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REAL MOMENTUM

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Grab a few of your friends from your D-Group, small group, neighborhood, or workplace and join Dr. Johnny Hunt, Pastor of FBC Woodstock, GADr. Crawford Loritts, Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA and myself for a great day of REAL MOMENTUM in the WAREHOUSE at FBC Woodstock.

This day is designed to help men win through discipleship and leadership at home, in the church, and around the world. It’s going to be intentional and it’s going to be relational as we seek to build into men with others in mind. 

When men win, everybody wins. 

*Registration is $25 and includes a BBQ lunch. 

REGISTER HERE

Check out the schedule and register soon because the seats are limited. Schedule subject to change without notice.

8:30AM DOORS OPEN

9:00AM – 9:40AM  | JOHNNY HUNT, A Man & His Discipleship

9:40AM – 10:05AM ROUNDTABLE & BREAK

10:05AM – 10:45AM | KEITH BOGGS, Helping Men Win

10:45AM – 11:10AM ROUNDTABLE & BREAK

11:10AM – 11:50AM | CRAWFORD LORITTS, A Man & His Leadership (1)

11:50AM – 12:30PM ROUNDTABLE & LUNCH

12:30PM – 1:10PM | CRAWFORD LORITTS, A Man & His Leadership (2)

1:10PM – 1:30PM ROUNDTABLE

1:30PM – 2:00PM Q & A SESSION

2:00PM DISMISS

 

Helping Men Win. It’s What We Do.

Keith Boggs

For A Movement of Men

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Even though men are hungry for discipleship, many churches struggle to provide intentional, transformational ministry to and through men of all ages. Bottom line: the devil has a much more effective plan to reach men than do most churches and that needs to change. The movement starts with you! Engaging. Encouraging. Equipping.

Don’t get left behind, get in on the movement for the glory of God!


Take Aim at JHMC2016

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Join me and thousands of other men for the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference, February 5-6, 2016. There is really no reason you should miss it, no matter where you are.

I look forward to the honor of being one of the breakout speakers this year. The date is fast approaching so get more info on the conference… you can come to FBC Woodstock or participate in the LifeWay Simulcast.

Looking back over the years of my ministry, it was this Men’s Conference that God has used to shape my heart and life in so many areas. Over the years I would bring men from two churches and sit in breakout sessions led by Danny Singleton, Dan Dorner, Jim Law, Rick Bellerjeau, Buddy Hulsey, Dennis Nunn, Alan Taylor, and the list goes on.

I would encourage the men I took with me to get before the Lord by seeking His heart on the breakout to attend and many of them found their way under the teaching of the men at FBC Woodstock. 

Now, I have been entrusted with the great honor of leading others where many others have led so well. In reality, the investment these men have made over the years I have participated continues. Their influence has touched many of us and much of vision and mission of REAL MOMENTUM comes from those who God used to pour into the lives of thousands over the years at the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference.

Join me, would you, for a movement of men!

JHMC2016

Omaha ISI Conference

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2016 Omaha ISI


IRON SHARPENS IRON is a one-day men’s conference designed to build up and equip you, your men, and your leaders. Each year in various strategic locations across the nation, hundreds of local churches send thousands of men to this first-class equipping conference. We bring in the best of the best in ministry to men and offer a variety of seminars that are uniquely specific to men. 

The ISI conferences are for men of all ages: Emerging Men (13-19), Pioneering Men (20-29) Full Throttle Men (30-55) and Seasoned Men (55+). This one-day event provides more than exhortation. Our format is specifically geared to arm men for Christ-centered living and on-going discipleship. We also seek to arm you, the pastor or men’s ministry leader, to better serve, equip, and disciple your men. We encourage you to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to rally your men to a conference right in your own backyard!

We understand that mobilizing men is no easy thing! That is why we are offering you a CONFERENCE PROMOTIONAL PACKET, upon your request. This packet contains valuable tools to mobilize your men to an offsite event.


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Help Is On the Way!

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It has been overwhelming to see the response to our year-end challenge!

Right now, we are sitting at 30% of our $35,000 Goal by Dec. 31st! 

And the great news is that from now until the end of Christmas Day, we have a generous donor offering to match any contribution up to $5,000! 

Your gift can go twice as far! Give HERE today!

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#HelpMenWin. It’s What We Should Do.
Keith Boggs

PS- Rally some friends to help us fundraise and reach our year-end goal.

#HelpMenWin Matching Gift

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We’re off to a great start on #GivingTuesday! 

As a matter of fact, we have nearly reached our goal of $3,500.00 already. And there is great news, as one generous family is offering a Matching Gift Opportunity of up to $3,000.00 by the end of the day!

We need your help! There are many charities you could contribute to for #GivingTuesday—and by all means do—but please don’t leave men out of your giving plans. Give now so that your investment in men can be doubled, up to $3,000!

Let’s capture the momentum! 

Crawford Loritts recently said, I believe in the ministry of REAL MOMENTUM. I think the grounding, the vision, the theological framework, and the passion is right. But he needs an army of people behind him to translate vision into reality.”

I don’t know… I say this unashamedly, this is not PR… I don’t know of a more significant ministry for our time than what REAL MOMENTUM is doing.”

Click on the image below to watch the video or listen to the audio of Crawford Loritts

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#HelpMenWin. It’s What We Should Do.
Keith Boggs

PS- The “men problem” has become a crisis that can no longer be neglected. Go here to help us fundraise.

#HelpMenWin

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HELP, LORD,
for the godly man ceases!
For the faithful disappear
from among the sons of men.
– PSALM 12:1 –

The “men problem” has become a crisis that can no longer be neglected. The collateral damage in families is staggering. Men under forty are especially vulnerable to an alien worldview that is gutting the institutions of marriage and family. 

Just look around. All across the country you’ll see that our government agencies, social sector organizations, businesses, and churches in communities have no real plan for men.

As a result, we all feel the effects of trying to cope with the downstream damage of an increasingly fatherless, angry, and dysfunctional generation. 

The truth is no family, church, or nation will survive the death of real men.

Dr. Robert Lewis said, “As men go, so goes everything else.”

By all means, let’s continue helping single moms, pregnant teenagers, and fatherless boys. We need more of that, not less. But we’ll never solve these symptomatic problems without treating the underlying cause—that men don’t understand biblical manhood.

The good news is that, “When men win, everybody wins!” REAL MOMENTUM desires to bring vision, value, and a voice to men, for men, and through men with others in mind. We believe that the cure for everything starts with helping men win. 

We are convinced that when you minister to a man, you also minister to his wife (or future wife), children (or future children/grandchildren), his community, his church, etc. 

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday there is #GivingTuesday and REAL MOMENTUM will be joining thousands of charitable organizations in launching a year-end fundraising campaign on December 1st. Now in its fourth year, #Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Learn more here.

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I may be wrong, but I believe that a very large percentage of the Non-Profit Organizations that will receive contributors on #GivingTuesday and through the end of the year will not be focused on helping men win. There are many charities you could contribute to on #GivingTuesday–and by all means do–but please don’t leave men out of your giving plans. 

This giving season, REAL MOMENTUM will be one of many organizations across the country waiting for provision. We are asking God to provide.

Would you prayerfully ask God if He wants you make a contribution to #HelpMenWin through REAL MOMENTUM Ministries on #GivingTuesday, or before the end of the year?

Helping Men Win. It’s What We Do. 

Keith Boggs

PS: Let’s rally together to #HelpMenWin! Our free men’s app is now on 3,100-plus devices. Our goal is to raise $3,500.00 on #GivingTuesday, that’s a little over $1 per device. Also, our end of the year goal is $35,000.00, a little over $10 per device.

TWEET: #HelpMenWin on #GivingTuesday by making a $10 donation or more to REAL MOMENTUM at igfn.us/f/ndp/n

The Manger Build

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The devil has a more effective plan to reach men than do most churches. Almost every week I hear of a man struggling to lead his wife and children spiritually. The “men problem” has become a crisis that is virtually out of control.

The collateral damage in families is staggering. Men under forty are especially vulnerable to an alien worldview that is gutting the institutions of marriage and family. And, the church at large has no real plan in place to engage, encourage, and equip men.

Our government agencies, social sector organizations, and businesses are overstrained trying to cope with the downstream damage of an increasingly fatherless, angry, and dysfunctional generation.

Yes, we must be helping single moms, pregnant teenagers, and fatherless boys. Where I live, there is a need for more of that, not less. But we’ll never solve these symptomatic problems without going to the root cause—that men don’t understand biblical manhood… many families and churches don’t understand biblical manhood either.

REAL MOMENTUM exists to help men win. We will be hosting The Manger BuildSunday December 20, from 3 – 5 PM in the B Building Basement at FBC Woodstock. Your church can too, go to www.themangerbuild.com to learn more about how your church might offer this great opportunity to the men and children in your church and community.

This will be a great opportunity for all of the men that has been involved in our REAL MOMENTUM Bible Study on Wednesday nights to engage, encourage, and equip hundreds of other men in our church to keep Christ in front of Christmas and to lead their family spiritually. Please pray that we make the most of this opportunity!

Pray that men will begin to start inviting other men in your Sunday School class, the Dads of children in AWANA, etc. to join us in participating in The Manger Build. Registration is $25 and scholarships are available.

The truth is that the cure for everything starts with men’s discipleship. I firmly believe that when we disciple men, families come alive. And when families come alive, churches come alive. 

Helping Men Win. Its What We Do.

Keith


 

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RE//ACT (4) | 53 Leadership Quotes About The Courage Needed To Be A Godly Man

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Brian Dodd, one of the top 25 bloggers on leadership, has done us a great favor by helping capture the truths from RE//ACT |  Lead to Live a Legacy. You can get more of Brian’s great insights on leadership at briandoddonleadership.com.

He was on site with us live blogging each session of Johnny Hunt and Crawford Loritts. The fourth session is below, you can get the other sessions as well.

RE//ACT Sessions

Session 1, Johnny Hunt

Session 2, Crawford Loritts

Session 3, Johnny Hunt

If you’d like, access the audio of each message HERE! Be blessed!

Thank you Brian Dodd!

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The session’s final speaker was Dr. Crawford Loritts who conducted his second session of the morning.  The following are 53 leadership quotes about the courage needed to be a Godly man from his amazing session:

1. Spiritual gifts are not a path to self-discovery. The only reason is for the wholeness and the blessing of the body of Christ.

2. Adversity and inadequacies are gifts from God.

3. What you don’t have forces us to rely on God.

4. God hits straight licks with crooked sticks.

5. Having gaps does not limit what God can do.

6. It is a miracle God would use me to do anything.

7. It is more important for us to have a big vision for God than it is for us to be looking at if we’re capable of something.

8. We all are deficient.

9. Spurgeon struggled with depression his whole ministry. Feeling of worthlessness.

10. Listen to God speaking through your wife.

11. No one can be the husband of your wife but you. No one can be the father of your children but you.

12. Some of us get in trouble not because of the work but other things.

13. You have to speak in one voice as a couple.

14. It is the wife and mother that creates the environment that creates the attitude about dad.

15. If momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy. If daddy ain’t happy, nobody cares.

16. Kids need to know there are justifiable sacrifices.

17. It takes courage to be a man.

18. Nothing in life happens apart from courage.

19. There is no movement in life apart from courage.

20. Somebody has to own the responsibility to do something. That is the role of being a husband and father. Someone has to go to a place nobody wants to go so others can arrive at a place they always wanted to be.

