Die, Monster Flesh, Die!

“For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing.” -Romans 7:18

Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. --- Die, Monster Flesh, Die! “For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, there dwells no good thing.” - Romans 7:18 ‘Tis the season for monsters, and despite reservations about horror for entertainment, I’ll admit to having a perverse fondness for the cinema creatures that spooked me as a boy. Norman Bates, The Crawling Eye, Baby Jane Hudson and The Thing all cost me a few nights sleep back in the early 1960’s, but none so much as The Body Snatchers, Continue Reading

Random Ramblings #20: Of Prince Charles & Count Dracula, The Lohan Clan, Girl Scouts, Chaz, Soy and Harold Camping

charles and count dracula

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 Prince Charles has acknowledged his family ties to Count Dracula, who was in fact a 15th century nobleman known as Vlad the Impaler of Transylvania. Apparently Transylvania’s forests are endangered due to logging and other developments, so the Prince has stepped forward with this revelation because (I’m quoting Charles verbatim, honestly) “I do have a bit of a stake in the Continue Reading

Keeping Silence

Silence is not a solution.

Every Thursday we’ll post something to do with emotional or relational issues. Hope it helps. --- Keeping Silence “Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another that you may be healed.” - James 5:16 How ya doing? is a question you can easily ask and answer without much thought. It’s a nice greeting, casually given as a way of saying Hi, good to see you, hope you’re well, etc. But generally, the Asker doesn’t expect a detailed response from the Askee as to how he’s doing, and would likely be surprised and a little Continue Reading

You. Yeah, You!

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Every Wednesday we’ll post something to do with Doctrine and Recovery. Hope it helps. --- You. Yeah, You! Beloved, if our heart condemns us God is greater than our heart and knows all things. - I John 3:20 With no effort at all I can give you five hundred reasons why I should be fired. Easy. And I don’t mean fired from my job (I work for myself so that’s out) but rather, fired from my life - my marriage, fatherhood, ministry/career, everything. Given the chance to inspect my day to day routine, the most casual observer would agree with Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Indeed

That's a LOT of candles

Every Tuesday we post something to do with maintaining and restoring marriages. Hope it helps. --- Happy Birthday, Indeed Today my wife finds herself married to a 57 year old. Though October 25 is my actual birthday, we won’t celebrate until this weekend, so I’ll gladly forgo the verbal cruelties until then. And make no mistake, between my family, friends and clients, there’ll be no shortage of old man jokes designed to put me in my geriatric place. Meanwhile, I’m allowed a bit of reflection time, which leads me to a peaceful, Continue Reading

Normal – Says Who?

right wrong it depends

Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. --- Normal – Says Who? “Here, in the midst of life, there is to be a strong negative, by choice, and by the grace of God. It is not, for example, a matter of waiting until we no longer have strong sexual desires, but rather that in the midst of the moving of life, surrounded by a world that grabs everything, we are to understand what Jesus means when He talks about denying ourselves that which is not rightfully ours.” Francis Schaeffer, True Continue Reading

Random Ramblings #19: Quadruple Bypass Burger, Harold Camping, Lindsay Lohan, Footloose, Depression in Teens

QuadHeartAttack

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 Truth in advertising from Las Vegas, now that’s news! A town that peddles unvarnished carnality in the most varnished of language is, at least in this case, calling a spade a spade. Or a clogged artery, specifically. The Heart Attack Grill of Vegas now offers the Quadruple Bypass Burger, an 8000 calorie meal featuring four half-pound beef patties, cheese and bacon, a milkshake boasting Continue Reading

My Big Mouth; My Bigger Error

Engraving by Gustave Dore (1832 – 1883) illustration was published in 1875 - Peter's Denial

Every Thursday we’ll post something to do with relational or emotional concerns. Hope it helps. — My Big Mouth; My Bigger Error When Jesus predicted that all his disciples – Peter included – would forsake Him under pressure, you can almost hear the injury in his voice when he protests: “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble! --- Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny you!” (Matthew 26:33, 35) This was a guy who knew Christ, but still had a lot to learn about himself. I think he meant Continue Reading

Prayer’s Block

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Every Wednesday we’ll post something to do with doctrine and recovery. Hope it helps. --- Prayer’s Block Anyone who’s tried writing can attest to the frustration of Writer’s Block. It happens when you sit your body in front of the computer, but your mind floats someplace else, refusing to put the harness on and get the flow going. It won’t enter in, and until it does, you stare at the screen, get up and down, play an online game, whatever. Volumes have been written about it, and plenty of despairing would-be authors lap up any advice Continue Reading

Honey, I Shrunk the Id

Photo Credit: Daniel*1977 on Flickr

Every Tuesday we’ll post something to do with strengthening marriages. Hope it helps. --- Honey, I Shrunk the Id They drummed it into us from Psych 101 right through the end of a master’s program – Freud’s Structural Hypothesis, the theory that our minds are composed of a triune entity called the Id, Ego and Super-Ego. The Id represents a cesspool of aggressions and desires lurking just beneath our consciousness; a swamp creature that, left unrestrained, would morph us into pure animalism. The Ego is quite pragmatic, moderating our Continue Reading