Is Promise Keepers’ Comeback Coincidental or Providential in Crisis Times?

December 10, 2020By PK ManagerCulture, News

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In 1997, I stood with my sons and 1.4 million boys, young and older men on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the Promise Keepers’ historic “Stand in the Gap” event. It was the largest gathering in D.C. history.

When the day ended, we exited the mall, and there was no trash or litter to be found. Law enforcement officers experienced not one single incident on the grounds. Time magazine covered the massive gathering as scores of men departed with vision for godly manhood and servanthood in challenging times.

I still treasure the poster I’ve kept from the unforgettable experience.

The Washington, D.C., gathering was a cherry on the cake for a ministry that reached over 7 million men in the 1990s with 50-70,000 men gathering in NFL stadiums across America.

The founder of this God-ordained ministry, Coach Bill McCartney, previously served as head coach for the University of Colorado and its national championship football team. He later departed to attend to his ailing wife and was part of a nucleus of leaders acknowledging that somehow success had gotten the best of the ministry.

A NASA scientist once shared how in the agency’s initial ventures into space, their rockets drifted off the mark up to 90% of the time. They needed a course correction on a regular basis. Like Starbucks getting overextended a few years ago, Promise Keepers needed to seek the Lord afresh about continuing, closing or simply communing with God about a needed course correction.

Today, under the visionary leadership of new Chairman and CEO Ken Harrison, the Promise Keepers ministry is being beautifully launched for a new era with exciting new vision.

Courage to Close or Continue

Being obedient to God when He specifies it’s time to bring closure to a ministry takes courage and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. During the Jesus Movement I had the privilege of being part of a leadership team serving a gathering weekly about 10 minutes from the White House with 2,000 primarily young people.

After an extended period of seeking God, we “followed the cloud” and concluded the ministry at the end of the decade. God had a new direction for many of us, and the next step would focus on church planting and leadership development.

When Harrison was invited to participate with a core of Promise Keepers leaders attempting to discern God’s direction for the ministry, he saw incredible work that would have to be done if God were to resurrect the ministry. He confesses that initially, he wanted nothing to do with it.

“But God” (how often do we read these words in sacred Scripture?) moved upon the men’s hearts and Harrison, along with a company of the committed, eventually knew God was ready for a reset and a relaunch.

Millions Impacted in 84 Countries

In July, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, men of all ages came together for a comeback virtual rally—the first one in 20 years! Lean in and let Harrison describe on the podcasts what happened. Check out the ministry’s website (promisekeepers.org) to watch highlights of the extraordinary experience that multitudes pray will be the first of many to come.

In January of 2021, this fantastic ministry is rolling out another virtual experience to inspire and equip men on the hard-hitting issues we face at this critical time. How about no-holds- barred teaching dealing with marriage and sex; losing a child; every man’s struggle, pornography—and it’s all free?

There’s just something unique, drawing God’s empowering presence, when men come together and humble themselves to be inspired and equipped to better serve God triumphantly and authentically. These chaotic and challenging times demand we be watchful and remain steadfast, bold and strong.

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be bold like men, and be strong” (1 Cor. 16:13).

Dr. James Dobson, one of my heroes and a patriarch in the faith, exhorts us in this hour, “The Western world stands at a great crossroads in its history. It is my opinion that our very survival as a people will depend on the presence or absence of masculine leadership in millions of homes.”

Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper

Let’s humble ourselves and be honest. Isn’t it time for all of us men to recommit ourselves to practice the original seven promises of a Promise Keeper? It’s time to take a fresh look at this initiative once again.

Therefore I will not be negligent to always remind you of these things … I consider it right, as long as I live in this body, to stir you up by reminding you” (2 Pet. 1:12-13).

— A Promise Keeper is committed to honor Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and obedience to God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.

— A Promise Keeper is committed to pursue vital relationships with a few other men, understanding that he needs brothers to help him keep his promises.

— A Promise Keeper is committed to practice spiritual, moral, ethical and sexual purity.

— A Promise Keeper is committed to build strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.

— A Promise Keeper is committed to support the mission of his church by honoring and praying for his pastor and by actively giving his time and resources.

— A Promise Keeper is committed to reach beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.

— A Promise Keeper is committed to influence his world, being obedient to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Idea Whose Time Has Come Again

Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll has written, “Masculinity is vanishing. Throughout the land, fathers have lost their way to true manhood and have thrown responsibility to the wind. Sex roles are blurring, masculine leadership is disappearing, and like dominoes, homes and marriages are collapsing.”

