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by Midnight Freemason Guest Contributor RWB:. Michael Jarzabek Editors Note: I first was introduced to RW Jarzabek a month ago b...
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So, you're a master mason now. Where do you go from here, and what's in it for you? Please join brothers Rhit Moore and Gabriel Jagush as they try and tackle th...e challenge of leaving the structured safety of going through the degrees, and getting lost in the world of the travelling man. Sure, the world is your oyster, but how do you take advantage of that? What's your motivation to keep going? How do you go through that process? Where do you find value in Lodge? How do you best use your Masonic career as a learning tool? How do you master yourself? We'll tackle all this and more on this episode. We'll also address some questions about last episode's content!

The Fort Worth Lodge #148 Podcast would also like to urge you to donate blood if you are medically able. Your time and precious gift, can and DOES save lives. Thanks!

Bookmarks:
00:00:35 - Host Introduction
00:01:10 - Legal Clarifications on Title V of Grand Lodge Law and the Grandmaster's Decisions
00:03:49 - Listener/Discussion Questions
00:04:13 - What are the rules for using a holy book other than the Bible for degree work?
00:06:59 - Can I be a Knight Templar if I am not a Christian?
00:09:09 - Rhit asks a question and Gabe begins rambling about the York Rite
00:13:54 - Main Episode Content: "I'm Finally a Master Mason - Now What?"
00:16:23 - Setting Goals: The Finite Playing Field vs the Infinite Playing Field
00:18:23 - Staying Motivated When You Get Lost in the Quarries
00:32:09 - The Process of Becoming a Better Man
00:41:24 - Finding Value in Your Lodge
00:53:12 - The Lodge as a Classroom
01:04:54 - Mastery of the Self
01:26:38 - Fraternal Quote of the Week
01:27:57 - Closing Thoughts

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So, you're a master mason now. Where do you go from here, and what's in it for you? Please join brothers Rhit Moore and Gabriel Jagush as they try and tackle the challenge of leaving the structured safety of going through the degrees, and getting lost in the world of the travelling man. Sure, the wo...
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I can't recommend these guys highly enough if you're a Mason that enjoys podcasts, especially if you're from Texas.

We wanted to thank you Brothers for the success of our podcast. We have 25 episodes with almost 8,000 downloads in 31 different countries. Our average podcas...t is 80 minutes which means there has been over 10,000 hours invested into the Fraternity by Brothers looking to better themselves and the Craft. This certainly shows the Fraternity is thirsty for education and more light. If you have not listened as of yet you can find the podcast on any major podcast app by searching "Fort Worth 148" and please subscribe. Here is a link if you would like to listen from your PC. Thanks again Brothers and #DareToBeSquare.
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This is a great video, give it a watch when you've got the time.

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We come to Masonry for one reason: To make a difference.

This short article really spoke to me. All it takes is a few negative members to make an organization turn stagnant, especially if it's a small group.

If somebody wants to try something new, and it doesn't break any rules or laws, then let them try it. The worst thing that could happen is it's unsuccessful and you learn from your mistakes, the best thing that could happen is that you accomplish your goals.

Another important point which is made: don't complain about something unless you have a suggestion to fix it. It's called constructive criticism for a reason, if it isn't constructive then it's just criticism, and nobody is interested in that.

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT Learn to avoid the whiners. Like many of you, I belong to several civic and industrial nonprofit organizations. I always find it amusing to see the elders of such organizations …
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What a great article!

A lodge needs a long term plan and a mission statement that guides the decision making processes of its leadership.

If a lodge does this then you can easily end up with the situation discussed in the article where new leadership brings a shift in goals and priorities. We can't help this at a GL level but a lode can take initiative and become proactive in its own future.

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If we don't do this things we can easily find that our heirs cannot carry on our masonic legacies because our lodges are all but gone.

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by Midnight Freemasons Founder Todd E. Creason, 33° It's inevitable--the older you get the more you think about what you're leavi...
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Not just as individuals but as lodges as well. We want quality lodges but we are too afraid to ask members to pay for it. Quality doesn't come cheap and the tail can't wag the dog, we have to invest in our lodges before we can create the types of masonic experiences that will attract and retain membership.

