Human Performance, Seeking Purpose, & Training the Whole Man

People often ask me why I train so hard, and I always give the same simple answer.

Human performance is more than training for a game or a battle. It’s training for life.

I learned this the hard way, about a year into my job training tactical athletes in the U.S. special operations community. An entire team of men that I worked with was shot out of the sky in Afghanistan, and no one survived.  

These men who had become my friends had no opportunity to defend themselves. These fathers, husbands, sons, and friends had trusted me to prepare them for combat, and I wondered if I had done enough.

In the time since their deaths, I’ve learned the truth that we are more than physical beings. We aren’t just a configuration of bone, muscle, connective tissue, and brains. We’re much more than what we see in the mirror. 

We are body, soul, and spirit—tripartite beings, made in the image of the three-person God. 

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23

As a human performance coach, I now understand the importance of training the whole man. 

We constantly hear about the importance of diet and exercise and their health benefits for our bodies. Those are facts. But physical training affects the other dimensions of our being, and vice versa.

“If the body is sick the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick the body and the spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick there will be no will to care for the body or mind.”

 J. R. Worsely

 

So not only is it true that sickness in one area will negatively impact the others; it’s also true that improving health in each area improves health in the others.

Spiritual health affects soul and physical health. Physical health affects spiritual and soul health, and soul health affects the health of spirit and body. It is of absolute importance that we take care of each of these three dimensions of our being if we’re ever to find complete health.

The men of Junto Tribe are on a quest to align body, mind, and spirit in service to the One who created them. We are learning that our value originates from God’s purpose for our lives rather than from the work we do, our material success, or our personal gain. 

God has a unique purpose for each of us, and though my journey won’t look exactly like yours, there are certain roles that each of us is created to fill. When we seek our marching orders from God, we’ll discover our purpose here and we’ll be less likely to believe the lies that the world tells us.  

If you’ve never seriously considered your purposes here on earth, join us on the journey. Check out the website. Read our previous messages. Learn the seven archetypes that Jesus revealed as God’s design for men. 

Share this blog post with someone else: if not publicly, then via email or some other private exchange. 

Your corner of the world needs what you have to offer

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Men, Identity, & Why Your Job Isn't the Right Place to Find It

Ten years ago, if I had met you face to face, I would have asked what kind of work you do, mainly to get you to ask me the same.

I would have wanted you to know what kind of work I did, because my identity was tied to my work. I was a strength and conditioning coach, and I believed it defined who I was.

The same is true of many of the men I encounter in my daily activities.

“I’m a CEO.”

“I’m a military special operator.”

“I’m a general contractor.”

Pick your title.

The problem with this kind of thinking is that we’ve got it exactly wrong. Our identity isn’t determined by what we do.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I learned this lesson as a young boy who grew up with allergies, asthma, and other skin disorders that kept me from participating in normal childhood activities. I couldn’t eat the same foods or play the same sports.

I grew up believing I was weak and unlovable. I didn’t believe I would ever be successful because my identity was tied to the things I was able to do.

But then I stumbled onto exercise, and I figured out I was good at it, and it made me feel better. Being strong became my identity and it became a sort of obsession in my life. I was trying to figure out who I was, and fitness was the metric I used to measure my success.

The problem with that kind of thinking is that there’s ample research to suggest that when we lack a sense of purpose, it drives us to addictive behaviors. In some cases, that takes the form of alcohol, drugs, or pornography. In other cases, even healthy activities can become addictive. 

Now, instead of being a boy whose identity was tied to the things he could do, I was a man with the same kind of thinking. Exercise became an addictive behavior for me because I was trying to find myself by doing more.

So what happens to the special operator who loses a limb in combat and who can no longer continue to serve in the same capacity as before? What happens to the little boy who can’t do all the things that everyone else can?

If our identity is tied to what we do, when we’re no longer able to do those things, our identity falls away. Or in my case, when none of my achievements ever seemed to be enough, I found myself struggling with a single question:

“Am I good enough?”

If we listen to the wrong voices, we’re likely to believe the lie that we aren’t good enough. We’ll misunderstand who we are and why we’re here.

If, on the other hand, we listen to what our Creator has to say, we’ll hear a completely different message.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.”

Psalm 139:13-15

Junto Tribe was born of a desire to help men find their true identity in Christ.

The men of Junto Tribe understand that the world needs us to embrace our true purpose. The world needs us to display the same strength Jesus did during His time here on earth.

We’ve spent too long listening to lies, and we’re seeking the truth together. We’re seeking to ditch our false identities and claim our true ones.

When we surround ourselves with others on the same journey, we can combat the world’s lies and reinforce God’s truths. We can encourage each other along the way and improve the world around us.

Join us in our journey. God has so much more in store for us all.

 

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Your Legacy As a Father Extends Far Beyond Your Children

No matter how valuable you are in your job, it isn’t the most important work you’ll ever do. Though your company no doubt appreciates your contributions, your organization will eventually forget you when you leave.

None of us are irreplaceable. Except in our role as fathers.

One Sunday morning as my family climbed out of our truck in the church parking lot, my daughter held her arms up to me expecting me to pick her up. When I did, she wrapped her arms around me and told me I was her hero.

Without moments like this, many of us fail to understand the elevated position we hold in the minds of our kids.

We will impact our children in lasting ways, whether we give them our very best or less than our best. Our legacy will shape our children and our children’s children, which means we shoulder a powerful responsibility.

We are their strength when they don’t have strength. Their guides in a world that seeks to destroy them. Their nurturers, providers, and comforters. The love of their lives.

We must stand strong at the threshold and fight with endurance and determination to serve them and give them the best chance of succeeding in this big, unpredictable world. We are their protectors and defenders.

These children are not our own. They are God’s children, born in His image and loved deeply by Him. They have been given life for a reason and purpose, and we have a responsibility to help them discover it. The decisions we make today will impact future generations.

It sounds simple, but the tension in our lives results from trying to find balance in a world that pulls us in dozens of directions.

