In a heartfelt Christmas special episode of “Indivisible with John Stubbins,” author Mark Koch, known for his book “The First Hour,” delved into the significance of spiritual preparedness and the imperative for men to equip themselves with the “armor of God” in the midst of contemporary cultural challenges.
The conversation began with a focus on the spirit of giving during the holiday season, with a call to support partners such as setapartfarms.org, which is dedicated to healing veterans and their families, and Old Glory Bank. The episode highlighted the urgency of addressing the fatherless issue and men’s critical role in restoring balance to families and, consequently, the nation.
Koch underscored the book’s core message — the need to prioritize the first hour of the day for spiritual devotion and its impact on men’s lives. Stubbins and Koch emphasized that healing men leads to healing families, which contributes to the healing of the entire nation.
The discussion turned to the metaphorical “armor of God,” a concept central to Koch’s teachings. The Armor, including the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, shoes prepared with the gospel of peace, and the sword of the spirit, were presented as essential tools in the spiritual battle faced by individuals and society.
Koch shared personal anecdotes and strategies for daily spiritual warfare, highlighting the importance of guarding one’s thoughts and maintaining a repentant heart. He emphasized the role of prayer and the three powerful prayers outlined in his book, forming the acronym “WAR” — Wash with the blood, Armor up, and Refill with the Holy Spirit.
The author also revealed a unique practice of dressing his children in spiritual Armor each morning through prayer, reinforcing the idea that spiritual leadership starts at home.
As the conversation unfolded, Koch addressed the challenges faced by families during the Christmas season, acknowledging the enemy’s attempts to disrupt joy and create distractions. Both Stubbins and Koch expressed the need for resilience and encouraged listeners to stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas.
In closing, Koch extended holiday wishes to the audience, emphasizing the importance of choosing joy in facing challenges and committing to a fantastic Christmas season. The episode served as a rallying call for men to armor up in the spiritual battle and find strength in faith, family, and the true spirit of Christmas.