Friday, January 19, 2007

Role Models

I just watched a review of the now (in)famous American Idol and heard something Very disturbing. An author and expert on bullying, Rachel Simmons, stated as part of her review of the "hit" show, “We live in a society where role models, good role models, are being replaced by celebrities." She also stated as part of the review that, "Social cruelty is being woven into the American Idol experience." There are two things we can learn from these statements.

First, we need to strive to make Jesus our role model - celebrities most often know very little and are pompous fools, why anyone would idolize and make them role models I can't understand. On the other hand, there are good Christian celebrities out there that are indeed living for and showing Jesus in their lives and are not afraid to do so. These are great earthly role models. Quite a few of our Seattle Seahawks are great, Christian role models, be inspired by them if you need an earthly role model. Or find a Christian in the sport you love to show your friends or children how to live for God and Jesus AND who to give the credit and glory to.

Second thing we can learn is that history hasn't changed much. All that lead up to the betrayal of Jesus, and even after Adam and Eve committed the original sin; social cruelty has been being woven into our society in general. We do not need to encourage this and continue to give it momentum. So realize that even the littlest dig on someone you don't know is just as harsh as what the American Idol "judges" and "celebrities" do to the contestants.

Here's some Biblical reference to this to help you know what you need to do to be a good role model.

John 13:34-35 (New International Version)
34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Romans 12:10 (New International Version)
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Hebrews 10:24 (New International Version)
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

And more for you to look up: Romans 13:8, Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 4:2,

So be on guard brothers, make Jesus your role model and do not spur on social cruelty.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What it's all about.

"So what is our ministry all about?” you say. It's all about MEN! About being a MAN! Being a man who is RIGHT with God or is striving to be right with God. Inevitably it's about becoming a man of God, giving your life to God fully, and striving to do His will by accepting His free offer of eternal life through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior - freely and in faith – if you have not done so. It's about being a man who will have ONE wife and be FAITHFUL to her. Being a man who will LEAD their family in a Godly manner. Being a man who will lead their children, be a part of their children's life, lead by God pleasing example, TEACH them and RAISE THEM UP in God, and guide them to be responsible, respectful adults who need to understand there are repercussions for their actions, they must be responsible for their actions, and there is no such thing as free lunch. It's about being a man who does man things - belching, farting, shooting guns, fishing, playing football or baseball or whatever their passion, killing animals (hunting and fishing, legally for food), standing up for and defending their family, driving fast, experiencing the thrill of pursuit, BBQing, a good steak, a great beer, the outdoors, being MEN of GOD. Yes, God allows these things, if done in a manner that is pleasing to Him. It's time to reverse the effects of feminism and political correctness and allow men to be the men God wants them to be, take back their families, and start being the leaders God has called them to be. Men who have morals and know right from wrong, choose life, and “know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:23-25 God designed men to be a certain way and we want to teach them what He wants them to be and allow them to be a man. We also want the men to know that it is not all about you, it’s about God. If you are interested in joining us, whether or not you fly fish, every Wednesday we meet for either Bible study, fly tying, or fellowship at 7 pm. See our website’s calendar of events for more details of where and what. I hope you will take the challenge and joins us. See you later; I can’t wait to meet you.

May God bless you indeed!

Monday, January 15, 2007

21st Century Communications

Amazing! God equipped me with enough knowledge to create and maintain our ministry's website - and be very HTML dangerous - and now He has equipped us with bloggin' technology to enter into yet another prime way our society communicates in the 21st Century. Hopefully our thoughts, insight, direction, and general brain dumps will help and encourage you all to participate in our ministry and you realize we're just a bunch of guys with a passion - for God and for fly fishing.

Welcome to OSLC Men's Fly Fishing Ministry Blog.