Dear Bros in Christ, Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Brothers in Christ, this monthly devotional is sent and meant to be an encouragement to all and to build up and edify in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oikodome means "Builder". The Lord has put this on my heart to send out a monthly Iron Man Oikodome {oy-kod-om-ay'} to build up and encourage the men who love and follow Jesus Christ in their walk with Him. Romans 14:19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." FEBRUARY 2008 WELL DONE? "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' Matthew 25:21 I was eating at my favorite steakhouse (I say favorite because it is affordable) a few months back and had ordered a steak cooked the way I like it. Before I could cut into it I had to chase it around my plate because it was not cooked much but rather rare. So I asked my server to send it back and tell the chef to cut the hoofs off it because it was still alive. The server said do you want me to tell the chef to make it Well Done so I though for a moment and figured I had ordered it cooked medium the first time and it came really, really rare so why not, make it Well Done that way it might turn out medium to medium well. Sure it makes sense I thought! One morning a few months later as I was reading this scripture in Matthew the Lord showed me that he gives us plenty of second chances here on earth just like that chef got a second chance to get my steak cooked right. Jesus has so much mercy on us during the course of our lives and forgives us and encourages us to repent, turn away from sin and follow Him; keep on trucking for Jesus. His grace is so awesome I thought as I was meditating on this scripture. I realized in this life that we are either living for Christ alone doing His Will or not doing His Will for our lives, just thinking on His tender mercies when we fall outside His Will for our lives. Then as I began to ponder when we come face to face with Christ Jesus our second chances are over and this time in front of Christ Jesus would be either we have lived for Christ or we have not lived for Christ- in other words this is it! It is either Well Done or rare He won’t give us another chance to come back to earth to try and get it right and we won’t hear; Well Done…, especially if we rarely lived for the Lord- then we are going to become rare in His sight and hear "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' Matthew 7:23 The good news is there is still time for us today right this moment to start being a faithful servant while the gettin’ is good, this is the day that the Lord has made I will be glad in it and rejoice in it. Bros, Enter into the joy of your Lord and make it Well Done! P.S. By the way on the steak I got the rascal back it was cooked just right, the chef done well, “What about you, will you be rare or Well Done?”… Agape, Daniel Wright Iron Man Oikodome Proverbs 27:17 PRAYER REQUESTS: If you have prayer, requests we will send out email prayer requests to the men in a discreet manner that respects your privacy if you so desire and glorifies the Lord. The main thing is to lift up your needs and bring them before our Father. That would be an honor and a privilege. To have your email address removed from future mailings please reply to ironmanoikodome@earthlink.net and type "PLEASE REMOVE" in the subject box, thank you!

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