Christian’s ally in the evangelistic enterprise. Christians should take time to inform the consciences of friends and family with biblical truth regarding God, the Bible, sin, Christ, future judgment, and the hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ for the repentant sinner.

Halloween Evangelism

There are several different ways Christians will engage in Halloween evangelism. Some will adopt a “No Participation” policy. As Christian parents, they don’t want their kids participating in spiritually compromising activities—listening to ghost stories and coloring pictures of witches. They don’t want their kids to dress up in costumes for trick-or-treating or even attending Halloween alternatives.

That response naturally raises eyebrows and provides a good opportunity to share the gospel to those who ask. It’s also important that parents explain their stand to their children and prepare them to face the teasing or ridicule of their peers and the disapproval or scorn of their teachers.

Other Christians will opt for Halloween alternatives called “Harvest Festivals” or “Reformation Festivals” and lately the church’s version of trick or treating called “Trunk or Treat” – the kids dress up as farmers, Bible characters, or Any non scary thing you can fathom. It’s ironic when you consider Halloween’s beginning as an alternative, but it can be an effective means of reaching out to neighborhood families with the gospel. Some churches leave the church building behind and take acts of mercy into their community, “treating” needy families with food baskets, gift cards, and the gospel message.

Hell House Evangelism

Those are good alternatives; there are others that are not so good. Some churches are using “Hell House” evangelism to shock young people and scare them into becoming Christians. They walk people through rooms patterned after carnival-style haunted houses and put sin on display—women undergoing abortions, people sacrificed in a satanic ritual, consequences of premarital sex, dangers of rave parties, demon possession, and other tragedies.

Here’s the problem with so-called Hell House evangelism: To shock an unshockable culture, you have to get pretty graphic. Graphic exhibits of sin and its consequences are unnecessary—unbelieving minds are already full of such images. What they need to see is a life truly transformed by the power of God, and what they need to hear is the truth of God in an accurate presentation of the gospel. Cheap gimmickry is unfitting for Christ’s ambassadors.

Trick or Treat

There’s another option open to Christians: limited, non-compromising participation in Halloween. There’s nothing inherently evil about candy, costumes, or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. In fact, all of that can provide a unique gospel opportunity with neighbors. Even handing out candy to neighborhood children—provided you’re not stingy—can improve your reputation among the kids. As long as the costumes are innocent and the behavior does not dishonor Christ, trick-or-treating can be used to further gospel interests.

Honor God

Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing. Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it’s a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween?

Just before reaching a conclusion on the subject, I was struck with the thought that I ought to further my search and find out what Wicca, the official religion of witchcraft, has to say about Halloween. Perhaps they viewed the day as a simple fun and innocent neighborhood activity?

Halloween is Real

“Shock” is the only word to describe what I found. Halloween is a real, sacred day for those who follow Wicca. In fact, it is one of two high and holy days for them. The Celtic belief of spirits being released is current, along with the worship of Samhain (the lord of death) – both are promoted as something to embrace on that day. There is no question in my mind that to those who believe and follow the practices of witchcraft, Halloween represents an opportunity to embrace the evil, devilish, dark side of the spiritual world.

So after discovering this, what is a reasonable conclusion? As Christians you and I are placed in this world to be a light in a world of darkness. There is no lasting benefit to ignore a holiday that exists around us, but it also does harm to celebrate Halloween as it has originated and grown over the centuries.

My suggestion?

Christians should be teaching their children (age appropriately) that:

  1. there is a spiritual world filled with goodness from God and evil from Satan (Eph. 2:1-10);
  2. life with Christ has power over darkness (I John 4:4); and
  3. those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power.

To counter the evil influence of Halloween, we need to join together and celebrate the reality of the heroic efforts of Christian saints over the evil in their day. Many leaders in the past — and present — have fulfilled the mandate of destroying the works of the devil through their sacrificial commitment to Christ and His Kingdom.

Don’t Hide in the Face of Evil

So, rather than “hiding” in the face of evil, we should unabashedly and boldly create an alternative that is positive and uplifting. An Alternative that celebrates good over evil and the triumph of God over Satan. We need to provide an environment that also makes room for heaps of fun while using the day as a “teachable moment” to celebrate God’s protection, provision and purpose for our lives.


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Truth time: Manly Training Ministries is a full time job – on top of my Area Manager Job and being a husband and a Father! I easily put 30+ hours a week into creating the content for Manly Training– whether it’s dreaming up posts, creating art images, responding to emails and comments, and managing my social media feeds.

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So thank you from the bottom of my heart. I pray every day for each and every one of you who take the time to read my words. You are a blessing.

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Avoiding Domestic Violence part I – by Eduardo Quintana –

Did you know that an act of Domestic Violence is committed every 15 seconds in America? Scary, isn’t it? In 1/4th of all marriages, violence occurs at least occasionally. 20% of all murders take place with in the family! Of those, 13% are committed against a spouse! So, how do we reduce stress and tension in the home?

The first thing you need to do is learn to laugh! Laughter is a gift God has given to us, to release tension, and to keep our spirits from being broken in this sin-cursed earth. The simple truth is, as the Book of Proverbs reminds us: “A joyful heart is good medicine. (Prov. 17:22)”

Besides what God tell us about laughter, lets take a look at some famous people and what they were quoted saying about laughter.

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ― Audrey Hepburn

“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” ― Robert Frost

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” ― Lord Byron

“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.

“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.” ―Seán O’Casey

“Whatever it is probably won’t go away, so we might as well live and laugh through it. When we double over laughing, we’re bending so we won’t break. If you think your particular troubles are too heavy and too traumatic to laugh about, remember that laughing is like changing a baby’s diaper. It doesn’t solve any problems permanently, but it makes things more acceptable for awhile.” ― Barbra Johnson

Laughter is one of God’s ways of keeping us healthy, emotionally and physically. Medical science has proven that when you laugh, chemicals and enzymes are released in the brain which are extremely important to the health of our vital organs.
Listen to part of an article from a secular magazine called Executive Digest: “Scientists have been studying the effects of laughter on human beings and have found, among other things, that laughter has a profound and instantaneous effect on virtually every important organ of the human body. Laughter reduces unhealthy tensions, and relaxes the tissues, as well as exercising the most vital organs. Laughter, even when forced, results in a beneficial effect on us, both mentally and physically. So, the next time you feel nervous and jittery, indulge in a good laugh.”

I don’t think I could ever possibly deal with the stresses and pressures of life, if home were not a fun place to be. When we start having fun and laughing, the kids pick up on our spirits and join right in. They don’t even know what they’re doing sometimes, but they love the spirit! And our home is a place of laughter, a place of “playing”, games, chasing, walks, piles of leaves, etc.!

Here are 3 things you ought to give your children:
• Life
• Love
• Laughter

And here are 3 rules you ought to have for your home:
• Be fair
• Be firm
• Be fun

Learn to laugh…don’t take things so seriously…lighten up!

Do you have any good ideas for the men following Manly Training to infuse our homes with some laughter? If so, please share them here and let’s start a brainstorming session.

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