In Isaiah we read that the Lord looked over a nation experiencing judgment and “He saw that there was no man” (Isa.59:16a). The prophet Ezekiel paints a similar picture in which God again says, “I sought for a man … but I found no one” (Ezek. 22:30).

Here’s the Deal: Amidst America’s cultural depravity and decline, God is moving in a fresh way to equip men to rise to the occasion as examples and engage a watching world with His design for true manhood. The reemergence of Promise Keepers in our generation is His gift to all of us. Let’s take advantage of it and make a difference in our day!

In ‘On the Edge with Ken Harrison,’ Rick Burgess Discusses How He Found Strength in God on His Darkest Day

December 10, 2020By PK ManagerNews

COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison, CEO of WaterStone and volunteer chairman of Promise Keepers, is joined by Rick Burgess on the latest podcast of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.” Together, they talk about losing a loved one, building a strong household under Christ, and the importance of a father’s leadership in times of turbulence.

The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Podcast listeners can also receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

Rick Burgess has been the co-host of the “Rick and Bubba Show” since 1994, a nationally syndicated radio show which airs to 1.2 million people weekly. Burgess has coauthored multiple New York Times bestselling books that are autobiographical in nature, but his latest release is a 40-day devotional designed to disciple men. How to Be a Man, the Pursuit of Christ-Centered Masculinity is coauthored by Andy Blanks and was released by Iron Hill Press in 2017. Burgess has appeared on various radio and television shows including Fox and Friends and the Sean Hannity Show as a commentator and guest. He is a frequent speaker at church services and youth and marriage conferences, but his true passion is men’s ministry.

Highlights of Burgess’ interview in the podcast include:

  •  We are never alone if we belong to Christ

“The chaplain said, ‘Mr. Burgess, are you alone?’ Uncontrollably I said, ‘I’m never alone. I’m never alone.’ You know, we’re never alone if we belong to Christ. We have God’s spirit in us, the Holy Spirit, he’s always there, the comforter, the helper, and I felt the presence of God. I felt his comfort. I felt his strength saying, ‘I’m here and I’m in control.’ And then I said something to the chaplain that was so weird that it could only have been supernatural. I said, ‘I can’t imagine what you have to do every day.’ And the chaplain replied, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, I just feel like I need to pray for you. I can’t believe you have to tell people what you’re about to tell me. You have to do this every day.’ I just had a connection to this chaplain and then the chaplain said, ‘Mr. Burgess, your son could not be revived. Your son’s passed away.’ ”

“In my wife’s book, she asks the question, ‘Where is God in this?’ And the answer is right in the middle of it. Scripture is not silent on suffering and pain. We are told about suffering and who God is in it. At the time our son passed, she was grasping for answers. She told me, ‘I was there and I was praying for my child to be revived. They were trying to revive him. I can remember these audible words coming out of my mouth that I couldn’t pray.’ Sometimes the Holy Spirit prays, what you ought to be praying. She said, ‘I heard myself saying, not my will, but your will be done, Lord.’ She told me, ‘I couldn’t say that because I didn’t really want that, I wanted him to do what I want.’ But — it is his will be done, Jesus in the garden, Father, not my will, because there’s no other way.”

  • Building a household under the authority of Christ

“Our marriage is not based on Rick and Sherry. I’m imperfect. She’s imperfect. I don’t put pressure on her to fulfill me. She doesn’t put pressure on me to fulfill her. My wife and I built our house under the authority of Christ. And I can honestly tell you that I believe that marriages that fail in our situation are marriages that are not under the authority of Christ. I believe this reveals the state of the marriage. I knew who God was because he had prepared me for this. I wasn’t losing my mind, thinking ‘How do these things happen? What is his? Why do bad things happen to good people?’ You know why? Because I knew I wasn’t a good person. There are no good people. I wasn’t thinking ‘What was my wife doing?’ or how I should have been home at the time and not speaking at an event hour away. We never blamed each other. You know, I knew Psalms 139:13-16 that he had weaved my child together in his mother’s womb, my wife’s womb, and that he had written in his book every day of Brauner’s life before he had ever lived one. So my son’s life is not incomplete, it was completed in two and a half years because that’s what God designed. I’ve been able to see what God has done through that little boy to impact more people than those who are in their 80’s.”

