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Dear Bros in Christ,

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Brothers in Christ, this weekly encouragement 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.
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."
PRAYER REQUESTS: If you have any prayer requests please send them and I will send them out to the bros for prayer, if privacy is needed I will send in a
discreet way.


"Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you
kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father's house, and give me a
true token, "and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all
that they have, and deliver our lives from death." [Joshua 2:12-13NKJV]
Bros the two spies had just come in to town to spy out the land and the folks there had heard that God had dried
up the waters of the Red Sea to deliver Israel out of Egypt and from the hand of two kings Sihon and Og which
they utterly destroyed. So the folks of Jericho needless to say were terrified because they knew God was with
Israel and their hearts had grown fainthearted and they had no courage or strength to stand up against what
God had ordained. So Rehab the harlot showed them kindness and saved their lives by what she did for them in
hiding them and giving them direction to deliver them out of town from the king. So they promised to spare her
and her familys life in exchange for theirs.
I am reminded of a man I worked with as a youngster when I was a bricklayer building fireplaces. His name was
Art he taught me so much about work ethics and commonsense approach to getting things done. Not to waste a
trip always make every step count, dont do things twice, think first then act and dont handle things twice, save
moves, dont set something down only to pick it up again to move it into place- do it the first time. You see when
you are piece working and every move you make wisely helps you to lay more brick, which allows you to earn your
wages quicker with less moves and you can make more by producing more. So needless to say I carried this work
ethic and philosophy into every area of my life- I always tried to never waste a trip, to think before proceeding,
even in my home life. This was branded into my subconscious over my life it had become ingrained in me as a
result of this man teaching me this style of work ethics. I considered this teaching a gift that helped me to use a
commonsense approach to everything I needed to accomplish in my everyday life.
Some thirty five years later I hadnt been in contact with Art, in fact I thought he had died because he was an old
guy when I worked with him, he must have been forty-something at the time... I was cleaning out a closet at
home and found an old phone book and saw his name and thought to myself I wonder if he is still alive, naw
couldnt be possible, plus who would have the same number all those yearsWell low and behold I called and
sure enough he was still alive! The Lord put on my heart to go share the Gospel with him, because when we
worked together all we ever did was drink and get drunk every day. So I went and tried to share the Gospel but
failed Art wanted to talk about all the old days, I tried to get the nerve to share the Good News but couldnt. He
did tell me he quit drinking years ago about the same time I had quit and also I came to the Lord. I prayed some
more and one day the Lord had me call him and I was able to share with him what he had taught me and what
that meant to me and how it had enriched my life to be more productive because of what this man had taught me
and to this day I still use what he taught me. So in the same sense I shared what God had given me and taught
me and wanted to share that with him. He came to Christ in that phone call, he wept when I told him all that he
taught me and gave me, he didnt realize that he had done something life changing for me. So the Lord gave me
this analogy to use and share with Art that day on the phone. Just as Rehab had done something wonderful for
the spies that saved their lives and later on they returned the favor by saving the life of her and her family, so
now we see Rehab listed in the Genealogy of Jesus. I learned a lot from Art and wanted to share with Art
something even Greater than he gave me that would deliver his life from death and save his life forever. So I
shared Jesus as the Lord led me, and Art received Jesus Christ the Deliverer of us all-amen!


Daniel Wright
Proverbs 27:17
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