This weekend is the official launch of my first book, Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm.
This book is a review on the subject of Christian manliness and the courage needed to stand on the truth of Christ in the face of opposition, being a good steward of the truth and our physical bodies, and to shun the praise of society and the fleeting pleasure and comfort of living for fleshly desires.
My goal in authoring this book is to show that modern Christianity is fighting for relevance today from a position of weakness, and as such will fail in the future to be the societal pillar that it once was unless it recaptures the courageous and manly spirit of the “author and perfector of our faith” (Heb 12:2), Jesus Christ, who was both manly and courageous, and is the matchless example of manhood.
My hope is that Christian Manliness: The Courage to Stand Firm is going to spur reflection and action and act as a reminder that we, as Christians, are on the side of Truth. We don’t dabble in far flung conspiracy, false teachings or hope in man, but we stand firm on the Truth of Jesus Christ.
We must be courageous in the face of opposition and be ready to accept the price of following Christ as we also must be willing to accept and repent of our own failures.
As this is my first book, I will gladly accept feedback. Please email me and let me know how I can improve, I’m sure there is much to learn. Favorable ratings on Amazon are very welcome as this helps me gain more readers and helps me in sharing this message. Thank you in advance.
FLESH TAMERS FITNESS APP IS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE APPLE AND GOOGLE APP STORE!
Sign up with the link above for App Access then download the app and sign in with the account you created.
Download the App and then you can use it via your mobile device or iPad. And if you email me, I will give you a better one-time deal for lifetime access to the app and one-on-one training calls with me.
The Web based mobile friendly App is also available at https://fleshtamersfitness.passion.io/ If you want access to the mobile friendly web version of the App, please email me at OneChristianMan@OneChristianMan.com and I will set you up with access.
Here’s a review of everything you’re going to get with the basic App Access plan:
✅ The 6 week “Taming the Flesh” Call to Action so that I can personally work with you to tame your fleshly desires of laziness and poor eating habits, lose weight, feel strong and healthy withOUT feeling guilty about taking the time.
👉 The Challenge follows the Flesh Tamer Method, which is a unique system to achieve being confident, healthier, and energized to fulfill your God given mission. I will personally build a plan for you!
This Flesh Tamer Method consists of:
Each week starts with a challenging Biblical devotion that I have personally created for this program. And on Abs day we dig into the Core of our Faith with a story to remind us who our rock is (Jesus).
You’ll find a daily step-by-step 30 to 40 Mins Exercise menu each week with the App prompting you with pictures/videos and a timer
Body weight exercises with the man in mind, free weights, or heavy random objects and plenty of gains
10 to 20 minutes Stability/Core neuromuscular control, 20 minutes Strength building and Muscle Building, 20 mins Fat burning.
We’ll lose weight, get toned and start feeling more confident.
✅ Nutrition and Meal Plan To Maximize Results
✅ Private Accountability Facebook or Slack Group So You Don’t Quit Until You See Results
✅ Flesh Tamer Fitness App To Workout Anywhere, Any Time.
✅ The Next Level Fitness Program for targeted daily routines aimed at each of the main muscle groups (Split-Routine style)
✅ For advanced training: 5K to Half-Marathon Training Program
Disciplining the body is one of the hardest things for people to do, especially for someone who is going through a life change like a new job, new baby, a financial decision, and any number of life situations.
Yet disciplining our bodies and taming our fleshly desires are a required step in our journey to spiritual maturity and a good physical state of health.
At one point in my life, at around age 36, I started losing my confidence. I felt like I was getting physically weak, I was overweight, and I didn’t feel like anyone would want to ever take me seriously because of the way I looked. This, of course, is partly a lie of the evil one to try and hold me back from the purpose God has for me. But, it was somewhat true. Because of my lack of confidence, I was being held back and I was not being impactful.
I wasn’t being as impactful at work, in my home, in my career or in the mission and purpose to share the Gospel.
We all want to be able to work on our mission to spread the Gospel of Christ with vigor and energy until the day we die. Right?
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:12-14 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/rom.6.12-14.NASB
In our mission to share the Gospel we must often remove the pole from our own eye before helping our neighbor remove the speck from his eye.
If we are struggling to tame our own fleshly desires, how can we help anyone else see a better way?