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We're all so concerned with the cost of investing in ourselves - gym memberships, courses, conferences, masterminds, education, books, etc.
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But, can we live w...ith the cost of doing nothing?
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I think, if we took a closer look, we'd find that maintaining the status quo is significantly more expensive.
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If you haven't listened to this podcast yet then you are missing out on some great content! If you live in Texas then you need to familiarize yourself with GLoTX law and this is a great start.

Join Brothers Rhit Moore, Grant Gates, and Gabriel Jagush as they sit down to discuss "The Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F. & A.M.," colloquially known as... the "Grand Lodge Law Book." This is an essential read for any Texan Mason, as is the respective law book for our brothers in other Jurisdictions. Gabe has a lot of questions, and Rhit and Grant have a lot of answers. Can you get in trouble for suggesting changes to the rules? Are you allowed to be a Communist and join a Masonic Lodge in Texas? Who's in charge of the rules, anyway, and what happens when you break them? Learn the answers to these questions, and more, in this episode!

The Fort Worth Lodge #148 Podcast would also like to urge you to donate blood if you are medically able. Your time and precious gift, can and DOES save lives. Thanks!

Major Bookmarks:
00:00:39 - Host Introductions
00:02:08 - Discussion Question: What ritual parts are you currently learning?
00:07:48 - Discussion Question: Can Mormons be Masons?
00:10:51 - Main Episode Content: "Following the Rules - Grand Lodge Law"
01:12:42 - Fraternal Quote of the Week
01:13:41 - Closing Thoughts

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Join Brothers Rhit Moore, Grant Gates, and Gabriel Jagush as they sit down to discuss "The Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F. & A.M.," colloquially known as the "Grand Lodge Law Book." This is an essential read for any Texan Mason, as is the respective law book for our brothers in other Jurisdic...
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The Laudable Pursuit has written about Memento Moro symbolism in our fraternity as well.

"It is natural to fear death, but we as Masons are taught to view that inescapable moment not as something to dread but rather as the motivating factor in accomplishing our own work and duty as men and as Masons."

http://www.thelaudablepursuit.com/…/the-symbol-of-the-skull…

Guest Contributor: P.D. Newman There has been a great deal of controversy of late concerning the symbol of the skull and crossbones and whether or not it should be regarded as a legitimate Masonic emblem. This article is an attempt to demonstrate that this symbol is indeed authentic in its
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Another great Texas Mason picture. Thanks brother!

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This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how your lodge runs things!

If your lodge is doing well then it's important to keep improving what you're doing to maintain your direction. Entropy creeps in when we rest on our laurels so do what you can to avoid that from happening.

If your lodge is unhealthy then something has to change. Don't allow yourself to become apathetic to the state of things otherwise, your lodge will only continue to decline. Become a chang...e agent and research ways to improve your lodge and share it with your brethren. When the membership grows as individuals then the lodge will improve as well.

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What a great video! From the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

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Ezekiel Bates Lodge AF & AM at Ezekiel Bates Lodge AF & AM.

For centuries, the world's Greatest Men were drawn to Freemasonry. Find out why.

Death is an unpleasant concept but knowing that our time can come any day should give us motivation and drive to be the best we can be, or continuously improving ourselves so we can be. This was a hard topic to write about but I've learned a lot from doing so. I hope the readers benefit from it as well.

Take a moment, if you would, and imagine that you find yourself sitting in a church at a funeral. You aren’t sure who’s funeral it is but when you look around you see many familiar face…
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Striving for self-improvement is a continual process that helps us to smooth out our ashlars and become better men and Masons.

What books are you reading?

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We always hear about brothers who take our degrees and never return back to lodge. As a fraternity, we've tried several things to increase retention that usually involves making the process of joining as cheap and easy as possible but it isn't working. In fact, this seems to be having the opposite effect of what was intended.

Maybe the answer to our retention problem should be the opposite approach?

Could part of the problem be that we've become too cheap and easy to join?

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Do we require too little of the brother as he goes through his degrees?

#lonestarmason #freemasonry

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