By Iron Edge Ministries
Join Pete, Shad, and Judd as they discuss the challenges that Christian Men face currently, specifically around finding and fulfilling their mission in Christ. Iron Edge Ministries serves men Monday through Saturday so they are equipped and encouraged to serve, in their local church and all over the world.
When the call goes out, you have two choices...ignore or respond. For Bogdan in Ukraine the choice was easy. God first, family second, ministry third. Join Pete and Shad as they discuss what it takes to overcome all fear and go headlong into the battle. The fight continues and Iron Edge is in it. To join us in our efforts to train and equip those providing life saving support in Ukraine, go to ironedgesharp.com/donations. https://youtu.be/0QkvgQl5_2A\
June 13, 2022
The Father Effect
John Finch is an author and filmmaker who sole focus is on healing wounds specifically inflicted by fathers. Most people have what is called a father wound that needs healing through forgiveness, prayer, and wise council. Join Pete and Shad as they discuss with John Finch the long lasting effects of anger and bitterness caused by the father wounds many of us receive in our lifetime, and the freedom that can be found in forgiveness. ► Subscribe to The Father Effect with John Finch! http://ow.ly/1Pk330r68pY ► John shares the key to finding forgiveness for his father https://youtu.be/u6V33REaldg ► John shares about his struggle with anger and alcohol https://youtu.be/YUbY00xLolk ► Check out the latest video → http://ow.ly/pVPj30r68ss ► The Father Effect Show Interviews → http://ow.ly/koun30r68wr ► The Father Effect Movie: http://ow.ly/gQmC30qpaSa ► Website & Speaking Inquiries→ https://www.thefathereffect.com/
April 05, 2022
Leading in Politics
Tim Morton is a successful local businessman, minister, and father in California who saw an opportunity to serve and ran for office as a school board member in his hometown. Being a cancer survivor and no stranger to conflict, Tim talks about the challenges he has faced as a public servant and Christian man, especially during this time of crisis. Get ready for a no boundaries discussion that we hope encourages others to serve where they are and listen to Gods call. You are needed. Become an iron edge warrior at ironedgesharp.com
February 26, 2022
Celebration of Discipline
So what’s it all about? I actually received this book 6 years ago and at the time, the place my heart and my mind was in, I couldn’t even read the book. I thought, “here’s one more thing I have to do....one more reason I’m a failure as a Christian”. But thank God for His grace and mercy and for leading me into a place of healing and understanding. Now what I have realized is I get to do the things I read about in the book. I get to work out the disciplines I just learned about and that is a complete privilege! I get to find God at deeper levels through Meditation, Prayer, Fasting and Study. I get to live out life in Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, and Service. I finally have the honor of walking with others in Confession, Worship, Guidance, and Celebration. The good news is like 2 Tim. 1:7 that God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and…. SELF-DISCIPLINE. Discipline is not about punishment. When you look up gold medals for the Olympics, you look it up by sport and by “Discipline”. One sport may have several disciplines. Sports like swimming , skating, skiing, and of course gymnastics. Some people specialize in a single discipline while others are all around athletes that compete in multiple disciplines within one sport. Our sport is Life in Christ! And we can get the gold medal for all around life athlete in the disciplines I mentioned above. But we do it for a prize and reward that is eternal! I Cor. 9:24-27 The Passion Translation (Paul’s Disciplined Lifestyle) “Isn’t it obvious that all runners on the racetrack keep on running to win, but only one receives the victor’s prize? Yet each one of you must run the race to be victorious. A true athlete will be disciplined in every respect, practicing constant self-control in order to win a laurel wreath that quickly withers. But we run our race to win a victor’s crown that will last forever. For that reason, I don’t run just for exercise or box like one throwing aimless punches, but I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control, so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.”
January 26, 2022
Who is your Moses?
In the book of Exodus, we see Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt and onward to the promised land. Moses and Exodus are synonymous ..But do you know it would never had occurs if it weren’t for Aaron, the brother of Moses. When the Lord appeared to Moses as a burning bush and instructed him to go down to Egypt, Moses copped-out! He said he was not equipped for such a task and begged the Lord to send someone else….THREE TIMES! Finally the Lord's anger burned against Moses, and He said what about your Brother Aaron? Aaron stepped-up and went with Moses to talk to the Pharaoh. In fact, Aaron did all of the talking and delivered the first few miracles and plagues on Egypt. It was Aaron’s confidence in the Lord and the calling for Moses life that set the stage for the great exodus. After a few encounters with Pharaoh and a few plagues being occurring, Moses found his voice! He found his strength through watching his brother. Often times while we are watching a movie or reading a book, we assimilate with the main character, and in Exodus its Moses. But the question I have for you today is what if you are not Moses? What if the Lord wants to use you as an Aaron this year? Is there a brother out there that needs your strength, your confidence, your voice? Go ask the Lord if there are any brothers in need. If you’re an Aaron, Who’s your Moses?
January 24, 2022
Iron Edge is a catalyst for helping men find and fulfill their mission. That starts with fellowship with brothers that will live out Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Listen in as Pete, Shad, and Judd discuss with Pastor Dwayne Deskins, a brother in Christ whose calling it to minister to men, the future of the church as men step into their calling as front line warriors. Courageous Men's Devotional Courageous Men's Facebook Group
January 22, 2022
You are Called!
You are Called...... You have been chosen. No matter how undervalued, lost, or confused you are. No matter what you have done or what has been done to you, you have been called by God to reach those around you. I remember the darkest times in my lives were those that I felt useless. Like I was not contributing. The best times were mostly during my military service. I had purpose and direction. I was relied upon as part of a team. I had others I could rely on and trust should I ever need help. I think we get stuck sometimes based on who we think we are in the eyes of those around us. We get caught up in the extreme narcissism of our culture and feel we our only validated by how other view us or when others respond to our accomplishments. As men, often our validation and feelings of usefulness come from our family. We get caught thinking, my wife never notices all that I do for the family, or this family would fail if I was not here to hold it together. I want to let you in on something. Your validation does not matter. Your perception of usefulness does not matter. The only place you will find fulfillment is in your calling in Christ and guess what, we are all called and I believe that you have also been chosen. The great lie of the enemy is that you are useless or that you do not fit in, or that you are unqualified to be used by Christ to grow his church. You are qualified because you have Christ in you. You don't have to do anything but listen to that spirit and move when he tells you to. 1 Corinthians 7:17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. You are the church. You have been given a calling. Its the same as mine. Look for those situations that will inevitably be put in your path, listen to the spirit, and fulfill that great commission. You are extremely valuable. Don't let the enemy tell you anything different.