  • The importance of a father’s leadership in times of turbulence

“I remember my father and I would be in our boat, out on the water and sometimes storms would be coming for us. And I remember as a little boy I would look at my dad with those big muscular legs and a pair of shorts as he would get up on the steering wheel and start looking over everything. The minute I would see him taking the lead on our boat, I was at perfect peace. I thought ‘Well there’s dad, he’s got this now.’ I never knew whether he had it or not or if there were times where he was panicked because we were in trouble. I never noticed because I never saw it. He was always calm and under control. So when I looked at him, he was a calming force.”

“In times of turbulence, our families need to see fathers acting as a calming force and the man of God in their house. ‘Hey, Dad, is everything going to be all right?’ It is our responsibility to reply, ‘Yes, let me tell you who God is.’ Let us take what the scriptures say and give these truths to our children. We need to tell them, ‘It really is going to be alright because of this biblical truth.’ When they ask us, ‘Why is this happening?’ We hit them with another Biblical truth. It is our responsibilities as fathers and men of God to set our families up for success in times of turbulence.”

MEDIA NOTE: Please email Press@theKcompany.co to schedule an interview with WaterStone CEO Ken Harrison.

 

  • KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $1 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.Ken has been married to his wife, Elliette, for 29 years and they have three children.Harrison’s newest book, The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is available wherever books are sold.

 

In ‘On the Edge with Ken Harrison,’ Duck Dynasty’s Phil and Al Robertson Share The Rock Bottom Moments That Brought Their Surrender To Christ

December 4, 2020By PK ManagerNews

COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison, CEO of WaterStone and volunteer chairman of Promise Keepers, explores issues of infidelity, overcoming sin, and finding redemption with Phil and Al Robertson on the latest podcast of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.”

The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Podcast listeners can also receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

Phil Robertson is a professional hunter who invented his own duck call and founded the successful Duck Commander Company. He also starred in the popular television series on A&E, Duck Dynasty, and is now the host of the new subscription television series In the Woods with Phil on CRTV.com. He is a New York Times bestselling author of The Theft of America’s Soul, Happy, Happy, Happy, and UnPHILtered. His newest release is Jesus Politics: How to Win Back The Soul of America. He and his wife, Kay, live in West Monroe, Louisiana. He has five children, 18 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Al Robertson is the oldest son of Phil and Kay Robertson. He helped start the family business, Duck Commander and left in the late ’80s to serve as a Pastor for 22 years at the White’s Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, LA. He went back to Duck Commander in 2012 to begin appearing on Duck Dynasty with the Robertson family. Al has authored and co-authored five books and speaks around the country about the reasons behind the success of the show and the Robertson’s values of faith, family, and ducks. Al and his wife, Lisa, have been married for over 32 years and have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Highlights of Phil and Al’s interview in the podcast include:

God’s most righteous are not the greatest men, but those who suffered the most.
“When we think of the most righteous men in the Old Testament, the top three that come to mind are Moses, Elijah, and Abraham. Yet, God says the most righteous men were Noah, Daniel, and Job. Do you know what Noah, Daniel, and Job all have in common? They all suffered greatly. God tells us the three most righteous men of the Old Testament are not the greatest men, but they are the men that went through the greatest suffering.”

Men who believe they are too fallible for God to lift them up need to be met with compassion and a lack of judgment.“I was just sitting on the curb. My clothes are torn. My elbows are bloody elbows and the police officer just started talking to me. He could see I was in shock, but he had compassion. He saw me at the worst moment of my life. It was at that moment sitting there, he saw an opportunity to give me grace as all the officers left. So he just started talking to me and started asking me questions. He recognized I didn’t fit into this lifestyle, sleeping with a married woman. And I was amazed because the more he talked, the more I unfolded. All this stuff I had pent up, I started just crying uncontrollably. And so I realize now, looking back, that was my brokenness moment.”

“But you know what happened was from that day forward, my life changed. When I got into ministry, it was natural for me. I removed any sort of judgmental part because I had been broken. I realized what it was like to be broken. I felt like my role at church was to create an atmosphere where anybody could come home here and find Christ, with no one to judge you. There would be no rocks thrown. In fact, we welcome people with problems because we all have problems.”

Offer yourself to God, so sin shall no longer be your master.

