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I've been observing some incredible things happening in the lives of men here at First Baptist over the past few months.  I remember coming to First Baptist years ago and, to be honest, there was not much going on regarding "men's ministry."  There was the monthly men's prayer breakfast, but that was about it.

In the old days, the "Baptist Brotherhood" would come together and strive to reach men and find them something to do.  This was often a response to the WMU, or Women's Missionary Union groups that met in the church rather than a strategic move to reaching and connecting with men.

Then, it happened.  Sometime back in 1990 a group of men came together in Boulder, Colorado and a movement was born.  This movement came to be known as Promise Keepers.  Promise Keepers became newsworthy because of the vast number of men who flocked to stadium events. 

It seems Promise Keepers was big for a season.  It still exists, but in a little different format.

However, God used Promise Keepers to spur men on to living as authentic men and to discover true manhood.

Since then, Ransomed Heart Ministries, with John Eldredge at the helm moved forward with the message of Wild at Heart.  Thousands of men have read this book and attended Boot Camps based on this.

Other groups and ministries developed that added to men's movement:  Men's Fraternity, Man in the Mirror, Raising a Modern Day Knight, Letters From Dad, etc.

I'm proud to be a part of a church where the men are "getting it."  We have had hundreds attend our Battle Ready Spring Men's event throughout the years, as well as groups develop through Men's Fraternity and Letters From Dad. 

Folks, God is up to something great here with the men of our church.  He's calling out the men and through this call is going to change our world.

Check out our website - www.realmanhood.org for more information on this men's movement at First Baptist.

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