We must prioritize our work outside of home because it allows us to provide for our families, but not to the extent that we sacrifice our family’s well-being. Even after a long day of work when we have nothing left to give, we have to be present for our children.

The men of Junto Tribe are seeking to fulfill God’s challenge for us as fathers. We understand that it will never be easy but it’s the most important responsibility we’ll ever have.

We’d love for you to join us on the journey.

Begin by evaluating your own calendar. If it’s true that our time reflects where our priorities lie, do your kids enjoy a portion of your time each day?

We will shape the future one way or another: either because we led well or because we abdicated our role as leaders in our families.

“One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”

Psalm 145:4-5

What are you doing today to prepare your children for life?

 

 

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Success, Trust, & Why Men Must Overcome Their Fear

“What are you scared of?” I asked myself.

I had been struggling with my life’s direction for quite some time, and my uncertainty was turning to despair.

Because I’ve always been a fighter, I dug deeper. I asked God for guidance. I read books, asked questions, and prayed, and I eventually realized I was struggling with fear.

But it wasn’t simply the fear of failure that most people deal with. I had learned over the years that I had to be okay with failing from time to time. I wrestled with it, but I knew it was unavoidable.

What I hadn’t expected was the realization that I feared success even more than failure.

I was scared of my own possibilities for success. I was scared of the power that God had given me in the workplace, community, church, and at home. I didn’t fully trust myself with this power.

I know that might sound like arrogance, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

I discovered that the issue of not trusting myself was rooted in the much bigger problem of not trusting God. Not trusting that He is, in fact, living inside me and craving to partner with me and co-labor with me.

I didn’t really believe that I was “faithfully and wonderfully made.” As a result, everything I did was conflicted with inner anxiety, doubt, and insecurity.

Perhaps you can relate.

Psychologists suggest that procrastination at key moments stems from a fear of success. Because we fear the tremendous change that often comes with success, we do just enough to earn the respect of the people around us without fully committing ourselves to the effort.

·      Do you struggle with the fear of success?

·      Do you set limits on yourself beyond what God has set for you?

·      Are you afraid of the power God has given you?

Success is your destiny. It’s mine, too.

God has given each of us unique strengths, passions, resources, and abilities to fulfill our purposes on earth. We are here to contribute and thrive.

Recognizing the root of my issue started me on the path to freedom. Though I still struggle, sometimes daily, with the fear of success, I see it for what it is now.

I have found strategies for remembering who I am and reminding myself to trust in God. As a result, I’ve been freed up to move forward with the things He has put in my heart with passion and momentum.

The men of Junto Tribe recognize that fear is the weapon of the enemy. The enemy wants to keep you back in the corner and out of the game. He knows there is power in you, and he will work with great endurance to keep you from believing in your God-given strength.

We recognize that we are servants of the Most High God, and that means that we are called to represent Him to the world. We do that by letting our light shine brightly for all to see.

Join us on our journey. Let’s stop listening to the intimidating voice of the one who fears our power and listen to the powerful voice of the One who has called and equipped us to succeed in life beyond our dreams—for our good and His glory.

Fear, Truth, & the Voice of the Father

I have two daughters, and both have a bit of daredevil in them. (I’m not sure where they got that from). 

A couple of years ago, their grandpa built a ramp for them to practice “jumping” their bikes. One day, after watching her older sister and a bunch of neighbor kids use the ramp, my youngest daughter decided it was time to try a bike jump.

I stood beside the ramp, encouraging her and silently praying that she would be brave enough to make the run and come out in one piece. 

“You can do this, little buddy!” I told her. “Get your speed up and hit the ramp. You’re going to be fine. If you lose control, I’ll catch you.”

Even with my encouragement and coaching, it took her a while to muster the courage. Over and over, she pedaled hard toward the ramp, only to turn her handle bars at the last minute to stay on safer ground. 

When her courage finally pushed her through, she made the jump, and we didn’t have to make any trips to the emergency room.

There was no doubt in my mind about my daughter’s potential to make that jump. But she achieved that potential only when she chose to stop listening to the voice of her fear and to listen to my voice telling her she could do it. In the same way, we will only achieve our potential by listening to the voice of our Father.

The choice to listen and trust in His voice is not easy or automatic. In fact, just as it was for my daughter, it is a battle. And this is where the true battle over our potential is fought.

Which Voice Will You Listen To? 

We are here to bring heaven to earth and light to darkness. We are part of a great movement of restoration in which all that was lost to sin and death through the fall is brought back to life and flourishing in the kingdom of God. 

Through His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated the devil and stripped him of his stolen authority. 

But though the enemy is already defeated, he has one last weapon to wield against us—his voice. Through false accusations, intimidation, and lies, he tries to get us to question our identity, authority, and relationship with the Father—just as he did from the beginning with Adam and Eve.

We win this battle the same way Jesus did. He merely quoted the words of His Father, as if to say, “This is the voice I listen to, not yours.”

Let His Words Be True 

In order to stand on the truth of our Father’s voice like Jesus did, we need to let Him bring correction to the doubts, fears, and wrong beliefs that we’ve held for so long.

Take a look at the story of Moses. In Exodus 3, God calls Moses to join Him in a rescue mission: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt . . . I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:7-10 NIV). 

Moses reacts, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (vs. 11). God is calling him into an amazing adventure and mission, but he hesitates because of his self-doubt. “Are you sure you have the right guy, God?” He seems oblivious to the fact that he is suggesting that what he believes about himself is truer than what God says.

But look how God respond to Moses’ doubts. He doesn’t reprimand him. He simply promises, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). In other words, God says, “I won’t just tell you what is true; I will show you truth. I will make it real to you.”

Jesus gives the same promise to us: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5). Just as I stood beside that ramp cheering my daughter on, He is with us, empowering us to speak His words, bring His power, and show His love to the world.

We’ve each got a bike ramp of our own, and Jesus is standing beside it reminding us that we’re capable of succeeding.

