You’re Poetry in Motion – Really

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Every Wednesday we’ll post a message having to do with doctrine and purity. Hope it helps. --- You’re Poetry in Motion - Really “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath foreordained we should walk in.” -Ephesians 2:10 When Paul refers to us as His workmanship, the word he uses is poima (pronounced po-ee-ma) from which, of course, we get the English word poem. Dwell on that a moment. You are His poem. Now, if you’ve ever tried writing poetry, you know it’s a distinct, powerful form of Continue Reading

Considering Marriage Counseling? Then Get Your Money’s Worth!

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Every Tuesday we’ll be posting an article about restoring and strengthening marriages that have been damaged by sexual sin. Hope it helps. --- Considering Marriage Counseling? Then Get Your Money’s Worth! Time and again couples present themselves for counseling, saying they want their marriage improved or restored. In the interest of a better union, they’re willing to come for weekly sessions, pay a fee, and take at least an hour out of each week. Great. But so often, when the counseling starts to require negotiation, compromise, an Continue Reading

3 Prayers with a Guaranteed ‘Yes’

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Every Monday we’ll post something to do with personal purity. Hope it helps. --- 3 Prayers with a Guaranteed ‘Yes’ I’m not big on terms like “deliverance” or “transformation”, though I believe in both. They’re both clearly commended in the Bible, and I celebrate them. But I think they’re too often misused as ways of pumping people up to get them to expect immediate, complete relief from whatever ails them. And that, both history and scripture show, is a set up for disappointment. Because although we have indeed been delivered from the Continue Reading

Random Ramblings from a Fellow Struggler #11: Elizabeth, Essential Truths and Philadelphia

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Every Friday we’ll take a break from topical posts and will post some random personal thoughts. --- A Cuppa Joe - Random Ramblings from a Fellow Struggler I’m sitting here with Renee watching a showing of the  film Elizabeth (an account of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension over a sharply divided England) and am reminded of how insanely passionate people become about doctrinal differences, even to the point of war and death. English history is one of so many examples, albeit a quite colorful and romantic one. Still, what truths are worth a Continue Reading

You’re Full of It

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Every Thursday we’ll post something to do with Emotional Issues or Relational issues. Hope it helps. --- You’re Full of It "God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves." -D.L. Moody How can you tell if you’re full of yourself? You might ask yourself these questions, answering as honestly as you’re able: Do the people closest to you tell you that your words or actions suggest an unusual amount of selfishness? Even though you resist temptations towards behaviors you know are forbidden, do you resent having to Continue Reading

Confession: A Good Start, Repentance: The Larger Goal

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Every Wednesday we’ll post a message having to do with doctrine and purity. Hope it helps. --- Confession: A Good Start Repentance: The Larger GoalI lean pretty heavily on John’s promise that “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1: 9) After all, if we’re honest, we’ve got to admit that we fall short daily, repeatedly, regularly. My thoughts alone, on any given day, are enough to send me straight to perdition were it not for God’s grace! So all of us, if Continue Reading

Notes From The Doghouse: “Honey, About That Mouth …”

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Every Tuesday we’ll be posting an article about restoring and strengthening marriages that have been damaged by sexual sin. Sometimes the article will come in the form of Notes from the Doghouse – things men who’ve sinned wish their wives could hear and understand. Hope todays Notes from the Doghouse are helpful. --- Notes from the Doghouse: “Honey, About That Mouth ---” Dear Wife, I’m in the doghouse, where you’ve sent me, and I can’t really complain because I know it’s my own actions that put me here. I did some stupid, Continue Reading

Beware The Weasel

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Every Monday we post something about maintaining your sexual purity. --- Beware the Weasel I’m convinced, though I’ve got no doctrinal or clinical evidence, that there’s a creature in every man that sabotages his intentions and integrity. I call it the Weasel, and I find him lurking in any number of situations where guys have to ‘man up’ to their own deeds. He first showed up in the garden, when Adam knew he’d sinned. Remember his first response? Run and hide, which is a both a traditional and stupid approach to failure. Yet there Adam Continue Reading

Random Ramblings from a Fellow Struggler #10: The Help, Weight Loss Update, Off to Philadelphia

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Every Friday we’ll take a break from topical posts and will post some random personal thoughts. --- A Cuppa Joe - Random Ramblings from a Fellow Struggler Took my wife and son to see The Help this past weekend, and was moved and impressed. If you’re not familiar with the film, it follows an Alabama female journalist who, in the early 1960’s, wrote about the experiences of African American women in the South who raised other people’s children, worked for less than minimum wage, and lived, essentially, in the back of the bus. The Continue Reading

The Courage to Confront

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Every Thursday we’ll post something to do with Emotional Issues or Relational issues. Hope it helps --- The Courage to Confront Entering into my late 50’s, I find myself bothered more by what I should have done than I am by things I actually did. And one of those “should have dones” comes from my refusal, over thirty-five years ago, to confront a man I’ll call Robert. Robert was amazing; a young leader gifted with insight, passion and astonishing charisma. I first met him when he was leading a home Bible study, and though he was Continue Reading