Volume 1, Issue 4
The Men's Ministry Email Newsletter of
“...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
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.
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.”
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
Gillette, Director of Men's Ministries
“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
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.
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?
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!
you see the following men, thank them for their faithful service and
passion for Men’s Ministries:
of Service Available:
Handy men and contractors of all kinds, for our new Care Ministry
Partners during each Sunday morning service
for the Personal Training Ministry
Men to help out in our new Military Ministry
with sons in the 6th-8th grade to assist in leadership in the upcoming Malachi's
Men interested in visiting inmates at the Donovan State Prison as part of our Prison Ministry
That You Cannot Afford To Miss:
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.
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.
trains spiritual leaders and this is a great place to start!
John Gillette @619.590.2155.
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.
The Tom Lehman Luncheon
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.
Basketball League starts on February 24, 2003!
Get a team of men together, sign up, and join the competition!
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.
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.
interested in golf? How
about a hike to the top of Stonewall Peak at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park?
Saturday morning, March 8, at 8:00 AM.
Get away from the city, enjoy the great outdoors, and make some
new Christian friends!
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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