Forming Fathers - Fathers Following Jesus

 
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Name:  

Brian Keys

Age:     

56

Church: 

Enniskillen Presbyterian

Job:      

Tractor Salesman

Hobbies: 

  1. Motorcycling

  2. Mountain Biking

  3. Travelling

  4. Hill walks

  5. Gardening

  6. Time with the family

Favourite food:  

Fillet Steak cut by Keith Moore, Butcher, Ballinamallard, Co.Fermanagh

Favourite movie:  

Saving Private Ryan

Pet Hate: 

Bad drivers on today’s roads with absolutely no skills!!!

Male roles that you fulfill:  

Married To Paddi, four daughters, 2 in Australia, 1 in Northern Ireland, 1 in Liverpool, 2 Grandkids (twins!) Dad is still around and I’ve four brothers all married with kids.

What does it mean to you to follow Jesus in your everyday life?  

Following Jesus means sharing your journey and seek his guidance on an everyday basis. He has the answer to all my needs all day, every day, it’s just remembering to turn to him for help & advice and sharing the story about his love for us no matter where we’ve gone wrong. Angus Buchan South African evangelist says ‘ It’s one poor beggar showing another poor beggar where to find bread’

What are some challenges for you as a guy to follow Jesus?

Trying to ‘go’ it solo without him. Cannot be done, we haven’t got the strength…

What has helped you along the way?

Good solid mentors/friends who are not scared to pull you into line and also available for me when called upon. Good teaching by my teaching elder at Church, thank you David Cupples & Walker the gospel talker.                                                    

I have a piece of scripture which I call upon, Daniel 12 verse 3…Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.

It’s not how your start, it’s how you finish the race

Name:

Jim McGardle

Age:

48

Church:

UTbelfast

Job:

Project Coordinator, Compassion Belfast

Hobbies:

  1. Cycling

  2. Music

  3. Gardening

Favourite food:

Roast chicken dinner (Sunday afternoon style!)

Favourite movie:

O brother where art thou?

Pet Hate:

Things not being left back in their place!!!!!

Male roles that you fulfill:

Husband, dad, son, brother uncle, son-in-law.

What does it mean to you to follow Jesus in your everyday life?

To be blessed and privileged to know that He who created everything wants to walk with me and be involved in every part of my life. Daily I am grateful for His love and grace which are my motivation to strive to respond to the things and people who He calls me to.

What are some challenges for you as a guy to follow Jesus?

Wisdom - the lack of it! I yearn for this spiritual gift as want to be a reflection of Jesus to my family and the sometimes challenging situations my work presents.

Time management. So very easy to get caught up doing worthwhile, church/God-ordained stuff but then realise over the course of my week so little time was spent with my wife and kids.

What has helped you along the way?

  1. Study/quiet time

  2. Quality time spent with my wife

  3. Retreat time

  4. Enjoying hobbies

  5. Recreation time with family

  6. Study time spent with other men

  7. Learning from mentors

  8. Close, intentional devotion with God

  9. Serving people

  10. Change of routine in order to stay ‘fresh’/relevant

  11. DJ