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Are you saying we went from pillar to post? Yeah, and not only that, we're messing with Danny's degree. His PhD. Oh yeah. Tell us, Danny. My PhD. Your PhD. My post hole diggers. Yeah, that's right. You can put in a pillar with post hole diggers. Well, after boot camp, I found a pillow and a blanket.
I was tired. Yeah, you're selling that one. There you go. Sailing, selling, whatever.
Sailing, selling. Well, we are in our post boot camp radio show and we normally talk about what was our favorite clips, favorite topic, favorite thing that we event, you know, favorite memory, I guess we should say from boot camp. And so we talked a little bit about that on the first show and we're going to continue. And coming up first, we have Danny's clip. So Danny, you are first in the after hours, so congratulations.
Thank you very much. You made the cut. You made the cut one more time. You did. Let's see how next week rolls.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure we're bombing next week. The clip is from Shrek, it's one we've used a lot and used it in the Beauty to Rescue talk. But that became, that topic was just so much broader and deeper this time on lots of different levels, but we can play the clip and then we'll talk about it on the backside. Okay, so what's happening in the clip, you know, we've played it many times is Shrek. Shrek has rescued the princess and they have the interchange where she's going on and on about being rescued and true love's first kiss. And Shrek, can we listen to it now?
We can't now. You said enough. Do something with the mouse, will you?
Yeah, I'll do something with it. You did it. You rescued me. You're amazing. You're wonderful. You're a little unorthodox, I'll admit, but thy deed is great and thine heart is pure.
I am eternally in your debt. And where would a brave knight be without his noble steed? All right, I hope you heard that. She called me a noble steed. She think I'm a steed. The battle is won. You may remove your helmet, good sir knight.
Ah, no. Why not? I have helmet hair. Please, I would look upon the face of my rescuer. Oh no you wouldn't, thirst. But how will you kiss me? What? That wasn't in the job description.
Maybe it's a perk. No, it's destiny. Oh, you must know how it goes. A princess locked in a tower and beset by a dragon is rescued by a brave knight. And then they share true love's first kiss. With Shrek? You think, wait, you think that Shrek is your true love? Well, yes. You think Shrek is your true love?
What is so funny? Let's just say I'm not your type, okay? Of course you are.
You're my rescuer. Now, now remove your helmet. I'm not going to. Take it off. No!
Now! Okay, easy. You're an ogre. Oh, you're expecting Prince Charming?
Well, yes actually. You're not supposed to be an ogre. But I have to be rescued by my true love.
Not by some ogre and his pet. Well, so much for noble steed. Look, Princess, you're not making my job any easier. Danny, that's all you. That's all me. That's all you. You know, our friend Robby laid this out beautifully.
And it was kind of like the icing on the cake for me. Because that is the story of the gospel. Is, you know, the beauty, which is the church, us, is beset by a dragon, Satan. And, you know, we need rescuing. And it just occurred to me through most of boot camp that, you know, if that's part of the deal, then Christ has come to rescue our innocence, our beauty, that which he created. And what a story. And we saw so much of that over this boot camp.
Yeah, we were contested on every side. But to watch God come in and rescue men from lots of different wounds. And, you know, just amazing stuff within a team. And, you know, the guys that were there. And, you know, the salvation of Robby's brother. I mean, what an amazing thing to know that, yeah, there is a beauty who's beset. But Christ is our rescuer, our redeemer. And that's just, I mean, to me it was awesome.
Just the whole time I was just wasn't sure which way to turn half the time. It just seemed like so much excitement and so much joy in the guys. And to watch men come alive.
So, Danny, well said. Thank you. What was your favorite memory from boot camp if you could limit it to one or two? I don't know. It was just the whole boot camp. But interacting with a couple of the guys and just watching them get hold of things that, you know, the conversations you have at dinner or, you know, out free time or something like that.
Just sneak a conversation in and a covenant of silence from time to time. Your analogy really got me thinking, can Jesus get helmet hair? Maybe. Hey, Danny.
I know nothing about helmet hair. I'm just saying. What about the bonfire? What about the bonfire? Yeah, we had the first ever Danny bonfire. We did.
Danny Palooza or whatever. Yeah, there was some zippy moments from what I understand before I got there. Bought the wrong lighter fluid.
It was technically lighter fluid, though. Yeah. You build an amazing bonfire.
I mean, it was really pretty cool. You just get to work on the whole starting part of it. Well, you know, for once in my life, I didn't start out to get good, but finished well, so. Oh, that's good. It's better to finish.
You got to start somewhere, right? That's right. Yeah.