January 21, 2022
Casting the Net
Let me set the scene: Post resurrection and the disciples have been in a boat fishing all night…they caught nothing. “Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize it was Jesus.” He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No” they answered. He said, “throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” John 21: 4-6 Peter was a fisherman, that was his trade and he was good at it. Prior to following Jesus as a disciple, this was his profession and how he provided for his family. Now, Peter must have been very frustrated with how the night was going. He and the other disciples with him fished all night long and had caught nothing. How frustrated they must have been. Have you ever experienced this…working hard and not gaining any ground? Now in the midst of this frustration as the sun begins to crest skyline, a man walks up and tells you how to do your job. “Say what??? I am a professional, I know what I am doing!” However, Peter must have been at his wits end, because he simply complies with the man's request. And what a nonsensical request it was. He simply said “throw the net on the right side of the boat”. Are you serious? There is dang near no difference from the left-side to the right-side of this boat. But he listened, complied, and reaped a bountiful harvest. A harvest so grand that the disciples couldn’t even haul in the catch. Later in the chapter it reveals that there were 153 fish in the net…153! From 0 to 153 by simply listening to Jesus! Have you been fishing all night? Are you pedaling as fast as you can and not gaining any ground? Are you doing everything “humanly” possible, and still coming up short? Maybe it’s time to listen to the man on the shore? Maybe it's time to choose the right-side of the boat to cast our net! Take some time this week in prayer with the Lord, and ask specifically “where do I need to cast my net?” When you hear His reply through the soft spoken word of the Spirit, no matter how nonsensical it may seem; comply and watch the harvest come in… Stop searching for the fish, simply ask the Lord where to cast your net.
January 17, 2022
Motivation is a Scam
If you search up motivation on social media, you will be inundated with a bunch of quote memes, fitness progress pics, and perfect looking people who all portray themselves to be better than you at something. Its a scam. It's often used to shame people into purchasing something that might result in short term success. Motivation is actually defined as the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. It's a noun not a verb. I can't actually motivate you. Its an improper use of the word. I can't create who you are or why you act or behave a certain way with my words. I can plant a seed in your mind, but unless you are decisive in your actions and nurture that seed, it's a waste of time that usually makes you feel worse about yourself than you did before. Discipline is actually a noun and a verb. It's a biblical principle that if applied daily, will lead to success. 1 Timothy 4: 7-8. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. Don't waste your time looking for motivation. Instead, make a decision and act on it. Find your purpose and direction (your reason) and move forward. There is nothing I can do to make that happen. It's all on you.
January 14, 2022
Find a Guide
The Spirit-led man is an admirable man for sure. But today I want to take that challenging walk even a bit further to the spirit-led community of believers. And here’s why, Matthew 18:19-20 NLT says, “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” The thing is that we must be led by the spirit in all things. And dare I say, that is easier done when you are doing it alone. Because the only one who answers for that is you! The prevailing idea here is that we aren’t doing this life alone. We need spiritual directors, brothers & sisters and even Spiritual Fathers and Mothers. This structure of coming together to find the direction of God can be used in every area of our lives! I Cor. 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do ALL to the Glory of God”! This is how true Kingdom Authority is released, out of the ordinary caring and sharing in a true Christian community. It is possible that a community of believers could come together to make business decisions completely Spirit-led. Can you imagine the heights, the reach, the impact of a spirit-led business community! May spirit-rule lead the way. Spirit-Directed Unity! The true apostolic church. Unity, rather than majority, is the principle guidance here. The key is that each of the members sincerely desire to hear and obey the will of God. In community, this will certainly require humility to learn from our brothers and sisters… But Together - we are all learning from Jesus, the ever-present teacher! So my question today is why not you or more importantly why not us, IRONEDGE MEN! Let’s come together in Unity and under the direction of the Spirit of God to pioneer, forge and plant the flag of the kingdom of God here on earth!
January 12, 2022
Q and A Time
Let’s get to sharpening! Last week I spoke about the ABC’s of transformation; Alter, Build, and Create. I have to report back to you all, that “Alter” as been powerful this week. I have altered my morning schedule to take the first 15 minutes and spend it in prayer with the Lord…and it’s literally changed my days. I would also like to give a shout out to my man Aaron Oaks, a former Apache pilot of mine that is now flying around Cameroon delivering bibles. He posted his ABC’s for 2022, which encouraged me to expand mine. One for Aaron’s ABC’s was to put more scripture to memory, so I followed suit and tried to add more scripture to my memory bank; again producing good fruit this week. So this interaction between Aaron and myself got me to thinking, isn’t this what a sparring session should be about…sharpening each other? So this week I would like to do something a little different, I would like to begin sharpening each other and increase the interaction we have here in Iron Edge. So, is there a question that has been nagging you that you would like some insight on from a fellow warrior in Christ? Or do you have a friend that might b struggling with an addiction and you are not sure how to confront, help, and support? What about scripture…is there a verse that just doesn’t make sense to you, or two verses you see are contradictory??? Go ahead and post those questions below and let's get to sharpening. I will filled one of the questions and garnering information from the team. We will report our findings, thoughts, contradictions, and suggestions on next weeks Sparring Session. Let’s get after it this year gentlemen…and begin sharpening those edges! -Judd
January 10, 2022
Fear God - Find Joy
I don't know how many of you are like me, but I have a hard time understanding people who have joy all the time. I have a hard time being around them because honestly, they shine a light on my lack of joy. I don't like manufactured feelings. I hate feeling fake. So often that means I take on the weight of the world and wallow in it. It makes me difficult to deal with and grumpy, especially toward my family. But I think David hit it on the head in Psalms 128: 1-6 when he gave us a formula for Joy and overall, blessing in our lives. How joyful are those who fear the Lord— all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear him. May the Lord continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live. May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace! I think we individually and as a nation need to discover the Fear of the Lord again. Our great and mighty God has a plan. He sees everything outside of time and space. It's time to stop fearing the things of this world and put our trust in him. Then we can find peace, prosperity, blessing, and joy. Fear God, be Happy.
January 07, 2022
I want to talk today about Worship. And the reason I want to is because I realized that service as a substitute for worship is actually what the bible would call idolatry. Here's the thing we need to remember, "activity is the enemy of adoration." But true service is born out of authentic worship to God alone and not out of price or selfish ambition. John 4:23-24 MSG “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” Adoration is probably the key definition of worship. We get so caught up in acts of service that we give in to the temptation of running around answering the call to services without actually ministering/adoring or WORSHIPPING The Lord. So, "to worship is to experience the reality, to touch life. It is to know, to feel, to experience the resurrected Christ in the midst of gathered community". "Worship is the human response to the divine initiative". "Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father". True worship is one of spirit and truth. "We have not worshipped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit". "Our spirit must be ignited by the divine fire"! "When Spirit touches spirit the issue of forms is wholly secondary". In other words we are free in Christ to use whatever forms will enhance our worship. But we must worship the Lord according to how the Lord would want to be worshipped. If you are married, you know that trying to tell your wife you adore her or love her by taking her on a hunting trip or golf outing, because that is what you love not her, will never go over well. But if you find out the thing that she loves and then make the time or opportunity to experience that with her then she knows how much you adore her. Things like taking her to a play, a movie and a nice dinner, shopping to her favorite store or an outing to her favorite garden to walk are just a few tips by the way ;) Here's the thing, we must worship the Lord and make God our true and only object of adoration. When we begin to experience God in our everyday lives we can rest assured that we will experience God in our corporate expression and experience as well. When we have given our lives as an expression of worship whether at work, cooking in the kitchen, along a walk or even out for sport we can rest assured that this practice or discipline will follow us into every other activity and especially in our gathering together in worship of the Father. In fact, we must live throughout the week as an heir of the kingdom, listening for His voice, seeking and obeying His word. And then, since you have heard his voice throughout the week, you know that you will hear His voice as you gather for public worship! I'll end with this... We talk a lot on this platform about being Authentic. So, "If we long to go where God is going and do what God is doing, we must move into deeper, more authentic worship."
