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6/30/13

Jacob did things his way for most of his life, but he eventually came to the point where he realized he has taken the wrong road to manhood. He has material blessings, but he doesn’t feel blessed – He doesn’t like the person he has become. He has been fighting all of his life, and it has separated him from the people he loves the most. This is a crisis point in his life. Something has to change. He cannot continue this way any longer.

He is returning home. He is lonely.  He is afraid of his brother Esau, and for the first time in the biblical record, he initiates prayer. He comes to God, he needs the Father to teach him how to be the man that he wants him to be. He has no control over this situation, and his old tactics will not work.

This passage tells us that God is drawn to men who are at a crossroads. God appears on the scene, and Jacob is forever changed.

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Raised to Life

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6/24/13

THE MAKING OF A MAN: RAISED TO LIFE Jesus goes to the city of Bethany, to the grave of a dead man, and when he raises Lazarus back to life it impacts that city. Many people came to believe in him (Jn 11:45).

That is what he wants to do in our city, and this entire region today. Now notice, He came because of the women. Mary and Martha called for Him. He came because of the women, but he is on the way to a man.

There’s a lot of praying women in churches, and Jesus will come because of the women, and He wants to impart life to the men.

There is a pattern in this passage for the resurrection of manhood - a resurrection to a new level of manhood, a new level of spiritual life, a new level of influence, a new level of destiny in this city. This is the future that could be, and should be, and will be if we can get some men who will let God bring them back to life and set them on fire again.

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Feel Like a Man

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6/16/13

God created men and women in His image, and God feels. The Bible tells that God experiences a full range of emotional experience, including grief, joy, compassion and anger (Gen. 6:6, 19:6, Isa 62:5). Emotions are God’s gift to us to help us experience life more meaningfully.

The problem is that most men live their lives suppressing their emotions, and the root cause can be traced all they way back to Eden. God originally created men and women to be naked and unashamed (Gen 2:25), which speaks of more than just being physically unclothed. When you’re naked you’re open for discovery and everything about you is exposed.  It speaks of openness, honesty, and vulnerability. But after Adam and Eve sinned, Gen. 3:7 says, “Right away they saw what they had done, and they realized they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together to make something to cover themselves.” They became closed, covered, protective because they were ashamed. The emotion of shamed is negative, destructive and unhealthy for men and for women...so ladies don’t tune out, this message applies to you to.

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Series: The Making of  Man

6/2/2013

One Christian leader states that the greatest opportunity and challenge facing the church in the 21st Century is the development of godly husbands and fathers–godly men. Counselor Alexander Mitserlisch asserts “society has torn the soul of the male, and into this tear the demons have fled – the demons of insecurity, selfishness, and despair.  Consequently, men do not know who they are as men.” One of the greatest contributing factors to this tear in the male soul, is wounds that they have incurred in their own relationship with their father.

Today, I want us to consider the common wounds of the male soul in our culture, because these pains must be addressed in order for men to re-engage the battle to become the men of God they have been called to be.

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