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This Year will be Different – SkitGuys

Do you feel sometimes that your life consists of waking up, eating, going to work and doing it all over again tomorrow.  Make next year different.  You can start today!

Source: http://skitguys.com/videos/item/this-year-will-be-different

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Protecting Your Family

As Christian parents, it is imperative that we regulate what our children see on TV, the internet and elsewhere

“Train up a child in the way he should go,  And when he is old he will not depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” – Matthew 5:28

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman” – Job 31:1

Some Statistics:

  1. On Internet sexual content from Online MBA.  See the full infographic here:

  

2. On TV – according to USA Today, teens experience 3 times as much sexual content on TV then on the internet.  

3. The impact of all this sexual content:

    • According to a Rand study, teens that saw the most sex on TV were twice as likely to initiate intercourse
    • According to Pediatrics, teens who were exposed to the most sexual content were twice as likely to get pregnant in the subsequent 3 year period.
    • Also TV, internet and games, impact their weight and sleep, depression and anxiety, and even grades

So, How Do We Respond?!

I was planning to put together a list of tools and resources but then found Focus on the Family’s page on the topic and I think it is pretty good.  There are other tools out there as well like SafeEyes and Norton Family but this site also contains resources for TV, etc.  So take a look at this site and let us know what you think in the comments.  Thanks!

Focus on the Family – Safety Resources

Sources for all data are listed in the body of this blog.  Please refer to the links for more details.  Thanks!

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Men’s Retreat – Fall 2011

 The Westchester Men’s Ministry will be participating in Priority One’s men’s retreat again this fall!  Here are the details:

September 15-18

Lake Champion, Glen Spey, NY

If you register early (by June 30th) the cost is only $195 for the whole weekend!  Then it’s $215 until July 31st and finally $235.

You can find more information about activities at: priorityone.org.  But to sign-up contact us so we can all plan to stay in the same facility.

Hope you can join us!

Here are some pictures of Rob on the Zip line from last year!

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Jesus: The Lost 40 Days

This Wednesday, April 20th at 9 PM EST, THE HISTORY CHANNEL is airing a new documentary about the forty days between Jesus’s Resurrection and Ascension…

              The History Channel: Jesus: The Lost 40 Days

Tim Keller, Eric Metaxas, Dick Staub, Fr. Jonathan Morris and others will be featured on the side of orthodox Christianity, along with notable dissenting voices such as Elaine Pagels, The “Jesus Seminar’s” Bart Ehrman, and others… Hope you can watch it.

Tim Keller

Eric Metaxas

Dick Staub

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Keeping it silly! Common greeting at our small group

Keeping it Silly from Westchester Men’s Ministry on Vimeo.

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Walk and Talk

Men’s Fellowship: Walk and Talk

This Saturday, June 5, 7:30 am

Rockwood Park (7:30 am) and Eldorado West, Tarrytown (9 am)

Come for a stroll by the Hudson and through the woods! Afterwards, meet for breakfast at the diner. Or come just to walk, or just to breakfast!

Directions: Rockwood Park is near Phelps Hospital. Take 117 west from Pleasantville or from its intersection with 9A or Taconic State Parkway north. After about 2 miles from 9A, you will see the exit for route 9. Do not take this exit, but stay left and begin to slow down. You will soon come to a crossroads, with Phelps Hospital on your left. Go straight through the crossroad, and park in the small parking lot immediately on your left.
Eldorado West is a diner on route 9, near the entrance ramp for I87 south. From Rockwood Park, we return east on 117, and immediately take 9 south all the way through Tarrytown. Then look for the diner on the left, after the ramp for I87 north and the Tappanzee Bridge.
Hope to see you there!

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Can You Lose Your Salvation

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been debating the question ‘can one lose their salvation?’ in our small group.  My opinion has leaned always towards ‘no’.  Not in order to assure myself that my actions couldn’t cause my demise but that they couldn’t cause my salvation.  I do believe that the devil is constantly in the ear of those that have given their life to Christ saying “Are you really sure you are saved?” while God is in the other ear saying “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.

To think that our actions, I argued could keep us saved devalues Christ’s sacrifice.  He paid it all and died so we might live.  I’m not arguing that we need to work out our sanctification but all we bring to our justification is our sins (sorry forgot who originally said this).

Today, I heard a sermon from Chuck Swindoll on Disqualification.  He made a compelling point.  Not that our disciplines or actions assure our salvation but that the state of our heart will be judged.  Can we love God with all our heart and desire Him over everything, and than slowly fall in love with the things of the world and forget God.  I believe we can.

It’s not a quick action like the slip of the tongue.  ‘Oh no, there goes my salvation, let me work to get back in right relationship with God.’  No, it’s more like deciding not to accept the gift we once accepted.  Jesus’ death paid the price and this is a gift we need to receive.  He doesn’t force it on us.

As Chuck so eloquently described putting something else before God is subtle, very subtle.  We test the boundaries, we rationalize our actions, we continue to push the limits.  Until we say “I don’t care the cost, I want …”  and the blank space is anything but God.

But their is hope.  Chuck mentions Samson and how his ego led to his demise but he didn’t mention the end of the story.  In Judges 16:28, Samson prays to God “O sovereign Lord, remember me.  O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes”.  Some say Samson’s hair had grown back and therefore his strength had returned but then he wouldn’t need to pray.  No, it’s clear that he put God back in His right position, as the sovereign Lord, and therefore took himself off the throne of his life.  God answered Samson’s prayer and if you turn back to God he will answer yours.

Please listen to Chuck Swindoll’s sermon here:
Insight for Living – April 26, 2010

* Image courtesy of http://www.howstuffworks.com/

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The Love Dare

    Last month, a number of us saw the movie Fireproof. (http://thelovedarebook.com/fireproof-movie.html)  Some of us picked up the book and committed to taking the dare.  Frankly, I’ve found it hard to find time even though it take only a few minutes.  I’m not sure why, but in speaking to a few other people I’ve found that I’m not alone.

    When I have taken the challenge and responded to the leadings in the book, Carolyn has noticed and has appreciated my efforts.  Therefore I’m going to try harder because I feel that much like praying, the devil maybe trying to keep me from something that will strengthen my marriage and my faith.
    I encourage you too, to pick up the book if you haven’t.  I’m sure we would all admit that no matter how long we’ve been married, our marriage is not perfect.  The question is, are you comfortable with that?   Or are you willing to push yourself to be a better husband?
    We are looking for a few people to share their experiences, either anonymously or preferrable not.  Please e-mail me at NYMensMinistry@yahoo.com.  Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!