Warriors at Heart  




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   Many Men are Warriors at Heart Asking…
  -Do I have what it takes?  -Am I a true warrior at heart? 
  -Am I a force to be reckoned with???
  -Why does a part of me remain untamed?
  -Why does my soul refuse to be harnessed?
  -Why do I still seek freedom, passion, and adventure? 
  -Why am I wild at heart? Was I created this way?
  -Do I still have the passion and zeal? Where is my heart?
  -Am I becoming a man without a chest? Where is Truth?
  -Why does aggression continue to stir deep inside of me?
  -What is wrong with church and why am I so bored there?   
  -Why do I seek powerful/dangerous/focused situations?
  -Some men abuse, but do we all have to now be feminized?  

Read Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
“Like it or not, there is something fierce in the heart of every man.” Messages to men ultimately fail because they ignore what is deep and true to a man’s heart. “I am looking for my heart.” “Deep in a man’s heart are some fundamental questions that simply cannot be answered at the kitchen table. Who am I? What am I made of? What am I destined for?” ”Where are all the real men?” “The soul longs for life, for passion, for freedom.” Christian men are “dutiful” and “bored”. What makes us come alive? In the heart of every man is a desperate desire for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue… “We need permission. Permission to be what we are—men made in God’s image.” Read this book and know that soldiers are needed for families and the Truth of the Gospel.
Surprised What we found with men in AlumniFootballUSA surprised us. 1) The need for men to get back in a violent game they loved. 2) The seriousness of the games. 3. The willingness to pray together with those they treated as enemies just moments earlier wanting to knock them down and “rip their faces off”. Few have the time or skills to play pro ball or even semi-pro, but they long to Get-Back-in-the-Game with the thrill of the hit and the “danger” of being hit one-more-time. Football and other aggressive sports have that certain level of aggressive intensity and focus coupled with that amazing choreography of teamwork, the teamwork required when marching onto a serious battlefield, a battle- ground with a live crowd watching and waiting...    PiRanch.com 

Prayer on the Battlefield, but Not Church?
-The openness of men to pray on the battle field is beautiful, but why do so many of them avoid church. The spiritual battles are great and warriors are needed especially with the false gospel that is being preached by so many big time preachers today. God’s Word is not overly feminine, but the preaching in many churches is often quite feminine. I asked a very intelligent & tough Marine friend why he does not like church and he said they all preach the same thing: 1. Be nice, docile, & non-confrontational… 2. Give the right amount. 3. Volunteer your time, but if too busy then give the right amount. So many churches today water down the battle and seek friendship with the world which is hostility toward God… James 4:4
God alone is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Ps 46  He is our RRR (Rock, Refuge, and Redeemer)! 

“Man World” is a “Weird Place”
-Do Pastors and the church understand this “Man World”, the Warrior, the Animal, the caged beast in the clutch of death (war) and afterwards kindness and wisdom! Am I molded by God merely to be a nice guy? To be able to release anxiety & fears is wonderful; to do it in the midst of battle (competition) is true adventure... In aggressive full contact sports men get to play the edge of intense focus & insanity like never before while teammates, coaches, and the men in stripes keep them from going over the edge… No apology for being aggressive, intense, or violent. No need to apologize for being men. In these games men/boys get to experience barbaric aggression that would normally land them a few nights in jail…  Check out some “Saintly Barbarians” at        


 God, a Warrior, Created the War Horse!
The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Ex. 15:3 God created the hurricane, the war horse, & he created you too! "Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrible. He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons. He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; and he does not turn back from the sword. The quiver rattles against him, the flashing spear and javelin. With shaking and rage he races over the ground, and he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet. As often as the trumpet sounds he says, 'Aha!' and he scents the battle from afar, and the thunder of the captains and the war cry.  Job 39:19 Being a true warrior involves protecting the vulnerable while understanding duty, honor, courage, wisdom, and loyalty.

Yes, the Church needs Godly Warriors...

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 "If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, how will you do in the... (thicket of battle)?  Jeremiah 12:5 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Proverbs 24:10 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 Our Battle is not against flesh and blood... Eph 6:12 “speak the word of God without fear”, “defend & confirm the Gospel”, “boldness”, “standing firm”. Philippians 1 “prepare your minds for action” & “do not fear their intimidation”. 1 Peter 1 & 3  Much more in scripture. Godly Warriors bring the Gospel to a needy/dying world.       


