Recently, I was in Washington, DC for Reload ’13, a national men’s leadership conference for the National Coalition of Ministries to Men. Several men’s ministry leaders were there to be encouraged in the noble task of ministering to and discipling men. Not only did I leave encouraged, I left empowered.
Having had the privilege of hearing from some of nation’s leaders in US Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Lt. General Jerry Boykin, Stephen Kendrick and other faithful men of God. There were statements that were made that helped me and I wanted to share a few of those as well as some thoughts I had while in the sessions.
As you read through these, let’s continue praying, believing, and working toward a movement of men that is unleashed and unhindered for the glory of God that ultimately transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth!
1. “We are living in the first generation of history who is having a hard time identifying what a real man is.” -Pastor Tom Joyce
2. “The only thing you have to make a man out of is a boy.” –Bill Terry
3. “Pastor, aim your preaching at your men. And, if you’re going to reach men, you need to preach the hard passages.” –Pastor Stephen Kendrick
4. “David was in his finest hour when he was in the battle.” –Lt. General Jerry Boykin
5. “If you’re going to win as a man you need some ugly wins. Ugly wins are good for you.” –Pastor Rod Hairston
6. When God puts you in the valley of death, will you come out alive?
7. We do not need another program… we need a movement of God. You can become so programed and practical that you miss the Spirit of God.
8. Men are the tip of the spear that God will use to pierce through a decadent (a decline due to an erosion of moral, ethical, or sexual traditions) day.
9. “You’ve got to be ready to fight throughout all the seasons of your life.” -US Senate Chaplain Barry Black
10. The average man sitting in your church knows-deep down-that he could be more than he has become. What are you doing to help him be that man?
Before leaving DC, I made a few quick stops with Clark Osborn of Omaha, NE at some of the memorials. My main target was the Lincoln Memorial. Wow, what a sight! It is anchored in a concrete foundation that is 44 to 66 feet in depth.
I had been there before.
But it was different this time.
It was striking to reflect on the positioning of the Lincoln Memorial.
Abraham Lincoln, one of our nation’s greatest leaders, is memorialized looking out over the Reflecting Pool beyond the Washington Monument to our Nation’s Capital where decisions are made concerning the future direction of our country.
As Clark and I prayed together on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, I couldn’t help but wonder what God sees as He sits upon His Throne in Heaven. While standing there on the steps of that memorial, I was quickened to one of the passages I have been sharing with men in recent conferences and conversations…
1 Timothy 3:14-15, “These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
Those pillars (columns) both supporting and decorating the Lincoln Memorial reminded me of something I’ve long believed when considering the Scriptures… Holy men of God are significantly important to any structure… the family, the church, the nation. When I left DC last week, I left more dependent on God’s help in leading REAL MOMENTUM Ministries to be effective in equipping churches and encouraging families to raise generations of faithful, godly men who are holy rather than hollow.
For a firm foundation
in Truth that transforms
families & churches
to the ends of the earth!
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Director. Revivalist. Conference Speaker. Prayer Summit Leader. Men’s Ministry Coach. Teacher. Author. Blogger.
He is the founder of REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc., and is passionate about seeing a movement of men unleashed and unhindered for the glory of God that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth. Keith also serves as a staff revivalist with Life Action Ministries. He and his wife, Nichole, live in Georgia. They have been married for 15 years and have 8 children. They make a great team leading family conferences and retreats together. Contact him today about the possibility of having he or his, wife, Nichole to come and speak. Learn more about what others have to say.