March 3, 2021

iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend

As we strive to cultivate Christian Community, we must also turn our focus to the sharpening and building up of our brethren. As Proverbs 27:17 states, “iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend”. It is impossible to endure the struggles of this life alone; we need our brothers and sisters in Christ to walk alongside and pick us back up when we fall (see Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Jesus, as he is warning Peter in Luke 22:31-32, commands him to build up and strengthen his brothers after he walks through his own trial. Each of us endure hardships and have seen God’s love and power revealed to us through them. This is what we can share with others: God’s truth, His character, and His power in our lives.

As we walk through trials and problems, we grow in spiritual maturity and with that maturity comes the responsibility to pass along the knowledge of Christ that has been revealed to us. This responsibility is called discipleship. 

Discipleship is the intentional practice of sharing instruction in righteousness with the brethren. In the body of Christ, it should be a diligent and intentional practice for everyone. The book of Titus speaks about discipleship for the body of believers. When seeking to disciple another, we must be walking out our faith and growing daily (II Peter 1:5-8), speaking truth based on sound doctrine (Titus 2:1), and showing a pattern of good works (Titus 2:7). Not only must the acknowledgement of Christ be present in our life, but also the diligent and purposeful application of the scripture demonstrating “uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, and sound speech” (Titus 2:7-8). 

Titus also gives instruction as to what is to be taught. Titus 2:2-6 gives orders for the aged men and women to teach the younger, respectively, in the way they should behave. Younger women should be taught by the aged women to be truth-seekers and to love their husband and children. Likewise, the younger men should be instructed to be sober-minded. The chapter continues with instruction that servants, or employees should be taught obedience to their masters, or employers, and showing faithfulness and commitment (2:9-10). 

Growing to be more like Christ is the goal of discipleship through the instruction of His Word and building relationships with the brethren. II Peter 1:5-8 gives us a layout of what this spiritual growth looks like. With intentional pursuit, we must first add good works to our faith, then knowledge, then self-control, then patience, then godliness, then brotherly kindness, and then charity. As we work daily to grow spiritually, it is also our duty to build up others so they will grow in spiritual maturity and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus. 

Logan Lanier is a graduate student at Liberty University and is working as a Family Life Specialist at Cord of 3 and a PATH certified equine therapist with Hooves to Freedom in Blackshear, Georgia.

Training and Discipleship

The Cord of 3 training and discipleship program serves the community by offering educational seminars on various mental health and related topics (parenting subjects, coping with loss, warning signs of addiction) as well as conferences, retreats, and seminars for area churches on matters that pertain to God’s design for the family.

Counselor Education & Supervision

Cord of 3’s Counselor education and supervision program is deigned to support interns who are completing their master’s degree, counselors who are working toward licensure, and professionals who are working to integrate their Chritian faith into their clinical practice.

Equine Therapy

Cord of 3’s equine therapy program is designed for individuals ages 7 and up as well as women ages 13+ and families. Equine therapy can help individuals and families overcome challenges, cuiltivate healthy relational skills, build trust, improve interpersonal and behavioral functioning, and create positive self-concept and identity in Christ.

Play God’s Way

A Christ-centered play therapy model to meet teh spiritual, emotional, and mental health needs of children. Through play therapy, children learn to accept responsibility for behavior, engage in healthy coping strategies, acquire problem-solving skills, develop empathy for others, and gain an understanding of identity in mChrist.


Addictions always originate in pain… The question is never ‘why the addiction?,’ but rather ‘why the pain?’” (Dr. Gabor Maté). Counselors can help those struggling with addictions address underlying painful issues and then break the addictive patterns.

Child & Adolescent

Behavioral issues at home or in school often have an underlying cause, such as trauma, depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions. The experienced staff at Cord of 3 meets each child with love, builds trust, and applies effective treatment that approaches the root cause of the behavior.

Marriage & Family

As in couple’s counseling, family counseling focuses on the relationship and dynamics within the family unit and between the individual members of it. Counselors will help clients identify unhealthy or unhelpful patterns, and to address them by developing healthier communication and conflict resolutions skills, create realistic expectations, and restructure familial roles to benefit everyone. The ultimate goal is to help the family be better able to thrive as a team.


Every person will at some point have at least one potentially traumatic experience, but this doesn’t impact everyone in the same ways. When struggling to process and move on from negative life experiences, therapy offers a powerful method of finding support and healing.


Individual counseling can help overcome the sometimes overwhelming fear and hopelessness by helping you better understand the conditions that led to the emotional brokenness you are experiencing, and applying healthy coping skills against them.