Find a Church that Preaches the Bible and march to battle with them. Find a church fiercely devoted to loving God & His people. “Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God…” Romans 11:22 “Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm: Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.” Job 40 "Can you pull in leviathan with a fishhook? If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering. When he rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before his thrashing. Nothing on earth is his equal— a creature without fear.” Job 41 “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 There is a balance between strength and humility; responsibility and love. 

You Either Live for God or Yourself
-Win or Lose. No one measures up to God’s goodness, perfection, or Burning Holiness. -Jesus came out of Eternal Richness to Become Poor so that through His Poverty we might be made Rich! (2 Cor 8:9, Eternal Richness). -We must elevate our view of God in a world where He is ridiculed and even worse, ignored. -A low view of God makes life, Jesus, God, the Bible, and the Gospel meaningless. -Dare to be a Daniel, Dare to stand alone, Dare to have a purpose firm, Dare to make it known! (Spiritual Hymn) -Though all the problems in heaven and earth were to confront us altogether and all at once, it would be nothing compared to the problem of God, Who He Is, and what we are to do about Him.
(from AW Tozer a true reality warrior in Knowledge of the Holy)


Christian Warriors Honoring God
How do we honor God in the midst of a secular pagan culture that worships everything but the one true God? We must expose and refute lies that are taught to adults and their children.
Lies: “You must be concerned about your legacy.” “You do not have to fear God.” “Everything is relative” (and therefore not meaningful). “You evolved through a random chance process and therefore have no real meaning or purpose.” “Science has shown that God does not exist.” “Good and Evil do not exist.” “Right & Wrong do not exist.” “There are many ways to God.” Truths: “In the beginning God Created...” “Jesus is the Way, Truth & Life.” “From nothing—nothing comes.” “Life only comes from life.” “Consciousness only comes from Consciousness.” No primordial soup!

Loving and Teaching our Children?

I know many “good” men that lovingly train their children to be good athletes & students yet totally neglect that which is real. They give absolutely zero spiritual training. That which is real is that which is eternal and not short lived. Ask them or their children the simplest spiritual questions and they have no clue. It is one of the saddest things I have ever witnessed. We are told to tell our children daily that which is most important: “to Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, & strength”. What is one of the most important things about a man or woman? It may be what they think when they think about God or what they do not think... There are no words that describe God and no thoughts that contain Him.  HE IS!  HE IS BIG!                  PiRanch.com


Deny yourself, pick up your Cross, and follow Jesus.
Many Christians are so sorry that much of organized religion is preaching a false message.
Warriors are desperately needed to stand in the gap and protect the Truth. We need warriors that desire to be fiercely devoted! Fiercely Devoted to God’s Truth! Fiercely Devoted to Righteousness! Fiercely Devoted to God! Fiercely devoted to God’s Word, the Bible, and NOT Fiercely Devoted to what we find in some churches today! There is no greater fight than the fight to be right with God, to bow a knee to His will, and to love your brethren. Some stand for truth while others settle for compromise. The cross is a brutal and powerful statement of God’s tremendous love in the midst of sinful/selfish people. Bow your knee to Jesus then raise His sword (The Bible)!                                              
                     (1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given)

Running the Race to Win: Great teams produce athletes that are conditioned, respected, powerful, & “dangerous”; a force to be reckoned with... They should also teach kindness, manners, wisdom, knowledge, discernment, and understanding. Young men have a need to be fierce and fiercely devoted. Too many young men today are bored and non-productive. What is truly admired in a man is his kindness and every true warrior knows when to be kind and loving, especially with family. A true warrior knows what to leave on the battlefield and what to bring home. The Spiritual truths we learn are ultimately the REAL TRUTHS we take into eternity. A true warrior knows there is a time and place for every event under the sun. Every real warrior willingly bows to the righteous King in quiet humility. Our Righteous King is Jesus, Son of Man & Son of God. As the President of AlumniFootballUSA always says, “Glory to God”!!!                                       PiRanch.com


  Where does Cavender come from?
-from a ghetto childhood in S. California to graduation with honors & a Master of Science degree from a Univ. of California. -from fighting & robbing innocent homes to teaching advanced mathematics & Sunday School. -from broken homes, teenage runaway, & abusive relationships to a beautiful marriage & co-parenting over 50 foster kids. –from a painful life of darkness & poverty to becoming the world’s authority on 3 species of insects. –from a borderline violent athlete to a respected teacher/coach of 30+ years. –from a hater to one who shares the loving Gospel of Jesus Christ. -from incredible emptiness to one who loves to teach about the awesome depth, majesty, & mystery of God & His creation! This change could only happen with the overwhelming power and everlasting grace of God Almighty!                      www.PiRanch.com

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