21. Great disclosure comes greater responsibility.

22. Great understanding brings greater accountability.

23. The first pillar of courage rests upon a clear assignment from God.

24. When a man of God dies nothing of God dies. Don’t get arrogant.

25. Our hearts are to be filled with what God wants done apart from our personalities and feelings.

26. There is no such thing as courage apart from clarity.

27. Faith does not exist apart from opposition.

28. You are courageous for something. There is an assignment from God. There is something that needs to be done.

29. Courage is always in the verb position. It is always moving somewhere.

30. If you are the head of your household, God expects us to listen to Him and do what needs to be done inside that house.

31. Seek God’s will about our lives. Why are we here? What were we born for? What are our assignments? What is He telling us to do? Too many of us are too passive.

32. Courage rests upon the assurance of God’s presence.

33. God never called anyone to do anything in the Scriptures that you don’t see a promise of His presence. When you do what He wants you to do, there is a manifestation of His presence.

34. God’s will and God’s plan is about the manifestation of Himself. Your neck is not on the line.

35. Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the direction of your fear.

36. Don’t ever follow anyone who never said they were never afraid. That person is an idiot.

37. If you fear God more than people, you will always come out courageous.

38. Courage rests upon on focused determination.

39. God does not negotiate with Joshua whether he is courageous enough to handle the assignment. He commands him to be courageous.

40. If you act with courage, you’re going to get courage. Don’t wait to feel like you have it.

41. Courage is like a muscle. It gets stronger when you exercise it.

42. Leadership is not for the faint of heart. The devil is not sitting back while we determine to raise Godly kids. He is going to come after you. You are on the right target when you are being shot at.

43. Success and failure is really in your hands.

44. Your success or failure is determined by your relationship to the Word of God.

45. A leader means you are a portrait of the desired destination at which others should wish to arrive. We’ve got to be it.

46. Our culture and society is going down the crapper because we have ignored Truth.

47. You’ve got to proclaim Truth. You’ve got to possess Truth.

48. When they cut you, you ought to bleed Bible. – Tony Evans

49. You’ve got to practice Truth.

50. Leadership in the Bible is all about character because the leader needs to be worth following.

51. People follow you because of who you are.

52. We’ve got to organize our life based upon what God is calling us to do and be.

53. Pull the trigger. Get up and act. Take responsibility. Apologize for where we have been passive with our wives and kids.

REACT has been an amazing conference!  I hope you have enjoyed the lessons.

REAL MOMENUTM

RE//ACT (3) | 43 Leadership Quotes on Leading Through Dry Seasons

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Brian Dodd, one of the top 25 bloggers on leadership, has done us a great favor by helping capture the truths from RE//ACT |  Lead to Live a Legacy. You can get more of Brian’s great insights on leadership at briandoddonleadership.com.

He was on site with us live blogging each session of Johnny Hunt and Crawford Loritts. The third session is below, you can get the other sessions as well.

RE//ACT Sessions

Session 1, Johnny Hunt

Session 2, Crawford Loritts

Session 4, Crawford Loritts

If you’d like, access the audio of each message HERE! Be blessed! 

Thank you Brian Dodd! 

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The morning’s second session was led by Dr. Johnny Hunt, the wonderful Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock (GA).  The following are 43 leadership quotes on leading through dry seasons from his amazing session:

1. If you’ve never been through a dry season. Hold on. It will one day come uninvited.

2. When I first got converted, I had never owned a Bible.

3. I made commitments in the early part of my life that I didn’t want to be mediocre.

4. David experienced times when God seemed distant.

5. You may not finish long but you can finish strong.

6. It is not your duration of life but your donation of life.

7. If you’re experiencing long periods of dryness, I must examine my life.

8. Is there any unconfessed sin between my Lord and I?

9. Am I physically unprepared?

10. Stress is a silent killer.

11. Sometimes you try too much.

12. Sometimes you have stress or burn out simply from routine.

13. Sometimes there are lack of margins in our life.

14. When the first sign of burnout appears, it’s time for a break.

15. Pastors are expected to lead even when the desire to do so is challenged.

16. Being an entrepreneur, everything you initiate arrives on your task list.

17. 24% of our best leaders felt secure in their faith but spiritually dry.

18. Spiritual exhaustion doesn’t come from sin, but service. – Oswald Chambers

19. Remember your soul is satisfied in environments where your soul engages eternity. – Boyd Bailey

20. You have no idea where God wants to take you, so be obedient.

21. The day you die should be more celebrated than the day you were born.

22. If I could stay awake 24-7 and comprehend God, it is beyond my capacity to comprehend all God is doing.

23. You can’t estimate what God is doing through you.

24. It’s not my duty to convince the people to believe. It’s my duty to be convinced I believe.

25. We preachers never prepare to give a boring sermon.

26. It is not the truth I know but the truth I obey that makes the greatest difference.

27. God’s work at times is incomprehensible.

28. You may grow weary in the work but never grow weary of the work. But sometimes you can’t know the difference between the two.

29. Most people who get in trouble, it’s not a blowout. It’s a slow leak.

30. Emotional emptiness leads to chronic exhaustion.

31. A leader can make some of the worst decisions of his life during emotional emptiness.

32. Some of the regrets of my life were allowing daily decision-makers to make decisions I should have made.

33. Sometimes you go through such a difficult time that you wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy but wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

34. The biggest drain on your reserves is managing difficult people. Politics in the workplace.

35. It was in the prime of David’s life he had most of his difficulties.

36. How do you find time with your family as a pastor? The same way you do.

37. Fight back. It is always too soon to quit.

38. Recruit others to help you emotionally.

39. Find a new mission that renews your passion and creates meaning in life.

40. Help always comes in incremental increases.

41. God, with what time I have left, let me carve out the priorities.

42. The single greatest platform God has ever given me is First Baptist Woodstock.Mentoring young men to preach the Gospel is a big priority to me.

43. When I was at a difficult time in my life, the only thing in ministry I did was touch poverty. I had to touch people in a worse position than I was in.

 

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RE//ACT (2) | 27 Leadership Quotes on Leaving A Godly Legacy

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Brian Dodd, one of the top 25 bloggers on leadership, has done us a great favor by helping capture the truths from RE//ACT |  Lead to Live a Legacy. You can get more of Brian’s great insights on leadership at briandoddonleadership.com.

He was on site with us live blogging each session of Johnny Hunt and Crawford Loritts. The second session is below, you can get the other sessions at:

RE//ACT Sessions

Session 1, Johnny Hunt

Session 3, Johnny Hunt

Session 4, Crawford Loritts

If you’d like, access the audio of each message HERE! Be blessed!

Thank you Brian Dodd! 

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The morning’s second speaker was Dr. Crawford Loritts, the incomparable Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church.  The following are 27 leadership quotes on leaving a Godly legacy from his amazing session:

1. What Johnny Hunt has done eclipses what he says.

2. One of the lingering effects of a divorced culture and the erosion of authority has been the loss of hope for the future.

3. Because of pain and not having the role models we should honor we have made the dastardly assumption that our moment in history is the only moment that matters.

4. We think exposure is the same thing as experience.

5. We don’t know what it’s like to marinate and process.

6. My parents had a sense of future about them.

7. You’re going somewhere. Act like it. – Crawford’s dad when he was a young child

8. What are we passing on to a time we cannot see?

9. My life has meaning because of what God wants to do three, four, five generations down the pike.

10. To be a man means you are a steward of direction. God did not invite us to negotiate this role.

11. Your whole life is to be organized around the character of God and the content of Scripture.

12. What is to be passed on to the next generation is the character of God and the content of Scripture.

13. You’ve got to win about telling your kids about the character of God, Who He is. And the content of Scripture, what He said.

14. Identity is declarative. It is outside ourselves. It is not inclination.

15. Don’t institutionalize your struggles and say that’s our identity. The Bible calls us out of that.

16. Too much information brings a lot of confusion.

17. Are you bringing your behavior up to the Book?

18. My wife and I believe the Bible. We believe in the power of God’s Word.

19. A hard head makes a soft backside. – Crawford’s dad

20. You raise this generation based upon what you want the 6th, 7th, 8th, or the next 20th generation to look like. What do you want the future Loritts generations to look like?

21. You want to teach them they should put their hope in God when things are not working out.

22. Give them a sense of history and not forget the works of God.

23. Don’t abuse your children by not giving them the opportunity to trust God on their own.

24. A ship is safe in harbor but that is not what it was built for. That ship was built to sail and they have to be sail-worthy.

25. Teach them to obey God.  It is not optional.

26. Blessing comes with obedience.

27. You don’t have to be successful. You do have to obey God.

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RE//ACT | 62 Leadership Quotes on the Power of Influence

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Brian Dodd, one of the top 25 bloggers on leadership, has done us a great favor by helping capture the truths from RE//ACT |  Lead to Live a Legacy. You can get more of Brian’s great insights leadership at briandoddonleadership.com

He was on site with us live blogging each session of Johnny Hunt and Crawford Loritts. The first session is below, you can get the other sessions at:

RE//ACT Sessions

Session 2, Crawford Loritts

Session 3, Johnny Hunt

Session 4, Crawford Loritts

Access the audio of each message HERE, and be blessed!

Thank you Brian Dodd! 

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The morning’s first speaker was Dr. Johnny Hunt, the wonderful Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock (GA).  The following are 62 leadership quotes on the power of influence from his amazing session:

1. If we don’t own our manhood someone else will. – Keith Boggs

2. The word “influence” means the power to change or affect someone.

3. God uses us to impact others.

4. We can influence people for bad or good.

5. You cannot lead people you do not influence.

6. Everyone of you got to where you are because someone influenced you.

7. People who excel at something can rarely tell you how to do something. – Peter Drucker

8. Platforms are established because of the way the Lord used someone.

9. You teach what you know. You reproduce what you are.

10. The platform God has given me is the platform of exhortation.

11. More lives are influenced by emulation than exhortation.

12. If your lives connect with other people you have influence.

13. Every man is a hero or oracle to someone. And that person has enhanced value. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. If you know what you got and like it, be reluctant to leave it. – Homer Lindsey

15. There is no such thing as great work without longevity.

16. The stewardship of influence. What have you done with influence?

17. If God gives you a platform where you’re influencing others, you need to steward it well.

18. You should use your influence to help other platforms succeed.

19. There will be people the old flesh will rise up and wonder why God blessed them. But no one will ever be envious on God’s blessings on their children.

