Wednesday, September 26, 2012

THE VERSE - For the 2012 Father/Son Team Day

1 Peter 5:6-11

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 

Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 
To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

If you haven't attended before you should know that the memory verse is weighted heavily. If you do well on the verse it can help you significantly toward bringing home a trophy!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Father/son Team Day - What to Bring and Other helpful Stuff

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For those of you who will be attending the Father/Son Team Day we are really excited that you have chosen to make the time to spend with your sons! Below are a few more details to help you prepare. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Good Item To Bring:
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera 
  • Hat
  • Water Bottle

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Take The Poll: Can the Greggs Pull off the Cowboy Hat look?

Help us decide if these city slickers can make the transition into authentic valley life ...

  Can the Greggs Pull of the Cowboy Hat look?

Calendar - Regional and Unit Events

Family Update - September 2012

Hannah During our morning devotions on the Father/DaughterCanoe Trip

We are days away from the summer officially giving way to fall, and it would be an understatement to call this past summer "busy."
  • We traveled 6000 miles
  • Programmed and/or participated in 10 camps and trips
  • Trained and discipled 12 junior counselors who in turn discipled countless other boys and young men (following the example of 2 Timothy 2:2).  
  • We encouraged, equipped, and challenged father's to lead and love their families
  • Boys and young men came to know Christ, and we challenged many more to live lives  fully committed to Christ.
This is also my first September as a full time regional director so the weeks that I've been home have been packed with meeting the men and ministerial staff who will be heading up the CSB discipleship programs at their local churches this fall.

These men are amazing! They sacrifice their limited time and energy because they

Ministry Stories ... God Used My Sin

Yup! We had a great time even when things didn't go quite right!
I am thankful that my God is not stymied, thwarted or bewildered by our  sin. He truly does work all things together for the good of those that love Him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). I found that out personally this summer when I saw God flip my own sin on its head.

I love outdoor trips because they tend to provide an effective and special opportunity for relationship building and discipleship. In theory this means I am supposed to be likeable and set a good example for the young men on the trip. But like my family knows, if you spend any length of time with me you will find out just how truly human I am.

The white water canoe trip is the first camp I led this summer. As you might expect this trip can at times be a bit stressful. Swift moving water is dangerous and requires fast decisions and fast reaction. At the speed that the water was moving this particular day the force of the water was equivalent to 24 elephants bearing down on our boats.

That day I had a young man in the front of my boat who'd been having some confidence trouble. I've known Travis for three years now. He is among that all too common list of cultural casualties. His dad isn't around and his step dad is distant when he isn't verbally abusive. So I had a great chance to

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cool Reads -- Shepherding A Child's Heart, By Tedd Tripp

The oldest two of my children are about to leave childhood behind. Josh will be 13 in less than 5 months and Hannah is right behind him. Some of you might think it odd that Karen and I went back and read this book again. But we are both so glad that we did.

It has been a great reminder of principles and approaches that are vital if we are to be successful in not simply raising law keeping little robots but young men and women who have a vital relationship with Christ and seek to obey because they desperately love Him and are thankful for who He has made and is making them.

If you have children and it has been more than a couple years since you boned up on what you already know about parenting don't miss this opportunity. Grab this book, humble yourself, read it, genuinely listen, and then apply what you read no matter how painful. There is no greater task for a parent than to shepherd your child's heart.

To read other reviews of this book and to purchase click here.

Father/Son Team Day October 6th

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This annual event on October 6th is a great way for dads and their sons to spend the day enjoying their time together as they have fun competing with other dad/son teams and making unforgettable memories together.
• Air Pistols, Archery, Canoeing, Legume Launch and more!
• Six events for each age group (Grade K-2; Grade 3-4; Grade 5-6; and Grade 7-12)
• Trophies and ribbons will be awarded
• Bar-B-Que lunch provided
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Our speaker this year is Bill Heyne, former assistant Sheriff of Stanislaus County and Pastor at Central Valley Presbyterian Church. You won't want to miss his message regarding what the Bible has to say about fathers and sons.

Time and Location
The competition begins at the Kiwanis Youth Camp in La Grange, CA (Near Modesto) at 8:30 on

Prayer Requests

Thank you for praying for  our family's ministry. Here are some things that we'd love for you to remember in prayer for us:

2013 CSB Staff Conference
The annual staff conference is this coming week. (March 16-23) I'm flying to Buffalo, NY. Please pray that this conference continues to be as productive and edifying as the proceeding ones.

Jenness Park
I am preparing to speak at a Father/Son Camp at Jenness Park Christian Camp May 3-5. Please pray for my preparation as well as that the attendees come with hearts ready to hear the message.

ISI Men's Conference Follow-up
I just spoke at an Iron Sharpens Iron Men's conference this past Saturday. God gave me the chance to speak to between 75 and 100 dads who were each interested in learning how to better speak to their sons. Please pray that they took home valuable tools and that they have the courage and streangth to actually put these tools into practice.

New Churches
I have had the privilege recently of being contacted out of the blue by churches that want to help their men disciple the boys and young men in their congregation and would like CSB Ministries to help them in that regard. Please pray that God would bless me as I seek to help equip them and that the men in each church would have a bold and clear vision for how to accomplish this vital task in their church.

New Materials

We are releasing one new module for our 3rd-6th grade discipleship materials. Please pray that we can continue to meet this target.