May 1st, 2022
"The glory of God is a man fully alive." -Irenaeus
Sunday, May 22, 2022
What Do You Want The Most?
Legend has it that a young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning.
Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water.
The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air.
Socrates asked, 'What did you want the most when you were there?"
The boy replied, "Air."
Socrates said, "That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it."
In my reading this week, I landed on a verse in Lamentations that caused me to pause. The Lord is speaking through the prophet Jeremiah and he's laying out a pretty descriptive picture of how bad things have gotten in Jerusalem:
"Her filthiness clung to her skirts; she did not consider her future. Her fall was astounding; there was none to comfort her..."
The line that really struck me was, "...she did not consider her future." I read from the NIV translation but other translations get the point across just as well.
"...she gave no thought to her future."
"...she took no thought of her future."
"...she did not consider her end."
"...she did not consider her destiny."
"...she did not think of her future."
"...she wasn't worried about what could happen."
"...she showed no concern for her fate."
"...she was not mindful of her end."
"...she did not consider the consequences."
"...she took no thought of her future."
In unpacking this verse, one commentary described Jerusalem as "reckless" in her preparation for the future. They were living for the now.
It got me wondering if I've been reckless about my future and the future of the generations to follow. Am I being mindful of my destiny?
I wonder how bad I really want it? Do I want a legacy that reflects Jesus? If so, do I want it as bad as the air that gives me life? The image of the young man fighting and grasping for air is a powerful one. When was the last time I fought that hard for anything?
Am I the only one that can name multiple areas of my life where I haven't fought hard enough?
As we head into another week, I encourage you to spend time with God. Take some time to take stock of how bad you want a future that is shaped and guided by the ONE true God! Help him uncover those areas of our lives where we have been less than lions.
Let's not look back and wish we'd fought harder. Let's not look back and shake our heads while saying, "I did not consider my future."
As in all things, continue to lean on your Circle of 5. You can't do this alone fellas'
Know of a brother in need? Shoot me the details and I'll get it out to the guys!
Dave Grow and Jim Gauley
Please continue to pray for Dave Grow and Jim Gauley in Ukraine. Pray that these last few days they will be aware of the Holy Spirit's leadings and not miss an appointment God might have for them. Also pray for their time traveling home. They will start out by bus on our Friday (5/13) night to Warsaw and spend the night. They will leave there on our time Saturday (5/14) and arrive in Seattle at 12:30pm.
Pastor Cliff and Pastor Wes
Pastor Cliff and Pastor Wes are asking for all available men to pray over Pastor Wes and Pastor Cliff prior to the service. At this time, the location is in Pastor Cliff's office at 9:45 am. If things change, we will let you know.
Back in April, Jim needed surgery for two abscesses in his back. Jim came through surgery and the doctor said that the antibiotics that he has been taking did the trick. During the procedure, they discovered that one of his lungs had an infection in it. At last report, Jim was preparing for PT and OT. Update 5/15/22: I spoke briefly with Yvonne today after the service. She was on her way to see him. I asked if there was anything she needed. She did say she may need help moving stuff into storage. If that time comes, I'll send out a call to help her. Update 5/6/22: Jim's wife, Yvonne, shared the following statement: "Thank you for your continued prayers. Jim has received a diagnosis of dementia. He is now on a third round of two antibiotics that will last four weeks. His surgery site is still open so pray that it will finally heal. His lungs sound like tissue paper so prayers for healing there also. Jim has had a loss of appetite and weight loss. Your prayers have not been in vain because God has heard and has been answering them."
Lyn's bride, Jan, has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and will be coming home Thursday. May 4. Please be in prayer for Lyn and Jan. May God's peace and perfect love be ever present to them. If you have updates on Lyn's situation or know how we can support him, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Know of a guy that has done something pretty cool and needs to be bragged about? If you do, send me the deets (that's how the cool kids say it) and I'll put it in the next newsletter.
The Russell Family Adds A New Member to the Family!
Ryan and Alesha arrived home on May 14 with the newest member of the family, Hana. We look forward to hearing about their journey!
Maxwell Named New Sunnyside Superintendent
After a superintendent search process that began in January, the Sunnyside School District Board of Directors has offered the position of Superintendent to current Sunnyside High School Principal Ryan Maxwell, pending successful contract negotiations.
Ryan will officially begin his tenure as superintendent on July 1, 2022.
Let's include Ryan in our prayers as he prepares to embark on a new leadership experience. Let's pray that Ryan's relationship with Christ will be evident in all aspects of his work in the Sunnyside School District! Well done Ryan!
Resources to aid you in your spiritual development:
Cary Kresse has a number of studies by multiple well known theologians covering all aspects needed to grow one's Faith in Jesus Christ. Some are in the Men’s Ministry cabinet RM 116, the rest are in Cary's personal collection at home. Cary says, "They touch all aspects of SPRIF and I encourage they be encountered with the attitude expressed in Jody Carnes song 'Nothing Else'". Check it out by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/DLBvCTV23qw If you are interested in exploring the Men's Ministry library or check out Cary's resources, you can email Cary directly: email@example.com
Where Do We Go From Here?
Starting Wednesday, May 11, Cary Kresse will be facilitating a study with Dr. David Jeremiah. In this study, Dr. Jeremiah sits down with Sheila Walsh to discusses ten phenomena happening in our world today that can be directly tied through biblical prophecy to events that transpire during the Last Days. If you're interested, contact Cary Kresse firstname.lastname@example.org.
