Mar 13, 2020
Many of you have seen the 1985 Cold War classic, Rocky IV. In the film, the Soviet Union’s top boxer enters professional boxing with national champion, Ivan Drago, who initially wants to take on World champion Rocky Balboa. Former champ Apollo Creed takes the fight instead but is fatally beaten in the ring after Rocky refuses to throw in the towel. Enraged, Rocky decides to fight Drago in the Soviet Union to avenge the death of his friend and defend the honor of his country. The rest is epic man movie history!
Mar 6, 2020
About The Writer: Ray De La Nuez
Ray is the founder of Made To Reign Men's Ministry. He carries a passion for seeing men take their rightful place in the home, in their community, and in the world. He is an active duty Marine Corps officer who enjoys writing, video production, podcasting and working out. He and his wife, Natasha, have been married for seven years and have three beautiful children.
His only job was to drive his Amazon truck from one point to the other and get to me as fast as possible. But for some reason, yesterday's delivery man didn't want to comply with that protocol. I watched the estimated two-hour delivery window shift in the morning and thought "Heck, I'm not home yet, so it's fine. It's probably all of the rain." It shifted again in the afternoon and I got irritated. I had to calm myself down."At least it will make it before the front office closes." But it never did. The employees locked the doors and I stood empty-handed at the steps of the front office with rain blowing in my face. It was the saddest scene, really. "Why God," I wondered. "Why do I pay to have my things delivered in less than 24 hours and have this happen?"
Feb 28, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs 31, San Francisco 49ers 20
The first half of Super Bowl Fifty-Four was back and forth between the Chiefs and Niners, with the game tied at halftime. In the third quarter, the 49ers began to pull away, with a 20–10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But in the last six minutes of the game, the Chiefs offense, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, completed two touchdown drives to take the lead seconds before the two-minute warning. The Chiefs defense stopped the 49ers to seal the victory and end the Chiefs' 50-year championship drought.
It was a great win for the franchise and head coach, Andy Reid, who up to then, was the winningest coach in NFL history, at 222–142–1, without an NFL championship.
How did Reid and his Chiefs finally do it? The same way they did it throughout the playoffs. By making the proper adjustments to come from behind to win. Winning is about making adjustments when things don’t go as planned. Those with the grit and ability to adjust find a way through life’s obstacles where others fail.
Feb 21, 2020
Who do you think of when you hear the words, true grit? Nearly all of you answered, John Wayne, which is who I think of as well. It’s been over 50 years since the 1969 classic starring John Wayne as Marshall Rooster Cogburn in his only Oscar-winning performance.
Historians believe Cogburn was based on Deputy U.S. Marshal Heck Thomas, who brought in some of the toughest outlaws.
In the movie, fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross hires Rooster Cogburn to hunt, arrest, and bring to trial her father’s killer, Tom Chaney. Mattie seeks Cogburn out because she had heard that Cogburn had “true grit”. The rattlesnake scene still brings chills up my spine!
Feb 14, 2020
I hope you enjoyed Chris Jackson’s blog last week. Chris (AL), along with Ray De La Nuez (FL), Ken Watson (OR), Kai Munshi (GA) And Gary McCusker (CO), are on our new volunteer Writing Team. You’ll be hearing from one of them at least once a month. If you are interested and have writing experience, reach out, and we’ll send you an application.
Free not Fixed
After 30 years of full-time ministry I’ve recently become skeptical of “perfect” men. Cynical might be a better word. I’m not proud of this. In fact, I’ve recognized my cynicism as a heart issue that needs to be changed and am working intently to rectify it. Nonetheless, I’ve been pondering a phrase that keeps running through my mind—Free not Fixed.
During my tenure in ministry I’ve encountered a myriad of men who, on the outside look free in Christ, but inside are held in bondage by secret sin. Experience has taught that the free in Christ aren’t fixed at all, but the admission of brokenness, and subsequent repentance puts the soul on the road to freedom.
Alcoholics Anonymous has a saying, “You’re only as sick as your secrets.” I would add that being free (in Christ) does not mean fixed by Christ.
I can already hear theologians typing their rebuttal!