REAL MEN Hamilton making a difference! This Spring, we’ll be partnering with a local Hamilton school in a Bike Drive, fixing up and giving bikes to kids. We’ll need bike donations, helmets, locks, and committed volunteers. Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join us and help out. To find out more, email us today.
I was a very sick child from a young age. I had severe asthma and, as a result, I was hospitalized three or four times per year. I was told that I would not be able to get involved in sports or any type of physical activity. My health was always a major concern to my family.
At the age of 15, my parents separated. This was extremely hard on me. I began drinking, taking drugs and doing whatever I could to escape reality. I was very angry with my father and I blamed him completely for what had happened (I know it was two sided, but I blamed him). When I was 18, my mom (who I stayed with after my dad left) passed away unexpectedly. I was left alone to raise my brother who, at the time, was 15 years old. This added to my anger. I felt like, if there was a God, why would He let all these things happen to me and to my family? I directed a lot of anger towards God for this.
When I was 24 years old, I got a job at Scotiabank, where I met the woman who would later become my wife. She was attending a church and, after a few months of dating, told me, “I will never let you come between me and my faith.” This really hit me. I had never heard anything like that before. I wanted to know more about the church she was attending and this faith that was obviously very important to her. I attended the church with her one Sunday morning and was touched immediately. I continued to attend and, four weeks later, I gave my heart to the Lord. I immediately felt a load lifted from my shoulders. I saw everything in my life in a new way. The same God that I blamed for all the bad things in my life came into my life and erased the pain I was feeling. I felt a renewed hope and peace come over me. I no longer felt that I needed to carry the pain and regret.
I have been a Christian now for 17 years. God has always been faithful in my life. I have renewed health. I take part in 56k bike rides annually and do 5k runs once or twice a week; exercise is lifestyle now. I am doing exercises that I was always told I would never do as a result of my failing health. I have a great relationship with my Dad, and I have seen numerous miracles in my family over the last 17 years. I have been blessed over and over again in this amazing walk with God. I have a wonderful family and look forward to a great future!
Hear three men share their life-changing personal stories of a life hurt and broken, completely changed and filled with hope. It’s going to be a great guys night out.
On April 14th, 7:30PM at Living Hope 1045 Garth St., Hamilton.
Connections Cafe will be open afterwards.
In July 1519, Hernán Cortés and his men landed at what today is Veracruz, Mexico. They were on an expedition under the orders from Charles V. Cortés ordered all of the supplies and armaments taken off the ships and then, in order to eliminate any ideas of retreat, he ordered that the ships be burned.
Cortez wanted his men to be fully engaged in the mission! No turning back!
The important things in life require commitment. If you give yourself an escape route or you have an alternate plan in the back of you mind, then you will not be committed and you will take the option to quit when the going gets tough. There are things in your life that are worth 100% of your commitment, such as your marriage, your relationship with your kids, and your faith.
I think commitment was what Jesus was referring to in Revelation 3:15 when He said “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot” (NKJV).
Life in general requires commitment. If you want to overcome the obstacles in your life for the things that matter, don’t quit!
There are times and circumstances when having a plan “B” is a good idea, maybe even necessary. But concerning the important issues of life, retreat should never be a option. Regroup and change the strategy, but I say again, don’t quit!
— Doug Girvan
If you’re a biking enthusiast then join us on October 31st for a short 20km ride. We’ll be riding from 1045 Garth St at 9:00 AM sharp and return for a bite at Connections Cafe afterwards. Contact Eric at 905-741-5179 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The 3rd annual Bikes N Burgers was held the second Sunday of September and 40 avid cyclists and 80 Burger lovers joined in the fun!!
The cyclists overcame a bit of rain, and drove out into a perfect weather on the farm.
Once on the farm, people enjoyed competing on the radar gun for the fastest pitch, and also enjoyed connecting with the many men, new and old, who attended.
80lbs of meat was consumed, and a Real Men life story from Brad Robyn kept the group on the edge of their seats.
Dan Dyer conducted the generous door prize draws which included Blue Jays / Yankee tickets!
A great day was had by all, and the guys are looking forward to next year, as well as the fall cycling events on October 10 and 24.
Join Real Men with Guest Speaker Gareth Gilpin on Thursday, October 15th 7:30PM at 1045 Garth Street, Hamilton.
Gareth Gilpin has served as a pastor at Redeemer Church in Albany, NY for the past 8 years. Prior joining the Redeemer staff he served at City Bible Church in Portland, OR.
Gareth is an avid cyclist, but his real passion is seeing the Gospel transform people’s lives.
He has been married to his wife, Jennie, for 20 years and has three amazing children, ages 16, 14 and 11.