“You have to decide to turn from sin and die to it. A man quits getting drunk when he’s dead, he quits using drugs when he’s dead, he quits lying when he’s dead, he quits stealing when he’s dead. God let us experience a mock death, burial, and resurrection of ourselves and once we come forth from the tomb, you’re like, well, ‘I’ve been raised from the dead. I thank you, Lord.’ And if it doesn’t change your mind about how you function, that’s why you read through all the texts of the Bible. All of them say, take the bad things away, take the bad things away, add the good, take the bad things away from drugs to immorality to all of it. It just takes human beings a while to climb out of there. It’s like old habits are hard to break. We have to train ourselves to know the difference between good and evil. It’s not rocket science. It’s really not. It’s in a person’s heart. They say, you know what, what’s riding on this? You say immortality and eternal life.”

MEDIA NOTE: Please email Press@theKcompany.co to schedule an interview with WaterStone CEO Ken Harrison.

  • KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $1 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.Ken has been married to his wife, Elliette, for 29 years and they have three children.Harrison’s newest book, The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is available wherever books are sold.

 

In ‘On the Edge with Ken Harrison,’ Steve Berger Discusses How the Depth of His Relationship with God Saved Him on His Darkest Day.

November 25, 2020By PK ManagerNews

COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison, CEO of WaterStone and volunteer chairman of Promise Keepers, explores issues of celebrity pastors, loss of a loved one, and how to build a foundation with Christ so that no matter what comes your way, you can can stand and trust him with Steve Berger on the latest podcast of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.”

The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Podcast listeners can also receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

For nearly 30 years, Steve Berger’s ministry has been marked by purpose and passion. He is the founding Pastor of Grace Chapel, in Franklin, TN, and is known for his straight-talk in the pulpit. Additionally, Berger serves as a Board Member for Promise Keepers. Together, he and his wife, Sarah, self-published “Have Heart: Bridging the Gulf between Heaven and Earth”. This project, the most personal to date, deals with the events surrounding their 19-year-old son’s entrance into Heaven.

During the height of COVID-19 Berger’s church innovation was a role model for many. He transformed his church to an atmosphere where worshipers could remain socially distanced, while receiving the gospel together. Church goers were encouraged to attend “drive-in” worship sessions, where they could remain in their car, but tune into a communal FM channel to hear the message. Following the success of the transformation, fifteen other churches within the state of Tennessee joined Berger and his drive-in services.

Highlights of Berger’s interview in the podcast include:

Pastors who seek their platform first and the Kingdom second, bring people to their message and not to Christ’s.
“If I’m committed to Christ and his kingdom, then it doesn’t matter who comes or who doesn’t come. I’m not going to be a respecter of persons. I’m not going to pander to the crowd. I made a decision thirty years ago when I was asked to be a pastor that I was going to preach the word. I’m not here to build my own platform. I’m not here to name drop. I’m not here to cater to famous people. I’m here to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Period.”

“If pastors don’t start preaching the totality of God’s word, we are going to see more and more people fall away with the difficult times that we’re coming to because what we’ve won people to is our own personality rather than the savior of the world and that’s not going to undergird them when they’re facing trial and tribulation that’s coming on this land. It’s not going to work. It’s not sufficient because it was never meant to be sufficient. God, his word, and the power of the Holy Spirit are what is sufficient. Anything else is smoke and mirrors.”

It is important to prepare a foundation with God so that on your darkest day you can still find peace in him.

“I can honestly tell you that neither my wife nor I was upset with God when our son passed. It was because we had decades of passionately loving him, following him, and seeing his hand in our life for years and years and years and years. It might have been more difficult for someone who didn’t have that depth of relationship with the Lord to have that lack of anger when a trauma happens.”

“It can be really tough to try to prepare for your moment of suffering is not the moment of suffering. It’s the days and the weeks and the months and the years prior to it. Are you building a foundation with Christ so that no matter what comes your way, you can stand and still even trust him? You might not like it, you might not enjoy it, you might have to go through some process, but at the end of the day, the thing that is most important is you keeping your faith in Christ through it all.”

As believers in Christ, we do not die. We do not go from life to death, but rather from life to life.

