Monthly Archives: March 2013


Andrew Collins: Blood Brothers

Posted by in Brotherhood,Faith,Video | March 28, 2013

One break in a family can cause a ripple effect throughout the rest of it…

Andrew Collins’ story will really move you. From the initial questions he began asking about the savior he thought he knew and the lukewarm faith he practiced, to a life-altering retreat with his brother that shook their relationship to the core, God is alive and working to restore his family to himself. Thanks to Andrew for sharing a part of his story.

Andrew Collins Video Story Teaser!

Posted by in Brotherhood | March 25, 2013

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Editor’s Note: In a couple days we will release our 3rd video. It features our own Andrew Collins, a young man who earnestly questioned his lukewarm faith and then set out to do something about it; however, he could never have predicted what he would find…

IRON and FIRE Brings Josh Link on Staff!

Posted by in Brotherhood | March 18, 2013

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Editor’s Note: We’re excited to welcome Josh Link on staff as a Student Ministry Specialist! His role will include building relationships with young men, leading discipleship groups, planning and organizing group activities, establishing one on one brotherhood, and being a recognizable face in the community for IRON and FIRE. Josh graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He has worked as a youth pastor for the past year and a half in Monterey, CA. Prior to that, he had also served as a volunteer for many different ministries in the North Fulton area.

Josh was married in May 2012 to his wife Christy and they are expecting their first dog in the near future. Some activities he enjoys include disc golf, ultimate frisbee, watching all major Atlanta sports teams, caving, hiking, and video games. Josh feels called to disciple young men as they begin to find their identity in Christ, and looks forward to the opportunity to work with Jeff in ministry investing in the next generation. He is most excited to see how the Brothers live out their faith in everyday life.

Welcome Josh! We’re glad to have you.

Marcus Grimaldi: A Tale of Two Masters

Posted by in Brotherhood,Faith,Video | March 14, 2013

I used to just call my mom crying sometimes on the phone… I was just so sick of failing at something.

Confronted by the stark contrast between the sport he enjoyed, which brought him glory growing up, and the passion for music that burned inside him, Marcus’ easy going nature was tested as he entered college and wrestled with what God had for his life. Marcus is the kind of friend everyone wants; and it’s encouraging to know that even a confident, grounded young man like Marcus is willing to struggle through adversity to determine how he fits in God’s story.

To learn more about Marcus’ story, you can read his first blog post here.

Marcus Grimaldi Video Story Teaser!

Posted by in Brotherhood | March 11, 2013

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Editor’s Note: And now, we’re pleased to preview our second video release! We had a tremendous response to our first video and we hope that Marcus Grimaldi’s heart and willing spirit will move you. Here are some screen shots from the full video being released soon.

Adam Hart: Rescue Me Captain

Posted by in Faith | March 4, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Don’t let Adam’s light tone at the beginning of this piece deceive you. He’s no stranger to the darkness and boldly reminds us of Psalm 34:17-20. Thanks to Adam for his brass and strength while relating his struggles with self-hatred and reflecting on how hard it is to actually give your anger and words to God. Lives are valuable. Relationships do matter. And anger can be weakness masquerading as strength.

“To a younger Adam,

Hey, me. It’s me… you!

In order to avoid the confusion of how I’m able to defeat the time space continuum and give you a letter, I’m just not going to explain it and hope you don’t flip out over the sci-fi nonsense (that you tend to look way too deeply into anyway).

At this point in your life, I know you’re getting picked on severely. You might have just come home from school and you might be crying to mom, hoping to seek comfort for what those bullies have said to you. Because of them, you will fall into a severe state of self-doubt, self-deprecation and self-hatred. I’m afraid you will get tangled within a twisted love of loneliness and feel like it is the only thing that can give you comfort. You’ll want to be alone with your thoughts and you won’t want to go back to school and risk giving people more motivation and reasons to dislike you.

You don’t know it yet Adam, but there is something growing inside of you called anger. This anger is the reason why you’ll yell at your parents, your friends and yourself. You will be disgusted by everything and it will be the reason you become more cynical every day. And when you feed this anger, it will feel absolutely amazing. When you see those people that despise you, you will yell at them and hope that you’ll be able to hurt them in some small way. But sadly, your words will be the cause of your own demise (metaphorically).

Every day your anger will become stronger and you will learn new ways to hurt people with your words. But unfortunately, you only think you’re becoming stronger, when in fact you’re becoming weaker; and you’ll miss the fact that there will always be a bigger enemy. Adam, there is no worse bully than yourself. You are the reason you still haven’t broken free of your struggle with self-hatred. You are the one that so willingly sits and listens to the lies Satan whispers into your ear. The devil has such a tight grasp on you that you will have no idea where to go. You will yell to God, “Rescue me captain, I’m at war with my demons!” And God will come and rescue you; but you must give all your words to him. It’s easy for me to write that; but deep down, giving up your own anger and your own words will be the hardest thing you will do in your entire life.

I know you have a hard time connecting with other people. But everything on this earth was created to help make our lives easier. There must be a reason for people building and creating things to give our lives more ease. The reason is that life is valuable. Yes that’s an incredibly cliché statement that embarrasses me to type. But people will become more and more important to you, to the point where you write stories and tell jokes on a stage for them as your career. You are a person and you are precious to people. It’s hard to read that, I know because we have had such a hard time believing it; but I guess I wouldn’t write it if I didn’t have some kind of preconceived motivation. I can’t really give you any advice other than this verse:

Psalm 34: 17-20
“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

Adam, your relationship with God and other human beings is more important than anything in the world. Even grammar.”

Sincerely,
Adam