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Nextlevel's Blog focuses on men's issues to encourage and challenge men in their walk of faith with Jesus.  



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The Difference Between a Sin and a Mistake
June 16, 2015
Do You Know the Difference?

In recent years, I have noticed an increasing tendency for people to admit to mistakes rather than sins. It happens at every level, whether someone is caught cheating on their spouse, filing false insurance claims, or shoplifting from a clothing store. [READ MORE]

How do I go and sin no more?
March 23, 2015
One Ontario man’s testimony of how he’s getting free from habitual sins (like pornography, masturbation and binge drinking) so he can now experience the fullness of his life in Christ. [READ MORE]

Entertaining a Response to 50 Shades of Grey
February 18, 2015
50 Shades of Grey is the most discussed book and anticipated movie in quite some time.  That there is even a discussion as to its boundary-pushing morality is in itself an indictment on our culture.  The title, too, unmasks how far we have moved from the moral absolutes we once collectively embraced to the individualism and moral relativism (“greyness”) that says “if we have consenting individuals, who is to say it’s wrong?” [READ MORE]

Why Might We Give Up Meeting Together
October 9, 2014
We believe that God can work through your NL covenant group and your local church to draw you into a closer relationship with Him. [READ MORE]

Five Tips for Leading Your Small Group
September 17, 2014
A great post entitled, “Five Tips for Leading Your Small Group”, from Kevin DeYoung; Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing Michigan, on the importance of asking good questions in your small group. [READ MORE]

Is My Suffering Meaningless?
August 27, 2013

2 Corinthians 4:17 provides a clear answer to this question. "Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing (working, achieving, making) for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison as we look not to […] [READ MORE]

Is Your Job Useless?
August 21, 2013

"Today, three-quarters of Americans feel unfulfilled in their work -- and job dissatisfaction may be an even greater struggle in the Christian community. What do we do, then, when we feel our work is useless?" Click here to read more […] [READ MORE]

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A Man of Integrity
August 15, 2013

Here's a story about integrity from "If you found out your boss overpaid you, would you keep the money knowing you didn’t earn it or would you do the honest thing and let him know the error? MLB pitcher Jeremy Affeldt was challenged with this dilemma. Due to a typing […] [READ MORE]

From Boy to Man–the Marks of Manhood
July 6, 2013

What does it mean to be a man? This is a question I have often wrestled with and I'm certain I'm not alone. For good or bad we often look to our own fathers for the answer. When I became a Christian at 18, I had to reconsider everything I […] [READ MORE]

10 Practical Ways to Battle Your Sexual Temptation
June 29, 2013

The previous blog I posted here had to do with the battle against lust. Here is a follow up link from AllProDad entitled 10 Practical Ways to Battle Your Sexual Temptations. Check it out. Feel free to leave a comment Lyle […] [READ MORE]

Greek Mythology and Your Battle Against Lust
June 26, 2013

Here's a great story (a Greek myth) shared by Bryan Davis from about how a captain and his crew were saved from disaster. It's a precautionary tale worth reading and applying.  In Greek mythology, the Sirens were seductress, mermaid-like creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck […] [READ MORE]

How to Glorify God at Work
June 10, 2013

1 Corinthians 10:31, says  "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” So how can men glorify God at work? Does work seem like it's just about money? It isn't. Check out this blog at Desiring God listing nine of the ways […] [READ MORE]

Barnabian Manhood
June 2, 2013

"Growing up I wanted to “be like Mike.” Who didn’t? He was the King of Basketball. I loved watching Jordan, and I loved imitating his dunks on my bedroom door’s Nerf goal. He was my role model – but a very poor one. He had great zeal and skill on […] [READ MORE]

How To Lead Young Men
May 23, 2013

The decisions that young Christian men make will ultimately lead to either much fruit or much destruction. The first step toward fruitfulness in a young man’s life is that he needs to realize that he is not meant to live life for himself, but for God. Bringing young men to […] [READ MORE]

Devotional Cheat Sheet
May 23, 2013

Devotions can be hard. Sometimes reading the Bible seems like another item on a never ending to-do list. Really though, devotional reading of the Bible is about cultivating a relationship with our God. Since we know that human relationships, whether our wives, kids or friends take time and daily investment […] [READ MORE]

10 Things to Pray for Your Wife
May 13, 2013

When I see a problem, my first instinct is to get to work fixing it. If it's mechanical, I get my tools. If it's with my kids, I discipline. If it's with my wife, I give advice. My first instinct isn't usually to pray. It just doesn't feel practical to […] [READ MORE]

Nextlevel Blogging Ministry Vision
May 13, 2013
Covenant groups are all about men going deep together into Christian community. That means doing life together, being encouraged by one another, and running the race of faith with brothers on the same course. The Nextlevel blog is here to support this vision by providing you with solidly biblical content that will encourage your faith and draw you deeper into the love and truth of Jesus Christ. [READ MORE]

Starting with Prayer
September 26, 2012

Now that the summer is over we as a ministry are excited to see how God is going to work this fall. Stay tuned to the website as we will be updating it for events and training over the next couple of months. As the ministry team gears up for […] [READ MORE]

Build Up Conference Fall 2012: Early Bird September 12
September 11, 2012

For those in the Ottawa/Gatineau region you may be interested in attending the Build Up Conference  from October 12-14, 2012. I attended one of these a few years ago and really enjoyed it. As I think about it three reasons I enjoy retreats like this include:1. Studying God's Word […] [READ MORE]

Summer, Kids and TV
June 14, 2012
For many parents the challenge of keeping kids occupied during the summer is a difficult one. The kids will desire to watch television to keep themselves entertained and the temptation is to let them be occupied by the TV screen. [READ MORE]

Christian Brotherhood
May 27, 2012
Many men place upon themselves the burden that they have to be perfect. Masks go on and secrets that may tarnish one's reputation or image remain hidden below the surface, slowly eating away at the inner world of a man and isolating them from the rest of the world. [READ MORE]

Feel Like Skipping Church or Small Group?
May 1, 2012
There are times that I just don't feel like going to church or to my small group. [READ MORE]

Christian Bravery on the Titanic
April 19, 2012
Here is a story of bravery and Christian conviction and compassion. This is the account of an evangelist on the Titanic who exemplifies true manhood and true faith. [READ MORE]

The Gospel and Discipleship
April 10, 2012
"Real discipleship is messy, imperfect, and honest." - Jonathan Dodson [READ MORE]

My Small Group Won't Go Deep With One Another
April 2, 2012

Is the title of the post something that you resonate with? It was a topic that came up quite frequently at our latest Forum training event last Thursday. If you have ever been in a small group, a lack of depth and transparency can be a hindrance to the growth […] [READ MORE]

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