Unmasked in Marriage

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Damn you! You little prying Pandora! You little demon - is this what you wanted to see? Curse you, you little lying Delilah! You little viper Now you cannot ever be free! -The Phantom once he's unmasked, from Lloyd-Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera' Continue Reading

Where Love and Sorrow Meet

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“When Jesus calls a man”, Dietrich Bonheoffer said, “He bids him come and die.” No getting around that. The claims of God on our lives are as unmistakable as His grace – unmerited favor with a death sentence attached. Jesus said as much when He declared:  “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  (Matthew 16:24) But given the fact I’m no Messiah and the world’s sins will hardly be expunged by any crucifixion I go through, I’m left to ponder exactly what sort of cross I’m to carry, and how my Continue Reading

The Stepford Syndrome

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The power of porn may not just be its explicit content. It may also be its capacity to take the viewer into another world, a place where bodies and people are perfect, where imaginary lovers comply with every wish, and where the scene created perfectly matches the deepest desires of the viewer. It’s a perfect and perfectly destructive world, and it’s the stuff both horror and heartbreak are made of. Continue Reading

Nice Flesh

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Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. -Galatians 5:19 When you’ve struggled with a “juicy” sin, it’s easy to judge your whole life by how well or how poorly you’re handling that one behavior. Folks who are alcoholic can do this by assuming that as long as they’re sober, then they’re doing well. Drug addicts, gamblers and Continue Reading

Unmasked in Marriage

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In The Phantom of the Opera, a disfigured musical genius wearing a mask tutors an ingénue soprano and, in the process, falls deeply in love with her. Early in the story, the protégé Christine, curious to know what her mentor looks like beneath the mask, snatches it away from his face when his back is turned. Furious at being exposed, he lashes out at her, screaming that she, by unmasking him, has ended their relationship. She’s seen him as he is. Now, he’s convinced, she can never love him. Continue Reading

Cheaters Never Prosper

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Every Tuesday we’ll post something to do with strengthening marriages. Hope it helps. — Cheaters Never Prosper “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. Defraud ye not one the other —“ - I Corinthians 7: 3-5 Sins of omission are harder to spot, and easier to justify, then their more deliberate, obvious counterparts. When I cross a clearly defined line the moral question isn’t a question at all – I shouldn’t have done that. But when I should do something, yet don’t, the casual Continue Reading

The Stepford Syndrome

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Every Thursday we’ll post something having to do with relationships and/or emotions. Hope it helps. — The Stepford Syndrome The power of porn may not just be its explicit content. It may also be its capacity to take the viewer into another world, a place where bodies and people are perfect, where imaginary lovers comply with every wish, and where the scene created perfectly matches the deepest desires of the viewer. It’s a perfect and perfectly destructive world, and it’s the stuff both horror and heartbreak are made of. Novelist Continue Reading

The Gay Marriage Debate: Winning, Losing or Dropping Out? (Part 2)

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Every Friday we’ll take a break from topical posts and will post some random personal thoughts.  — The Gay Marriage Debate: Winning, Losing or Dropping Out? (Links to all four parts at the end of the article) In Part I of this discussion I cited surveys affirming a shift in the public’s view of same sex marriage, a shift raising three questions that I hope to respond to each Friday for the next three weeks: Do we have a mandate to influence the culture? Is change an indicator of progress? Where do we go from here? Let’s Continue Reading

Cheaters Never Prosper

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Every Tuesday we’ll post something to do with strengthening marriages. Hope it helps. — Cheaters Never Prosper “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. Defraud ye not one the other ---“ - I Corinthians 7: 3-5 Sins of omission are harder to spot, and easier to justify, then their more deliberate, obvious counterparts. When I cross a clearly defined line the moral question isn’t a question at all – I shouldn’t have done that. But when I should do something, yet don’t, the casual Continue Reading

Where Love and Sorrow Meet

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Every Monday we’ll post something about maintaining your sexual integrity. Hope it helps. — Where Love and Sorrow Meet “When Jesus calls a man”, Dietrich Bonheoffer said, “He bids him come and die.” No getting around that. The claims of God on our lives are as unmistakable as His grace – unmerited favor with a death sentence attached. Jesus said as much when He declared: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  (Matthew 16:24) But given the fact I’m no Messiah and the world’s sins will Continue Reading