221 - Preview: How God Makes Men
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Tuesday, October 29 2013 00:00|
NOTE: My new book How God Makes Men comes out on November 5, 2013. Here's a preview. Hope you like it!
From the Preface
When I travel and meet strangers, someone will often say, "You work with men. That must really be hard."
My response is always the same. "You've got the wrong guy! I have the best job in the world. Every day we see men coming to Christ and growing as disciples. God is powerfully at work in men's lives!"
Most men I talk with feel like there's "another" man coiled up inside of them who desperately wants to get out. How about you?
Can you relate? If so, I've got some really great news for you. It's all wrapped up in the one sentence that best describes my own life: Because God is good, your life will not turn out like you planned.
That's because God has a better plan. A much better plan. God's plan is made up of strikingly relevant, time-tested lessons written down and preserved for us in the Bible. It pulsates with stories about men who released and sustained the passion of their faith. And you can too.
1. Abraham: The Principle of Believing God Anyway
Never has a man been tested more than Abraham. From Abraham, we learn that God makes men by showing us how we can believe Him anyway in the face of what seem like impossible circumstances.
2. Joseph: The Principle of a Greater Good
Never has a man been more mistreated than Joseph. From Joseph we learn that God makes men by orchestrating even the toughest circumstances of our lives for a greater good.
3. Moses: The Principle of Personal Transformation
Never has a man felt more abandoned than Moses. From Moses we learn that God makes men by taking us through a humbling process that fundamentally changes the way we think.
4. Gideon: The Principle of the Unexpected Leader
Never has a man felt less qualified than Gideon. From Gideon we learn that God makes men by turning our weakness into strength in such a striking way that only He can get the glory.
5. David: The Principle of Correction
Never has a man sinned more egregiously than David. From David we learn that God makes men by doing whatever it takes to correct and restore us when we go astray.
6. Solomon: The Principle of Success That Matters
Never has a man tried harder to find happiness without God than Solomon. From Solomon we learn that God makes men by making it impossible for us to find lasting happiness in any pursuit apart from Him.
7. Nehemiah: The Principle of a Passionate Calling
Never has a man felt more passionate about taking action than Nehemiah. From Nehemiah we learn that God makes men by turning what breaks our hearts into a passionate calling to help redeem some broken part of His world.
8. Job: The Principle of Suffering for No Apparent Reason
Never has a man suffered more than Job. From Job we learn that God makes men by allowing us to gain through suffering what can be gained no other way.
9. Peter: The Principle of Making Disciples
Never has a man known more about making disciples than Peter. From Peter we learn that God makes men by a process of calling, equipping, and sending us so we can call, equip, and send others.
10. Paul: The Principle of a Surrendered Life
Never has a man been more passionate about following and serving Christ than Paul. Finally, from Paul we learn that God makes men by forging us into humble servants who are increasingly surrendered to the lordship of Jesus.
And that's how God makes men!
What do a bunch of famous men with long beards and longer robes riding around on camels have to say to men today? In How God Makes Men let Pat show you how incredibly relevant their stories are to your story. For more information and links to purchase, go to patrickmorley.com or you can order the book here.