Lead Courageously

If you thought that, as a man, you could just follow on someone else’s shirt tail and not make decisions or lead when it is necessary, let me help you understand what God demands of us, as men. Let me help you understand why, seeking to never be responsible as a leader, is far from what God has had in store for you and for men in general.

Read below and begin to lead, in whatever situation you find yourself. Learn how to be a good leader, even if it is just yourself that you are leading.

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2017 – A Year in Review

Well, another year has gone by and we have had some milestones happen. This has been a good year for us, so, in an effort to recap what has been happening, let’s look back at last years review. (Make sure to scroll down and check out all of the articles. Also, write a comment on your favorite article, or articles.)

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As for this year, well, let’s just say it started a little slow. January through April, we had a total of 1,019 views to our site. Four months and we barely had any viewership, which made me wonder if this was at all worth it.

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What is a biblical man?

This is the beginning of a series of posts that help to further explain Biblical Manhood. This post is a short explanation, to get the full weight of scripture, click the links. The links go to expanded explanations of each part, helping to get a better understanding of the scripture, as it is presented in context.

Proverbs 29:18 states: “Where there is no vision, the people perish”

Several years ago, I found out that one of the surest ways to fail in manhood, was to never know what was expected of you. To never know what manhood meant and to never have anyone show you and teach you what manhood really was. At that point, I began the journey to learn what it really meant to be a man, but, not just any man, a biblical man.

During this time, I journeyed through a lot of resources, some made it seem easy, some showed it for what it really is, a lifelong journey.

What every resource did have in common, however, was this, that someone needed to show you and that community was an important part of the process.

I read, “Raising a Modern Day Knight” by Robert Lewis and began to form a plan as to how I could impart manhood to my boys. How I could give them what was never given to me, because no one ever knew how? This book helped me look at what a knight really was, what his values were and what he believed. I was surprised to find that a knight’s code mimicked the very values God has called a man too.

I began to form a vision of how to impart this to my boys, as they enter a new stage of life. As they enter the beginning of manhood.

While I was doing this, it dawned on me that others may need to hear this as well and that they may be in different stages of being an adult male, but never have heard these truths. God formed a vision of imparting what He has taught me to you and that in this journey, we could grow together.

If you would like to get some resources on being a Biblical Man, check out “Raising a Modern Day Knight” by Robert Lewis and “The Resolution for Men“, by Stephen Kendrick. (Both of these links takes you to Amazon, via affiliate links.)

Now, before I get into what it takes to be a biblical man, let me share with you a definition of Biblical manhood. I have copied this straight from The website, Raising Modern Day Knights.

A Biblical man, rejects passivity, accepts responsibility, leads courageously and expects the greater reward.

This is a quick version Which coincides with the scriptures I have read and the resources I have searched. There is a lot more, but, this brings it into a simplified definition, easy to understand and explain. A big shout out to Robert Lewis for writing this book.

Understand, I have read many other books on manhood, biblical manhood, biblical fatherhood, leadership and being a Christian in general, but this book seemed to give pointed scripture and tools with which to use that really spoke to me and made it very clear.

So, to start us off, we need to understand that as we begin to learn about being a man, we need to read, understand and follow the below scripture, so that we can start with a good foundation with which to build our lives.

1 Corinthians 13:11;

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways.

For a more in-depth review of this scripture, click this link. I try to explain its meaning in context.)

You see, now is the time for us to begin the journey towards Manhood, to be led by our Father in Heaven. It is time for us to be trained to become the Warrior that God has called us to be, the peacemaker that Scripture calls us to be. We are called to be strong, yet meek, to be decisive, yet humble.

It sounds like it is an impossible task, to be one way, yet also to be another. However, to understand what we are being called into, we need to understand what it is God is calling us to be, based on the definition I just gave.

Keep reading to understand each of the parts of the definition.

We are called to reject passivity.

Romans 12:2 says;

Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

We are going to learn and hopefully see, that a man cannot and should not just sit on the sidelines and allow things to happen that are not of God. We will learn that we are not afforded the convenience of looking away as another thing comes in and sweeps our family and friends from God.

We will learn to put on the whole armor of God and to wield the sword of truth.

