I’m blessed! I’m surrounded by good men in my life. First and foremost is my father, David Brown.
He loves the Lord and he’s always there for me. Growing up my dad worked for a company that kept him from being able to be to do the things he wanted to with me and my sister. But, I’m telling you…he’s an amazing father today. He’s truly finishing strong! I’m 42 and he’s 62…but, sometimes when I’m with him I still feel like I’m 8 or 9. I love and admire him greatly! Thanks for being such a wonderful Dad, Pop!!
I’m also blessed to have super group of men to serve with at church. Pastor Brad is my right-hand man…
…or maybe it’s that I’m his right-hand man. As Elders we serve on the same plane…Scripturally speaking. I’m not over him…he’s not over me. We serve together as Elders. Perhaps I’m looked at as the lead Elder in some matters…as Peter was by the Apostles…but, he and I are the same…according to the book of Acts.
I had a Deacon’s Meeting last night. I told a fellow pastor that yesterday morning and he said, “I hate that for ya!” I laughed…but, I told him, “No, really…they are good meetings.” He said, “Really?” I said, “Yes sir.” He wanted to know what made them so good. I told him it was simple…we just handled the spiritual affairs of the church and left the rest to the folks (committees) that have been elected by the church to handle the other affairs of the church (Finance, Building and Grounds, Personnel, Food/Fellowship, Transportation, etc.). I told him that makes it easy for us to just take care of the families of the church and be servants. Yes, servants. That’s what Deacon means in the Greek. They are “table-waiters.” That’s how Acts 6 describes them. And our men do that. They serve and “wait” on and encourage and care for our families.
Our men bless me and encourage me immensely and I’m honest and truthful when I tell fellow pastors or anyone for that matter how blessed I am. Now does that mean we always agree. No. We don’t always have the same conclusions about things…but, we have learned to “agree to disagree” in love and do what is the consensus of the body.
Another great thing is the group of men that I have the privilege to teach and listen to teach me each week at our Wednesday, Iron Men meetings.
What a group of guys! We had 55 men attend yesterday and we’ve been talking about how to handle temptation from the book of Proverbs in chapters 5 and 6. Do you know what an encouragement it is to have a group of 55 men that you know will do anything to encourage and help one another? We are called Iron Men…because the Bible teaches in Proverbs 27:17, that “as iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.” And this is true of this group of men.
If you are a man and you are reading this…do you have accountability in your life? Or are you an “island unto yourself?” Do you have anyone in your life that can ask you anything about your life…I mean anything? If you don’t…then, you potentially are setting yourself up for trouble. Men need other men to help and encourage them. Now this is not to take the place of the wife…the “suitable helper” as the Bible says. However, these men in our lives come alongside of us and can say things to us that are blunt and even at times will make us really dig deep into our lives to see and know the truth.
Paul told Titus in his letter to him to teach that the older and younger men in this way…
1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:1-2, 6-8
Thanks to all the men that are teaching and training and encouraging and supporting me! I love you all!