“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV
Thanks for preparing for the battles ahead with TJC; as we dove deep into 7 key cultural mine-fields. Then we studied Mighty Men of God in our “30-on-30” series. We extended that into preparing for Gettysburg and stories of might men impacted by that stage of the civil war.
We are now going to dive into how those issues directly impact us, and how we step up as might men.
This week is focused on the mighty men who lead, shape and labor among side you within The Joshua Commission.
We start with “Les Trois Mousquetaires”
The three musketeers is the story of a man befriended by three of the most formidable musketeers (an elite corps) - Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The three musketeers portray the contests of history, politics, adventure, and the injustices, abuses and absurdities of a nation struggling with the abuses of power and division.
While I’ve certainly not captured the imagination of anyone as D’Artagnon - I am honored to have been part of an elite corps, and the companionship of three Musketeers that has gone onto fields of strife to address similar divisions an challenges in our nation and to the kingdom.
These three men are the core of the Joshua Commission, they are founders and it’s board; and I know them as the “teacher, the engineer, and the bushwhacker” . Like Athos, Porthos and Aramis it’s not always smooth sailing as we wrestle and spar with one another to refine our capabilities as Kingdom Men and to guide The Joshua Commission. Going to battle for the Kingdom requires intense sparring especially among leaders. The only Yes men needed are yes men for Christ, the rest of the journey needs men that help find and bring us back onto the ancient path.
Journeying on that path requires the critical skills of teacher, engineer and bushwhacker.
The teacher is very wise and humble. Like the Master Miyagi in Karate Kid; he sees the foundation needed - the training and the steps needed to prepare for battles ahead. He addresses challenges calmly, and builds confidence in the team through Godly instruction along the path.
The engineer is intelligent and sees the processes clearly, the steps to be taken, the problems being solved. He remembers the obstacles and wants to ensure lessons are not lost but used well.
The bushwhacker sees that a path is meaningless if not planned, well marked, and resourced well. Willing to wade into the deepest swamp - the moves are documented and then pressed into.
The Joshua Commission is successful because of these three threads woven together that provide confidence, insight and resilience to our mission. I personally am a far better man and like D’Artagon wiser and prepared for the battles ahead.
The Kingdom is at war, you and I are created for victory, these musketeers ensure that we focus and provide discipleship training first inward and outwards with those on our ancient path.
Daily Battle Order - you are in this; who is woven into your life that knows you, loves you, and is co-laboring with you on the ancient path. Today please reach out to that small select handful of brothers and tell them thank you and that you love them.
Javin Peterson, Mike Ross and David Annecharico - thank you for being dear friends and co-laborers in Christ. I love you
SIGN UP FOR GETTYSBURG: Calling all Kingdom Men! The Joshua Commission will hold its annual Gettysburg Battlefield training 15-16 October or meet us on the battlefield on 16 October at 0830
Click the link above to sign up. Please join us in Gettysburg, experience genuine fellowship with Christian men, and equip yourself for Victory as a prince and warrior in God’s kingdom!