• 2013 6 13 54I recently tried to describe our wrestling mission to help rescue boys out of addictions and to train them up, both in Brazil and in Platteville, Wisconsin. By the age of 10, most children in Manaus are addicted to some form of cocaine. One third of those children will be dead in five years from overdose or violence. The magnitude of the drug problem in Brazil is illustrated by the fact that more drugs are confiscated in one major city in Brazil in one month than all the drugs confiscated in all the US in one year! Mind blowing!

    We may not have as much drug influence, but how many of you have sons? What are your strategies for raising boys to become men? What does every boy need to know to become a man? Does it matter from whom he hears those things? Well, strange things, surprising things have happened in just this last year that are shocking and shaping my strategies to accomplish this daunting task of training little boys into mighty men. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Fish Tales

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    25 Oct 2012 /  Bible Study, DiscGuys, Mission

    Last Sunday morning I spoke on Matthew 4:17-25, where Jesus calls Simon, Andrew, James, and John, to follow Him. He says that He will make them “fishers of men.” Strong words from a carpenter. Why did Jesus choose these guys? Why did they “immediately” leave to follow Jesus? Where did they go? What did they do with Him? Give a listen & let me know your thoughts, or better yet, tell me some great fishin’ stories!
    Fish Tales

  • 24 Sep 2012 /  Brazil, DiscGuys, Mission

    Josh Nigl went on our Brazil trip in June, 2012, and sent out this debriefing of his experience that I thought would be of interest. Thanks, Josh!

    At the Mixing of the Waters, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

    At the Mixing of the Waters, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

    Well, it has been a few months since the Brazil trip. I think enough time has passed for me to produce a decent summary of the experience, so here it goes.

    PRE-TRIP: I have been in a Jiu Jitsu Bible study group since September 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Strong Words

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    20 Sep 2012 /  DiscGuys, Mission, Quotables

    Few men can articulate clearly what they believe. Very few earn the right to say it even in private settings. But the elite handful who should be asked, & are asked, to say exactly what they believe, in the public arena, need to be very careful what they say. For there really are men who would become mighty men by the realignment of their beliefs to the humbly spoken words of one mighty man.

  • Another Man’s War

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    21 Aug 2012 /  Mission

    p>Amazing book! Highly recommended reading about one of today’s true mighty men! Sam Childers is using his God given strength and calling to rescue children in Southern Sudan and Uganda from the worst suffering I’ve ever heard of on earth. Another Man’s War is a gripping true story that is still unfolding. Be warned — you may not be able to read such a book and not play a part in his ongoing rescue mission.

    For more inspiration: http://www.machinegunpreacher.org/

  • BJJ Lesson from Christiano Ribeiro

    BJJ Lesson from Christiano Ribeiro, July 2008, Manaus, Brazil

    Submission

    Manaus, Brazil.  Summer 2008 to present.
    Mission trip.
    Brazilian Jiujitsu.
    Support local BJJ clubs and learn submission techniques.
    Backgroung for Manaus… drugs, gangs, prostitution.
    BJJ… a means to get kids off the street.
    Get involved in something with value that is bigger than themselves.
    Teach the meaning of life, as the Father intended.
    Serve Him faithfully and go to church.
    Honor your father and mother.
    Go to school.
    This is what’s required to be in Ricardo’s club.

    A mission trip to give resources.
    A mission trip to receive and learn ideas for helping and serving others.
    Developing a reciprocal relationship.
    No one time deal.
    Not just giving, Not just receiving, But Give and Receive!
    Year after year of reciprocity.
    Platteville, WI and Manaus, Brazil working together.
    How does BJJ relate to life in WI?
    Teaching men, training them to be real men, men of God

    Married…
    Love God and serve Him.
    Love your wife like Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
    Love your children and teach them to be wise in the ways of the Lord.
    Have a job and work hard at it.
    Serve in your church.

    Single…
    Love God and serve Him.
    Get a job and work hard.
    Find a church and serve.
    Keep your hands to yourself and your pants on!
    Honor women, they are another man’s daughter and most importantly, God’s daughter!

    In Platteville…learn and do all these things while reading the Bible and practicing BJJ
    Truly learning the art of submission,
    Submission to God,
    Taping out to Jesus!

    Matt Eastlick, Educator, Coach, Submissionary

  • Show Up & Keep Up

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    21 Jul 2012 /  Mission, Reflect & Perfect
    Acts 1:8 in Action

    Acts 1:8 in Action

    So much of the Kingdom of God is about simply showing up where it is not. The rest is keeping up — keeping up with the King. Neither is easy, but showing up is a little easier than keeping up. Showing up is about timing and risk, but keeping up is about training and fighting. Until you show up, you are not opposed. Until you show up with the King bringing His Kingdom of Light, you are not yet dangerous — least of all to the kingdom of darkness. But when you do show up, you will be opposed. Then training and fighting will be required to keep up with the King. I strongly encourage you to submit to His training and fight only where He sends you. The effects are amazing!

  • 04 Jul 2012 /  Reflect & Perfect

    Independents or Independence? Which should we celebrate today? They may sound the same but they do not look the same. The difference is this: Freedom from people vs freedom for people. The former requires merely selfishness. The latter requires self sacrifice, sometimes in the extreme. The degree to which we gain either is proportional to their respective costs. Deep appreciation to those who have chosen to pay the higher price for those they love. For those who have chosen the cheaper life, for their love of self, earnest exhortation to grow up. Only because I love you both.

    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, CA

    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, CA

  • Trained by God

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    07 Jun 2012 /  Quotables

    “If you don’t fight the battles to which you have been assigned, you will end up fighting battles for which you have not been equipped [trained].” — Bill Johnson

  • Impressive Integrity

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    05 May 2012 /  Quotables

    p>”I’m not impressed with anyone’s life unless they have integrity. But I’m not happy with their life until they are dangerous [to the powers of hell]. As much as I have the ability to do so, I’ll not let those around me get away with just being nice people.” — Bill Johnson