Men in the Arena Podcast

Oct 15 2020 35 mins 107

To be called a Man is the greatest title one man can give another. Males are born but men are made—forged in the fires of right choices over time. Males and men are different. A man is a breed apart from his male counterpart who masquerade as men but are nothing more than boys with pubic hair. Males talk. Men act. Biology doesn’t make the man. Age doesn’t make the man. Success doesn’t make the man. Money doesn’t make the man. The law doesn’t make the man. A man is as a man does. Is this participation-trophy era of the impotent male the lines have become blurry. Listen, laugh, and learn about manhood with Jim Ramos and producer Dale Collver as The Man Card Podcast draws a clear line in the sand between males and men interviewing real men in the arena, living real life, in real time. The men in the arena, society’s anonymous heroes who choose victory over defeat, attack over retreat, fight over surrender, and action rather than lip service. Jim is a nationally sought after speaker and the author of nine books including the popular Field Guide—A Bathroom Book for Men with 365 daily readings. If you’re man enough to lead the way in long-term transformation check out our five-book The Man Card Series at and start a team in your neck of the woods!

Tactical Relationship Training - How to deal with different, and difficult people. EP 374
Aug 27 2020 58 mins  
Elmo Winters is the Founder/Executive Director of the KINGDOM Group International, Inc., an organization dedicated to racial healing, unity and reconciliation utilizing the life changing Gospel of Christ. The KINGDOM Group hosts events to bring diverse groups together for dialogue and relationship building. Reverend Winters has been in ministry for over 42 years as a Church Planter, Pastor, Bible Institute Instructor and Hospice Chaplain. Additionally, he has served as a short-term Missionary to Kenya, Mexico, and Russia, where he trained pastors and ministry leaders. Working with EndPoint Ministries of Nairobi, Reverend Winters continues to assist with church/school planting in the south eastern region of Kenya. Having earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), he provides business consulting to non-profit organizations, ministries, and small businesses. Winters serves on the boards of Gulf South Men of Louisiana, the National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM), the Louisiana Lagniappe Country Walk to Emmaus (LCWE) and the Mercy Education Foundation of Liberia, Africa. Elmo Winters is married to the lovely Therese Winters and reside in Baton Rouge, LA. They are proud parents of five children and nine grandchildren. Boots on the Ground: Walk across the room to someone who is different than you and look them in the eyes and shake their hand. Start to see people with the eyes of Christ. KINGDOM GROUP WEBSITE Order OVERCOMING RACIAL AND CULTURAL BARRIERS To Disciple Men Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast Contact us.

Navigating through grief w/Joe Myall EP 370
Aug 13 2020 52 mins  
Joe Myall has been married three times and has four biological children, 3 sons and 1 daughter, as well as two stepsons. He has 13 grandchildren, with number 14 due in November. Joe’s first marriage ended in divorce in 1989 after 19 years for a multitude of reasons, most of which can be boiled down to one statement- “He was not the man God wanted him to be.” Joe married Robyn in 1990. Although he had made an intellectual decision to accept Christ as Savior in 1968, it was 1998 before Joe truly had a conversion experience. That fall, Joe decided he was tired of having to always be right, being judgmental of others and he turned his life over to God. In 2002, Joe was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, went through chemotherapy and is now 17 years post-chemo. In 2006, Joe and Robyn “retired” and moved 1000 miles from the Central Coast area of California, about mid-way between LA and SF, to western Washington across the Puget Sound from Seattle. Robyn had worked as a psychiatric RN and Joe had been in law enforcement. Eventually, Robyn went to work part time for the local mental health agency and Joe worked with the county drug court program for a few years. Between 2006 and early 2019, Joe was involved in several ministries in his church and his community, including working with the youth pastors, men’s ministry and as a chaplain with the local fire district. In the Spring of 2015, Robyn became ill and was diagnosed with stage-4 metastatic cancer of unknown origin, with a prognosis of 2-3 months to live. Robyn declined any diagnostic tests or treatment, opting for quality over quantity of life. God gave Joe and Robyn 2.5 more years together, before she began experiencing extreme pain in August of 2017. In September, Robyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma with weeks to live. She passed away at home with Joe, her sons and a daughter in-law by her side. Boots on the Ground Sit down with your wife face to face. Look her in the eye and tell her you love her. And share with her why you are thankful for her. Grief Share- 13 week programmed study Experiencing Grief by Norm Wright Shattered Dreams by Larry Crab Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast Contact us.