January 05, 2022
ABC's of Transformation
Welcome to 2022!!! I believe this year will be a year of growth and transformation the Iron Edge…and the men and Captains involved in the Chapters. To aid our growth, I have developed the A-B-C’s of Transformation: A = Alter B = Build C = Create Alter: This is referring to your schedule; “how can you alter your schedule to increase spiritual growth?” These are not large changes, but simple alterations to your current schedule. Build: What is feeding you spiritually right now, and how can you build upon it? Create: The Creator has created us to create with in His creation! He has given you certain gift, talents, and abilities empowering you to create something new that will draw people to God and Glorify the Lord. I encourage each team member and Captain to write down their Spiritual ABC’s of Transformation and share it with the team. Make it a point once a month to reach out and discuss how your ABC’s are coming along. To start it off, here are mine: A = I plan on altering my mornings schedule to spend the first 15 minutes in prayer with the Lord. B = I will build upon my spiritual foundation thorough service at my local church in the Men’ ministry and Security. C = I will write a book this year. It will either be the “Dream Team” or “West of Jericho”. Take this week to seek, pray, and contemplate what ABC’s the Lord may have for you. Welcome to 2022…Let‘s do this!
January 03, 2022
I am not much of a believer in resolutions because I think that God is constantly working on us to resolve our stuff. That being said, there is something mentally refreshing about looking forward to a new year, a clean slate, new opportunities..... I was thinking about all of the bad habits I have and the good habits I would like to have. If I put them all on a list and start counting, it might actually bring me down a bit. Why do I have such a hard time achieving the level of discipline I am looking for? Why are there so many things that seem unachievable on that list? I learned a long time ago while attending Celebrate Recovery at Sun Valley Community Church, that all of those habits, or the lack thereof, are only a symptom of a deeper issue. No matter how many of those bad habits I tried to kick, or good ones I tried to create, that underlying issue was still there, and I would constantly fail. Then of course the guilt and condemnation of failure would kick in, causing me to feel even worse than I did before I started. It's an endless cycle that I am sure many can relate to. If you are going to work on a habit or create a resolution this year, I would encourage it to be something like this, "I want to get in the word daily", or "I am going to work on developing closer relationships with my brothers and family". Instead of trying to overcome the habit, create some new habits that are not really to difficult and that help you identify the root cause of that habit. You might even find that by getting in the word every day, those habits start to disappear. You might find that your focus on building relationships is exactly what you needed to shine a light on something you could not see alone. My resolution this year is to identify the root cause of my own particular control issues, and I can tell you that I won't be able to do that without help from my brothers. Iron sharpens Iron is not a catch phrase. It is truth and essential to our success in finding and fulfilling our mission, without a bunch of stuff holding us back. Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40 NIV It's a new year. A fresh start. Keep on going with us here as we build each other and prepare for that inevitable fight. Happy New Year.
December 31, 2021
This is the Way
Happy New Year In this coming new year we want to wish you peace, courage, faith, success, happiness, joy, contentment and all of God’s blessings. We want to say we feel so honored that you would spend your resources and time with us as we endeavor to do our part in the kingdom, however small or large that may be. I want to encourage you today that God has a plan! He originally intended for us to be kings and priests here on this earth. The definition of a priest is "one especially consecrated to the service of God through worship, prayer, sacrifice, or other service. And we all know what a king is and does. Essentially, God wants us to take care of the earth and to administer his righteousness, goodness and peace on the earth. He showed us this original intention through Adam & Eve. Then he established the “how” through Abraham and his bloodline. Along the way there is this little run in with a man name Melchizedek, which is actually really key. We saw Moses and Aaron give it a go and the levites establish the priestly line and service in the temple. And finally King David was given a promise that through his bloodline would come the one who would rule forever. All these flawed individuals showed us the potential of doing it God’s way but all managed to let their own way, get in the way. BUT, it is after the example of Melchizedek, King & Priest, that Jesus would come to administer “the way” (Heb.7). He would also give us access back directly with the father through His death and resurrection and in turn re-commission us, mankind, as kings and priests to inhabit and rule over the earth. It is our heart today that you would find your rightful place in 2022 as an heir of God’s kingdom. That you would co-lead your families and businesses and churches with Christ! And that you would fill, inhabit and take care of this place He gave us to live. And may you do that all in the name of justice & peace, after Jesus’ example and with the blessing & favor of our great God!
December 29, 2021
Luke 2:8-20 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” This is our message of hope and why God sent His son.....specifically to lay down His life for us, so we may have life, and life more abundantly. Merry Christmas Iron Edge Warriors.
December 24, 2021
Blessing “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” Genesis 1:28 NKJV “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” Genesis 9:1 NKJV “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”” Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV “And give you the blessing of Abraham, To you and your descendants with you, That you may inherit the land In which you are a stranger, Which God gave to Abraham.”” Genesis 28:4 NKJV Through faith and patience inherit the promise…. By Jesus our high priest. Heb .6 “that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:14 NKJV “Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.” Galatians 3:13-14 MSG From all of us at iron edge we bless you and wish you a very Merry Christmas
December 22, 2021
Let Wisdom Reign
Proverbs 21:22 “ One who is wise can go giant the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trusts.” I have been very disillusioned, disheartened, and even disgusted with what I have seen in the American political arena over these past several years. The rampant corruptions, lies, and sewing of hate and discontent against the fellow man is simply disturbing. This verse out of Proverbs gives me energy and hope that we can breakdown some of the strongholds that have led this country down this sinful road. However, the verse is very clear on “who” can breakdown those strongholds…the WISE! One must become wise prior to such an effort, and I fear most of us are not. So how does one become wise? Begin reading the word and you will see a constant theme emerge “The Fear of the Lord is the path to wisdom” (JOB 28:28, Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10 & 15:37…) We must fear the Lord to gain the wisdom we seek. Growing up I loved my father, and I knew he loved me. I never wanted to disappoint my father, nor did I want to break one of his standards for fear of his wrath. This is a healthy revenant loving fear that provided bumpers down my path until I was old enough to understand why those bumpers were really there…the wisdom of a father. Now, the founding fathers set up our Republic to serve the people, however the power dynamic has shifted where the government has been utilized for unhealthy actions towards its fellow man. In current practice, the government does not fear the people, the people fear the government. This dynamic swings the door wide open for corruption and no accountability. BLUF- The government will not fear the people until the people fear the Lord! Mike Mason “ The gaining of wisdom requires the total sacrifice of our single most precious possession; OURSELVES!” Deny thyself, fear the Lord, obey the spirit, share the love of Christ…And wisdom will reign in your life! Then and only then will we be able to tear down the strongholds.
