Category: Warriors of Grace

Applying Biblical Principles to Men’s Ministry

At my local church, Ustick Baptist Church in Boise, Idaho, I’ve served for the past two years on the men’s leadership team. This experience along with many others in other men’s ministries at other local  churches has taught me that sometimes men’s ministry focuses on doing lots of activities without clear direction. In this article, I want to trace a few ways that this important ministry can change so the Church can effectively reach men with the gospel. In my experience in the local church, many church’s men’s ministries are anemic. If the local church has a men’s ministry,...

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Four Ways to Minister to People with Sexual Addictions

Over the past few years, I’ve been in a fortunate position to be able to minister to many men locally and across the United States who are struggling with an addiction to pornography. Pornography is a huge issue inside and outside the Church. In ministering to men, I’ve learned four keys to helping men who struggle with pornography. These are, build a relationship with them, speak the truth in love to them, confront them in love, and preach the gospel to them. Build a Relationship with them Chances are only those who know you will open up to you...

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Coming of Age: Embracing A Biblical Manhood

Manhood is a growth stage every male faces when he is maturing from child-like behavior to manlike behavior. Throughout history, the manhood stage has meant different things for different cultures. The Jewish tradition holds a Bar Mitzvah when a Jewish boy turns thirteen and thus becomes responsible for himself and his actions. The Maasai tradition of Kenya and Tanzania takes boys ages of 10-20 and establishes them as the “warrior class,” with festivities including circumcision, eating large portions of meat and sleeping in the forest. A unique coming of age tradition is found in the Amazon, where boys from...

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Biblical Manhood and Strength

One of my many concerns about manhood in our day stems from modern notions of strength. When we think of strength as men we think of that massive offense lineman whose bulked up through a good diet and lifting weights. We’ve been taught as men from a young age to seek after being men of strength. We were taught to hold back those tears and to be macho. Almost everything we’ve been taught about manhood is completely wrong and not biblical. Biblical manhood begins with Jesus who is not only the example of what a man should be but...

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The Importance of Praying With Your Spouse

This article is a part of the new 30:1 Marriage Devotional series. If there were one topic in all of this devotional series to write about, this one would perhaps be one of the top three. Hands down, as it’s enmeshed in all of the topics. There is no more of a time when we are brought into the right position and relationship with one another and with God, than in prayer. I have counseled many different couples who were in need of marriage reconciliation. I stressed their growth forward must contain unified, hand-holding, undivided prayer time. God has...

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