354. The Good Life, Overcoming ignorance and injustice to be a true Man in the Arena
Jun 18 2020 65 mins  
Racial Injustice, Racism, and Hate many times comes from ignorance. How we navigate through these issues is so important for the Christian community. Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church (, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University (BYU). They have been married since 1992 and have two adult children. After graduating from BYU, he played professional football in the National Football League for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). In 2008, Gray graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary magna cum laude, with a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics, where he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler. In 2018, Gray received his Doctor of Ministry in the New Testament in Context at Northern Seminary under Dr. Scot McNight. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2009), Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015), The High-Definition Leader (2015), and The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness (2020). Godfidence- Confidence in who I am in God. Utter reliance on Jesus to do the things He has called me to do. “Let’s get our Boots on the Ground”: Buy the book. Meet with other men and go through the questions. Have a conversation with someone of color. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast

348. Loving your wife through sickness and health.
May 28 2020 57 mins  
This is the first of a half dozen strategic times a year we interview what we call our “Average Joes Arena Heroes”. We also highlight these guys on our weekly E-Blast through our WAMGI (When a man Gets It) story. These are guys like you and me who are in the arena fighting for those people and causes they love. Don’t get me wrong, our experts and authors are WILL continue to be our bread and butter but it’s the Average Joe who is the local hero of the Men in the Arena organization. George Sielski is 73 from Jamestown, NY. George has been married to Annette for 54 years in July. George is retired and drives a bus two days a week doing medial transportation. He has been a Gideon for 20 years. He is a Deacon in his church, runs a Virtual Men in the Arena Team as well as helping lead the MITA forum on Face book as an Arena Coach. Quotes: "The Lord will put things in my way. It’s up to me to say yes or no." “Loyalty is a rare commodity nowadays.” "If you are messed up in your marriage you need to take a look at that. If you are looking at her you have a problem." “There is a special crown in heaven for the people that work with little kids.” "You don’t know how things will affect you later in life when you are young." "You are what you eat, That’s a fact." "Spend as much time planning your marriage as you do your wedding." "If you don’t want your prayers hindered, do right by your wife." "I know He is proud of me when I take care of my wife." "You are going to run into storms. Your vows are going to be the only thing that keeps you there." "Are you thinking about cheating? You think its greener on the other side? Let me tell you something. The devil fertilizes it with a lot of manure." Boots on the Ground If you are lacking Grit, get around Men who will challenge you to be a man of Grit. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

344. Learning your wife's love language with Gary Chapman
May 14 2020 38 mins  
Gary Chapman has a passion for helping people form lasting relationships. He is known around the world as a marriage counselor, director of marriage seminars, and his nationally-syndicated radio programs air nationally on Moody Radio Network and over 400 affiliate stations. He has authored many books including Five Love Languages that has sold over 12 MILLION copies. He is also the co-author of CHOOSE GREATNESS: 11 Wise decisions that Brave Young Men Make Quotes: -“Our definition of a “great life” is taking what you have and using it to enrich the lives of others.” -“However, you will only reach your full potential if you choose greatness”. -“We are now looking back on our own lives and realize that many of our most important decisions were made when we were teenagers.” -“Life was never meant to be lived alone. As young men, we need the wisdom of our fathers and mothers. Otherwise, we may make decisions based solely upon our feelings rather than upon facts.” -“It Is not a sign of weakness to seek help. It is a sign of strength” -“But what else is involved in respecting women, and why should we?” -“We want you to be a man who respects all women in public and in private.” - “In every generation there are young men who grow up to make the world a better place, and others who leave behind a trail of pain because of their poor decisions” Choose Greatness “Let’s get our Boots on the Ground”: What’s next? What action step will you take because of today? What will you do because of what you heard? Here it is! Compare the 5 Love Languages and discover which on matches. Your wife the best. Take the test. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

