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Service Project

24 Mar

It’s been suggested that a great service project for the Men’s Group would be to take over maintenance of the NW Corps Canteen. That would entail starting and driving it on a regular basis, as well as taking to service center for scheduled maintenance and repairs.

I think we should take this on. Anyone agree?

IHS,
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Note from Joe King

28 Jan

Thank you everybody for a great meeting this past Saturday the 21st! There were 15 of us there! There were a few that were not able to make it for various reasons. Just want you guys to know we missed you and look forward to seeing you at the next meeting! We watched the movie Courageous which our Bible Study is based on. This was my second time seeing it and again I was challenged!

Major Carr and his Wife/Chef Debi did a fabulous job providing a very yummy breakfast! Thank you again to the Carr’s for providing breakfast! We are looking for our next volunteer for breakfast. If you did not get to see the movie I encourage you to rent it or borrow it from Major, it is entertaining as well as uplifting!

Our next meeting is February 18th, at 9am. We will continue our study with Session 2 of the Courageous Bible Study. Bring your Bibles and study booklets. We will have some time to discuss the movie a little as well. I am excited to see what God has in store for us during our time together!

Dates to mark in your calendars for Men’s fellowship participation

February 18, @ 9is Next Meeting

March 3rd or 17th for our March meeting?

March 10th, 11th, 16th, or 17th for Hockey Night. Which one works best for you?

June – Territorial Men’s Retreat

Territorial Men’s Retreat – are you interested? If so we need to jump on this right away. Spots will be taken fast.

Fund raising ideas/participation – what ideas do you have, what will you commit to?

Service – as a group of Christian men (as a group) we need to think about how and when we can serve. There are several projects around the corps that can be done. Timing/scheduling is always a problem, but one that we can overcome. What are your feelings on this?

Discussion on Courageous movie – how did it encourage you, effect you, challenge you. What will you take from it?

Territorial Men’s Retreat….

22 Jan

Please post data on the retreat here…

And whether you would be interested in attending?

Discussion on the film “Courageous.”

22 Jan

What do you think of the movie? I witnessed a lot of allergy action (sniffling noses and runny eyes)….

Let’s get some discussion going!

For starters: What do you think of requiring your daughter’s suitors to meet your approval before allowing your daughter to date the fellow? In this modern world, is there any way any father could get this to work? How?

Comments, please!!!!

Fundraiser to send youths to music conservatory.

22 Jan

We need to raise about $5,000 to send our kids to music conservatory.

We need ideas!

Do far we have;
1. Pancake dinner.
2. Letters of solicitation – for $50 to $100 each.

It costs around $600 per youth for conservatory – so let’s get on the stick and raise some funds so those who want to go can…

Please post any ideas you can come up with.

 

Meeting Saturday, January 21st – “Courageous, Honor begins at Home”

16 Jan

A reminder and invitation to all:

Our next meeting is this Saturday, January 21st. It will be at9am at the Northwest Corps,12507 Windfern Road,Houston.

During this meeting we will be watching the movie “Courageous, Honor begins at Home”.

Major Carr has already stepped up and volunteered to provide breakfast that morning.  Thank you to Major Carr!

Every and any male person is invited! Not only will we have breakfast and a spectacular movie – we always have very stimulating discussions. So, no matter what your spiritual viewpoint is, you are sure to find something to uplift you.

We have finished up Session 1 of the “Courageous” Bible study.  There are a couple of pages at the end of Session 1 for self-contemplation which can also be found on this discussion board website under the post “Finishing up Lesson One”.

Next meeting we will tackle (notice the seasonally topical football reference) Lesson 2. So you might want to read ahead a bit and let the film on Saturday help you fill in the blanks.

See you Saturday, January 21!!

