When War Isn’t Hell

Weary Soldier

"If you have no temptations it is because the devils are your friends, your leaders, and your shepherds. And by allowing you to pass your poor life tranquilly, to the end of your days, they will drag you down into the depths." -St. Gregory Continue Reading

Amazing Grays

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Our local paper ran a feature story awhile back, written by a self-identified evangelical Christian and titled “There is Something in the Air. Can You Feel It? Grace.” Great start. Nothing turns me on like a consideration of God’s grace because, after all, where would I be without it? But then it all went downhill, as the article celebrated the growing acceptance of same sex marriage, even among believers, as evidence of a “great grace awakening.” She went so far as to call it a Third Great Awakening which is “broader” than traditional Continue Reading

What the Wounded Wife Has to Say

Wounded Wife

If I knew falling in love would hurt this much I would have rather fallen into a ditch, and maybe I would be healed by now. -Evans Macharia           When a man sexually betrays his wife, his ability to understand her pain is equal to his ability to understand what pregnancy and delivery feel like. Continue Reading

Strange Ire: John MacArthur, Charismatics, and Controversy

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I think it's odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often about petty matters.                                                                                                                                           - Anne Frank, “The Diary of a Young Girl” Sometimes it’s best to just look away when people are behaving badly. Spectators at a brawl can, by their presence, encourage and even ramp it up. We all remember what happened in school when someone yelled “Fight!” Everyone came a’ runnin’ because everyone, it seems, is entertained Continue Reading

Darkening Our Minds: Porn’s Impact from a Biblical perspective

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Every Wednesday we’ll post something to do with doctrine and recovery. Hope it helps. — Darkening Our Minds: Porn’s Impact from a Biblical perspective Jesus said the eye is the lamp of the body (Matthew 6:22-23). If a person’s eye is perpetually exposed to darkness, there comes an inevitable distortion in that person’s thinking. It is in this darkening of the mind that pornography makes its leap from an act that is morally repugnant to one that has frightening consequences. “Evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33), Continue Reading

Compromised Holiness; Compromised Impact

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Every Wednesday we’ll post something to do with doctrine and recovery. Hope it helps. — Compromised Holiness; Compromised Impact “Do as I say, not as I do” is a message no responsible parent gives a child, for obvious reasons. You can’t expect kids to respect, much less obey, mothers and fathers who blatantly disregard the standards they impose on others. Granted, no one perfectly lives up to every ideal they teach, but in healthy families, parents will generally live in consistency with the values and boundaries they promote in the Continue Reading

A Peace Too Costly

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Every Wednesday we’ll post a message having to do with doctrine and purity. Hope it helps. --- A Peace Too Costly “You have been given the choice between war and dishonor. You have chosen dishonor, and you will have war!” -Winston Churchill to the English Parliament, 1938 After the English Parliament’s 1938 appeasement in Czechoslovakia, Churchill saw the danger of choosing peace, when honor and common sense called for battle. History, of course, would confirm his point: Refusing to fight an honorable battle may afford a temporary peace, Continue Reading