20. Integrity – No one will ever use conjunctions talking about you. “He is a good preacher…..but…..”

21. Character is made in the small moments of our lives. – Phillip Brooks

22. If I take care of my character, my reputation will take of itself. – Moody

23. Integrity gives. It is not a taker.

24. The enemy will hit you in your area of strength to discourage himself.

25. You’re never more like Jesus than when you’re giving.

26. Influence is not the same as authority. Authority can be abused by influence gives.

27. Authority leads through position. Influence builds others out of relationship.

28. Some people are into position, not the mission.

29. Character is what you know you are. Reputation is what others think you are.

30. Granddaddy can pick up a phone and call anyone in the world and they will take his call. But he doesn’t know it. – Billy Graham’s grandson

31. Influence is about being genuine.

32. Influence requires humility. The essence of influence is others. The key word is relationships.

33. Influencers connect with others before they take them anywhere.

34. Influencers influence people and the people who they influence.

35. God may not allow you to touch thousands but He may allow you to touch one who will touch thousands.

36. Everyone wants to connect with someone who people think is someone.

37. To influence others must keep growing themselves.

38. You can’t lead people you don’t believe in.

39. Jesus Christ was the ultimate influencer. My life has been influenced by Jesus more than anyone else.

40. Before I met Jesus I wanted to be a professional pool player.

41. Influencers are dreamers. They are leaders with a vision.

42. Vision sees what could be.

43. If you don’t see it before you see it, you’ll never see it.

44. Influencers refuse to leave the world they way they found it. They leave a legacy.

45. The #1 reasons are unsuccessful is their inability to lead themselves. – Truett Cathy

46. Some people you speak to you speak into their heads. It’s logical.

47. The emotional people…You tap into people’s hearts.

48. Everyone needs someone to believe in.

49. Most people don’t believe in themselves.

50. Most people don’t have someone to believe in them.

51. I believe in people.

52. Most people know who believes in them.

53. When you believe in someone, they will do anything and everything to live up to those who believe in.

54. Pastors spend a good bit of time helping people with their sin. Who helps them with their sin?

55. You have to believe in them now. Christ believed in you when there was nothing to believe in.

56. Everyone loves winners. You look for things to praise with those you believe in.

57. Identify with failures in others by listing yours.

58. I’ve never missed anything I’ve given away.

59. Show more interest in their story than your own.

60. The blessing of influence is helping others succeed. It is lifting up Christ with your established platform.

61. If you be faithful as an influencer, God will allow those you mentored you to become your mentees.

62. Everyone has influence.  Use it wisely.

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RE//ACT

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A great day of teaching with Johnny Hunt and Crawford Loritts in North Atlanta. Check out Brian Dodd’s “live blog” posts on each session [NOTES] as well as the audio [access all audio files]. We will be hosting RE//ACT again with both men on June 11, 2016. Look for more details to follow. 

Session 1 – Johnny Hunt
The Power of Influence [NOTES] – [AUDIO]

Session 2 – Crawford Loritts
Leaving a Godly Legacy [NOTES] – [AUDIO]

Session 3 – Johnny Hunt
Leading Through Dry Seasons [NOTES] – [AUDIO]

Session 4 – Crawford Loritts
The Courage Needed to be a Godly Man [NOTES] – [AUDIO]


 

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Omaha Training Opportunity

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Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director, will be leading a regional training on ‘Building Men with Others in Mind‘ designed for Pastors and Men’s Ministry Leaders to help men win. The training will be on Saturday, October 31, 2015 8AM to Noon at Celebration Covenant Church in Omaha, NE.

Registration is $25.00 per person. Reserve your spot HERE. For more information please contact Clark Osborn at clark@realmomentum.org or 402-968-4006.


Real Momentum Ministries

BUILDING MEN WITH OTHERS IN MIND

DATE: October 31, 2015

TIME: 8AM – Noon

LOCATION: Celebration Covenant Church, 16868 Giles Rd, Omaha, NE 68136

REGISTRATION: $25 per person

For more information, contact Clark Osborn at clark@realmomentum.org or 402-968-4006.

REAL MOMENTUM exists for a movement of men that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth. Our mission is to engage men, encourage families, and equip churches for generational transformation toward biblical manhood and faithful, godly leadership.

15 Truths About Brokenness

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Brian Dodd, Director of New Ministry Relations, Injoy Stewardship Solutions 

READ: Genesis 32:22-32

“To the level that God will use you is the level at which He must break you.” – Ike Reighard

I was asked to teach a group of approximately 75 adults the subject of brokenness, in so doing, I had to relive one of the most difficult times of my life. Brokenness is something all Christian leaders know well.  God uses brokenness to humble us, remind us of Who is in control, and mold and shape us into the image of Jesus.  As my pastor Crawford Loritts says, “Godly leaders lead with a limp.”

As I prepared my lesson from Genesis 32:22-32, the passage where Jacob wrestles with God, I discovered a 15 truths about brokenness leaders go through.  Here is the progression as found in the text.

1. Brokenness is conceived in pain, fear, and/or bad decisions (Gen. 27:41, 32:1-21) – Jacob feared meeting his estranged brother Esau the next day who he felt wished to kill him.

2. You will be forced to being alone with God (v. 24) – “Jacob was left alone”.  During times of brokenness, God wants no distractions or interruptions as He deals with us.

3. The struggle is real (v.24) – “a Man”.  Jacob fought a real man.  The issues we deal with during our times of brokenness are not figurative.  They are very, very real.

4. The struggle is intense (v. 24) – “wrestled”.  Jacob’s conflict was not a mild misunderstanding.  It was a wrestling match.

5. The struggle is prolonged (v.24) – “until the breaking of day.”  Does the struggle you are facing seem unending?  Jacob’s wrestling was not a short fight.  It lasted all night.  Think about a physical confrontation that goes on for hours.  It is exhausting.

6. The struggle is about a greater purpose.  Jacob was involved in a literal wrestling match with God, and a figurative one with greater consequences.  This is also true with the struggles we face.

7. Jesus sees our struggle (v.25).  – “He saw”.  We can take comfort knowing Jesus cares deeply for us and knows the pain we are facing.

8. We reach a point of feeling we are out of options and hope is lost (v.25).  “he prevailed not”. During times of brokenness, we will all reach a point when our skills, competencies, financial resources, and connections are no longer sufficient.  It is then we are forced to turn to God.

9. Jesus breaks us in all the RIGHT places (v.25) – “he touched the hollow of his thigh and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint”.  All Christian leaders will experience brokenness.  Either the world will break us or God will.  It is inescapable.  The difference is when the world breaks you, they discard you.  When God breaks you, He puts you back together better than you were before and for greater purposes.

10. All storms pass (v.26) – “for the day breaketh”. One thing all storms have in common is they pass.

11. Brokenness makes us hungry for God (v.26) – “I will not”.  If we properly go through a process of brokenness, it should make us have a deeper hunger for God.  This speaks to intimacy.

12. During times of struggle, hold onto God (v.26).  “I will not let thee go.”  During times of brokenness, sometimes all you can do is hold onto Jesus.

13. Be honest with God (v.28) – “What is thy name?  And he said Jacob.”  Jacob’s name represented trickster, thief, dishonesty, and lies.  Jacob had to get transparent with God about who he was.  Likewise, brokenness happens when we reach a point of admitting our sin, inadequacy, inability to accomplish our leadership assignments apart from Him, and the fact we deserve death and hell except for the work of Jesus on the cross.

14. God brings victory (v.28) – “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel.”  Jesus, through the process of brokenness, gives us a new picture of who we are in light of Him.

15. Your struggle will be an enduring testimony of God’s faithfulness (v.32) – “Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.”  Your story of brokenness will become a testimony to God’s control and faithfulness in your life for generations.

(c) 2015 Brian Dodd, Brian Dodd On Leadership, Used with permission from www.briandoddonleadership.com

PRAY:
God help me allow You to work in the intense struggles as a man that honor You. Help these lessons become a source of hope and encouragement for me and those who watch Him work on me. Keep penned up against Your side as You break me in all the right places.

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Boundaries Are A Good Thing

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Ephesians 6:10-11

To prevent emotional and physical affairs, you must maintain strict boundaries with the opposite sex. The following are 5 ways to do this.

1. Have no ongoing personal communication with a member of the opposite sex:  in person, phone, text, or email. If it is a business relationship, keep it business all the time.  If you have an ongoing business relationship, it’s okay to ask occasionally-and briefly-about their kids or ailing parents or some big event in their lives.  But, keep it brief and do not go into depth.

2. Have no close, personal friends of the opposite sex. You can have, and need to have, close friendships with the same sex, these are safe and healthy for you.  When you are married, you have couples as friends and you spend time with these couples together.

3.  Do not share any marital struggles with the opposite sex. Never.  And, do not listen to the other person share about their marital struggles.  I can’t tell you how many affairs have started this way.

4. Do not ever have a meal with a member of the opposite sex-just the two of you.  This is very intimate and will draw you closer.  Going out with a group of coworkers is okay, as long as you don’t focus own one member of the group.  If you need to do business with the opposite sex, which will happen, use open offices and, if possible, have someone with you. 

5. Avoid driving in a car with a member of the opposite sex if it is just the two of you.  If you simply cannot avoid this, such as a boss of the opposite sex requiring you to drive to clients’ offices together, let your spouse know and be extremely on guard.

PRAYER:
Father, give me wisdom to set up boundaries with the opposite sex.  Jesus, remind me of those boundaries when I need to be reminded. Holy Spirit, give me the strength to stay within those boundaries.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Leaders Who Lead by Fear

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Brian Dodd, Director of New Ministry Relations, Injoy Stewardship Solutions

READ: Mark 10:32-52

1. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Look Angry – They never look happy.  They glare and have an angry countenance.  Positive body language is not part of their leadership skill set.

2. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Have Poor Communication Skills – In addition to having poor non-verbal skills, they make up for it with poor verbal skills.  Their speech is loud and condescending.

3. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Are Insecure – They know they lack the ability to lead in an affirming manner.  Therefore, they lead by using their position rather than their influence.

4. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Are Lazy – It is easier to lead in a hostile manner than actually doing the hard work of equipping others and build relational equity.

5. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Are Not Learners – They have not put in the sweat equity of learning how to effectively lead.

6. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Cause Others To Lose Confidence – These leaders are constantly pointing out the shortcomings of those on their teams and telling them the things they are doing wrong.

7. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Go Through A Lot Of Employees, Especially Assistants – Because they do not value people, employee churn is a constant reality.  Assistants are of special concern.  Churning assistants is a sure sign you are a leadership bully.  For more on this topic read 10 Signs You Are A Leadership Bully.

8. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Ruin Your Nights And Weekends – They take pride is leaving fireball voice messages or sending damaging emails during your family time.

9. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Major On Minor Offenses – Everyone walks on egg shells because the slightest issue or offense sets off angry leaders.

10. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Are Often In Poor Health – Having no emotional margin is often a sign they have no boundaries in other areas of their life.

11. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Are Mistaken About Loyalty – These type of leaders confuse silence with compliance.

12. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Have Dysfunctional Families – We do not live compartmentalized lives.  You cannot lead by fear at the office and be a servant leader at home.

13. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Celebrate Alone – Because they have isolated everyone around them, when the organization does experience success they celebrate alone.

14. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Are Most Comfortable In Dysfunction – They are more comfortable in conflict than a healthy environment.  They enjoy arguing and intimidating people.  Therefore, they manufacture dysfunction.

15. Leaders Who Lead By Fear Will Soon Become Leaders Who USED To Lead By Fear – They are temporary leaders.  Leading by fear is an unsustainable model.  When you lead by fear, those around you pitch a tent and wait for you to make a mistake.  And because you have shown no mercy or grace, neither will they.

For some of you reading this post, God in His gracious love and mercy is giving you one last chance to repent and start valuing people.  If not, you will soon become a leader who USED to lead by fear.

(c) 2015 Brian Dodd, Brian Dodd On Leadership, Used with permission from www.briandoddonleadership.com

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, help me be a leader who esteems others better than myself. Your Word says that the fear of man brings a snare, but he who puts his trust in the Lord shall be safe. So, I believe that as I put my trust in You, You will work in me, on me, with me, and through me to lead like Jesus where I live, work, and play. In Jesus Name, Amen!

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A Turn Around

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Patrick Morley, Founder and Chairman, Man In The Mirror

READ: Colossians 1:24-29

Who isn’t concerned about the breakdown of America’s values? Who hasn’t felt anger, frustration, and a sense that your hands are tied?

