On April 20 & 21, 2012, the men from my church attended the 2012 Man Up Men’s Conference in Orlando, FL. The conference featured powerful and insightful messages from Jerry Thorpe & Jim Groves. This is the fifth & final post in the series.

The notes may be hard to follow, but feel free to browse them for insights. Especially, check out the “Notes & Quotes” section at the bottom.

More valuable insights about manhood can be found in the writings of Robert Lewis. Check out his books: Raising Modern-Day Knights, Real Family Values, and Rocking the Roles. You’ll be glad you did.


Man Up Men’s Conference

Orlando, FL

Speaker: Jerry Thorpe
Topic: Wandering
Text: The Wilderness Wandering of Numbers 13-ff, Psalm 90:12, Joshua 1:1-9
Date: April 21, 2012

1. You must have courage (Joshua 1:1-2, 6-7, 9)

2. You must major on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8)

3. You must trust in the presence of God (Joshua 1:5, 9)

Notes & Quotes


  • “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates
  • If we’re not careful in our marriages, things will just become routine. You’ll get into a rut.
  • It’s easy to get distracted watching ESPN or enjoying your hobby, giving your kids the crumbs of your life.
  • “Once we take the wrong road, we cannot get on the right road until we go back to the place where we made the wrong turn.” – Jim Bakker
  • On friendships: friends should make you live better morally, and friends should stimulate your thinking.
  • On health: “Nothing tastes as good as slim feels.”
  • On life & success: I was climbing the ladder of success, but when I got to the top, I realized the ladder was leaning against the wrong building.
  • On marriage: Communication is the first thing that breaks down.
  • On relationship with God: Communication is the first thing that breaks down.