Unmasked in Marriage

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Damn you! You little prying Pandora! You little demon - is this what you wanted to see? Curse you, you little lying Delilah! You little viper Now you cannot ever be free! -The Phantom once he's unmasked, from Lloyd-Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera' Continue Reading

Lord of the Bruised


A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory. -Matthew 12:20 I want that kind of heart. I want to look at a bruised reed and feel protective, appreciating its fragility and its potential. Without that, everything else seems empty. These words from Isaiah 42, re-quoted in Matthew, are interesting, aren’t they? “A bruised reed He will not break.” Matthew cites this as a prophetic reference to Jesus, and it’s important to note this description comes right after a heated Continue Reading



  Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. -Psalms 32:9  If we belong to Him, then one way or another, we’ll be led by Him. How? Well, that’s largely up to us. 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

The Good Fight


“Our quarrel was such A way of loving so much.” -“Reunited” by Peaches and herb Healthy couples fight. Not too often; seldom viciously; never violently. But they do fight, and usually, to my thinking, they’re better off for it. 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

Darts Among Friends

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Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. - Ephesians 5:16 In Shakespeare’s Othello the evil character Iago acts out his hatred for one man, and his contempt for people in general, by dividing. He whispers insinuations to Othello, then to his beloved wife Desdemona, and his caption Cassio as well, arousing suspicions between them as he manipulates each against the other. In the end, lives are lost and hearts are broken, all because people believed Iago’s lies and acted on Continue Reading

So Many Purity Plans – Who’s Right?

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   If you’re a Christian guy who’s struggled with porn or other sexual sins, and you’ve checked Amazon.com to see what sort of help is available, then you’ve noticed how many authors, counselors, and pastors have written on the subject. And each of them, it seems, has a different approach. Continue Reading

Unmasked in Marriage


In The Phantom of the Opera, a disfigured musical genius wearing a mask tutors an ingénue soprano and, in the process, falls deeply in love with her. Early in the story, the protégé Christine, curious to know what her mentor looks like beneath the mask, snatches it away from his face when his back is turned. Furious at being exposed, he lashes out at her, screaming that she, by unmasking him, has ended their relationship. She’s seen him as he is. Now, he’s convinced, she can never love him. Continue Reading

Married With Impact

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Every Tuesday we’ll post something about marriage and growth. Hope it helps. “ — and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” - I Peter 3:7 Two areas of married life couples often neglect are two of its most important aspects, to my thinking: the prayer bond and the sexual bond. Both are easy to ignore since they don’t demand immediate attention. The kids have to get to school; that can’t be put off. Meals need cooking; bills won’t politely wait; the house doesn’t care how tired you are, it wants Continue Reading