Apr 3, 2020
Just Below the Surface
Seemingly overnight our world has changed. In Oregon where I live State Parks are shut down, public dining is forbidden, church doors are closed, school facilities are shut down, and only “essential workers” are commuting to and from work. People are locked down and glued to the news as their lifeline to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is an undercurrent of fear boiling just below the surface that we’ve seen in box store lines just to buy toilet paper! The undercurrent of fear must be addressed and curtailed regardless of the Virus before panic erupts into chaos.
And it all starts in the home. Be looking for our Equipping podcast on this topic coming soon.
Mar 26, 2020
Q: HOW CAN I LEAD MY FAMILY DURING COVID-19?
A: Do Something!
World War I and the Spanish Flu
In World War I approximately 16 million soldiers and civilians were killed before the Allied victory. Some historians believe that the war ended, in part, because of the 1918 outbreak of Spanish Flu of 1918 that infected thousands of young soldiers, many of whom brought this novel strain of Influenza back to their home countries.
No one could have imagined that the Spanish Flu would kill three times more people than the war itself with a death count between and 20 to 50 million people around the world.
Years ago, I heard disease control experts warn that pandemics historically strike about every fifty years or so, that we were overdue by fifty years, and that we should prepare accordingly. I also remember the public fear surrounding the Bird Flu (1997), SARS pandemic (2002-2003), Swine Flu (2009-2010), and the Ebola outbreak (2014-2016). None of these caused the public alarm we are experiencing today.
Listen to my thoughts on a Christian perspective of “Prepping” on the Men in the Area Podcast episode #328 where I share my layman’s strategy on the subject.
Mar 18, 2020
Men in the Arena Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Monday, March 16, 2020
The Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference in McMinnville, OR on Saturday, April 4, 2020 will be postponed until March 6, 2021
Men in the Arena has been serving men and the local church for nearly eight years with our mission to, “build an army of men who are becoming their best version in Christ and changing their world (because when a man gets it—everyone wins).” In light of both the federal and local governments recent announcement about the Coronavirus, the Men in the Arena Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone our April 4, 2020 Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference event until March 6, 2021.
Mar 13, 2020
Many of you have seen the 1985 Cold War classic, Rocky IV. In the film, the Soviet Union’s top boxer enters professional boxing with national champion, Ivan Drago, who initially wants to take on World champion Rocky Balboa. Former champ Apollo Creed takes the fight instead but is fatally beaten in the ring after Rocky refuses to throw in the towel. Enraged, Rocky decides to fight Drago in the Soviet Union to avenge the death of his friend and defend the honor of his country. The rest is epic man movie history!
Mar 6, 2020
About The Writer: Ray De La Nuez
Ray is the founder of Made To Reign Men's Ministry. He carries a passion for seeing men take their rightful place in the home, in their community, and in the world. He is an active duty Marine Corps officer who enjoys writing, video production, podcasting and working out. He and his wife, Natasha, have been married for seven years and have three beautiful children.
His only job was to drive his Amazon truck from one point to the other and get to me as fast as possible. But for some reason, yesterday's delivery man didn't want to comply with that protocol. I watched the estimated two-hour delivery window shift in the morning and thought "Heck, I'm not home yet, so it's fine. It's probably all of the rain." It shifted again in the afternoon and I got irritated. I had to calm myself down."At least it will make it before the front office closes." But it never did. The employees locked the doors and I stood empty-handed at the steps of the front office with rain blowing in my face. It was the saddest scene, really. "Why God," I wondered. "Why do I pay to have my things delivered in less than 24 hours and have this happen?"