A Lonely Peace

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Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — A Lonely Peace “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!” - Luke 6:26 I had a rough experience as a 17-year old, a spiritual and emotional boot-camp event which I thank God for now. It shaped me, and my approach to Christian life and service, by hammering into me a simple, critical truth: Peace of mind trumps popularity. At the time I was entrenched in the life of a local Pentecostal church where I played piano, Continue Reading

Facing The Fire

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Every Wednesday we’ll post something to do with doctrine and recovery.  — Facing the Fire “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire ---” I Corinthians 3: 11-13 Any Christian feeling a call to service should get a good grasp on the parable of stewardship in Matthew 25:14-30. It describes a master commissioning his servants with differing amounts of money, then taking a long trip, Continue Reading

Freely Forgiven

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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’s helpful. — Freely Forgiven "A happy marriage is made up of two good forgivers." - Robert Quillen It’s discouraging to hear a couple say they want to improve their marriage, then continue to rehash each other’s sins. You can put the car in drive or reverse, but not both, and certainly not at the same time. If you want to keep the upper hand by repeating your partner’s past transgressions, go ahead and Continue Reading

The ‘It’ Factor

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Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. — The ‘It’ Factor Considering the fact you’re reading a blog on sexual integrity, there’s the possibility you’re either in crises over your sexual behavior, or you want to avoid ever having that sort of crises. And why shouldn’t you? You’ve got other plans, after all - a family, a home, or a certain type of job or career. And by now, you’ve probably attained some of those goals, so I’ll also assume you’ve steered your life in a certain direction Continue Reading

Clunking Along

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Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — Clunking Along "I like to think of anything stupid I’ve done as a 'learning experience.' It makes me feel less stupid." -P.J. O’Rourke I’ve no stones to throw at Senator Akin. Yes, he made a scathingly stupid remark when he declared, while explaining his pro-life position, that when a woman is a victim of "legitimate rape" her system somehow shuts down, making her biologically unlikely to become pregnant. That’s an inexcusable Continue Reading

Handle With Care

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Every Wednesday we’ll post something to do with doctrine and recovery.  — Handle With Care There has been grave error. I do not mean so much error of doctrine as error of emphasis. A.W. Tozer Let’s not be too quick to say how much we love the truth. People avoid standing on their bathroom scales because they’re not at all sure they want the hard facts. Checkbook registers are ignored, along with ATM receipts, because plenty of consumers prefer not knowing how low their balance really is. Medical checkups get put off for years Continue Reading

Three Ways to Undo Trust

Remind him that you’re his partner and want the best for him, your marriage and your family.

Every Tuesday we’ll be posting an article about restoring and strengthening marriages that have been damaged by sexual sin. Hope it’s helpful. — Three Ways to Undo Trust If you’re a married man who’s messed up in some way --- boy, that was a stupid way to start a sentence. Any married men out there who haven’t messed up in some way? Let’s try again. If you’re a married man who’s messed up by committing sexual sin, and your wife is both aware of and recovering from your actions, then one of your primary goals is to rebuild trust. You’re Continue Reading

Watched

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Every Monday we’ll post something to do with personal purity. Hope it helps. — Watched Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. - Hebrews 4:13 Ezekiel makes a brief and chillingly prophetic observation about God’s people looking secretly at forbidden imagery when he recounts the Lord saying to him: “Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for Continue Reading

The Gay Marriage Debate: Winning, Losing or Dropping Out? (Part 7)

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The Gay Marriage Debate: Winning, Losing or Dropping Out? (Part Seven or an Eight Part Series. Full list of links to all posts in the series at the end of this article.) From Apologies to Apologists It seems we’re forever swinging to or from extremes. That’s true of much of life, church life in particular. At times we see the Christian population with its nose buried in End Times writings; other times you’d think, by the lack of attention paid to it, that the Second Coming was a discarded myth. Sometimes we’ve sought political power; other Continue Reading

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Husbands

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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’s helpful. — Seven Habits of Highly Effective Husbands Renee and I celebrated the big 25 last week, a milestone to any couple. I like to see our marriage as its own entity, commenting on its development as it grows, so on our first anniversary I said, “Our marriage should be walking any day now.” On our tenth, I noted it would go through puberty soon; on the sixteenth I moaned it could drive; on the Continue Reading