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True Woman Blog: The War of Learning Self-Control
My two year old is a very good boy most of the time, but there are times when he is downright carnal. And if given the opportunity to choose between what’s best for him and what isn’t, he usually picks option b.
Revive Our Hearts: Lessons from the Life of Joshua (Part 10): Rising from Defeat
Ever had a great spiritual victory only to find yourself falling flat on your face within hours or days? Nancy uses an example from the Book of Joshua to not only warn us from becoming overconfident, but also to show us how to deal with defeat. When we deal with our sin and let God purge everything from our lives that is not holy, He can turn our valley of defeat into a door of hope.
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The Dark Closet - #6148
You've hidden it, but the sin and the price and the guilt continue to grow behind that door. It's going to be tough to open that closet and deal with what's in there. But it's going to be a whole lot tougher not to. It's haunted you. It's shamed you. It's shackled you long enough. Jesus is right there with you to help you open that door, and to once and for all get rid of the awful secret behind it.
Video clips that ask questions rather than give answers
First, here’s Alma, a prize-winning animation by Rodrigo Blaas that is hugely compelling. And chilling. A visual metaphor of entrapment. (‘Alma’ is Spanish for ’soul’.) A real discussion starter – it would be useful to show, for example, to a youth group. Or as a embedded clip within a website, asking questions. There is so much to see and analyze within it, with spiritual parallels and warnings.
The Open Window - #6138
Unresolved conflicts, a wandering eye, playing with temptation that you should be avoiding like the plague, letting your passions push you to the moral edge, watching and listening to stuff that opens your heart to things you think you'll never do - those are open windows. Windows that you can't afford to leave open one more day.
When church leaders trip up: Liberty and the Ergun Caner situation
When a Christian leader makes mistakes, how are we to approach the situation? The Ergun Caner controversy raises some questions about how we handle "pulpit sins"... and about the "celebrity culture" within the church.
Slowly, But Surely, Submerged - #6105
You've got to stop that killer strategy with the first look, the first date, the first lie, the first flirtation, the first thoughts of divorce, the first detour from God's Word. This is going to take you where you don't want to go - unless you stop it now. Before today's compromise gives birth to tomorrow's tragedy, run from it.
I was struck by Tiger's admission this week that the problems aren't just physical. He said, "There are a lot of things going on in my life. I'm just trying to get everything in a harmonious spot, and that's not easy to do." It's easy to throw stones at Tiger. What he needs is our prayers.
No Such Thing as Getting Away With it - #6086
There's really no such thing as "secret sin." If God knows, it's no secret. If God knows, you're caught. And you can be sure God knows, and He loves you too much to let you ultimately get away with rebellion against Him, with things that eat away your soul that slowly destroy you. And the best time to turn around is right now, because the bill is getting higher every day.