So much has happened this year--many men have received Christ and many have rededicated their lives to Christ all seeking to live a Godly life.
- Five Men's (Retreats) Advances
- Graduation of a Phase I - Calibration of the Heart
- Graduation of a Phase II - Focus of a Warrior
- Launching of 3 Phase I groups.
- Multiple speaking engagements.
- Officiated at 2 HOAW weddings.
- Launched a new HOAW Webpage.
- Received generous donations from men whose lives have been impacted by HOAW.
- Prayed and counseled with men throughout tthe year.
- Formalized the strategic direction of HOAW for the future.
- Published a new book--Papa's Blessings--in July.
And the story goes on. God has moved in the lives of many men. We celebrate the victories, pray for the struggles, and mourn the defeats. Through it all God has been faithful. He has made it abundantly clear that HOAW must continue.
We celebrate the birth of our Lord in this season. Take time to acknowledge the significance of His life. As the saying goes--He IS the reason for the season!
We would also ask that you prayerfully consider giving to the ministry of Heart of a Warrior. We have made some changes to our webpage recently that enables you to give one time donations or set up an annual, monthly, or weekly contribution automatically. Please visit our site www.heartofawarrior.org.
May God richly bless you this coming year and may your life be a blessing to others within your sphere of influence.
My latest book has just been published and is now available at the following locations--Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and iUniverse in hard cover, soft cover, and e-book for Kindle.
Like my first book, it was written while I was a visiting scholar at C.S. Lewis' home, the Kilns, in Headington, England.
Every human being longs for the affirmation, acceptance, and esteem of someone who matters to them. Sadly, most of us never hear the words we long to hear—words of appreciation, esteem, recognition, and value. In Papa’s Blessings, author Dr. Greg Bourgond focuses on the vital importance of bestowing blessings upon others. This practical and helpful guide provides a fresh take on applying an ancient practice to life in the modern world. Bourgond establishes the importance of blessing, identifies the eight essential components of a meaningful blessing, provides multiple examples of blessings, describes how to administer a blessing, explains the legacy of blessings, and includes a worksheet for developing and giving a blessing. He combines biblical references, illustrations, and personal and emotional stories to show it’s never too late or too early to give a blessing to those who long for one—beginning with your loved ones and continuing with those who come within your sphere of influence. The world can be a cold and unforgiving place, and Papa’s Blessings helps prepare our loved ones by giving them something that will sustain them on the difficult journey before them—a blessing.
If you are in the area there will be a book signing September 17th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM @ 391 Harriet Circle, Shoreview,Minnesota 55126.
When I was young in the faith a godly man took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals of my faith--the inspiration of Scripture, the atonement of Christ, the priesthood of believers, the sole efficacy of the finished work of Christ and the cross, the importance of Biblical truth, the resurrection of believers, the power of the Gospel to change the hearts of men and women, the responsibilities of fully devoted followers of Christ.
I see to today the compromise of the faith for self-centered goals--what's in it for me. I see the culture of our day creeping into the Church with alarming affect I see the 'inclusiveness' surplanting the "eclusiveness" of the Gospel. Finding common ground with other faiths, even though they may deny the divinity of Christ or the Trinity as secondary to inclusiveness concerns me a great deal.
One need only look around them to see tolerance so pervasive today gaining ground over the uniqueness of the Gospel being the only means of restoration, renewal, and needed calibration resting solidly on repentance of a fallen world.
Even today their are arguments a plenty suggesting multiple worldviews with the Christian faith. Although it may be true that, from man's perspective, he/she may view the specific differently. But from God's point of view the Biblical worldview is clear and unalterable.
Each of us has a set of perceptual attitudes that help shape our outlook on life. If beliefs are the foundations for our behavior, and values are the filters through which we process life's decisions, then attitudes are the lens through which we observe life around us. Our perceptions about life are shaped by our attitudes. Our system of attitudes is also called our worldview.
The term worldview refers to any "ideology, philosophy, theology, movement, or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world, and man's relations to God and the world." Ronald H. Nash is his book entitled Worldviews In Conflict, defines a worldview as “a conceptual scheme by which we consciously or unconsciously place or fit everything we believe and by which we interpret and judge reality.” He goes on to say, “achieving awareness of our worldview is one of the most important things we can do to enhance self-understanding. Insight into the worldviews of others is essential to an understanding of what makes them tick.” The implications for evangelism are obvious.
Our set of perceptual attitudes or worldview determines how we perceive and interpret our observations of the world around us! Dan Taylor, in The Myth of Certainty, states that "every person has a way of making sense out of the world. We have a compulsion for ordering and explaining our experiences. We belong to communities of belief which help shape, whether we are conscious of it or not, our views of the world and our actions in it... Most people thoughtlessly adapt an inherited worldview, or one absorbed from their surroundings. Even those who explicitly work one out often operate in daily life by a different, less conscious system than the one they carefully construct. With unanimity, the primary goal is correct behavior. With unity, the primary goal is a right spirit. "
How we interpret events, draw conclusions about what we read, evaluate what we observe, assess what we hear, process arguments, depends on the worldview we hold at the time. As many have said, we need to reaffirm a biblical worldview that places Christ and His church above world trends -- economic, political, cultural, or religious. Philosopher W. P. Alston, in his book Problems of Philosophy of Religion, offers a compelling reason why worldviews are important. He states, “It can be argued on the basis of facts concerning the nature of man and the conditions of human life that human beings have a deep-seated need to form some general picture of the total universe in which we live, in order to be able to relate their own fragmentary activities to the universe as a whole in a way meaningful to them.” The Bible is clear about the issue – “God has placed (a sense of) eternity in the minds of men . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11).” Our worldview seeks to bring order out of chaos and the seemingly random events of our existence.