Christmas Eve Story

24 Dec
The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate.
He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.  Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up.
“Thank you, but I don’t mean to intrude,” said the stranger. “I see you’re busy, I’ll just go.”
“Not without something hot in your belly.” George said.
He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger. “It ain’t much, but it’s hot and tasty. Stew … Made it myself. When you’re done, there’s coffee and it’s fresh.”
Just at that moment he heard the “ding” of the driveway bell. “Excuse me, be right back,” George said.
There in the driveway was an old ’53 Chevy. Steam was rolling out of the front.. The driver was panicked.
“Mister can you help me!” said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent. “My wife is with child and my car is broken.”
George opened the hood. It was bad. The block looked cracked from the cold, the car was dead.  “You ain’t going in this thing,” George said as he turned away.
“But Mister, please help …”
The door of the office closed behind George as he went inside. He went to the office wall and got the keys to his old truck, and went back outside. He walked around the building, opened the garage, started the truck and drove it around to where the couple was waiting.
“Here, take my truck,” he said. “She ain’t the best thing you ever looked at, but she runs real good.”
George helped put the woman in the truck and watched as it sped off into the night. He turned and walked back inside the office.
“Glad I gave ’em the truck, their tires were shot too. That ‘ol truck has brand new .” George thought he was talking to the stranger, but the man had gone. The Thermos was on the desk, empty, with a used coffee cup beside it.
“Well, at least he got something in his belly,” George thought.
George went back outside to see if the old Chevy would start. It cranked slowly, but it started. He pulled it into the garage where the truck had been. He thought he would tinker with it for something to do. Christmas Eve meant no customers. He discovered the the block hadn’t cracked, it was just the bottom hose on the radiator.
“Well, shoot, I can fix this,” he said to himself. So he put a new one on.
“Those tires ain’t gonna get ’em through the winter either.”
He took the snow treads off of his wife’s old Lincoln. They were like new and he wasn’t going to drive the car anyway.
As he was working, he heard shots being fired. He ran outside and beside a police car an officer lay on the cold ground. Bleeding from the left shoulder, the officer moaned, “Please help me.”
George helped the officer inside as he remembered the training he had received in the Army as a medic. He knew the wound needed attention.
“Pressure to stop the bleeding,” he thought. The uniform company had been there that morning and had left clean shop towels. He used those and duct tape to bind the wound.
“Hey, they say duct tape can fix anythin’,” he said, trying to make the policeman feel at ease.
“Something for pain,” George thought. All he had was the pills he used for his back. “These ought to work.”
He put some water in a cup and gave the policeman the pills. “You hang in there, I’m going to get you an ambulance.”
The phone was dead.
“Maybe I can get one of your buddies on that there talk box out in your car.”
 He went out only to find that a bullet had gone into the dashboard destroying the two way radio.  He went back in to find the policeman sitting up.
“Thanks,” said the officer. “You could have left me there. The guy that shot me is still in the area.”
George sat down beside him, “I would never leave an injured man in the Army and I ain’t gonna leave you.”
George pulled back the bandage to check for bleeding. “Looks worse than what it is. Bullet passed right through ‘ya. Good thing it missed the important stuff though. I think with time your gonna be right as rain.”
George got up and poured a cup of coffee. “How do you take it?” he asked.
“None for me,” said the officer..
“Oh, yer gonna drink this.  Best in the city. Too bad I ain’t got no donuts.” The officer laughed and winced at the same time.
The front door of the office flew open. In burst a young man with a gun.
“Give me all your cash! Do it now!” the young man yelled.
His hand was shaking and George could tell that he had never done anything like this before.
“That’s the guy that shot me!” exclaimed the officer.
“Son, why are you doing this?” asked George, “You need to put the cannon away. Somebody else might get hurt.”
The young man was confused. “Shut up old man, or I’ll shoot you, too. Now give me the cash!”
The cop was reaching for his gun.
“Put that thing away,” George said to the cop, “we got one too many in here now.”
He turned his attention to the young man. “Son, it’s Christmas Eve. If you need money, well then, here. It ain’t much but it’s all I got. Now put that pea shooter away.”  George pulled $150 out of his pocket and handed it to the young man, reaching for the barrel of the gun at the same time.
The young man released his grip on the gun, fell to his knees and began to cry. “I’m not very good at this am I? All I wanted was to buy something for my wife and son,” he went on. “I’ve lost my job, my rent is due, my car got repossessed last week.”
George handed the gun to the cop. “Son, we all get in a bit of squeeze now and then. The road gets hard sometimes, but we make it through the best we can.”
He got the young man to his feet, and sat him down on a chair across from the cop. “Sometimes we do stupid things.” George handed the young man a cup of coffee. “Bein’ stupid is one of the things that makes us human. Comin’ in here with a gun ain’t the answer. Now sit there and get warm and we’ll sort this thing out.”
The young man had stopped crying. He looked over to the cop. “Sorry I shot you. It just went off. I’m sorry officer.”
“Shut up and drink your coffee ” the cop said.
George could hear the sounds of sirens outside. A police car and an ambulance skidded to a halt. Two cops came through the door, guns drawn.
“Chuck! You ok?” one of the cops asked the wounded officer.
“Not bad for a guy who took a bullet. How did you find me?”
“GPS locator in the car. Best thing since sliced bread. Who did this?” the other cop asked as he approached the young man.
Chuck answered him, “I don’t know. The guy ran off into the dark. Just dropped his gun and ran.”
George and the young man both looked puzzled at each other.
“That guy work here?” the wounded cop continued.
“Yep,”  George said, “just hired him this morning. Boy lost his job.”
The paramedics came in and loaded Chuck onto the stretcher. The young man leaned over the wounded cop and whispered, “Why?”
Chuck just said, “Merry Christmas boy … and you too, George, and thanks for everything.”
“Well, looks like you got one doozy of a break there. That ought to solve some of your problems.”
George went into the back room and came out with a box. He pulled out a ring box. “Here you go, something for the little woman. I don’t think Martha would mind. She said it would come in handy some day.”
The young man looked inside to see the biggest diamond ring he ever saw.
“I can’t take this,” said the young man. “It means something to you.”
“And now it means something to you,” replied George. “I got my memories. That’s all I need.”
George reached into the box again. An airplane, a car and a truck appeared next. They were toys that the oil company had left for him to sell.
“Here’s something for that little man of yours.”
The young man began to cry again as he handed back the $150 that the old man had handed him earlier.
“And what are you supposed to buy Christmas dinner with? You keep that too,” George said. “Now git home to your family.”
The young man turned with tears streaming down his face.
“I’ll be here in the morning for work, if that job offer is still good.”
“Nope. I’m closed Christmas day,” George said. “See ya the day after.”
George turned around to find that the stranger had returned. “Where’d you come from? I thought you left?”
“I have been here. I have always been here,” said the stranger. “You say you don’t celebrate Christmas. Why?”
“Well, after my wife passed away, I just couldn’t see what all the bother was. Puttin’ up a tree and all seemed a waste of a good pine tree. Bakin’ cookies like I used to with Martha just wasn’t the same by myself and besides I was gettin’ a little chubby.”
The stranger put his hand on George’s shoulder. “But you do celebrate the holiday, George. You gave me food and drink and warmed me when I was cold and hungry. The woman with child will bear a son and he will become a great doctor.  The policeman you helped will go on to save 19 people from being killed by terrorists. The young man who tried to rob you will make you a rich man and not take any for himself. That is the spirit of the season and you keep it as good as any man.”
George was taken aback by all this stranger had said.
“And how do you know all this?” asked the old man.
“Trust me, George. I have the inside track on this sort of thing. And when your days are done you will be with Martha again.”
The stranger moved toward the door.
“If you will excuse me, George, I have to go now. I have to go home where there is a big celebration planned.”
George watched as the old leather jacket and the torn pants that the stranger was wearing turned into a white robe. A golden light began to fill the room.
“You see, George … it’s My birthday. Merry Christmas.”
George fell to his knees and replied, “Happy Birthday, Lord Jesus”