338. How to achieve your goals
Apr 23 2020 50 mins  
Paul Cole shares from his book Just a Bartender, Unexpected People Change Their World. Paul Louis Cole is President of the Christian Men’s Network Worldwide and Founding Pastor of C3 Church in Dallas, Texas. CMN is active in 138 nations, connecting over 86,000 leaders. Paul is married to Judi Cole, a wonderful leader and talented designer. Paul writes, speaks and travels extensively encouraging and advancing the men’s movement around the world. He and Judi started Hope C3 Church in 1999 and in 2011 transitioned into full-time mens ministry as his son Brandon and wife Meredith accepted the role as Lead Pastors of C3 Church DFW. Paul and Judi are proud grandparents of the wonderful Reese Holsinger, Dylan Holsinger, and Cameron Holsinger, daughters and son of Pastor Niles and Lindsay Cole Holsinger. Niles is associate pastor at Gateway Church, Grand Prairie. They have two sons, creator and pastor Brandon Cole, married to Meredith, and noted musician and coach Bryce Cole. Brandon is the Lead Pastor at C3 Church with his wife Meredith. Bryce, now living in Nashville, is a songwriter and a High School basketball coach. Paul’s sisters are Lois Crase and Joann Webster. Lois is an attorney and she and her husband Mark live in the Fort Worth area. Joann Webster is the CMN Vice President and publisher of Resolute Books. She and her husband Richard live in Satellite Beach, Florida. Paul has been a business owner, global marketing consultant and award winning television/film producer for over 30 years… and he has a lifetime membership at Starbucks. You can read his blog at Boots on the Ground Find a quiet place. Carve out time to sit and listen to God. Find out who you are in Jesus. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

332. Arena Questions with Gary McCusker and Ray De La Nuez Pt. 1
Apr 02 2020 66 mins  
Gary McCusker and Ray De La Nuez help us tackle these Men in the Arena questions. Matt from IL. If a single never married man marries a woman who divorced her previous husband, but there was no infidelity is that marriage a continual sin? Joshua from in New Hampshire. I struggle most with balancing my life. God, full time single Dad, raising a toddler, work (self employed in my case), church, family and friends, all while trying to improve myself. My question is what do other men do to find and maintain balance? Dennis from in Nevada. Why do men have a problem stepping up and being the man God needs them to be? Joe from New York. How does a man make more of an impact on his children than this worldly, unbiblical culture? Luke I have been in the military for the past 13+ years and move around a lot. One thing I found hard is finding Godly men to connect with and lean on. So my question is how do you go about finding those men to confide in? Carl from Nebraska What advice would you give a single man who's never married about sex and understanding his sexuality? Robert from NY. What does spiritual leadership in the home look like? Danny from San Luis Obispo. Like a lot of guys i have struggled with porn in the past. It has taken me a while to learn that even though i'm no longer consuming it, it has had an effect on my sex life with my wife. My relationship with sex was the desire for instant gratification which I think porn had a very real influence over. I have done a lot of work in trying to re-wire my brain and check my intentions in all my interactions with my wife but I'm wondering if ya'll have any tips for that. How to have a healthy loving sex life with your wife rather than just a pleasure first approach? Boots on the Ground We have three ways to engage in this ministry. Enlist in the Army like this. A. Subscribe to the Podcast B. Join the Men in the Arena Facebook Group for Men. C. Go to our Website and sign up for the Equipping E-Blast and receive your free copy of the Bathroom Book for Men. The Field Guide.