How can we turn it around? Is there a guiding principle of such crystalline clarity that it can guide ALL of us? There is. Jesus said it in many ways and on many occasions, and this is as clear as anywhere:

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)

How would Jesus do that today?

He would not posts rants on Facebook. He would not publicly humiliate sinners. He would not turn the breakdown of America into a political issue. Because He doesn’t exist to condemn people. 

If Jesus was incarnate today, He would take a few men under his wing, show them the ropes, help them become robust disciples, then send them out to disciple others with instructions to, in turn, disciple others–starting at home. 

That’s His plan, then and now: “Disciples making disciples.” Why? Because He wants to save the world. Our failure to execute His plan is why our country is breaking down.

The cause of our breakdown is NOT the economy, tax reform, poverty, racism, better law enforcement, reforming immigration, or defeating ISIS. As important as those things are, they are effects, not causes.

Rather, the breakdown is “disciples not making disciples.” How so? The vast majority of those who have been discipled have no vision or passion to disciple others. 

They are like soldiers who enlisted in God’s army and were issued a weapon they never learned how to clean and shoot. As a result, they are losing the battle not only for other souls, but their own.

Disciples not making disciples is the bottleneck holding back the gospel spread of the Gospel. It’s why Christians are not salt, light, and leaven in the culture. 

Personally, I think “disciples not making disciples” is ignorance, not malice, which is why we urgently need to train people how to make disciples.

God, of course, can do anything He wants. He can send a wholesale spiritual awakening even if NONE OF US makes a single disciple. God can reform our governments, churches, and families even if NONE OF US makes a single disciple.

But apart from begging God for such a miracle, “making disciples who make disciples–starting at home” is what He commissioned as His designated way to turn things around.

– Patrick Morley, (c) 2015 Patrick Morley, Used with permission from www.patrickmorley.com

PRAY: 
God, help me be a man who disciples men to make disciples. Awaken our country because men are being transformed to win at home, in the church, and around the world. Do it, LORD, one man at a time! In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Prayer Calendar August 2015

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Please pray for the REAL MOMENTUM for Men Luncheon at FBC Lyons, GA on September 1. REAL MOMENTUM is excited to host Dr. Robert Lewis. For over the last 40 years, Dr. Lewis has been a pastor, writer, speaker and visionary for Biblical Manhood. His burden is to help leaders of men take ownership in a Revolution for Biblical Manhood.

Please pray for Clark as he is in Colorado with his son, Nathan, and 200 other men and young men at the Peak Challenge 2015. Peak Challenge is a wilderness experience for men and young men ages 13 years and older. Peak Challenge is designed for men only because it is so very critical that men see Biblical masculinity in action, understand the roles that God has given to them and be free in an environment to be men.

Keith and Nichole have been invited to come and share the vision for REAL MOMENTUM and a movement of men at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Metro Atlanta Directors Meeting. One director sees our ministry has potential ”break through and breakaway” impact for FCA athletes as well as coaches, volunteers, staff, and donors. So be it, Lord!

Keith, Clark and a few others from the REAL MOMENTUM Team will be joining men’s ministry leaders from around the country for the Iron Sharpens Iron Network Leaders meeting in Nashville, TN. 

5 Pray for Brian Doyle as he leads the Iron Sharpens Iron Network Leaders meeting in Nashville, TN. He has been a faithful leader at home as well as in the Kingdom. May God continue to give him vision as he leads men’s ministry leaders across the country.

No nation can survive the death of real men. When you minister to a man you also minister to his wife (future wife), his children (future children), his church, his community, etc. Pray for churches to learn to build into men because the devil has a much more effective plan to reach men than do most churches and that needs to change!

Filming will conclude this weekend for Champion the Movie. REAL MOMENTUM has been involved in helping with the prayer strategy and championing the major themes in the movie regarding fatherhood, forgiveness, and foster care. The REAL MOMENTUM logo will be prominently displayed on one of the race cars in the movie. 

Be in prayer as REAL MOMENTUM will be hosting our second annual golf tournament in North Georgia to raise friends and funds for a movement of men. This event last year was crucial in raising awareness for the ministry as well as raising the necessary funds to carry out the vision of seeing men engaged, families encouraged and churches equipped. 

Pastoral ministry can be challenging and often lonely and many times pastors hardly have time for their families much less themselves. REAL MOMENTUM is partnering with Pastors Joe Bufford and Dennis Wilder to provide a unique “Pastors in the Outdoors” experience for outstanding hunting retreats this 2015-2016 Hunting Season in Western Kentucky. We seek to encourage 12 Pastors who may be hurting or are in need of rest.

10 Several men will be participating in tomorrow morning’s prayer conference call at 7:30am. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Join us in the morning if you can. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God!

11 Please be in prayer for the REAL MOMENTUM for Men weekly men’s bible study that intentionally helps men win in their relationship with God, with their family, and with the church to the ends of the earth. Keith kicks off the new sessions tomorrow! 

12 When men win, everybody wins. Today REAL MOMENTUM kicks off a weekly men’s Bible Study. The morning session is at 6am-7:30am will be in Kennesaw, GA at Noonday Baptist Church. The evening session is at 6:30pm-7:00pm in Woodstock, GA at FBC Woodstock.

13 Lift up Clark and his team in their planning of the Pastors in the Outdoors retreat in Nebraska this fall.

14  Please pray for the upcoming REAL MOMENTUM Fall Retreat in Omaha, NE. Pray for the RM leadership team as they begin planning for this event. Pray for wisdom and favor in every way.

15 Keith will be the keynote speaker for the Awana Leadership Training Conference at Hebron Baptist Church. He will also lead a workshop on making ministry to men a priority in the church. Nichole will be joining him as well to do two ladies workshops. May God touch every man and woman that will be ministering to children this upcoming church year.

16 Keith will have the honor of speaking into the lives of some of God’s choicest servants, the deacons of FBC Woodstock. Ask God to give Keith the words to encourage and edify these men as they minister to and love on their families as well as serve this great church.

17 Every pastor needs to know that the members of his church have his back and are committed to him as the primary spiritual leader of the church. Please pray for your Pastor today as he regains his strength from sharing God’s message and ministering to so many yesterday.

18 Sweet 16! Please pray for Madison Boggs, Keith and Nichole’s oldest daughter, as she is celebrating her 16th birthday today. Madison is a special young lady who deeply loves the Lord and her family. She serves as a wonderful help to her parents in many ways.

19 Please pray for Clark today as he will be meeting with three Pastors from two different cities in central Nebraska. Pray that Lord is honored in these meetings and that His favor is upon Clark as he communicates the need for real momentum in the lives of men.

20 Continue praying today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. There have been over 2,400 downloads. Download the app today if you haven’t already. Pray that men are engaging with the content and growing and being challenged to live for God.

21 Continue praying for the REAL MOMENTUM ministry Board of Directors and Advisors. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and focus to each member and that we will walk by faith and not by sight. 

22 Be in prayer today for the REAL MOMENTUM 1-day Conference at Christian County Baptist Association in Hopkinsville, KY. Please pray for the area pastors, churches, and leaders who will be equipping men in their relationship with God, their family, and the church to the ends of the earth.

23 Please pray for Clark and his planning efforts for the ISI conference to be held in February 2016. Pray that a host church for the conference will be secured soon. Ask God to prepare each speaker and the volunteers as we anticipate ministering to hundreds of men in the Omaha area.

24 Several men will be participating in tomorrow morning’s prayer conference call at 7:30am. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Join us in the morning if you can. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God!

25 Please begin praying for the REAL MOMENTUM for Men ministry event, Leadership & Legacy, scheduled for October 3rd at Noonday Baptist Church. Pastor Crawford Loritts and Pastor Johnny Hunt will be speaking for the one day event. This is going to be a dynamic, God-honoring, life changing event for all men that attend. Begin praying and inviting all men you know to attend.

26 Pray for God’s favor and blessing on the private showing of the movie WAR ROOM hosted by REAL MOMENTUM in Kennesaw, GA tomorrow. The movie vividly captures the vision and burden of REAL MOMENTUM for a movement of men…as a wife cries out to God for her husband after being mentored by an elder woman. 

27 Mae Ellyn Boggs turns one today! Her life began with bitterness and darkness as she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. God chose to turn that bitterness and darkness into light and beauty by the end of her first day. And now a year later, she is capturing the hearts of many with her smile and personality. Give Jesus praise for her today!

28 Men from the Shane Eller Sunday School class at FBC Woodstock will be on a retreat with Keith Boggs this weekend. Pray that God would move among this group of men in a penetrating and powerful way.

29 Day two for the men’s retreat today. Ask God to call men up, call men out, and call men in to His desire for their lives as men. May this group of men come back with their torch lit for the glory of God, igniting a movement of men tat shakes continents and moves generations!

30 Serving as a missionary to men in the Midwest Region, Clark Osborn of REAL MOMENTUM and his team need prayer for the Lord to bless their fundraising efforts. Pray for the Lord to meet the financial needs as REAL MOMENTUM continues to influence and impact men in the Midwest.

31 Tomorrow is the REAL MOMENTUM Men’s Ministry Luncheon with special Guest – Dr. Robert Lewis. Please pray for all men who will be traveling and attending this great event. Ask the Lord to work in each man’s life to embrace Biblical Manhood and Leadership for the day we live in. Ask God to raise up a generation of men who are reconciled to God, their families, and the church to the ends of the earth.

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Men’s Ministry Luncheon

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We are excited to host Dr. Robert Lewis for the REAL MOMENTUM Men’s Ministry Luncheon at FBC Lyons, GA on September 1st. For over the last 40 years, Dr. Lewis has been a pastor, writer, speaker and visionary for Biblical Manhood. His burden is to help leaders of men take ownership in a Revolution for Biblical Manhood.

The luncheon will begin at Noon. Please complete the form HERE and call FBC Lyons at 912-526-8136 to reserve your spot. If you are a leader of men, do whatever you can to attend. 

FBC Lyons, GA is located at 144 South Washington Street, Lyons, GA 30436

Lunch will be $5.00.


Dr. Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis has been a pastor, writer, speaker, and visionary for over forty years. Robert founded the original Men’s Fraternity and developed the Men’s Fraternity curriculum in 1990 while serving as Teaching Pastor and Directional Leader at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Robert was named Pastor of the Year by the National Coalition of Men’s Ministry in recognition for his efforts to help men discover Authentic Manhood. Learn more about Dr. Lewis here.

Give A Blessing

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ 1 Pet 2:23

As believers, we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, we still have the flesh.  The flesh likes sin. So, we are in a daily battle against it.  In our lives and relationships, we are going to sin against God and others.  No marriage is special and exempt. We will need to seek forgiveness from God and our spouse and grant forgiveness to our spouse when they seek it.  For some couples, the idea of actively seeking and granting forgiveness is desired by one spouse and shunned by the other.

Q: How do I pursue peace if my wife is unwilling?

A: Actively choose to bless your wife.

1 Pet 3:8-12: Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; [9] not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.  [10] For “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. [11] Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. [12] For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”    

There are 4 steps to giving a blessing:

1) Keep your “tongue from evil” and your lips “from speaking deceit” (1 Pet 3:10).

2) “Turn away from evil” (verse 11).

3) “Do good” (verse 11).

4) Keep the goal in mind and “seek peace” (verse 11).           

Jesus said in Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Also, in John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

You want the right kind of peace in your marriage… the peace that passes all understanding? Trust in the Holy Spirit to help you be a peacemaker in your marriage for the glory of God.

