It had been a dream of Shawn Beard to create a religious atmosphere for men. He spoke often of Godly Men. After much preparation, last week Beard’s dreams became reality.
Almost 150 men from this area answered the call and came to see what it would be all about. Beard took the stage and set the tone of the evening. “If you came expecting to hear from the Lord tonight,” said Beard, ”You’re going to hear from Him!”
Beard said, “We are growing into the men God intended us to be.” The name is AIM or Accountable, Intentional Men. And Beard told the gathering, “We are men dedicated to glorify God with our lives.”
The evening began with the largest burgers and greatest deserts anyone could ever want. There was music, testimonies, and praise. Kevin Dupree told of hitting the bottom in jail before he surrendered to Jesus. Dupree said that was the first step in getting his life on the right path. He said, “I can’t do it by myself. I give the credit to God. I love the Lord.”
Everyone sang along with Rebellion Gin. They opened the set with “This is Amazing Grace.” After several other praise songs, Shawn Beard introduced the featured speaker of the evening Luke Hockenjos from “Give ‘em Jesus” ministry of Ruston.
Hockenjos gave a similar testimony of his life before hitting the lowest point ever. Then he repeated his surrender story, “My whole world changed when Jesus came into my life,” he said. The message was for men of God to stand up and lead Godly lives. Hockenjos wove a message of the Biblical role of the man in the family and issued a call for men to stand-up and fulfill their role. He said, “In the desert, Jesus fought the devil with scripture. What are you fighting him with?” He added, “You cannot fight the devil on our own. Humble yourself under God and the devil will flee from you.”
Beard closed out the evening, “This has been a great meeting. We will do it on the second Thursday of every month. At our next meeting on April 9th bring a friend.”
Afterward everyone shared stories and reminiscences with one another. As this reporter was leaving, Shawn said “Be sure to tell them the Gospel was shared tonight, and an eleven year old boy named Cody was saved. God bless you brother!”