328. Dare to Prepare
Mar 19 2020 32 mins  
God has given you five innate passions as a man Protector Defender: Your family FIRST… Fighter Provider Pursuer Builder Leader Sacrificer Finisher Conqueror My Plan 3 Minutes: Pocket knife, cell phone, doctor numbers, Notes with all pertinent info. MY car has duct tape, tool and other necessities 3 Hours: Electricity goes out/ snow day 3 Days: 72-hour kits in many local stores, Emergency Essentials: 3 Months stock for three days’ worth of inventory Exit strategy. Where will you go if you need to leave the city or suburb 3 Years: The 5 B’s…Here is what I recommend Body (Diet and exercise) Bandaids (meds, anti-inflammatory, antibiotics) TP and Tampons Radio Beans (Food) Bullets (.22/.17, large bore rifle, black gun, shotgun, pistol (500 shotgun and pistol, 1000 per rifle Bullion (Precious metals, and other tradable items) WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 days- 3 weeks: MRE’s/Mountain House 3- 2 months. Add water only: Beans, rice, potatoes, milk, coffee, eggs, oats, pancake mix, veggies) Stored in 5 gallon bucket, Gamma lid, mylar bags with oxygen absorber, Pasta w/sauce packets, Pancake mix w/syrup, Sea Salt, Rice, Beans, Sugar/Powdered sugar, Coffee, Powdered milk, Oats, Dehydrated Eggs, Dehydrated Potatoes, Dehydrated veggies Read: James Rawles Patriots James Howard Kunstler World Made by Hand Cormac McCarthy The Road Holly Deyo Dare to Prepare Glenn Tate 299 Days Movies: Contagion, Andromeda Strain, Outbreak, The Road, Book of Eli Series: The Walking Dead Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

326. What is a Promise Keeper?
Mar 13 2020 58 mins  
Judge Vance Day - President, Promise Keepers Vance Day is a modern-day profile in courage who strongly believes in helping to raise a generation of leaders equipped to address an ever-changing world. Day graduated magna cum laude from Warner Pacific University in 1984. He studied Biblical Historiography at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem and Public Policy at Regent University before earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1991. An accomplished trial lawyer, he has tried over 300 bench and jury trials. Vance served the State of Oregon for nearly four years as the Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party. He has lectured on military history and leadership theory at The White House and before members of Congress. In September 2011 Mr. Day was appointed to serve as a Circuit Court Judge in the Third Judicial District, and was electedto a full six-year term in November of 2012. In 2012, Judge Day started a veteran’s treatment court in Salem, Oregon. The goal of these courts was to target the root causes of veterans’ criminal behavior through a program created collaboratively by the prosecutor, the defense attorney, the judge, other veterans, treatment providers, mentors, and support teams. While Day was running the program, there was a zero rate of recidivism, and beyond that, it transformed lives. One veteran said, “I don't know how much more I can say. I mean he saved my life, you know.”[i] In 2014 Judge Day, based on his Christian convictions, quitely recused himself from marrying same-sex couples—a decision that in no way prevented same-sex couples from getting married. As a result, he became the focus of a sustained, vicious attack that sought to end his career, take away his license to practice law, strip him of his possessions, ruin his reputation, and even have him imprisoned. In October 2018, the State’s criminal case was dismissed, and the house of cards constructed against Vance collapsed from the weight of its own preposterousness. Vance Day remained a Circuit Court Judge until January 7, 2019, when his term of office expired. In December of 2018, Judge Day joined the leadership team at Promise Keepers as Chief Operating Officer. In June of 2019, Day was elevated by the Board of Directors to the position of President. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and as Promise Keepers General Counsel. Vance and his wife have been married for over 33 years, and are the proud parents of three adult children, and three grandchildren. They live in high desert of Central Oregon. Boots on the Ground Go to the Promise Keepers website and pray about being an ambassador. Mobilize some men to get involved. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