“ In John 11:26, Jesus says ‘he who lives and believes in me shall never die.’ So, Jesus himself is saying for someone who loves him and follows him, someone who truly knows him, that death itself doesn’t have the final word over their life. If we see death as having the final word over our lives, as Christians, and we talk about Christians who have died and they’re dead, how hopeless is that? It’s actually contrary to what Jesus taught. You will never, ever hear my wife and I, our family, and even our church family talking about Christians being dead or having died because it’s contrary to the word of God.”

The gospel tells us how we can lead a life of biblical principles and obtain salvation.

“Believe in the gospel and repent by having a change of heart and mind that causes you to change your direction. It means ‘I start looking at my life and my sin differently than I ever have before.’ I start agreeing with God that the sinful things that I’m doing are actually sinful and that they’re not just mistakes – they are things that actively separate me from God. I decide to stop running from Christ and I start running to Christ.”

“Receive Christ through a transaction where you boldly say, ‘Jesus, I receive you. I receive you as my savior.’ Then, Christ will give you the right to become a child of God.”

“Confess that you are a follower of Jesus and live a life that speaks to people. Jesus said, “if you deny me before men, I’ll deny you before my father who is in heaven. But, if you’ll confess me before men, I’ll confess you before my father, who is in heaven.’”

MEDIA NOTE: Please email Press@theKcompany.co to schedule an interview with WaterStone CEO Ken Harrison.

  • KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $1 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.Ken has been married to his wife, Elliette, for 29 years and they have three children.Harrison’s newest book, The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is available wherever books are sold.

 

Bethel School of Technology: A Vehicle for Transformation

November 25, 2020By PK ManagerUncategorized

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Guest post by Ryan Collins

When I started Bethel School of Technology, I was excited about this new and exciting space I was taking the church into, but that wasn’t everything. I was thinking about all of the good men, husbands, and fathers I know who are doing everything they can to make ends meet, but still struggling.

Yes, Bethel Tech is a school of Technology, but it’s also a vehicle for transformation in people’s lives.

I recently heard from a Bethel Tech alumnus whose life got turned around for the better. When started at Bethel Tech, he was driving Uber to provide for his young family. Fast forward to his graduation and he got a job that paid $60,000 a year, which was a huge increase for the whole family. Fast forward another year, and he just got a new job that pays $130,000 a year.

Not only is he earning more than he ever did before, but he has meaning in his employment and he’s now able to work from home, spending more time with his family. There are thousands of stories like that, just waiting to be told, and that’s what Bethel Tech means to me.

At Bethel Tech, in 9 months of remote, online learning, you’ll be equipped with the most in demand skills on the planet, for a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree. Not only has Newsweek recognized Bethel Tech as one of the Top Online Coding Schools in the US for the last 2 years, but we’re also giving our students  robust spiritual training too. We’re seeing change happen not just on the outside, but on the inside, too.

85% of our students have been getting jobs within 3 months of graduating, and the average starting salary for junior web developers is $66,000 a year. 

The future of work is in tech. From the silicon valley startup exploring artificial intelligence to the mom n pop sandwich shop that’s taking online orders, every company is a tech company. The world is changing at a breakneck pace and my school, Bethel School of Technology, is positioning believers to be at the forefront of all that is happening, so they can bring kingdom values into a sphere that impacts so much of the way we live our lives, while also building better lives for themselves and their families.

Right now, there are 1,000,000 unfulfilled tech jobs in the US alone and companies are falling over themselves to hire top talent.

There’s a place for you in tech, and I want to invite you to be a part of it. Not just for you, but for your family, and for the glory of God.

To find out more, go to betheltech.net.

Devotional: The Samson Syndrome⁠⠀

November 24, 2020By PK ManagerDevotional

“The Philistine rulers held a great festival, offering sacrifices and praising their god, Dagon. They said, ‘Our god has given us victory over our enemy Samson!’ When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, ‘Our god has delivered our enemy to us! The one who killed so many of us is now in our power!’ Half drunk by now, the people demanded, ‘Bring out Samson so he can amuse us!’ So he was brought from the prison to amuse them, and they had him stand between the pillars supporting the roof.”⁠ – Judges 16:23-25⁠⠀
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Samson, a man who had been greatly blessed by God, here became entertainment for God’s enemies. While this passage shows the outcome of Samson’s failures, chapters 13-16 relate the whole story of his life. Over the centuries, Samson has been portrayed as both a hero and a tragic figure. His own failures and weaknesses made him prey to the people he had, in the past, so creatively defeated. ⁠⠀
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The lesson of Samson is also a lesson for our times. When we identify ourselves with Christ yet consistently fail to exhibit ethical and moral purity, the scoffers have a field day. They are convinced that their gods (the things they value most) are more valid than the God of heaven. Without knowing it, many Christian men provide office entertainment for their unbelieving coworkers. ⁠⠀
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We are all tempted, as Samson was, to compromise our Christian standards. For God’s sake and your own, ask God every day to keep you from the Samson syndrome. ⁠⠀

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This devotional is an excerpt from the PK Study Bible. 

