Men have issues!


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These are the powerpoint notes to the sermon I preached on Father's Day '10 at Arise Christian Church entitled, "Men have issues!"
Use these notes as a guide to hear the sermon on the Arise Podcast. Go to to access the podcast link.

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Men have issues!

  1. 1. Men have issues! Joshua 1: 1-9 <ul><li>Rev. Samuel Robles Jr. M.Div. </li></ul><ul><li>Arise Christian Church </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  2. 2. Men have issues!
  3. 3. <ul><li>Who are your priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are your priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>When do you focus on your priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you need priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you prioritize? </li></ul>Men...
  4. 4. Issues that men deal with... <ul><li>the nature of work; </li></ul><ul><li>getting in touch with their own identities and feelings. </li></ul><ul><li>their role in families. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- “The care of men” Neuger and Poling, eds., 44. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. the nature of work <ul><li>job issues </li></ul><ul><li>job security </li></ul><ul><li>family worries and stress </li></ul><ul><li>leading to a faith crisis </li></ul>
  6. 6. Joshua 1: 9 <ul><li>Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. </li></ul>
  7. 7. getting in touch with feelings <ul><li>unresolved grief </li></ul><ul><li>looked upon as “weak” </li></ul><ul><li>fear </li></ul>
  8. 8. Joshua 7: 2-6 <ul><li>Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, &quot;Go up and spy out the region.&quot; So the men went up and spied out Ai. </li></ul><ul><li>When they returned to Joshua, they said, &quot;Not all the people will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary all the people, for only a few men are there.&quot; So about three thousand men went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted and became like water. </li></ul><ul><li>Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Joshua 7: 7-10 <ul><li>And Joshua said, &quot;Ah, Sovereign LORD, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will you do for your own great name?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>The LORD said to Joshua, &quot;Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? </li></ul>
  10. 10. role(s) in families <ul><li>what defines our “maleness?” </li></ul><ul><li>father / husband </li></ul><ul><li>security / safety </li></ul>
  11. 11. &quot;Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. &quot; - Joshua 24:14-15 
  12. 12. <ul><li>Be strong and courageous. </li></ul><ul><li>Stand up! (aka Man-up!) </li></ul><ul><li>Say and live, “ But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” </li></ul>Overcome distractions, and make godly priorities in your life: