Staying Power

Armed

“By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other.  But a marriage is three of us.” -Christian entertainer Barbara Mandrell, answering the question of why her marriage works   I know my wife loves me. But I think it’s taken more than that to keep her with me for 28 years. She also loves, and is obedient to, God. And that’s where a Christian marriage gets its Continue Reading

We Who Are Seen

Jesus hand

“And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, “Thou God seest me” For she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?” - Genesis 16:13 Hagar isn’t the most sympathetic of Bible characters. Handmaid to Abraham’s barren wife Sarah, she had become pregnant by Abraham at Sarah’s insistence. (Genesis 16:1-2) You’ll remember that God had promised them a son, but Sarah, like so many of us, liked God’s promise, but not His timing. In her impatience she basically said, “Let’s help God along. He said we’d have a son but I’m still Continue Reading

Love Thy Jerk

Jerk

“We don’t devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.” - Bill Watterson   Continue Reading

Unbridled

Bridle

  Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. -Psalms 32:9  If we belong to Him, then one way or another, we’ll be led by Him. How? Well, that’s largely up to us. Continue Reading

The Content of our Character

Maturity

“I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” -I Corinthians 3:2           I’ve got it backwards. The evidence of my physical maturity is glaring, while the signs of my spiritual maturity aren’t nearly as obvious. And that’s troubling, because a boy in a man’s body is a very unattractive thing. Continue Reading

Surveying the Damage

Destruction

I’m somewhat OK with admitting my sin. It's clearly not my favorite thing to do, but I will if I have to. Examining its impact is another matter. Continue Reading

Sufficient Evil

Regret

Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof. - Matthew 6:34 I know something’s wrong when I repeatedly wake up wondering how I’m ever gonna make it. Continue Reading

Still in the Dog House? Try This

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For the married man who's let his wife down, there can be a real helplessness that goes along with repentance. You know you’ve messed up, you’ve apologized every which way you can, and you’ve taken some concrete steps to get help. You’ve joined an accountability group, you’ve gotten yourself an accountability partner, you’re in counseling, and you make sure that on a daily basis you’re in the Word and praying. But you’re still in the dog house. She says she forgives you, then she rips into you with a fresh round of questions. (“How could you Continue Reading

Building Trust

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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 repentant, and you want her to know it. You’re ready to do what’s necessary to repair the damage done to you, her and the marriage, and you want her confidence again. Great. Continue Reading

His Work, His Timetable

time

“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” -Psalms 138:8 I’m starting this year with a very mixed assortment of gratitude and disappointment, which is to say 2013 was business as usual. Continue Reading