In ‘On the Edge with Ken Harrison,’ Victor Marx Discusses His Journey From Brokenness to Redemption

November 19, 2020By PK ManagerNews

COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison, CEO of WaterStone and volunteer chairman of Promise Keepers, explores issues of trauma, coming face to face with ISIS, and accepting God’s redemption with Victor Marx on the latest podcast of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.”

The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Podcast listeners can also receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

Victor Marx is a high-risk humanitarian with successful missions to Iraq, Syria, North Africa, and Southeast Asia – many times in non-permissive and high threat environments, helping orphans and widows.

Severely abused and tortured as a child, by the time he graduated from high school, Marx’s lifestyle was filled with drugs, fights, and theft. The discipline of military life and faith in God helped him recover from his traumatic childhood and empowers him to help others. Today, Victor focuses his attention on the plights of those affected by ISIS, troubled juvenile offenders, and supporting military personnel from all branches including the special operations community.

Highlights of Marx’s interview in the podcast include:

God is the ultimate healer of our traumas.
“I’ve been abused physically and sexually. I’ve seen and experienced horrible, evil, evil things, and I want to thank God that he is the redeemer. He can put a man or a woman’s mind back together because we can have his mind and we can be transformed by the renewing of our own mind, if we’re not conformed to this world. A really huge step for me was being born again and it was the gospel, just the simple gospel.”

The negative narratives we tell ourselves have the power to stunt our growth as vessels of God.
“As a teen, I struggled with self-esteem because I was thin and tall and I wasn’t good at sports, even though I was fast and fluent in martial arts. Later in life, I was working out with a powerlifter and he told me with my body composition, I could be huge. I didn’t believe him because of the negative narrative I had in my head about myself. But, he was able to convince me to try. It was through his narrative of me, that I was able to add muscle to my frame. He broke the glass ceiling for me by speaking truth to me.”

“It was because of a brother that I was able to believe. Men, don’t make your own glass ceiling. Sometimes it takes someone else telling you the truth of what you can do and far beyond. Some men think, ‘I can never get a degree. I can never speak another language. I’m only limited to this’, but we are limited by self vows, lies of the enemy. Instead, we need to seek God and ask, ‘God, you made me. What do you want me to do?’”

The Bible tells us that we are not mere men, we’re more than men.
“The Lord has made you his child and no one can ever take that away from you. Nothing can ever stop you from being his child. He deposited a piece of himself in you called the Holy Spirit and the more you surrender to the Holy Spirit, the more he will begin to grow in you as you read God’s word, pray and seek him as a tiny mustard seed. Jesus says, ‘if you love me, keep my commandments’ and there are only two of them: love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. And as you grow in those, that little tiny seed turns into the giant mustard seed tree that benefits so many people. Your life will become a song to the Lord and you won’t have to stay in bondage anymore.”

MEDIA NOTE: Please email Press@theKcompany.co to schedule an interview with WaterStone CEO Ken Harrison or any of his guests.

  • KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $1 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.Ken has been married to his wife, Elliette, for 29 years and they have three children.Harrison’s newest book, The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is available wherever books are sold.

 

Free Printable: Thanksgiving Family Prayer Guide

November 16, 2020By PK ManagerDevotional
Thanksgiving is a time for gathering together with family, feasting, and thanking God for His provision. But when everyone is gathered together, it’s easy to focus only on the food and family—and forget to give thanks.
That’s why we’ve put together a Thanksgiving Family Prayer Guide—to help you lead your family in remembering the goodness of God. This free printable is meant for printing and bringing to the dinner table to stir conversation and provide points to pray over. It is also helpful for personal use, as a guide for meditating on God’s faithfulness.
This free printable is also free to share, so don’t hesitate to pass it on to a friend!

