Men’s Breakfast Update

Gentlemen,
A brief refresher of this month’s men’s breakfast, in case you missed it:
Chris Peterson​ spoke on the need to define manhood as part of setting goals for your family. The ideas grew out of a study several men did on the book “Raising a Modern Day Knight” by Robert Lewis. Copies of the book will be available for anyone interested in reading it. On to the good stuff…

Setting goals includes:
1 – A vision statement (i.e., the definition)
2 – Objectives to accomplish that vision
3 – Training to meet those objectives

The definition of manhood as it was proposed:
A REAL MAN LOVES GOD, ACTS WITH INTEGRITY, HONORS WOMEN, SERVES OTHERS, ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY, AND STANDS UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.

As this relates to training our children, Chris spoke of four ways to effectively train:
1- Set a Godly example
2 – Teach spiritual truth
3 – Share stories (personal examples)
4 – Affirmation, attention, and discipline

We’ll be exploring these things more in depth at future men’s breakfasts, so please make plans to attend! They are at 8am on the second Saturday of each month.

SQoTW

From Ecclesiastes 5:10-20, “The Unhappy Business of Finance”

“If anything is worse than the addiction money brings, it is the emptiness it leaves.” – Derek Kidner
“It’s not about the money you have; it’s about how your heart interacts with it… Money is not a savior; it is only a servant in the kingdom of God… God has the solution to your money problem: He saves, He gives, and He takes care of His people… Our cravings always exceed our supply… Live with a generous heart, because you have a generous God.”
-Wade

Men’s breakfast in November will be held at the Thomasson’s farm at 15000 OSR in Hearne. Breakfast will be served at 8:30, with pistol and skeet shooting to follow. Several of us will be camping there the night before (Friday, Nov 13th), and all are welcome to join us!

Updates

Men,

THIS SATURDAY, from 10am till 8pm, drop by and join the WPC Iron Chefs at the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival in downtown Bryan! Admission is free, friends of Westminster will receive free food at our tent, and we will be showing the Aggie football game on site!! Feel free to swing by whenever you can, and of course, families are welcome.

Don’t forget to check out our shared calendar for upcoming events and book study time / locations at:
https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=i1n85c5ihd9s6jnjtnq7qd34ps%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Chicago

We are trying to import the calendar to this website to make it a one stop shop for men’s ministry updates, but currently having some technical difficulties. I’ll let you know when we figure it out.

Don’t forget men’s breakfast at the church each month on the second Saturday. In October, our own Bob Gustafson will be sharing with us!

SQoTW:

From Ecclesiastes 2, “Not all fun and games”:

“What part does pleasure – the enjoyment of things and people – play in our lives? Solomon is showing us that Jesus needs to be at the center of our pleasure.”
“Good things, when they become god things, are bad things.”
“Living for yourself is NEVER enough.”
“God-given pleasure is everywhere; but you can’t make pleasure your god.”

-Wade C.

News

Men,

We will be restarting men’s breakfast, book studies, and sermon quotes of the week for this fall in August. The book for the fall study will be Psalms, and we will be examining 3 questions for each Psalm that we review:
-How do we understand this Psalm in relation to the writer and/or original audience?
-How do we understand this Psalm as it applies to me today?
-How does this Psalm apply to Jesus? Does it have a Messianic interpretation?

Also, to make things easier for you to organize and keep track of, we will stop using the calendar function on this page, and instead use a shared google calendar, which you can subscribe to and link directly to your own iCal, google calendar, outlook, etc. Here are the links to subscribe to the shared calendar:
iCal: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/i1n85c5ihd9s6jnjtnq7qd34ps%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

HTML: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=i1n85c5ihd9s6jnjtnq7qd34ps%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Chicago

XML: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/i1n85c5ihd9s6jnjtnq7qd34ps%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic

 

Playing catchup

We’ve got a few weeks to catch up on, so here goes:

From 3/8, Smoking What? (Wade)
“In the midst of your doubts, remember and rely on God’s promises.”
“God’s promise to Abram was about a people and a place. His promise to us is also about a people (God’s family) and a place (heaven).”
“God promises to keep His part of the covenant, and He swears to keep OUR part of the covenant too. There’s the commitment of your God.”