December 20, 2021
Mercy not Sacrifice
Matthew 9:13, 12:7, and Hosea 6;6.” I desire mercy, not sacrifice..” In Matthew chapter 9, Jesus calls Matthew the tax collector to follow him, and the Pharisees are confused and angered. They question the other’s and simply state if this is such a religious man, why would he dine with tax collectors and sinner? It was a cognitive and cultural issue for them. In those days, the religious, the healthy, the pure simply did not associate with those types. However, Jesus overhears these comments and responds directly to the Pharisees with “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice”. Jesus was directing the Pharisees to go and read their own script. He was referring to Hosea 6;6 where the Israelites were pleading with God once again. They had fallen from their walk and obedience to the Lord and were pleading for his mercy and grace; a pattern we see over an over again through the Old Testament. The Lord responds with “I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.” The Lord is trying to get them to see that its a Heart issue they have. If they would change their heart, sin would no longer follow. Instead they continue to rely on the religious practices and fail to actually purify themselves…destined for another fall. Jesus repeats this teaching a few chapters later in Matthew 12:7, where the Pharisees are once again are rebuking Jesus and his disciples for collecting grain on the Sabbath. Jesus refers back to Hosea 6;6 “I desire mercy not sacrifice” and then explains that if they knew and understood their own scripture they would not be condemning the innocent right now. Once again, pointing to their blindness and arrogance due to their religious fervor instead of wisdom gained through their love of God. So the point I am driving at by describing these scenes is this; God’s desire is for our hearts to change. He’s desire is for mercy not sacrifice..His desire is for us to not focus on religious practices and laws, but on loving Him. By loving him our hearts will change and so will actions. This will draw us in a closer walk with the Lord, and our old ways will fall away and we will stop trying to “patch” our relationship with God through religious “sacrifices”, and just Love HIM. Simply put; God is love and He made us in His image..so go out and show the Love of Christ in your life.
December 13, 2021
Why we do this!
Iron Edge is a catalyst for helping men find and fulfill their mission. That starts with fellowship with brothers that will live out Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Listen in as Pete, Shad, and Judd discuss the "why" of Iron Edge and its importance to changing the current state of the world. Subscribe to the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoNQKMGBV4Mm_zt-En_rFTg Get podcast free and direct through our app: https://www.ironedgesharp.com/member-app
December 11, 2021
Get ready for a beat down....
Sometimes I feel like the battle is never ending. Even when I do experience victory, something else pops up and the fight continues. I have never been very good at understanding the idea of peace. I internalize injustice, mostly because I know that I was built to fight it. When I see someone suffer, I feel that I have to help. I have always hoped for peace and sacrificed much to find it, but always for someone else. I hear people talk about finding peace in the midst of the storm. I imagine that means some type of serenity when everything is collapsing around you, but I also wonder if our version of peace is the same as Gods? According to Webster, peace is a state of tranquility or quiet, freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions, harmony in personal relations......and I must admit that I have never experienced any of those. Maybe for a brief moment while fishing or camping, but very rarely. In John 16:33 Jesus states, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” If you read the rest of that chapter, Jesus lays it all out there for the Disciples.....the persecution, imprisonment, death, pain, and everything else they have to look forward to as Christ followers. He explains it to them in advance so that they can hang onto the hope that they will make it and that all of the pain and suffering is temporary. Jesus was a great example of what peace is. He never wavered in his faith because he saw the outcome. Did that mean he did not suffer horribly while he was here? I think peace is the hope of what we will attain in the future. We can be in a state of unwavering faith because of that hope and the promise of no more pain and suffering. That of course does not mean that we will not experience it while we are here. We will suffer. We will be persecuted. We will be under constant attack, until we are with Him in the end. It's time to embrace to suck. It's only temporary.
December 08, 2021
Subdue it, Master it
Since the beginning of time we see a cycle of disobedience, pride, anger and murder. Gen. 4 is the story of Cain and Abel. Apparently God instructed them to bring a sacrifice, an offering of worship. We don’t quite understand all the criteria. The Bible doesn’t make it clear in Gen. 4. But what we do know is that… “When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift.” Genesis 4:3-4,NLT The New Testament writers shed a little light on the subject noting that Abel brought his gift and worship out of faith. It was a heart thing, knowing and believing that God would provide more than enough even though he gave what potentially could be his increase. So why was Cain’s offering unacceptable? Side note - literally the first son born to mankind became a murder. We have been killing each other ever since the beginning. Anyway, seems like Cain was just going though the motions and checking off the list. But God said to him: “Why are you angry and look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”vs.6-7 Here’s what we should remember. #1 Always bring your best to honor God. He is our provider and is the God of more than enough. #2 If you get it wrong, the great God of Mercy and Grace wants you to get it right! Because of the perfect gift and sacrifice of Jesus we have power and victory to subdue sin and be it’s master!
December 06, 2021
I was talking to my son the other day about friendship, and how difficult it can be to find true friends......brothers that will drop everything in a crisis and come running. I explained that most of us have numerous acquaintances, but very few friends. I am not sure if its a cultural thing these days, but I don't think it was always that way. It used to be that people had to talk to each other to get anything done. Long conversations over a meal or around a fire were common. Taking the time to get to know someone was essential if you wanted to succeed in business, especially when you could not run a background instantaneously through Google. Relationships were developed over time and intentional fellowship. Christians don't have the monopoly on fellowship. Its something all cultures have done over thousands of years. The issue we run into today is prioritization and honestly, laziness. We don't need to sit down with someone today to get to know them, or at least that's what we tell ourselves. Just follow them on Instagram or look at their Linkedin profile. Many of us are isolated, working from home, or just feel that the pressures of life take up all our time and developing solid relationships outside of work is not worth the investment. This is the trap. Complacency can infect many areas of our lives. Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. From the perspective of the friend in this scripture, its saying that he must be ready to help his brother. To be prepared to drop everything and run toward the crisis. From the perspective of the recipient of this proverb, Solomon is saying that there are people born and prepare to help us in time of trouble. If we are not developing relationships so we can respond when our brothers need us, and reach out when we need help, we won't make it. Be intentional in your relationships. Prioritize fellowship in preparation for those times of crisis.
December 01, 2021
Gaining strength through the negatives!
Often times we perceive spiritual growth through the lens of the positive moments in our life; those intimate times when we are walking close with God and all in the World seems right. But truth is, its during the trials and tribulations when we we often times see the most growth. James states “ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” And Paul expands the concept in Romans 5:3-5 “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Both of these men walked with Jesus, and understood the power of trials, the potential growth of tribulations..that negatives often produce more gains than positives. Weight-lifters and cross fitters understand this concept, when they reach a plateau and need to shock the body, they move from positive sets to negatives sets…focusing on the slow methodical movements in the negative aspect of the lift. So if you feel like you are spiritually plateaued or you are in the middle of trial…rejoice as Paul and James explain, because you are on the verge of spiritual expansion. Focus on God, His purpose for the season you are in, and enjoy the spiritual workout. Because negatives can produce great gains!