PRAY:
Father, thank You for peace.  Thank You for the blessings You have given me… blessings I have never and will never deserve.  You are such a good God!  Help me to be a blessing and give blessings to the one you have given to me in the covenant of marriage. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Get A Grip!

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc

READ Psalm 29:4

I will never move forward if I don’t first move backward. You say back to where? Back to the Word of God. God help me to Get a GRIP! God’s Word, 66 chapters, covering 1,189 chapters, 31,175 verses, 810,697 words, 3,566,480 letters–all of which are inerrant, infallible, and inspired. 

The Bible is the only book that you will ever read that reads you.

Sometimes the Bible exhorts you and you say, AMEN!
Sometimes the Bible examines you and you say, OH ME!
Sometimes the Bible exposes you and you say, OH NO!
Sometimes the Bible encourages you and you say, OH YES! 

As you seek take the Bible apart and study it’s Words, know that it will take you apart and study your life.

Read Hebrews 4:12-13 carefully, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” 

Men, let’s seek to get a better a grip on God’s Word and submit to the God of the Bible Who will grip us while we do. May our experience with God’s Word be as Jeremiah’s when he testified and said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;” (Jeremiah 15:16)

Adrian Rogers once made a simple statement about the Bible, “It will give you a check up from the neck up, help you avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ and totally eliminate hardening of the attitude.” Another favorite writer of mine is Warren Wiersbe and he said, “The Bible reveals God’s mind so we should learn it. The Bible reveals God’s heart, so we should love it. The Bible reveals God’s will, so we should live it.” 

Bottom line, I need a check up because I want to learn, love, and live the Bible like never before.

Join me in getting a grip on God’w Word so that He can get a grip on us. Let’s commit to be in as many church services as we can in a row so that we can be under the Word, desiring to do the following with the Word:

1. Hear the Word – Acts 13:44, Romans 10:17

2. Read the Word – Col. 4:16, 1 Tim. 4:13, Rev. 1:3

3. Study the Word – Ezra 7:10, Acts 17:11, 2 Tim. 2:15

4. Memorize the Word – Psalm 119:9-11, Prov. 22:17-21

5. Meditate on the Word – Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3

6. Apply the Word – James 1:22, John 10:27; 13:17

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PRAY:
Lord, Your Word is transformational! I pray that You will help me renew my commitment to hear, read, study, memorize, meditate, and apply as a Man of God. Knowing that when I seek to get a better grip on Your Word, I am grateful that You will grip me. So bet it, LORD Jesus! So be it!

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A Witness from the Wilderness

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Joshua 14:6-14

The “wilderness” in this passage has a significant meaning concerning the history of God’s people, it comes from Hebrew word that means “to arrange, to answer, to appoint.” This word has a powerful lesson for you and I as men. In verse 10, the Bible says that “Israel wandered in the wilderness.” In reality the whole nation of Israel bailed from the Word of God while Joshua and Caleb believed in the Word of God. The Supreme Court’s attempt to redefine marriage is just another indicator that American church has been wandering in the wilderness for quit sometime.

I believe those of us living in America today may be in a “wilderness” experience. So, I have a question I want you to answer: When you find yourself in the wilderness, will you make it out alive? As time marches on… how will things fall into place for you and your family? What will be the “answer” from you as a man to the generations to come? The life of Caleb was appointed by God to be the answer for his day as much as he is the answer for our day and our wilderness… “Caleb wholly followed the LORD His God.” He gave all that there was of him. Every bit of who he was emotionally, physically, and spiritually was fully God’s. He left nothing out, and as a result He didn’t get left behind.

Today is a day in which only the Godly man will be able to navigate. We can take Caleb’s attitude for life and his allegiance to the Lord and see why he told Joshua to give him the mountain. For Caleb, the wilderness did what nothing else could do… it prepared him. Did he suffer, yes. Oh, and he struggled too. It was difficult. It was dry. And I’m sure that there were days that it was dark. But, Caleb was of a different spirit (Numbers 14:24). Caleb wholly followed the Lord his God.

Israel was complaining and critical for that 40 year journey in the wilderness. Caleb was confident and courageous. There is a big difference in the multitudes and the man. You see, complaining leads to rebellion and keeps people in bondage while courage leads to revival and gives people hope. In Jesus name, do not be a borderline believer. God puts us in the wilderness until we want the promise land enough to fight for it. Be strong and courageous… and get to the other side!

Prayerfully consider Deuteronomy 8:2 as you reflect on the final statements:

“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”

1. What you do and how you respond in the wilderness determines whether you get to the other side. 

2. Every great saint in Christian history has gone through a wilderness experience.

3. If we are thick-headed, slow to learn with a heart of stone, or rebellious, the wilderness could take a long time.

4. The hardest part of the wilderness experience is seeing what is really in our hearts.

5. The wilderness is never wasted time because God doesn’t waste the wilderness experience and neither should we.

Further Reading: Numbers 13-14

PRAY:
God forgive us for the wandering. We are where we are as a people because men have not wholly followed You. I pray that You get all that I am and all that I have until You call me home. May my answer as a man to my family as well as to the generations that follow be crystal clear, in that I too, wholly followed the Lord My God! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!

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Granting Forgiveness

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Romans 15:7

At various times in our lives and our marriages, we are going to sin against God and our spouse.  Unfortunately, we still have a sin nature.  That means that we will need to seek forgiveness from each other. We will also need to grant forgiveness to our spouse when they sin against us.  Our trust in them will be broken. Rebuilding trust is not automatic; it takes time, patience, and grace from God. If we are to grant forgiveness, then we need to understand what true forgiveness is and what it is not. 

True forgiveness is not:

  • Conditional
  • Forgetting everything that has happened
  • Pretending that something did not happen
  • An automatic cure for the hurt

True forgiveness is:

  • A choice to set your spouse free from the debt of the offense
  • An attitude of letting go of resentment and vengeance
  • The first step toward a process of rebuilding trust
  • An act of obedience to God

There are 4 steps to granting forgiveness:

1) Do it privately: Go to God in prayer: God, I forgive _______ for hurting me.

2) Do it publicly and specifically: Go to your spouse and be specific. I forgive you for _______.

3) Do it graciously: Keep the bigger goal in mind. Let’s settle this and get on with our relationship.

4) Do it generously: Acknowledge your own failings to maintain balance. I’ve done things like that myself.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Letters and Papers from Prison, said: “God gives you Christ as the foundation of your marriage. ‘Welcome one another…as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God’ (Rom 15:7)… Don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts.”

PRAY:
Father, thank You for the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross.  Forgive me for when I haven’t been willing to forgive my spouse. Help me to freely forgive as You have so graciously forgiven me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Prayer Calendar July 2015

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Continue praying today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Pray that men are engaging with the content and growing and being challenged to live for God.

Pray that your church will bring ministry to men to the forefront of their disciple-making process. Ask God to stir the pastors and staff across America for men and to unite hearts to develop an effective discipleship ministry to men. Pray that your church would become a place where every man is discipled and that no man is left behind. Those boys and girls in the nursery and youth group need your church to build men!

Pray for God to help men everywhere press in and move on with Him. May the talk stop and the walk start, today! Pray we gain the ground that we have lost on the next generation. Pray God fights through men for men and ignites a movement bringing glory to His Name! Amen

The recent Supreme Court decision has implications that will continue to unfold. Pray for wisdom in how REAL MOMENTUM responds to the attack on Biblical Manhood. Ask God to overrule the Supreme Court by raising up faithful, godly men, now!

5 Champion the Movie begins filming soon in Woodstock, GA and REAL MOMENTUM will be invloved in helping with the prayer strategy and championing the major themes in the movie regarding fatherhood, forgiveness, and foster care. The REAL MOMENTUM logo will be prominently displayed on one of the race cars in the movie. We are asking God to use this opportunity to help men win.

Several men will be participating in tomorrow morning’s prayer conference call at 7:30am. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Join us in the morning if you can. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God!

Fewer than 10% of U.S. churches are able to establish or maintain a vibrant men’s ministry. Pray that God would burden pastors and all men to begin establishing a viable ministry to men in their church and community. Godly men are needed now more than ever!

Beginning next Monday, Keith will be joining a group of volunteers to invest in players and coaches at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Football Camp at West Georgia University in Carrollton, GA. Keith will be challenging the leaders to live out their faith as faithful, godly men in a leadership track for.

In September, REAL MOMENTUM will be hosting our second annual golf tournament in North Georgia to raise friends and funds for a movement of men. This event last year was crucial in raising awareness for the ministry as well as raising the necessary funds to carry out the vision of seeing men engaged, families encouraged and churches equipped. Please pray that tonight’s Captain Meeting will set the stage for great impact through REAL MOMENTUM.

10 Serving as a missionary to men in the Midwest Region, Clark Osborn of REAL MOMENTUM and his team need prayer for the Lord to bless their fundraising efforts. Pray for the Lord to meet the financial needs as REAL MOMENTUM continues to influence and impact men in the Midwest.

11 Every pastor needs to know that the members of his church have his back and are committed to him as the primary spiritual leader of the church. Please pray for your Pastor today as he shares God’s message.

12 Please pray for men to hold one another accountable in walking in a manner worthy of the Lord. Men need other men in their lives whom they can be open and honest with to avoid being blind in areas that matter. Pray for men you know to find other men who will look them in the eye and tell them the truth. Also, pray they be that kind of man in return.

13 Lift up Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he begins planning and preparing for the 2016 Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Equipping Conference. Ask God to prepare each speaker and the volunteers as we anticipate ministering to hundreds of men in the Omaha area.

14  Pray for the REAL MOMENTUM ministry Board of Directors and Advisors. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and focus to each member and that we will walk by faith and not by sight.

15 FCA Football Camp begins today and will conclude on the 17th. Ask the Lord to work in each man’s life to embrace Biblical Manhood and Leadership for this day. Ask God to raise up a generation of men who are reconciled to God, their families, and the church to the ends of the earth.

16 At the FCA Football Camp, many will hear the Gospel for the first time. May God awaken these men to Who He is and become mighty warriors no matter where they live, work, or play.

17 FCA Football Camp is an opportunity to obey God in the Gospel and the privilege to live it out as men. Pray for these men (no matter their age) to take ownership in who they are and who they will be as future leaders at home and in their community.

18 REAL MOMENTUM leadership team in Omaha. Pray for Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he leads two new team members, Troy Blaine and Craig Paulsen. Pray for wisdom and grace as these men continue to lead their families. Pray for Clark and his team as they continue to plan for RM conferences for this fall and next spring.

19 Over the last several months there have been many REAL MOMENTUM ministry opportunities in the Midwest. Please pray for favor and blessing with Churches and Pastors as Clark and his team continue to follow up and build relationships with new churches.

20 No nation will outlive the death of real men. At the FCA Football Camp, Keith has a unique opportunity to lead a select group of young men through a track on Biblical Manhood, Character, and Leadership. May God move in such a way that these young leaders embrace the vision of being real men.

21 Another day of investing in the next generation of men. Ask God to help these young men make things right with God and their families so they can lead their generation in a movement of men that walks in victory.

22 By the time this day is over, hundreds of young will have been challenged to the core of who they are right now and who God is calling them to be. Pray this for those who have been challenged: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

23 Keith will be leading in another FCA opportunity. Today Keith will be speaking into the lives of the coaching staffs in Vidalia, GA. Pray that these leaders of men will hear and see God’s heart for men. 

