Dear Tabernacle Family,
Several years ago, Pastor Al Baun invited me to have breakfast with him. That meeting was the beginning of a friendship that has developed and become so very meaningful for me. His interest and concern for me, my family and my work told me he cared. His counsel and prayers bathed in God’s love modeled Godly manhood.
As men, we all know guys we can call our friends or buddies, but how many of us have someone in their life who intentionally invests their life in ours? The real depth of a significant and meaningful relationship is one which moves you from relying on yourself or others to relying on God. It’s called discipleship, and this is at the core of what The Tabernacle Ministry to Men is about.
Some time ago, during a Sunday morning worship service, the Holy Spirit showed me the Father’s heart for the men of The Tabernacle. To this day, I cannot recall that special moment without tears forming in my eyes. I encountered the love of the Father who so desperately wants His sons to know how much He loves them and how He longs to bring them into the fullness of His Glory.
Much of how men view their Heavenly Father is reflected in the relationship they have with their earthly father. Sadly, in many cases, there has not been a father to love them or where there is, the example has fallen far short of Godly influence. How often I have heard men say, “My father never told me he loved me.” The repercussion of the father’s failure has given way to many societal problems, not the least of which are divorce, abortion, juvenile crime and other manifestations of an orphan spirit.
One would think the church would be exempt from these problems, but not so. For every ten men in the church, nine will have children who leave the church, eight will not find their jobs satisfying, six will pay monthly minimum on their credit card bills, five will have a major problem with pornography, four will get divorced (affecting one million children each year), only one will have a biblical worldview, and all ten will struggle to balance work and family.
In John 10:10, Jesus declared, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Now, more than ever, the kingdom of God needs courageous men who will fight to reclaim ground the enemy has stolen; fight for our families, our marriages, and for each other. As Men of Valor, we are a band of brothers engaged in warfare tactics to take down the enemy by investing our lives in training and equipping all men to live victorious lives empowered by the Holy Spirit. If you’re looking for spiritual growth and meaningful relationships, I encourage you to join with us, Tuesday evenings at 7:00 in the World Prayer Center. Men, be the Man God called you to be. It’s time to step up and get in the fight!
Don Troyer, Men of Valor
A Tabernacle Ministry to Men