“…and an earnest attempt to serve the one and only God who made me.”
Guys Unearthing Their True Strength
Underneath the ManUp Zone is an attitude about ones pursuit of God. The Father is looking for courageous men who will make a real, abandoned pursuit of Him, becoming a game changer for their families and His Kingdom. A guy who is not afraid of healing his wounds and setting his new nature into play in a cutting edge way. A warrior chasing after the heavenly Father’s own heart in such an open, vulnerable and almost gut wrenching way, God will not deny him His greater gifts. A wrestler for personal freedom willing to give up his own emotional comfort to learn what it truly means to be comforted by the comforter. Jeremiah knew the Daddy’s deep love for him, the desire for real on his knees, knew it was safe to shoot straight without the fear of condemnation, and one who knew of God’s love for raw intimacy. GUTTS is passionate about seeing men radically changed through a personal relationship with Jesus leading them to greater heights of stability in their walk, their marriages and with their children.
“You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!” All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.” But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked”. Jeremiah 20: 7-13 NIV
ManUp Zone Series
Embracing God Encounters
In the 80’s, the Texas Rangers were on the last day of a ten-day road trip when a call came to the clubhouse before the game in Seattle. The doctor of Jim’s wife was asking for Jim. Quickly moving to the phone, Jim heard the doctor say. “Janet came in early today with signs of delivering the baby, the baby went into arrest and we delivered her. I’m sorry she didn’t make it”. The discoveries Jim made that day to let go and release the results to the Father dramatically changed his approach in a highly competitive performance world. This talk hits on three aspects of embracing God encounters:
- Worship Service
- What truth does God want you to take-away?
- How does this truth bring new revelation?
The Captivating Mindset of Courage
Much of Jim’s adult years had been spent working successfully through childhood incidents, killing one emotional fear after another. In the sports culture, Jim grinded it out against those fears in front of a fan base unaware of his journey. This is a topic to encourage others, spoken from one who effectively navigated those waters, while engaged in a high-profile sports culture. Once you tackle a couple of your fears, it will motivate a person to tackle any fear that remains. It takes courage to dive into areas of darkness and come out with freedom to tackle the next obstacle. This speech features three elements each leading to greater freedom:
- Confront IT
- Come Along Side IT
- Conclude IT
The Catcher Behind the Mask (Armor)
An in-depth look from a celebrated sixteen-year Major League catcher breaking out from behind his emotional mask to help others taking the journey through the Armor of God. The pieces of Armor incorporate the basic foundations of Christianity uniquely delivered through Jim’s catching gear as props to bring consistency and clarity for powerful use with God’s protective clothing. Each piece is used in building on the next, training the man in spiritual freedom and to better lead his family in a time of growing evil. This delivered brings a fresh way to:
- Discover strategies for Healing Father wounds!
- Understand the Armor pieces and Application!
- Leading his Family in a growing time of evil.
Unlocking the Horns of Isolation
In Larry Crabb’s book, The Silence of Adam, he writes, “Men are easily threatened…………Men refuse to feel the paralyzing and humbling horror of uncertainty, a horror that could drive them to trust, a horror that could release in them the power to deeply give themselves in relationships. As a result, most men feel close to no one, especially not to God, and no one feels close to them”. In this very touching address, Jim uncovers the traps leading to emotional isolation and then unlocking those deceptions to bring relational freedom and intimacy with the Father.
- What traps men from being vulnerable?
- What unlocks those snares leading to authenticity?
- How intimacy with the Father looks!