The Biblical Worldview…in a nutshell
1. The nature of ultimate reality – God exists and is active in our lives.
2. The nature of human personhood – humans bear the image of God.
3. The basic human dilemma – the image of God is marred by sin.
4. The solution to the human dilemma – the person and work of Christ.
5. Our human destiny – eternal life or eternal damnation.
To my dying day I will defend the Gospel which is inclusive in its invitation and exclusive in its requirements and responsibilities. To my dying dau I will defend the Biblical worldview that requires us to see the world as God sees it not as we might want to fashion it to be.
I recently received the following email from someone I have never met but who has been reading my book "A Rattling of Sabers: Preparing Your Heart for Life's Battles." I asked him if I could put his comments on my blog to which he gave his permission.
"I have been working my way through your book A Rattling of Sabers and have a very difficult time finding the word to describe how I feel about your work. Simply put, as I have shared with others, it is the single most comprehensive and authoritative work address the conditions of a man’s heart in relation to what God has called him to. You cannot read this book without examining yourself. Many times I have started reading a book by a respected author who has a very good premise or idea that draws you in to start with. Then it becomes stretch so thin that you can see right through it. Your work has taken me deeper than I thought even possible. I still have not finished reading the book but I know this is just the beginning. There is much that I want to share with you when the time is right.
One of the main reasons I am writing to you is the upcoming high school graduations. I was speaking with my wife and telling her that I could think of no better gift for a young man. I would like to order four more books. There will be more to come, I am recommending your book to every man I know and even a few women, ha."
Larry A. from Galva, Kansas
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The book, Papa's Blessings made it through its initial editorial review. Feedback from the editors was very positive--in fact it was relayed to me that the responses endorsing the book were uncharacteristically complimentary. They indicated that the book and its contents are very much needed today.
Had a wonderful experience speaking to 100+ men at the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis MN. God showed up and moved the hearts of many men. I have been asked to come back.
I just received an invitation to be the keynote speaker at a Men's Retreat in Washington September 30th through October 2nd. God continues to open doors. I asked them to change the name from Men's Retreat to Men's Advance. I believe God calls men to advance, not retreat.
God continues to open doors for Heart of a Warrior Ministries. As many of you know I never planned to start a ministry--but God seemingly had other plans. I will walk through any door He opens and serve where asked to serve.
My last book, "A Rattling of Sabers: Preparing Your Heart for Life's Battles" continues to do well. It was selected by Barnes and Noble to highlight on their webpage the month of January. I continue to get emails from people who have purchased the book. So far 6 people have written reviews of my book on Amazon.com.
Many of the comments I have received go something like this--"I thought I was going to breeze through the book but found I had to stop repeatedly either because I was convicted or I was compelled to reflect on my life." Last night at Lino Lakes Prison a man who had purchased the ebook version of the book said he had to purchase a hard copy because he felt the need to underline, highlight, or make margin notes.
Again, as some of you know I wrote the book primarily for three reasons.
- The hope that someone who doesn't know Christ would come to know Him as a result of reading the book.
- The hope that someone who does know Christ but their relationship with Him has stagnated would have their love for Him reignited.
- The hope that my grandchildren would find comfort in knowing what "Papa' felt was important in life and what I believed and valued. So many of our loved ones don't know what means most to us.
The next book "Papa's Blessing" should be out by Father's Day. I hope people will find it of value as they seek the bless those who mean the most to them.
Last night, I concluded 2 years working with men who first completed Phase I: Heart of a Warrior (calibrated their internal compass) and now have completed Phase II: Focus of a Warrior (their unique roadmap). They read aloud to the group their Personal Life Mandates consisting of their Biblical purpose, life purpose, committed passion, role characterisitics, unique methodologies, and ultimate contribution). It was quite moving to hear them. Heart of a Warrior has been at Lino Lakes Prison for four years now. One team does Phase I led by Scott Strand and another team does Phase II led by me.
May God stimulate you to be all He has called you to be first with your loved ones and then with your church, community and work setting. Remember, God is looking for FAT leaders--faithful, available, and teachable. It is the only time you don't have to go on a diet.
Strenght and Honor!
Posted by greg
CY 2011 - 2012
September 17-26, 2011
4th Annual Leader’s Conference
Sibui & Cluj, Romania
September 30 - Oct 2, 2011
Lake Retreat Camp and Conference Center
October 7-8, 2011
Fort Myers Agape Christian Fellowship
Fort Myers, Florida
November 18-20, 2011
Covenant Pines Bible Camp
January 20-21, 2011
Grace Baptist Church
February 5-12-19-26, 2011
Preaching – Papa’s Blessings
January 10, 2011
Posted by greg
Just back from the Kilns in Headington England, the home of C.S. Lewis. I finished my next book tentatively titled "Papa's Blessing." The book will address the importance of blessing those who mean the most to us. It includes guidance on how to select values, draft a blessing (includes a detailed worksheet), and how to administer a blessing. I hope to have it published by Father's Day.