“Courageous” and the Construction of Modern Camelot in Houston, Texas

24 Nov

“Courageous” and the Construction of Modern Camelot in Houston, Texas

The conception of what noble men should be – men like us (if I may be so bold as to categorize us in this manner) – is by no means a new concept. Men like us have been chosen by God and given active sentinel responsibility to those who depend upon us. Those who rely upon us do so not only for the necessities of life, but often more so for leadership in behavior, ethics and morality.

I was blessed in running across the following quotation from Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte Darthur” (written in the middle 1400s – you can get it for free from Project Gutenberg ). It contains some of the earliest written accounts of King Arthur. The book is so old it was written in Middle English.

King Arthur’s Pentecostal Oath (Modern Translation):
“… then the king established all his knights, and bestowed on them riches and lands. He charged them never to commit outrage or murder, always to flee treason, and to give mercy for those who asked for mercy, upon pain of the forfeiture of their honor and status as knight of King Arthur’s forever more. He charged them always to help ladies, damsels, gentlewomen, and widows, upon pain of death. Also he commanded that no man should take up a battle in a wrongful quarrel – not for love, nor for any worldly goods.”
– “Le Morte Darthur”, Sir Thomas Malory, Translation supplied by Dorsey Armstrong, Phd.

What strikes me so soundly is the alignment of our goals of becoming “Courageous” men with the highest charge given by King Arthur to his Knights of the Round Table. The notion of us all together – bound by common cause and moral purpose – charged by Almighty God Himself – with a code of behavior closely aligned with that of King Arthur – implying that we are a modern team of knight class men – men who are the modern equivalent of The Knights of the Roundtable – is indescribably gratifying.