We often turn our handlebars in search of safer ground, because the voice of fear looms large. 

The men of Junto Tribe are working to live life differently. We’re passionate about reaching our God-given potential and we’re leaning into the voice of our Father for the truth about ourselves. 

We’re learning that our past, our circumstances, and our feelings aren’t reliable. We’re learning to look to Him instead.

Whose voice are you listening to?

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Seeking Quiet in the Midst of a Noisy World

Where will you find quiet?

It isn’t readily available to any of us. The world constantly assaults us with noise and disturbance and chaos.

We have around-the-clock access to televisions, computers, and video games. Our cell phones invade every moment of our lives and they insulate us from the opportunity to be still and quiet.

Many of us struggle to quiet our minds even when the environment around us is quiet. When the house is dark, and the world is sleeping, our minds refuse to slow down. Because we don’t intentionally pursue rest, we never find it.

As a result, we’re losing our ability to think. We spend much of our days mindlessly engaging with cell phones and electronic devices that isolate us from wonder and thought.

We stay on autopilot because it’s easier that way.

But Jesus set a different example for us. He took time away from the busyness of His ministry to seek quiet.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

Mark 1:35

Jesus knew that it was easier to hear from the Father when He was alone in the Father’s presence. From the time He was a young boy, Jesus understood that God was the source of wisdom.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 2:6

We are called to be true scholars, grounded in God’s truths. We are called to grow in wisdom and stature, just as Jesus did.

The world needs our knowledge and our wisdom to solve problems and serve people. We must experiment and learn and engage with the world around us. To do less would be to squander the incredible abilities God has given each of us.

The men of Junto Tribe recognize that the world becomes more complicated each day, and our hands-off approach isn’t working. God has uniquely equipped men to impact the world and engage with its people, and we have a responsibility to that calling.

What does that look like practically?

·      Read. All the great lessons of humanity are captured in books: the triumphs, the challenges, and the failures.

·      Journal. Write down the thoughts and ideas you have and track the discoveries you make along the way.

·      Experiment. Try new things. Seek solutions to problems that exist in the world around you.

·      Think. Turn off the electronic devices and embrace the quiet. Ponder ideas. Consider options.

 When God’s men pursue knowledge together with His truth, He will open doors to us.

 How will you start?

 

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Wisdom, Truth, & Man's Responsibility to the World

History demonstrates a pattern among God’s men: when they pursue His truth and recognize wisdom as a God-given gift, they thrive.

It was true of David. And Saul. And Solomon.

In fact, Solomon’s reputation for wisdom was so great that it extended well beyond his immediate territory.

The Queen of Sheba heard reports of his wisdom and came to him with questions, and “nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her.” She marveled that his wisdom exceeded even the reports she had heard.

She also understood that Solomon’s success originated with God.

“Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”

1 Kings 10:9

Solomon prospered when he sought God’s wisdom. When he turned away from God and lost sight of His truth, Solomon suffered the consequences.

David and Saul shared the same story, and most of us do, too.

We forget that our wisdom is a gift from God. Though Solomon was among the wisest men who ever lived, without God’s truth, his knowledge was meaningless.

We also forget that we have an enemy who seeks to turn us from God. He did it to Adam and he did it to Solomon. He even tried to do the same to Jesus. 

“I will give you all this earthly authority if you would just worship me.”

Luke 4:6-7

Jesus understood the enemy’s intent and recognized the attempt to turn Him from the will of the Father. Unlike the others before him, He understood Satan’s intentions and responded with God’s word.

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Matthew 28:18

Jesus knew that all authority had been given to Him by the Father, and he reclaimed it for man when He came to earth.

Now, that authority has been given to those of us who belong to Him. With that authority comes a great responsibility to and over the world.

We must, however, constantly seek His authority and power, and we must never forget that we are still accountable for the ways we use our knowledge.

The men of Junto Tribe strive to seek God’s authority daily. We’re working in community to use our knowledge for His good and to hold each other accountable to the same.

If each of us fully understood our authority and used it to impact our corner of the world, the world would be a different place.

How will you start?

 

 

 

Men, Self-Reliance, and the Danger of Wisdom Without God

God visited Solomon in a dream and invited him to ask for something.

“Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon could have selfishly asked for wealth or long life or death to his enemies. But instead, he asked for the ability to govern his people well and distinguish between right and wrong.

He asked for wisdom and knowledge.

God was pleased with his request, so He granted it, and Solomon began his journey of success. He hired people to help him govern, he kept God’s people fed, and he built God’s temple.

As Solomon aged, though, he turned away from God’s truth. Solomon relied on his own knowledge and ignored God’s warning. He worshipped the gods of his wives and even offered sacrifices to them, separating him from the Lord.  

“Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command.”

1 Kings 11:10

Solomon had spent his entire life following God. He had been directly visited by God twice, but he still turned his heart toward dead idols and turned his back on God.

As a result of Solomon’s disobedience, God took his kingdom from him.

“Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.”

1 Kings 11:11

 How did Solomon’s life change so quickly?

Solomon still had the same amount of wisdom and knowledge but He failed to continue following God. He relied solely on his own wisdom without regard to God’s truth and it cost him everything.

Satan tempted Jesus to do the same. He offered to give Jesus earthly authority over the world if Jesus would just worship him, but unlike Solomon, Jesus obeyed the will of the Father.

“It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

Luke 4:8

 Jesus recognized that God’s truth must always guide our decisions.

Although it is good for us to pursue wisdom and knowledge, God designed us to be scholars who would use our abilities for the good of others and for the glory of His kingdom.

Like Solomon, we find ourselves in trouble when we twist knowledge and understanding into philosophies that are out of sync with God’s word. When we chase knowledge and forget the truth, our search for wisdom becomes foolishness.

For many men, knowledge without God evolves into self-reliance.

·      We don’t want to stop and ask for directions.

·      We don’t want to admit there are things we don’t know.

