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BANDO - Every Saturday morning from 6:59am - 9:31am (except Christmas Eve day)
Nov
10
to Sep 29

BANDO - Every Saturday morning from 6:59am - 9:31am (except Christmas Eve day)

Author Note:  I love 'The Far Side' so much and this image specifically that I plan on keeping it as the icon for our BANDO Event.

HISTORIC NOTE: Until his life's identity was further clarified, Robin Hood spent several years robbing from the rich and giving to the porcupines. ~ Gary Larson, The Far Side

BANDO (short for Band of Brothers)

2018 has come and time is already sprinting. Winter has hit Atlanta but will melt into Spring. Summer is not far and Autumn will be on it's heels. And Moses prayed,

Psalm 90:12 [Full Chapter]  So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

From Season to Season, BANDO rolls forward. We meet EVERY Saturday of the year unless weather or some unusual event prevents it. Why? We meet a) to connect with God and b) to connect with other Men on their Kingdom Journey.

We meet at BIS Benefits, 1230 UPPER HEMBREE RD, ROSWELL, GA 30076

As we continue 2018 we will explore the question, "What is Christianity supposed to do to a Man?"

But there is another question which begs a response and I hope I can adequately give language to such an answer.  First, the question: 

"What the heck is BANDO?"

Four Streams Partners, Inc has been officially conducting BANDO since the Spring of 2009. That was the year that we received our official 501c3 IRS designation as a non-profit. BUT, BANDO had been going on for 8 years - unofficially - prior to it's formalization into an official organization.  So what?

4Streams Partners began, primarily, as a ministry to take men away from their everyday habitat and away into 'wilderness' for a specific Men's Retreat. We started by partnering w/ Ransomed Heart ministries and facilitating retreats similar to the 'Wild at Heart Boot Camps' conducted by Ransomed Heart (although we named our retreats differently, as requested by RH). Since that time, we have conducted 60+ weekend retreats for Men; many of them born from Wild at Heart; others birthed by our love of Waking the Dead, all things C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, Neil Anderson, Tim Keller, George MacDonald, John Eldredge... and many others.

All that to say that our current version of BANDO is to continue the JOURNEY that we begin every time we immerse Men in the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. BANDO is fun; intensely spiritual; overtly non-religious (read that, 'not like a typical church service'); rooted in prayer; born of our love for the Scriptures; highly interactive; different every week. Men report week after week that they leave BANDO with a sense that the God of the universe has demonstrated love for them and connected - individually - with them on their unique Journey.  

Maybe that helps - a little - to describe what happens every Saturday morning in Alpharetta GA at BANDO.

The Kingdom is the Major Theme / the umbrella over everything we say and do at BANDO.

RESTORATION, Calling, Becoming Wholehearted Men, Living like a Son and not an orphan... these are the Big Ideas that we dip into each week.  And each week is different. Who knows how God will help us tie a Big Idea to Scripture? And which great story or film clip will we use to best illustrate something that becomes so Real that more and more men become increasingly aware that they can invite Jesus into those mundane moments throughout the week and find... More LIFE?  Who knows?  Come and See.

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May
14
to May 17

2015 Spring BANDO Boot Camp (formerly 'There is a Mission!')

Spring is unfolding in a beautiful way in North Georgia!  In this year of New Frontiers for Four Streams Partners, this is our 50th Boot Camp event since 2004 and we are inviting Men from all over the world to join us and experience God's great Catapult into a New Season.

Click HERE for Boot Camp Information

  In the April 7, 2015 edition of The Wall Street Journal, writer Elizabeth Bernstein states... "How we construct personal narratives has a major impact on our mental well-being; beyond looking on the bright side"
The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed.
— Howard Macey

We believe this WSJ article is true - or at least partly true.  God is writing a Much Larger Story than we realize. Life does come to us as a Story and not like an IRS 1040 form (or is that too close to home right now?). Who knows what happens when the next Page is turned? 

The pull is to live a selfish, small story that is only about 'me and my personal welfare'. And it seems to work for many.  Ultimately, when we live in a self-created, smaller, 'off-Broadway play', we lose heart and miss the entire point of the gospel - this Great Story that God is writing. 

It is often Disruption that Wakes Us Up. We need something like smelling salts to move us away from sleepwalking through life. It takes energy. It requires intentionality. And men who choose to take responsibility for their own journey of growing up into Christ will find great benefit in joining other men on the Journey.

An Apple iPad Air Commercial from 2014 frames this idea so well with a voice-over from Robin Williams and the film, Dead Poet's Society. And '...the powerful play goes on and you can contribute a verse."

In John, chapter 1, Jesus is approached by two disciples of John. They are intrigued by John's cousin and they approach Jesus with their hearts in their throats.  All they can mutter is, "Rabbi, where are you staying?"  He is so Kind. He knows they don't have any idea Who he is or what He is about. He simply responds, "Come and see."

This is a great weekend to "Come and see."  There will be breathtaking beauty in the surroundings. You will have opportunities to try your hand at skeet shooting. There will be gatherings of men, modern parables that draw you into a much larger Reality (aka 'counter-intuitive movie clips'), time alone with God, more opportunities to hone your shooting skills on a handgun range, smaller groups to process what you're experiencing, ... and much, much more.  Come and See.

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