My Father

My father is so amazing! The longer I know him, the more I begin to see his love and his wisdom.

My father doesn’t just dote on us kids. Certainly, he does plenty of that, but the depth of his love for all of us, plus his wisdom that is far above any human wisdom, won’t allow him to spoil us, nor to abandon us. Instead, he Continue reading

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Right Soiled

Over the years, I’ve spent many hours in gatherings where the Word of God was being taught. Sometimes, I was even the one attempting to teach it to others. I’ve heard and taught all kinds of other teachings and human wisdom in those meetings, but when changed to teaching God’s Word, God’s truths were going out to the hearers like seed being sown on a field, regardless of how receptive they were to it. Continue reading

Chap 11: Leap for Joy?

God is not surprised by our trials nor our sins. He is able to use lives fully submitted to him regardless of our pasts. Yes, it may not be what we expected, but God has allowed our lives to go where they have (he did not cause us to sin) and he can redeem what seems beyond hope! Please read this excellent blog called “Leap for Joy”!

Walking Wounded

I Married My Dad

Chapter Eleven

Leap for Joy?

January 20, 2018

Let’s have a show of hands. How many of us, when we go through tough trials, immediately count it all joy? How many of us delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, and in difficulties? How many of us, when people hate us, when they exclude us and insult us and reject our names as evil, because of Jesus Christ, rejoice in that day and leap for joy?

And, yet, this is what we are told in scripture that we must do, and it is modeled for us, too, in the Bible (See: Jas. 1:2; 2 Co. 12:10; Lu. 6:22-24; Job 1:21).

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may…

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Chap 8: Resting in Him

This perspective of how my wife felt when I did not address my sexual addiction decisively is a good picture of what it’s like for the spouses of sex addicts – it is reblogged from her book, “I Married My Dad”.

Walking Wounded

I Married My Dad

Chapter Eight

Resting in Him

January 17, 2018

Have you ever fallen and skinned your knee? Did it get bloody and did it sting, too? What did you do about it? You probably washed it with soapy water, and rinsed it with clear water, and then patted it dry, and then stopped the bleeding by holding a cloth on it for a minute or two. And then you probably put some type of antibiotic ointment on it and then covered it with a bandage, and then you waited for it to heal.

But, while you were waiting for it to heal, you probably were really careful to not reinjure it, and you most likely gave it extra special care, as well. But, the healing still took time, and during that time you had to keep it clean and covered, too.

Now, let me ask you another…

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Put-Ons

Throughout the New Testament, followers of Christ are instructed to put off certain actions or attitudes and to put on others. Those actions or attitudes we are to put off are from our old sinful nature, from our flesh and its way of doing things. Those we are to put on are from our new spiritual nature, by the Holy Spirit within us, done by faith in, and obedience to God, and by his power, not ours. Continue reading

What’s New?

Background

I’ve been trusting Jesus Christ as both my savior and lord for a week now. Most of my life I thought I was a good Christian, but my lifestyle proclaimed a different story. I’ve written a good amount on my past life, which was steeped in sexual addiction and sinful habits, but some folks have been asking what is new in my life. This is what I’ve noticed so far. Continue reading

Identity Crisis?

Flesh vs. Spirit

I’ve heard a lot of explanations of Romans 6-8. Most of them left me unsatisfied, for they seemed to be crafted to fit into one theology or another, rather than to clarify Paul’s description of the struggle with the flesh and God’s solution in the Spirit. Paul said this in Romans 7:14-24: Continue reading

Who Are You and How Did You Get In?

Most of us get surprised within the first year of marriage when we find out the person we married is not who we thought. When the insanity of romance wears off and we see what we ended up with, we can’t believe how blind we were. If that person is an addict of some sort, that realization is particularly awful. I was a sex addict from before my marriage, but neither of us really knew then just how bad it was. Continue reading