The Manger Build® Across the Country
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The Manger Build® Across the Country

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger… Luke 2:7a ESV A growing number of families across the US celebrate Christmas but miss the point of Jesus. The Manger Build provides a strategy to help churches encourage men in their congregations and communities...

3 Lessons We Can Learn From Football
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3 Lessons We Can Learn From Football

Originally Posted by Mike Young August 2006 Guys, football season is finally here. It’s hard to explain the emotions that overcome us at this time of year. Players at all levels are practicing for season openers. Pre-season polls and predictions consume many avid fans. Just recently, Stacy and I watched the end of the movie...

3 Classic Football Movies for Men’s Ministry
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3 Classic Football Movies for Men’s Ministry

It’s football season! And while there’s plenty of football to watch (or not as the case may be), I thought it would be cool to remind you of a few solid football movies that would set up a great men’s movie night this season… Facing the Giants was the breakout hit for the Kendrick Brothers...

3 Keys to Being Men of Courage
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3 Keys to Being Men of Courage

Originally Posted by Mike Young March 2006 Men need more…. COURAGE. Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines courage as follows: Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. I’ve always reminded myself and others, especially my sons, that courage doesn’t mean an absence of fear. In my mind, courage...

Head to Head: The Manger Build vs. Children’s Christmas Musical
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Head to Head: The Manger Build vs. Children’s Christmas Musical

We often hear that the church calendar is too full at Christmas and “We simply can’t do The Manger Build because we already do a Christmas musical for the kids.” OK, I get it. And I’m not going to tell you not to do the musical but here’s an itemized (and admittedly biased) analysis of...

Prayer at the Pole & Beyond: Resources for the Praying Dad
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Prayer at the Pole & Beyond: Resources for the Praying Dad

Don’t let praying for your children or the children of others be a one-day or one-time event. Men, I hope you’ll cultivate a habit of praying with and for your kids (or someone else’s). We’ve searched for some blog posts and resources that may help or encourage you to this end. Check them out below....

Prayer at the Pole: Praying for Your Kids (or Someone Else’s)
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Prayer at the Pole: Praying for Your Kids (or Someone Else’s)

Friends, I hope you have this Wednesday morning (September 27th) marked on your calendar. It’s national See You At The Pole day. Students, parents and in some cases, school officials will gather around flag poles in front of schools across the country to pray. They’ll pray for students, teachers, friends, coaches, administrators, government officials. It’s...

3 Examples of a Leader’s Influence
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3 Examples of a Leader’s Influence

Originally Posted by Mike Young August 2006 I love to study leadership and leaders. Many of you are familiar with John Maxwell’s book, Twenty-one Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. One of the laws he addresses is The Law of Influence, stating that the true measure of leadership is influence – Nothing more, Nothing less. When I...

6 Great Reasons to Host The Manger Build this Christmas!
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6 Great Reasons to Host The Manger Build this Christmas!

1) Most families in your community celebrate Christmas but don’t know Jesus. Sad, but true. It’s hard to believe how so many could miss Christ in Christmas, but they do. Your church could help families learn why they’re celebrating! 2) Churches often struggle to engage busy young families. Everywhere I go, men’s ministry leaders ask,...

How to Unload the Baggage & Travel Light
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How to Unload the Baggage & Travel Light

Originally Posted by Mike Young October 2006 Guys, have you ever seen one of those movie scenes where some one or some group is going to make a trip and they take everything with them? In the pioneer movies, they pack the wagons full of precious things that they just have to take with them...