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The ManTalks you will find below are from this year’s Men’s Retreat.  The purpose of these sessions is for men to encourage one another to become more like Christ.  We need each other and we need the Lord!  These ManTalks are a great resource either for an individual or a group study.  You’ll find there are application questions and additional resources as well, which you’ll also find in this PDF ManTalks Booklet.  Use these to dig deeper into each topic.  We pray the Lord will use these talks, conversations, and deeper digging for His glory in making you more like Him!  Go get ’em!

life-in-4d

2016 THEME:  Man Talk – Life in ‘4D’

Growing a Balanced Life in a Lopsided World.

“Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with man.” (Luke 2:52) Physical. Mental. Spiritual. Relational. As Luke 2:52 shows, our Master is the model. To encourage a healthy growth in life’s four dimensions, each session features three no-fluff, practical challenges focused on one aspect of the “4D Life.”

“Wisdom Starts Here”

Brian Silver, Church Planter in Residence at Hope Community Church in Minneapolis, speaks on the topic of “Wisdom Starts Here” at the fall Men’s Retreat at Camp Lebanon. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Brian has provided some application questions and additional resources if you’d like to dig deeper:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• I described the gospel of Jesus Christ using four words. Unpack that more in your group. What is the weight or implications of those four words? – dig deeper into what you need to know about those four words in order to really understand the Gospel.
• As you think of God viewing you right now (even if you were just thinking a mean thought about the guy sitting next to you), how do you think God sees you?
• Think of some tangible, real life ways to apply the Gospel to your life? For example: relationships with boss, wife, children, in-laws, small group members, etc.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• “What is the Gospel” ~ Gregg Gilbert
• “The Gospel Centered Life” ~ Bob Thune
• “The Explicit Gospel” ~ Matt Chandler

“Think Differently”

Scott Woller, Pastor at Corner Church in Minneapolis, presents at Men’s Retreat at Camp Lebanon on the topic of “Think Differently.”

Scott provided a few application questions and additional resources if you’d like to go deeper:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• What does it look like for you to take responsibility in continually connecting with God?
• Who have you known that has an abnormally intimate relationship with God? How did he or she do it? How did he or she do it over time?
• How has, is or can this weekend be a catalyst to greater connection to God in the days, months and years to come?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• The Spirit of the Disciplines – Dallas Willard.
• The Bible Project on YouTube. The Bible Project provides a video for every book of the Bible that outlines its structure and design and how it fits in the bigger picture.
• www.openbible.info/topics – Online tool for Bible topic and key word search.
• www.blueletterbible.org – Online Bible concordance and more.

“Mentorship”

Drew Zuehlke, Youth Pastor at Hope Community Church in Minneapolis, addresses Men’s Retreat attendees at Camp Lebanon on the topic of “Mentorship.”

Drew has provided some application questions and resources if you’d like to dig deeper:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• Do you see yourself as a man who can share your experience and wisdom, and point people to Jesus? Who is one guy you could help grow?
• Do you see yourself as a man who could use someone’s help in becoming more Christ-like? Who is one guy you’d like to imitate?
• What is keeping you from making disciples who are strong and mature? Pride, comfort, control, approval?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• Gospel Coach – Scott Thomas.
• Man in the Mirror – Patrick Morley.
• Redemption – Mike Wilkerson.

“Rest Fit”

Grant Willett, Associate Pastor at Oak Grove Church in Golden Valley, speaks on the topic of “Rest Fit” at Camp Lebanon’s Men’s Retreat.

Grant also provided some application questions and additional resources if you’d like to dig deeper:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• As you look at your week in front of you, how is REST a spiritual exercise?
• How does REST contribute to my understanding of my relationship to God?
• How is God at work in my Life through REST?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• Wild at Heart – Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul – John Eldredge.
• Old Paths / New Power – Daniel Henderson.
• Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest – Edward T. Welch.

“Eat Good”

Adam Sidler, Associate Pastor at Grace Fellowship in Brooklyn Park, speaks on the topic of “Eat Good” at Men’s Retreat at Camp Lebanon.

Adam also provided application questions and additional resources if you’d like to dig deeper into this topic:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• How have you exhibited a “freedom in me” rather than a “freedom in Christ”?
• What are you a slave to? In what way has that area mastered over you?
• What is one practical (and realistic!) way you can remind yourself that “you are not your own” and that you “were bought with a price”? (1 Corinthians 6:19b-20)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• “I Will Not Be Enslaved by Anything” – Message by John Piper, September 1, 1985.
• Food Inc. (video, 2008 Documentary)
• Forks Over Knives (video, 2011 Documentary)
• Fed Up (video, 2014 Documentary)

“Manage The Clock”

Brad Little, Lead Pastor at Oak Grove Church in Golden Valley, addresses the men at Men’s Retreat at Camp Lebanon on the topic of “Manage the Clock.”

