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Freedmen Nebraska is a state wide men’s event in Lincoln Saturday, March 24. From 10 AM – 5 PM where men from Nebraska are encouraged and challenged by Husker coach Ron Brown, Husker AD Tom Osborne among others to steward our state because Christian men are such a powerful force. This event is for all men and young men 10+ and Christ Community has a package deal that gets you to the front door of the Pershing Center by coach bus with an event ticket for only $30 (purchasing ticket only is now $30). You can’t beat that! A bacon, egg and cinnamon roll breakfast for participants will be served at the church at 7:30 AM on the 24th for a small donation. March 18th will be the last Sunday to purchase the bus and ticket package at the booth in the Atrium. Invite your friends and join other men from the city and state to declare that you are a Freed Man.
For more information visit www.freedmennebraska.org.

WILD – DANGEROUS – ALIVE

Think back to your boyhood. Remember the boyhood dreams that you had tracking dangerous villains, swinging swords, and storming the castle?

Adventure is what God planned for you. Wild at Heart invites men to this passionate, daring discovery through this video series. Discover how men across the country are recovering their masculinity as God designed it.
Starts March 11 at 9 AM in EC188. Sign up at cccomaha.org today.

Ron Brown and Rex Burkhead at Game Day

On Saturday, February 18, there were 1,100 men and sons gathered to catch Husker football coach Ron Brown and running back Rex Burkhead during the men’s event Game Day. Coach Brown’s inspirational message called men to courageously follow Christ and be the voice for what is right. Rex did an awesome job of fielding questions from the audience about his experiences and faith. In case you missed it, you can watch the event here.

Ron and Rex (via video) will be at the upcoming Freedmen Conquest 2012 on March 24 in Lincoln, NE. Check www.freedmennebraska.org for more details. Christ Community has a special offer of an event ticket and coach bus ride for only $30. This special offer must be purchased at Christ Community. Stop by the booth in the atrium on Sunday mornings to purchase and get more information.

Wild at Heart Men’s Retreat

We have two more weeks to go in the Wild at Heart men’s class on Sunday mornings. There have been 64 guys participating in the class and learning a lot about the masculine journey. Last weekend was the retreat in the bluffs of Iowa! There were 26 guys from the class that enjoyed good food, fun adventures like a night hike to the abandoned cabin, recording a Scripture journal while in the woods and fishing. The discussion groups went deeper into addressing two of the major themes of the class, the “wound” and “healing the wound.” We had several “Chuck Norris” award nominees: Craig Ones for hiking at night in shorts and sleeping outside on the deck. Phil Bredehoft and Mark Quandahl for jumping into the lake. Kevin Peterson for eating a raw bass filet and Curt Hofer for sleeping on the roof and driving around in his 6 wheeled ATV. All had a great time with God, friends and awesome weather!

The Class for Fathers

Last Sunday the Father’s class, You Have What it Takes, got started at both the Old Mill and Sarpy campuses. On the Sundays leading up to and on Father’s Day, we distributed 750 copies of John Eldredge’s book ‘You Have What it Takes: What Every Father needs to Know.” This four week long class is based on this book and is great for any father. At the Old Mill campus the spectrum of fathers ranged from fathers to be, all the way to grandfathers with everything in between.

Our first session covered the first three chapters of the book. We discussed the big question boys look to their fathers to answer, “Do I have what it takes?” Girls long for their father to answer the questions, “Am I lovely” and “Are you thinking of me?” Answering those questions is where the rubber meets the road for fathers. Thankfully, God gives us his grace (Ephesians 2:8-10) to save us and the empowerment thru His Spirit (Ephesians 3:16-17) to answer those questions.

Here’s a question I’d love for you to ponder over the week. Think back over those moments when you really loved being a dad, what were you doing? Do you sense God at work in you during those times? Remember, you are his workmanship created in Christ to do those good works (Ephesians 2:10). Thank God for his presence in your life and rely on Him more for being a dad.

This Sunday, Marty Barnhart will be leading the session that will look at chapters 4 and 5 of Eldredge’s book and discuss how you, dad, are the most powerful man in the world but often times do not feel all that powerful. Marty will lead an insightful discussion around this topic using examples of men from the Bible, video clips and great questions to learn about being a dad.

Join us as both the Old Mill and Sarpy classes meet at 9 AM.

Men’s Ministry Opportunities in July

The Father’s Class: You Have What it Takes begins Sunday, July 10th. This class for all fathers and “fathers to be” runs 4 weeks at 9 AM in FLC231. Based on the book by John Eldredge, “You Have What it Takes: What Every Father Needs to You” this class will help you parent from the heart God has given you. Sign up online at www.cccomaha.org

A new men’s group starts July 18. Russ Newcomer will lead a group through David Platt’s book “Radical” Monday mornings at Panera on 78th and Dodge. This book is a recommended reading from the “You Are Here” Christ Community Church discipleship brochure and is a New York Times bestseller. It will challenge you in the way you spend your time, money and energy. Don’t let the American Dream take over the Gospel in your life. Come at 6:30 AM for prayer and 6:45 study. For more information contact Russ at russnewcomer@gmail.com.

The Fourth Quarter for Men is Saturday July 23rd in the Prayer room from 9-10:30 AM. Men are invited to this time of prayer, discussing leadership development topics and looking ahead to upcoming opportunities for men.

Reid Brown Week 5 Proverbs Journal Post

Proverbs 29:25

Fear of man will prove to be a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

God places a unique desire in the hearts of men to engage in a battle worth fighting. Deep down inside a man wants to make a difference and be the kind of guy that can come through in a bind and deliver in the pinch. Having the courage to fight well for the things worth fighting for is fiercely opposed by the forces of evil. For when a man stands strong, it’s an incredibly powerful force for good. This passage warns us of the snare that prohibits a man from stepping out at taking risks in the battle. The fear of what man may do against one who stands for God can be both physical and mental. I believe the bigger battlefield occurs in our minds as we fear what others may think or say about us taking a stand. This fear causes worry and anxiety over potential loss.

