COLORADO SPRINGS — Ken Harrison, CEO of WaterStone and volunteer chairman of Promise Keepers, explores issues of trauma, coming face to face with ISIS, and accepting God’s redemption with Victor Marx on the latest podcast of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.”
The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Podcast listeners can also receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.
Victor Marx is a high-risk humanitarian with successful missions to Iraq, Syria, North Africa, and Southeast Asia – many times in non-permissive and high threat environments, helping orphans and widows.
Severely abused and tortured as a child, by the time he graduated from high school, Marx’s lifestyle was filled with drugs, fights, and theft. The discipline of military life and faith in God helped him recover from his traumatic childhood and empowers him to help others. Today, Victor focuses his attention on the plights of those affected by ISIS, troubled juvenile offenders, and supporting military personnel from all branches including the special operations community.
Highlights of Marx’s interview in the podcast include:
God is the ultimate healer of our traumas.
“I’ve been abused physically and sexually. I’ve seen and experienced horrible, evil, evil things, and I want to thank God that he is the redeemer. He can put a man or a woman’s mind back together because we can have his mind and we can be transformed by the renewing of our own mind, if we’re not conformed to this world. A really huge step for me was being born again and it was the gospel, just the simple gospel.”
The negative narratives we tell ourselves have the power to stunt our growth as vessels of God.
“As a teen, I struggled with self-esteem because I was thin and tall and I wasn’t good at sports, even though I was fast and fluent in martial arts. Later in life, I was working out with a powerlifter and he told me with my body composition, I could be huge. I didn’t believe him because of the negative narrative I had in my head about myself. But, he was able to convince me to try. It was through his narrative of me, that I was able to add muscle to my frame. He broke the glass ceiling for me by speaking truth to me.”
“It was because of a brother that I was able to believe. Men, don’t make your own glass ceiling. Sometimes it takes someone else telling you the truth of what you can do and far beyond. Some men think, ‘I can never get a degree. I can never speak another language. I’m only limited to this’, but we are limited by self vows, lies of the enemy. Instead, we need to seek God and ask, ‘God, you made me. What do you want me to do?’”
The Bible tells us that we are not mere men, we’re more than men.
“The Lord has made you his child and no one can ever take that away from you. Nothing can ever stop you from being his child. He deposited a piece of himself in you called the Holy Spirit and the more you surrender to the Holy Spirit, the more he will begin to grow in you as you read God’s word, pray and seek him as a tiny mustard seed. Jesus says, ‘if you love me, keep my commandments’ and there are only two of them: love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself. And as you grow in those, that little tiny seed turns into the giant mustard seed tree that benefits so many people. Your life will become a song to the Lord and you won’t have to stay in bondage anymore.”
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- KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $1 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.Ken has been married to his wife, Elliette, for 29 years and they have three children.
Harrison’s newest book, The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is available wherever books are sold.