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Of Men and Mountains

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another. Prov 27:17 NASB Recently I spent a week in the Sangre De Christo Mountains of New Mexico with a group of courageous men. They came from many different backgrounds and walks of life. Their ages ranged from early 20s to late 50s. Some of them had extensive wilderness experience and for some this was their first time to venture into the wild. Despite their differences they all shared two things in common: a deep love for Jesus and a burning desire to grow close in community and fellowship with their brothers. As we journeyed through the cool pines, by still waters and to the top of lofty peaks; the Lord used each man to draw out his brother and engage him in the Story. God used this time to give many of the men healing from the past, clarity for the future, and the confidence to boldly follow Christ wherever He leads them. We live in a society that inevitably crushes the hearts of men. We have an enemy who is out to strip us all of our God given identity and purpose. So often men are told to settle down, be calm, and not live dangerously. In his book Wild at Heart, John Eldridge nails it on the head. “Don’t climb on that, don’t break anything, don’t be so aggressive, don’t be so noisy, don’t be so messy, don’t make such crazy risks. But God’s design–which he placed in boys as the picture of himself–is a resounding yes. Be fierce, be wild, be passionate.” God is calling the men of His Kingdom out of their cubicles, out of their air conditioned boxes, and into a life of adventure and purpose greater than we can possibly imagine. The wilderness experience has a way of drawing men into the fight, helping them to become fully alive, and aiding them in reclaiming their hearts. Here they can breathe, here they can be, here they can listen to the voice of their Creator. We are so thankful that God has stewarded us with a ministry that calls men into the wild to become who He has made them to be.

Watch Jim's video testimony, as he describes what summiting Wheeler Peak meant to him personally.

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