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

Twinkie Salad

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 It’s become chic to say Christians should be known more by what we’re for  than what we’re against. Usually the phrase is employed to criticize believers who openly stand against abortion, homosexuality, pornography or unclean entertainment. (Though interestingly enough, if the same believers stand against human trafficking or child abuse, no one pulls out the For and Against line.) And to a point I agree. If our primary message has been a one-note tirade against select sins, then yeah, we blew it. That’s Law without Gospel, obsession with one Continue Reading

How Do I Know He’s Getting Better? Five Things to Look for When a Man Says He’s Repentant

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Wives often ask my wife and I how they can really know their husband, who’s committed some form of sexual sin, is getting better. While there’s no acid test, there are some things I believe a woman can and should expect when her man says, “I was wrong; I’ve repented of it.” Continue Reading

Chosen

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I’m not big on “favorite scriptures”, since all of the Word is inspired and profitable (II Timothy 3:16.) Still, I guess everyone has certain ones that come to mind more than others. One of those, for me, is Ephesians 1:4, a verse I lean heavily on. In fact, when I’m tired, which is pretty often, or stressed (who isn’t?) this one pumps me up beautifully. According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Continue Reading

What’s Satan Got Against Me, Anyway?

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A dear friend of mine, noting the trials that have recently caved in on her, posted on Facebook the question, “Who gave Satan my address?”  There’s a scary image – the devil coming to visit, with purpose. And it raises an old question: What’s he got against me anyway? It’s self-evident that he hates me, but why? We don’t know too much about him, but what we know is sobering and instructive. He’s a created being who fell from grace (Isaiah 14:12); he enticed the first humans into disobedience (Genesis 3:1-4); he’s an adversary to all of us (I Continue Reading

Who Really Stays Pure?

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"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification --- that each of you possess your vessel in honor." -I Thessalonians 4: 3-4 Sexual purity for the Christian is a mandate, goal and achievement. It’s a mandate because it's expected by God and reasonably so; it's a goal in that we strive towards it, and an achievement when we both attain and then maintain it. It's also way of being and living that runs contrary to so much of what we’re exposed to daily. 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

How Do I Know He’s Getting Better? Five Things to Look for When a Man Says He’s Repentant

Remind him that you’re his partner and want the best for him, your marriage and your family.

Every Tuesday we’ll post something to do with restoring marriages. Hope it helps. — How Do I Know He’s Getting Better? Five Things to Look for When a Man Says He’s Repentant  Wives often ask my wife and I how they can really know their husband, who’s committed some form of sexual sin, is getting better. While there’s no acid test, there are some things I believe a woman can and should expect when her man says, “I was wrong; I’ve repented of it.” If that’s the case, here are the top five things I think she should see: 1. Action You’ll see Continue Reading

Ten Tips for Maintaining Sexual Integrity

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Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. — Some time ago I wrote this in response to the question of what steps a man should take to “keep it clean.” Considering the amount of stimulation and temptation we’re confronted with daily, common sense tells us to be, and stay, prepared. Here are ten ways we can help make that happen. Ten Tips for Maintaining Sexual Integrity Tip 1: GET REAL Recognize that sexual temptation is unavoidable in our sex-obsessed culture. Erotic images on billboards, Continue Reading

The Gay Marriage Debate: Winning, Losing or Dropping Out? (Part 6)

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The Gay Marriage Debate: Winning, Losing or Dropping Out? (Part 6) “No Church Left Behind” Just got back from vacation in Northern California, where we enjoyed whitewater rafting, tours of vineyards, outrageous roller coaster rides and a repeat viewing of The Dark Knight Rises. (Worth a look, in my opinion, but I’m a sucker for all things DC) During that same week this blog had its first viral episode, with the August 2 post on the protestor I spotted at Chic-fil-A generating 29,800 shares as of this writing. (Click here if you missed Continue Reading