From 3/15, The Crucible of Wait (Wade)
“When you decide to act to help God’s plan move along, you are at the highest risk of creating a mess.”
“God’s timing is never late, even when it seems slow to you.”
“The answer is to turn to God in waiting. Prayer does not depend on our discipline; it depends on our HELPLESSNESS.”

And from 3/22, Confirmation (Jon)
paraphrase: Gen 17:1 – ‘Walk before me and be blameless.’ This is formal covenant language that indicates a pre-existing relationship. Note what follows: ‘My covenant is with you… I have made you… I will make you… I will establish… I give to you… I will be…” Then the sign of the promise follows: circumcision.
“God’s covenant is not about how great Abraham was, it is about how great God is!”

 

Also, the book study meeting times this month (chapters 4&5 of The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness):
Stanley/Bagnall – March 28th at 7am @ Mi Pueblito’s
McDonald/Peterson – March 29th at 8pm @ Murphy’s Law
Pickard/Ong – April 10th at 6:30am @ Chic fil a in south College Station
Gronberg/Hood – TBD

And, the next men’s breakfast will be April 11th at 8am at the church.

Last, but not least, some food for thought this week. This was posted on facebook by Tim Hoke, WPC’s missionary in Kampala, Uganda, though he is not the author. Well worth the read…

Witchdoctors, Football, and Understanding Africa
“Recently an electrician (who is also our good friend) was working on our fuse box.

I was in the next room, and suddenly I heard him cry out in pain. Thinking he had shocked himself, I quickly asked him what was wrong.

He chuckled a bit. He held out both his hands for me to see. One was dramatically more swollen than the other.

Our friend is a leader in his church. He’s in his late 30’s, and he’s a strong guy. “Well, in church on Sunday, there was this woman with a lot of problems,” he explained. “She had a demon. Before I knew it, she pushed back my hand so hard that it swelled up like this.” He casually added, “It took 5 men to hold her down.” Three days later, his hand was still swollen.

Just an ordinary Sunday in a Tanzanian church. Our friend isn’t even Pentecostal.

A couple of weeks ago, Gil went to a football game at the national stadium with one of our former students. The game was between two rival club teams, and almost all of the 60,000 seats were filled. Tension was high. This game was a very big deal.

The buzz was that a lot of witchcraft had been performed before this game. And, apparently, during the game. This is not a team mascot or an over-zealous fan. This is a witchdoctor.

The teams took this very seriously. One team was so nervous about this that they made a large banner for protection–their own talisman. The goal keeper tried to hang it in his goal until the officials made him take it down.

So what do we do with this notion that there are supernatural spirits out there who can influence a person’s health, a person’s safety, or even the outcome of a football game? That these spirits can inhabit a person’s body and make her stronger than 5 grown men?

For those of us from the western world, fully indoctrinated in empiricism and rationalism, we simply don’t know what to make of this. I’m from the “non-charismatic” side of Christianity. I also am, by nature, an extremely skeptical person. So….are we going to claim that it’s all in their heads? That this is all a joke? That they just need to be educated?

Spend a few years in Africa, and even the most rational among you may be convinced otherwise.

Meet our friends Mark and Alyssa, who had 17 snakes appear in their house, out of nowhere. Or spend some time at an African mission hospital, where they have “prayer doctors” for those patients who are ill with sicknesses that defy modern medicine. Or talk to our friend “Mary,” who lost two sons at exactly 9 months old for unknown reasons, until she renounced her witchdoctor mother and turned to Jesus. Or meet a Tanzanian albino, who daily fears for his life because (wealthy, educated) people are willing to pay thousands of dollars for his body parts.

You cannot understand Africa until you understand this worldview. You cannot understand African politics, African poverty, African culture, and even the African Church until you understand animism.

In the same way, you can’t understand American culture until you understand that we are equally locked in empiricism and rationalism. Seeing is believing. Nothing is fact unless it can be proved by “science.” Anything else is shoved up in the category of “values” and is therefore personal, irrational, and undependable. This is the very philosophy that seeks to destroy Christianity in America. But haven’t we, as Christians, even allowed it to seep into our own thinking? Sure, Satan is real. Demons are real. But they aren’t actually going to manifest themselves, right?