November 30, 2021
Jason Conner currently serves alongside his wife Amanda as senior pastors of Mosaic Church in Coventry, England. Jason as both a family man and spiritual leader has been affectionately described as a calm giant. A kind hearted pastor that others can glean from and depend on. Even his golf game, which is above average, exudes this calm presence. He’s a country boy at heart who grew up in the Everglades of South Florida. In his spare time when he’s not on the course smashing the long drive, Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, and generally just being outside. Jason and Amanda have been married for 21 years and have three beautiful children Brookelyn 20, Caden 17, and Talia 12 which they love being adventurous with. Jason believes that his greatest contribution to the world is his willingness to share his journey of faith with others and help them uncover the firm foundation of their true identity in Christ. He’s madly in love with Jesus, His Church, and His people. mosaicchurch.co.uk
November 27, 2021
November 26, 2021
Legacy Leadership I remember when I first started feeling the draw from God to do more regarding service to him. I wanted to do everything. I would travel all over to try and help people fulfill their calling and at the same time get some satisfaction in my life that I was doing a good thing as well. But as I moved forward I realized my motivation was skewed and had very little to do with helping others and more to do with self gratification........I also realized that God had specific things for me to do and that I needed to listen to him and focus my effort to be efficient and a good steward of my talents. When David first became a recognized King he had an idea. He called Nathan, the resident prophet, to confer about his grandiose ideas. The first was to build a temple for God. He said why am I living in luxury while the ark is housed in a tent. Nathan listened and said do whatever you want....you're the King and God is with you. I am sure David was on cloud nine thinking about being the King that would build a house for God. But later that night God reached out to Nathan and said.....nope, I have different plans, so Nathan had to go back to and tell David that God did not want him to build the temple. God said, "I took you from being a shepherd to the most powerful man in the region. I destroyed your enemies and now am giving you a dynasty of future leaders that I also have plans for. That particular task is going to be for your son." 2 Samuel 7:8-9 NLT “Now go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before your eyes. Now I will make your name as famous as anyone who has ever lived on the earth! God has a plan for us. We need to listen to because we are part of a greater plan that only He can see. Sometimes He opens doors and sometimes He closes them. Our motivation should always be fulfilling His plan for our lives and that takes checking our ego as well as listening to wise counsel from our brothers and mentors. Are we serving Him or are we serving ourselves......sometimes the calling might be to prepare the next generation to pick up where we leave off. That's what Legacy Leadership is.
November 24, 2021
A New Thing
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!..” In Isaiah 43: 14-25, the Lord speaks to the Israelites with encouragement on how He will deliver them from the Babylonians. He continues on by reminding them of the exodus and how He delivered them from the Egyptians; destroying the mighty Army in the Red Sea. After reminding them of this great history, the Lord instructs the Israelites to “forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” How perplexing! Why the shift of perspective? First the Lord brings to remembrance the great history of the Israelites, but then quickly tells the to “forget about it, I’m doing something different!” However, the Lord ever so quickly pivots back again to reminding the Israelites of their disobedience over the next several verses; concluding with verse 24 “…but you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses”. Again, why discuss the past with the Israelites if His desire is for them to forget about the former things? The Lord provides the clarity in verse 25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” The Lord exposes that this new thing He is creating “remembers your sins no more!” You see, this new thing is the Lord Jesus Christ, and by dying in him, you die to your old self and rise as a new thing. When you live in Christ, He has “remembered your sins no more”, then you too should remember your sins no more. The trouble is many Christian continue to live in the past. They choose to dwell on those former things, which robs them of blessings and the calling that the Lord has for them. Are you dwelling on your past and allowing it to affect your relationship with the Lord? Are you allowing the former things to figuratively stain your new garments? If the Lord states He remembers your sins no more, then why are you holding onto those past failures? I believe its because you do not truly believe the Lord has forgiven you. Men, I encourage you to put your full faith in Jesus Christ! That He did indeed die for all of your sins (past, present, and future), and know that you are now a new thing in Christ! Take hold of the new found freedom from sin, and seek the beautiful calling the Lord has for you. Forget the former and become a new thing!
November 23, 2021
The Discipline of Prayer
“Of all the spiritual disciplines, prayer is the most central because it is ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father. - Meditation introduces us to the inner life - Fasting is an accompanying means - Study transforms our minds But it is the discipline of prayer that brings us into the deepest and highest work of the human spirit.” “Real prayer is life creating and life changing” “To pray, is to change” Prayer is what truly transforms us. If we feel we don’t have time to pray, that there is too much on the table to do then we must in fact make more time to pray! More to do = more time needed in prayer. This is where we have always got it wrong! It’s not so much the quantity, although, the quantity of time we give to prayer will directly impact the dividends of effectual prayers. It is also not so much the quality, however we must continually LEARN to pray. What we must do is… pray. Whether we know “how to pray” or not, the practice and purpose of prayer aligns us with and puts us in touch with who God is. When we begin to find ourselves in prayer about what matters to God rather than what matters to us then we can be assured we are in deed praying, the first evidence is that we are changing. Selfish or self centered prayers, scripted recipe prayers, and prayers that attempt to “manipulate” God are not actually prayers. They are our futile attempt of projection to get our way in our way. Prayers that become more silent and hear Gods voice and then in turn echo His voice are indeed the heart of prayer. We should not ask what we want in prayer but ask what God wants. In fact we should ask God how He wants us to pray and what we should pray for or towards in any particular situation. Let God be true and every man a liar!
November 19, 2021
Only One Opinion Matters
If you didn't already know, we live in a very narcissistic society and yes, even in our Christian circles we find this. The pastor of Sun Valley Community Church here in Phoenix said it better than I ever could when he said its called a selfie, because a narcicisty would be to hard to say. I remember as a kid when my Dad would talk about Judgement Day. He would tell me how we would all have to answer for our sins in front of God and everyone else on earth. I remember how that terrified me. Everyone was going to know my sins. My deepest darkest secrets. That would be extremely embarrassing and that was one of my greatest fears about the end. But as I grew and became a father, I realized something. If I was going to be standing in front of the creator of everything, I highly doubt that I would even see those around me or be concerned with what they thought. As I saw my own children respect me and yes, even fear me sometimes, I realized that I had a skewed vision of who my Heavenly Father was. Our Father is pure love, so much so that he is honest with us and yes, even disciplines us. According to Proverbs 3:11 Solomon says, My Child don't reject the Lord's discipline and don't be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. God loves us, but I do respect and fear him. I now try to live like he is watching my every move and really does not want to have to bring up all my personal stuff in the end. Who cares what anyone else thinks. The maker of everything cares enough about me to correct me and keep me on the path he laid out for me. Lets live our lives like He is right beside us. The most important figure in our lives, the one we look up to, the one who loves us enough to give us a choice. And in the end, He will say well done my good and faithful servant. No other approval matters.
November 17, 2021
What Game are you Playing?
In today’s session we will parallel the stories of Job and Solomon, and how the Lord revealed truth in their lives. These two wise men of the Old Testament were separated by 1000 years, their stories diverging one from another, yet both discovered the same truth about this life on earth. Job was a faithful man of God, however, the Devil ridiculed Jobs faith stating its due to the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon him. So the Lord gave the Devil permission to test Job’s faith. Job’s life trajectory began southward, losing land, livestock, family, and even his health. Yet he continued to have faith in his Lord. Let’s parallel this story to the one of King Solomon, who reigned after the great King David. Solomon was known as the wisest of all Kings, and he was blessed with wealth, prosperity, and peace through Israel. He began to search the ends of the earth to obtain all of the most precious and fulfilling objects. It’s at this point where both wise men reveal their discoveries; Job in the pits of despair and King Solomon with all the wealth in the world…Both discover that the only thing worth any value in this world is the knowledge of God and following his commandments. So I ask this week, what game are you playing? What is the goal you are seeking? You might be chasing the the wealth of Solomon or feel like you are being driven to your knees like Job…but the only thing worth living for, the only true comfort that exist is the Lord Himself! So play the Game the Lord has for you and seek His presence…there you will find the wisdom the Lord bestowed upon Job and Solomon.