·      We don’t think we need or want to need anyone else.

We rely on our own understanding and we trust in our own knowledge, forgetting that our knowledge is incomplete without God.

In what areas of your life have you strayed from God’s truth? They’ll be recognizable because they’re the parts of your life you don’t share with your Christian brothers. They’re the places where your wisdom and God’s teaching diverge, and you’ve chosen to do things your way.

The men of Junto Tribe understand these struggles because we’ve battled them in our own lives. We aren’t out of the woods ourselves, but we have surrounded ourselves with a tribe of men who keep us accountable to God’s truth and who seek accountability in their own lives.  

Join us on the journey.

Ultimately, each of us must decide: Are we relying on ourselves or on God?

 

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Truth, Wonder, and Why God's Creation Needs Them Both

God created you to be a scholar.

He gifted you with a sense of wonder and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

Like the First Adam, He placed you here with a mission: to care for His creation and everything in it. He intended for you to use your insatiable curiosity to solve problems, serve others, and glorify Him.

Like the First Adam, God gave you authority over His creation and designated you as His representative on earth. He designed you to uncover all the latent potential of the universe and to establish the proper role between creation and God.

But like the First Adam, many of us have lost sight of the connection between knowledge and God. We have failed to use our scholarship to serve the world around us. Even worse, we have neglected God’s truth, leaving us vulnerable to confusion.

When the serpent in the garden questioned whether God had really said that Adam and Eve shouldn’t eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he intentionally created doubt. He caused them to question God, and they failed to trust in who they knew God to be.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and the result was broken trust and bondage to the enemy. And though we’ve been freed from that bondage, many of us willingly place ourselves under it when we ignore God’s truth.

Many of us fail to glorify God with our knowledge.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools… They exchanged truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator…

Romans 1:21-25

We’ve placed our faith in our own intellect and reason and we’ve neglected God’s gift of wonder. We’ve chosen to trust the world, and we’ve lost sight of truth.

Consider whether you’ve done the same:

·      Recall the last time you engaged your God-given curiosity.

·      Assess whether you’ve enlisted mentors who are willing to share their hard-earned wisdom with you and point you toward God’s truth.

·      Think back to the last time you escaped the chaos of the world to find quiet time with God.

 The men of Junto Tribe have asked these questions of ourselves, and we have sometimes found ourselves lacking. We understand, though, that we are forgiven, and that Jesus has come to restore our relationship to the Father.

It is never too late for us to reclaim God’s mission for our lives, but we understand that the enemy will do his best to keep us from it because we have the potential to change the world.

When we pair our knowledge with God’s truth, we will have the strength to help others identify the enemy’s bondage in their lives, and we can restore life-giving order to God’s creation.

Most importantly, we will love God’s creation in a way that restores the world to Him.

Recognize today that you have knowledge that the world desperately needs.

If you used it for God’s glory today, how might the world look different tomorrow?

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Warriors, Fear, and How Resistance Reveals God's Mission for Your Life

As a follower of Jesus, you have a mission and a purpose. 

You have a land to protect; relationships to defend; an enemy to fight; people to save.

Like Adam in the Garden of Eden, you have something to fight for and something to fight against. 

Adam was created to keep the garden; to fight for his wife and his relationship with God and all the inhabitants of the garden.

Adam was also charged to fight against the world’s enemy and his mission to steal, kill, and destroy. 

Your fight is the same. 

There is a battle raging all around us – in our homes, our streets, our churches, and our workplaces. People are hungry, oppressed, hurting, and lost. Our culture is confused, and the lines of truth have been blurred. 

God is seeking warriors to stand in the gap and free the oppressed. We are to stand and fight against the evil that divides, oppresses, and destroys.

“…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:12

We are called to run toward the battle rather than away from it.

We must fight the powers of darkness on behalf of others just as Jesus did for us. It is our duty to raise our shields and swords and do great violence to the enemy. 

Understand, though, that the enemy will fight back, and his favorite weapon is fear.  

·     “What if that person doesn’t want my help?”

·     “Do I have what it takes to fight against government-gone-wrong?”

·     “What if I don’t make enough money because I left work early to spend time with my wife and kids?”

Satan knows that we possess a light that will overcome great darkness. 

Satan uses fear to create doubt, which causes strong Christians to settle for complacency, timidity, surrender, confusion, and neglect. He effectively removes us from the battlefield.

But consider Steven Pressfield’s theory in his book, Do The Work. 

“The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”

The places where our internal struggle is strongest are the battles that are most important in our lives and in the world. 

·     Am I standing and fighting for those in need?

·     Am I protecting my family and fathering my children?

·     Am I defending my community against evil and working to bring God’s culture into my community?

Join the men of Junto Tribe as we seek to overcome our own fear and realize that even Jesus felt fear. 

Jesus overcame it by choosing love instead of fear. He loved His people so much that He sacrificed His own security to ensure theirs. 

We must do the same. We must choose love instead of fear. We must stand and defend. We must run toward the battle, even when fear prompts us to hide.

If you accepted God’s mission today, whose life would immediately be changed? 

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Men, the Power of God, and Overcoming Darkness

The Israelites were afraid.

 In Chapter 8 of 1 Samuel, the Bible tells that the Philistines and other nations posed a constant threat of war to God’s people. Though God had appointed judges to protect the nation of Israel, the people were still afraid, so they asked for a king.  

The people already had a king in God, but they failed to trust Him. And though God warned the people of the dangers of a king, the people insisted, so God anointed Saul as the first king of Israel.

But Saul was afraid.

On the day he was to be introduced as king, Saul hid from his responsibility. When the giant Goliath threatened his army and his people, Saul hid behind his army for 40 days. When Goliath demanded to fight Israel’s best warrior, Saul allowed a 16-year-old shepherd to go in his place.

Young David, who arrived at the battlefield to visit his brothers, saw the standoff between God’s army and the giant and he volunteered to fight Goliath.

David was not afraid.

