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Men's Ministry Study Notes

Chasing Trouble - Living the LIfe you were Created to Live

By John Jones

Chasing Trouble

Living the Life you are Called to Live

2 Samuel 23New King James Version (NKJV) 20 Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.


Are you living your life in a way that it is worth telling stories about?

What is the most courageous thing you have every done?

 Do you live from your head or do you live from your heart?

We are living in great times set in the midst of a great war against our manhood. 

Participating in the legitimate pleasures (watching sports, smoking cigars, venturing into the wild, wearing the latest cut of suit) that men traditionally enjoy doesn't make them a man.

Manhood is lived out by a man that is bold, caring, principled, passionate.  This kind of man makes his family whole, a woman safe, a child confident, and a community strong.

Do you want to be referred to as a man after God's own heart?

Topic #1 What? Do you choose Adventure?

  1. Don't accumulate possessions; accumulate experiences

How would your life be different if you were seeking areas you could take back from the enemy? 

          b.  What is the difference between making a life and making a living?

          c.  Do you have a vision (dream) for the life God has called you to live?

 Topic #2 Why?

          a.  When you know your why it makes your what more powerful.

b.  Seek God in your adventure – He is faithful to give you immeasurably   more

          c.  Take back territory that the enemy has stolen – enlarge your territory

 Topic #3  Run to the Roar – life chasers aren't normal

          a.  Living from the heart

          b.  Don't seek safety – seek situations that scare you to life 

          c.  Be more afraid of missing opportunities than making mistakes


Summary: Are you ready to live life differently? Until we are able to come to terms with War is the context of our days we will misinterpret 90 % of what is happening around us.  We have to come to the place that God wants a life of abundance for us. John 10:10

Final question before I leave you tonight:

In light of what I have heard and learned tonight, How will I show myself a man that will live differently?  A man that lives from his heart and is willing to chase the life that God has called him to live! 

Conclusion: The Glory of God is man fully alive!  To be able to live life differently you have to be willing to live more from your heart than from your mind.

Action is character.  Manhood is action.

Real living out our manhood from our heart is living in a heritage rooted honor and devotion to a tribe.  It is often rowdy and eager for fun, but it is ALWAYS on duty and never fails to mind the borders of the territory it is assigned.


Man in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt; 1910


Fate has chosen him.

A fellowship will protect him.

Evil will hunt him.

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