A smooth talking lawyer once asked Jesus “who is my neighbor.” This after he was reminded of the two greatest commandments – Love God and love your neighbor. This sparked the parable of the Good Samaritan where we learned anyone and everyone can be our neighbor.
A few weeks ago, Iron Works learned of some neighbors in Louisiana that were in need. A thousand year flood had severly damaged thousands of homes, schools, churches, and businesses. This area was not prone to flood, thereby very few had flood insurance. So, they were in need.
Through the help of Barry Wilkinson of Hopewell Baptist Church we were able to partner with a local church, to be a neighbor to some needing mercy.
This weekend Iron Works is honored to lead another group to Louisiana. We have found that some of the homes we tore out two months ago are still not whole. Actually they are pretty much where we left them. The lack of supplies and especially the lack of able hands is still a huge need in this overwhelmed community.
We were pleased to have Kelvin Cochran at the Old School this month. He was the former Atlanta fire chief, fired for his personal/religious views about sex. Because he is a Christian, it was thought that he could not be fair in his treatment of homosexuals. But he didn’t spend much time talking about that. Instead, he talked about his passion which is teaching men what it means to be clothed with Christ (Gal. 3:27). After Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, he lost several things, things which men have been struggling to regain ever since. Kelvin shared with us how we can get these things back through Christ. Please “stay tuned” for the full report!
In September we had Michael Thompson of Zoweh Ministries in North Carolina come and speak to a group of over 200 men. He spoke of courage, of proper orientation, and about knowing who we are in Christ — the difference between our false self and the truth about us from God’s perspective. If you missed it, you can read all about it here.
August 18: Old School Men’s Meeting w/Hank Erwin
This month we had Hank Erwin of Woodlawn legend come and join us for a free steak dinner (we begin at 7:00pm the third Thursday of every month), and we counted 281 men who came and joined to hear Hank give his powerful testimony of the events that transpired at Woodlawn high school between 1973 and ’74. He shared with us what he shared with them: the steps necessary to achieve godly success, the steps that propelled Woodlawn to do amazing things, even miraculous things. And if Christians will follow the principles he laid out, we too can achieve amazing things through the power of Christ in us. Our good friend Frank Schaffer does a live feed on Periscope, and the video is included in this month’s post. If you missed it, go check it out here.
August 5-6: Men’s Conference
This year’s conference was nothing short of amazing. God really showed up in a big way this year with our speakers, Scott Dawson and Rick Burgess. We had around 1500 guys show up Friday night, and many of them made decisions for Christ as Scott and Rick delivered powerful messages about what it means to be a Christian man in today’s world.