March 2013

Intention is all about how we exercise our “will”—we do what we intend to do. Last week we introduced Dallas Willard’s VIM template—Vision, Intention and Means—as a way to describe what it takes to overcome lust.   We also described the Vision—or Goal—when it comes to overcoming lust this way:   You will be overcoming lust [...]

How does one overcome lust?  Do you “know how to” do it? ….that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust” Paul described the pressing need to “know how” this way—“that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know [...]

King David’s Joy

Have you been watching the The Bible on the History Channel? We have and I consider it well done. Last Sunday’s episode featured the story of King David—focusing on his illicit relationship with Bathsheba. This is fair enough since the Bible itself reveals this part of David’s life in great detail, explaining how David’s flagrant [...]

King David’s Promise

King David’s Promise  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. Psalm 51:13 Psalm 51 is King David’s heartfelt, gut-wrenching prayer of repentance.  It followed his confrontation with the fearless prophet Nathan who had dramatically and publicly exposed his sin. David had concealed his salacious affair with Bathsheba and [...]

“My Father Gave Me Porn….at Twelve” Recently, a reader generously shared the following story as a comment.  In it, he explains how he was introduced to pornography at a young age and the damage that this caused in his life. My father gave me pornography at the age of 12 and told me that it would [...]