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The Manly Training Guide to Avoiding Domestic Violence


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 within the family! Of those, 13% are committed against a spouse! So, how do we reduce stress and tension in the home? (more…)

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KNOW GOD


One of the greatest goals of our lives is to Know God. Have you noticed that The Greatest men and women in history were and are those who had great passion to know God? in Exodus 33:18 Moses pleaded with the Lord, “Please, show me Your Glory.” Where are you in your desire to Know God? How well do you Know Him? Could you Know Him better? Listen to this podcast and begin your journey into Knowing God. Warning! Listening to this Podcast could change your life! Listen at your own risk. (more…)

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Who Is A Godly Father? Are You?


I am going to start this series by proclaiming a fact. That fact is that Real Men are in very short supply. I am talking about Real men who will say,  “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. Not everyone who is a male is a man. I mean a real man, a godly man. You can be born a male, but it takes maturity to be a man. You’re young only once, but you can be immature forever. What I am talking about is more than being born male, I am talking about being a real, masculine, virile, Godly, Biblical man so you can become a godly father. And this is why Manly Training exists.

So, what is real manliness? What is God’s plan for the man? If you purchase a dishwasher, a refrigerator, a stereo, a CD player, or anything else, you get a book of instructions. If you get a new car, you get a book, an owner’s manual. God has given us a book. It is the Word of God and from the Word of God we’re going to find God’s plan for the man. We’re not going to get it from Tom Brokaw or Donald Trump. And we’re not even going to get it from Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood or any other popular Hollywood actor. We’re going to have to find out from God’s Word what God’s plan for the man is. There is a basic fundamental difference between men and women and the devil is doing all that he can do to blur that distinction.

The Bible says in Genesis 1:27 that God made them in the beginning, male and female. Today, there are those who are trying to tell us that there is no fundamental difference between a man and a woman and they’re saying this in the name of “equality”. Men and women are equal, but they are not the same.

The first thing we need to do is to understand that God made man, and God made woman.

Psalm 128

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.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.

God made them different. And God made them different for a purpose. If you want to become the man that God created you to be, you will need to study Psalm 128. You will need to search for God’s wisdom in this Psalm like someone who is searching for a hidden treasure! I will take parts of this Psalm every week and pull it apart in a way that makes sense to the modern man!  It is in this Psalm that we are going to find out what a real man is. We are going to find out what God’s plan is for the man. And in doing so, I pray we will find out who we are!

Are you ready? Will you follow me on this journey? Can you handle it? I dare you to read through this series. It may just change your life. Don’t miss it!

Godly Men – Are They Extinct?



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God Designed Daddy


BEING A DADDY BY DESIGN

In Genesis chapter 1 and verse 1 we read “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

In the beginning God created. He created the heavens and the earth. He created the light and then separated it from the darkness. He created an expanse between the waters and called it “sky”. He created dry land. He had the waters under the sky gather into one place. He had the earth bring forth plants: fruits, vegetables, trees, and all of that stuff. He created the sun moon and stars. God said, “let the waters swarm with living creatures,” and it did. He said, “let the earth produce living creatures,” and it did.

Then God said, let us make man in our own image. So, God created man in His own image.

God had all of the animals come before man, for man to name. Adam named them all, but there was none suitable as a companion for Adam. God said, “It is not good for man to be alone,” so He had a deep sleep come over Adam and while He slept, God took a rib from his side and made Eve from it. When Adam woke up, God brought Eve to Him. Adam stood there staring for a minute, rubbing his eves in disbelief. Finally a smile crept across his face and Adam, looking at what God had just created screamed, WOMAN.

WOMAN

God said, “I guess you’re pleased with the helpmeet I made you.” (That was a rhetorical question, because God knew exactly what Adam was thinking) Adam just stood there staring in disbelief until he finally caught his breath and answered, “God, Sir, You’ve outdone yourself this time. You did a great job with the sun and moon and all of those stars. I love all of these trees and this lovely garden you’ve placed me in. But God, this sure does beat all of that.

God replied, “Yeah, I thought you’d like her. But there’s a catch. I want you to be fruitful and multiply. I want you to father children.” I want you to be a Daddy.

MEN HAVE BEEN…

From that day until this, we men have been confronted with mountains of boxes that bear the logo “some assembly required”.

From that day until this, we have been unable to give our wives those little swats, and secret pinches we so love to give, without having to first look over our shoulders to make sure little eyes aren’t watching.

From then until now, our days have been filled with finishing little one’s plates, searching for tools that mysteriously grow legs, attending innumerable children’s ball games, and sitting through music recitals that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment if forced on death row inmates.

I can’t remember the last time I watched a TV program that wasn’t interrupted by the darting body of a dancing, or out of control little boy.

But, you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for an instant and neither would you. Who among us would ever willingly miss out on the joy of wrestling with our children?

WOULD YOU?

Who among us would willingly miss out on having that little boy or girl wave to us as they cross home plate, walk across stage, or score one for their team?

Which of us would willingly give up the feel of that little hand in ours, or the lump you get in your throat when that little one looks up into your eyes, trusting, believing you can do anything?

Which of us would willingly give up that embrace and the long-delayed “thank you” you receive when your children grow up and begin to recognize all you’ve done for them?

