Men in Crisis

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Tucker Carlson recently ran a series on “Men in America” A Crisis Being Ignored

Men are 2x’s likely to be Alcoholic or OD on Drugs than women

77% of all suicides are male

43% Up 1997-2014

Incarceration 90% male

7 million men of working age are unemployed, ½ are on pain medications any given day, highest In world

Far fewer men get married and stay married than a few decades ago. Young adult men are far more likely to live with their parents than a spouse or partner. Millions of boys are growing up without Fathers.

Almost ½ of men fail the military fitness test

Testosterone levels in 40 year old men are down 30% since 1987-Lethargy, weight gain, depression are some of the results.

Bottom line, when men fail, all suffer.

What is to be done? I have founded Hill Cities years ago with a belief that men are in an identity crisis. They do not have a clear image of who are what they are. The role they are to play in the family and community. There are lots of reasons, but we believe the core is spiritual. That mankind was created for intimacy of relationship with God and others.

Relationship with God was broken through sin. Man’s inner light and life went out and man fell into darkness. In God’s love He promised someone would come to restore relationship with Him. This anointed person would take the weight of our sin and spiritual death upon Himself and pay for our breaking God’s laws.

God sent a man, Jesus Christ to die on a cross 2000 years ago and shed His blood for our forgiveness and restoration.

Now a restored spiritual relationship with the Father of our spirits is available in Jesus Christ. How? By believing in our hearts what He did bearing our sins.  That He was raised from the dead victorious over death and we agree that He is Lord.

Jesus Christ came to bring healing to the soul, spirit. It is our conviction that building this relationship with Jesus Christ through His Living Word and the fellowship of others who believe will bring true restoration to those who trust the Father in Heaven who has demonstrated His love for them.

Hill Cities is addressing this process directly.

Hill Cities creates spiritual discussion groups for men who want to go deeper and experience true healing in their soul. We develop interactive materials to facilitate this process based on God’s Word, the Bible. We are in the process of producing supporting social media tools.

If you want to build your spiritual house on the rock, we encourage you to go to our website, Hillcities.org and let us know how we can help you connect deeply with God and others who share your desire.

 

What is Man?

What if the popular view of man is fundamentally off center?

With the American Family in significant decline, men are needed to love and lead their families. We need a recovery of manhood.

Look at this elevated position of man here:

What is man, that You remember him?
Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him?
You have made him [h]for a little while lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
[i]And have appointed him over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”

“The City upon a Hill” by John Winthrop: what is it about?

The Covenant People of God should hold in their hearts and efforts this vision of ” a city on a hill.”

The Historic Present

The “City upon a Hill” section of the sermon called “A Model of Christian Charity” was written in 1630 by the Puritan leader John Winthrop while the first group of Puritan emigrants was still onboard their ship, the Arbella, waiting to disembark and create their first settlement in what would become New England. The “City” section of this sermon was pulled out by later readers as a crystallization of the Puritan mission in the New World.

Of course, as with any topic touching on the Puritans, there’s some myth-busting to be done. By now, the “City upon a Hill” excerpt has come to represent irritating Puritan pridefulness—they thought they were perfect, a city on a hill that everyone else would admire and want to emulate. In reality, the excerpt is far from a back-patting exercise. It is a gauntlet laid down to the already weary would-be settlers. Let’s go through it:

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Determining a good Muslim from a bad Muslim is as easy as comparing them to Muhammad

This a great article!

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Muslims either live as Muhammad did or not and only one way is the correct way

Some argue that these are false Muslims because they are not peaceful. Really? Some argue that these are false Muslims because they are not peaceful. Really?

I think most would agree that a person claiming to be a Christian is immediately compared to the life of Christ. If that person doesn’t exhibit Christ-like traits, it is easy to conclude that he/she is lying or deluded.

People are judged by how they live – what they say and what they do. It simply stands to reason that people who claim to be Christian are judged in this way.

Shouldn’t the same criteria be used with Muslims? Just as it is fair to compare Christians with Jesus, it is also fair to compare Muslims to Muhammad. Therefore, the more we know about Muhammad, the more accurately we will be able to compare his followers with the man himself.

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The Door

The Door

How do you know which way is right spiritually? Ask yourself this question, “do I want to know the truth?”

Your heart, your will, is the key to finding what you are looking for.