We were blessed to have Doug Johnson from KJLY Kingship Christian Radio stop in New Ulm late in February to talk with Bob Martens about the upcoming 2019 Men of Truth Conference. You can click, download, and listen to the interview today and then register at https://menoftruth.org!
Registration just opened up recently for the 2019 Men of Truth Conference, Man of God, but today we would like to open up a way for you to interact with the speakers before the conference even begins!
Please visit our online form at https://goo.gl/forms/eTycYP77H9IapY6t1 and answer the questions so that we can give that information to the speakers to better help them prepare for the coming conference. If you have other comments or questions, please make sure to include them at the end.
Remember, you can still register today at https://menoftruth.org!
We are extremely excited to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Men of Truth Conference titled Man of God! The conference will take place on March 23, 2019 at Martin Luther College and will again center around three sessions with worship both before and after.
Check out the conference page for more information and register today! We hope to see you there!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2018 Men of Truth Conference this past Saturday. It was a wonderful event with amazing speakers and a fantastic opportunity to gather together around the Word of God.
If you have further comments about the conference, you can contact us directly and we want to hear from you. Otherwise, lightly pencil in March 23, 2019 on your calendar for the 2019 conference! More information will be out in the future!
Early Bird registration ends soon for the 2018 Men of Truth Conference. Register today at $29/person or $39/person later and at the door the day of the conference. You can find out more here at our website about the conference along with links to register!
Join us Saturday, March 17 at the Martin Luther College WCC Auditorium starting at 8 am for a day on Christian leadership with your fellow brothers in Christ!
Early bird registration for the 2018 Men of Truth Conference: Leadership in Your Walk of Faith ends on March 12. Until then, registration costs $29/person and after March 12 the price will be $39/person, including at the door the day of the conference.
This year the sessions will focus on leadership in the many and varied aspects of our lives. We will hear from Prof. Mark Paustian, Pastor Nathan Nass, and Mr. Gregg Mattek. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Join us at the Martin Luther College WCC Auditorium on Saturday, March 17, 2018 for a day of focusing on leadership from a Christ-centered perspective!
Registration is now open for the 2018 Men of Truth Conference: Leadership in Your Walk of Faith. You can take advantage of the early bird registration period for $29/person either signing up online or sending your check/cash order.
This year’s conference will be at the Martin Luther College WCC Auditorium and feature three speakers and The Futons to help lead our worship.
Register today or contact Men of Truth with questions!
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
The whole problem with discontentment is that it is wanting what we don’t have. So, to really grasp contentment is to want nothing more than what God has already given. Then how does it fit that embracing contentment means that we gain?
The real problem with our discontent is that it is focused on the things of this life, which are destined to end. We can gain everything this world has to offer, and from an eternal perspective we are exactly as far along as the person who has gained nothing this world has to offer.
Jesus gives us a different focus. “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33).
When our focus is on God’s kingdom, on aiming for his glory and getting to his heavenly home, then we do gain. We gain people for the kingdom. We gain peace for our souls. We gain contentment with this life, because we are focused on the next life. Heaven is ours. It is a sure thing, because of Jesus. When we stop spending time worrying about and trying to get things here, we find the peace that comes with knowing we already have everything to look forward to eternally. That’s the great gain of contentment.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
You’ve probably seen the last sentence of that passage on a t-shirt or a meme. It’s often misquoted to mean that as long as I have Christ, there’s nothing I can’t do. Is that what Paul is saying?
Paul wrote Philippians while he was in prison. Let that sink in – a man sitting chained up in a jail cell is saying he is perfectly content. If anyone had a right to wish for something different, to wish for more possessions, a different position, better relationships, and a change in environment, it was Paul. But he was content.
Now, if in that context he had meant that with Christ there’s nothing he can’t do, he could have hulked out, broken his chains, bent the bars, and walked right out of prison. But he didn’t need to do that to be content. He had Jesus. To him, that was enough.
Is it enough for us? It might be hard, at times, to say yes, even though we desperately want to. We know we have these desires in our hearts, and we just can’t let go of them so easily. But just as Jesus strengthened Paul to say, “It’s all good,” so he can strengthen us.
“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:13-15)
Discontentment is a form of evil desire. Do you agree with that? Our world would say that discontentment, with a little bit of shifting the verbiage, can just be called ambition or drive. Nothing wrong with those, right?
Certainly, it’s not wrong to want to be the best you can be at something, to glorify God by pursuing excellence. But we so easily cross the line from godly ambition to sinful wanting, and the warning of Scripture is that sinful wanting always leads to sinful doing.
Even when we stop ourselves short of doing something sinful to achieve our desires, discontentment can show up in sinful worry. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 6 that no one can add a single day to his or her life by worrying. Yet, when we dwell on the things we don’t have, we can worry ourselves into all kinds of emotional and relational distress.
But Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 are also intended to put our worries to rest. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
God loves you more than you can ever understand or imagine. He will never leave you without something that is needed to keep you on the road to heaven. Maybe he has blessings in store for the future that you don’t have yet; but knowing that he is good, you can wait on his timing. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).