Treat life like the Super Bowl, not the preseason

February 4, 2019By Ken HarrisonCulture, News, Rise of the Servant Kings, Values
This article appeared in ChristianityToday.

How would you complete the following sentence? The goal of my life is ____________.

The goal of football is to score touchdowns. The goal of running a company is to increase profits or stock value. What’s the goal of your life? Matthew 25:14-30 provides the best answer: to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

A man with a goal in life is active because he knows what he’s pursuing. Let’s live lives that the Savior deems “Well done!”

God delights and communicating himself in his ways to every man who is prepared to receive him. God can work in you only to the extent that you are submitted to him. We all have some “self” left in us. Every believer is granted the Holy Spirit the moment he receives Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14). The amount of influence the Spirit has on you depends on the extent of your surrender: the more self, the less God; the less self, the more God.

When I was with the LAPD and arrested someone, sometimes I was present when the jailer fingerprinted the prisoner. He would roll each finger in ink and then roll it onto the page. The jailer needed the finger absolutely yielded to him to get a good print. If there were any smudges, he would have to throw the card out and start over.

Often the prisoner would try to help and would smudge the print. The jailer would get angry and order him to relax every muscle and trust the jailer to do all the work. Some prisoners were unable to simply yield, and the process took a long time compared with those who yielded and completed the process easily.

That’s the picture of how God wants to work with us — life gets better when we relax and let him work through us. He’s patient, willing to work on us throughout our entire lives, teaching us to yield to him. But we have to let him do it. Self wants to help; self wants to get the credit. It chafes at the idea that God will do all and self can do nothing — except yield.

In our efforts to “help,” we have smudged the edges, putting the ugly print of human pride and self-effort where only our Lord should have received the glory. Jesus said that for us to enter the kingdom of heaven, we must be like little children (Matthew 18:3). He meant that our surrender must be one of simple, childlike trust in our Father. He will accept our surrender and fill us with his great power and fellowship. 

Too many men today are doing life like it’s a preseason football game. We think that because we’ve received Christ and can’t lose our salvation, there is nothing left but to seek our own pleasures and obey some set of rules that someone somewhere told us. We do the best we can, but it really doesn’t count, does it?

No one likes preseason football. God told us to snatch people from the hands of Satan and bring them into his loving arms. He’s told us to protect and provide for his children and to care for the less fortunate. Life is the playoffs, not the preseason.

And when the game’s over, we’ll get only one shot to hear Jesus say, “Well done, my son!” So let’s do the work that God gave us and, with it, experience the joy and reward of serving our Lord.

Tips to bless the people you love this Christmas season

December 21, 2018By Ken HarrisonNews

I love my phone. It goes everywhere with me. But sometimes my wife tells me I spend a little too much time with this amazing device and not enough time with the people who matter most.

So here’s what I’m planning to do this Christmas season to get my head out of my phone. Maybe these tips will help you too:

  1. During those special moments on Christmas Day – like dinner and opening gifts around the tree – I vow with steely determination not to check my email even once.
  2. My phone will not come to the dinner table with me for any evening meal while my kids are out of school on Christmas break.
  3. I’ll probably take a few pictures, but we’re going to do a lot of fun stuff without ever photographing it. The memories will exist only in our hearts.
  4. I’m going to spend some quality time with the people who matter most to me this Christmas season. When I do, they’ll have my full, 100% attention.
  5. I’m also going to spend some quality time with God. And my phone will be nowhere in sight.

Why make this effort? Because my family desperately needs my presence, my leadership, and my love this Christmas season. Only I can give them these blessings.

You have the same power to bless the people you love. Use it wisely.

Ken Harrison
President & Chairman

P.S. If you’re the type who likes to give at year-end for tax purposes, I want you to know about a Matching Gift pool we’re building that will double your contribution to Promise Keepers by December 31. It’s a great deal if you can take advantage of it. Thanks.

Coach Bill McCartney Passes the Spiritual Mantle of Promise Keepers to Chairman Ken Harrison

April 23, 2018By Ken HarrisonNews

Promise Keepers announces the appointment of their new Chairman of the Board, Ken Harrison. Harrison comes from a successful business background, having built and sold a national real estate company to Colliers International Valuation and then served as CEO of Valuation for five years.

Mr. Harrison is a Colson Fellow and has served on numerous local and national boards, including: FCA, Colorado Uplift, Urban Youth Ministries, Corban University. He also serves as the CEO of WaterStone Foundation, a Christian donor advised fund that gives away over $1 million per week to build God’s Kingdom. An author and corporate speaker, Harrison has appeared on many radio interviews as well as The 700 Club and Turning Point television shows. With a long record of dedicated service to ministry, Harrison leads Bible studies locally and participated in missions trips to Mexico, South Africa, Haiti, and the Philippines. Harrison’s new book, The Rise of the Servant Kings – What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is scheduled for release May 2019, by WaterBrook Multnomah.

Promise Keepers is a Christ-centered nonprofit founded in 1990 by Bill McCartney, then head football coach at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is dedicated to motivating men to influence their world through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Promise Keepers’ most notable event was its Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of Men open-air gathering at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 4, 1997. Attendance figures have been estimated at close to 1 million people and rank among the biggest gatherings ever in Washington.  

Dr. Raleigh Washington, Harrison’s predecessor at Promise Keepers, is retiring after many years of service at the ministry. Dr. Washington served by the side of Coach Bill McCartney from the early days.

As Mr. Harrison takes the reigns of leadership from Dr. Washington, his combination of entrepreneurial success, executive leadership and commitment to men’s ministry will be invaluable in taking Promise Keepers into the next decade. “Promise Keepers is needed more today than ever,” said Harrison, “Men want and need clear teaching on what God says about real masculinity.”

What happened to Promise Keepers?

April 10, 2018By Ken HarrisonNews

Many people have been asking, “What happened to Promise Keepers?” Since Coach McCartney started the revolutionary Christian men’s group in 1990, the need for God’s truth to men has never been greater. There is deep confusion in our world about how men are supposed to act, what we are to teach our children and what true masculinity looks like.

The world may have ever changing definitions of what it considers “acceptable,” but God’s Word never changes. God is still calling men to be servant-leaders to their families. He still yearns for men of humility and courage who understand that His plan will be accomplished through action and prayer. Our Father looks for men who boldly stand for His truth and teach their families to do the same.

Our Father has called Promise Keepers back to its roots in a big way! Dr. Raleigh Washington has retired after years of distinguished service and I have been assigned the mantle of leadership of this great organization. It is incredibly humbling to be trusted with the legacy of Coach McCartney and I pray that I’m up to the task that our Lord has given me.

Promise Keepers will be holding a major stadium event in 2020. We will work with local churches and ministries to not just hold an event, but to completely transform the city for Christ and bless its local ministries. PK will partner with men’s ministries to provide discipleship materials for men after our event and work with key ministries to offer opportunities for the PK men to become involved in caring for the less-fortunate in our communities. The PK event will be nationally broadcasted so that everyone will be able to participate in what God has in store for us.

We are currently in negotiations with one of the great NFL stadiums and its local city leaders for our event. We aren’t yet ready to announce our location because we haven’t inked the contracts yet, but we hope to announce by the end of this summer! Would you pray with us as we seek to bring our country and our world back to Christ by calling all men everywhere to boldness and action? Would you pray that God gives us the wisdom and favor that we will need to reach men who are lost and need the answers found in God’s Word?

Thank you for your support of Promise Keepers and for the men in God’s family. I can’t wait to keep you updated and to make the announcement for our plan when it is fully in place.

In His Hands,

Ken Harrison
Chairman

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