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Logan Rhea: True Brotherhood

Posted by in Brotherhood | January 14, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Logan’s heart for the things of God shines through this post. It should be encouraging and perhaps a bit convicting when he speaks about the importance of discipleship, mentoring, and investing in other brothers throughout our lives. Thanks for giving us a peek into a college campus being impacted by the intentional actions of our brothers.

“True Brotherhood is making a huge impact on my life right now. My name is Logan Rhea and I’m a college student at Middle Tennessee State University. Campus Crusade, or Cru, has brought a lot of benefits and awesome resources to help me grow in my walk with the Lord and become a stronger leader and man of Christ. Life is about relationships and what we do when we encounter them. We can encourage and share and bring one another up in Christ or just go through the motions and be afraid to get real and ask the hard questions. I’ve found that when you take the time to get lunch with someone and take your own time to love on and be friends to a fellow brother or a person in a dark place in their life, Christ’s love and the Holy Spirit just can’t help but shine through your actions and words. As our relationship with Christ grows, it is portrayed in our daily lives.

All this said, I’ve been given some amazing brothers in Christ here. We’ve been able to fellowship and truly do what Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” It’s been really cool to see God at work in our lives as we share our stories of surrendering our desires and needs for things that won’t satisfy and giving them to God. When we trust God in times that are tough and great, we develop a stronger faith.

Anther cool thing about the true brotherhood here is fruit and evidence of listening and walking by the spirit. For instance, we had about 20 people over at my house on a Saturday night for a bonfire. I got some of my brothers and sisters in Christ and challenged them to be intentional about showing and sharing God’s love and their testimony of what he’s done in their lives to some of our non-Christian friends that were there. We ended up talking in different circles about passions, life issues, and the meaning of life till about 1 am! Then 7 of us went and had a “house church” spirit-led bible study on James. We talked, prayed, worshiped, and listened to each other till 3 in the morning! Now it’s a weekly study for anyone to come! God is good and his presence is active.

One last note about the brotherhood and importance of investing in one another’s lives and making disciples; I’m doing a study on a book called Discipleship Essentials with an older brother who’s taking time to invest in me once a week. The book is great and has broadened my perspective on this issue. Investing in someone is so important as believers in Christ and it has a ripple affect as the body of Christ grows. For instance, in one year if you took time to disciple/brother/mentor and invest in just 2 guys it would leave an impact that only God is capable of. Teach them how to make disciples and then each invest in 2 guys for a year. Now we’re up to 4 disciples in 2 years. The same pattern goes on: those 4 guys invest in 2 each, which leads to 8. That leads to 16, then to 32, then to 64, then to 128, then to 256, then to 512, then to 1,024, then to 2,048, then to 8,192, then to 16,384, and so on. Just imagine after 16 years since your investment in just 2 guys, 65,536 brother in Christ will have been impacted since then! They would all be making disciples and the biggest thing in all of this is how God would shine his love through them not just to the disciples they’ve made but also to all of the people they come into contact around the world! It’s the beauty of the reality of the great commission and the joy of making disciples! Keep living for the king, putting everything in Him first and make the most out of every opportunity to let Jesus shine through you!”

Your brother in Christ,

Logan Rhea

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

We’ve Begun Filming our Stories!

Posted by in Brotherhood | January 1, 2013

Here’s a Sneak Peak – Videos Coming Soon!

Editor’s Note: After a long and strenuous journey toward our goal of sharing our stories with the world, we are happy to announce that we have taken our most significant step yet! We have begun filming video testimonials, where our brothers give you a glimpse into their intimate journey toward becoming men of God. Our story as Christians is one of redemption; and our lives should serve as reminders of where we have been and indicators of where God is leading us. These videos will serve as a critical medium that allows us to be good stewards of the incredible stories we’ve witnessed as brothers of IRON and FIRE.

Micah Mabe: The Struggle

Posted by in Brotherhood,Temptation | November 14, 2012

Editor’s Note: Micah is our first brother to write on a topic many of us have struggled with: Pornography. He talks plainly about the lies and temptation, the silent killer, that comes in the night to steal and destroy. Thanks to Micah for his honesty and the integrity he pursues as a man after God’s own heart.

The next morning I woke up on a couch confused as to where I was. After a few minutes I recognized my friend’s basement where I had passed out the night before. My friends eventually showed up to make sure I was alright, but something was different about their expressions. I asked them what was wrong; and what they showed me on their phones and the report from the night before left me shocked, embarrassed, and numb. The videos showed me doing things I would never think of doing. And they informed me that one of the guys that spent the night stole the keys to my Dad’s car, got pulled over for a DUI, and that the car was impounded. Days later, I was in the police office being interrogated and was asked to recall what happened the night before. I didn’t even know where to begin because I drank so much alcohol that I passed out and didn’t remember anything. As I took it all in, I found myself looking at my Junior year in high school and asked myself, “How did this happen? Who am I?”

