The Compartmentalizer

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"If you follow a universal principle, it positively impacts all areas of your life. Universal principles don't compartmentalize." -Steve Pavlina   Year after year, I hear wives agonize over the choices their husbands made. “What was he thinking?” they’ll cry, “and how could he do a thing like that if he loved me?” Continue Reading

Sound Doctrine: Endangered Species, Essential Structure

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All a man, a church or a denomination needs to guarantee deterioration of doctrine is to take everything for granted and do nothing. The unattended garden will soon be overrun with weeds.  -A.W. Tozer I once heard a wise Rabbi say, “It’s no mystery how things happen. They’re allowed to happen, that’s how.” Continue Reading

Churched Off

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“While I love the traditional church, I love it like a foundational part of my past, as though it were a University I’ve graduated from to join a much larger church those still in the University program are quite suspicious of.” -Author Donald Miller             It’s getting chic to kiss off the local church, as though investing yourself in a community of believers is passé or, at least, incapable of meeting your deepest needs. Continue Reading

I Just Called to Say ‘I Love You’ And I Mean It from the Bottom of My Mind

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Every Monday we'll post something to do with personal purity. Hope it helps. Your heart and mind sometimes disagree; your fate will depend on whose advice you follow." -Eugene Nathaniel Butler My heart never was a very good guide. It feels deeply, sure. But when it comes to genuinely loving my wife, sons, friends, or clients, my mind gives me an accurate picture of what’s in their best interests, more than my heart ever could. My heart wants everyone happy; my mind wants everyone getting what’s best for them. Sometimes the two go Continue Reading

Five of the Most Important Questions in the Bible

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The Bible’s full of instructions, of course, but there are some awfully interesting questions in there as well. Here are five that stand out to me. These were asked by the likes of Cain, Paul, and God Himself. All of them, to my thinking, speak to some of the most important issues of life. “Adam, where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) There’s the heartbroken cry of a Creator/Father in response to the tragedy of the fall. “We used to be close”, He seems to be saying to Adam, “our communion was deep. And now you hide from me?” Devastating, really, to 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

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

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

My Big Mouth; My Bigger Error

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Every Thursday we’ll post something to do with relational or emotional concerns. Hope it helps. — My Big Mouth; My Bigger Error When Jesus predicted that all his disciples – Peter included – would forsake Him under pressure, you can almost hear the injury in his voice when he protests: “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble! --- Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny you!” (Matthew 26:33, 35) This was a guy who knew Christ, but still had a lot to learn about himself. I think he meant Continue Reading

The Compartmentalizer

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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 helps. --- The Compartmentalizer Year after year we hear wives agonize over the choices their husbands made. “What was he thinking?” they’ll cry, “and how could he do a thing like that if he loved me?” The conclusion they often come to – in error – is that he used the porn, or had the affair, or acted out in some other way, because he stopped loving her. How else can his selfish, destructive behavior be Continue Reading