While I was strolling with my wife on a quaint beach-town promenade in Orange County, California, I thought about how even the most well-intentioned man is a soldier storming a land mine field of the best stereotypical model bodies money can buy.
As I am everyday when I leave the house, I was reminded of the importance of “bouncing my eyes”. This tried-and-true technique for protecting your mind and honoring your wife is taught by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker in Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time (The Every Man Series)
However, I also thought about what it would mean to my marriage and relationship with God if I also “bounced my mind” and “bounced my heart” […]
I read the selection below in James Merritt’s How to Be a Winner and Influence Anybody: The Fruit of the Spirit as the Essence of Leadership. Merritt actually excerpted the passage from David Ireland’s book Letters to an Unborn Child. Ireland had a debilitating neurological disease that confined him to a wheelchair. He knew he might never have the opportunity to enjoy a relationship with or see his unborn child grow up, so he wrote a book with letters to the unborn child.
God desires to change our hearts and reveal his beauty, love, and sacrifice to us more than he seeks to use his God-magic-wand to change the circumstances. […]
We have a stupendous church with amazing teaching and a fantastic small group. Every week my wife and I lead a small group bible study, and I figured since I take lotsa’ notes and actually spend time preparing for it every week, I might as well post them for you. I’m going to make it easy on me by posting them in information “note” format. Hopefully you find this both useful and helpful. Please give me feedback and let me know.
When I create posts like these, I will try to include the following:
- A quick overview of the sermon
- My notes / thoughts from the sermon in bullet point format
- Discussion questions
- Paste the scripture we read aloud in small group
- Provide a link to the sermon
This week’s sermon was on John 13… which was about Christ taking on the position of a lowly slave and washing the gross, dirty, horse-manure caked feet of his disciples.
This passage from 1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most often used scriptural references in weddings. The Bible provides a direct and elegantly simple outline for answering this question: How do I love my spouse?
LOVE is patient, kind, not envy, does not boast, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, keeps no records of wrongs, does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
This should be easy right? […]