318. Never Surrender w/ LT General Jerry Boykin
Feb 13 2020 38 mins  
Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, a native of North Carolina, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1971. His early assignments in conventional units included the 2nd Armored Division, the 101st Airborne Division, and as a company commander in the 24h Infantry Division (Mechanized). Special Operations assignments included positions as: A Platoon Leader and then the Company Executive Officer in 1st Battalion (Ranger) 75th Infantry, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Branch Chief at the Florida Ranger School, Eglin, Florida; and Director for Operations at the Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Additionally, LTG Boykin has served a total of thirteen years in the Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, as a Detachment Commander, Staff Officer, Squadron Commander (twice), the Deputy Commander, and finally, as the Commander. In 1994, LTG Boykin was assigned to Washington, D.C. and the Pentagon as the Chief, Special Operations Division, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff followed by a posting to the Central Intelligence Agency as the Deputy Director of Special Activities and promotion to the rank of Brigadier General. Next, he was assigned to the Army Staff as the Deputy Director for Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization. In 1998, LTG Boykin was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Commanding General, United States Army Special Forces Command. In 2000, he was assigned as the Commanding General, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 2003, following the creation of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, LTG Boykin was assigned as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in charge of Intelligence and Warfighting Support. LTG Boykin earned a Bachelors of Science Degree from Virginia Tech University in education and a Masters Degree from Shippensburg University in Public Administration. He attended the Armed Forces Staff College and the Army War College. Some of LTG Boykin's badges include: the Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, and the Special Forces Tab. LTG Boykin is a combat veteran who has participated in numerous operations; some of which include the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission, Granada, Panama, and with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Some of LTG Boykin's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and the Purple Heart (with Oak Leaf Cluster). Recently, LTG Boykin was the Wheat Professor of Leadership Studies at Hampden- Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President of Family Research Council. He is married to the former Ashley Steele of Darien, Connecticut, and they have five children between them. Get your copy of Never Surrender Boots on the Ground: You need to have a battle buddy! Someone you can confess your sins to, call at 2am, you would take into the dark alley, and someone you meet with once a week. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

316. No More Christian Nice Guy w/ Paul Coughlin
Feb 06 2020 69 mins  
Paul Coughlin is an expert witness regarding bullying and the law, and is a FoxNews analyst and contributor. He is a popular speaker who has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, C-Span, The LA Times, The New York Times, Newsweek and other media outlets. Paul is a best-selling author of eight books, including the freedom-from-bullying parent and teacher resource Raising Bully-Proof Kids, as well as a former newspaper editor. He works with numerous professional organizations to diminsh bullying, including the Baltimore Ravens. His anti-bullying curriculum is used throughout North America as well as in South Africa, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil among other countries. Paul is a boys varsity soccer coach, where he was voted Coach of the Year twice. Paul has also previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s School in Medford, Oregon. Paul is a popular men’s conference speaker who has inspired thousands across North America as well as in Wales and England. Contact Paul to have him speak at your next event by clicking here! In this ground-breaking book with a timeless message to men and also women, Paul Coughlin explains why being a “nice guy” is disastrous to everyone involved. Instead, Paul shows how the abundant life that God has for us is found through a more assertive orientation toward life, growing faith, saving marriage, bolstering careers, and in some cases even saving life itself. No More Christian Nice Guy. 186. Raising Protectors of the Weak Pt. 1 188. Raising Protectors of the Weak Pt. 2 Boots on the Ground Identify one area in your life where you are soft and Fix it. Do this so you are a good man and not a nice man. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