David knew that the Lord would go with him into battle. David knew that this giant should not be allowed to taunt the army of God.

David stepped confidently into his role as protector and defender and he sacrificed his own safety to protect the people around him. David accomplished what an entire army could not. 

The Last Adam did the same.

Jesus came to earth to protect his people. He sought those who were suffering and those who were oppressed, and He sacrificed His own comfort and well-being for theirs.

Most importantly, He sacrificed His own life for all of His people.

Jesus wasn’t immune to danger or darkness; He simply valued His people more than Himself. He refused to subject Himself to fear.

Both David and Jesus understood that the power of the Father within them was greater than any danger they might face.

Though it never guaranteed their safety, it gave them strength to be obedient to the mission God had called them to.

Understand that fear is a normal human experience, but it causes us to lose our perspective when we allow it to operate unchecked.

Fear of other nations caused the Israelites to reject God. Fear of God's anointing caused Saul to refuse his mission. Fear undermined the Israelites’ relationship with God, and it undermined Saul’s relationship with God.

Fear does the same to us. It convinces us to withdraw from the battlefield. It prompts us to hide from God.

We, like Saul, often allow fear to divert us from the work God put us here to do. We hide from our responsibility. We protect ourselves rather than protecting the people who so desperately need our strength.

Fear causes us to lose sight of the power of God within us.

·      Do you fully understand the work God put you here to do?

·      What fears have prevented you from doing that work?

·      Who needs you to step into the battlefield on their behalf?

 “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rules, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:12

The men of Junto Tribe pray daily that a generation of men will rise up as defenders and watchmen. We pray for men who won’t be bound by their past mistakes, but who will seek God’s forgiveness and pursue His mission.

We seek men who will love and pray. Stand and defend. Take the land back.

How different would your life look if you fully understood the power of God within you?

 

 

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Rejection, Baggage, and God's Mission For Our Lives

God chose Saul to be the king of his people. 

When the Israelites grew fearful of the nations that threatened them with war, they asked Samuel for a king to protect and lead them. Although God warned them of the things that a king would do to them, the people insisted. 

The Israelites rejected their God in exchange for a king because they wanted to be like other nations.  

God granted their desire and chose Saul to be king. But when Samuel called the people together to introduce Saul in 1 Sam 10:22, he was discovered hiding from the task God had called him to. He was literally hiding among baggage. 

In that moment, Saul was a sheep. Fear overcame him and drove him to hide from his responsibility.  

Then, when Goliath, the giant, taunted the army of God, Saul should have been the one to fight him. Instead, he acted like a sheep and sent 16-year-old David to the battlefield while he hid behind his troops. 

David, acting as a sheepdog, defeated Goliath by operating in God’s strength. When the people praised David’s success, Saul became jealous.  

Saul slipped into wolf-like behavior, hatching multiple plans to kill David.

In still other moments, Saul was the classic sheepdog. When the Ammonites threatened the town of Jabesh Gilead, Saul sent his men to slaughter the enemy. 

So what makes the difference? Why did Saul slip so easily between sheepdog, sheep, and wolf?

When Saul accepted God’s direction, he protected and cared for his people, and he led them well. When Saul stopped seeking God’s direction, he lost his sheepdog tendencies; he alternated between sheep and wolf. 

Just like the First Adam, when Saul lost his connection to God, he ignored his responsibility for defending and fathering a nation.

The same danger exists for men today.

God sometimes finds us hiding among baggage, avoiding the plan He has for us. When we miss out on God’s plan, we sometimes wrestle with anger and jealousy. 

When we disconnect from God and His mission for our lives, the people around us suffer. 

When we accept the responsibility He has designed us for, the people around us thrive. 

The men of Junto Tribe have spent our fair share of time disconnected from God, and we’re striving to do better every day. We’re seeking God, embracing our mission, and serving people.  

No matter what your history looks like, today can be the day you embrace God’s mission.

·     Ask God to forgive you for the times you lost sight of Him.

·     Forgive yourself for the times you lost sight of God.

·     Pray that God will help you understand the plans He has for you.

 What kind of baggage are you hiding behind?

 

 

 

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Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs, and the Choice Men Must Make

It’s easy to armchair-quarterback Adam’s failure in the Garden of Eden.

Why did he allow the enemy to deceive his wife? Why didn’t he anticipate the danger? Why was he so passive in the face of the enemy?

 Each of us imagines we would have operated differently. We would have recognized the danger immediately, right?

Before we treat Adam too critically, we should consider the danger in our own environment. How are we responding to the attacks on our land, our families, and our relationships?

Psychology professor Dave Grossman studies human aggression and the psychology of humans in combat, and he suggests that people fall into one of three personality types.

“If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep.  If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath – a wolf.  But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens?  Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path.”

Adam approached the situation in the garden as a sheep. He failed to protect and defend against the threat, and he invited sin into the world.

Later, his son Cain would become the first wolf, killing his brother Abel out of jealousy.

Although Grossman’s work addresses our military and law enforcement, I believe it applies to Christian men as well. True followers of Jesus have no place being passive, powerless sheep or sociopathic wolves when Satan is working around us to get a foothold in our lives.

Consider Jesus.

He lived His life in sharp contrast to others: standing in as protector and defending His people. Even today, He continues to fight our battles.

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

2 Thess 3:3

There’s no doubt that Jesus’ character matches Grossman’s description of the sheepdog. He is both warrior and hero, intent on protecting, defending, and fathering his people. He seeks those who are hurting, suffering, oppressed and lost, and He sacrificed everything for them.

The Last Adam came to accomplish what the First Adam could not. While the First Adam was motivated by self-preservation, the Last Adam came to protect His people.

Jesus stands in the gap where Christian men fail. But given that we all fail, we should view that as an encouragement rather than an indictment.

We are called to stand and defend those around us, but we do so with the strength of Jesus on our side.  

We have something to fight for, and something to fight against.