A closer look at the charge given by King Arthur in The Pentecostal Oath as relevant to “Courageous” men:

1. We are already given, by God, valuable worldly possessions and family – a reward in His Good Faith – of our oath, duties and promise of loyalty.
2. Honor (righteousness) is the highest charge given.
3. Compassion and mercy are specifically required.
4. One must defend the weak. Women, and (I would argue strongly, by extension, children), are specifically named as individuals who we are charged to treat with largess, generosity and defense. Upon pain of death….
5. We are not to use our power for greed. Knights are strong, powerful, efficient, and effective. We must never use that power wrongfully, in league with evil forces or for personal gain. We are to always use our strength for good – in pursuit of honor and righteousness.

If we learn our lessons, if we apply what we learn, and if we step up with courage and discipline, there will be a new Camelot. Right here in Houston. Right here in our midst. With God as our King. And we as His Holy Knights of His Roundtable, His Hands in this Kingdom.

In passing:
As a parting thought, I thought it might be nice to provide the Middle English Version of King Arthur’s Pentecostal Oath – predating the King James Version of The Bible by about 150 years:
“than the kynge stablysshed all the knights and gaff them rychesse and londys; and charged them never to do outerage nothir morthir, and allwayes to fle treson, and to gyff mercy unto hym that askith mercy, upon payne of forfeiture of their worship and lordship of kynge Arthure for evermore.”
– Le Morte Darthur, Sir Thomas Malory

Finishing Up Lesson One

20 Nov

In advance of our December 10 meeting, the following is offered for contemplation in finishing up Lesson 1. The following is intended to bring us to action by transforming what we have learned, what is in our hearts, and what we know we should do – to incorporation into the behaviors and actions of our daily lives. It is found on pages 20-21 of our study booklet. Remember that Love is a verb and calls us to action; the point of the lessons are to bring us to better Love those we are entrusted to care for by attaining a higher level of achievement of Love – an enhanced level of action on behalf of God – through God – in expressing our love for those we influence.

Summary:
We can all stand to improve in consistently reading God’s Word and obeying His voice. Like Joshua, we may need to recall that God will help us lead your families and will never leave us as we obey Him. We may need His reminder that He is calling us to spiritually lead, guide, and protect those under our care. Our commitment to the Word of God:

Write three steps you will take this week to better read God’s Word and obey:

1.

2.

3.

Dads and Moms
Consider how God wants you to sacrifice your life for the sake of your family.

Consider how He wants you to be a hero in your home. Consider the threats that war at the doors of your children’s hearts and lives every day. Sometimes they can be physical threats (yellow grenades and carjacks), but often they are spiritual ones.

For example, boys often face bullying or peer pressure at school. Starting very young, girls may face issues of body image and a sexually pervasive culture. Even a toddler faces threats. Identify threats you think of in the following space.

Other dangers to your family are not as easily spotted. What about attitudes of bitterness toward your spouse or children (Heb 12:15)? How could unresolved marriage issues hurt your children? Do you allow harmful Internet, TV or movie content into your home? What about friends who pull your children away from God? Do hobbies or other activities keep you or your children away from church involvement?

Many Godly parents have been where you have yet to go. You can benefit from their wisdom and friendship.

Constantly pray for courage to address in a Godly way the threats to your children. Pray for each child as he or she faces these challenges. Intentionally spend more time with your kids, learning their day-to-day routines. Like Nathan, hang on tightly to the wheel!

Pray for the wisdom and boldness to step up and be the dad you need to be – to serve, lead, and protect your family. God is calling men and women to courageously follow Christ and His Word. He is calling us to make more sacrifices needed to fight for our faith, for our families, and for future generations.

It Is Time To Answer The Call.

Continued Discussion of Session One – Courageous Living

24 Oct

We didn’t get to totally finish our discussion Saturday. Plus, some of us may have more to add after having had a few days to think… So here is the opportunity to add more – or make new comments.

Session One – Open Discussion:

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear…

  1. Before you realized Nathan’s objective, did you find yourself agreeing with his actions, or were you hoping he would give up? How did you feel once you realized what Nathan was fighting for?
    1. Would you call his actions courageous and heroic – why or why not?
  2. Describe the most dangerous situation in which you ever found yourself. Would you react the same way now as you did then? Or looking back, do you wish you had responded differently? Was your safety all that was at stake, or was someone else involved?
  3. What scares you most about the life stages of your children? If you don’t have kids, what concerns do you have for the possibility of one day being a parent?
  4. What three things do you think most threatens families today? What sacrifices are you willing to make so these threats don’t harm or destroy your family? How does courage help us make changes?
Denny Myers