Monthly Archives: September 2013


Kevin Kubandi: I’m Not Afraid

Posted by in Faith | September 25, 2013

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Editor’s Note: There’s an internal struggle we all have as Christians between our fears and the promises of God. Kevin does us all the favor of laying them out plainly in lyric so that together we can recognize the reality of fear and the truth that overcomes it. As Kevin repeats the themes of God’s faithfulness and the strength he provides, it becomes clear that while our own bravery alone may not be enough to allay our fears, God’s presence provides us everything we need, including a peace that surpasses fear and transcends understanding.

I’m not afraid
even though I’m not brave. 
I can’t will myself through this. 
I don’t have all the answers. 
Lord I don’t know what will happen tomorrow or where I will be a week from now.
But I do know you are God.
I do know you love me.
I do know you have not forsaken me.
Even when things look the darkest, Father I know you are here.
Even when it’s hard to trust, you give me the strength to get through.
Lord I don’t know how,
and I don’t know when,
but I know you will.
I wish I could say I have awesome faith, but you give me the faith to believe and trust.
So I’m not afraid
because you are God,
Lord you are good,
you are present, even when I don’t feel it.
Your word, your promise, trumps my emotions.
For God you are faithful.
You are true.
You are with me.
I’m not afraid.

Kevin Kubandi

Teaser (Hint: You Need a Smart Phone to scan the QR Code!)

Posted by in Resources | September 16, 2013

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Editor’s Note: This week we’re providing a secret link to the website we’ve been building in an effort to become more transparent and intentional as an organization. If you have a smartphone, all you need is an app that can scan this QR code. The code is just a link to the website, which we will be covering in more detail in another blog very soon. For those of you who get a chance to check it out, please let us know what you think!

Stephen Jaques: The Cost of Being a Christian

Posted by in Faith,Temptation | September 9, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Having young men like Stephen Jaques, who are willing to struggle with scripture and its implications, is a testament to the brotherhood of IRON and FIRE and their dedication to living out their faith. Often, we find ourselves wishing that someone would step up and ask the difficult questions, even if the answers are hard to find and often harder to live with. Stephen isn’t satisfied with surface-level answers or expectations, and we shouldn’t be either. Thanks to Stephen for sharing a part of his journey!

“The Gospel is a simple message to grasp; and yet it also has huge implications and so much to say about living life that there is no way we can cover it all in one place. The gospel is multi-faceted and all of the implications should be considered; because, to just walk down one path repeatedly, would mean missing out on other aspects. For example, talking about freedom in Christ exclusively might lead to licentiousness – but not talking about it can lead to legalism. Today, and over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about the cost of being a Christian; and this entry is about the cost, at the risk of downplaying the joy.

The closer I get to the Gospel, the more I realize that there are certain parts that are really unpleasant to act upon. Gospel Lite as Steve Brown calls it, is really easy to sell. The Gospel however, is impossible to sell. Everybody loves hearing about eternal life, free grace, and all the other wonderful things about Christianity. But nobody wants to hear about being hated for being a Christian. Nobody wants to hear about living a step or two below your means so that more of your resources can go to the needy. They’d rather hear about God blessing people with prosperity. And I don’t blame them.

When you grow up in the church like me, it’s really easy to start thinking in a bubble because you lived in a bubble. John 17:14-16 is the foundation for the phrase being in the world, but not of it. It’s one of the greatest challenges we face as Christians. It’s really easy to be a Christian when your life is spent living in Christian fortresses like mine. Inside you have to deal with things like self-righteousness, but nobody thinks you’re stupid for being a Christian. Nobody laughs at your decision to wait until marriage to have sex. Nobody assumes that you are intolerant. And nobody makes you feel uncomfortable when you talk about Jesus. But after some time at UGA, I came to the realization that the Christian was never intended to live in the fortress. They’re meant to live in the world; to be salt and light. And that’s costly, and difficult, and requires a lot of grace, because it’s really easy to become of the world, and not just in it.

I worked at Snelling Dining Hall for three years during my time at UGA. Originally, I was just there because I needed the paycheck; but eventually, I made a lot of friends among my co-workers and began hanging out with them during my senior year. Through these friends, I met a girl and we hit it off at the beginning of the spring semester.

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Work Hard Play Hard

Posted by in Brotherhood | September 3, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Over the last two months, we’ve done a lot of thinking about what it means to be a part of a brotherhood like IRON and fIRE. Aside from the expectations of honesty and supporting one another, we discovered that in part it means working together and playing together.

Pictured above, some of our brothers participated in a service project a few weeks ago, and more recently got together for a night of Football Food and Fire to kick off the 2013 season. The special kind of bonds that are created when working and playing become really important as our young men graduate, find employment, and figure out that these relationships will enrich and add stability to their lives as they begin families of their own. We’re glad to create and participate in these opportunities to grow closer to one another and enjoy this season of our lives.