We will learn that the Gospel is the most powerful weapon we have and the one thing we should lovingly give away so that others may live.

We will learn that love is not a noun, but a verb that we should actively strive to do, in all we do.

We will learn to reject passivity.

We are called to accept responsibility.

1 Corinthians 16:13 says;

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

We need to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. We also need to learn what a man is responsible for.

We will learn that a man is responsible for how he treats a woman, how he treats those around him.

We will learn that part of our responsibility is to provide for our family and any others God places in our household, not just financially, but spiritually.

We will learn that we are responsible for having compassion for others, sympathy and empathy when it is required.

We will learn that our own salvation and our own spiritual walk are our own responsibility, no one can do it for us.

Most of all, we need to learn that it is our responsibility to share the hope we have within us, to share the Gospel, for, how else will they hear but by being told?

He will learn to accept responsibility.

We are called to lead courageously.

Joshua 24:15 says;

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

We need to be taught leadership.

We will be taught that the greatest leader ever known was a servant leader, named Jesus.

We will be shown what that means and how to apply it, in all aspects of our life.

We will be shown that serving others is the greatest love you can show and the best way to serve God. We will be shown and taught that leading someone to the cross (Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ) is the greatest gift you can give them and that no one should be excluded from that gift.

We will lead courageously.

We are called to expect the greater reward

Revelation 22:12 says;

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.

We need to be taught and to understand that our reward is not here, on earth, where dust and rust will destroy and where it can be stolen, but instead, in heaven, where it will be for eternity. That our reward is in direct comparison to what we have done here on earth for the kingdom, for Christ.

That it is not for us to seek that which the world would esteem higher than the clouds, but instead, to seek that which we cannot obtain here on earth, but will obtain in heaven, with Christ.

We will learn to run the race, fight the good fight, so that in the end, we will hear Christ say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

We will learn that the spreading of the Gospel here, may cost us everything, but will give us so much more.

We will learn to expect the greater reward.

I am nowhere close to being this man.

I am far from perfect and I am still learning what it means to be the man God has called me to be.

You may think that there is no way to obtain what we have discussed, that you are too far gone, that there is no way to get there, but, rest assured, if you are willing to allow God to change you, He will finish the work He began in you.

The bar is set high! Only with God’s help, only with the leading of the Holy Spirit, will we have the chance to break the chains that bind us, to be free of this idea that we are dumb and ignorant and to step into the spot God has for us, to step into our place as men of God.






1928 Ford Sedan – William Sands

This post is to share the feature build on the Facebook group – Lean on Me.

This is a group that chooses several projects and votes at the beginning of each month to see who will get featured for 30 days to raise money, through a Go Fund Me account to help with there build. This is a group looking to just help and see who they can help. Click the link and check them out.

The month of September has provided William Sands 1928 Ford Sedan as our feature for the month. Here is the Link to donate.

SO, tell us a little about you.

sedann - CopyI’m 36 and live in small town in Elk City Oklahoma . I do pyrography ( wood burning ) and try to save as many cars old parts as I can.My Facebook page is Forever in Wood.

I have had grand mal seizures off and on for almost 9 years now so it restricts what I can do . Luckily I have only had


Wood Burning

one in the past year, or so.

I’m no mechanic but I have loved hot rods as long as I can remember and always drove some sort of classic . My 1st car was a ’63 impala .

sedan tape - CopyI Love to make things with my hands . I can beat dents pretty well and taught myself how to weld.

Unfortunately I have never got into mechanics of the engine.

What is the vehicle that is being featured by Lean on Me this month?

1928 Ford Tudor Sedan

Where did you get this gem and for how much?

I found the 1928 Ford Tudor Sedan the in a scrap pile behind a mechanics shop about 2 miles or less away from my house, here in Elk City

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Here is a link to the video of William picking up his 28.

That was almost 4 years ago.

It was missing the doors and pretty much just a shell as everything that could be stolen off of it had been over the years.

I got it for 600 dollars.

Give us a little

idea of where it is in the process right now.

At the moment I do not have a title for it. I have had this tucked under the shelf waiting to come out and be built .

I have been collecting parts here and there as I can , So far I have found the doors on eBay . along with a visor . After finding a few great videos on YouTube the tops been chopped 5 1/2 inches ( my first chop too ) the windshield frame was shot so I filled in the swiss cheese .

