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Life Principles of the Gospel Man Part 6

gospel headerI have always felt a strong call to action when I read Peter’s words in 1 Peter 5:8-9. “Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him…”

The bible is full of imperatives which are commands and calls to action for the believer.  A story from a good pastor-friend of mine drove this home recently.

This brother was preparing for an international trip one morning well before daylight, when suddenly there was a violent knock at his front door.  Looking at his watch he saw that it didn’t yet register 5:30 am.  He wondered who would be at his front door at this hour.  In that moment of uneasiness, he also remembered that there had been a couple of recent break-ins in his neighborhood.  With stealth, he made his way through the dimly lit hallway that led to his front door, and crossed to a nearby window that would give him an unnoticed point of view.  From there, he looked out and saw a man with his face mostly covered by a hoodie, peering into the tiny window in the front door.  The man held one hand behind his back and stood in a very offensive posture.  Fearing the hidden hand held a weapon, my buddy went on the offensive (this proved to be true, as the man had a pistol).  By recognizing the signs of a home invasion, my friend was able to stop the man in his tracks and send him fleeing.  The police were called and the man was later arrested.  What began as an attack that could have left my friend’s family hurt or killed, turned into a thwarted plan that left the armed burglar in jail, lucky to not have been shot.  My friend’s vigilance saved lives.  A tactical principal held true.  Action beats reaction.  Every time.

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This story ended favorably because he not only read the warning signs, but he remained vigilant and steadfast.   And he was armed.  He knew the posture and signs and had armed himself in the defense of his family.  But locks and guns only go so far.  His MINDSET is what saved his family that morning.

I wish more men would take the spiritual defense of their own families more seriously.  We have been called to holiness, and to fight for our wives, marriages, children, and our own godliness.  This requires vigilance.  I have to be aware of my own temptation and sin, my own weaknesses and tendencies, and my own knack for abandoning my walk with The Lord.  As a father and shepherd, I am responsible for the safety of those in my home, in my care.  Defending my family isn’t just a physical responsibility,  it's a spiritual one and an emotional one too.  If I am vigilant in my pursuit of Christ and godliness for my own life, then I will more likely be in tune with the needs of my wife and kids.

When the enemy comes, I will take action and go on the offensive, rather than waiting until after he attacks and trying to react defensively.

Knowing the roaring lion and his tactics as Paul instructs in 2 Corinthians 2:11 is critical.  Knowing The Lion of Judah and submitting to him daily will enable me to ROAR BACK.  Besides, action always beats reaction.  Arm yourself.

 

Further reading:

Ephesians 4:27

Ephesians 6:11

2 Corinthians 2:11

2 Corinthians 10:4-6

SWO Update

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We have just finished our first two rounds of Winter SWO Retreats.  This year, our Winter SWO teaching focus is Psalm 23.  This passage is a very familiar for most Christians, but it’s one that few of us have ever really dug into and studied.  The feedback from staff and students so far is really positive, and it seems that this is a very practical and encouraging study.  One of the goals we have here in our teaching ministry is to be faithful in our handling of God’s Word while being practical in our delivery and instruction.  We want staff, students and leaders to be encouraged as they sit under the teaching and preaching ministry of SWO, but we also want them to be focused and determined in their own commitment to study God’s Word—that they’d be shaped by it.

The kickoff to Winter SWO was pretty wild as unseasonably warm temperatures left us with no snow and no possibility of skiing or snowboarding.  Many of the groups that come for Winter SWO sign up to spend an afternoon at the slopes.  But this year, we just didn’t have that option.  With temperatures in the seventies, we did what we had to in order to make the experience memorable.  We went whitewater rafting!  That’s right.  We took students down the Nantahala River on the first day, but even that was cut short! We’ve gotten a lot of rain here lately, and since the forest service said the water levels were too high, we couldn’t go rafting the second day of the retreat.

The week between Christmas and New Years brought the craziest weather we had ever seen for that week, but the SWO staff, Pastors, and students who were here just made the most of it.  In the end, we had a blast, and the Gospel remained the focus of the week.  Students were challenged both spiritually and physically and God moved in our lives.

We will be traveling and preaching a lot over the next several months and maybe we will see you while we are on the road.  God is good, and we want to see him do great things in 2016.

The Refugee Dilemma

refugee In 1994 a man named Baruch Goldstein killed 29 Palestinians, and wounded over a hundred more. He believed he was waging a holy war and that his enemies deserved killing. People of faith tend to think and act to the extremes. As Christians, we need to think and act by the power of The Gospel. In America today, it sure feels like a lot of Christians are thinking from the same mindset that motivated Mr. Goldstein. It is alarming.

There is a lot of talk and even panic over the possibility of Syrian refugees coming into our country. I don’t want to get into a political debate over whether they should or shouldn’t. But, as Christians, we need to be constantly asking the question of how we may reach people with the Gospel. The Government we have allows for voting, interaction with Representatives, and activism. We should exercise those opportunities we have been given. So vote, and correspond with the offices of your representatives and senators, and trust in the sovereignty of the same God who left Nero on the throne long enough to kill thousands of Jesus’ followers. But we should absolutely be strategizing how we may utilize every means to reach the nations with the Gospel. When the nations come to our shores, we can bellyache about how they are going to kill us, or we can meet them with the Gospel.

The Gospel is bigger than guns and bombs. Jesus is greater than Allah. IF you are an evangelical Christian, you should already believe this.

**Blog originally posted on Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters.

Why You Should Work at SWO

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This is an exciting time at SWO.  We are ramping up for SWO16 and staff applications have started trickling in.  We are already over eighty five percent booked for SWO16 summer camps!  This is a record, as we typically don’t reach that number until January.  God is moving in and through the ministry at SWO.  I am so grateful for the team God has assembled here and for the way I am seeing these laborers come to work to serve students and leaders.  I will be on the road preaching and teaching a good bit this winter (you can follow my schedule here), so I hope to see you at one of those events.

We are planning breakout session topics, media projects, facility improvements, and of course, NEW REC IDEAS!  If you or someone you know would be interested in serving or maybe just looking for a great way to serve while being trained and discipled, staff applications are open until February.  Please check it out.  Let me know if you have questions or need some direction as you pray about joining the SWO team.  We typically select about one hundred additional staff to join our year-round team of forty--and we've already had over 200 folks start the application this year.  Go to the SWO website for more information here.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Welcome Back

photo This year has been crazy.  If you’ve followed my facebook updates, you’ll know that Little and our 2 oldest traveled back to Uganda to bring JuJu and Mo home at the end of May, right in the middle of our summer staff training.  Holloway life isn’t easy or calm, but JuJu and Mo have fit right into the chaos. While we still have to go through the United States adoption process, I plan to update you guys on how things ended up on the Ugandan side of things throughout the next month.

I can’t begin to express in words how overwhelming the support our family has received throughout all of this has been.  I’m so grateful for each of you.

Our SWO14 summer was great, and I’m excited to have this website up and running again.  As most of you know, things don’t really ever slow down for us here—I love it! We’ve already had a couple retreats and one conference.  Most of you are already back in the swing of school and work.  As you get into a rhythm this fall, I want to leave you with this resounding truth in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”  In the busy-ness of work, Scripture is sufficient.  For the single mom trying to make ends meet, His Word is enough.  College student, the Bible is alive and applicable for your circumstances.

It’s easy to let our situations dictate our thoughts, emotions, decisions, etc.  I challenge you in this new season to establish yourself in the Truth.  Abide in His Word, daily, and let it change you.

 

‘til the whole world hears,

brody