Better to raise a warrior in a garden...than a gardener in a war.

Wanting to become a better man is not enough, so we created this Weapons Shed, filled with implements to help sharpen and equip you to take the next hill and plant your flag. These resources will help you align your masculine heart with the truth and suck the marrow out of both this life and the next. Explore the resources below. Find something that fits you right where you. And keep going.

Welcome to the Weapons Shed

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Blessed is the man
   ...whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
— King David, Psalm 1
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Music fuels the soul and strengthens the man.

Regarding the beauty and power of soundtracks, when George Lucas invited John Williams to compose the soundtrack to the Star Wars saga, it was so powerful that Lucas commented the score was the most important character in the movie.  Like an anchor, a piece of music can be an immovable and instant time machine to a point in our lives where our hearts were deeply moved.  So it’s not surprising that when we hear the music from the end of Braveheart our hearts are reminded of the power of love and sacrifice. Music is an important part of our events because God uses it so effectively to awaken the heart.

We hope you enjoy this music as much as we do.

ABOB SOUNDTRACK
PLAYLIST

BASIC WORSHIP PLAYLIST 1 – Winter 2016

Chill Music

ADVANCED 2016 Worship

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Soaking Worship 1

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The Daily Prayer

This is quite simply the most powerful single resource we can point you to. The men of ABOB pray it regularly.  It’s not the short prayer we’re used to praying before meals or at bedtime. The Daily Prayer is simply one scripture after another. This will gird you up to face the day, take your place in the full work of Christ, center you in the truth, and disarm the Accuser.  This prayer will teach you, prepare you, protect you and free you.  Do it regularly and it will change you.

CLICK TO PRINT the Daily Prayer with scripture references
CLICK TO PRINT the Daily Prayer (for head of household) and Prayer to Break Agreements


St. Patrick’s Breastplate

St. Patrick’s Breastplate is a popular prayer attributed to one of Ireland’s most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.)  CLICK TO PRINT the prayer St. Patrick’s Breastplate.pdf


A Prayer For Life

Inspired by George MacDonald’s description of why Jesus came.  This is a prayer focusing on Christ’s promise for life.  CLICK TO PRINT A Prayer for Life pdf


The Carpool Prayer

These statements of truth were compiled by Morgan Snyder to share with the kids each morning in his carpool. It's a little liturgy that has some stunningly simple but profound theology in it. Discipling your kids better can start here.  CLICK TO PRINT The Carpool Daily Prayer

 
 
  Summit Trek Life Plan    by Brian Schroller   A good post to start:   Luxury

Summit Trek Life Plan 
by Brian Schroller

A good post to start: Luxury

 
 
   B  ecome Good Soil     by Morgan Snyder   A good post to start:  Castration -  A Case for Carrying a Knife

Become Good Soil 
by Morgan Snyder

A good post to start: Castration - A Case for Carrying a Knife

 
   R  ansomed Heart Blog   hosted by John Eldredge's    Great first post to read:    Cousin Dwalo  

Ransomed Heart Blog
hosted by John Eldredge's

Great first post to read:  Cousin Dwalo 

 
 
   The Edges    curated by Timothy Willard    Start here:  Fighting for my wife  

The Edges
curated by Timothy Willard

Start here: Fighting for my wife 

 
 
 

In a world polluted with bad opinions, here are some podcasts that will bring you into some life giving conversations with people who carry both truth and authority. Here are a few podcasts we can can stand behind.


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Beings Sons is on the Mic

There are so many good men looking to navigate the journey of manhood well. Hearing other good men tell their God-stories can help. That's why we are prayerfully gearing up to create podcasts that equip the masculine soul with a better understanding of the way God makes sons of men and men of sons. In the meantime here are a few conversations we've recorded. 


How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
— Henry David Thoreau, from Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854)

I'm really glad you made it to this page. We will continue to update it with more books that have been "turning points" for me and other Being Sons allies. 

On Jesus 

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Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge

What was Jesus really like? This book is  a revelation in capturing the personality of the man, the king, the warrior, the Savior. Again, small passages read to family from this book can help you celebrate the world's most remarkable human.

Excerpt: "I mentioned earlier my anger in the museum at the classic art depicting the birth of Jesus the Superbaby. I was angry not because the art was done badly, but because it was done so beautifully, so very reverently, making it all the more difficult to remember that Jesus was human."


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Who is This Man? by John Ortberg

One of my favorite books. It's a collection of historical facts presenting a case that Jesus has had more influence on human history than any other single man. You'll have a new appreciation for how Jesus put his fingerprints on every significant arena of modern day living, including government, sexuality, art, architecture, medicine, education, women's rights. 

Excerpt: On the day after Jesus' death, it looked as if whatever small mark he left on the world would rapidly disappear. Instead, hi impact on human history has been unparalleled. After his disappearance form earth, the days of his unusual influence began. That influence is what this book is about..."


Christmas

The Star of Bethlehem - DVD

The Bible begins... "Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons... (Genesis 1:14)'" Watch together how God inspired a dad setting up Christmas decorations in his yard to begin researching the star of Bethlehem's credibility. Your family's understanding of God's majesty will be challenged as he takes you on a tour of the signs in the sky at Jesus' birth. Incredible! This is a Heck family favorite.


Kids and Youth

The Action Bible - Sergio Cariello and Doug Mouss

I have to include this because it is simply so so good. I asked Baer this past year how he knew so many Bible stories compared to other kids and he told me it was because he'd read this so many times. It is captivating, cover to cover, even for adults. Your kids will want to read God's whole story, comic book style, with these awe-inspiring illustrations. At $15.29 on Amazon this has been the best gift we've given kids over the last several years. A perfect Christmas gift.


An Angel's Story by Max Lucado

In this classic Christmas novella, best-selling author Max Lucado imagines the spiritual conflict that surrounded the coming of Christ. Surely there was much. If Satan could pre-empt Christ in the cradle, there'd be no Christ on the cross.

Journey back in time to the very throne of God ... and witness firsthand the glory, the wonder, and the battle that took place on the very first Christmas.

Excerpt: As she spoke, a Light appeared in her womb.

The King walked over and reached for the book. He turned it toward Lucifer and commanded, “Come, Deceiver, read the name of the One who will call your bluff. Read the name of the One who will storm your gates.” Satan rose slowly off his haunches. Like a wary wolf, he walked a wide circle toward the desk until he stood before the volume and read the word:

“Immanuel?” he muttered to himself, then spoke in a tone of disbelief. “God with us?” For the first time the hooded head turned squarely toward the face of the Father. “No. Not even You would do that. Not even You would go so far.”

“You’ve never believed me, Satan.”


Biographies

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

Fearless by Eric Blehm is a tribute to the life and legacy of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown. This soldier's story of redemption is as dramatic as it gets. I couldn't help but shed tears reading the almost unbelievable story of this man's journey from troubled kid, addicted and incarcerated, to family man and true American hero.