I have no plans to paint it, so I am leaving it natural patina .

xmembersedanI have a 307 sbc I’m using for a mock up engine. Using a Ford 9 inch I got from the salvage yard . A dropped front axle kit from Speedway with the hair pin radius rods . Triangulated 4 link for the rear axle.

I have some control arms left over from another project for the front. Using an X member for a 35 ford frame.

Over all it’s in fair condition , not rusted out beat to crap.

I found a ’30 Ford frame in the recycling place for 10 bucks . I will be using the front frame horns and cross member from the firewall up , and the rest 2×4 boxed steel .

I would like to keep it as old school as possible , using a transverse leaf spring setup in the back like the old t buckets.

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I’m going to fix it, someday

If you have been around cars, or car guys, you have undoubtedly heard this at some point, either in 4508192955_b8e7b5626f_bperson or, via a story about a dream car just sitting, rotting away.

When I saw this picture, I had to laugh, because, I have seen this many times and have even asked the person, when they thought they might get around to it. Yes, it kills me to see something just rotting away, never to be used again, never to be enjoyed again. You see, there is a point where something is just too far gone.00b68c9e14bb3befef96b63dda0eab4e

That said, I have seen people pull what looked like total junk out of the woods, or out of the ground and completely restore it. Yes, I love that, I love it when something gets a complete restoration, gets rebuilt to be what it was meant to be, in its glory days, or gets built to be something better, mixing old and new, to become something with greater function and purpose.

catspring-old-houseCars are not the only thing that I have seen this in. I have seen people hold on to an old house and let it rot to the point of falling down, because they wanted to “rebuild” it, someday. The day never comes and it just wastes away, to be forgotten and trashed.

We, as a general rule, put off what we do not deem as important. Sure, that old car or truck has meaning, or may be your dream, but, other things have become more important, so you push it aside, again, with the idea that you’ll fix it tomorrow. That old house that you purchased to fix, or that you inherited from old Aunt Bessy and Uncle Wilbur would be a great project, which you intend to do, but, it is over there and other things are making it impossible to get to today, so, you figure you will have more time, tomorrow.

This is also what we do with our lives. With our very soul. (See my article, called Restoration.) It is over there, it is far off, it just isn’t important right now. We don’t give any thought to where we will spend eternity, because, we are living here, right now. We already have a life to live, responsibilities, desires, so, there is no time, today, to get to our very soul.

Here is a quote I found that I think hits the nail on the head.

I know there are people who hear me preach regularly who will never consider changing their way of living They will go ‘underground’ before they will do that! Our situation is not an isolated case. There are millions of men and women with an understanding of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, who are still not willing to receive and commit themselves to Him whom the very angels and stars and rivers receive. They hesitate and they delay because they know God is asking the abdication of their own selfish little kingdom and interests. This is the tragedy of mankind, my brethren! We have rejected Him from our lives because we must have our own way. But until Jesus Christ is sincerely received, there can be no knowledge of salvation, nor any understanding of the things of God. The little, selfish, sinful man rejects the Son of God. While he is still enumerating the things he deserves, the Son of God stands outside. My brethren, I repeat: this is the great tragedy of mankind!
A. W. Tozer Sermon: Unwilling To Yield

Think about that, ponder it, are you one who will not listen?

I hear, a lot, from people I meet that they aren’t worried about where they will go when they die, they are alive, young and healthy, they have plenty of time to consider that, tomorrow. This makes me very sad, because the Bible is very clear, tomorrow is not promised. We do not know when Jesus will return for His people.

Mark 13:32-37 (ESV)

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake.[a] For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants[b] in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,[c] or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Luke 12:35-40 (ESV)

35 “Stay dressed for action[f] and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants[g] whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[h] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

God does not promise another breath. I have shared 2 passages from Scripture so that you can see the urgency with which you need to place upon where your soul ends up. You could live another 25 years, or you could die before the end of this sentence. I urge you, take care of your soul, now. Stop putting the things of the world before your very soul.

Luke 9:25

25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

This verse in it’s context is shown below. I urge you to read it, but I also urge you to read my article on Restoration.

