From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on I Corinthians 13:11

 

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.               NKJV

The 2011 movie, Courageous, produced by Sherwood Pictures, the independent Christian film company and creators of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof, is an unapologetic call for men to live courageously for their faith and their families.  In the film, a group of Christian men resolve to become the men that God has called them to be.

What is a man?  In Courageous, four men sign a resolution which embodies the Biblical essence of being a man.  The resolution reads as follows:

I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.

I will love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.

I will be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.

I will bless my children and teach them to love god with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.

I will train them to honor authority and live responsibly.

I will confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.

I will pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.

I will work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.

I will forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.

I will learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.

I will seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.

I will courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.

As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.                 Joshua 24:15

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