The Best, Not the Most

Cher in "Moonstruck"

“So maybe my nature does draw me to you. That doesn’t mean I have to go with it. I can say yes to some things, and no to some things that are gonna ruin everything. I can do that. Otherwise, you know, what good is this life God gave us?” -from the film “Moonstruck”   Continue Reading

New Whine

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The blogosphere’s a glorious anarchy, which is why I cherish it. Anyone with something to say gets a shot, then the online community is free to decide who gets their attention, via support, criticism, mockery, or outright hostility. Other than knowing which icons to click, there are virtually no rules. No strangulating speech codes; no Big-Brother sensibilities to cater to. You have your say, and if folks are drawn to it, you develop a platform to say it more broadly. So long live this free speech zone where the First Amendment is experienced, Continue Reading

The Intimate Enemy

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“Husbands, love your wives”, Paul admonishes in Colossians 3:19. Well, we’ve heard that before, but then he adds an interesting challenge: “—and be not bitter towards them.” Hmmm. As a former Pharisee, Paul had almost certainly been married at one time, then probably widowed. He knew something firsthand about men and women, and the dynamics that come between them, and from that knowledge sprang a command to men not to be bitter towards their wives – spoken, it seems, with the assumption that bitterness can be a common problem to husbands. Continue Reading

Something Weird Under My T-Shirt

This is not the same as Right-Guard Deodorant - But You Probably Knew That

We're so often clueless about what's really going on with the people we know. Continue Reading

Worship and Recovery

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Guest posting by Renee Dallas Note from Joe: I’ve received a number of messages from wives asking for help dealing with their own pain over their husband’s behavior, so  thought I’d let my own wife Renee respond with some ideas she has on the subject, since she runs a ministry to wives. For more articles by Renee, and for more information on her work, go to wifeboat.com. Continue Reading

Of Pastors and Potshots

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Every Thursday we’ll post something to do with relational or emotional concerns. Hope it helps. — Of Pastors and Potshots “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena --- ” - Theodore Roosevelt The man in the arena does the heavy lifting while the spectators do the heavy talking. The talk’s usually by way of critique, which is fair enough, since the arena is, after all, a place Continue Reading

A Strong Foundation of Grace

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Every Friday we’ll take a break from topical posts and will post some random personal thoughts.  — A Strong Foundation of Grace “There is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” -Philippians 1: 2 No condemnation, performance (or lack thereof) notwithstanding. God’s grace – His unmerited favor - will endure because It Is Finished doesn’t mean It’s A Good Start But Add To It. Sin has not been excused, of course. It’s been punished Continue Reading

Something Weird Under My T-Shirt

This is not the same as Right-Guard Deodorant - But You Probably Knew That

Every Thursday we’ll post something on emotional or relational health. Hope it helps. --- Something Weird Under My T-Shirt Over twenty years ago I was speaking at a conference in Canada, my wife traveling with me, both of us staying in a friend’s home. The day I was scheduled to teach I woke early to get dressed. It was dark, so I groped my way around the bathroom, not wanting to wake Renee. After showering in the half -light I couldn’t find my deodorant, so I ran my hands over her toiletries, grabbed a container that felt like a 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

The Best, Not the Most

Cher in "Moonstruck"

Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. — The Best, Not the Most “So maybe my nature does draw me to you. That doesn’t mean I have to go with it. I can say yes to some things, and no to some things that are gonna ruin everything. I can do that. Otherwise, you know, what good is this life God gave us?” -from the film “Moonstruck” In the story cited above, an engaged woman has fallen in love with her fiancé’s brother. Realizing the wrongness of pursuing a relationship with the man, Continue Reading