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Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Father's Blessing Miami



Gen 27:34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.


There is a great and exceeding bitter cry ringing out across our land today. This call is from fatherless young men, desperate for the blessing & affirmation of a father.


Last weekend in Miami, Florida, Dr. Joaquin Molina answered the call and hosted a father & son retreat with Men of Honor called "The Father's Blessing 2009".


Men & young men gathered for a weekend of worship, teaching, and affirmation. 35 stepped over the line on Friday night to receive Christ and recommit their lives to Him.


The most powerful part was when fathers began to bless & affirm their sons. They spoke blessing on their lives, future marriages, vocations, ministries, and most of all....sonship.


There were fatherless boys in attendance whose hearts were longing with "great and exceeding bitter cry" to have a father bless them.


These longings were fulfilled when, one by one, men from the group stepped forward and said "I will stand in as this boys father" and pronounce a father's blessing. The young men wept as their blessings were said. The men also wept as God used them to communicate his love to broken hearts.


Each person left the camp with hearts full of God's love and the blessing of a father. One down.....millions to go!



Sunday, March 15, 2009

Winners are not those who never fail, they are those who never quit!

"Winners are not those who never fail, they are those who never quit..." -Dr.Cole
One month ago, my father was in the hospital fighting for his life; both lungs were completely filled with pneumonia, his kidneys were failing, and the doctors were not sure which way it would go.
Today, he has just finished his third meeting of the new Men of Honor group he began in his church in Gun Barrel City, Texas.
You Dad, ARE A WINNER!
Please read Dad's report of his new group below:

Just a little update about the Men of Honor group that we started three weeks ago in The Mabank/Gun Barrel city area.
Actually the Church we have been meeting at is right in the middle, on the city limits line. We have six young men in our group.
The youngest, Jacob, is nine tomorrow and begged to be a man of Honor when he heard about us two years ago. I am so proud of these boys they have been on time for each meeting, and four of them earned their shirts by the first meeting and by the time of the second meeting, they all knew their axioms.
Kirk Kelso our guest speaker presented the other two boys with their shirts. Thank you for sending Kirk down. The boys were impressed with his testimony and his presentation of the "Fellowship of the Unashamed", along with the talk about the Axioms.
Son, I have to tell you that I am really amazed at the way this has taken off in just a few weeks, it has really given me an opportunity to have a hands on knowledge of The Men of Honor.
Speaking of knowledge I am impressed at how much the kids learn in the meeting, we gave them a pop quiz on the lesson and I mean they all had the answers. So I have to give you credit for the curriculum, and lesson plans and activities that you sent us, they are very effective.
The bottom line is the results, and when I watch these kids do the pledges, the axioms, and prayer, and watch them participate in the lessons, enjoy the meal and fellowship, then get up and clean up the kitchen, and dining area without being told (because they had been taught from day one that "a Man Of Honor always leaves an area cleaner than when he arrived") It really touches my heart.
One of the boys Parents said she is excited about what Garrett is learning and the way he is talks about the meeting, and she asked if she and her husband could buy Pizzas for the next meeting.
One of the boys in our group is Pastor Ed's son, and remember Jacob? His parents have started coming to our church Sunday, and Wed. plus our MOH meeting on Friday evenings. She said she had been worrying because she couldn’t get him to go to church, but since the boy s have started Men of Honor he hasn’t missed.
I think Men and Ladies Of Honor will help this church grow.
So Tony I wrote this hopefully to encourage you, because I know that this ministry takes a lot from you and Mellisa, physically, and financially. I tell you though that you are doing, a good, and a great work and you make me proud.
I thank the Lord for you every day and pray that God protect and bless you. I love you Dad-O


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Not This Day...





"A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day." - Aragon (Lord of the Rings)

Yesterday we rewarded the young men for memorizing "The Fellowship of the Unashamed" , a powerful confession that they would follow Jesus through hardship and blessing, declaring that though none go with them, still they will follow.

The day began with a breakfast with over 85 in attendance. The word of God was powerfully spoken and then we commissioned two young men who had been scheduled to be commissioned at the Dec.6th banquet but were unable because their mother's drunken boyfriend made them leave the banquet minutes before it was start. The devil tried to steal their blessing, but he failed and they were singularly honored in front of their peers.

Then the young men and a few fathers gathered together to celebrate being Men of God, masculine men, warriors for Christ .
We took the boys skeet shooting in the country. Many of them had never been in the country, most had never fired a shotgun.

Afterward, we grilled steaks, and spent the remainder of the evening aroung a bonfire sharing truths that will help these young men walk in righteousness and become world-changers.
After our time sharing, the young men and the fathers were invited to confess their sins and make Jesus the Lord of their life, going after Him with all their heart....many responded.
There might have been a day in these boys lives that they did not feel special.....but it was not this day!