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When the Truth Sets You Free (1 of 6)
Series: Man Up
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Judges Chapter 6. As everyone knows, today is Father’s Day. And I know, from talking to enough guys, lots of guys are nervous about going to church on Father’s Day because they say, “They’re going to talk about men stuff and dad stuff and husband stuff, and it tends to be a beat-down session. They’re going to tell me all the things I’m doing wrong. And I came and I was kind of feeling good about myself, and then, after the sermon, I’m just feeling like I’m such a bum and such a loser. I’m not doing this right and that right and the other right.” It’s kind of like the preacher gets up and does a cheer, “Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon rind, look at the scoreboard and see who’s behind.” Have you ever heard that cheer? (laughter). And the dads are like, “Man, I’m so behind. And thanks for telling me, Jeff. And now my wife and kids know I’m doing such a crummy job.” And so they can be nervous.
I’d preached kind of a rough Father’s Day sermon a couple of Father’s Days in a row. And I had a friend of mine tell me one time, he said, “I’m coming on Father’s Day, and if you say anything that makes me feel bad, I’m storming the stage.” And so, I needed some protection there. But I understood what he was saying.
And so I want to put your minds at ease, guys. Today, I want to preach a message that, I believe, the Lord has laid upon my heart to encourage every guy in this room. It’s going to encourage everybody, but especially the men, especially husbands and dads, to be an encouragement to you. Now we’re starting a brand new series entitled, “Man Up: God’s Guide to Real Manhood.” And I think it’s a timely series. Obviously, kicking it off on Father’s Day makes it timely. But it’s a timely series from the standpoint of manhood is in trouble. We have lots of guys today and they don’t know what it means to be a man. They don’t understand. T ...
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