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 first 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.

Do you want to read more about manning up? Check out Robert Lewis’s books Raising Modern-Day Knights, Real Family Values, and Rocking the Roles. You’ll be better for it.


Man Up Men’s Conference

Orlando, Florida

Speaker: Jerry Thorpe
Topic: The Challenges of Life
Text: 2 Timothy 2:15
Date: April 20, 2012


1. Is the Lord Well-Pleased? (2 Timothy 2:15a)

You must have a passion for pleasing God.

2. Is Your Work Well-Done? (2 Timothy 2:15b)

You must have a passion for excellence.

Three areas that need a commitment to excellence:


  • You must be excellent in your marriage.
  • You must be excellent in your relationship with your children.
  • You must be excellent in your service to God.


3. Is the Word of God Well-Used in Your Life? (2 Timothy 2:15c)

You must have a passion for the Word of God.


  • If you make the Bible part of your life, it will change your life.


Notes & Quotes:


  • God is more concerned with what you are than what you look like.
  • “Being obsessed about what other people think about me is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about me.” – Craig Groeschel
  • “The three greatest days in a person’s life are the day they were born, the day they were born again, and the day they come to grips with why they were born and why they were born again.” – Howard Hendricks
  • For your kids, love is spelled TIME.