**The GVNAZ podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Amazon, Google Play, and Podbean.
My Bible Tracker App
Keep track of your Bible reading progress by using this app together with your favorite Bible. This visual progress representation will fuel your motivation and make sure you never forget where you left off.
Here are some cool features to this app:
- Mark the chapters you have read
- Easily see which chapters and books are completed
- Partially read books are highlighted to encourage you to continue reading
- Create multiple Bible Trackers for different purposes
- Customize your Trackers with names and colors
- A percentage will show you how much of the Bible you have read
- The Stats page will show you information about number of chapters and books read
- Unlock achievements as you go
- No annoying notifications
- There are no timed plans where you fall behind, which lets you progress at your own pace
- As useful for those who need years to complete the reading, as for those who read every day
The My Bible Tracker app is available on Apple and Android platforms.
If you're looking for a way to tackle your Bible reading, you might like the S.O.A.P journal technique. SOAP is a simple method for reading and applying God's word to our lives.
SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer and involves four simple steps:
- Scripture – Read a short Bible passage out loud and/or write it out.
- Observation – What do you notice about the verses? What do you think the main message is? What verses, words or ideas jump out to you?
- Application – Ask God how he wants you to apply the verse to your own life.
- Prayer – Pray for yourself and/or for others.
The method is suitable for individual and group use. This is my go-to devotional method. I'd be willing to help someone get started if they needed help. email@example.com
Resources to help you in your physical development:
Deck of Cards Workout Routine:
Cliff shared, what he calls, a "Deck of Cards Workout". Here's how it's done:
- Take a deck of playing cards minus the jokers.
- Assign an exercise for each suit.
- Draw a card, then do that number of repetitions of the exercise assigned to that suit.
Things to know:
- Cards 2-10 are face value; jacks are 11; queens are 12; kings are 13; aces are 15.
- When you complete the deck, you will have done 105 reps of each exercise.
- By modifying the exercises assigned to each suit, you can design a beginner’s level workout on up to a truly elite level workout, or you can target one part of the body (ex. an all-legs workout, all-arms workout, all-chest workout, all-abs workout, or total body workout).
- Exercises can be done with weights, resistance bands, or just one’s own bodyweight.
- Sample exercises include push-ups, dips, pull-ups, crunches, sit-ups, v-ups, leg lifts, squats, lunges, scissor kicks, high-knees, jumping jacks, curls, etc.
- If you search “Deck of Cards Workout” on YouTube, you’ll find many variations.
Young Adult Ministries
What: Young Adult Ministry
Who: Young adults 18+ (single, married, w/ kids, all YA welcome)
When: Tuesdays this Spring + Summer activities
We want to hear from you! Follow us on insta (@gvnazYAM) and take our survey or contact Josh Parrill firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yakima Valley Community College Gold Card
As a senior citizen, 60 years of age or older, and a Washington State resident, you are encouraged to take advantage of the Gold Card Program at Yakima Valley College (YVC). A Gold Card allows you to attend state supported classes at a reduced cost. The Gold Card also allows for attendance at ball games and some other college presentations without charge. To qualify for a Gold Card waiver, you must be at least 60 years of age prior to the quarter you are planning to attend.
Gold Card holders are invited to attend designated day or evening state funded classes in which established class size is not exceeded and permission is granted by the instructor. Gold Card holders may enroll on the third day of the quarter or when the class has met at least once, whichever is later. One or two classes may be taken on a space-available basis for $5 plus fees.
Fees include any applicable lab fees, plus a $4.50 per credit combined service fee, a $4.50 per credit technology fee, and a $4.50 per credit ELearning fee. The Gold Card holder is responsible for buying any required class supplies or materials. Gold Card holders do not receive college credit and do not have to be take tests. A grade of “N” (audit) is posted on your transcript. A Gold Card is not valid for “community service” classes or seminars.
A Gold Card may be obtained at the Registration & Records Office located in the Deccio Higher Education Building (#8) or email email@example.com. A written request listing first name, last name, address, phone number, date of birth, and photo ID may also be forwarded to:
Yakima Valley College
Information Office: Attention Gold Card
PO Box 22250
Yakima, WA 98907-2520
Note: Gold Card holders are subject to the same parking regulations as all students. OUr brother, George Montanaro has used this resource and is willing the help anybody navigate the enrollment process. firstname.lastname@example.org
f you have resources for men to being better stewards of the money God puts in their hands, shoot us an email: email@example.com. Examples: Classes, strategies, budget tools, contact information, etc.
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- Clear your calendars for May 5, 6, and 7 of 2023 and encourage your friends to do the same.
- Pick one area of the SPRIF formula to work on. In what ways will you work to build your competence in your spiritual life, your physical life, your relationships, your intellect, or your finance?
- Start to build your Circle of 5. Who are the 5 men in your life that will help you and hold you accountable? Call them. Text them. Invite them for coffee. Start the conversation.
- Send us any pray requests, celebrations, and updates regarding your respective groups. You can't do this alone! Prayer requests and updates can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you know of other men or churches that would like to be a part of this community, let us know and we will add their contact information to our mailing list. Email contact information to: email@example.com
Man Camp 2015
Grandview Church of the Nazarene is a place where people can meet Jesus, engage in life-giving community, and everyone is welcome. We believe in creating a space where people can have authentic encounters with Christ, discover their gifts and use them for God's glory.