24 Pray for God to help men win in their marriage. May God give men the desire and power as a husband that honors Him and His Word. Lord Jesus, live through men to touch their wives for Your Glory in Jesus Name, Amen!

25 Please pray for the upcoming REAL MOMENTUM Fall retreat in Omaha, NE. Pray for the RM leadership team as they begin planning for this event. Pray that many men will attend this event and continue a movement of men to be unleashed and unhindered for the glory of God that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.

26 Keith will have the privilege of speaking to the Gwinnett Braves and Charlotte Knights before their 2:05 PM Triple-A matchup at Coolray Field. Pray that God would use Keith to speak into the life of each man on both teams. May these men experience REAL MOMENTUM with God, their family, and the church to the ends of the earth.

27 Several men will be participating in tomorrow morning’s prayer conference call at 7:30am. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Join us in the morning if you can. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God!

28 Perseverance is a quality that is missing in lives of many men today. There are not many men that are finishing well. There are not many who are sticking with it, whatever “it” may be. In cities all across America, as soon as things get difficult many men are looking for a way out. Pray for the men in your life to become a man who presses in and presses through no matter the challenge.

29 Please begin praying for the REAL MOMENTUM for Men ministry event, Leadership & Legacy, scheduled for October 3rd at Noonday Baptist Church. Pastor Crawford Loritts and Pastor Johnny Hunt will be speaking for the one day event. This is going to be a dynamic, God-honoring, life changing event for all men that attend. Begin praying and inviting all men you know to attend.

30 Please pray for Clark as he will be traveling to Colorado today with his son, Nathan, and 200 other men and young men for the Peak Challenge 2015. Peak Challenge is a wilderness experience for men and young men ages 13 years and older. Peak Challenge is designed for men only because it is so very critical that men see Biblical masculinity in action, understand the roles that God has given to them and be free in an environment to be men. 

31 Be in prayer today for the REAL MOMENTUM 1-day Conference at Christian County Baptist Association in Hopkinsville, KY. Please pray for the partnership with area pastors, churches, and leaders designed to help men in their relationship with God, their family, and the church to the ends of the earth.

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A Fatherhood Revival

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Byron Paulus, Executive Director, Life Action Ministries

READ Malachi 4:4-6

It didn’t happen suddenly. At first I denied it. But as uncomfortable talks gradually evolved into tense encounters, I knew the wall of alienation was becoming too thick to simply dissipate. I was losing the heart of my teenage son.

But I was too busy to deal with it. I kept putting it off. After all, I was leading a growing ministry that dealt with matters affecting thousands of people. I wanted to maintain my reputation, and I felt trapped by secrecy. So avoidance became my meager attempt to cope.

Deep down, I knew there was a strong scriptural connection between the presence of God and the father/child relationship (Malachi 4:5-6). I knew I desperately needed God’s help, but the longer I went proclaiming biblical answers to others without living them myself, the more the distance grew between us.

After one terribly difficult interaction with my son, I picked up the phone and called the most fervent and faithful intercessor I knew. I poured out my pain and my needs. And that is when a God-sized work began.

In me.

It was hard. But I knew deep down it was my relationship with my heavenly Father that needed the most attention. It was not just that my son’s heart had drifted away from me as his dad, but that my heart had drifted away from my heavenly Father.

God used the alienation and hurt with my son to drive me back to Him in repentance and desperation.

As the Lord met with me, I humbly asked Him to somehow restore my relationship with Him and with my son. He led me to a place of complete surrender and readiness to take a step of radical obedience.

My son was 16 at the time. I knew he loved the outdoors and jeeps. So even though it was during the busiest time of the ministry year, I took off work, and the two of us went off-roading in the mountains of Colorado. That wonderful week together was only the beginning. But I made a statement that week, not only to my son, but to myself and to God. I was making a 180-degree turn in my heart to prioritize my commitment to being a faithful father.

A fatherhood revival is for dads who desire and need the presence of God to do His work in and through them—dads who want to be a picture of God to the next generation. And, it’s for everyone who loves dads and wants to encourage them to succeed in their God-given role.

We all know that fatherhood is in crisis today. Fatherless homes are correlated with increased crime, incarceration, drug and alcohol abuse, school dropout, homelessness, behavior disorders, rape, youth suicide, child abuse, anger, poverty, and mental illness.

Beyond strictly fatherless homes, we all know that many dads in today’s culture are distant from their children, preoccupied with other pursuits, or dysfunctional at various levels. If our early comprehension of God is determined by the example our earthly father set before us, then we have a large percentage of children growing up with a distorted view of God!

Forty years ago, a respected leader looked at me and said, “We will never have revival until we restore a proper view of God. And we will not restore a proper view of God until we revive fatherhood.” He reminded me that turning the hearts of the fathers to the children was part of God’s design in preparing the way for the physical presence and ministry of His Son, Jesus Christ. And it is foundational to the ministry of Jesus today, by way of His Holy Spirit.

The ability to be a great dad begins with entering into or deepening a relationship with the greatest Dad of all. That’s when parent/child relationships begin to mend. That’s when we learn practically how to be the fathers God intends us to be.

– Byron Paulus, (c) 2015 Revive Magazine, Used with permission from www.LifeAction.org

PRAY:
God, start a fatherhood revival in me. May I see You as You are as my heavenly Father. Help me see my earthly father the way You do and honor Him as You command. Please help the sons and daughters of our day get the Truth about You as our great God! Amen

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Honor Your Father Videos

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Father’s Day is this Sunday (June 21st) and it’s so exciting to what God is doing through the Honor Your Father Campaign. Partnering with the Fatherhood CoMission, we have aligned with hundreds of organizations and leaders as one movement focused on obeying one commandment, Exodus 20:12, Honor Your Father… 

We’ve put together some videos for you to look at and think through how you can honor your father. We believe that God will be pleased and use your obedience in a powerful way… much like the video stories you will see. You could also see other powerful videos at honoryourfathertoday.com.

Hundreds of thousands of people are being reached with this message that dads are important and worthy of honor. Forgiveness, less resentment, and reconciliation is occurring!

Keep praying for many men, women, boys, and girls to obey the Heavenly Father’s command to honor dads and in turn men will step up and engage with their kids, marriages will be saved, and their walk with God will increase.

Helping Men Win. It’s What We Do.
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Dad, Do Something

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Who’s telling your children about God? Who’s teaching your children about life? Who’s helping them work through issues? When I think about Deuteronomy 6:5-7, I realize the standard is high. I should be teaching my children God’s Word all of the time.  In 2009, through a series of revival meetings and a pastor friend of mine, I heard God speaking about what it means to be a father.  I realized I had been “winging it”. I wasn’t being intentional about teaching my children. I began shepherding their hearts and leading my family in devotions.

I have two sons and two daughters.  My wife and I decided to take each one on “The Age 12 Trip.”  We got the idea from Matt Friedeman’s book “Discipleship in the Home.” At age 12, the same sex parent takes the child out for a fun, instructional, and gift-giving trip.  We have 12 people write letters to them describing what God has done and is going to do in their lives in the years to come.  We give them 12 gifts that have a special meaning.  We give them a life lesson from God’s Word.  The Age 12 Trip is a starting point for many conversations we are going to have with our children.

I believe the calling and responsibility of a father is high.  Remember Deuteronomy 6?  The standard is high.  I believe that by doing things like The Age 12 Trip helps set our children up for success against the road hazards of life. 

I want to challenge and encourage you to do something.  Whether it’s the Age 12 Trip or Passport to Purity, do something.  Open up the Bible and teach it to your children.  Talk to them about this life and the hope that is in Jesus.  Do something.  Be intentional and proactive.  God will be honored and He will help you. Do something.

Remember Deuteronomy 6? The standard is high. Will you do something?

PRAY:
Father, thank you for the gift of children.  They truly are a blessing from You.  Remind me of the great privilege and responsibility I have to shepherd their hearts and to shape them into great men and women of God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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A Delighted Parent

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Proverbs 23:24

Parents who love Jesus are delighted in their sons and daughters who love Jesus. There is a profound pleasure that occurs when parents can enjoy the fruit of their faithful parenting. Wise and humble parents understand that children who follow the Lord are a result of God’s grace. They embrace truth because He is truth. They receive wisdom because He gives wisdom. They have discipline and understanding because they are His disciples.

Delighted parents are full of gratitude to God for the gift of godly children. Not a day goes by that they do not go to the Lord and thank Him for the love and obedience in their child’s heart. It gives them great joy to see Jesus preeminent in their child’s conduct and character. You honor your parents when you honor the Lord. Children, make it a goal to gladden the hearts of your parents. You are a reflection of them, so make them proud parents.

You are also Christ’s representative. As a child of God, your heavenly Father delights in your heart for Him. Do people see Jesus in your attitudes and actions? Is grace and forgiveness your first response? Jesus has great joy when you worship Him in spirit and in truth. He smiles when He sees you say kind and encouraging words to hurting hearts. Your heavenly Father is also extremely pleased with your obedience to His call.

He expressed His pleasure to His Son: “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:17). Do you regularly receive affirmation from the Almighty? Do you lavish affirmation on your children? Tell them how proud you are of them and their wise choices. Delighted parents do not sit silently, but celebrate Christ’s influence on their offspring.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4).

Am I a delight to my Heavenly Father?

Related Readings: 1 Kings 2:1-9; Daniel 1:1-21; Luke 15:23-24; Philemon 1:9-20

PRAY:
Lord, I celebrate You and my Father. Thank You for leading me and guiding me, and forgiving me. As a father myself, may I be pleasing to You. As a son, I honor You and want to honor my earthly father in how I live from this day to that day when I stand before You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Foolish Children

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Proverbs 17:21

Foolish children flail around trying to find themselves. Typically they are terrible at managing money because they have no concept of conservative spending and consistent saving. Then they look to Mom and Dad to bail them out. They desire a stimulus package from their parents, without structure or accountability. Childish children become masters of manipulation by subtly saying, “If you really loved me…” to guilt their parents into giving them what they want.

This grieves the heart of their parents. Their father and mother want to do the right thing, but become conflicted on defining what’s “right.” The dad may be firm and the mom more merciful, so it’s imperative they are unified in their approach in how they love their rebellious child. They cannot allow Satan to drive a wedge of doubt between them. Jesus said, “… a household divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25).

Start with sincere and aggressive prayer for a loved one bound up in foolish behavior. Pray that the Lord changes you and gives you the grace and courage to offer an aggressive love based on the love of your heavenly Father. You can love the unlovely as you ought, only after receiving His unconditional love. Remember the joy you had when they came into this world as God’s gift, so trust their Creator to bring them back to Christ. He can.

Lastly, confide in the Christian community about your sorrow and hurt. You may be surprised at how many have suffered a similar fate. Move beyond the mistakes of the past, and focus on faith in the present. Turn your child over to the Lord’s love and discipline. Pray that your foolish child will grow fatigued from folly, and return to faith in God. Thus you pray, “Christ, give me confidence to let them go and give them to you. And I hope one day for a celebration.”

“‘For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate” (Luke 15:24).

How can I best pray for and reach out to my child who is away from the Lord?

