Volume 1, Issue 4
February 4, 2003

The Men's Ministry Email Newsletter of
Shadow Mountain Community Church
www.smccmensministry.org

“...train yourself to be godly, for physical training is of some value, but spiritual training has value for all things, holding promise both for the present life and the life to come.”  I Timothy 4:7-8

Director's Corner:

In the last several issues of Cross Training, we have been discussing the critical importance of developing and maintaining a personal spiritual practice, and the importance of meeting regularly with like-minded biblical men who love us enough to ask us the tough questions.  “What is your practice?” and “Where is your man?” are two questions that Shadow Mountain men must ask each other regularly.

The foundation of our spiritual practice should be rising early every day, while it is still dark, to spend time alone with God and in his Word.  Why do I say this so confidently?  Because Jesus is my Lord and Master, and I am his disciple.  Disciples do the things their Master does.  Mark 1:35 says:  “Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the place where he was staying and went away to a solitary place to pray.”  After his busiest day of ministry, Jesus refueled spiritually by spending time in solitude and silence with his Father.  One of my favorite Proverbs (6:10-11) is usually interpreted to be speaking about the value of hard work.  “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a thief.”  But early in the morning, while it is still dark, my Father awakens me, and sometimes I hear him saying, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and spiritual poverty will come on you like a thief.”

God has given us so much.  We acknowledge that our tangible resources are a gift from his hand, and therefore we give back to God from our first fruits.  Time is a gift from God as well.  By rising early and spending our first hours with God, we give him our “first fruits” of time.  There are 24 hours in every day.  How much time do we spend in prayer, or just sitting with him and letting him know we desire his company?  If we tithed the hours of our day, we would invest 2.4 hours per day with him.   The quality of our active life is directly dependent on the quantity and quality of our contemplative life.  Jesus is our model.  He practiced the spiritual disciplines of silence, solitude, prayer, and worship.  Set your alarm and roll out soldier.  You will be blessed! 

In His love,

John Gillette, Director of Men's Ministries
jgillette@shadowmountain.org
(619) 590-2155

Food for Thought:

“It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes monumental effort on the part of a Christian to swim against the tide of world opinion.  We need a strong anchor, which only comes by spending time alone with God and getting to know Him on a deeper, more intimate level.

Verse for Meditation:

“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 20

What are some ways in which we can build ourselves up in the faith?  How can we apply them in our quiet time alone with God?

Book of the Month:

Our book for the month of February is Twelve Ordinary Men, by John MacArthur.  This book brings you face to face with the disciples, as you've never seen them before.  You'll walk in their shoes.  You'll understand their doubts and hopes.  And you may be surprised to discover just how much like us they truly were: they couldn't comprehend the power of God, they struggled with their own sins, they found faith, and they wrestled with the cost of commitment.  Yet these twelve ordinary men became a force that forever changed the world.  It's the same call that Jesus gives to you.  If Christ can accomplish His purposes through the lives of common men like these, imagine what he has in store for you!  Pick up your copy this Sunday on the patio between services!

Kudos:

When you see the following men, thank them for their faithful service and passion for Men’s Ministries:

  • Mark Crofton and Phil Hertel, for a great Super Bowl barbecue!

  • Larry Shedrick, for the excellent barbecue photos!

  • Gene Glaser, for his leadership of our new Wednesday night Bible study, "Fishers of Men"

  • Doug Bergen, for his organization and coordination of the Prison Ministry

  • Kevin Flynn and Ben Harris, for their leadership of “Malachi’s Men”

  • Mark Joplin and Jim Jillson, for their leadership in the new Golf Club

  • Chuck Hartle, for starting up the new Hiking Club

  • Nate Peterson, for starting up the new Hoops Basketball Ministry

Positions of Service Available:

Handy men and contractors of all kinds, for our new Care Ministry

Prayer Partners during each Sunday morning service

Disciplers for the Personal Training Ministry

Men to help out in our new Military Ministry

Men with sons in the 6th-8th grade to assist in leadership in the upcoming Malachi's Men Ministry

Men interested in visiting inmates at the Donovan State Prison as part of our Prison Ministry

Events That You Cannot Afford To Miss:

The Connection

Come to the Men’s Ministries office, Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 P.M. beginning January 8, 2003 to get plugged in to this high-energy ministry.  Come share your ideas and passion.  Find out what is really going on and how you can grow in Christ-likeness and assist other men to do the same.  We need Every Man because every man is important.