Luke 9:23-27

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

I urge you to make your decision now, for, you have been shown the truth and have no excuse. Choose this day, who will you serve?

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1956 Cadillac Coupe DeVille – Shaun Swanson

Sometimes you run into people who have a dream, trying to make it a reality, but, it seems life is against them in every sense. You want to help, because you see their desire and their hard work. This is such a story. The Cadillac is far from done, but the project has been started and could use some help.

Maybe you are one who likes the underdog, the guy/gal who just isn’t “set” to win, but works hard to get where he/she is going, no matter the obstacles set before him/her. If so, this is going to be a good story for you.

This is the start of a restoration of love. Check out my article on Restoration to see another one made of love.

Without further ado, here is Shaun’s story.

What type of vehicle?

1956 Cadillac coupe DeVille. Production numbers show that there were 25086 ever made.

Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?

I am not the first owner and really don’t have any prior history on it other than it had been parked somewhere between 1976 and 1978.

When was it purchased?

November 1st 2015, she arrived.

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

I hope to have this 56 done enough to be used to chauffeur my 3 children to prom and also for their future weddings. My children are 16, 14, and 13. Girl Whisper, boy Paul, and girl Lea.

Why this vehicle?

I had always been a fan of Harley Earl and how he designed cars of this era. The 1956 coupe DeVille has been a dream car for me for most of my life. Number one on my bucket list of cars to own before I die.

Tell me the story of how you acquired this car.

 It came to me from Minnesota through an even trade. Since I had always hoped to own one of these, I started getting worried about them going out of my price range or ability to acquire since I’m a very low income person. I owned and kind of restored/rat rodded/ customized a 1968 Cadillac DeVille convertible and after a 2200 mile, problem free road trip, decided I wanted to sell it or trade it for a 55/56 coupe DeVille. There were a few prospects before this 56 that didn’t end up panning out. When I was contacted with the offer of an even over trade, this 56 for my 68, I jumped on the chance without hesitation.  I was so happy I got teary eyed. On that trailer with 4 flats, rust holes in the body and floors, no back glass or engine or transmission. My 68 ran and drove but I didn’t care, the 56 is what I wanted. I was near homeless, living in a friend’s 32 foot camper in their yard…. but I had a 56 coupe DeVille. It’s like a sickness you could say… any one who has seen the movie “Christine” will have an idea of my mind set when I laid my eyes on my 56 caddy. Since that day, I started searching parts and scavenging supplies.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I spent most of my life as an auto mechanic and was always so burned out I couldn’t enjoy my cars. With this 56 I decided also I wouldn’t repair cars for a living anymore and I went to work as a chef. I had experience as a chef and as it turns out I’m very good at it. This allows me to enjoy my 56 without being tired of fixing cars all day long.

What have you done to it so far?

The first thing I bought for her was a matching set of vintage Iowa 1956 license plates. Other parts and goodies trickled in the whole time I spent living in that camper.

Back glass came from Kansas city in a guys garage, $30 score. It was OEM blue/green tint back window.

I started hunting air ride stuff for it and found some amazingly cheap deals on eBay and on Facebook groups. I even ended up making some wonderful new friends through the whole process.

Eventually I had all I needed for my air suspension. Lines and fittings were free from a truck driver friend who said those parts are disposable in his line of work and free to him.

Another friend locally works for a metal fab place and got me 12 foot by 5 foot of 18g sheet steel to repair all my rust. Another freebie as it had be messed up and deemed as scrap for his work.

One of my new fender skirts came from an accident at a closed down auto shop/hoarders scrap barn. He was selling everything and I was looking around and tripped over a 1956 Cadillac fender skirt, rust free and perfect! $20 score. How often does that happen?

Not long after that fender skirt find, I got moved into town and into a house. So now I felt comfortable actually taking apart and working on the car.

I had been paying payments to Brandon Strange, owner of an amazing 58 Coupe DeVille in Kentucky, for the engine from his car. So in June of 2017, my wife and I went to Louisville, Kentucky and picked up a 1958 Cadillac 365 and its corresponding auto transmission. Brandon has become a wonderful friend through this deal and I plan to keep my promise not to publicly say what I gave for the engine and transmission.