The contrast to this fear is trust – trust in the Lord. When a man demonstrates trust in the Lord, there is protection over our minds. The mighty Lord provides his armor, a helmet to keep our minds protected from the attacks from fear. I’m challenged to demonstrate my trust in the Lord by expressing that desire of trusting Him and stepping out into the difficult situations that I may shy away from. One of those difficult situations that come to my mind recently is the need to loving confront sin in another person’s life. The fear of rejection, loss of friendship or being misunderstood stand in my way.

Lord, help me to grow in your strength and perspective. I want to be bold in sharing and leading for your glory. Release me from fear and assure me that I will be safe in your hands.

Phil Bredehoft's Week 5 Proverbs Journal

Proverbs 29:13

The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. NKJV

Observation:

God will not give up on anyone, there will always be the light of hope and salvation that the Lord will provide to any soul. This verse exemplifies the hope and promise that God provides through His Son. This promise is extended to every person of the earth and no one is excluded – salvation awaits those who believe in Jesus.

Application:

To conduct myself in a manner that reflects Christ’s love, and to try and walk in God’s will, so that I may be the light and salt that may help lead anyone to Christ.

Father God please help me be your light where it is needed. I pray that I may never again harden my heart to you. I thank you so much God for being a God of mercy and grace, offering salvation and love through your grace. Please God let your light shine on me and through me. I love you. Amen.

Brian Shaffer's Week 5 Proverbs Journal

Brian

Proverbs 30: 7-9

7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD;

do not refuse me before I die:

8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;

give me neither poverty nor riches,

but give me only my daily bread.

9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you

and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’

Or I may become poor and steal,

and so dishonor the name of my God.

I was thinking about these verses on the way to work this morning and happened to see the Powerball Billboard. Next prize: $200 million. Wow. Talk about a life changer! That amount of money would be enough to do about anything you or your family could think of doing. At work when the topic comes up we say: I’d like to have that kind of money to prove money wouldn’t change me. I’d still be the same person I am now. Of course I’d be the same person… just that same person would be sitting on a beach somewhere.

We ask God for a lot of things some of them maybe even a little selfish. Please let me make this putt. Please don’t let it rain this weekend. Take away this pain, sickness, or debt. I’ve even heard, “Get me through this writer’s block” on occasion. How often do we ask for ‘just enough’. In my case asking God to let me score par on the golf course might not be ‘just enough.’ Really though, how often do we ask to just be put in the middle of the pack? I like the idea that God will give me enough if I ask. I might need to struggle and I might need to work hard or I might need to humble myself and just accept the generosity of others but God will provide for me.

Another part of this is that I don’t believe God just wants us to ‘just get by.’ I don’t see God wanting just average followers. He isn’t going to give us a windfall everyday we ask for it and he may never give it to us but instead I believe he wants us to build on or multiply what he has given us and in return he will bless us for our good work. Just as it says in Matt 25:14-30 and the Parable of the Bags of Gold. God doesn’t want us to just guard what he has given us and not make something more from it.

I look around my life and I see that God has provided for me. There have been times I wondered how it happened but he has never refused me no matter how much I might have deserved it. I question myself though if I am doing enough with what he has given me. I know there is more that I should be doing but I’m afraid to risk giving up some part of the world I have around me. That’s my challenge, to take what I have been given in this world and push it forward to do more with it.

Prayer

Lord, I truly am thankful for all that you have given me. I know I have acted selfishly and fearfully by not using your gifts to their full advantage for you. I ask that you give me strength and courage to use your gifts to their full extent and remember that the gifts and the glory are all yours.

Brian Shaffer's Week 4 Post on Proverbs

Brian

Proverbs 26:7

Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. (NIV)

“It is a poor workman that blames his tools” It isn’t the tool at fault it works as well as the person using it. Different tools have different jobs as well and a craftsman knows what tool works best for every task. Maybe you’ve come across the nut that has been rounded off with a pair of pliers or maybe the screw that has had its threads stripped. All indications of someone untrained or hurried in their work. It takes the skill of a craftsman to get the most out of a toolbox. The novice and the craftsman use the same tools but it is the skill of the craftsman that makes the difference in the outcome of the project.

There are a lot of times I feel useless in situations. I don’t have the right words to say or I don’t know what to do to help. There have been times that I went ahead and did the only thing I knew how to do or said the first thing that came to my mind. Most of the time, despite my good intentions, it doesn’t work out very well.

In this case, the proverb is just as good as when God gave it to the writer but it is the fool delivering it that makes it useless. In the right context, delivered correctly, the proverb would be a blessing for the receiver. Hearing the proverb badly quoted and out of context would be like being handed a butter knife after you ask for a plunger. Worthless.

Other situations where I felt there was nothing I could do, I was surprised when I found myself being used by God to help in a way that I didn’t expect. Someone that expertly works with his tools knows each of their abilities as well as their strengths and weaknesses. A craftsman is able to use a tool to do something that maybe isn’t its strongest feature but still create a beautiful result. If you ever find yourself thinking you are a certain type of person, a certain tool in a toolbox be aware of the Master’s hand. Because when he wraps his hand around you and pulls you out of the toolbox he may use you in a way that you didn’t expect. Don’t worry though, he never blames his tools and he always creates a masterpiece.

Prayer

Lord thank you for the gifts and skills you have given me. I pray that I use them in ways that will please you. Help me feel your presence when I am called and let me respond quickly and wholeheartedly knowing I am doing your will. Let the praise be yours Lord when my work is completed. In your name Amen.