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If Men Would Stand Up….


Last night, I had a chance to speak with about 60 or so men on fire for God and hungry for His Word.  We talked about what God requires of us as men and delved into some real issues.  Naturally, I had a wonderful time and I began to think about the possibilities.   What if every community had at least 10 men on fire for Jesus’ Christ? What could possibly happen?

I believe that if 10 men in every community, who were on fire for the Lord Jesus, would stand up, our communities would transform overnight.  Crime and divorce rates would go down.  Entrepreneurship and job creation would go up.  Families would be healed and reborn.  Buildings will be revitalized. The rate of sexual transmitted diseases in college campuses and high schools would decrease.    More importantly, love for one’s neighbor, both near and far, would increase.  People would greet each other, not with the hidden vitriol of hate and animosity, but with the compassionate joyfulness of unashamed love.  Why?  Because these men would make God’s mission their mission — sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone God places in their path.  (Matt. 28:19)

  1. November 17, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Interesting question came up…Is Obama an example of a Christian man?

  2. Tim Perry
    November 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    P, one of my problems with your post was that it assumes that Houston needs 10 men on fire for God to accomplish His will for this place. Show me where God wants to do something but then says He lacks the resources to do so. It seems to be contrary to my image of who God is. It also seems to be a way for people to say that if it wasn’t for you I could accomplish God’s will, when you are always the reason why God’s will doesn’t get done. Maybe I’m off and you’ll hit me with a billion scriptures, but that’s what I’m sitting on.

    Although I remember the incident in the bible where Abraham asks God to spare the city and they get down to the number of righteous men… but I always took that exchange to mean God was providing an indictment of Abraham, but not necessarily providing a test or indication of what it is required for Him to move.

  3. Patrick
    November 22, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Mr. Perry, I hear you. God is all-powerful and does not need anybody to help Him do anything. But God chooses to use his most precious possession his church, his people, to be his city on the hill. (Matt. 5:14). He chose us to be the ones who carry his message to the world. It is out of His grace, not His need or our merit, that he chooses us to be the ones who share his message. Romans 10:17 tells “how shall they hear without a preacher?” How shall people hear if we don’t open our mouth to share with them? If we, the church, knew how precious our breath is, we wouldn’t waste it talking about nonsense. We would find ways to share the gospel, which will change our community.

    When Jesus tells his disciples and us to “Go,” it is not the great suggestion, it is the great commission – a command. As we go along our way, we are charged to “make disciples.” (Matt. 28:19) Yes, God doesn’t need us, but he chooses to use us for his glory!

  4. December 1, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Did you have an outline for your presentation or your discussion? If so, I would love to see that document if you’re open to sharing it…

    peace, Villager

  5. December 1, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I do have an outline for that presentation. It’s in word format — I can post or send it to you via email.

  6. January 19, 2009 at 12:53 am

    @villager Were you able to use the outline of the discussion?

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