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Glastonbury Fight Club

June 15, 2010 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

One of the highlights of my week this past month has proven to be Fight Club, the new men’s group that began meeting on Wednesday nights in May. What a privilege it has been to see men sharing their lives and struggles with each other, encouraging each other with Scripture and from personal experience, and forming real friendships. I have found that while there is a place for Bible study, there is also great benefit to beginning with our issues and struggles and then bringing Biblical wisdom into those specific situations. One passage in particular that has ministered to our group has been Micah 7:8-9, which reads:

“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.”

This passage speaks powerfully to those times that we find ourselves having sinned against God and feeling like we are not worthy to be forgiven. We feel like we need to wallow in our shame and guilt, and that our fellowship with God has been damaged. But the truth is that God is always quick to forgive and restore, and Satan is the one who wants nothing more than to convince us that God doesn’t love us, can’t forgive us, and that we are unworthy to call ourselves a Christian. This passage from Micah is a wonderful call to recommitment after we have fallen. The enemy may laugh at us and call us all kinds of names, but we know that he is defeated, that the Lord has already pled our case and established our right if we belong to Jesus. And so we can say with confidence, “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise.” And we can waste not one second more wallowing in guilt and shame, instead returning speedily to our merciful and loving God.

If you are a man, or if you know of any men, looking for brothers who will stand and encourage and fight for you as you strive to become the man God has called you to be, I would encourage you to come to NewLife on a Wednesday night from 7-8:30 for Fight Club. If you have any questions, contact Anthony Varesio at 860-306-3920 or anthonyshope@yahoo.com, or Eric Stillman at 860-869-4580 or nlcfpastor@gmail.com. For more info, visit http://www.glastonburyfightclub.com/.

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