Bought by the Blood

June 19, 2016

Encouragement for dads

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 11:31 am

I can shape the vision of what sort of husband my daughters will desire more than any television show. I can show them day in and day out how a man should treat a woman. I can protect and guide better than any other force in their lives.

I can teach my son more about strength and fear than the nightly news. He can learn more than kneejerk consumerism and dead-end nihilism. He can learn honor, friendship, and compassion from me.

And here’s the thing: we fathers can be this powerful force in the face of our own brokenness despite the depravity of our souls. For though our world drowns out the voices of our children, though our sin is clearly reflected in the Law, we live in the love of our Father. It is a love that forgives and makes whole. It is a love that doesn’t just say, “It’s all right,” but actually does something about it. A love that was born, suffered, died, and rose so that you might die and rise to new life. And so you are new! You are fathers bearing the love of the Father, and the world cannot stop such love. “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Taken from Being Dad: Father As A Picture of God’s Grace by Scott Keith
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B016CX2MKY?pc_redir=T1

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March 25, 2016

That Wonderful Collision and Contradiction

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 6:11 am

As we have taken the circle as the symbol of reason and madness, we may very well take the cross as the symbol at once of mystery and of health. Buddhism is centripetal, but Christianity is centrifugal: it breaks out. For the circle is perfect and infinite in its nature; but it is fixed for ever in its size; it can never be larger or smaller. But the cross, though it has at its heart a collision and a contradiction, can extend its four arms for ever without altering its shape. Because it has a paradox in its centre it can grow without changing. The circle returns upon itself and is bound. The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travellers. • 
-G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy

August 15, 2015

Sobering Words From Proverbs 6 And Matthew Henry on Lust, Pornography and Adultery

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 10:43 am

 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
to preserve you from the evil woman,
from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,
but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
Can a man carry fire next to his chest
and his clothes not be burned?
Or can one walk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
none who touches her will go unpunished.
People do not despise a thief if he steals
to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.

(Proverbs 6:23-33 ESV)

Matthew Henry goes on to make the following comments

The greatest kindness we can do ourselves is to keep at a distance from this sin, and to look upon it with the utmost dread

Those therefore who, for the gratifying of a base lust, would lay themselves open to the law, could be reckoned no better than self-murderers

The way of this sin is down-hill, and those that venture upon the temptations to it hardly escape the sin itself

He that commits adultery is in the high road to destruction. The bold presumptuous sinner says, “I may venture upon the sin and yet escape the punishment; I shall have peace though I go on.” He might as well say, I will take fire into my bosom and not burn my clothes, or I will go upon hot coals and not burn my feet. He that goes into his neighbour’s wife, however he holds himself, God will not hold him guiltless. The fire of lust kindles the fire of hell.

the adulterer destroys his own soul

July 3, 2015

i wish someone had told me this about lust and pornography

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 7:25 am

“they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives. So are the ways of everyone who gains by impure means; It takes away the life of its possessors.”

The quote above is a slight rephrasing of proverbs 1:18-19

Proverbs 1:18-19 (NASB)

“But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives. So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.”

April 2, 2015

The Source Of True Happiness

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 5:15 am

true happiness begins with being poor in spirit (v. 3). That means you have a right attitude toward sin, and that leads you to mourn over it (v. 4). Mourning over sin produces a meekness that leads to hungering and thirsting for righteousness (vv. 5-6), which results in mercy, purity of heart, and a peaceable spirit (vv. 7-9)—attitudes that bring true happiness

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, http://www.crossway.com.

April 1, 2015

Only Christians know true happiness because they know Christ, who is its source. – John MacArthur

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 7:36 am

Jesus taught that happiness is much more than favorable circumstances and pleasant emotions. In fact, it doesn’t necessarily depend on circumstances at all. It is built on the indwelling character of God Himself. As your life manifests the virtues of humility, sorrow over sin, gentleness, righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, and peace, you will experience happiness that even severe persecution can’t destroy.

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, http://www.crossway.com.

February 5, 2015

The Difference Between Love and Lust

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 1:58 pm

Love is patient and kind

Lust seeks immediate gratification and taking advantage of another person

love does not envy or boast

Lust is envious of another person’s body and is proud of its sexual conquest prowess

it is not arrogant or rude.

Lust thinks of itself as more important then the object it is desires and pornography by its very nature is crude

It does not insist on its own way

Lust demands that its needs be met before anyone else.

it is not irritable or resentful

Lust is irritated when it does not get its own way and holds bitterness towars that that stop it from having the satisfaction it yearns for.

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth

Lust rejoices when other fall into its pit of lies and conceals the truth of what real love is behind an quenchable thirst for that which always wants more.

Based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-6

October 17, 2014

Sobered By The Road Ahead

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 3:11 pm

Just read a quote in Doc Gooden’s memoir that strikes me about what fighting pornography addiction is like:

Even the greatest treatment facility just gives you the tools. There is no magic. There is no instant cure. You have to accept your powerlessness and work every day at recovery.

He is talking about recovery from cocaine addiction, but what he said makes me think about misconceptions about the gospel and healing from sexual sin.  In one sense I’ve been cleansed and made pure, but there is still a battle.  In the past I have let up in the battle and pretended like it isn’t there and shortly after I make that decision I have given in.  I have not stumbled since everything came to the light earlier this month, but I know I have not been cured.  The difference between the battle versus in the past is that I know it is an every day working at recovery.  In the past I would be aware of my powerlessness and give in when the desire comes for an extended period of time, but now when the thought of pornography comes to mind I remember where the power lies for victory

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3 ESV)

The gospel provides tools at my disposal.  They are not magic tools, but I must actively be engaged in the fight.  Actively being engaged for my purity looks like:

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:12-13 ESV)

It is a fight to the death

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. (Colossians 3:5-6 ESV)

That is only won by using the sword of the Spirit

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (Psalm 119:9 ESV)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

October 16, 2014

confessions of a recovering porn addict

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 11:07 am

John Owen once said, “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.” For many years the sin of pornography was killing me and my marriage. It was a foothold for Satan to feed me lies. This sin was kept in the dark and freedom was hard to find. I would ask Jesus for help and his spirit would prompt me to confess and I never would. Often I would wonder why Jesus would not cure me. Doc Gooden once said about recovering from cocaine addiction, “No one can cure an addict who won’t help himself.”

Jesus is not a magic bullet to cure sexual sin. He offers forgiveness and cleansing to a walk in a new path guided by the light of His word, but I must choose to take the narrow path.

October 4, 2014

What Is a True Christian

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 4:47 pm

The true Christian is one whose religion is in his heart and life. It is felt by himself in his heart. It is seen by others in his conduct and life. He feels his sinfulness, guilt and badness, and repents. He sees Jesus Christ to be that divine Savior whom his soul needs, and commits himself to Him. He puts off the old man with his corrupt and carnal habits, and puts on the new man. He lives a new and holy life, fighting habitually against the world, the flesh and the devil. Christ Himself is the cornerstone of his Christianity.

J.C. Ryle in Holiness

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