Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Yes! GodMen!!!

GodMen Article on MSNBC

What is one of the single most powerfully WRONG things in the contemporary church?
What is one of the most powerful lies that Satan has managed to sew into the very fabric of Christian living in the church and in "christian families" of the day?

"That Jesus is simply a gentle, nice, meek and mild" and that we as Christian men should always be kind, nice, gentle, meek and mild.

Men...we've been CASTRATED by feminism in the culture AND in the church (yes - within the walls of the CHURCH)! There is a growing movement among Christian men to take back the mantle of leadership in the church and their families by stepping up in a new and bold way...by revealing to men the TRUTH about who Jesus was on earth, who he is now and who he'll be when he returns.

Do you have a picture of Jesus in your head? Think about your mental picture of Jesus. About how he looks, how he walks how he talks. Imagine Jesus walking around in the modern day culture, visiting your church, your house, your friends - watching TV with you, etc.

Now - STOP and think about it for at least 60 seconds.

Wrap your brain around this guys...don't think from the place you've been lulled to sleep so far in your life to believe who Jesus is. Hang with me as we bring the TRUTH to light (as scripture will prove very clearly before we're through here).

Is that picture more like Mother Theresa or more like William Wallace? Yes, Jesus does have the capacity to be gentle, meek and mild when the situation calls for it - and we are to be gentle, meek and mild ONLY when the situation calls for it.

Jesus is no "nice" guy.

A biblical situation that many quickly turn to in order to prove this is where Jesus enters the temple and in a fit of righteous anger turns over the money changer's tables and chases them out with a whip. OK...that's fine and dandy and is indeed a good illustration of taking charge, taking action and being willfully intentional about making things right in a wrong situation.

How many other situations can we look at to prove the intentional strength, the boldness of character and the readiness and willingness of Jesus to be confrontational?

Read Revelation 19:11-21
"...13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations..."

Read Matthew 24
"...50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth..."

Read 2 Cor 10:3-5
"3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ"

Back up the "nice" truck! Weapons? Waging war? Cut to pieces? Demolishing strongholds? A robe dipped in blood? Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with wich to strike down the nations?

Search the scriptures, open your heart to God's desire for you to see the TRUE character of Jesus, the warrior mentality of being a Man of God. This is NOT a license to kill, steal and destroy things of the earth - to hurt people, to dominate over women. We are still to serve, but to serve others from a warriors heart. A heart of protection...a FIERCE heart of strength and powerful wielding of weapons against the "against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms".

You can't do that by being a "nice christian" guy...content to sit straight, and do careful duty to your church and to your family.

Wake up men! It's GOOD to be dangerous and manly for GOOD things, for Godly things!

Monday, October 30, 2006

twentyfourseven: Thoughts from a parent (a Team Kairos dad).

I very, very breifly met only a few of you during orientation - and only a few more at the Threshold Ceremony last night. I saw character changes that spoke volumes about what you can only try to tell us parents about what you've been through in the first few months of the program.

Congratulations! Press on, run the race well!

Keep leaning HARD on God and each other, allow this program to keep squeezing every ounce of selfishness out of your hearts and minds!

What Is Chazaq

It's an old Hebrew word that's used over 300 times in the bible. It is a uniquely strong and powerful descriptor of "courage" that comes from God.

It is pronounced with a throaty, guttural and hearty "h" from way back in the throat, the "c" is technically silent.

Click Here to here it for yourself.

According to Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary:

It is a primitive root that means: to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (figuratively courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer: - aid, amend, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage (-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, strengten (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong (-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly, withstand.

A few examples of "chazaq" in scripture:
1 Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.

Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Ps 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

God is our source of chazaq. Chazaq is not passive, it requires taking hold of and being courageously strong in your faith. In Psalm 27:14 it is being used as a verb, encouraging the one praying to be strong and confident while waiting alertly for God.

Chazaq is a bold word describing the believer's confident courage that is only perfected while waiting for God. In the mighty power of God, be brave. Be strong. Take courage. Do not give up. God is in the chaos and storms of life, generously giving each seeker the courage, strength, stamina, endurance, perseverance, and fortitude needed for every situation.

Study the word for yourself, in the context of the Old Testament where it is found 290 times using this Crosswalk Study page.

Pray for me that I might grow to more fully understand this concept and apply it to my life, toward the struggles of life, to Spiritual Warfare and the prayer and protection of those that rely on me. And to rely on chazaq to overcome my fear of man and to focus on my love for God when He brings me people to witness to!