We have a land to protect; relationships to defend; people to save. And we have an enemy to fight.

Take stock around you:

·      Who has fallen prey to the confusion of the world?

·      Who is imprisoned by sin and shame?

·      Who needs a defender to stand in the gap?

The men of Junto Tribe understand that it’s difficult to stand as a sheepdog in the world, but we believe it’s the path God calls us to.  

God is seeking warriors, and we want to be those men.

In a world of sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs, which path will you choose today?

 

 

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Kingdom Men, Aggression, and the Warrior Spirit

The First Adam paints a picture of what God intended manhood to be.

God created Adam to be a servant, a warrior, a scholar, a craftsman, an explorer, a leader, and a disciple

He then placed the First Adam in the Garden of Eden with an assignment: to be a watchman and a protector. Adam was to defend and to preserve the garden and all its inhabitants.

God gave Adam all the tools he needed to “keep” the garden.

Adam was created to fight against the world’s enemy and his mission to steal, kill and destroy.

Adam was entrusted to fight for his relationship with God and Eve, and all the inhabitants of the garden.

But when the enemy invaded Adam’s domain and tricked Eve, Adam failed to protect her. Instead of defending his wife and his land and his relationship with God, Adam defended himself and blamed Eve and God.

The man said, "The woman you put here with me -- she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it. " 

Genesis 3:12

Adam likely misunderstood his warrior spirit, just as many of us do today. He likely failed to understand that manly aggression, guided by Kingdom principles, was one of the tools God gave him to protect his domain.

He also failed to understand that it was his heritage as a son of God.

The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.

Exodus 15:3

John Eldredge explains in his book Wild At Heart that the warrior spirit shows up in childhood when we pretend to be soldiers, knights, cowboys, and superheroes.

It often continues into adulthood in our interest in guns, knives, action movies, and even video games that depict a battle between good and evil.

But somewhere along the way, society convinces us that aggression is always bad; that it’s toxic, and it’s destroying us.

The world asks, “What Would Jesus Do?” and prompts us to respond accordingly. It suggests that Jesus teaches only meekness, mildness, and timidity.

But the world overlooks the fact that when Jesus found unethical behavior happening in the temple at Passover, he drove out the thieves who were defiling His Father’s house.

So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

John 2:15

Jesus’ Kingdom aggression was born of his responsibility to protect and defend, and it was measured and appropriate.

Even today, our families, our workplaces, our communities, and our churches need this brand of Kingdom aggression. At the same time, men need a battle to fight. We are hard-wired for it, and it’s a major component of our legacy on earth.

Instead, we give in to fear or we turn a blind eye to the battles around us. In the very worst of cases, we use our manly aggression against those we are called to protect.

Decide for yourself:

·      Where did your imagination take you as a young man?

·      Do any of those interests still exist for you as an adult?

·      When would Kingdom aggression be justified in your own mind?

The men of Junto Tribe seek these answers on a daily basis because the world needs us to know who we were created to be.

We don’t seek to spoon-feed you the answers, but rather to help you seek them through your own relationship with Jesus.

This is an ongoing conversation about questions that will exist as long as we live in a broken world.

The world doesn’t hesitate to share its opinions with you, but it only gives you one side of the story.

What if the world is wrong?

 

 

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Seek the Holy Spirit In the Midst of A Noisy Culture

If you feel lost, you’re not alone.

The world has spent several decades now telling us everything that is wrong with manhood. It has hijacked the Bible’s design for man and turned it on its head. As a result, we are 180 degrees from where God created us to be. 

·     God shaped us to be servants, but we’ve bought into the lie that servanthood is unbecoming.

·     God designed us to share our struggles in relationship, but the world has convinced us that to do so is a sign of weakness.

·     God built us to lead our families, our churches, and our communities, but we’ve neglected or resigned our leadership roles because we doubt our own abilities.

The dysfunctional culture around us follows what feels good.  When we take our cues from the culture of the world and not from the One who created us, our integrity and morals become blurred and unclear.  

Jesus infiltrated the culture of the day and turned it on its head, and the world hated Him for it.  As followers of Jesus, we can expect the same treatment.  Jesus warns us of this in John 15. 

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”

John 15:18-19

The Bible warned us that it would be this way, but it also provides hope: 

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

John 16:33

The men of Junto Tribe are on a journey to find peace. 

We’re tired of striving to prove ourselves to a world that plays by different rules. Instead, we are seeking to know ourselves by following the only One who can tell us who we are. 

God knows who we are because He created us. He created us to give ourselves to the world around us, and to pour ourselves into the service of others. 

He created us to live together in community, to train together, and to encourage one another on the journey for truth and identity.

He also created us for the strenuous life, which Junto Tribe believes includes three basic ingredients.

1. Seek.

Men must actively seek the knowledge and truth of God. We must listen to the Holy Spirit even when the voices in the world threaten to overwhelm us. 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Matthew 7:7-8

2. Adapt. 

Men must align our lives with the truth and follow the Holy Spirit. By renewing our minds, we are increasingly transformed to think, feel, and act like the Last Adam.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:2

3. Endure. 

Men must continue to walk out the process of seeking and adapting for the rest of our lives. We must keep growing in order to maintain our growth. 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7

Join us on our journey to identity. Train with us. Allow us to encourage you on your own journey.

We’ve been playing by the world’s rules for long enough, and it’s time to change the game. 

What the Last Adam Teaches Us About Service

God designed the world around servanthood. 

Dating back to the Garden of Eden, God’s design called for Adam to care for creation. In return, creation would sustain, protect, and nourish Adam. 

God created the world to function through mutually beneficial relationships, and he rooted our identities in our service to the world.

Honestly, though, many of us struggle with the concept of servanthood, because the world’s message about it is clear. Servanthood is unpleasant and menial. It’s undesirable and unglamorous, and it’s reserved for those who lack power, resources, and influence. 

In short, we should avoid it at all cost. 