I grew up in a Christian home, was a member of Perimeter Church, and went to Perimeter Christian School until eighth grade. I attended Wesleyan School until my Junior year and spent the last two years in public school. I led a small group for a church retreat, mentored younger friends, and was a leader on my baseball team. I was living the dream, yet I longed to be free. Because on the outside I had everything together, but on the inside I was running in every direction trying to satisfy the need and pressure to please others and myself.

It started early my seventh grade year with pornography. As a seventh grader who was raised in a sheltered, Christian environment, sex was just an education…

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Stephen Jaques: The allegiance of your heart

Posted by in Brotherhood,Faith | October 15, 2012

Editor’s Note: Stephen has really written a terrific post for us. We asked him what advice he would give himself as a freshman in highschool and he was quick to respond with a thoughtful reflection on how he arrived at the point he is today. Stephen is a man of God but is quick to point out that in highschool he was a boy who had all the answers but was blinded by his own idols.

High school was fun. I enjoyed it but I wouldn’t say that it was the time of my life. There was a series of events that rocked my world to its core. I would later find that these things were God-ordained, and I thank Him for it now; but as the story unfolds, we will see that it was avoidable. I wish I could go back to my freshman self and teach him this all-important lesson.

For a lot of high schoolers, especially where I’m from, life is comfortable. Most of us have a short list of major responsibilities like schoolwork or sports but after that we are free to enjoy life. Most of us do not experience depression, suicidal thoughts, and other, “big ticket,” problems. But we all experience the, “routine,” problems of life, rejection, breakups, and failure on a variety of levels. I used to think God wasn’t part of these problems. He was there like the insurance company when your “house burns down,” but not when you have a “flat tire” in life. That was wrong. God, I found, often uses the routine ups and downs of life to teach us important lessons and he cares about the big things in your life as well as the small stuff.  

So here’s where the story begins. I’m going into my senior year of high school expecting the greatest year of my life to date because that was how it had been sold to me. I had great expectations! But underneath these expectations were idols…

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Marcus Grimaldi: fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen

Posted by in Brotherhood,Faith | September 10, 2012

I had a really close friend, Logan Chesnut, who was diagnosed with Leukemia about 2 years ago. Every week, I would talk to him about God and what Jesus did for all of us.  At first he didn’t think that Christ was the only way to heaven, but being a good person was.  He believed there was a God and that he created everything, but he didn’t really understand, or live for Him. 

Over a period over a year, his Leukemia went away and he was almost home free, but I still continued to talk to him and ask where he stood in his faith with Christ.  He was never too sure and could never really give me a straight answer.  A few weeks later, his leukemia came back and was worse this time.  He dropped from 165 pounds to 106 pounds and was basically withering away.  I still continued to talk to him about what it meant to be a follower of Christ and how to do so.

He told me that the reason he stayed friends with me for so long compared to anyone else was how I carried myself.  I didn’t cuss, drink, I was polite to everybody, and I cared about how he was doing, visiting him multiple times a week in the hospital.

One night I was compelled to call him one more time and talk to him about Christ.  I asked him where he stood on his faith and he replied to me that He had accepted Christ into his heart and was baptized in his home (unable to go into public because of his leukemia). I literally broke down crying I was so relieved by his decision.  

The next week I was planning on visiting him at his house before I went back to school. I was so hectic in packing, that it completely slipped my mind to visit him one last time.  I arrived at school and that very night I received a phone call that he passed away..

I was so distraught that I didn’t see him one last time, but remembered that he accepted Christ into his life and was in a better place, with no more pain. And the best part was that I knew that I would see him forever!  I have been at peace since that time, knowing that he accepted Christ into his life, and that I had a little part in helping him get there!

Ever since he got sick, I shared with him one of my favorite verses in the Bible, which was announced as his inspirational quote at his funeral, dedicated to me.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18- 

“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

– Marcus Grimaldi

Squad Retreat @ the Lake

Posted by in Brotherhood | May 7, 2012

One of the “Squads” of IRON and FIRE got together for a “Squad Retreat” at the lake!

This retreat was a time of fun, brotherhood, prayer, and fellowship. Each guy had the opportunity to enjoy a little break from homework while bonding with the Squad.

The weekend was packed with laughter and guy stuff! There was a huge bonfire, fireworks, steaks, loud music…

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