Men of Valor Conference Vision
The Men of Valor committee is a team of men that desire to grow in their Biblical manhood and faithfully fulfill the work of leadership in their homes, churches, and communities. They desire to connect with other likeminded men to learn together as “iron sharpens iron.” They believe that every man’s weakness is to follow the first Adam’s example of failure through passivity. They believe they should encourage each other and all men to follow the example of the second Adam, Jesus Christ; to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves”; to be courageous in the face of trial and conflict and always purposing to maintain a bulldog grip on the principles of the Word of God, while maintaining a humility and vulnerability that reminds them of their need of a community of men working for the same goal: to be Men of Valor!
How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Thy Word. Psalm 119:9
Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel. PSA 128
In a Prison Chapel several years ago an inmate said to me, “the greatest downfall of this great nation is the absence of men in the homes”. Someone once said “if you want to reach the world you need to start in the homes.” The condition of the world is often the reflection of our homes.”
In our Anabaptist culture our fathers are rarely absent in body, but can certainly be absent emotionally and spiritually. Unfortunately, the result can be very similar. As Anabaptist men, we take the responsibility of providing for our family very seriously! We are willing to work long hard hours to cloth and feed our offspring, and rightfully so, but we should never forget that providing for the physical needs is only one portion of the purpose God has for us!
It seems to be easy for us to talk about our jobs, hobbies, recreation, plans for the year and even politics.