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Week of September 13, 2010
Greetings!

John Eldredge's ministry, Ransomed Heart, recently sent the following out in a daily email. It spoke to my heart, so I'm sharing it.

Vanity Fair

"Don't be afraid of embracing the disappointment you feel, old or new. Don't be scared of the unreasonable joy either. They're the highway markers home."

We snort with disdain at such quaint sentiments, and our choice made, strike off down the straight highway of discipline and duty. All goes well for a while, sometimes for years, until we begin to realize that we're really not feeling much anymore. We find ourselves struggling to weep with those who weep or even rejoice with those who rejoice. Mostly we don't bother looking people in the eye. They may want to engage us and nothing much inside feels very engaged. Our passions begin to show up in inappropriate fantasies and longings interspersed with depression, anxieties, and anger we thought we had left behind. With a start, we realize our heart has stolen away in the baggage. It is taking the journey with us but under protest.

We redouble our efforts at discipline to get it to knuckle under but it refuses. Some of us finally kill it well enough that it no longer speaks as long as we're occupied. Any quasiredemptive busyness will do. We look as if we're still believing. Others of us decide the deadness is too high a price to pay and agree to let our heart have a secret life on the side. We even try to be passionate about our faith but the fiery embers that once sustained it have turned to cool gray ash, the evidence that life was indeed once present.

We find ourselves at the same place of heart resignation we left so many years ago before we were Christians. We arrive at the Vanity Fair that John Bunyan describes in The Pilgrim's Progress. It is a familiar city populated with many of the companions we had hoped to leave behind: deadness of spirit, lack of loving-kindness, lust, pride, anger, and others. Nonetheless, having been out on the Christian journey for a number of years by now, we assume that this is as close to the Celestial City as we're ever going to get. We set up housekeeping and entertain ourselves as well as possible at the booths in the Fair that sell a variety of soul curiosities, games, and anesthetics.

The curiosities sold at the fair are endless in their diversity, many of them good in and of themselves: Bible study, community service, religious seminars, hobbies we try to convince ourselves are eternally transcendent (e.g., "Wow, I can't wait to ski deep powder!"), service to our church, going out to dinner. But we find ourselves doing them more and more to quiet the heart voice that tells us we have given up what is most important to us.

(from the book, The Sacred Romance , 129, 130)

Break camp. Set out for the Celestial City once again. Battle on, for the prize is worth the effort!

Jan - trimmed beard
Blessings to you,

Jan Broucinek
Wildmen Ministry

Jan@WildmenMinistry.com



MATC - TPA Nov 2010p.s. Men at the Cross is coming back to First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks on November 20th for a one day event. This is the "year two" presentation named "Prize Fighters".

It is quite different from what was presented last year.

Go to www.MenAtTheCross.org for further information. We are in talks with Men at the Cross to see if we can get discounted tickets. We'll let you know.

p.p.s In the Wildmen Outpost Pinellas section, is an announcement about a new show coming this Saturday to Pinellas County Florida. If you are in the area, this is a great opportunity for a fun night out.

p.p.p.s - Wow, that is a lot of P's!
There is a conference coming to Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL that should be of some interest to most guys. Some of the speakers are; Tony Dungy, Danny Wuerffel, and Michael Flaherty. It is called Impact for Living. Click the link for more information.
News and Events
Wildmen Outposts & Allies
Wildmen Outpost Pinellas - Seminole, FL
Tuesday September 14th at 6:45pm

Come join us for in the Barn for an incredible teaching series about the life of King David. I mistakenly called it "The Warrior is a Worshiper" last week. The actual series title is "Heart of Gold".

Bring your friends!


One Man Show
Our own Eric Jaqua is part of the "One Man Show" called Steeple People. This new evening experience is coming to our local area this Saturday evening. See the website below for more information.

http://garyrichardson.com/Gary_Richardson/One-Man_Show.html


Wildmen Outpost Pinellas meets at The Barn
13001 74th Avenue, Seminole, FL 33776

For more information contact jan@wildmenministry.com
or call
727-537-MEN7
Ally, Men of Pathways - Largo, FL
Tuesday September 14th at 6:45pm

Experiencing GodWe are starting a series by Henry Blackaby - Experiencing God.

Most Bible studies help people; this one changes them forever.

For more than 15 years, God has used Experiencing God in His work, showing believers how to know Him intimately while encouraging them to step out in faith and join Him in His work-with miraculous results.

Facilitated by Rich Roberts and Pastor Bill Losasso.

Men of Pathways meet at Pathways Community Church
801 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL 33770

For more information send contact rich@pathwayscc.com
or call the church office at 727-397-4707
Wildmen Outpost - Sarasota, FL
Tuesday September 14th at 6:45pm

Secrets of the VineWe will be starting: "The Secrets of the Vine" a series that introduces viewers to the ongoing work and presence of God in their everyday lives.

In this eight-part tutorial, best-selling author Bruce Wilkinson guides viewers through the stages of spiritual growth. Along the way, he helps them understand how God communicates with them and provides them with the spiritual resolve that can lead them into the light of His kingdom.

October 19th, Woodland (home of Wildmen Sarasota) will be hosting James Henderson. He holds the world record for (drug free tested) bench press (711 lbs!). He was one of the original members of the Power Team and is an ordained minister and evangelist, giving full time to speaking in schools, churches, men's events, and other gatherings. More info to come as the date nears.

Also, don't forget our blog site.
Wildmen Sarasota / Bradenton Meet at Woodland Community Church,
9607 E SR 70, Bradenton, FL 34202.