It was good. Rookie experience, you know. In his defense, the resident pyromaniac wasn't there. He was out with the flu.
I've never had trouble starting fires, putting them out sometimes, but never starting. Well, Harold, we missed you at this camp. I mean, it was just not the same without you being there.
And so hopefully you won't miss any more coming up. But understandably, you had your son in town, and that had to take precedence. Yeah, our oldest son, Hal, lives out in New Mexico, and it's been five years since he had been here. Now, we had seen him during that time, us being out there. But he had planned to come in, and so I had to change my plans. I hated to miss, but I needed to be with him. But I have a couple of things from previous boot camps. My first boot camp, I was really thrilled. I had hunted all over the territory of trying to find Robby to say goodbye.
Couldn't find him at all, so I finally got in the car and started up the road. And I hear this pounding on the trunk, and Robby had run me down in order to say goodbye. So my first boot camp ended with a nice hug with my big, tall buddy. And then my other favorite memory came from a different boot camp when I was actually doing the welcome talk. And I mentioned that these were not trained speakers trying to cut some slack. And my big buddy, Jim, spoke up and said, ah, but I have had training. And I was able to zing him with, you need more training.
You need to get your money back on that one, yeah. But I was really tickled at the first show when I heard the part about Rudy and the fact that there is a God. Because within the last couple of days in one of the Bible studies I do online, I had written in the comments that I made that he is the Alpha. I'm just a member of the pack.
So I expressed the same idea in just a little different choice of words. But yeah, I hated to miss, but it was really good to have the time with Hal. Yeah, you were missed, Jim was missed, Wayne was missed. It just was not the same without having you guys there. And definitely God still showed up, and God always shows up and does what God does. And it was just a pretty amazing boot camp.
Robby, you want to add something? Well, a couple of really neat memories for me. I often, or probably most often, have done the court desires talk, right? Which is the opening talk. And Darren used to do it, which was always just one of the highlights of my first boot camps, was watching Darren do that talk. And so this time we had Andy, it was his first time to do that talk.
And it's one because you start off the weekend with that thing. And he came into that with a kidney stone. Like, what the heck? And you could see the color on his face was that kind of greenish, I don't know what to call it when you could tell that somebody doesn't feel good.
And I was like, oh man. But to watch him do that talk, and you would understand that you see somebody just come alive from the fact that you knew he felt horrible. But he did it in Andy style from my standpoint.
In other words, he didn't do it like Darren, he certainly didn't do it like Robby. But it was right at people's hearts. And I watched one of the guys from the rescue mission just, man, it looked like he had a man crush on Andy. He was going on and on. It was like the best thing he'd ever heard in his life. And you could see the effect he had on it. And I was just like, man, man, how cool is this?
Because you talk about a warrior? Like, I've had the procedure or the surgery, whatever Andy's talking about, I've had that. And they leave parts in you that it's not fun.
And I'm not going to go into detail, but it's not fun. So to see him step up and do that was amazing. And then another favorite memory was our buddy Korn. And Korn had told me right after the last boot camp that he wanted to do something for what he called the 10. Which the 10 being the band of brothers, essentially there are, by count, 10 that were in this group that would be considered the band of brothers. And he wanted, he said, Robby, I've got to do something.
So you've got to give me some time on Thursday before the camp that I've got to make a presentation to the 10. And all I heard about, and every time I talked to him for the last six months is, I hope you guys are ready because I'm home. So he, in true Korn fashion, as only Korn could do it, right? He gets us all together in a huddle. And then he gives us his Korn speech that's just unbelievable. You know, complete emotion because he is a completely wholehearted person. If you were standing in that circle and you didn't feel love, I don't know what to tell you.
I mean, it was, but unfortunately there were only seven of the 10 there because of the warfare that was involved. But nonetheless, so then you're expecting something like what you weren't expecting was the black trash bag. And now I want you to reach your hand in this black trash bag. And if you know Korn well, you know it's very likely there's some roadkill in that black trash bag. So we're all looking at each other like, and he goes, yep, yep, yep, yep.
You got to stick your hand in the trash bag. And everybody's got to get, I mean, it was just, I don't, I'm convinced. I don't think there's any one of us that will ever forget that moment, right?
It's this kind of stuff that you will have for the rest of your life. Yeah, it was pretty cool. And he had us all going pretty good, you know, because he's like, y'all have to reach your hand in at once all at the same time. You know, no one cheat, you know, and it was very cool what he got us and very memorable. And what a good hearted man. It was really cool. Yeah. When we got our hands finally in there, I realized that he, you know, bought these unbelievable knives for all of us that were, you know, look like we could do some roadkill cutting ourselves if we didn't do whatever he had.
