This is the very reason why accountability groups can be so vital. The true intimacy of friendship and acceptance actually heals the wounds so that the false intimacy of porn is no longer needed as a pain-killing medication. The true intimacy of friendship takes the place of mind-numbing substances like alcohol and drugs. The true intimacy of friendship pushes you to know God better.
Men know men. Puffing your chest out and beating it to draw attention to how tough you are or how "manly" you are doesn't set well with men. Men are not impressed with self-love. Men are impressed with affirmation, honesty, truthfulness, and leadership.
Men need godly principles upon which to stand. Rejecting passivity, accepting responsibility and leading courageously are principles that lead to lasting relationships with our Savior, with each other, and with our community.
Even more important, men need to be accepted and affirmed by God, the Creator of men. He made you the way that you are complete with your foibles and strengths. He is the one that made you with your desire for intimacy. No man is an island, no man is a rock, neither is he the walrus.
As we begin our Ironstrikes group, know that real men want to get together with other men. They want to gain strength from each other, they want to let down their defenses and show their Achilles' Heel. Real men join arm in arm together to bring the kingdom of God to their churches, to their families and to their communities.
Our organizational meeting will be starting soon, setting the second Saturday of each month as a time to get together. We will be meeting on July 14th at the R.G.Holland Memorial Park in Fishers, IN at the shelter behind the children's play area. We will start at 0830 and end before 1000.
Jesus just wants to hang out with you and share with you how to be like Him, our example of a real man. Will you join HIM?
BE A MAN.