Slimed

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Several years ago I was teaching a five day seminar on purity for men. The location was a seaside resort town, the venue was a hotel, the meeting room overlooked the beach, and I think you see the problem. Continue Reading

Not Interested. Thanks. Goodbye.

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It took me about four decades to perfect the art of brushing off pushy solicitors. Not that I begrudge anyone their means of making a living, but when I want something, I’ll go out shopping for it. I’ve no need for anyone to call me suggesting a product or service, and I have a particular dislike for telephone solicitors invading my home with their pitch. I’ve tried listening politely, only to have my politeness mistaken for weakness. I’ve tried venting my frustration at being interrupted by a sales call, only to hear that I’d be glad I was Continue Reading

Sufficient Evil

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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

Thinking it Through

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Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8 We’re largely where we are today because of the decisions we’ve made. Not completely, I know, because plenty of things happen to us that are beyond our control. But so much in life – the state of our relationships, for example, or our spiritual Continue Reading

“Regrets, I’ve Had a Few —“

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“---but then again, too few to mention.” Or so crooned Frank Sinatra in his signature ballad “My Way.” And if that’s really true, more power to the guy. Me, I had a multitude of regrets by the time I was ten, so I certainly didn’t reach middle age with a clean slate. I’m pretty sure most of us have some sense of falling short of our own standards when we review our lives. And that’s where we walk a fine line between healthy regret and unproductive guilt. Continue Reading

Watched

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 they say, The LORD seeth us not —” (Ezekiel 8:12)” Even then, men who were believers Continue Reading

If You Can, Then You Will

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Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. — The following is an excerpt from my new book “Five Steps to Breaking Free from Porn.” (Harvest House 2013) If that’s been an issue to you, you’ll find the link to the book at the end of this post. — If You Can, Then You Will “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30) Never Continue Reading

Not Interested. Thanks. Goodbye.

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Every Monday we’ll post something about maintaining sexual integrity. Hope it helps. --- “Not Interested. Thanks. Goodbye.” It took me about four decades to perfect the art of brushing off pushy solicitors. Not that I begrudge anyone their means of making a living, but when I want something, I’ll go out shopping for it. I’ve no need for anyone to call me suggesting a product or service, and I have a particular dislike for telephone solicitors invading my home with their pitch. I’ve tried listening politely, only to have my politeness Continue Reading

Without Provocation?

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Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — Without Provocation? “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” - Hebrews 10:24 An unprovoked life is incomplete. Convenient, probably, and certainly free of unwanted feedback, but incomplete. Someone should know you, and someone should have access to your heart and mind to the extent that she or he can speak to your blind spots. That’s a critical part of discipleship, often overlooked and Continue Reading

Thinking it Through

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Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. — Thinking it Through  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. - Philippians 4:8 We’re largely where we are today because of the decisions we’ve made. Not completely, I know, because plenty of things happen to Continue Reading