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Greater Things Than These

mens group A circle of tight friendship...

There has been a group of men meeting in our home weekly for many years. We actually grew out of the Promise Keepers movement from the early 90’s. We call it the “Thursday Guys”. Occasionally we invite someone new to join us, but there is an expectation of long term commitment. There has been some coming and going; it is not right for everyone. There is a circle of tight friendship, camaraderie and accountability and importantly ... transparency.

There has been a group of men meeting in our home weekly for many years. We actually grew out of the Promise Keepers movement from the early 90’s. We call it the “Thursday Guys”. Occasionally we invite someone new to join us, but there is an expectation of long term commitment. There has been some coming and going; it is not right for everyone. There is a circle of tight friendship, camaraderie and accountability and importantly ... transparency.

Currently there are 9 of us if everyone shows up. We are Christian guys in that we are followers of Jesus and believe in the example of His life and the teaching we find in the Bible. Of course there is lots of discussion about what we understand Jesus said and did and why He did it and what in general the Bible has to say. But we are in agreement that the Bible is the authority we subscribe to, the filter that everything we discuss passes through.

Naturally with that many years and that many guys we have been through allot together. We have supported one another through painful relationship struggles; growth and renewal and divorce. We have had business successes and failures, bankruptcy; new homes and loss of homes; the anguish of suicide in our extended families and three of our number have succumbed to cancer.

In many ways we are like Jesus’ disciples were; just regular guys in the presence of God. We have Jesus and His promise of “another Counselor, the Spirit of truth”. (John 14:15-16) and though we have spent years with Him we still at times struggle with our stuff as if we really don’t know about God at all.

In the gospel of John, Jesus famously said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me you would know my father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him” (John 14:6-7)... yet Phillip said, “ Lord show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” In the few passages that follow is described what must have been one of Jesus’ most patient and enduring teachings and a promise we can all be challenged by.

What did Jesus do?
You may wonder: what exactly does that mean “...he will do even greater things than these!” Indeed learning the truth in Jesus promise “I will do whatever you ask in my name” is deep and profound. What does “in Jesus name” entail?

I invite you to read John 14:5-21, and just as we do during an ALR retreat, spend some quiet time reflecting on this verse and see where the Holy Spirit leads you.

Be blessed as you spend time in His presence.

 

The Greatest Mystery
Sincerely Yours
 

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