Notes From The Field: Part 1b

These are my personal notes from the Promise Keepers event held on the 13th and 14th of November. These are my notes and my thoughts that go along with them. They are not necessarily the thoughts of the speakers, so they should not be taken as so. This event was a fantastic, eye opening weekend that I shared with my father. Enjoy the notes and thoughts and if you have any questions feel free to comment or email me.


Session 2 – Ted Dibiase


  • He started off his session with a video from the Skit Guys about Chiseling Away the ugly parts of our live
  • The question is are we willing to let God work at us.
  • Can we submit to HIm, enough for the ugly to be removed
  • Can we let ourselves die, so that we can live
  • Revelation 3:14-22
    • 14“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. 15“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19( Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'”
      • Challenge from this is for us to determine what is real and what is fake
  • 90% of believers have not led anyone to Christ
    • What does this say about our commitment to the Great Commission? Has it really become the great omission of the church?
  • Ted’s step-father was a wrestler for the University of Nebraska
    • He wanted to follow in his footsteps
    • It was obvious to those that saw him that his step-father was his hero
      • This he will parallel with his relationship with God later in life.
  • His challenge was whether or not we are willing to make it so obvious in our daily lives that Christ is our father.
    • Are we just playing at church?
  • As his life progressed and like many males his pride and ego began to take a stronghold in his life
    • It is ok to be ambitious – but the key is to use gifts and talents to glorify God, not ourselves
  • Ephesians 2:8-10
    • 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
      • God prepares in advance
      • Love is to serve others
  • We need to surrender our will to God’s will when we seek out a relationship with Him
  • When we move Jesus from our head to our heart (an eighteen inch difference) it should become evident in our lives
  • God speaks to us in three different ways
    • His Word
    • Godly Men
    • Circumstance
  • Satan has the wonderful ability to tempt us at our most weakest points and for most men out there this is their pride and ego
  • The measure of a true man comes from his integrity and integrity comes from his words
  • Matthew 16:25-26
    • 25For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
      • What happens to us if we gain everything if we lose our souls
      • Ted gained popularity, money and women, but he almost lost his wife
      • Are we able to move ourselves beyond lip service to God
  • “I know and see you want to be a man of God, but I don’t think you are man enough to do it.”
    • words from Ted’s wife upon learning about the adultery, and Ted’s desire for repentance
  • Jesus has an uncanny ability to take our mess and change it into a message for both ourselves and others (Godly men mentoring young men)
  • Whatever our distractions are in life we need to LET IT GO!
  • We as men need to stop playing church and being lukewarm for Jesus – Men typically only do about 20% of the work in church – this might even be too high of a percentage, it may actually be less


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