And you men with daughters, is there anything in the world like walking that beautifully dressed young woman down the aisle and placing her hand in the hand of that undeserving, not good enough for your daughter, young man?

Who would give all that up? None of us would give that up, because God made us to be daddies. He designed us to be daddies. God gave us many tasks in the world, many jobs, many roles we are to play. We are to be witnesses for Him. We are to be men of God, godly men. We are to be godly husbands, loving our wives as Christ loved the church, but one of the most important tasks you and I can ever do is to be daddies.

THE MAN

A number of years ago a head-hunter, a personnel director who had the job of hiring executives, was interviewing a man for an opening they had. The interviewer said usually when he was interviewing people, he’d lean back, put his feet up on his desk, and get them relaxed. When they were relaxed and had their guard down, he’d suddenly drop his feet to the floor, lean across the desk, and ask them what their goal in life was. He said, usually they’d flounder around for a while trying to come up with something.

… One day he did it and the man he was interviewing immediately answered, “My goal in life is to go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.”

Let me tell you sir, you can’t take that new car to heaven with you. You can’t take that big house to heaven with you. You can’t take those nice clothes or that promotion to heaven with you, but, you can take your children.

LET ME TELL YOU…

“With God’s help, I’m going to take my children with me.”

I’m going to take my children with me. It may cost me some golf games. It may cost me a promotion. It may cost me a vacation. It may cost me a fancy ride. It may cost me some new clothes. It may cost me some TV time, but I’m gonna take my children.

God designed you to be a daddy!

Daddy – by Travis Simpkins, age 20, Fulton County Jail, Atlanta



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My Father Was and Is – Andy Specht


What our father’s were help shape us today.

The influence of these things are too hard to count and impact us and our children. IMG_20180401_191246608My father was a lot of things and those things have taught me many lessons that have helped me in the path I’m on now.
My father was raised by the Greatest Generation. His parents were raised during the Great Depression, a time when hard work is what got you food on the table. They turned into survivors of WWII. His father marched across Europe with Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army. This taught him to serve his country in times when it may not be popular. His father was a man of great faith that served the church and the community. He was a man of few words, but said what he meant and meant what he said.

The Marine

My father, from the influence of his father, was a Marine. He voluntarily enlisted in the mid 1960’s when it was unpopular to do so. He understood the value and necessity of service and sacrifice. You can not say “was” when referring to someone as a Marine other than to say they were in the Marines. The value he placed on service led him to being active in the volunteer fire service and later as a paramedic.

My father is faithful.

IMG_20180401_163735035He saw his parents weather life’s storms and observed their dedication to the marriage covenant. He has remained faithful to my mom, his wife, for over 50 years. It’s a quiet, no fuss dedication that he has lived with out wavering. Despite many hardships and disagreements the one thing my siblings and I knew was dad was going to take care of mom first.

Devoted

My father is devoted to the gospel. Even through the years when he worked a schedule that had him out of church for months his devotion was known. Those he worked with knew by what he would and would not tolerate. His devotion was on display for the years when he led youth groups. His devotion was made known to us by what he allowed us to watch and listen to. I still remember the bible he used that has notes in the margins and highlights in it. I didn’t know he read it that much until I was looking through books on the bookshelf and opened it. He made sure we went to church with mom with no fuss. Today he attends a prayer group every morning.

Hard Worker

IMG_20180401_170001584He was, and still is, a hard worker. He worked in the steel industry in fabrication, sales and welding before coming into management. When the steel industry in Pennsylvania collapsed he found himself, like thousands of others, unemployed. That didn’t stop him from seeking out work. At one point he worked three jobs to make ends meet. In each job he worked hard, was early and professional. He built a reputation that has benefited his grandson in his chosen profession. I remember my dad coming home from one job, sleeping a few hours and going to another. After that he would study for his paramedics exam and work another job. After he was a full time medic he would work over 90 hours a week and still find time to teach classes.

Humble

My father is humble, well as much as can be expected by a dad. His humility is in his IMG_20180401_191033991_HDRlack of bragging about his accomplishments. He carries pride in them, but doesn’t boast about them. Some may think his outward appearance of self confidence is arrogance, but it is just confidence. Confidence born of making it though Paris Island and being involved in things of success and surviving hardship. Confidence that comes from skills gained by experience and knowing he was responsible for people living when it looked like death was the only option. Yea, like many dad’s he jokes about his ability to be right all the time except for the one allotted mistake a year, but as you grow older you learn to see through that kind of humor.

A Legacy for many

These attributes were on display throughout his life as a Marine, welder, salesman, manager, security guard, volunteer fireman, EMT, youth leader, Paramedic and now retired with a part time job. But, more importantly he is a man of God, husband, father and grandfather who has built a reputation and left a legacy while still alive for future generations.


bio:
Andy is a follower of Jesus, a husband, father and Marine vet. He is ordained, and has been pastored, discipled, and taught at home and in domestic missions. Andy has hosted a radio show and co-hosted a second on the same station. He has led men and mentored boys through Royal Rangers. He is currently working with Transportation Nation in building a segment on their network titled ” In God We Truck ” to evangelize the trucking industry. ( by the time this is posted In God We Truck should be up and running. The projected start date is the first week of April ).