On The Front Lines
by DON STEDGE
AUGUST 1, 2014
June 6-8, Armorbearers Men’s Ministry held their 8th Annual Armorbearers Weekend. It was the 5th time returning to beautiful Tuscarora Inn on the Delaware River in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania. The theme was “On the Front Lines”, which was a continuation of this year’s focus for men. All year, the men’s events emphasized the fact that, as Christian men, we are on the Front Lines of Spiritual Warfare.
55 men, from ages of 7 to 82 attended with many first time attendees. Our Special Guest Speaker was Leonard Albert, who returned for the third year in a row. Even though many of the guys have heard him before, it was just like hearing him for the first time; he is always fresh with relevant, relatable information. His session topics included:
A look at the Armorbearer’s personal life and how he can live a Godly, victorious life in the midst of an ungodly, secular society.
The Armorbearer and Fatherhood
A study of the Biblical definition and examples of fatherhood for the man who is or will someday be a dad.
The Armorbearer and Leadership
A motivational and instructional lesson on the power of generational leadership through the life and ministry of Joshua. Leonard gave a detailed look at the making of a leader and how a man can be a leader in his family, his church, his occupation and his community.
The Armorbearer and the Cutting Edge
A message for all men on how to stay focused and victorious in reaching the goal of being the best they can be for the work of God. Given were details on how the “cutting edge” is lost, how it can be found and how to stay on track for the Lord.
Needless to say, Leonard’s talks were powerful and life-changing. Each of the sessions Friday and Saturday started out with some great Praise and Worship from the Worship Team of Pastor Sean Davis on guitar, Ruben Deras on bass, Chris Harley on drums, on Robin Rodriguez on vocals. The highlight of the praise and worship came Saturday night when Al Melendez organized an impromptu Men’s Choir to join Robin in singing. It was an awesome service.
Sean, Ruben and Chris had to leave Saturday night to lead praise and worship Sunday at church so Don Stedge (guitar) Omar Thomas (drums), and the newly formed Armorbearers Choir led worship Sunday morning. One of the highlights of every Armorbearers Weekend is the surprise men got when they first looked at the weekend agenda and found their names on it...leading a prayer, Scripture reading, introduction, closing, or something. It is a way Armorbearers Men's Ministry has found to get everyone participating and to let them know they have to be ready at any time, especially when they don’t expect it. It’s really a great feeling when a man doesn’t think he can do something, is encouraged to do it, and gets through it with the help of his brothers.
Several men were recognized and rewarded with an additional, awesome T-shirt (designed and made by our own Dave Borrero). We recognized the first man to sign up and pay in full: Bim Nathaniel. The last man to sign up and come to the weekend: Ray Cruz (who signed up Thursday night). The oldest man in attendance: Steve Ewanish (82, oldest in years but not in spirit). And we had something for many of the first timers.
Special recognition went to Chris Lopez who was given the Sword of the Armorbearer as Armorbearer of the year for his unselfish work leading the Kidz Clubs for boys and leading several small group studies for men. We also gave Leonard the Shield of Faith in appreciation for all he does and his willingness to pour into the lives of the men of Solid Rock. This was an especially powerful weekend with many men making commitments and giving them direction. We know that there were many men who wanted to come but couldn’t make it this year. All we have to say is don’t miss next year!