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Menís Weekend 2011 makes significant impact on attendeescomment (0)

February 17, 2011

By John Evans

Churches from different denominations banded together Jan. 28–29 to help men grow in Christ.

Men’s Weekend 2011, hosted by CrossPoint Church, Trussville, in partnership with more than a dozen other churches, featured Christian author and speaker Steve Farrar.

Farrar addressed the sanctuary full of men on topics ranging from the evidence of God’s work in a man’s life to combating anxiety.

“Never in my adult life have I seen so many Christian men so worried and anxious, experiencing sleepless nights unsure what the future holds for them, their children or their grandchildren,” he said, going on to encourage the audience to have faith in a sovereign Father.

“You don’t need to lose sleep at night,” Farrar said. “God runs the whole world.”

Farrar spoke to the men about trials in life, urging them to think of life as a poem.

“If you think there’s no rhyme or reason (in life), let me ask you this,” he said. “Does every word in a poem rhyme? You don’t get to the rhyme until you get to the end of the line.”

Suffering, Farrar said, brings spiritual growth.

“That’s how God builds spiritual muscle in His men, through suffering, not through an easy life,” he said.

Farrar explored what he said are the 10 evidences of God’s work in a man’s life, which focused on His sovereignty.

The 10 evidences Farrar gave were God is in control of devastating loss; God is in control of every event in life; God is in control of all assignments; God is in control of grievous setbacks; God is in control of broken hopes; God is in control of prolonged waiting; God is in control of powerful people; God is in control of all promotion; God is in control of all weather, famine, drought and natural disasters; and God is in control of all that’s good and bad.

As an example of God’s control of all assignments in life, Farrar addressed what a man can do when he has been placed somewhere he doesn’t naturally enjoy.

“Keep a teachable heart,” Farrar said. “Say, ‘What do you have for me, Lord? What do I have to learn?’”

He pointed to the story in Genesis in which Joseph went to prison in Egypt even though he did what was right as an example of God being in control of grievous setbacks.

Farrar told the men that God is with believers during setbacks.

“When you can’t see your way out, you trust in Him,” he urged the men.

Farrar spoke on a number of other subjects including parenting, what to look for in a wife and how to handle a crisis.

“[I was really impacted when Farrar talked] about us having a true Father, how we need to have more faith and less worry, which is a difficult thing to do no matter how much you read it in the Bible,” said Monte Montgomery, an attendee from ClearBranch United Methodist Church in Trussville.

Ryan Whitley, CrossPoint’s senior pastor, believes the men’s weekend, which is set to happen again next year, had a significant impact on those who attended.

“Some guys left going to work on their marriage,” he said. “Some guys are going to work on spiritual discipline. Some left with the strength that they may have lost their job but they’re going to trust God.

“So I think all the guys left with things they’re going to be working on,” Whitley added.

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