From Mourning to Mentor
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From Mourning to Mentor

Battle Briefing | March 2022 We’re always excited when we hear a story of a partner taking action and making a difference, and Hank Graeser is one of those partners. He calls himself a “recovering engineer,” but most importantly, he’s a follower of Jesus. The most formative experience in his life with Jesus was the death...

We Never Reach the End of the Trail: 65 Years of Discipleship (& Counting)
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We Never Reach the End of the Trail: 65 Years of Discipleship (& Counting)

It was eye-opening for me to sit with a small group of pastors at lunch this week. One commented on his rich experience with personal mentors. Men had sown into his life as a man, husband, father, and pastor. Two other pastors said they had never really had anyone invest in them in meaningful ways. ...

Discipleship Leaves a Legacy
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Discipleship Leaves a Legacy

This week I’ve been given a poignant reminder that there is, as Ecclesiastes assures us, “a time to die.” Two men who have been influential in our ministry have recently gone to their heavenly residence. Though they are absent from the earth, they spent their lives here investing in the Kingdom and Noble Warriors.  Steve...

5 Ways Women Can Impact Men’s Mentorship
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5 Ways Women Can Impact Men’s Mentorship

Mentorship for men doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I’ve seen and experienced over the years in men’s ministry that women are often involved in men’s mentoring in unsuspecting ways:  1. In being an unsuspecting mentor to a younger guy.  You might just be an unsuspecting mentor to a young man without realizing your impact. Our...

Mentoring – An Easy Win!
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Mentoring – An Easy Win!

Every church I know of would like to see more intergenerational engagement. Whether you call it mentoring or discipleship or something else. We know that the young man needs the old man’s wisdom, and the old man needs the young man’s strength.  How do you move folks in this direction? Celebrate someone who’s already doing...

“Bruh, You Got to Eat the Meat and Spit Out the Bones!”
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“Bruh, You Got to Eat the Meat and Spit Out the Bones!”

Minute with Mike | February 2022 “Bruh, you got to eat the meat and spit out the bones!”  I recall hearing this first from Pastor Don Coleman, and I apply and share this bit of wisdom frequently with my kids and many others. We must be discerning about what we see, hear, and believe.  “Do...

It’s Not About a Day. It’s About Day-In, Day-Out.
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It’s Not About a Day. It’s About Day-In, Day-Out.

February 7-14, 2022, has been dubbed “National Marriage Week.” It kicks off with National Marriage Day, and it wraps up with Valentine’s Day. A recent survey projects Americans will spend $23.9 billion on the holiday. Men will spend almost twice as much as women – $235 vs. $119. The crazy thing is that about $9.5...

Why Mentorship?
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Why Mentorship?

Battle Briefing | February 2022 Why mentorship? Or we could ask, “Why MENtorship?”  The answer – because that’s what Jesus did.  “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John 13:15  In The Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert Coleman breaks down how men were...

Yet Jethro Mentored Moses
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Yet Jethro Mentored Moses

What’s holding you back? Are you feeling inadequate?   You are not alone. When it comes to following Christ’s example by discipling other men, it’s easy to see my shortcomings, why I am not qualified, and use them as an excuse not to initiate. We feel inadequate because we are. But God calls us to do...

Help Wanted: Mom Seeks Mentor for Son
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Help Wanted: Mom Seeks Mentor for Son

Mentorship plays a crucial role in our children’s lives, whether it is the presence or absence of a godly mentor, and moms can play a significant role in finding a mentor for their sons.  Even though I try my best to disciple each of our children, we have still sought out others who are willing...