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The Book

From one of my students…


I picked up the plate from the table and started out of the kitchen, then down the hall. I’d barely made it three steps when a foot shot out in front of me. I tripped and landed flat on my face, the plate of food splattering the walls. A strong hand gripped my arm, and pulled me up. I braced myself for what was coming. After two seconds, the hand slapped my face. That would be the third time today. My face burned like fire. A voice filled with rage followed. “You know we are low on food. Do not be so clumsy, or you will feel something worse than that.”

My name is Tabitha. I am an Egyptian slave. My people, the Hebrews, have been slaves of the Egyptians for many years. For all of my fourteen years, I have been a servant in the palace. I don’t have…

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Enabling Mamas & Their Entitled little Men

Act Like Men Part 4


Act Like Men Part 4 – 

WaterMark Community Church – Pastor Todd Wagner

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Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.(1 Cor. 16:13, 14 ESV)

  • The reality of life in this world is that we all have been disappointed or wounded in ways that challenge (not necessarily control) our ability to live strong, healthy and productive lives.
By 2013 female college grads will outnumber men getting degrees by three to two.  That means for every entry-level job, we’ll be outnumbered by women who are just as hungry to get their feet in the door.  Is this a crisis for men?  No, but it does mean we need to find a new way to measure our suitability for the opposite sex.  Traditional male roles aren’t shifting – they’ve shifted.  And if it’s not…

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Don’t You Dare Quit Now

Good stuff from a good friend


by Kevin Cassil
February 28, 2014

I recently wrote an article entitled “Live Above the World,” about the wonderful things that God wants to do in the lives of those who love Him. I believe it really is true that we can’t even imagine the things that God wants to do for us – things we’ve never seen or heard of or even dreamed – God really does want to do those things in your life![1] So where are they?

God is absolutely able to do far more than we can ask or imagine.[2] So why do so many who call ourselves followers of God; who say we love Him; not see on a regular basis what we’ve never seen or hear about what we’ve never heard or witness what we never imagined? What is it that keeps us from truly and consistently living above this…

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Absent & Abusive Dads

Act Like Men: Part 3


Absent & Abusive Dads: Why is even Harder to Become a Good Man Than it is to Be One

Sermon Notes – Watermark Community Church – Todd Wagner

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1 Corinthians 16:13,14 ESV “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”

The Problem: Men Today Are In a State Of Confusion

  • The reality of life in this world is that we all have been disappointed or wounded in ways that challenge (not necessarily control) our ability to live strong, healthy and productive lives.

The Solution: Men have to Regain Their Ability to Live Confident Lives

  • A confident man is not full of himself, his is full of faith and lives in truth. A confident man addresses the realities of his past and the responsibilities of the present.
  • It takes courage to face…

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The Truth About Men: Confusion, Crisis & Confidence

Act Like Men: Part 2


The Truth About Men: Confusion, Crisis, and the Confidence to meet the Challenge

Watermark Community Church – Pastor Todd Wagner

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1 Corinthians 16:13 -Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV)

  • The Problem: Men Today Are in a State of Confusion

1. Some of it has to do withsociety.

  • “Years ago, manhood was an opportunity for achievement, and now it is a problem to be overcome.” – Garrison Keillor
2. Some of it has to do with a lack of vision.
  • “Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is and what kind of man you long to be.” – Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Historian, 1795-1881)
3. A lot of it has to do with Dad.
  • The example…

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Life Groups: A Nutshell Perspective


There are a lot of books and articles that have been written and are being written about life groups, small groups, cell groups, community groups, impact groups, or egroups. I’ve even read a fair number of these books, white-papers, and blog articles.  Furthermore, I’ve been involved in small group membership and leadership, in one form or another, for years.  At this point in the church community small group revolution, I think I can safely say that small groups, life groups, or whatever you want to call them, are the salvation of the church.

Citing the classic, widely used passage of scripture in Matthew, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always…

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Act Like Men: God’s Calling for Men


Act Like Men: Defining and Discussing God’s Calling for Men

Sermon Notes – Watermark Community Church – Pastor Todd Wagner

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What It Means To Be God’s Man (Notes courtesy of

  • Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13, 14 ESV)
1.  Step Up 
  • Lead. Initiate. Be a man of action. 
  • Assume it your job and your moment. 
  • Hate apathy. 
  • Reject passivity.
  • Ezk 22:30 – And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. (Ezekiel 22:30 ESV)
  • 2 Sam 10:7,12 – And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. Be of good courage, and let us be…

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Live Above the World

Great Stuff from my friend Kevin Cassil


by Kevin Cassil

As I am sitting down to write this article, I am not feeling very victorious. Perhaps that is all the more reason why I need to get this written – to remind myself and you that our God loves us very much and wants wonderful things for us.

I may be familiar with Jeremiah 29:11 – “‘For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.’”[1] It seems though that sometimes I have a hard time believing that. I mean really believing it.

I find there is one enemy in particular that I face in this battle to believe. It’s the bad things I have faced or seen others face or that I conjure up in my highly creative, worrisome mind. I have…

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Thoughts on Family Worship

A great post from my men’s life-group blogsite.


Family Worship, as the name implies, is the joint worship rendered to God, by all the members of one household.  Among the list of leadership responsibilities given to  Christian men, husbands, fathers, and leaders-of-a-household, family worship ranks among the top.  As a Christian, as a man, as a spiritual leader and example to others, the spiritual discipleship of those within our family and circle of influence is a large branch on our tree of personal spirituality.  Obvious, right?  I mean, it makes tremendous sense, it’s super logical, extremely practical, and a vital part of our personal leadership responsibilities, yet, how many of us are actively leading “family worship,” family devotions, family prayer times, or any variation of this theme.

No, I’m not perfect either, but let’s be real for a second.  Let’s make a personal/family leadership list.  Granted, this leadership list is an “ideal.”  It may not match-up with…

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The Promise of Persecution

A great message from JRC – James River Church – along with discussion questions. Originally posted on my Life Group Blog


JRC Sermon Notes & Discussion Questions 11/10/2013 – John Lindell 

John 15:18-16-4
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates…

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