I'm just saying that, you know, and think about it, man. How many memories are there that will last your lifetime from, you know, from these camps and these opportunities where God, you know, yeah, they're opposed, yeah, there's a lot of shenanigans. Oh, oh, oh, oh, I should say that one of them when I finally, you know, got up to do my first talk, I'm standing up there and I look out at the, you know, at the all the sound people and everybody's back there and they're all wearing these green T-shirts.
And it says, what does it say here for the shenanigans is what all these shirts said, and they had all across the back and they had a T-shirt for me to hear for the shenanigans. Yeah. If you haven't listened to Robby's show, you will know how much he says the word shenanigans.
It's in there like preggo spaghetti sauce. That's what, you know, about the same. He says that quite often. And so we've that was probably the longest secret we've kept because we got them somewhere around St. Patrick's Day because obviously it's a green shirt and the shenanigans thing. But we've we've kept them under wraps until boot camp in November. So that was pretty good for this group to not have. Right. But it's another one of those memories that will flash through my mind of, you know, looking across like, what in the heck they got.
And this is what actually went into my mind because I had this wound that they leave me out, you know, and I'm like, man, this is just another example. They all got the same shirt. I didn't get one. Yeah.
The look on your face wasn't necessarily, oh, I get that. This is hilarious. It was they're interrupting my talk with something. What are they doing?
I'm going to roll up here. What's happening? You know, you didn't know that I was feeling left out. I was like, oh, what's up with this? But that's what was up with it. It was a surprise for me that made it all that much better.
You know, I got to spend some time with Ricky Corn, more of this boot camp than ever before. And, you know, he's one of those examples of if you judge a book by its cover, you're going to miss a good read. That's real life. Yeah. I mean, but he is so deep and you're right. He is wholehearted and he hears from God and he's just, you know, just he thinks about people and helping people all the time. I was just amazed.
Yeah. And another thing, you know, my brother said, no, I went to say goodbye to Corn. I couldn't find him anywhere. And I said, you never will. He doesn't say goodbye.
He's you know, he struggles with that. And so, you know, he's you'll see him the second he shows up. And boy, he always comes early and he always is there to help and all that. But but you won't see him when it comes time to go.
He'll be gone. And what Terry did for one of the guys, they're just a great gesture of love to help him out. That was wonderful, too.
And since I traveled the road that of good intentions fairly frequently, Corn, let me say right now, thank you very much for my blade. I wasn't there for the presentation, but I love your brother. And that was wonderful. I do have one last memory of this camp I want to share. I was feeling pretty crappy about not being able to be there. And I did.
God did remind me and had previously reminded me that it wasn't up to me, it was up to him. But the fact that the guys stepped up, took the roles that I had been assigned and did well with them meant a lot to me. And that's part of being a band of brothers.
I was a casualty, but the battle continued and you guys won. And I appreciate being part of this. Yeah, that was for me, just watching everybody step up because we had people in roles that they normally don't do. We had the fewest people to ever set up and it went really smooth and got it done quickly. So all the other camps that we're doing to get better at setting up and doing things we've done have helped.
And it just reduced any stress. Things went pretty smooth up until the last day. And when we showed up and there's no talk for Robby and Sam to do their talk, it was just one more last thing that had to just blow up that morning and turn into something where, of course, you never see the outcome, right? But the reaction that the campers had to the last talk.
Well, why did Satan take it off the computer and just erase it? Because there was so much missing when we looked at the files. It wasn't just that talk. It was many things that were just gone, missing.
And it was just, what is going on? So Sam and Robby had to rebuild everything at the last minute and put it on the show. And they did it. They were able to put the stuff together, get their thoughts together, get refocused. And it turned out to be probably one of the biggest highlights. So it was just that constant overcoming of battles.
To me, it was just when you stood back and could watch, it was interesting because there's different times where I'm in the middle of something trying to do something, and then you kind of stand back and watch everybody else. And you're like, wow, look at this. Look at the guys go. And I saw Danny. Oh, Danny's driving down to go build the fire.
Well, first time for everything. Wayne wasn't there. It was just fun to watch. That's where you're talking, Jim. Band of brothers. We all just chipped in to do our thing. It was good. It was.
It was very good. Andy, you actually have a clip. You want to tell us a little bit about that?
Yeah. So this clip, I did do the talk on the new name or identity. And, you know, you heard that you have to go back to the other show, but it was the opening clip on.
You Big Dummy is basically the clip. And that was part of my story that actually a family member kind of gave that to me one time. And it really is talking about getting out of that as being your identity.
