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My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand … Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path…When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you… Psalm 1

 

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Knowing the Father?

The life of a man is ever changing - periods / seasons. Often: a man, boy, young adult, at 30, 40, 50, etc., a man is asking: Where did I come from, Who am I; Why am I here? and Was it worth it?

 If honest, at what ever stange, these seasons are challenging, a struggle, perplexing  and sometimes more so as he travels through these many stages of his life with others and the absence of others. (e.g., .as a child, .as a teenager, . 20's & 30's, ... single, married & divorced, . healthy or sick, . young or aging, employed / unemployed, etc.).  So many case studies (actually fiew)  and  biographies

 (lot's to choose from e.g., William Wilberforce, GK Chesterton, Jefferson, Washington, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Desmond Tutu, Greg Mortenson, Mountain Climbers, Artists, Writers, Athletes, Politicians, Poets, Prisners, Slaves, Bishops, etc.

to sort through for direction, for good examples and so not so good examples.  From the Judeo-Christian lineage -- Starting form Adam onward, to Moses, Jacob and David are some that I have studied in light of these seasons, struggles, and transitions that we as men process. 

Moses went from one paradigm to the next - Pharaoh's court (were he was brought up), to the next - a child of Isreal, Abraham but a people in slaved; to a desert goat / sheep hearder; to a priest / prophet / deliverer to a nation builder, judge.  Anger followed Moses, along with favor, privilage, and many other feeling, struggles, pleasures, and relationships.  From the Book of Exodus we see him being commissioned as a deliverer and in Exodus 33 he becomes a "talke'm into their rest". Differant "drives", motives and values need to facilitate a man through either of these life seasons.  I wonder if American leaders before, during and after "the Revolution", how they processed these changes.

Looking at Jesus life: birth, adolesent, and his movement in to public life (in his thirties). Also, Peter from his call as a fisherman, to a desciple, dealing with anothe mans transition (Jesus), Jesus' death, and later in Acts 10.  In John 14, Jesus re-adjusts the attention and focus of the apostles (including Peter), when he reminded them that if they had seen, know and been with him they should have known, seen and been with the Father. Introducing a man to God the Father through the teaching of Jesus Christ - life (birth, growth, work, ministry, teaching, relationships, death, burial, resurrection, current intercession, & coming kingdom) and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit is the beginning of our journey as a New Testiment believer, Heavenly Kingdom man. Through small group opportunities, fellowship, focus groups, bible dialog & teaching a man is encouraged to encounter the love, hope and fellowship of God the Father. Being engaged where Father God has placed us / where He as called (e.g., your work, home, neighborhood, family, friends, etc.) us is where we work out and process these values.  

Getting to know the Father is essential. In Jesus parabel of the Two sons and the father, this father at the end of the story has a transitional / paradigm revealing dialog with his oldest son.  The son does not know the Father. He knows the doing / jobs. Jobs always start out with doing what you are told to do and only getting paid for what you have done.  This son was a good laborer (most likely), but not a resident of the fathers only, really.  Did not know the fathers mercy / his heart. Did not know that rest was acceptable (people like this often desire rest but are living resentful of those who find it easy to rest.) thing for a son to be doing. He did not know his being - at rest, peace, assured of his calling - it is often more about being, and relationship then about doing. Yes we have to do stuff but what stuff...

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