Most of us have probably rejected servanthood within the last week or so without even realizing it. Someone offers to help with a project or a challenge, and we dismiss the help. 

Perhaps it’s because we’re convinced we can do the work ourselves. Or perhaps it’s because we wouldn’t dare admit that we can’t.

The world has taught us to avoid any appearance of vulnerability or weakness, and we’ve embraced that teaching. Men specifically build their entire lives around the goal of never appearing weak.  

We keep everyone safely at a distance, so they won’t know the truth about who we are. 

Peter tried to do the same thing when Jesus prepared to wash his feet. 

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

John 13:8

Jesus’ plan to wash Peter’s feet demanded Peter’s vulnerability. It required him to expose the dirtiest part of himself, and then to allow his respected leader to clean it. 

Peter had to let Jesus see his weakness, and he was terrified. 

But the answer Jesus gave Peter still applies to each of us today. 

“Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

John 13:8

Jesus knows that we aren’t clean. He knows that we’ve made mistakes. 

Jesus also knows that we’re hiding the parts of ourselves that desperately need cleaning. He knows that shame prompts us to cover up our weakness. 

Jesus wanted His disciples to know that shame disappears when you make yourself vulnerable.

Jesus wanted His disciples to know that in His kingdom, showing weakness is how you finally experience love, forgiveness, healing, and strength. He wanted them to know that acceptance exists when you admit who you really are. 

Most importantly, He wanted them to understand that they wouldn’t find their identity in the work they did or in their accomplishments. They would find it in Him.

Jesus wants you to know those things, too. 

According to Jesus, truly great leaders of men—men who have the authority to show other men how to be men—are not those who feed off the strength of others by dominating them, but those who willingly take the position of a servant and offer their strength to those around them.

Jesus willingly took the position of servant and shared His strength with the world, and you were created to do the very same thing.

“Freely you have received; freely give.”

Matthew 10:8

Authentic manhood begins when we allow Jesus to wash our feet and make us whole; when we allow Him to serve us so that we can serve the world. 

The men of Junto Tribe are beginning a movement to bring Jesus’ brand of service to the world, and you can join us. 

We’re on a mission to prove that the world is wrong about men, and it’s wrong about servanthood. 

We’re on a mission to find freedom, and we’d love for you to come along. 

 

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Why Men Must Fight Back Against Shame To Reclaim Our True Identities

Manhood matters.

It matters so much, in fact, that God designed His plan for the world around it. 

Man would care for the world, and the world would care for him. Man would live in intimate relationship with the Creator and would give himself to the world in the form of service. 

But then shame entered the world.

It happened in the Garden of Eden after Adam ate from the only tree God instructed him to avoid. Once Adam realized his vulnerability and nakedness, he sought to hide his mistake from God. 

 

“…I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

Genesis 3:10

 

Unlike guilt, which often convinces us to change our behavior, shame tells us that we are inherently bad. According to researcher Brene Brown, shame tells us we can’t change our behavior because the problem is at our very core. Shame identifies the person as bad instead of the behavior.

As it so often does, shame prompted Adam to disconnect from God instead of seeking Him. It led him to cover his mistake instead of confessing it. 

Shame convinced Adam to make himself more acceptable by “covering up.” Adam focused on his image instead of on his heart.  

Later, King David made the same mistake, and it ravaged his entire family. 

Following his extramarital affair with Bathsheba, David discovered that she was pregnant as a result of his indiscretion. To hide his own sin, David tried to convince Bathsheba’s husband to sleep with her. When that didn’t work, David sent him to be killed in battle. 

David initiated a string of actions that served his own purposes at the expense of those around him. Shame prompted King David to hide his mistakes instead of confessing them and trying to make things right. 

Later, when David’s son Amnon engaged in his own brand of sexual sin, shame convinced David to remain silent in the face of his son’s offense.  

Shame rendered David powerless as a father and a king, and it does the same thing to you and me.

Shame convinces us to cover our true selves for fear that we aren’t worthy of love or relationship. Shame convinces us that imperfection is a sign of weakness.

So we cover it all up.

·     We don’t often admit our mistakes.

·     We don’t readily talk about emotion.

·     We rarely ask for help.

·     We fight to maintain control.

Shame convinces men that weakness represents the ultimate masculine flaw; as a result, men should avoid even the appearance of weakness. 

.To accomplish that, men engage in posturing, and we refuse to admit when we struggle. We project confidence even when we don’t feel it, and we fight for control at all cost.

But make no mistake: there is a cost.

We’re numbing ourselves to vulnerability by drinking, chasing women, withdrawing from our families, and going deeper into debt. And because it’s impossible to numb only part of your experience, we’re numbing ourselves to the good stuff, too. 

Our families and our communities need us to let go of false strength and embrace the real thing: the kind of strength Jesus displayed during His time on earth. 

Jesus never feared looking weak, but instead submitted Himself to the will of the Father. He never worried about His image, and He sought only to please God. 

When He struggled, He admitted as much, and He sought help from the Father.

He trusted, He loved, and He served, and He provided the only example of manhood we’ll ever need. 

The world doesn’t know how desperately it needs us to understand manhood. It needs us to be vulnerable, and to love, and to trust, and to serve. It needs us to care for it even as it cares for us.

It isn’t too late to choose differently. The men of Junto Tribe seek to become like the Last Adam and restore our identities and our relationships. 

We’re ditching our false identities and seeking the true ones. We’d love for you to join us on the journey.

 

 

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Creation Achieves Its Full Potential When Men Serve Each Other

God’s creation achieves its full potential because of a series of two-way relationships that allow each entity to grow, thrive, and fully express what it was designed to be.  

Beginning with the First Adam, God established man to organize, tend, and cultivate the plants in the garden. In return, those fruit-bearing plants would give their fruit to him for food. 

 

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden

to work it and take care of it.” 

Genesis 2:15

 

Through mutual self-giving, Adam and the garden would grow, thrive, and fully express what they were designed to be. 

