I love feedback and discussion. Today’s post was motivated by discussions that came after a Men’s Discipleship group called Resolute, that I attend once a week. Thanks to one member’s prompting, (thanks Rob), we’ve started to continue our discussion after the regular meeting so that we can check-in with one another and help with accountability. Some part of that is talking about our current struggles and that means getting really transparent about who we are and what we deal with at a very personal level. As I listened to some of the discussion, I felt the spirit move me to share a little of my past experience with purity struggles. As I shared some strategies I’ve learned from others … Click to Continue →
CalebStrong.org (CS) began as a Men’s Fraternity group that simply kept meeting after the three seasons. We explored Apologetics, Biblical history, and Strength of Character, as found in the example given in the Books found in the Bible, like Joshua, Daniel, and many others.
For a season, the Lord put it on my heart to mentor other men. As I did so, I began writing and speaking, and started to dream of the CalebStrong curriculum. I became involved (and thus distracted) by another good work. That was trying to get the idea that was Redeemed-N-Delivered, off the ground. RnD had a goal to minister to broken families, through a prison ministry and serving single parents and … Click to Continue →
CalebStrong.org (CS) began as a Men’s Fraternity group that simply kept meeting after the three seasons. We explored Apologetics, Biblical history, and Strength of Character, as found in the example given in the Books found in the Bible, like Joshua, Daniel, and many others. For a season, the lord put it on my heart to mentor other men, and as I did so, I began writing and speaking, the dream of the Caleb Strong curriculum began.
Well, we are now at the beginning of a new year and I think it is time to revisit the wisdom and time tested process that started my journey back to full reliance on Jesus.
I was asked to complete an analysis of my communication style, personality strengths and identify how we learn for a class. We did this by taking a few tests and then discussed the results within the group (wow this was back in 2015). This was the breakdown for my personality type, communication and learning style.
My personal learning style is a combination of tactile and audio learning styles. I process information through discussion and experimentation. I primarily enforce learning through teaching and coaching others and applying lessons to real world applications. Hands-on labs are also highly effective for me as a way to absorb information. As one who prefers active experimentation, I may be challenged in this world of online … Click to Continue →
A really good question came up in last week’s Men’s group.
The question for discussion was:
What are you holding onto and stressing about?
What is the motivation behind not giving it over to the Father?
Here is my emailed response, though it has been edited to correct some mistakes I caught in review, it is pretty close to the original response:
I am sitting in my living room and using it as an office. I am putting together a vision plan and strategy for the new year. This is new for me because I while I have done this in the context of a company or as a department manager, this is the first time I’ve done this … Click to Continue →
Hi there friends. I did this a few years ago, and now I think it’s time again.
There are over 1,100+ reader/user accounts on CalebStrong. Very few are accounts with activity. I will be purging all accounts that have not interacted with the site for more than a 5 second glance. This is in preparation for what we will be working on and writing about in this new year. I pray that the actual readers and followers of CalebStrong.org, will return, sign-up and interact this year.
If you are having problems with sign-up because you are in the *.RU or *.CN top level domains, then please do message me if you really want to be involved. These are the countries that try to … Click to Continue →
I am not sure if you have followed the story of our move to MinArctica (aka Minnesota). So here is the quick catch-up:
We moved here about 4 years ago due to both calling and career. We have struggled with a few things here and there but for the most part we have enjoyed our new home. We have been renting since we got here. We wanted to be sure we found a solid community, church and school system for our family to be a part of. Last year we thought we found a home to call our own, but circumstances changed. First with the home itself and then with work and health issues. The short version is that God had … Click to Continue →
I absolutely LOVE my non-believing friends. They are all wonderfully intelligent people that have lively discussions and debates. Sometimes they pose such great statements and questions that I feel compelled to pause and share God’s plan for us. As the Apostle Paul ( I think it was Paul) wrote:
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. – 1 Peter 3:15-16
We are all broken in so many ways. Today, I am going to overshare once more. Hopefully I can help clear up someone’s messed up view of mental illness.
I have a mental illness, this is a part of my story. I do not expect everyone to conform to the unrealistic expectations of the world that my particular illness reinforces. However, I also know it is not likely that I will ever be free of my condition, and I will not “behave” the way other people do. My illness is one that makes me susceptible to addictive behaviors. In my story this has included pornography, sex, gambling, food, drugs, anger and violence. Because of my condition I do not deal with … Click to Continue →
I don’t expect any of you to know this about me but it is an important over share.
So here it goes: I am a recovering sex addict.
I don’t say this to be funny. This is a serious problem. I use the word “recovering“, not because I am actively engaged in activities that fall into this category, but because like with all addicts, I am constantly tormented by the past, and tempted in the present, whether I willing to admit it or not . Additionally, while the battles may become smaller each day, there are always challenges that try to revert us to unacceptable patterns of behavior while we try to live according to God’s standards. However, I know I can … Click to Continue →