November 15, 2021
Healing the Heart
Jordan currently serves as a pastor on the pastoral team at the gate church. He also helps facilitate Healing the Heart and LTS (Life Transformation School). He’s been married to Holly Roberts for the last 10years and has two beautiful children Sarah (9) and Samuel (7). Jordan loves the mountains, motorcycles and loud cars among other things. His greatest joy is to see people made healthy and whole. https://livingwatersministry.com/retreat/healing-the-heart/ https://thegatechurch.tv/healingtheheart/ https://www.navahchurchkc.com/lts
November 13, 2021
Not Condemned but Free!
(KJV)Romans 8:1- There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (TPT)Romans 8:1- So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. What is condemnation? Condemnation-the expression of very strong disapproval; censure: the action of condemning someone to a punishment; sentencing. Romans 8:2- For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death. We are no longer condemned to the law of sin and death but we are, through Jesus Christ, liberated to walk in life through God! So let’s not continue to allow ourselves to live in condemnation to the law of sin and death but let’s live in the liberty that God has given us, no matter our circumstances. It is our hearts that condemn us when we make mistakes, not Christ! Through Christ there is forgiveness of sins. Through His mercy and grace we can continue to walk out our journey of faith in Him. We must remain confident in the truth that Gods love is unconditional and that with that love comes the power to bring transformation to our lives. Allow His love and His word to transform us everyday as we seek Him. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom 12:1-2)
November 12, 2021
Serve a Veteran
Welcome LTC Judd Douglas, our latest addition to the Iron Edge Founders Team. Judd is a welcome addition and our third director of the Iron Edge Community. Get in the Game. Be a Disciple. Serve a Veteran this week.
November 08, 2021
Renew Your Mind
During our most recent podcast I mentioned how I sought healing and set out to rewire my brain this year. I wanted to be able to not only retain more while I read, but also read faster. I wanted healing. I remember feeling like Forest Gump who classically said, “I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is”. So what happened? Unfortunately, part of my testimony is divorce. More than the pain and heartache of that process, I discovered that an intense stress and emotional trauma can come over you. Since then, I have discovered that stress is one of the most significant factors to brain damage. That’s right I said, I have experienced brain damage in the form of stress. Fortunately, it is not irreparable. Now, don’t just take my word on it. There are many skilled professionals out there and I highly suggest reading and studying their works. Thankfully as we heard last Saturday, Iron Edge Warrior Sgt. Q is a tremendous resource for us all. I love reading and listening to Dr. Caroline Leaf on the the subject. Her book Switch On Your Brain the 21 Day Brain Detox, and the corresponding Every Day devotional are very insightful and encouraging. There are others written by her and I also enjoyed Limitless by Jim Kwik which helped me more specifically with reading. But I want to let you in on a little secret… by far the most effective tool I found is, The Word of God, The Bible! The words are not cliche sayings but they have power, healing and life in them! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7 NKJV Hebrews 4:12-13 MSG “God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” Romans 12:2 NLT&TPT “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. (Or as the passion says, a total transformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes).” “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 2:5 NKJV 1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT “For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” And the list goes on…. May your mind be renewed today as you read Gods powerful, healing, restoring word!
November 05, 2021
Protection is your calling!
Protection is your calling as a Man of God. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Although we are to show love no matter what we do, even in violence, we are not called to be pacifist. I have been working in Haiti, where the threat level toward American missionaries is extremely high. I always find myself magically reading about David during these missions. 1 Samuel 26 So Saul took 3,000 of Israel’s elite troops and went to hunt him down in the wilderness of Ziph. Saul camped along the road beside the hill of Hakilah, near Jeshimon, where David was hiding. When David learned that Saul had come after him into the wilderness, he sent out spies to verify the report of Saul’s arrival. David slipped over to Saul’s camp one night to look around. Saul and Abner son of Ner, the commander of his army, were sleeping inside a ring formed by the slumbering warriors. “Who will volunteer to go in there with me?” David asked Ahimelech the Hittite and Abishai son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother. “I’ll go with you,” Abishai replied. So David and Abishai went right into Saul’s camp and found him asleep, with his spear stuck in the ground beside his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying asleep around him. “God has surely handed your enemy over to you this time!” Abishai whispered to David. “Let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t need to strike twice!” “No!” David said. “Don’t kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the Lord’s anointed one? Surely the Lord will strike Saul down someday, or he will die of old age or in battle. The Lord forbid that I should kill the one he has anointed! But take his spear and that jug of water beside his head, and then let’s get out of here!” So David took the spear and jug of water that were near Saul’s head. Then he and Abishai got away without anyone seeing them or even waking up, because the Lord had put Saul’s men into a deep sleep. David climbed the hill opposite the camp until he was at a safe distance. Then he shouted down to the soldiers and to Abner son of Ner, “Wake up, Abner!” “Who is it?” Abner demanded. “Well, Abner, you’re a great man, aren’t you?” David taunted. “Where in all Israel is there anyone as mighty? So why haven’t you guarded your master the king when someone came to kill him? This isn’t good at all! I swear by the Lord that you and your men deserve to die, because you failed to protect your master, the Lord’s anointed! Look around! Where are the king’s spear and the jug of water that were beside his head?” We are surrounded by God's anointed on a daily basis. Our friends, family, colleagues.....we are called to be used by God, through our natural talents and abilities, to protect his anointed. Do not fear that calling. God expects you to use the size and strength he gave you to protect the weak and helpless. You were made in his image. You were given strength for a reason. Do not let the world minimize the importance of your role as a protector.
November 03, 2021
John 15:13 TPT “You show that you are my intimate friends when you obey all that I command you.” I don’t want to do this passage of scriptures in John 15 any injustice because they are absolutely powerful and in fact the motto of many reading this today. But I just want to point out that what Jesus didn’t say in vs. 13 is, “If you want to be one of my friends you have to do everything I say”. I mean what kind of friend would that be. I can just picture some elementary school kids out on the playground and someone says, “hey, do y’all want to be my friends”. A child responds, “uh, ok”. So the first child says, “ok, just do whatever I tell you and this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship”. Most likely child two says, “uhhh, no thanks” and runs off to play tether ball. The fact is, we don’t do things for our friends because they command us to but because we’d do anything we can for our friends! Jesus was talking about the intimacy and closeness of the friendship with His disciples. And because they were so close to Him he was saying to them, “look I’m telling you the secrets that my Father is telling me”. This in and of itself shows the intimacy of the relationship. Another way to think of this is if a coworker asked me to pick something up for them at the store and drop it by on my way home from work, the chances I do that are less likely than if it was for a friend. I mean maybe I would, but there would need to be a lot of questions answered first. But if my friend asked me, I would in turn ask them if there is anything else they need! And if I happen to see their favorite ice cream, because I know what that is as their close friend, I might just go ahead and grab that for them too! Hermanos, this is the kind of relationship that Jesus is calling us into! And I might note, this is the kind of friend he is asking us to be as well. I urge you to read the entire passage of John 15:12-17 but what I want to say is, this is not trivial. Go deeper in your relationship with Jesus and with your brothers.
