Trey Reed: A Reflection on Being Single

Posted by in Faith | April 1, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Trey starts this piece off by saying that he understands. I think it’s a good place to begin when explaining a new mind-frame or state of being. For Trey, his realization that Christ supplements our loneliness and meets our emotional needs opened his eyes to what it meant to be single. Thanks to Trey for sharing his thoughts on something we rarely take the time to consider.

“I have reached a point in my life now, where I understand that loneliness is supplemented by communion with Christ. I used to think that I needed friends, or better yet, a girlfriend to fill that void. I can’t count the number of times that I thought that I needed a girlfriend. However, resting more and more on God for emotional needs is a very liberating place to be. He meets them in every way.

I must say, that this time last year, had I been in a similar situation (lonely in the foreign city of Seoul, Korea), I would have been craving the attention of a woman; thinking that IF I just had a girlfriend in my life, things would be okay. This has always been an idol of mine, and it’s nice to have put God back in his rightful place on the spiritual totem pole; at the very top.

This new place in life is seriously making me rethink Christian singleness and whether it is right for me. I always knew it was legitimate, just as Paul says; but I never believed it was legitimate for me. In the back of my mind, I would say, “Yeah, well good for single people, I’m going to get married one day.” But I think if I had a choice right now, I would choose being single for a long time. I like it like this. And for as long as I can remember, I was always dissatisfied with single life. But that goes to show how drastically life can change when our priorities are straight and our idols are squashed. Sure, this idol probably has not gone away forever, like most idols in our sinful hearts, but for now, I’m enjoying life without it.

I remember a couple years back, my Aunt Patti giving me advice about being single (she was married young) and she essentially told me that there is so much to experience in being single; in life, in our walks with God. Her advice was very much in line with what Paul says about being single (which was radical in his day and still is), and at the time I didn’t understand fully what she was trying to tell me; and I think she knew that I just didn’t get it at the time because I had blinders over my eyes. But I understand it now. I understand.”

Trey Reed

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.