It began with Stephen, stoned to death after a forceful sermon. Next, James the brother of John was beheaded. Eventually, every other disciple except John was martyred. Since that time, millions upon millions have been put to death for claiming the name of Christ. Tertullian rightly said that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.
In August, graduate Burt Demicell came to speak to the men in the Residential program. Here is a 4 minute video giving you the highlights of his talk.
The shock of Jeff’s sexual sin brought much confusion and so many questions that I was not equipped to deal with. How could he do this to me? Wasn’t he serious about his marriage vows when he said them? Could this possibly be God’s will for my life? Why was the Lord allowing me to go through this? What do I do now? Who do I tell? Where do we go from here? Is there any hope for us?
Someone sent me a DVD the other day about Christian men who had been addicted to pornography. The quality of the production was excellent. And the guys who were interviewed adeptly articulated the consequences of their former addiction: i.e., the guilt and shame they carried through life, the spiritual deadness they felt inside, the pain it caused loved ones, etc. I’m sure porn addicts who saw this video could really relate to those men. It is always helpful to hear others express their struggles once they have come out the other end of the process. However, the value of empathy only goes so far.
What is your view on fasting as it relates to overcoming sexual addiction? Do you incorporate fasting as a part of your program?
If God truly desires victory for all sexual addicts, then why does freedom often seem to come so slowly? Wouldn't it be better to provide instantaneous deliverance? We'll examine that question.
A lustful thought is like a torpedo, cruising relentlessly, silently under the water, straight toward the hull of our ship. Unless we take instant evasive action, we’re in trouble. Eventually that thought will strike. We tend to minimize the impact. In fact, most of us believe we’re spiritually stalwart enough to take a few hits. But the truth is we can’t afford to let any lustful thoughts into our minds. We can’t let them linger, even for a few seconds. That little opening is all the Enemy needs; he is very adept at slithering in through the smallest of openings. He knows how to exploit that one little opening until it is a gaping hole in your spiritual armor.
A brief update on what the Lord is doing at Pure Life Ministries!
Molested at a young age, Jordan found lust growing within himself. Before long, he was living a double life in the church while giving over to homosexual sin. Yet the overwhelming mercy of God won Jordan back and set him free.