Kingdom Man Conference
Attracts Over 1750 Northeast Texas Men
by: Bobby McDonald
Author and principal speaker, Tony Evans,
signs autographs for those in attendance at
this weekend's Kingdom Man Conference.
How do you spell SUCCESS? With a capital "S" and when you have over 1750 participants attend a weekend conference! And, that's just what happened in Sulphur Springs on Friday night, when in excess of 1750 Northeast Texas men attended the Kingdom Man Conference, hosted at the Sulphur Springs High School Athletic Multi-Purpose Building. Participants came to hear principal speaker and author, Dr. Tony Evans, who is the founder and president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry dedicated to restoring hope in personal lives, families, churches, and communities.
Dr. Evans also serves as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and is the bestselling author of numerous books and hosts his radio program The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans. Evans also serves as the chaplain for the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Cowboys.
Quoting Matthew 13:44, Evans told the group that Jesus says, "the Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field."
"So many men today are living without even a semblance of treasure," stated Evans. "Simply because they have not understood the mystery of the Kingdom, and instead they settle for gadgets, golf clubs, video games, careers, cars, and vacation packages!"
"The purpose in life is all about discovering what it means to be a Kingdom Man!" declared Evans. "Jesus speaks of a treasure, the Kingdom of God, and absolutely nothing should stand in the way of reaching that Kingdom!"
"In the here and now, the Kingdom has been set up for us through Kingdom principles, covenants, responsibilities, privileges, rights, rules, ethics, and authority," denoted Evans. "A treasure is worth fighting for, but a priceless treasure like the Kingdom is worth everything you have!"
Evans told the audience that the main problem with men in the world today is that a lowered standard is being accepted by too many. "A lowered standard affects us all, it shows up in our country, in our culture, and in the economics of the world, but more importantly in the families, the home, and the community!" expressed Evans. "Many of us have missed the goal God set for us to live as a Kingdom Man."
"All you have to do is look around and see what lowering our standards have done for us," stated Evans. "On every corner, there is promiscuity, emptiness, depression, chronic irresponsibility, family breakups, misuse of finances, divorce, chemical addiction, indulgence, bankruptcies, low self-esteem, and a general aimlessness, that plagues our society! The signs of failure are everywhere you look!"
"All of these signs are a direct result of the abuse or neglect of Biblical manhood, being carried out, by the men of this world," cautioned Evans. "We've got to get back to the basics of Biblical teaching and embrace the plan that God has for us to live meaningful lives, according to his plans!"
Bus loads of men and young men from Mt. Pleasant, Mineola, Lindale, Texarkana, Jefferson, Chisum, Paris, Atlanta, Daingerfield, Denison, Pine Tree, Winnsboro, Cooper, Yantis, Mt. Vernon, Sherman, Princeton, Trenton, Detroit, and even over into the edge of Oklahoma, arrived at the Conference beginning on Friday night, at 7:00 p.m., and continuing on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.
"I'm excited about this conference as something that I can bring my young son to and the two of learn about what God has planned for us," expressed one local father, accompanied by his son. "Dr. Evans certainly gives you a 'boat load' of things to think about and apply to your own life, to make for a more meaningful life here on earth, and in the hereafter!"
Attendees crowded the tables to purchase copies of
Dr. Evans' books, during this break in the conference.