Brad has provided some application questions and additional resources for digging deeper:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• How does the nature of the Gospel (Christ humility, focused obedience and sacrifice) impact the way I think about how I need to focus my life?
• Christ’s challenge to His disciples in Luke 9:23 is: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny self, take up his cross daily and follow me.” Is there an area in life where you are wasting time and need to deny and choose new behaviors to continue to follow Christ with greater freedom? How does managing your schedule help with this?
• Based on what you sense God wants to cultivate in you and/or based on how you sense He wants to use, what is one area in your life that you need to make time to develop and make a priority in the next 30 days to keep on growing?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper (Desiring God Foundation, 2007).
• Necessary Endings – Dr. Henry Cloud. The Employees, Businesses and Relationships that all of us have to give up in order to move forward (Henry Cloud, 2010).
• How People Grow – What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth – Cloud & Townsend.
• The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey.

“Do Church”

Matt Clausen, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Minneapolis, speaks on the topic of “Do Church” at Men’s Retreat at Camp Lebanon.

Matt has provided application questions and additional resources for you if you’d like to dig deeper into this topic:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• What are the four ways we can actively express love for God as a church?
• In which of these four areas do you want to take an intentional step of faith this week?
• What is that step going to be?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• Loving God – Charles Colson.
• Knowing God – J.I. Packer.
• Disciplines of a Godly Man – R. Kent Hughes.

“Order Your Loves”

Paul Bradley, Senior Dean of Student Life at the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul, talks to Camp Lebanon attendees at Men’s Retreat on the topic of “Order Your Loves.”

Paul has provided some application questions and additional resources if you’d like to dig deeper:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• How deep and full is your understanding and experience of God’s love for you as His child?
• What is getting in the way of you encountering and receiving more of God’s love?
• As you reflect on your life passions and priorities (how you spend your time & money, what you think and talk about, etc.), what idols [false lovers] are you putting above God?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• Crazy Love – Francis Chan.
• Sacred Romance – Brent Curtis and John Eldredge.
• The Four Loves – C.S. Lewis.

“Loyal Obedience”

Mark Sanquist, VP of Healthcare Solutions at DecisionOne, address Camp’s Lebanon Men’s Retreat goers on the topic of “Loyal Obedience.”

Mark has provided application questions and additional resources if you’d like to take this study further:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• In what areas am I currently successful in OBEDIENCE in my daily life?
• What blocks OBEDIENCE from working and being exhibited in me?
• Is being LOYALLY OBEDIENT to Christ safe?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
• The Radical Disciple – John Stott
• Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas

“Pain to Peace”

Doug Payne, Director at Miracle Bible Camp, presents to Camp Lebanon Men’s Retreat attendees on the subject of “Pain to Peace.”

He has provided additional questions and resources as well, if you’d like to dig a little deeper:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• What if God showed you the same measure of grace and mercy you show others?
• Does the issue you’re in disagreement over matter in the scope of eternity?
• Do you believe hearing is the same as listening? Ask three people who know you well how you can improve your listening skills.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman. The secret to a love that lasts.
• Making Peace – Jim Van Yperen. A guide to overcoming church conflict.
• Peace Child – Don Richardson. In this missionary classic, Don shares the story of how he and his wife risked their lives to share Christ with the cannibalistic Sawi people of New Guinea. Video documentaryhttps://vimeo.com/51281742

“Leftovers Again?”

Roger Negaard, retired businessman/entrepreneur and long time friend of Camp, shares wisdom during Men’s Retreat weekend on loving close ones well.

He’s provided some application questions and additional resources for you as well:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• What are you doing to improve family time?
• What will it take to get started?
• What are some other ways that may specifically work with your family?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• Wild at Heart – John Eldridge.
• It’s Not About Me – Max Lucado.

“Response-able”

Bill Abeler (“Bobber Bill”), Camp Lebanon’s Executive Director, provides a message on the topic of being “response-able.” I think you’ll enjoy his unique perspective.

Bill has provided some application questions and additional resources if you’d like to dig deeper:

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
• What is the COST (to you and others) of being responsible? Irresponsible?
• What does it mean, “It’s always my turn.,” when it comes to taking responsibility?
• Who is the one person in your world waiting for you to TAKE responsibility?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
• Love & Respect – Emerson Eggerichs.
• Sex Begins in the Kitchen (Because Love is an All-Day Affair) – Kevin Leman.
• Same-Sex Marriage – A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design For Marriage – Sean McDowell & John Stonestreet. (Chapter 9: “First Things First – A Call to Repentance.”)
• In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? Charles M. Sheldon. Classic novel on living like Jesus.

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