But there's this clip that is from Les Mis. It's the priest that comes and kind of gives John Valjean, who's been an escaped convict and been in prison for 19 years and paid paid hard labor and all this man, even though John Valjean actually rips off some silver from him and takes it. This man gives him a new lease on life and a new identity. And the story is so great. He goes on and really shows that same grace to other people. But this has just always been a powerful boot camp clip to me.
So we'll use wooden spoons. I don't want to hear anything more about it. I'm sorry to disturb you. You caught him. But I had my eye on this man. Oh, thank God. I'm very angry with you, Jean Valjean.
What happened to your eye, Monsignor? Didn't he tell you he was our guest last night? Oh, yes. After we searched his knapsack and found all this silver, he claimed that you gave it to him.
Yes? Of course I gave him the silverware. But why didn't you take the candlesticks? That was very foolish. Madame Gillot, fetch the silver candlesticks. They're worth at least 2,000 francs.
Why did you leave them? Hurry. Monsignor Valjean has to get going. He's lost a lot of time.
Did you forget to take them? Are you saying he told us the truth? Of course. Thank you for bringing him back. I'm very relieved. Release him.
You're really letting me go? Didn't you understand the bishop? Madame Gillot, offer these men some wine.
They must be thirsty. Thank you. And don't forget. Don't ever forget. You've promised to become a new man. Promise?
Why are you doing this? Jean Valjean, my brother. You no longer belong to evil. With this silver, I bought you soul. I've ransomed you from fear and hatred. And now I give you back to God.
Just a picture of Jesus there. It's so amazing. It's like, you know, he rips him off, but then he was like, well, why didn't you take the candlesticks? Isn't that the way God does? It's like, okay, you've sinned, but here, why don't you take these good blessings, these, you know, all the love and generosity I have for you. And then, you know, he talks, you know, at the end just about, you know, you're a new man and how much that truly affects Jean Valjean from then on. And, you know, that whole statement about new man, Jean Valjean in passing said, you give me a meal and a bed to sleep in, I'll be a new man. And then he says, you promised to be a new man, kind of switching it on him. It's just a cool scene. And it's really about God's grace in there.
Yeah, it's really cool when that, all the talks are so good for different reasons. But this is one where people transition from the world's labels to God's label. You know, what does God call me? And that identity, as you were talking about, makes all the difference in the world.
And I hadn't even told you guys this, but my little brother, who is so little, but he said he heard his name, and what he heard was Valjean. Oh, man, that's awesome. And, yeah, I know that, you know, whenever you give that talk and somebody actually hears from God something, you know, it's just beyond precious. Because that's the kind of thing, you know, they carry with them forever. Yep, yep, for sure.
Yeah, and we saw in some of the boot camp comments, someone else got their name. Yeah, right, Brave, I think. Yeah, and so it's so cool when they can start to walk in the deeper truths, right, the deepest truths of their life, right, and not the lies that they've been told the whole time.
One last thing on what I just thought about it, too, and it was so much on what Korn did for us in the shirt that was great about Rahu, a couple of things. But I think the thing that other people had mentioned is just the responsiveness to a lot of the talks from the guys is whenever you see it visually or somebody, they get it, a light bulb goes on. But I think from a group holistically, and I don't like comparing groups, but I don't know that we've had one where everybody was engaged the entire time, it seemed like. You know, we had everybody's attention, and you didn't have to call in people in a lot. They were ready to roll, so. Yeah, I'll finish with this last thought as far as from boot camp. You know, we have certain parts of the boot camp. We know certain talks we're going to do, right?
We do the same talks to some degree. There's some opportunities to do other talks that we don't always do at every boot camp or to do something different. It always amazes me how God changes our plan in the midst of boot camp. You know, Robby with the cards, you know, that God laid on your heart to lay out both days, both mornings when you did talks, made a huge difference in the guys sharing their stories and us being able to pray over that. I've never seen as many people stick around for prayer after the new name. We don't always offer to pray over people.
We did this time, and probably about half the people stayed. You know, that we could pray over them, and God knows the fruit of what that'll produce. You know, it's all on him anyway, but just being able to walk with him and watch him do things well outside sometimes our comfort zone.
You know, mostly time outside our comfort zone because that's when he really shows up and shines. But you've been listening to The Masculine Journey After Hours, and we do have a boot camp coming up March 30th through April 2nd. That'll be on our website here in the next couple weeks, and we have an entrenchment coming up before that in Kernersville, January 28th and 29th.
Friday evening, all day Saturday. And it's free. That one is free. The boot camp's not free. That's right. You don't want to miss that part.
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