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I spent much of last year looking into the jaws of the Lion, but still avoiding them. Surrendered to his teeth? But that meant … death. Not just a wound. Not even just a deep cut. Giving myself to the teeth of the Lion would mean the end of me.

The. End. Of. Me.

And that is when I began to see that that was precisely what he wanted. The end of me. The end of my goodness. The end of my righteousness. He wanted me dead. Not dying. Dead.

For only what is dead can be resurrected.

+ Jeff Dunn, “Surrendering to His Teeth” (1/20/2011)

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I’ve found that it’s not about asking guys to do more; it’s about asking them to be more. It’s not about asking them to pursue a plan or respond to a cool idea or even to a dare. It’s about convincing guys, deep down, that being God’s man is worth the risk.

  • Doing more puts man in control.
    Being more puts God in control.
  • Doing more is a safe style for men.
    Being more is risky.
  • Doing more lets a man pick the changes he needs to make.
    Being more allows God to reveal the changes a man needs to make.
  • Doing more attaches to the public persona.
    Being more reaches the private self – the man God wants to reach.

+ Kenny Luck, Every Man God’s Man, 11-12

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Everything belongs to God and we are the stewards of His possessions.

He is free to take away at any time the material riches, health, a beloved child, a good name, a friend, fame.

These things are only ENTRUSTED to us.

If they are taken away we lose nothing.

They are not ours.

This constitutes one of the joys of the Christian life.

All Christians are “have-nots” and do not desire to be “haves.”

Those who have, worry about possible losses.

This is not possible for us.

Our life is one full of serenity.

—Richard Wormbrand

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There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.

– C.S. Lewis

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The second way a man can respond to God is out of fear. This response says, I hear clearly what you’re saying, but I just don’t believe You can meet my needs as well as I can. Like pride, fear causes us to reserve control of certain areas of our lives and keep them away from God’s influence.

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When a man fears that he may lose something – a few bucks, a feeling of gratification, a relationship, or even a job – because God is calling him to a new way, the best thing for him to do is to move against the fear in faith. That way he sends a message to God, himself, and others that God knows better. Period and end of discussion.

+ Arterburn & Luck, Every Man God’s Man, 66-68.

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I spent much of last year looking into the jaws of the Lion, but still avoiding them. Surrendered to his teeth? But that meant … death. Not just a wound. Not even just a deep cut. Giving myself to the teeth of the Lion would mean the end of me.

The. End. Of. Me.

And that is when I began to see that that was precisely what he wanted. The end of me. The end of my goodness. The end of my righteousness. He wanted me dead. Not dying. Dead.

For only what is dead can be resurrected.

+ Jeff Dunn, “Surrendering to His Teeth” (1/20/2011)

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I’ve found that it’s not about asking guys to do more; it’s about asking them to be more.

It’s not about asking them to pursue a plan or respond to a cool idea or even to a dare. It’s about convincing guys, deep down, that being God’s man is worth the risk. Why is that?

  • Doing more puts a man in control.
  • Being more puts God in control.

  • Doing more is a safe style for men.
  • Being more is risky.

  • Doing more implies there’s and end to it.
  • Being more is a process — fluid and unpredictable.

  • Doing more lets a man pick the changes he needs to make.
  • Being more allows God to reveal the changes a man needs to make.

  • Doing more requires trying harder.
  • Being more relies on training humbly.

  • Doing more is about spiritual pride.
  • Being more produces humility through surrender.

  • Doing more is about correcting behavior patterns.
  • Being more is about connecting with God’s character.

  • Doing more attaches to the public persona.
  • Being more reaches the private self — the man God wants to reach.

+ Arterburn & Luck, Every Man, God’s Man, 11-12

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