We live within a major mis-understanding of identity regarding men and women. We’ve allowed our worst attributes and fears fuel a new identity paradigm — apart from Design and original intent. Instead of men and women being created with equal value before God, we fill our souls with distorted corrective strategies. We then pass on this un-anchored mess to future generations, and our leaders and philosophers fuel organic decay at an alarming rate.
Our city has been blessed with men and women who reflect the qualities of what the Bible would call “old-ers” who have a heart to see faithful, available, and teachable young men and women engage our King and His Kingdom.
“We all have a calling and unique placement by God as Insiders. One of the primary ways for the good news about Jesus to spread is through our lives, and the conversations we have with folks along the way. Where do we look and what do we look for in order to cooperate with the work of God? Let’s explore the scriptures for guides on seeing and hearing Kingdom things.”
1 Peter 3:15, 16 – “Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath.”
ROD CARSTEN has built his life, career, and household around faithful recognition and honor of God in all areas of life.
“Throughout life there are relatively few “watershed” moments when we are faced with major decisions – and as a follower of Christ we earnestly seek His guidance to make the right choice. Of probably greater significance, however, to being a man of God – is what I would call “the dailies.”
Jesus said in Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”
Those seemingly little choices I make throughout each day to reject sin – or to sacrifice what I want to do naturally instead in order to extend myself in some way for His kingdom, are of great importance. Failure to follow His Spirit in these moments will diminish the fragrance of Christ in my life and render my life less “successful” in the eyes of my Master.”
DENNIS JACOBS and his wife Gretchen have used their gifts in their family, building up the church, and faithfully testifying through excellence in the work place.
“The Man of God concept is rooted in identity. The man of God sees himself as “of God” and as such wants to live from the Source of life. Choices, pursuits, interests increasingly orient around God for the man of God. This isn’t to say that all men of God think and do alike, because there is a great deal of creativity in God and we all have our part in the tapestry of the Story.
The man of men orients himself around human-only pursuits and choices. His core motivation is where the differentiation begins. The man of men pursuits and choices are set in self focus in orientation – and by my observation – set upon conquering (women, money, possessions, activities, etc). This contrasts with man of God pursuits and choices centered upon pleasing God and evidenced with a new heart motivation. The actions sometimes may look the same or different on the surface – but there is a recognizable difference in the weight or motive or spirit.”
2 Timothy 3.16, 17 – “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
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DAVE KESTER brings his faith to his personal and business life. He and his wife Julie have opened their home to be stretched in culture, relationships, and religion. They have provided a safe environment for newcomers to our city.
“To be a man of God is to be in constant focus of the realities of the Spiritual world. There are so many issues involved with leading others – whether it be your family or other people God is allowing you to influence. It all starts with having a servant heart and putting ourselves in a servant role.”
“God seems to make a habit of humbling me so much that I have to laugh sometimes. It is all too easy to just follow what comes “natural.” For some, that means being passive. For others, it means being dominant. A true man of God is listening to God’s voice to determine when it is time to be firm, when grace is needed, when is it time to say no, and when to go along. A man of God will always go the extra mile to preserve relationships while not compromising truth. A man of God will make sure that he sets time to be away from the noise of life to be able to hear the Still, Small Voice.”
DAVE NADLER is a Kingdom teacher who has a deep desire to accurately represent the Living God within our drifting culture. His Man of God journey has convinced him that God is good – all of the time; and that God has given us all we need to find and present life and immortality to our families, friends, and neighbors.
“I think that Kingdom spirituality is meant for everyone. King first – then Kingdom – then church. The people of God are energized for Kingdom work when we bow to the authority and majesty of our King. Being a man of God is all about the Kingdom. It is all about growing shelter.”
Job 42.8 – “Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”
Luke 13.18, 19 – “So He was saying, “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
ANDRE’ NEFF has experienced a unique and challenging spiritual journey making him acutely aware of the spiritual battle – the war into which we are born. His insights into keeping this battle in “God perspective” brings help and hope to the emerging man of God. You are not alone.
“Spiritual warfare, unfortunately many Christians give it very little attention in their day to day lives. Why is that? It may be because the enemy can’t be seen directly in the same way that we see other opposition to our daily walk. Also, it may be that we have limited experience in resisting – or even how to fight back.
If we don’t engage in the battle, how big of a deal is it, really? I mean, what’s at stake? Does the bible give us an idea about the importance of the battle? I have found that the battle is crucial to our day to day lives. Without our engagement – if we remain on the sidelines – the consequences can be devastating.
1 Peter 5:8 – “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion,seeking someone to devour.”
John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
KENT SCHORNACK is one of the most approachable and insightful men I have gotten to know. He will lead a session on the power of Good Words at our Man of God Gathering on April 5-6. Kent writes:
“There is need for planning and preparing, but I have become more concerned with BEING in the present. This has also led to being more concerned with having a spiritual character of heart rather than thinking I have to have an answer to every question, always speak profound words, or have a put together looking life. In the process I find myself more confident and comfortable in trusting God in the MOMENT, and following His lead.”
John 16:13 – “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth”
Jeremiah 9:23-24 – “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.”
RAY WEBSTER has experience in providing protective leadership in both his military and medical career. His broad experiences in applying servant leadership principles in difficult situations is helpful in overcoming as a man of God. He will lead a session on Servant Leadership at the Man of God Gathering on April 5-6.
“Being a Leader is about being a Servant. Becoming a Servant (Man of God) is about process. The process takes Time. This process entails: Gods Word, Prayer, and Reflection.”
“From this comes Obedience, Humility, and Action. Action entails Integrity, Service, Excellence.
From this faithful process a Servant Leader emerges, a Christ Follower. A man of God.”
(Can you see his military influence?)
Luke 22:26-27 – “Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.”