314. Strategies of turning your trials into triumphs w/ Jeff Kemp
Jan 30 2020 65 mins  
Jeff Kemp is a champion for families, teamwork and God’s love. He graduated from Dartmouth College and entered the NFL in 1981 as a long-shot free agent. He quarterbacked for 11 seasons with the RAMS, 49ERS, SEAHAWKS and EAGLES. Kemp led the Rams to the playoffs in 1984 and helped the 49ers to the playoffs in 1986, throwing 11 touchdowns in 6 weeks replacing an injured Joe Montana. For the next 25 years, he helped lead organizations that strengthen marriages and families. He founded and led Stronger Families in the Northwest and then served 5 years as a VP/Catalyst at FamilyLife, where he and Stacy speak for Weekend to Remember marriage events. Jeff is a Fatherhood Ambassador for the Fatherhood CoMission. His speaking & retreat mission is to build men’s identity, purpose and relationships. Leaders and businesses call on Jeff as a CEO Soul Coach and team builder through JeffKempTeam. Jeff brings humor, honesty and actionable vision to men, couples and organizations to build great teams. He uniquely combines epic leadership principles from the greatest NFL and athletic coaches with relationship principles and the loving ways of Jesus. He’s the author of Facing the Blitz –Three Strategies for Turning Trials into Triumphs. His next release, Real Good Man, will help men with their identity and journey to authenticity and benevolence. Jeff has lived his life in huddles on and off the field...committed to the power of men’s friendship and mentoring. Jeff and his wife, Stacy, have four married sons, Kyle, Kory, Kolby and Keegan and four grandchildren. They love to ski, play tennis and mentor young couples. Boots on the Ground: Throw the Hail Mary! Find that trusted friend and tell him your secret sin. Throw it out there and expose it to the light. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

305. Wild Awakening: How a raging grizzly healed my wounded heart
Dec 19 2019 68 mins  
Mr. Matthews is a national speaker and author of Wild Awakening: How A Raging Grizzly Healed My Wounded Heart. Mr. Matthews is the Division Antiterrorism Officer for the US Army Corps of Engineers, protecting the nation’s Dams, Hydro-Power Plants, and Inter-Coastal Locks. After serving during Desert Storm in the USAF, Mr. Matthews spent the next 35 years in the fields of Fire & Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials, Rescue Special Operations, Aviation Search & Rescue, Emergency Management, Antiterrorism/Counterterrorism, Intelligence, Fugitive Recovery and Security Risk Management. Mr. Matthews operated from September 15th-October 8thas a rescue specialist in the response effort at the site of the World Trade Center attack. Following his work at 9/11 Greg would go on to establish a Terrorism Response Operations Division and then later accept a position as a Homeland Security Manager for the City of San Diego. Following his work for the City of San Diego, Mr. Matthews was appointed as the Navy Region Southwest HQ Antiterrorism Officer responsible for securing the largest US Naval fleet concentration area in the world. Mr. Matthews and his family are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Mr. Matthews outreach efforts includes international consulting to design and established a national rescue and emergency medical system in Uganda, East Africa. Boots on the Ground: Think of a guy you trust. Take 60 Seconds and unleash your garbage on them. There is nothing better than finding the 60 seconds of courage to share with another man about your junk. Find a guy and dump all your stuff on them. And get out of your prison! Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

297. The 8 Cow Wife
Nov 21 2019 61 mins  
Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen have been involved in Family Ministries for more than 40 years through family camps, church staff positions, speaking, consulting, and writing. In 2003, they founded Home Improvement Ministries (, a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping individuals and churches to better encourage marriages and families in living out God's design for healthy relationships. As the lead resource couple at Home Improvement Ministries, the Friesens regularly speak at marriage, men’s, and women’s conferences in the US and internationally, as well as local family and parenting seminars, and have an ongoing ministry with professional athletes. Paul and Virginia both have Doctorates in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Between them they have authored more than fifteen books and curriculums on parenting and marriage, including Letters to My Daughters, In Our Image, Raising a Trailblazer, Before You Save the Date, The Marriage App, and most recently, Lovin’ Your Wife Like Christ When You Ain’t No Jesus. Paul and Virginia were married in 1976 and are the parents of three young adult women, two of whom are now married to wonderful, Godly men. Their middle daughter is living fully for Christ as a single woman and trusting God for His best. Paul and Virginia’s greatest joy in life is knowing that their children are “walking in the truth.” Lovin’ Your Wife is available to you for 50% off with code: arena2019 at check out. Boots on the Ground Commit to regularly praying for your wife. If you already do that, Take your wife on a creative date. One that you plan, doing things that she loves. Men in the Arena Books and Swag Support the Podcast The online Men in the Arena forum

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