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Sept. 28, 2011

The Time is Ripe for Courageous

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The Courageous movie opens in theaters this Friday, September 30. Please pray for the impact of the movie and go see it this opening weekend, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The more people show up opening weekend, the longer it will stay in the theaters and the more lives it will touch! 

I believe the time is ripe for men (and women) to receive the message of Courageous. The recent church history in America includes a lot of good men doing nothing. Passivity is a curse—men are to be men of action. I think there are a lot of men in this culture who are just waiting to be challenged.

In my experience, whenever men’s ministries in churches have challenged men to be godly men, there are many who step forward. But there are a lot of churches that simply need a tool that can be used to make that challenge. I believe the Courageous movie and the related books and studies (including the Courageous novel and The Resolution for Men) are an instrument that God can greatly use, and I expect Him to do exactly that.  

Then it will be up to the churches, and the small groups and men’s ministries within those churches, to take the next step and not just challenge men, but also inspire them to rise up and say, “Yes, I am resolved to be a man of courage and conviction.” Actually helping them to follow through with that resolve no matter what will be a huge challenge, but I expect that many churches and many men will rise to meet that challenge. Courageous has the potential to make a profound difference.

Nanci and I and the EPM staff will be going to see the movie this Saturday. The staff will be posting some pictures and thoughts about watching the movie at the new Eternal Perspective Ministries Facebook page, and they would love for you to share your own reactions when you see the movie.

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