Notes from Deaf Men’s Conference 2011

Me and about 18 other guys traveled to Glen Rose, Texas on November 3-6th. I look forward to this conference every year and it always empowers me and challenges me every year that I go. It challenges me to better myself as a man, as a father, as a husband, and as a servant of God. I urge each and every Deaf man to go next year if you are able to.

This year’s them was “REWIRED” from Romans 12:2 which had a lineup of four spectacular ministers. Chad Entinger (Iowa), Rick McClain (Alabama), Jeff Jackson (California), and Chip Penland (Tennessee). The worship leader this year was Josh Bonjour (Texas).

Below are the notes I took from the conference. It was mentioned that 5 people asked Jesus to be their personal Savior, and several rededicated themselves. One of the ones who rededicated themselves was my younger Deaf brother, Kevin. Praise the Lord!

Friday’s Notes by Chad Entinger:

Romans 12:2 says: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your  mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

When we think of the word “TRANSFORMED“  we think of the illustration of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

There is a Greek word that I want to teach you tonight, it is called “metamorphoo” which basically means “change

The most popular “changing” story in the Bible would be the transformation of Saul in Acts 9:1-22 (later called to be witness for Christ as Paul)

Later that evening, Chad presented a garbage can for us to write down our sins or struggles that are preventing us from “transforming” our minds and our lives. When we pray on those “sins or struggles”, we throw them away into the garbage can.

Saturday Morning’s Notes by Rick McClain:

Romans 12:2 says: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your  mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

There are two thingks that Paul wants us to do:  (1) Act a certain way (2) Live a certain life

How do we do those two things?  (1) Offer your body as a living sacrifice (2) Be transformed by renewing of you minds

Problem with the renewing of our minds is tough as a man! Why? Becasue we have “ELEVATOR EYES”

When a beautiful woman comes by, we tend to scope her body up and down with our eyes. Don’t tell me you don’t do it. All men do it!

1 Corinthians 6:20 mentions for us to do “transforming’ NOW!  “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

The problem is… many of us go to church as hyprocrites.  We cannot go to church and worship and then come out of church acting as a worldly person.

It all comes down to one simple challenge ” YOUR WORSHIP WITHIN THE CHURCH MUST MATCH YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH”

Later, Rick challenged us with an illustration of a nicely decorated plate of breakfast food which represented our worship, holy and acceptable. And then moved on to throw the plate of food into a garbage can lid which was dirty and stinky, which represented our life, which is NOT holy and acceptable.

Saturday evening notes by Jeff Jackson:

Want us to look back to Genesis 3:9-10 where Adam failed to do 4 things:

  1. He failed to provide for Eve
  2. He failed to protect Eve
  3. He failed to teach Eve (provide wisdom)
  4. He failed to connect (provide love)

I have been part of the prison ministry for many years. I visit often to the prision in our state of California in our area. Many Deaf people are there and do not have many visitors.

I found out that 80% of the crimes that Deaf people did in that California prison, are sex-related (rape, sexual abuse, molestiation, sodomy)

I also found out that of that number, 98% of them grew up WITHOUT a father role model. They learned from wrong people, copied the wrong model, and got into trouble.

Later, Jeff challenged us to pray for ourselves to become better fathers and husbands. We took the Lord’s Supper together and many people came forward for prayer.

Sunday morning notes from Chip Penland:

“Boys to Men” was the theme of his message

There are three groups that I want to talk about:  (1) BOYS  (2) MEN  (3) BANS

What is a BAN?  A BAN is a “so-called” man who is stuck between boyhood and manhood.

Video gaming companies use statistics for ages who purchase their games, play, etc. The ages of 12-18 there is 45% of gamers. The ages of 20-35, there is 55% of gamers.  Imagine that?

BANS are like modern men who are:

  1. less educated
  2. unemployed and trying to find a job
  3. fathering children OUTSIDE of marriage
  4. less religious
  5. video gamers, sports freak, sit w/ other men instead of with family, church, etc

BANS are like barbarians who are:

  1. worship sports more than God
  2. exercise addict. more focused on body than spirit
  3. dresses sloppy
  4. has a big EGO about himself
  5. does not respect women
  6. is always lazy, doesnt want to serve or help
  7. is not organized

BANS are like wimps who are:

  1. addicts to videogames
  2. loves to shop alone or with groups
  3. is more of a loner
  4. looks for pity and sympathy

BANS are in churches too, how?

  1. Churches have more women leaders than men
  2. Mothers and kids go to church, but the dad stays home
  3. leadership teams are led by women

Church cannot survive with wimps, barbarbians and BANS. We need more GODLY men!

We have too many men in the churches who are “extra-sensitive”  they use excuses to miss church or to not serve. God did not make you to be easily offended by others. God wants you to take it like a MAN!

“MAN- UP!” is what we should do or tell each other!   (In Texas, the phrase is “COWBOY-UP!”)

A REAL MAN needs to be RUNNERS:

  1. run from temptation and sin
  2. run AFTER God’s righteouness, godliness, faithfulness, and love, patience (Proverbs 15:9)

If we do not RUN…we will become FAT. Same as training…we train for a marathon…if we do not train for church, we will become FAT and lazy and wont do anything for God at all.

A REAL MAN needs to be a FIGHTER:

  1. fight and wrestle and struggle and suffer for Christ
  2. we need to grab opportunities for God to witness to others

A REAL MEN nneds to be a GUARDIAN:

  1. to KEEP guard of the Gospel and for each other.
  2. to watch over, even if noone is watching over you, you STILL watch over others.

Problem is…too many men use excuses..”well he never calls me,he never checks on me”  Do you check on him? Do you call him?”

Is not about YOU…its about Jesus!  Did Jesus use excuses like that?  No, so you shut up and do what the Lord asks you to do!

How do we become a REAL MAN!

  1. Prayer (for your pastor, for your leaders, for those who are in need, and enemies too)
  2. Bible (read it, dont just have your reading time during the pastor’s preaching)
  3. Faithful Worship (get involved in a church and DO something for them)
  4. Mentor Other Men (Mentoring other men to be godly. Accept criticism and accept help. You are not always RIGHT!)

In closing, Chip challenged us to be a MAN when we go home. To be a real man and to do what God expects of us!

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