Devotional: Completely Free

November 14, 2020By PK ManagerDevotional
Some people simply refuse to believe in God if his existence can’t be proven by scientific, intellectual means. But God offers mankind a message that goes beyond the grasp of rational human intellect. While believers throughout the centuries have testified that faith in Jesus is reasonable, Paul reflects the fact that to most people, the message of salvation seems utterly foolish. Why? Because its only requirement is faith. Men don’t like that. Most men feel like they want or need to do something to earn God’s favor. ⁠
But for a believer, the gospel isn’t foolish. On the contrary, it demonstrates both the wisdom and power of God. It shows God’s wisdom by providing the only possible basis for forgiveness – a sinless sacrifice. It shows God’s power because Jesus secured something through his death and resurrection that man was unable to produce: namely, our salvation.⁠
One thing is clear, the gospel message came from God. Men would never have dreamed up something so amazing and wonderful—and so completely free.⁠

This devotional is an excerpt from the PK Study Bible. For more devotionals and encouraging resources, download the FREE Promise Keepers app. (Download for iOS or for Android.)

In ‘On the Edge with Ken Harrison,’ The Benham Brothers Reveal the Secret of Courage

November 12, 2020By PK ManagerNews

“Always remember, your greatest blessing will only be found on

 the other side of your greatest fear — that is why God brings us to these battles.” – Jason Benham

COLORADO SPRINGS COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison, CEO of WaterStone and volunteer chairman of Promise Keepers, explores issues of religious persecution, a reality series backfire, and how to find success on God’s terms on the latest podcast of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.”

The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, YouTube and all top podcast platforms. Podcast listeners can also receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.

Twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, are former professional baseball players, nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and best selling authors. Their accomplishments have been recognized by dozens of publications, including Inc. Magazine, Wall St. Journal, Business Leader Media, Franchise 500, and more. Their rise to success earned them a reality show with HGTV that was set to air in the fall of 2014 — yet the show was abruptly canceled because of their commitment to Biblical values. Appearing on CNN, Fox News, ESPN, ABC’s Nightline, and Good Morning America, the Benhams continue to stand up for what they believe and encourage others to do the same.

Highlights of David’s and Jason’s interview in the podcast include:

      • God calls us to make our theology our biography.
        “Our dad would always say, if your theology is not your biography, then your theology is worthless. In other words, you can talk and pray all things God, but if it doesn’t translate into the way that you live, act, and conduct yourself, whether it’s in the marketplace, behind a pulpit or wherever you are, then your theology is worthless.”
      • God challenged the Benham Brothers on a world stage to choose if they would deny Him in favor of platform, viewers, money, and recognition.
        “We didn’t know that God was going to put us through divine sabotage and put us in a position to stand boldly for the whole world to watch. David and I would walk into places and people would clap, stating ‘You are so heroic.’
        “Little did they know, what they really needed to see is where we stood right before that. God put us on our knees and we had to repent of a man-pleasing spirit. We were operating out of a fear of man rather than a fear of God and because of that, we had a false peace. “The secret to courage is first recognizing your inner coward, so then you can allow the Holy Spirit to unleash your inner lion.”
      • Boldness apart from brokenness makes us bullies.
        “God has called you specifically to be a bridge between heaven and earth. God doesn’t want us to just pray, ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ — He wants us to participate. Jesus was the ultimate bridge, but now we participate in bridging that gap. As Ezekiel 22 says ‘God is looking for a man and a woman who will stand in that gap and become that bridge,’ but there are ditches on both sides because as we learned through our story: boldness apart from brokenness makes a bully.”“Boldness apart from brokenness makes you a bully. Brokenness, apart from boldness, makes you a bystander. But, what God wants is for you to stand boldly on a foundation of brokenness so that you can become a bridge.”
      • God defines success as faithfulness “It doesn’t matter if you are working for a man who owns a landscape company, the cook at Waffle House or a CEO — it doesn’t matter where you are. What God is calling for is faithfulness: for you to make your work your worship. And when you’re faithful, God promises that he is going to bless that abundantly and you’ll do things like give more in value than you take in pay wherever you are.”

    MEDIA NOTE: Please email Press@theKcompany.co to schedule an interview with WaterStone CEO Ken Harrison or any of his guests.

  • KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $1 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.

    Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.

    Ken has been married to his wife, Elliette, for 29 years and they have three children.

    Harrison’s newest book, The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is available wherever books are sold.