Wanted: Not Dead but Alive

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Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. — Wanted: Not Dead But Alive “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” - Romans 5:1 Some men, in the middle of severe depression or despair, start crunching the numbers on their life insurance policy and figure they’re more valuable dead than alive. In the midst of a financial struggle, or personal failure of some sort, they Continue Reading

Random Ramblings #41: A Strong Foundation of Grace

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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 A Strong Foundation of Grace “There is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” -Philippians 1: 2 No condemnation, performance (or lack thereof) notwithstanding. God’s grace – His unmerited favor - will endure because It Is Finished doesn’t mean It’s A Good Start But Add To It. Continue Reading

An Early Winter

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Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — An Early Winter Do your diligence to come before winter. (II Timothy 4:21) Chuck Swindoll spotted a volume of insight in Paul’s brief request to Timothy cited above, basing his book Come Before Winter on what he’d gleaned from the aging apostle’s thoughts. It’s a moving read, one of Swindoll’s best to my thinking, reminding us to hear the yearnings that family and friends try to express. Indeed, the very phrase “Come Before Continue Reading

Home Sweet Battlefield

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Every Wednesday we’ll post a message having to do with doctrine and purity. Hope it helps. — Home Sweet Battlefield I’m reminded daily that although God created the World, this World is not the way He created it. It became something else. When Adam sinned, everything in the environment – man, woman, the earth itself and the spiritual realm – changed. Read Genesis 3 in its entirety and you see the devastation of Paradise Lost, and the new form the world would take. An ongoing battle would ensue between Satan and Eve’s Seed, the coming Continue Reading

Surveying The Damage

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Every Tuesday we’ll post something to do with strengthening marriages. Hope it helps. — Surveying the Damage I’m somewhat OK about admitting my sin. Taking a look at its consequences is another matter. Yet when Nehemiah set out to rebuild Jerusalem, he began by taking a close look at the damage done to her walls. (Nehemiah 2: 11-16) It couldn’t have been easy. Knowing the walls were decayed was one thing; closely inspecting them to see just how decayed was another. But how else could he rebuild? To make things right, he had to first Continue Reading

Perfecting

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Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. — Perfecting “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” (Psalms138:8) I’ve every reason to give up on myself today. It’s only been a few hours since I woke, and in record time I’ve managed to snap at my wife, curse the list of To Do’s, whine about money, covet every fifty-something man who isn’t me and brush morning devotions aside because, after all, there’s too much else to do and God doesn’t seem to be taking my calls anyway. It’s a bad hair Continue Reading

Random Ramblings #40: Please Pray for The Game Plan Seminar this Weekend

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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’d sure appreciate your prayers this weekend, as I will be teaching The Game Plan seminar at a men’s retreat in Atlanta. This is always an honor and a lot of fun as well, and I always look forward to being with other guys who are ready to get honest and serious about sexual purity. Since 1987 I’ve had the honor of working with men like that. I’ve admired their courage in admitting they Continue Reading

The Convenient Wound

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Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. --- The Convenient Wound  When my youngest son Jeremy was about five, he enjoyed jumping off the steps of our stairway. He’d go up one step, jump to the floor, then go up two steps, jump again, and so forth, often working his way up to five or six steps, which was no small feat for a five year old. Renee forbade this sort of thing, of course, so it was only done when Dad was home and Mom was gone, Dad cheering the kid on while Continue Reading

Brazenly Yours

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Every Wednesday we’ll post a message having to do with doctrine and purity. Hope it helps. — Brazenly Yours Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:16 Three times I’ve been appointed Power of Attorney by someone wanting me to manage their business in light of serious illness, and each time the person in question was much wealthier than me. That meant I had discretion to write checks, make sales, and transfer money that I had not earned, the Continue Reading

Honey, I Shrunk the Id

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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