Guess what, you don’t have to be a pastor, full time preacher or evangelist to preach/teach others. And I don’t want to disqualify myself by allowing my fleshly desires to rule over me.
Though I will stumble Lord, help me not to fall. And if a fall is ever necessary for learning, Lord never let it be so. Let my body be used for your service until the day I meet you face to face.
In full context this passage relates to sharing the Gospel with others where they are in life, but not partaking in the circumstance that they are in. We must exercise self-control.
I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:23-27 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1co.9.23-27.NASB
For me, exercising self-control first started with my food addictions and stress behavior. Setting goals in the app MyFitnessPal was the best thing for me.
Then I hit a weight loss plateau after losing 30 pounds. Why? Because I was getting about 15% of my calories from sugary foods? (sweet tea)
Then I lost another 10 pounds after cutting out excessive sugar. I try to stay around 50 grams of sugar a day, but most days I am under that around 20 grams.
I felt great about my weight loss at that point. And my self-esteem and confidence were allowing me to be bolder in my sharing of the Gospel. Though I know my boldness should come from my faith and the Holy Spirit working in me, and it does. But a little self-confidence does not hurt.
Then I hit another plateau. I knew at that point I would have to hit the gym. Which I didn’t want to do. Having to miss my lunch time to change clothes and make my body hurt was not appealing. But then Eric joined my team. Eric runs marathons and hits the weight room. So now I had a partner to teach me.
It was accountability and expert advice on how to train that moved me on to reaching my personal fitness goal.
I started seeing body changes after about a month that motivated me tremendously. Then comes a goal, run a 5K. I hated running. Why would anyone want to run? I’ve hated it since high school.
Next goal run a half marathon. Check. Run in under 2 hours. Check
But then I set myself another goal. Goals must be achievable but not easy. My new goal was to prove I had abs. I’d never seen them, but I was sure they must exist.
I’m still working at this goal because I’m not satisfied. But I press on. (March 2019 Update: They do exist at about 11% body fat and under, I’m currently at ~10%)
But the ultimate goal is to extend and invigorate the mission I have to share the Gospel for as long as God has me in this flesh tent.
Now what? Well, now I want to help others reach their goals.
In the winter of 2019, I began studying for my NASM Certified Personal Trainer test. And in the spring of 2020, finally after the Covid lockdowns end and allowed the testing centers to open, I am now a Certified NASM Personal Trainer.
And my mission is to help other men, like me, to achieve their fitness goals, to regain their confidence, and begin Taming the Flesh!
What should we believe to be saved? Jesus is the son of God and is also God, fully God but born also by the spirit in the form of a man. Jesus’ died as a sacrifice so that our sins could be forgiven if we believe in Him. Jesus rose from the grave and now He is with the Father awaiting the time appointed to return again one day to save those who believe. We are saved by believing, the fullness of this “saving” will be realized when we join Jesus upon His return or upon our bodily death.
What are we saved from? We are saved from eternal separation from God our creator and from eternal condemnation and punishment due to our sins. Our sins are forgiven when we believe in Jesus as our savior.
When you are saved you do not become so perfect that you never sin again in life, but know that Jesus still has you covered. You will still fail at times, that’s okay, repent and move on. Jesus will not leave you or forsake you.
You will still have struggles in life. The fact that sin is still in the world means that you and other people are not perfect, the Earth is not in the perfect state it was created in and we are not in Eden anymore. Bad stuff will happen. Pray before it happens, when it’s happening and after it happens. God has a plan, make sure you are taking part in it in the way you were meant to.
You will be persecuted for your beliefs. They crucified Jesus, they killed the apostles and are killing Christians in countries around the world. Why? Well, Satan thinks he has a plan. It hasn’t changed since the garden. Satan convinced Eve to sin by confusing her and telling her that she could be in control. Satan convinces people even now that they can be in control and he uses false religions and money to fool people just like he did Eve and Adam. Well, guess what, you can’t be in control. Only God is in control, and if you get on-board with God’s plan you’ll be part of something great in Heaven and on a new Earth. The things in this world are all temporary, no matter what Satan tries to say. Don’t give up eternity for a few years of worldly pleasure. Seriously, it’s not a good trade off.
“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment,that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.””
“This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ-this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”