Woodland Men

Newsletter 7/22/14

More than just a VBS

It was great to know that many parents brought their children to our church for VBS. Volunteers spent the week with over 700 children, playing games, making crafts and teaching lessons focusing on God. Not only our church but thousands through out the nation will be doing the same this summer. I praise God for all that the children will learn about Him and His love for them.

My concern is VBS may be the only or one the few times during the year the children are taught about God. Far too often parents leave the job of discipleship to the church leaders or volunteers.

God has set men as the leaders of their family with the responsibility to train up their children in the way they should go. The time spent being the leaders of our family is what makes a family strong.

Raising children is a blessing along with terrifying and brutal at times. We are not perfect (ask my son and daughter). We don't always have the answers. We can not do it by ourselves. But God has given us resources to help us. His word, prayer, the church along with fellow believers. For example, there are life groups, parenting classes, your pastors and counselors. All of these have been a blessing to me through the years. The web has resources also, but keep in mind, it can not replace the intimacy of a personal connection.

God loves us, through His word He has given us directions to be better fathers. Which all of us can be by taking the time to learn then follow them.

Proverbs 22:6

6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Positive News

8 Keys to Keeping Your Marriage Strong

On very rare and special occasions, we will see a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary. So many things have to fall into place for a couple to make it that long together that it can nearly be considered a miracle only God could have bestowed. Not only does the couple have to fight off all the sharp, poison-tipped arrows of life, but just the simple fragile nature of the human body makes it very hard for both to make it that far. It is pretty safe to say that, on their wedding day, most couples visualize being that pair that grows old so gracefully together. Statistics say that the odds are stacked against them, but it is a victory that can be won. It requires great passion from both in the marriage, and it demands a steadfast resolve to be the exception and not the rule. Here are 8 key ingredients to creating a strong, robust marriage that can go the distance.

Read article here:

http://www.allprodad.com/articles/dads-and-marriage/8-keys-to-keeping-your-marriage-strong/

Next study starting July 30th "Forgotten God" by Francis Chan

Starting July 30th breakthrough author Francis Chan reminds us of the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and that without Him, we operate in our own strength, only accomplishing human-sized results.

This seven-session video resource offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives. It is designed to initiate and facilitate discussion, interaction and practical application of the message of Forgotten God.

Woodland Men Wednesday Night Starting Next Study

Wednesday, July 30th, 6:30-8pm

9607 E State Road 70

Bradenton, FL

Next study "Forgotten God" by Frances Chan

We meet Wednesday nights at the church Room 122 from 6:30pm to 8pm.

We start with dinner (provided) and fellowship then begin the study.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.