November 01, 2021
Healing through Service
Join us as we discuss Aaron's journey to faith and how he is working to direct those hurting toward fulfilling their new mission in Christ. In 2015 God had been calling Sgt Q to share the healing he had found on the mission field with his fellow warriors. He had ignored this calling until he had a close friend and fellow Marine go off the grid and feared that he would become part of the 22 veterans that commit suicide every day in America. Sgt Q prayed that his Marine would not become a statistic and that Sgt Royers death need not need to be the catalyst for his ministry. 6 months later Sgt Q led his first team of veterans on Operation Restore Hope. Sgt Royer is still with us and Sgt Q has made it his life’s mission to bring veterans to the mission field to promote healing thru a comprehensive spirit filled process. He partners with Homes of Hope a ywam ministry and Semper Fi Fund to accomplish this mission. ” Being a Marine and being a missionary are very similar. 1. You are still working long hours for little pay. 2. You are going to dangerous places most people would never consider going. 3. Everywhere you go there is a certain part of the population that wants to cut your head off. The needed skillset is the same but the mission has changed. We are not going to kill people and destroy buildings, we are going to save souls and build infrastructure.” -Sgt Q https://www.qmissions.org/
October 30, 2021
Gods Talent Pool
It's amazing how God speaks to us. I am currently in Haiti right now, doing my job, which often entails trusting God for my safety......but there is so much more to it than that. How many times have we seen God's direct intervention in our lives? When I say direct, that typically means miraculous and without human involvement. Parting the red sea type stuff. It does not happen often. I can honestly say that I have never seen his direct intervention. I have however seen him use exceptional human beings who were willing to listen, trust, and act when prompted. Every day God uses us in our daily tasks to influence and save lives. Whether in a physical or spiritual manner, it does not matter. He uses those that listen to his voice and capitalize on the talent he has bestowed on each of us individually. We are unique. God created us with individual skills and ambitions. He did not take that task lightly. When you were created, he had a strategic view of all creation without time or space constraints. He created you with a specific purpose, not only to carry out the great commission, but as a specific task within that mission. Matthew 10:16 says, Look I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. As a Christian, we often internalize that scripture to think that it's addressing our own safety....Its not. It's not about you. It's about those that God puts in your path to protect, rescue, warn, or disciple. Be smart how you do that. Be on the lookout for the wolves and most importantly, watch your brothers six.
October 29, 2021
Iron Edge Friend
Prov.27:17As iron sharpens iron… so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. NKJV so a friend sharpens a friend. NLT so one person sharpens another. NIV and one man sharpens another. ESV You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another. MSG It takes a grinding wheel to sharpen a blade, and so one person sharpens the character of another. TPT Here’s the thing, many of us see ourselves as the hero or the top dog. We think we are the best example, the one who gets it, the favored or the ideal. But the truth of the matter is that we don’t have a clue! And when we think we have arrived, we then discover that we have only just begun! We need each other to become who God wants us to be on the earth. And in light of our theme scripture and an understanding that sparring helps us work on our weaknesses together, the scripture earlier in Proverbs 27 makes a ton more sense… Prov. 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” NKJV or in The Passion Translation: “You can trust a friend who wounds you with honesty, but your enemy’s pretended flattery comes from insincerity.” Guys we need each other to be anything in this world. And when we are line with God, that “anything” will be everything to the one who needs it. I want to challenge you today to listen to hear, hear to obey, obey and do! Let’s get to work. I’ll leave you with Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”
October 27, 2021
It's not about You!
At Iron Edge we all have something in common. We are attempting to find and fulfill our mission in Christ. We have come together under that common theme. We feel that there is something more than going to church every Sunday and getting fed. Although that is an important aspect of our journey, it's not our specific mission. Listening to a message on Sunday or going to a Bible study is not going to be a factor when we stand before the God of the universe and answer for what we did or did not do. We are already redeemed. There is nothing we can do to add to that or take it away. God sent Jesus to pay that price long before we were born. So what's the point of going to church? The great commission is about more than feeling fulfilled. Is not at all about how we feel. If it was, there really would be no reason for us to be here on this earth after we receive Christ. If it was about us, we would receive Him, and go straight to heaven. Jesus set the example. He came here as a man, lived among us, and reached millions and millions after being in the spotlight for only a few years. He did that so we could understand how to do the same. Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Going to Church on Sunday is important. It gives the opportunity to get refreshed, motivated, and educated on how to reach others during the rest of the week. Our lives are meant to shine so others may see and hear the love of God through our example. Just like Jesus did. Don't forget that our mission is so much more than being a spectator. It not about us. Its about the lost that are waiting to meet Jesus through us.
October 25, 2021
1 John 1:7- fellowship is vital to living the truth of who God is. God is light so if we say we are in God then fellowship must be a part of that lifestyle. Fellowship is gathering frequently, communion, community, sharing our lives with one another. I encourage each one of us to have those men in our lives that we can have true fellowship with. Make Jesus the center of you conversation and activity and we receive cleansing, strengthening and courage to continue walking this journey in Christ. Because God is light there is no darkness in him, we can therefore have no fellowship with darkness.
October 22, 2021
Are we living in Fear?
As men, that is a difficult question. It's one of the most difficult things for us to admit to ourselves let alone anyone else. Admitting that we are fearful shows that we are vulnerable and maybe even cowardly. We live in an age of information. Not only can we see all of the craziness of the world through the numerous media channels, we can experience it through our ability to travel globally. I personally have traveled the world. To some of the darkest places you could possibly imagine. I have had to acknowledge my own fear because my life depended on it. If I did not, I would likely have been victimized, maybe even killed. It was through this process that God revealed a few things to me. First off, fear is not permanent. It can be overcome. The same goes for cowardice. Acknowledging fear and reaching out to my network of warriors is how I overcame it enough, to go to the dark places that God was directing me to. To reach those that lived amongst the evil of this world without a choice. Psalms 34: 4 says I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. These are the words of one of the most renowned warriors in history. David, the man who took out warrior giant with a stone. The man who took the throne and conquered numerous enemy forces. If David, a man who appeared to be courageous admits that he was not....not without God's help. Not only does he proclaim it to God, but he does so in a very public way. We all have fears, and without God, we would most definitely make life decisions based in it. Fortunately for us we have the power and authority of the Holy Spirit and all of the forces of heavens army's. Don't let your ego keep you from acknowledging fear, expressing it to your brothers, and overcoming it through the power of the holy spirit. You are a warrior. Don't go into battle blinded by your fear. Because the only thing we have to fear is.....fear itself.
