War – Part 5

By: G. J. Fortier

Stand firm then … In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:14, 16 (NIV)

Just to serve as a reminder, the point of this series is bringing to light some of the methods that Satan and his minions are using against us in our daily lives to take our focus off God.

Last week I promised you part two of my take on “climate change/global warming”. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to it.

However, there is an individual that’s been on the periphery of my awareness for quite some time now, and a new video concerning him has been posted recently on Youtube. It’s on a channel titled Mr Reagan—which, by-the-way, has several really informative videos that you may want to check out for yourselves. But the video that I will be referencing in this installment is titled Jussie Smollett / George Soros / Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez. Here’s the link:

War – Part 3

By: G. J. Fortier

Stand firm then … with the breastplate of righteousness in place … Ephesians 6:14 (NIV)

Let’s take a trip back in time. Climb inside your DeLorean and hang on!

It’s the late 1940’s. WWII, the most devastating conflict in human history is over. Men and women all over the world are returning home to their loved ones, ready to restart their lives and get things back to normal, working farms, having babies and living with them in peace and prosperity. But some people’s idea of prosperity is very different than others. This becomes terribly apparent in the war-torn remnants of Nazi Germany. After having its economy, landscape and its very people beaten beyond all recognition, a struggle arises between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a.k.a., the Soviet Union, over whose way of life is a better model for the ravaged country (or maybe it’s just that the U.S.S.R. wants the territory for itself … anyway). Suffice to say that a wall is erected and two of the world’s most powerful countries, and former allies, are locked in a conflict that would last decades longer than almost any other war in history, the so-called Cold War.

What I’m talking about

By: G. J. Fortier

In these articles I like to talk a lot about fellowship. The reason for this is that the Bible tells us that fellowship is an integral part of every Christian’s growth. We were never supposed to try and live this Christian experience alone. We were meant to get out there and use our God given talents to show others how they can use theirs as well. You can kind of think of this as a mission. In fact, we as Christians have been given a commission:

Did Santa Miss the Mark?

By: G. J. Fortier 

I remember one Christmas when I was about 9 or 10 when all I wanted was an HO scale electric train set, the one with the Chattanooga Choo Choo.  I’m sure that my fascination with model trains had something to do with one of the many western movies and TV shows that seemed to dominate the airwaves in the sixties and seventies, and I just wasn’t going to be satisfied with anything else that year. I had passed on many a trip to the mall that December, using the opportunity of an empty house to search through my parent’s bedroom for hiding places where they might have stashed my treasured train. I wanted to have a peek at just one end of the package that I could unwrap without leaving too much evidence of my intrusion. But it was to no avail. To my ultimate frustration, my parents had guessed my intentions and found better hiding places for the family’s gifts, so my train remained annoyingly well hidden.

On the morning of Christmas, I, like so many other children on that blessed day, found it impossible to sleep. At 4 AM I could take no more and I snuck into my brother’s room and woke him, so he could share my delight at the treasures that we would find under the tree. But Fred, being six years older than me, looked at his clock and told me to go back to bed until “at least 6:30” or risk serious injury. Reluctantly, I complied, but only after dodging Fred’s half-hearted swing and miss.

So, there I lay, staring at my clock, willing the minutes to pass until I had an epiphany. I would wait until I was sure that my brother was asleep, turn his clock ahead by an appropriate amount of time and rouse him! Why, he’d be so excited by the opening of presents that he’d never know the difference, right?

Well …

We tore our way to the tree, ripping package after package open and wondering at the toys and other gifts (no, not the underwear and socks) that “Santa” had brought us. But, with each present we opened, it became clearer that there was no model train set to be found that year. I was so disappointed and miserable that I didn’t even mind when my brother, realizing that it was not yet 5 AM, left bruises on my upper arms that marked the event for the next several days.

It’s no revelation when I tell you that the whole Christmas experience has become far too commercialized. The idea that we must take time to contemplate how much Sue will spend on our gift so that we might purchase something for her of an appropriate value, evening the score, so-to-speak, is ridiculous to me. In my opinion, the giving of gifts should be limited to children. It should be our way to show them our love for Jesus and honor the spirit of the Wise Men who travelled from afar to shower Him with gold, frankincense and myrrh in recognition of the birth of the One True King. The idea of exchanging gifts between adults seems just a bit petty to me, and the attitudes that some of us display at the stores this time of year is far from godly.

