Procreation – On Being Men
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” Malachi 4:5-6
PROCREATION – ON BEING MEN is a nearly 500-page, work-in-progress, and my attempt at documenting my Christian philosophy and outtakes from lessons learned from seasons of renewal, relapse, and recovery. We are instructed in Scripture to “forget not his many benefits” (Psalms 103). I have found no better way to remember those “benefits” than to write down my story in a journal and share those “benefits” with others.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, steel ran through my veins, my heart, my affections, casting molten idols of what it was to be “real men.” I was a man of steel who had a form of godliness; but truly was as a “dead men walking.” I was proud, industrious, and full of selfish ambition with little passion for God or God’s desires, a man who wanted to be worshipped and served.
The Father Has Pity On Us
But our loving and compassionate God had pity on my desperate state and rescued me from the cold, dark steel pits in my soul. God removed my sin and sins as far as the East is from the West through the blood of Jesus Christ. God’s amazing grace demonstrated in the cruel cross of Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, justified my guilty soul from the just punishment that I deserved. God removed my heart of steel and exchanged it for a heart of gold. God continues to sanctify me in his refining “boiler maker” on Earth. God adopted me and made me his son through Jesus Christ. Now I have great hope that one glorious day God will bring me to Heaven where I will be reunited with loved ones passed and abide with him throughout eternity with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Transforming Us from Glory to Glory
Every second our Sovereign Father God is at work in this present age humbling and transforming us “from glory to glory” into sons of God. Our Sovereign Father God is Great! Without God, all we are is dust in the wind. God is perfect! Men are born with many imperfections. God is omnipotent! Men are dependent and weak wanting to be strong. God is omniscient! Men are basically foolish, without understanding, and desperately ignorant of God’s plans and purposes. God is omnipresent! Men are in one place in time, harnessed, and confined by God plans and purposes. God is love! Men are lustful, idolatrous, and full of selfish ambitions burning in desires to be worshipped and served. God never changes! Men are fickle and in a state of constant change and resistance to God’s gracious work of justification and sanctification. Men who humble themselves under the Sovereign plan of Father God will receive grace. Men who are proud will encounter many hardships and perish like grass.
Drama & Redemption
The Bible is filled with some of the best human drama. God delights in sharing the experiences of men who are God-fearing and choose to be willing and obedient to God’s plans and purposes as well as men who are not God-fearing and choose to be unwilling and disobedient. The former eats the fruit of the land. The later suffer consequence for their actions; they “reap what they sow.” James teaches men that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” This divine narrative continues daily in the lives of Pfeiffer men. This redemptive tradition will not reach the final chapter until the day of the LORD’s return when all Christian Pfeiffer men from all ages will worship Jesus Christ together, eternally.
Some men, like us, who experience David’s pit are sought out by God and then “find Him.” Other men are blind to the things of the spirit realm and wallow in the muck and the mire. These men are too proud to humble themselves and admit their desperate need for God. Our passion is for Pfeiffer men of the future to know that God has a plan, a destiny for their lives while living here on earth and for all eternity. Our desire is that Pfeiffer men will know the author of the “new song in my mouth” and put into practice “lessons learned” from God’s many orchestrated, redemptive activities that made us the sons of God that we are today.
This book (in development) is designed for casual readers or students who want to learn more about the philosophical arguments and opinions classically expressed in each lesson. Many fathers who home educate their sons are challenged to provide adequate training for future tertiary education in arts and sciences. This book will serve as a discipleship guide for homeschooling fathers.
My New Life’s Dedication
My earnest desire and prayer is that this discipleship guide for fathers and sons will be used as an instrument in God’s hand to fulfill Malachi’s great prophesy in some small way. I am dedicating the rest of my life to developing copy that helps to educate the mind, will, and emotions of men, fathers and sons, in this noble quest, “turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.” I know of no greater ambition than to “Go, and make disciples.” Our children must be our first disciples.
It has been said, “We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.” As we wait we must run with patience the race set before us and finish well knowing all the while that the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the LORD. We know that we shall have tribulation on Earth. But Christian sons of God are not surprised by tribulation. The LORD said it would be so. It has been said, “There are two days that matter, this day and that day.” We can trust God every day, one day at a time, until he returns.
So today, if we hear his still small voice, we must not harden our hearts as some of our forefathers have done, but we must make every effort to be humble and obedient to his plans and purposes. We must walk in the Light and let our light shine before men so that they will see our good works and glorify our gracious and merciful Father-God.
My desire is that through understanding, practice, and standing firm, we will become the son of God as God intended from the beginning, and proclaim his name and glory in all the earth.
Dale R. Pfeiffer, Author