For more information contact Sarasota@WildmenMinistry.com.
or call 941-412-6808.
Wildmen Ally at Grace Family - Lutz, FL
Tuesday September 14th at 7pm


Come join us for a meal, great teaching, and awesome fellowship.

Wildmen Ally at Grace Family Church meets at
Grace Family Church Van Dyke Campus
5101 Van Dyke Road
Lutz, Florida 33558

For more information contact Jerry Batista at: jbatista@gracefamilychurch.org
or call the church office at 813-265-4151


Wildmen Outpost - Tampa, FL
Teddy RooseveltWednesday September 15th at 7pm

Join us as we delve deeper into the heart of a man.

Wildmen Outpost Tampa meets in a private home and is presently an invitation only group.

Contact Joe Diange for details at jdiange@tampabay.rr.com
or call 813-781-2520


Wildmen Ally - New Port Richey, FL
FreedomWednesday September 15th at 7pm

Join us for a great time of fellowship and learning what it means to be a follower of Christ.


Wildmen Ally New Port Richey meets at Jim Colucci's home.
Contact Jay Fopma or Jim Colucci for details and directions.

R. Jay Fopma
727-534-4757
jayatlantic@verizon.net

Jim Colucci
727-271-5552
goodch44975@yahoo.com
Wildmen Outpost - Johnstown, PA
Presently on break.

Contact:

Wally Hubbard
wallyjhubb@hotmail.com

Cell: 727-239-6235
Work: 814-534-2052

Wildmen Outpost - Chattanooga, TN
Friday September 17th at 6:30am

Wildmen Chattanooga meet at:
Shoney's Restaurant in East Ridge.

For more information contact Scott Ptak at Scott@WildmenMinistry.com
or call 423-504-9518 for location details
Wildmen Ally - Penrith (NSW), Australia
Wildmen Australia Logo Contact:

Glenn Dillon
Call for details
Phone number: 0412 423 222
glenn@premieroneproducts.com.au

Prayer Requests
Praying hands
  • Anthony, he is doing quite poorly. Hospice is now involved. Pray for him and his family.
  • Jim is preparing to start a new church-plant in NC. Pray for the right people to step up to fill key positions. Grand opening is scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Ron for strength as he ministers to his ill bride. And for servants to step up to the task of helping him with his load. She went into the hospital with Pneumonia last week. It is slowly clearing. But she and the family needs continued prayer.
  • Pastor Andrew as he prepares his family to become full-time missionaries.
  • Eric and Gary as they embark on a new entertainment / ministry venture.
  • Scott for continued grace to minister to his family and for him as they go through times of testing.
  • John as he heads to Tallahassee for an interview for a possible Judgeship position with the State of Florida.
  • Jerome's friends the Mercers, there are several health issues and issues with immigration status.
  • Quite a few men we know are struggling in their marriages. Pray that they listen for the Lord's direction and rescue their beauty - no matter the cost. That is what Jesus did for us.
  • Men at the Cross, coming back to First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks on November 20th for a half day event.
  • All of your Wildmen leaders wherever they may be. We are all going through something.
  • Men of Pathways as they start the new work and for the success of their teaching series Experiencing God.
  • Wildmen Outpost Pinellas as they start in their new location with the series Heart of Gold.
  • Men at the Cross as they ramp up for their November 20th event at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks.
Dr. with StetoscopeCheckup Questions
  • How is your relationship with God?
  • How is your relationship with your wife?
  • How is your relationship with your child(ren)?
  • What have you done this week to spend quality, relational time with your family?
  • Have you prayed for your enemies?
  • Is there anyone you need to forgive?
  • Is there any reconciliation that needs to happen? How long will you stay in disobedience? (Matt 5:23-25)
  • What did you do this week to take care of your body (exercise, diet, and rest)?
  • Are you growing in strength? (1 Cor. 16:13)
  • What did you do this week to maintain your joy in spite of life's daily circumstances?
  • What temptations are you facing and how are you dealing with them?
  • Did you floss?
  • What has God revealed that you should be doing but you're procrastinating about?
  • How are you treating your loved ones? Do you treat strangers with more respect than you do your own family?
  • How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  • Do your coworkers know you are a Christ-follower?
  • How has your thought life been this week?
  • How are you guarding yourself against lustful thoughts, actions, and/or materials? If you need help, ask us. We have tools.
  • Are you giving your best at work or at school?
  • Have you been above reproach in financial matters this week?
  • Are you tithing? Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  • Have you been investing regular time in the Word and in prayer?
  • Who have you been sharing the Gospel with?

The Warrior's Prayer
Heavenly Father,
Your warrior prepares for battle
Today I claim the victory over Satan by putting on the whole armor of God!

I put on the GIRDLE of TRUTH!
May I stand firm in the truth of YOUR WORD so that I will not be a victim of Satan's lies.

I put on the BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS!
May it guard my heart from evil so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.

I put on the SHOES of PEACE!
May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel so Your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter.

I take the SHIELD of FAITH!
May I be ready for Satan's fiery darts of doubt, denial, and deceit so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.

I put on the HELMET of SALVATION!
May I keep my mind focused on YOU so that Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.

I take the SWORD of the SPIRIT!

May the two-edged sword of YOUR WORD be ready in my hands so I can expose the tempting words of Satan.

By faith your warrior has put on the WHOLE armor of God! I am prepared to live this day in spiritual victory!
Amen