This past Christmas, I ordered for my son a signet ring with the crest of our family engraved upon it. It was possibly the most important gift that I would ever give him, and I had been planning to give it to him on either his twentieth birthday or, the following Christmas. When the package arrived on the Friday before Christmas (the company had guaranteed delivery by Christmas) I rushed home to examine this soon-to-be family heirloom. I was impressed with the polished cherry box where the ring would rest for safe keeping when my son wasn’t wearing it and, upon opening it, I was thrilled to see the shining sterling silver band that he would treasure for the rest of his life. But, upon closer scrutiny, I realized that the crest (our family’s is a castle on a hill) wasn’t anything like the one that had been represented in the “proof” email that the maker had sent for my approval. There was a bear and tree design instead! And where the name FORTIER should have been, was the name HONSBERGER engraved on its face! They had sent me the wrong ring!

I was incensed, I was disappointed, and those feelings only deepened when the customer service representatives that I desperately needed to speak with were all “assisting other customers” … every time I called! At that point, there was no way that I could get my son’s ring in time for a Christmas opening anyway, but I was still going to let those responsible know about my feelings!

Christmas came and went, and my son was far devastated about the turn of events like I was. We spent our time together, laughing and enjoying each other’s company and came to realize that it wasn’t the presents that mattered to us, it was the time that we spent together. I’m sure that the error will be corrected, and my son will have his ring at some point, but I learned an important lesson that day, and I began to wonder how many people, when asked the question, “What did you get for Christmas?” would answer with the only response that matters.

I got Jesus!

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-8 (NIV)

“On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.” Luke 2:21 (NIV)

The battle is on!

Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.

G. J. Fortier is a member of IronMen Ministries and of First Baptist Church, Centerville, Georgia. Look for his books, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles, Book 1 and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com.

The Awakening 2016


The Awakening 2016 is a two day Christian Men’s Conference open to men of all denominations. This event will be held in Perry, Georgia at the Georgia National Fair Grounds and Agricenter on August 12-13, 2016 and will feature 8 incredible speakers from all over the country.

Speakers include:

  • Pastor Ken Bevel, Pastor Ken was featured in the Movies Courageous, and Facing the Giants.
  • Mike Huckabee, Pastor – Governor – Presidential Candidate.
  • Pastor Jason Jimenez with Stand Strong Ministries along with Alex McFarland host of Exploring the Word on (AFR) American Family Radio.
  • Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
  • Pastor Marc Pritchett, founder of R.U.S.H Ministries.
  • Pastor Danny Singleton, DS Ministries.
  • Tim Worley, former UGA/Pittsburgh Steelers Running Back.

During this conference you will have the opportunity to participate in three separate breakout sessions to be led by pastors Jerry Walls, Southside Baptist Church, Warner Robins, pastor Jim Perdue, Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, and we are currently awaiting final confirmation on our last session leader.

Every participant will be provided with an 8 week follow-up discipleship course. This course will be taught in many of the participating Churches in the weeks following the conference.

What will you get for your $30.00 two day ticket? You will hear Gods word shared through eight incredible speakers, you will receive a Chick-fil-A lunch, an event T-shirt, and an 8 week discipleship follow up course. Plus a few other surprises.

This event is Sponsored By the Rehoboth Baptist Association, and presented by IronMen Ministries, in conjunction with R.U.S.H ministries.

Tickets will soon be available for a limited time in your local participating Church, then available online. Check back here or check http://www.theawakening2016.com or watch The Awakening 2016 Facebook page for updates.

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Hot Breakfast Friday Morning

Ironmen_logo_christmas223x300Don’t forget! We will be having a hot breakfast this Friday morning. So grab a friend and head to the Prayer Breakfast for a time of fun and fellowship. Bruce Hullett will be singing a few Christmas songs and sharing his testimony with us.

Prayer Breakfast – Jay Carter

IronMen Ministries welcomes our very own Jay Carter this Friday, September 25th at 6:00 AM at the Prayer Breakfast.. Come hear Jay give testimony on what God is doing in and thru his life. You had last week off, so there should be no excuses not to be there this Friday morning. Reach out and invite someone new or someone who hasn’t been there in a while. We look forward to what God has in store for us all on Friday.

No Prayer Breakfast this Friday, September 18th

Attention: No Prayer Breakfast this Friday (Sept. 18)!!!

Shield_Logo_No_BG_150x210Due to huge requirements of the Golden Olympics events held in our city this week, we will not be able to meet in any of the city facilities. Unfortunately, we were not aware of this until it was too late to adjust to another plan. Therefore, we WILL NOT MEET THIS FRIDAY (Sept. 18th) but will be there bright and early on Sept. 25th with a special speaker and meal. We’ve not had a good warm breakfast in a while so now seems as good a time as any. I’ll miss you all this week and keep you in my prayers. Hope to see each one of you on the 25th. (Russ)

Pray for America

Pray for America!