Related Readings: 2 Samuel 18:33; Proverbs 19:13-26; 2 Corinthians 2:3; 3 John 1:4

PRAY:
Lord, help me. May You give me grace and peace to be there when my children run off. Give me a fighting Spirit and surround me with Your presence. My I war a good fight and put others in the foxhole with me. In Your love and discipline, bring them home. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Effective Fathers Instruct

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Ephesians 6:4

Men, it is not enough to just live a right life in front of your child, you must explain to them what’s right. They need to know the why and the how behind what you do. Your words work wonders in their tender and teachable hearts. Your instruction means you care to coach and train them in truth. Its Dad’s tutoring of his tribe that empowers his little ones for life. They may not act as if they’re listening, but they are. Teaching truth transforms.

Truth leaves your lips and lodges in their heart. When you take the time to transfer truth to your child you are setting them up for success. Truth is transformational and freeing. It gives confidence, direction, and discernment. As they move into maturity you won’t always be there, but truth will see them through. “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).

Instruct them how to balance a check book, change a flat tire, mow the lawn, shoot a gun, dress appropriately, carry on a conversation, swim, fly a kite, book a plane ticket online, memorize poetry, journal, pray, study the Bible, grill burgers, and make homemade ice cream. Children crave being with their dad and learning his lessons from life. Tell them when you messed up, what you learned, and what you did right. Explain that their best motivations are love of God, and love for people. Teach lovingly and patiently.

Above all, teach them to know, understand, love, and fear Jesus. He is the truth. “I am the way and the truth and the life…” (John 14:6a). The more they go to Jesus, the more they will be educated in what matters most. He will reveal to them wisdom and understanding. Instruct your child in intimacy with the Almighty, and they will be inspired with a heart of humility, and they will aspire to know the mind of Christ. Lead them to sit at the feet of their Savior and learn from Him.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…” (Matthew 11:29a).

How can I best instruct my child? What is their unique learning style?

Related Readings: Joshua 4:6-7; Proverbs 13:1; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15

PRAY:
Lord, I want to win here. Teach men to teach my children. Give me patience, wisdom, and discernment with each child in each situation throughout their lives. I want to take advantage of each opportunity with my children so help me be watchful in Jesus Name, Amen. 

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Faithful Fathers

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Isaiah 38:19

Where are the faithful fathers? Where can they be found? They can be found in church, on the little league ball fields, building sandcastles at the beach, and on their knees in prayer for their child’s future spouse. They camp in the woods, buy ice cream, go shopping; teach the Bible to middle school youth and coach high school athletes. They can be found in stable societies and in cultures that love Christ. Faithful fathers matter.

Faithful fathers are not a fantasy, but a reality rooted in the fear of the Lord and care for their children. They are compelled by their heavenly Father to provide a home that nurtures, disciplines, accepts, and loves. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). They research and discover creative ways to win over their child’s heart for Christ.

Faithful fathers are friends with Jesus. They see Him as a model of unselfish service, generous giving, radical responsibility, and the selflessness to put the needs of others before His own needs. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). Dedicated dads find strength to carry on from Christ’s affirmation and accolades. They father for the audience of their heavenly Father.

Lastly, faithful fathers lead their children to know, love, and obey their heavenly Father. This is your most vital role as a dad. Children learn from your life how to live, but they need to hear from your lips how to believe. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). Tell them the scriptural stories of salvation, sin, forgiveness, and faith. Joseph’s perseverance, Esther’s courage, Moses’ leadership, David’s repentance, and Ruth’s encouragement are examples lived by role models for them to emulate. Ask God for wisdom and grace to be a faithful father.

“After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:22).

How does my heavenly Father love me? How does He want me to love my children?

Related Readings: Psalm 44:1-2; Malachi 4:6; Luke 1:7; 1 Corinthians 4:15

PRAY:
Lord, give me wisdom and grace to be a faithful father. Thank You that You will give me everything I need so that I can give my children everything they need. May my life and my lips give a clear message that You are LORD! For Jesus sake, Amen. 

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Generous Dad

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Luke 11:11-13

How much do I give to my children? I can give them too much money, but not too much time; I can give them too much stuff, but not too much love; I can give them too much responsibility, but not too much preparation; I can give them too much freedom, but not too much prayer. A generous dad is able to discern how much is enough for his child.

Each day, a giving father prays about the needs of his son or daughter. What does my child need from me today? What are they asking me with their words, body language, unspoken requests, or bad behavior? Extroverted children are not shy to ask for too much, while introverted children need time and space to express their needs. Treat each one according to their unique requirements. A generous dad is able to give good gifts because he understands his child. Gifts are not to compensate for our guilt, but to express our love.

For example, a good gift for a son may mean time away with dad at a sporting event or a great adventure of hunting, fishing, or hiking. However, your daughter’s gift motivation may revolve around time with her dad at daddy/daughter camp, a theatrical production, or visiting the beach. Discerning dads structure good gifts around a block of quantity time.

Maybe you invest in your child with an every-other-week date night or father/son time.

Ask them to pick the restaurant for dinner and/or the activity for entertainment. Your verbal and written words are a valuable gift at any age. Encourage their tender hearts, discipline their defiant hearts, affirm their humble hearts, and chide their selfish hearts.

Use birthdays, graduations, proms, ballgames, auditions, and weddings to write them notes or letters of how proud you are to be their dad, and how much God loves them.

Lastly, give your offspring good gifts because of how your heavenly Father has lavished His good gifts on you. Pay forward God’s gifts to you of love, patience, holiness, humility, hope, and faith. The greatest gift of salvation in Christ Jesus is meant for you to receive and give to your child. There is no greater joy than to see your flesh walking by faith.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4).

What good gift does my son or daughter need from me? How can I give them the free gift of grace?

Related Readings: Ezra 9:12; Jeremiah 32:39; Luke 10:21; Hebrews 12:7-9

PRAY:
Lord, help me discern what my children need. God, use me to help them how generous You are in life as You meet our needs while we seek first Your Kingdom. Help me take advantage of every opportunity to be generous to my children with my time, training, and treasure. Amen 

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A Fruitful Family

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Psalm 128:1-4

The fruit from a family who fears the Lord is tasty and delicious. However, this type of fruit does not happen immediately, but is cultivated over time. A fruitful wife sets the tone for the home. By God’s grace she weeds out criticism and replaces it with creativity. The home is her pride and joy. It is a reflection of her, as it is her nest.

A home to the wife is like an office to the husband. Things need to be just right or she feels violated. Be grateful for a conscientious wife who wants to express herself through the home. The fruit of a clean, decorated, and ordered home is calming. It provides an environment of stability, and frees family members to focus on other people and each other. A husband is free to do what he does best at work with a supportive wife at home.

A mother’s influence spreads like a lovely vine throughout the house. No area is left untouched. The children are nurtured and encouraged by her sensitivity. When instilled from birth, the fruit from children become obedience to God and love for the Lord. Their heart for God grows when parents read Bible stories to them as they wait in the womb.

Family fruit flourishes when the man of the house models faithfulness. A husband’s intentional effort to follow the Lord ignites faith at home. A fruitful wife has no problem submitting to a husband who submits to God. A God-fearing man is quick to confess sin to his heavenly father and to his family. It is not uncommon for him to say, “I am sorry” or “I was wrong.” Authentic confession encourages confession in others.

Confessed-up hearts are family fruit. It is probable the family will pray, read their Bible, and go to church if the leader of the home does the same. Family fruit has a direct correlation to the faithfulness of the family head. Family fruit flourishes when the man fears God. Regardless of the circumstances, he is committed to doing what God expects.

Therefore, your home becomes a hot house of character. The fruit threatens to bust through the glass panels for all to see. People are encouraged when they visit your hospitable home. Sinners need a safe environment, as acceptance comes from the fruit of Christ’s acceptance. Heaven’s dew and rainfall keep the fruit coming to a home submitted to Christ. Jesus says, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8). Fruit is proof of faithful families.

Does my character cultivate fruit that glorifies God in my family?

Related Readings: Genesis 7:1; Proverbs 31:15; Mark 5:19; Acts 10:2

PRAY:
Lord, as the head of my wife and family, please help me realize that without You I am nothing. And, for every man, God, give us vision and passion to bear much fruit beginning with us while flowing through the lives of those who live in our homes. Amen 

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A Fruitful Vine

A Godly Legacy

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Genesis 49:33

Jacob gave his dying instructions to his sons as they waited at his beside. They lingered there out of love and respect. They had observed his life. And though not perfect by far, it was a life of overall faithfulness to God. The sons of the father wanted to receive his blessing and they were proud of the legacy left to them, a legacy of faithfulness to God.

What legacy will you leave? If you died today, how would you be remembered? These are important questions for your children’s sake. Maybe your parents did not leave you a godly heritage. Nevertheless, you have a wonderful opportunity to start a new tradition, one based on the principles of Scripture. Lord willing, your legacy will start a godly lineage that will reach across the future for generations to come. Yes, your name will probably be forgotten, but what you stand for will be held in high esteem for all to remember.

Perhaps you can start by documenting your family vision and mission. Write out outcomes you are praying for related to your family. Pray that your parental example of character compels your children to walk with Christ. Hold the Bible in such high regard that its commands and principles are lived out in love and obedience. Love your children with acceptance, discipline, training, and kindness. Follow the ways of God, and your children will see and secure a clear path of purpose to pursue.

Moreover, consider a family credo that defines what you value as a family. Character traits like humility, hard work, community, forgiveness, communication, and relationship. Weave these beliefs throughout the language and behavior of your family. Challenge each child to be intoxicated by Scripture, so much so that God’s word is on their breath and seen through their behavior. Slow down and be intentional in legacy building. Then your children and your children’s children are more apt to love Christ.

“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).

Do I live life with legacy in mind, and do I uniquely and fully bless each child?

Related Readings: Daniel 10:19; Joshua 24:27-29; Luke 2:29; Hebrews 11:13-22

PRAY:
Lord, help me get this right! When I take my last breath, may the lives that remain clearly know that You are God! I pray that they will understand and seek You! So be it, Lord, Amen 

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The School of Fatherhood

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Philippians 2:1-4

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:1-4).

After 29 years, I still struggle to make good grades in the school of fatherhood, but I am blessed to be surrounded by great examples who have gone before me. I get close enough to their lives to learn from their mistakes and embrace their successes. Faithful ones can be found, but it takes intentionality to discover them. Once you find a fine father (you see it in the fruit from his wife and children), ask permission of him to pray and study together.

Seek first to be loved by your heavenly Father and learn from Him. Then engage earthly fathers who are worth following, and pour into other younger fathers who need you. Staying enrolled in the school of faithful fathering is both fun and frustrating. But with a heart guarded by and healed by your heavenly Father, it’s the greatest job in the world. 

PRAY:
Heavenly Father, please grant me wisdom and grace to put You first so that my family may benefit. You are faithful to me in every way and I praise You for that. Put other faithful fathers as models in my life to help my legacy lead my family and neighbors to You, Amen. 

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The Bondage of Unfaithful Fathering

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Psalm 147:3

How do you feel as a father? Inadequate at times? Overwhelmed most of the time? Yet, the fulfillment of being a father cannot be properly put into words, without experiencing its raw reality. No doubt, struggles in fatherhood are an opportunity to approach your heavenly Father in humble dependence in need of wisdom, faith, and encouragement. God the Father’s character is the example for earthly fathers to aspire to become.

It’s more difficult to grow as a father if, while you were growing up, your own father was absent or unengaged in your life. This cannot become an excuse for bad fathering, but it can be a point to address past pain. Without the medicinal application of forgiveness to a hurting heart and emotional wholeness from grace, there remains a hole in the heart.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

Dads who have not engaged in a spiritual, mental, and emotional process of inner healing express their pain in outward frustration, anger, and even depression. For fathers to father well, they must be fathered well. Praise the Lord if your father on earth accurately represents your Father in heaven. If not, you can appeal straight to heaven and receive God’s healing power. Wise fathers process past pain, so their heart is healthy to love well.