I understand that there needs to be balance. I’m not saying that everyone with problems needs to be exorcised, or that there’s a demon in the sound system when it doesn’t work. The African Church needs to root out the superstition and Prosperity Gospel that seeks to permeate it; the American Church needs to root out it’s unequivocal trust in science and medicine.

Let us learn from one another. And remember that our struggle is not against flesh and blood.”
-Amy Medina

SQoTW and book study update

We will be starting a new book for the spring study: The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness by John MacArthur. This month we will be reading the Introduction and Chapter 1 for discussion.
Book study meeting dates for this month:
Stanley/Bagnall – January 24th at 7am at Mi Pueblito in Bryan
McDonald – January 25th at 8pm at Murphy’s Law in downtown Bryan
Gronberg/Hood – February 7th at 8:30am at Jesse’s Taqueria on 29th street just north of Briarcrest
Pickard/Ong – February 13th at 6:30am at Chic-Fil-A in south College Station
Ackerman/Haisler – TBD
Now on to the SQoTW!
“Discontent is a thief; it is a complaining heart that robs us of the joy that God intends for His people.”
“Contentment is a treasure; it is a settled conviction that God is with us, and that God is for us.”
“Every circumstance God puts in our life is a tutor to teach us godliness with contentment.”
-Wade

Book study update

Gentlemen,

This month we will be studying chapters 7-10 of Samson and the Pirate Monks. Here are the dates for the discussion groups:

Sunday, November 23rd, 8pm – Mike McDonald and Chris Peterson at Murphy’s Law in downtown Bryan
Saturday, December 13th, 7am – Darrell Stanley and Cody Bagnall at Mi Pueblito in Bryan
Wednesday, December 3rd, 12pm – Tim Gronberg and Zeb Hood at Tom Peterson’s house in Bryan
Friday, December 19th, 6:30am – Jason Pickard and Kevin Ong at Chic-fil-a in Lowe’s parking lot in CS
Saturday, December 6th, 7am – Charles Ackerman and Walt Haisler at Jesse’s Tacqueria at 29th and Briarcrest

Remember, no RSVP is required; just pick a time and location that works for you and show up.  For directions to the locations, click on the link to the meeting on the event page or calendar; maps are provided on the event pages. If you still need a copy of the book, contact Mike McDonald at mikiemcd@mac.com.

Book Study

Men,

This month we will be reading and discussing chapters 4-6 in Samson and the Pirate Monks. Here are the meeting dates, times, and locations this month:

Sunday, October 19, 8pm – Mike McDonald and Chris Peterson at Murphy’s Law in downtown Bryan
Saturday, October 25, 7am – Darrell Stanley and Cody Bagnall at Rudy’s BBQ in College Station
Wednesday, October 29, 12pm – Tim Gronberg and Zeb Hood at Tom Peterson’s house in Bryan
Friday, October 31, 6:30am – Jason Pickard and Kevin Ong at Chic-fil-a in Lowe’s parking lot in CS
Saturday, November 1, 7am – Charles Ackerman and Walt Haisler at Jesse’s Tacqueria at 29th and Briarcrest

Remember, no RSVP is required; just pick a time and location that works for you and show up.  For directions to the locations, click on the link to the meeting on the event page or calendar; maps are provided on the event pages. If you still need a copy of the book, contact Mike McDonald at mikiemcd@mac.com.

Sermon Quote of the Week

You get a two-fer this week!

“You can’t pay God for what He has freely given you.”

“Paul never diminished his struggle with sin, but he always delighted in the victory of Christ over it.”

-Wade Coleman

 

Also, don’t forget to check out the upcoming events calendar (on the right side of this page) for dates and times of our book club meetings… this month’s dates are listed below. If you don’t have a book yet, or if you would like to see the video of Mike introducing the book study at last week’s men’s breakfast, contact Mike McDonald at mikiemcd@mac.com.

September 21, 8pm at Murphy’s Law in Bryan – Mike McDonald and Chris Peterson
September 27, 7am at Rudy’s BBQ in College Station – Darrell Stanley
October 1, 12pm at the church – Tim Gronberg and Zeb Hood
October 3, 6:30am at Chic-Fil-A at Fitch & Hwy 6 – Jason Pickard and Kevin Ong
October 4, 7am at Jesse’s Tacqueria (at the corner of Briarcrest and 29th next to Walgreens) – Charles Ackerman and Walt Haisler