Dallas Pastor challenges males to become Kingdom Men

By Michael Hernandez

Dallas Mavericks Chaplain Tony Evans challenged over 600 men “to live all their life under the rule of God” at the Kingdom Man Live! event hosted Saturday, Jan. 23rd by New Life Community Church, 1251 N. Rice Avenue.

“In every football game, there are three teams that take the field,” said Evans, the former Dallas Cowboys Chaplain, “…the home team, the visiting team…and the third team are the officials who do not wear the jerseys of either competing team but each are given a governing book in which all their decisions are to be made.”

kingdom.2The Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship said, “You and I are living in a world of chaos: class, racial, social and political. The teams just don’t get along. But God’s officiating crew is to be in the middle of the mess that is in the world.”

“The problem: the officials have joined the teams and have lost their unique purpose for being in the field. The Lord is our King. We are to represent the Kingdom. We are called to be a Kingdom Man and represent heaven in history and eternity in time. We are to demonstrate what heaven looks like when heaven operates on earth.”

Pastor Tony Evans, the first African American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary cited Ezekiel 22:30, “So I sought for a man among them would would make a wall, and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

In fact, Pastor Evans said that the American male is reflected in Isaiah 3:12 “…children are their oppressors, and women rule over them” and “Our country, our communities are in trouble because we are living in the day of the domesticated man, the decapitated man, the day when men are confused about their hood: malehood, boyhood, and manhood.”

Pastor Evans, president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry, shared the story of how God raised up Abraham so “that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice” (Genesis 18:19).

According to Pastor Evans, “Men were made to dominate and not to let hell destroy our homes.” He challenged the men in attendance to be submitted to God and to love their wives and children. “My job is to pass the baton. We are raising a generation of boys who are growing up without fathers,” said Pastor Evans.

“When we go to a football game, we take five hours to partake in a three hour experience that goes by a one hour game clock, to see 17 minutes of action. Don’t tell me you don’t have time for the Kingdom” said Evans. “If you want a better world, it all starts with you. You have a destiny. God has chosen you.”

Also appearing at the national kickoff Kingdom Man Live! event was Pastor Tony Evans’ son Jonathan who asked the question: “Where are the men?” Pastor Jonathan, who was wearing a T-Shirt saying “Male by birth, Man by choice” answered his own question by saying “They are around but not around. Today, the women are not only mothers, but fathers, protectors and leaders.”

Pastor Jonathan challenged the men: “What is your legacy? Start building a legacy today that will be your greatness.”

Jonathan, a former fullback with the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Chargers shared what training camp was like and challenged the men to “maintain the integrity of the uniform they wear for Jesus and not to be satisfied with sitting on the bench.”

“Your job is to institute the play even if you are uncomfortable,” said Jonathan. Using Genesis 12:1-3 as his text, he said men were being called “to get out of their comfort zone” and “go before they are shown” what to do by the Lord. “We are talking about the Kingdom of God. How you start is how you live,” said Jonathan. “Don’t stay where you are. This takes faith,” said the Dallas Cowboys Chaplain.

Worship was led by Anthony, Jr., another son of Pastor Tony Evans, who has been on the road doing Christian music for 16 years (including four years with Kirk Franklin). Anthony, Jr. shared with the men some advice his father gave him about “not staying in the huddle” but “go execute plays in your life and experience God’s faithfulness.” He also shared his experiences with Feed The Children and challenged men to make “a lasting difference in the lives of our children” by monthly sponsorship that provides food, essentials and services to American children and their families.

Pastor Tony Evans is married to Lois, and parents of four children: Chrystal, Priscilla, Anthony, Jr. and Jonathan and grandparents of 12 children. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,000 outlets daily throughout the United Sates and in more than 130 countries and is seen on several television networks. He established Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in 1976 with only ten people in their home. The Dallas church is now home to over 10,000 members with 100 plus ministries. Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets, including his legacy work, “Oneness Embraced, The Kingdom Agenda,” along with his most recent works, “America: Turning A Nation To God,” “Raising Kingdom Kids” and “Kingdom Man.”

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Michael Hernandez

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