Right before I left to pick up that engine, I won a 59 tripower Cadillac intake for $125, on eBay. Unheard of steal for a price. With that purchase I decided to step out of the normal Rochester or Stromberg or Holley 3 deuce carburetor combinations and went with 3 vintage carter wd-0 carburetors.

I’ve been slowly hand polishing them to a brilliant shine to help match up with a the chrome, copper, stainless and aluminum in my vision. With that the name Copperhead was born for this Cadillac. I plan to paint the body a copper/Orange color with a pearl white roof, and white interior and trunk.

Most all of my heater hoses, air lines, vacuum lines, will be polished copper.

I have polished stainless brake lines and will have custom steal braided brake hoses up front as well as Taylor steal braided spark plug wires. I did away with the factory tredlevac brake system and have acquired a chrome Corvette booster and master cylinder.

I custom fitted a snow white, pleated vinyl rear seat upholstery and have the same company ready to custom make me matching front seat covers for my 1990 Chevy pickup front bucket seats and console for $137 shipped.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

Currently, I work a bit randomly on it.

I have patched up one front fender, the whole trunk floor, detailed and installed the drive train and gotten most of the air ride working.

It doesn’t run yet, but will soon. I plan to make it run off one of the 3 carbs and seal the other 2 for now.

I want to be able to start it and move it. It’s far from being drive able due to needing a water pump rebuild, a new radiator($206 on eBay) and all the brakes installed.

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My Heart and what we support at C-N-C

Sometimes, you just have to put it out there. You have to be open and ready to answer the questions of what you believe and what you support.

b134cc51af5117af0a848905c454584a--heavenly-father-saviorIt should come as no surprise that I am a Christian, I haven’t hidden the fact, but, just in case you haven’t picked up on it, here it is, so no one can make a mistake.

I am a Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. If you want to know a little more about what this means, please see my article, called “Restoration”, here.salvation

Ok, so, now we have a foundation with which to build upon. A rolling frame where we can begin to add the engine and transmission, the body and the interior and finally, the finish coat. The bed has been made, the block has been laid, the engine has been built. Now what?

So, now I want to share with you what we, as Customs N Classics supports, financially, with time and in prayer. Yes, support is not always about taking out your checkbook, but about investing your time and effort. It is about lifting it up in prayer so that God has His way with it.

First, I support my church, in all 3 ways. Shore Christian Fellowship, of Queenstown, MD. Yes, this is my and my families church. Always open to guests and ready to meet with you, greet you and be there for you. Awesome place, you should consider going to it if you are in the area. There is a smaller ministry in the midst of the church, called, Food for Thought. It is a giving ministry, giving out non food items to those in the community.

I also support a ministry that serves people in other countries. My Pastor and my son have both went to Haiti under this ministry. It works to help people help themselves, so that they in turn, can help others. GoServ Global is an amazing ministry willing to help others. Check them out, they have a great testimony.

Back here, at home, I also support Making the Gospel Known Ministries.  With Chris & Linda Peeler. My son has attended their REACH program and they have taught in my church.

Now, as much as I strive to uphold ministries in my faith, there are some things that are not Christian that I support, because I feel their cause is a pretty noble and worthy one. I don’t feel that everything I support has to have the Christian label on it, but I do believe that everything I support either points to Christ, or can be used to point someone to Christ.

I support a new group on Facebook called, Lean on Me, that tries to help guys/gals who are trying to build their dream project car/truck. I know, on the surface, it is like, “Yeah, so what, aren’t we all?” and I would answer, yep, probably, but, these folk have run into a snag somehow and haven’t been able to get their build to the running position. They need help to get there. This is just people helping people. What a way to share how Jesus loves them.

Now, a big one that I support is the Wounded Warrior Project. As a Veteran, I am drawn to others who have served, they are family. This will always be true, it is something made. Saying that, I always want to try to support those who have paid a high price for this country. So, wounded soldiers will always get my support.

Now, if you would like to support me in continuing to create content and tell the stories of those cars we see, but generally never know, just send me an email at dfletcher072970@gmail.com, and let me know how much you want to support. Or, if you want to do it via PayPal, my PayPal account email is ahomespecialist@yahoo.com. I can send you an email invoice, so you can contribute. Just remember, I am not a non-profit, I just have never made a profit.

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