October 20, 2021
Ambassadors for Christ
Recently I heard my friend Pastor Amanda Conner say Kingdom stewardship is, ”how well you handle something God has put in to your hands and whether or not it can still honor God.” It made me think, don’t treat what’s given you like it’s your own. Treat it like it is somebody else’s who expects it to be returned in as good or better condition than received. Reality is, we tend to let things slide on our own. You ever seen a mechanics car or a painters house? Anyway, PA also stated, “If you don’t understand stewardship you will be confused and start to think that you own something that you don’t.” We will never be equal to or co owners with God, but we can and will be ambassadors. He’s Called us to it in 2 Corinthians 5:20… “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” Stewardship and Ambassadorship then are the two legs that hold up ownership. We shouldn’t tell people that we want them to take ownership. It is actually an unwarranted burden. There is only one owner, but there can be many ambassadors or stewards. In business we should move from wanting people to “take ownership” to having ambassadors who represent. People that we would trust to make decisions like us, on our behalf when necessary. In other words, ambassadors are people who handle something given to them from an owner in such a way that it is carried out in excellence and represents what the owner wants, who the owner is and builds the owners reputation, honor, and name. Life is not about making your name known. It is about making Gods name known to every corner of the earth!
October 18, 2021
Iron Edge - Your Mission and the Local Church
Join Pete and Shad as we discuss our role as men in our communities and local churches. Chris Russo has been on staff at Seacoast for over 14 years. His greatest passion is motivating and encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. In his time at Seacoast he has served in college, young professional and marriage ministries. Chris also led Seacoast’s Columbia campus for four years and has been the West Ashley campus Pastor since July, 2017. Chris has been married to his wife, Abbi for over 11 years and they have amazing sons named Isaac, Jonathan and Samuel. Chris also serves as an adjunct instructor for Southern Wesleyan University and South Eastern University. He loves coffee, Chick-Fil-A, playing golf and traveling as much as he can.
October 16, 2021
What is Authenticity?
What is authenticity? How does it manifest in my life? Is it even possible to be authentic while living in a culture that encourages fake it until you make it. The word authentic is defined by Webster as true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character. The definition is centric on being who you are. What you see is what you get. Although that might appear to be self-centered, it all depends on our base morals and values, or as we at Iron Edge like to call them, Ethos. If I were to go back in time and look at my authentic self before I was following Christ, I would say its likely a good thing that I did the whole fake it until you make it thing. I can imagine that I would have offended a lot of people, and really hurt more than I helped them. Authenticity is not a fixed target. Its not something we hit and then relax because we’ve reached our goal. Being authentic is an ongoing mission with multiple moving targets. Finding it requires constant analysis and planning. If we are seeking God, and constantly purging sin and weakness from our lives, and then being honest about where we are in our mission with our brothers, our authenticity will be evident to those around us. Phillipians 4:8 says Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Being authentic is a journey that does not end…we have to continually seek it and part of being authentic is being vulnerable enough to allow others to see your weakness. Otherwise we are the opposite of authentic because we are lying to everyone including ourselves.
October 15, 2021
God's Intent for Us
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” Genesis 1:28 NKJV Gods Family Plan By David and Kathie Burnett Gods intent and design is for us to: 1. Increase - that everything we put our hands to would prosper 2. Multiply - be fruitful and be stewarded within the security and intimate relationship of a household 3. Govern - God gave the authority to rule over creation to man and wife not a religious, institutional, military or political structure. “God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”” Genesis 1:26-28 MSG
October 13, 2021
Why do we feel anxious?
This is something I struggle with personally. There are so many things to worry about. The world and its current state of conflict, sickness, disease, the safety of my family, my job, the future……the list is endless. Paul gives us some guidance in this area. And you have to remember that the Paul portrayed by many theologians often leaves out who he was before his conversion. Paul was a man who understood conflict. He was a tactician, the equivalent of a military or law enforcement professional, so when he gives out guidance that in the context of warfare, he knows what he is talking about. In Corinthians 16 he states “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity”. There are many versions of this scripture, but the one I struggled with was the King James. What does he mean Quit you like men? Back in the day, that was a common phrase that meant, act like men? And in this context, he is saying conduct yourself in battle like a man. Don’t go down without a fight. He wasn’t only speaking to men in this verse, but the Church. We already have victory through Christ. God is the God of everything. Not just the world, or the universe. His strength is immeasurable. We cannot even fathom in our human minds the scope of his power…so why do we feel anxious. Why are we worried about loss when we already have won? Guess what. The battle is ongoing and will be until we finish our race. Get used to it. But understand that the only ones who can lose this battle is us. We literally have to throw down our sword and run away from an already defeated enemy that poses no threat whatsoever. Be strong, be courageous, stay on guard, for the sake of your brothers and sisters who are counting on you to hold the line.
October 11, 2021
Iron Edge - Leadership Principles for Men of God
Join us on the Iron Edge Podcast for a great discussion with LTC Judd Douglas of the US Army. We break down some of the issues men face regarding leadership and service in the church as well as at home and in business. LTC Douglas enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July of 1996 as an Electronic Warfare Technician, later to become a U.S. Navy Diver with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three out of Coronado California. His specific duties encompassed the Diving Supervisor and the primary Mammal Handler for “Ten”, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin trained to locate underwater explosives. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, LTC Douglas pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from American Military University. In 2003 he attended Officer Candidate School where he was commissioned into the Arizona Army National Guard. In January of 2005 he became a distinguished honor graduate in his flight class and a rated Army Aviator; qualified in the AH-64D “Apache Longbow” and OH-58 A/C. Shortly thereafter he deployed as an Apache Pilot and Platoon Leader for D Company, 1-285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. LTC Douglas transitioned to the UH-60 Blackhawk Maintenance Facility in 2009 where he became a Maintenance Test Pilot, an Instructor Pilot, and the Commander of Det 1, C Co., 5-159th Medical Evacuation Unit; eventually commanding the MEDEVAC on a combat deployment in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. LTC Douglas is qualified in the AH-64D Apache, LUH-72A Lakota, OH-58A/C, and UH-60A/L Blackhawk; to include Maintenance Test Pilot and Instructor Pilot. Over the past 8 years LTC Douglas’ assignments have consisted of Brigade Operations Officer, Supervisor of Instructor Pilots, Army Aviation Support Facility Commander, Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commander of NORTHCOM, and Battalion Commander. During this time he completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University, attended the Defense Support to Civil Authorities course at NORTHCOM/NORAD, finished his professional development studies at the Command and General Staff College, and is currently attending the Joint Combined Warfare School. LTC Douglas has lead at all levels from Platoon to Battalion; including multiple Company and Battalion Commands. His awards and badges include a Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior Army Aviation Wings, and a U.S.Navy Second Class Dive Badge. LTC Douglas has been married to Tammie Douglas, his high-school sweetheart, for 22 years and has three children; Kaden (21), Payton (18) and Kole (14). Kaden Douglas is serving alongside his dad a Blackhawk Mechanic (15T) in the Arizona Army National Guard at the Western ARNG Aviation Training Site.
September 29, 2021
Iron Edge Vision
At Iron Edge we see that men of faith all over the world are frustrated and disillusioned with the local church. We know and believe that the difference is you! Strong men who are connected, informed, passionate, & courageous. It is our heart to equip, support, and sharpen you, in your spirit, soul, and even your body through fellowship, prayer and resources. When there is a world filled with confident and outspoken men there is no enemy that can stand against YOU, THE TRUE CHURCH of Almighty God. Watch for our first podcast with LTC Judd Douglas dropping on October 2, 2021. https://www.ironedgesharp.com/
September 21, 2021