Fishers of Men

This new bible study/fellowship on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. in the Family Ministries Classroom is guaranteed to challenge and encourage you to walk the walk.

Men's Ministries trains spiritual leaders and this is a great place to start! 

Call John Gillette @619.590.2155.  

Family Man

All-new Family Man on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. with Dr. Bob Cook and our own Dr. Bruce Fox!  This workshop will enable you to learn high-performance team-building, master behavior-change models as you become more like Jesus, remove the hidden barriers to total fulfillment, move your most important relationships to a new dimension, and get training that would cost over $300 in a business setting – for free!  Call John Gillette at 619-590-2155.

Golf and Evangelism

The Tom Lehman Luncheon
February 11, 2003
The Double-Tree Hotel, Mission Valley
Tickets: $15.00
This is an outreach event where we have an opportunity to invite our unsaved friends and co-workers to hear PGA tour golfer Tom Lehman share his faith in Jesus Christ. This will be a low-key event geared for our friends who need the Lord. Let’s get on this. We only have 100 tickets. Call Men’s Ministries at 619-590-2155 or visit us at the Plaza Table between services.
 

Men's Missionary Society

Our first meeting is February 24, at 7:00 P.M., location to be announced shortly.  Jeff Cotter from Northwest Medical Teams will be here to share what is involved in disaster relief.  We are hoping to put together teams of people who are willing to donate some time to disaster relief.  Northwest pays for everything involved for any medical person who can donate some time toward this ministry.  Jeff will also tell us about some short-term mission opportunities available for those of us who do not have a medical background.  Call Andy Van Houten at 619-460-7447 for more info.

Hoops

The Basketball League starts on February 24, 2003!  Get a team of men together, sign up, and join the competition!

Malachi's Men

If you are a Dad with a son in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade, you will not want to miss the exciting opportunity to grow closer with your young man and the Lord!  This twice-monthly discipleship experience combines fun activities such as rock climbing, hiking and martial arts instruction with valuable spiritual instruction designed to promote spiritual growth.  Starting March 1!  Call Men’s Ministries at 619-590-2155 or visit us at the Plaza Table between services.

Cottonwood Golf Tournament

Join us Saturday, March 8, 8:00 A.M., at Cottonwood at Rancho San Diego CC.  The format is a 4-man scramble with a shotgun start at 8:00AM. This is a great witnessing opportunity so bring your golfing friends.  Call Mark Joplin at 619-368-1294 or Jim Jillson at 619-463-7045.

Stonewall Hike

No interested in golf?  How about a hike to the top of Stonewall Peak at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park?  Same day, Saturday morning, March 8, at 8:00 AM.  Get away from the city, enjoy the great outdoors, and make some new Christian friends!

Next Summit

The Fall Men’s Retreat is fast approaching!  November 14-15, at Palomar Christian Conference Center!  Mark your calendar now and reserve your spot: $125!

Super Bowl Recap

The Super Bowl Barbecue was a huge success!  Men plugged into Ministries!  Men received Christ!  Men stepped closer to the kingdom!  Men had great steak!  Thanks to everyone who helped out!  Click here to see the photos!

Visit the Men’s Ministries table on the Plaza between Worship services each Sunday for information about ministry opportunities.  This is our ministry. We value every man’s input, ideas and participation.  Soli Dei Gloria!

In case you missed it, click here for the previous issue of Cross Training!

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