They are single by default, by circumstance, or by choice. They may have visions of marriage and family while others have totally given up. The rarest of all in the Body see their relational context as a gift. But regardless of perspective and desire, all these men face unique moral and spiritual struggles which require more, not less, character than their married friends.
Strong beliefs are required to support stronger (but culturally disapproved) behaviors that preserve spiritual integrity. It's ironic that the most influential man who ever walked the planet was unmarried, yet was self rooted in God and had a purpose that transcended the broken male culture of his day. Jesus, as well as a host of other examples in the Bible, provide the template for our conversations with and ministry to unmarried men. Here are the top three issues, examples and principles we should be addressing with this group of men God wants to use mightily.
"Catching Fire," the new sequel to "The Hunger Games," opened this past weekend. It broke the November box office record with a staggering $161.1 million, and Christian reviewers say the sacrifices in the film prove remarkably similar to the deaths of early Christians in the Roman coliseum.
"I was struck by the level of sacrifice and strangely selfless heroism that we find in the film," Paul Asay, senior associate editor for Focus on the Family's review blog, Plugged In, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. In his own review, Asay wrote "The premise and plot of The Hunger Games can recall for some the Church's earliest martyrs – those who took part in another bloody spectacle on the floor of the Roman Colosseum."
"Catching Fire," the sequel to "The Hunger Games" (2012), follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, a heroine who voluntarily sacrifices herself to save her sister from a bloody struggle where children must fight to the death. The gladiator-like battle, known as the "Hunger Games," was instituted to keep the colonies in the empire of "Pan Am" subservient. In the first film, Everdeen wins the games, along with Peeta Malark, a boy from her district. more >>
Just in time for Thanksgiving, YouTube channel LAHWF teamed up with new energy drink company GungHo to give families free groceries for the holiday.
Seemingly picked at random, families who's carts were stuffed with groceries were informed at checkout that their whole cart would be paid for. Almost every person at the register broke down crying and got emotional about the blessing they had just received.
Watch the video below and be inspired to help out a family who could use something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. more >>
Photographer Benjamin Scot Miller has created a beautiful video of his son's life after he was born 14 weeks premature. The obstacles he had to overcome were very big, but nothing is too big for God. This child's birth is truly a MIRACLE from God! The video includes everything from the early days in the NICU to the days when baby Ward returns home.
Thank God for all the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff from all around the world who make it their job to support LIFE and help babies get better! This video is so touching that it will leave you in tears!
A peewee football team in Massachusetts decided to take a stand against bullying in a big way. After noticing that 6-year-old Danny Keefe was being bullied, 11-year-old Tommy Cooney took action and organized "Danny Appreciation Day" in his honor; it's a day that Keefe will probably remember the rest of his life.
It all started when Cooney noticed that Keefe was consistently being picked on for wearing a suit and tie every day and speaking with some difficulty. Cooney decided to do something for the young boy, who served as the water boy for the peewee football team. He organized "Danny Appreciation Day" and told the entire team about it, in the hope that they would join in. For one day, the team all wore suits and ties to school, and several other students decided to join in as well. In all, approximately 40 youth participated in the day, making it all the more special for Keefe.
In this touching video, a young boy in 1st grade was constantly getting picked on for his speech impediment and the way he dresses. As the waterboy of the 5th grade football team, the entire team decided to dress up in a shirt and tie just like their beloved waterboy to stand by him in support and to tell bullies to stand down.
Watch this inspiring video below:more >>