Adam’s role in the garden wasn’t mindless maintenance. It was designed to unlock the full potential of Adam, and the full potential of creation. 

Man would share authority over creation and care for it, and creation would generously give itself to uphold, sustain, protect, and nourish others. 

The First Adam’s relationship with Eve would look the same: he would establish a complementary relationship with her, and the two would share the mission to “fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28).

Imagine, on the other hand, the sun decides to rise in a different place tomorrow. 

Instead of doing what it always does and consistently providing heat, light, and energy, imagine it decides tomorrow to pursue its own interests. Imagine it decides to go where it wants to go instead of where God directs it to go.

Perhaps it chooses a path a little closer to the earth, near enough to incinerate us with heat and radiation.

Or maybe it chooses a path a little farther away, allowing the planet to be enveloped in ice.

Left to its own devices, the sun might fail to provide the necessary energy for photosynthesis. Plants would stop growing, and we’d eventually run out of food and oxygen. 

Left unchecked, life as we know it would perish.

The sun is a great servant in the sky, perfectly positioned by the Creator to sustain life. It provides the heat and light necessary to sustain life, but we rarely give it a second thought. We’re probably all guilty of overlooking the sun’s consistency.

If the sun suddenly chose to pursue its own interests, creation would suffer. When the sun follows God’s design, creation benefits.

The same is true of man.

When we serve others through self-giving, we create mutually beneficial relationships. When we go where God directs us to go, creation benefits from our service to it. 

God designed the world to be a beautiful network of relationships in which people would flourish because of a decision, and a commitment, to serve others. 

Think of it as living usefully.

When you give yourself to the people around you and follow where God calls you, the people around you find room to become all that they were created to be. 

As the cycle continues, creation grows and thrives in the presence of those living as servants. 

The men of Junto Tribe seek to live usefully so that creation flourishes. God created you with the same mission.

Which path will you choose?

 

 

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Because We're Like the First Adam, We Desperately Need the Last Adam

It isn’t that we don’t want to be men. 

In many cases, we simply don’t know how.

The world has rewritten the ideal for manhood, and it hardly resembles the picture God gave us in Adam. 

God revealed His picture of manhood in the First Adam: a man created to be a servant, a warrior, a scholar, a craftsman, an explorer, a leader, and a disciple. 

But the First Adam ultimately broke faith with his Creator. Given the choice between trusting what God told him and trusting the enemy, Adam rejected God’s instruction. 

When he did, he cut himself off from his source of authority, identity, and purpose. 

Most of us know how that feels. 

We can’t remember the last time we felt a sense of purpose. And identity? 

The identity we’ve stepped into has been crafted by the same broken world that crucified its Creator. 

 The Creator came to earth as a man and paid a terrible price to redeem us from the grip of the enemy. Jesus, who was born of a woman, lived the life of a true, authentic man. 

 Jesus was sent to earth as the Last Adam; sent to succeed where the First Adam failed by refusing to deviate from His identity and His purpose. 

The difference between the First and Last Adam was Jesus’ passion and discipline to follow the will of the Father. He turned His back on the ways of the world and submitted to the will of God. 

Where the First Adam stubbornly refused to follow God, the Last Adam followed Him to the point of death. 

The Last Adam gave His life as a sacrifice to restore us to our intended place as sons of God. Through His death and resurrection, He made a way for His Spirit to exist and grow within us. 

 

And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” 

The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

1 Cor 15:45

 

But why did the Creator go to such great lengths to save fallen men? 

Because He has a plan for each one of us. You’re here for a reason, and God wants to awaken your full potential. 

God wants you to live a life of high performance; to squeeze the most out of life and to leave a remarkable legacy for others.

Mostly, He wants you to help Him bring Heaven to earth.

Let the restoration begin.

 

 

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Manhood Is Only Unclear If You're Seeking the World's Definition

We struggle to understand manhood. 

Society jokes about it. Belittles it. Diminishes the need for it. 

Men find themselves caught between contradictory beliefs: the sense that manhood matters and the notion that it’s a threat to the world. 

But God never intended for us to be confused. 

In fact, God values manhood so much that His plan for the world centers on it. When God created Adam in His own image and placed him in the Garden of Eden, He began the work of revealing manhood to us. 

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”

Genesis 2:15 NKJV

 

Adam was a servant. He bore a responsibility to tend the earth in a way that helps it flourish. 

Adam was a warrior. He was appointed to guard and protect the garden and its occupants against threats. 

Adam was a scholar. God directed Adam to name the animals, engaging his powers of observation, language, knowledge, reason, and curiosity. 

Adam was a craftsman. He designed weapons, built shelters, and cultivated plants, and he developed the means to do all those things. 

Adam was an explorer. The garden was only a small part of God’s creation. The rest of the globe was uncharted territory that invited Adam to explore.

Adam was a leader. God called Adam to father a generation and to teach that generation to carry out the same mission that God had given him.

Adam was a disciple. He spent time with his Creator and learned what it meant to be a son of God. 

Though we may struggle to find modern examples of true manhood, God’s Word is full of them.

In Adam, and other men of the Bible, we recognize a pattern: when men imitate God, they succeed in their missions. When they fail to imitate God, they fail to be men.

Adam carried a massive responsibility on his shoulders. By living his life according to God’s character, he would fill the world with God’s goodness, and fulfill man’s mission on earth.

You carry the same responsibility Adam did; to do meaningful work that benefits creation and people. 

Thousands of years later, the mission hasn’t changed. Manhood hasn’t either.

You are a servant, a warrior, a scholar, a craftsman, an explorer, a leader, and a disciple. 

You were created in the image of God, and your presence here is meant to be world-changing. As you discover manhood for yourself, you’ll be equipped to share it with the generations behind you. 

The journey won’t be an easy one, but time is of the essence. Our days here are numbered and our mission is unique. 

The men of Junto Tribe would love nothing more than to walk alongside you in this all-important journey. 

The world needs men that know who they are. We intend to become those men. 

 

 

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