Through Christ you can break the bondage of unfaithful fathering. Humility is the key, because it channels a man’s strength into service and it molds his power into patience. A spirit-filled father is first concerned for his wife and children and places his own needs on the shelf of unselfishness for a season. Faithful fathers look out for their family first and defer their desires to later. Dads earn respect through humble service in the home.

PRAY:
Heavenly Father, I want a clear conscience. Reveal to me any hurt I may be harboring towards You or my earthly father. He us move past the pain and set us free in Jesus Name!

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Prayer Calendar June 2015

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Pray that God will raise up men who challenge men to the core of who they are as a man. Thank Him for what is taking place in the hearts of men, families, and churches to the ends of the earth, Amen.

Please pray for this evening’s REAL MOMENTUM Board meeting. Pray for the REAL MOMENTUM ministry Board of Directors and Advisors. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and focus to each member and that we will walk by faith and not by sight.

Please pray for tomorrow’s REAL MOMENTUM for Men’s meeting. Charlie Carpenter will be speaking on A Man and His Brothers. Please invite other men who desire to be a faithful, godly man, husband and father. Can’t make the session, get it on the App!

Join us in praying daily for the Honor Your Father Today Campaign. We are anticipating God to use this campaign to break lose things in the hearts of children and fathers everywhere. Pray that God uses the App devotions and videos on fatherhood to encourage obedience to Exodus 20:12. God, use this focus to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers!

Serving as a missionary to men in the Southeast Region, Richard Holden of REAL MOMENTUM is in need of financial support from many generous families across the country. Pray as Richard and his wife Terry trust God in meeting their needs as faith based missionaries.

We are one week away from the REAL MOMENTUM Bass Tournament scheduled for June 13, 2015 at Lake Lanier at Little Hall. Tournament starts at safe light and will end at 3PM. Registration Fee is $100 per boat with 2 team members. Please pray for the men registering for this event.

Every pastor needs to know that the members of his church have his back and are committed to him as the primary spiritual leader of the church. Please pray for your Pastor today as he shares God’s message.

Continue praying for potential video narratives to tell the heart and vision of REAL MOMENTUM Ministries. Ask God to give wisdom and insight as to what He would have us communicate to men, families, and churches.

Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God! 

10 Please pray for today’s REAL MOMENTUM for Men’s meeting. Tony Williams (AM) and Steve Hyalnd (PM) will be speaking on A Man and His Work.  Please invite other men who desire to be a faithful, godly man, husband and father. Can’t make the sessions, get it on the App!

11 REAL MOMENTUM leadership team in Omaha. Pray for Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he leads two new team members Troy Blaine and Craig Paulsen. Pray for wisdom and grace as these men continue to lead their families. Pray for Clark and his team as they continue to plan for RM conferences for this fall and next spring.

12 Tomorrow is going to be a great day supporting REAL MOMENTUM. Please continue to pray for the 2015 REAL MOMENTUM Bass Tournament. Many have registered and we are praying for more to not only fish in the tournament but to be engage in by a movement of men.

13 Today is the day, the 2015 REAL MOMENTUM Bass Tournament. Please pray for all men attending. Pray that everyone has a good time. Pray for safety for each boat and angler fishing in the tournament. May God be glorified during this great event. 

14  Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he has met with many pastors and influential laymen. Pray for the Lord’s favor and guidance as Richard looks to schedule and confirm pending dates for more REAL MOMENTUM weekend events.

15 Please pray for next week’s REAL MOMENTUM Golf Event in Omaha, NE on June 22nd. Pray for Clark Osborn and John White, from Golf with Goodness Sake, as they are applying the finishing touches on organizing this event. Please pray for men to continue to register and get connected with other men in this area.

16 Please pray for tomorrow’s REAL MOMENTUM for Men’s meeting. Buddy Hulsey (AM) and Richard Holden (PM) will be speaking on A Man and His Leadership. Please invite other men who desire to be a faithful, godly man, husband and father. Can’t make the sessions, get it on the App!

17 One of the greatest ways to honor someone is to pray for them. Would you take time over the next few days leading up to Father’s Day and lift your Dad high in prayer? Pray for continued spiritual growth and that he would finish strong as a man of God.

18 Pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Daily devotionals have been delivered to many using the App. Pray as several men are accessing the app every day. Pray that men are engaging with the content and growing and being challenged to live for God.

19 Perseverance is a quality that is missing in lives of many men today. There are not many men that are finishing well. There are not many who are sticking with it, whatever “it” may be. In cities all across America, as soon as things get difficult many men are looking for a way out. Pray for the men in your life to become a man who presses in and presses through no matter the challenge.

20 Please lift up father’s today and pray for every father to invest more in their children. Children desire to spend quality time with their dad. Pray for father’s to make a priority to spend more valuable time with their children.

21 Honor our Great God by honoring your father in some way on Father’s Day. Pray that God will help the fathers of our day feel the prayers, forgiveness, and encouragement needed to impact the next generation, beginning in their own homes. 

22 Today is the day for the REAL MOMENTUM GOLF CHALLENGE in Omaha, NE. Many have been raising friends and funds for this event and special time to celebrate the Lord and all who He has led to support a movement of men through REAL MOMENTUM in the Midwest. Pray for the Lord to bless the efforts of so many who have given their talent, time and financial support to make this event successful.

23 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. Pray for the men in your life today. It could be a son, a husband, a father, maybe even a brother. Let’s lift up all men to our Great God!

24 Please pray for today’s REAL MOMENTUM for Men’s meeting. Keith Boggs will be speaking A Man and His Discipleship.  Please invite other men who desire to be a faithful, godly man, husband and father. Can’t make the session, get it on the App!

25 Pray for God to help men everywhere press in and move on with Him. May the talk stop and the walk start, today! Pray we gain the ground that we have lost on the next generation. Pray God fights through men for men and ignites a movement bringing glory to His Name! Amen

26 Pray for the relationship opportunity with Brewton Parker College and REAL MOMENTUM and the team that will be there ministering on an ongoing basis. Also, pray for a God-honoring strategy to minister effectively.

27 Pray for God to help men win in their marriage. May God give men the desire and power as a husband that honors Him and His Word. Lord Jesus live through men to touch their wives for Your Glory in Jesus Name, Amen!

28 Please pray for men to hold one another accountable in walking in a manner worthy of the Lord. Men need other men in their lives whom they can be open and honest with to avoid being blind in areas that matter. Pray for men you know to find other men who will look them in the eye and tell them the truth. Also, pray they be that kind of man in return.

29 Pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Pastors, missionaries, business men, and leaders are providing content about how living in a right relationship with God, the family, and through the church really does impact the ends of the earth. Pray that God will guide every word written and read!

30 Begin praying for the REAL MOMENTUM 1-day Conference at Christian County Baptist Association in Hopkinsville, KY. Please pray for the partnership with area pastors, churches, and leaders designed to help men in their relationship with God, their family, and the church to the ends of the earth.

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The Spiritual Leader

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Boyd Bailey, Founder, Wisdom Hunters & Chief Encouragement Officer of Ministry Ventures

READ Joshua 24:15

What does it mean to be the spiritual leader of my home? Do I have to reach a certain level of spiritual maturity before I qualify? What if my wife is more spiritual than I am? Shouldn’t she be the spiritual leader? Spiritual leadership is determined by position, not knowledge. God places a man in the role of spiritual leader to lead his wife and children in faith.

Our wife and children may know more of the Bible, but the Lord still holds us responsible for their spiritual well being. So as husbands and fathers, we have to ask ourselves, “What are we doing to lead our family spiritually?” This non-optional assignment from Almighty God forces us into faith-based behavior. We want to model daily time in Bible reading and prayer. Spiritual leaders show the way in knowing God.

“The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family” (Acts 16:34).

Spiritual leadership does not require a graduate degree in theology, but it does require a degree of planning and preparation. Spiritual leaders create a prayerful plan of intentional actions that expose their family to faith opportunities. You spend time looking for houses of worship that meet the needs of your wife and child, much as you would seek out the right home or school that also meet their needs. Spiritual leadership seeks out a church.

“Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool“ (Psalm 132:7).

Men who make it a big deal to lead their family spiritually make the most difference at home and in the community. Your investment in family Bible study, your example of faith under fire, and your Christlike character are living testaments to the truth of God.

Talk about the Lord when you linger in traffic with your children, pray with them when they are fearful and upset, hold your wife’s hand and listen to her heart, sign up for the next marriage retreat, and serve others unselfishly. You can’t control the culture, but you and your house can serve the Lord. Spiritual leaders lead their family to love God.

“For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (Ephesians 5:23-24).

How can I take responsibility to lead my family spiritually? How can I leave a legacy for the Lord?

Related Readings: 2 Samuel 12:20; Psalm 100:4; Acts 18:7; 2 Timothy 1:16 

PRAY:
God, help me be the Spiritual Leader that brings You glory and blessed my wife and family. May all of my leadership everywhere in everyday lead my family to love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Honor Your Father Today

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Keith Boggs, Founder, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Exodus 20:12

To honor is to show abundant, merited respect; to affirm great worth and value. In addition to that, to honor is to affirm a person’s worth and value apart from their imperfections. It is to separate a person’s worth and value from their behavior, just as Christ has done for us. 

My wife, Nichole, and I are grateful for the men God chose to be our fathers. We have had the honor of watching our Heavenly Father transform their lives over the last 18 years. Take a few moments and watch this video we put together and get a little glimpse of the greater story in how God is using these great men (Gene Boggs and Mike Williams) in our lives as well as our children’s lives. 

Honor our Great God by honoring your father in some way before Father’s Day, which is on June 21st. I’ve listed just a few ways to honor your father in the coming days below, you can get more ideas at honoryourfathertoday.com

1. Pray for Him. One of the greatest ways to honor someone is to pray for them. Would you take time over the next several days leading up to Father’s Day and lift your Dad high in prayer? Pray for continued spiritual growth and that he would finish strong as a man of God.

If your father is not a believer, ask God to save him and be ready to be used like Darryl Strawberry was when reconciled with his Dad. Watch his powerful testimony HERE!

2. Forgive Him. You may be like many who need to forgive your Dad. Engage the difficult process of forgiving your Dad and release him for the things he did poorly, today. I’ve seen men go to the gravesite to do this and I’ve also seen men write a letter and do this. However the Lord leads, this must be done! 

In order to forgive him and pray for him, you need to try and see your Dad in a new light. Maybe some of the ways your Dad failed you are reflections of how his father failed him. He didn’t know how to give you what his father didn’t give him so forgive him and turn those wounds into worship.

3. Encourage Him. Your Dad is more important than he thinks. As a matter of fact, he is more important than you think. Find ways to tell him that he matters to you. Write him a letter, send a text message, or call him. Men by the thousands are hurting today, and your Dad is probably one of them. Do what you can to show him that he is important. The world, the flesh, and the devil is telling him that he’s not. 

PRAY:
Heavenly Father, may thousands of men find ways to honor You in how they obey the clear command of ‘honor your father’ in Exodus 20:12. Please help the fathers of our day feel the prayers, forgiveness, and encouragement needed to impact the next generation, beginning in their own homes. Be glorified Jesus!

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