"I grew up in a Christian, missionary home that spent a lot of time traveling. I've lived in places from Alaska to Mongolia and in between. As a result, I've seen and experienced some really cool stuff through the years. Unfortunately, I've also seen and experienced some stuff I wish I never would have. Addictions, sin, and porn don't care who you are or where you come from. Through my teen years, I wrestled with a strong addiction to pornography that left some serious scars in my life. Without Jesus, this would have been the end of my story; but thankfully, because of Jesus, it is the beginning. Through God's amazing grace, I have been able to experience victory over my addictions. I now work as a minister with the AG, I have been blessed with an amazing wife, and my goal in life is to do all I can to introduce others to this same grace and victory through Christ."
I’ve heard it said that porn will “take you farther than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.”
That statement certainly rings true in my case. Unfortunately, the story of how porn first entered my life isn’t an uncommon one:
I was 13 years old – innocently surfing the web after wasting an hour or so playing some pointless online game. I opened up a search engine and...
It’s difficult to find a comedian nowadays whose routine isn’t riddled with sexual innuendoes. After all, jokes about sex are easy and widely relatable… right?
The comedian Groucho Marx fell into this category also. He was well known for the ridiculous – in both appearance and humor – and his jokes and one-liners often touched on the topic of sex, as this one does:
“I remember the first...
He’s got a wife, two kids, and one more on the way – and yet he finds himself having been unfaithful to his wife and struggling with an addiction that has the potential to destroy everything that is dearest to him.
How do we get ourselves...
Nobody likes to be alone.
At the core of who we are, we all have a desire to experience community, friendship, and love.
Sure, each of us has had those moments when you’re annoyed with essentially the entirety of humanity, and you just want some time to yourself. Let’s be honest. If you’ve never felt that way, you’re a much better person than I!
But there is not much that can make you...
It’s hard to see everything that’s going on around me when I’ve got my eyes tightly shut.
In previous posts, I’ve mentioned porn’s tendency to isolate – to take someone’s focus and direct it inward, to the point where nothing matters quite as much as satisfying the addiction, the need for more.
Porn blinds us to the damage it’s doing to our hearts and lives, to our relationships, and to the...
Porn isolates, there’s no way around it. At its core, it’s a relationship killer.
It isolates us from our families and those closest to us, and it encourages us to exchange a real connection with others for an inward focus and a desire to pursue solely what pleases us, despite what the costs may be.
But that’s not all.
Porn can also separate us from God. If you’ve struggled with a porn...
Priorities are a funny thing.
When asked, it’s easy enough to name off a few things as priorities (you know, “faith, family, etc.”). We even put pen to paper and make lists of these priorities on occasion.
Unfortunately, though, the things we say are our priorities, more often than not, are probably more accurately described as “desired priorities” rather than “actual priorities.”
Sex is awesome.
God created it to be that way. But we’ve cheapened it.
We’ve cheapened it largely by wanting it only on our terms.
We want the pleasure without the “other” – namely, the relationship, the commitment, and the responsibility.
We’ve taken one of the greatest gifts God has given mankind, and we’ve marred its significance with our own selfishness. Like a child who loves...
I do NOT enjoy putting gas in my car.
With the price of gasoline what it is nowadays, I’m sure there are many out there who share that sentiment.
So due to my distaste for the fill-up, I often put off stopping at the gas station until the last possible moment. Oh, I justify it at the time (“I’ll fill up in just a few more miles”) – but I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t gotten me into some...
Or wait… is it the other way around?
Research has been done, surveys have been taken, and arguments have been traded back and forth for a while on this.
My intent as I write this is not to just add more noise to the discussion - nor is it to delve into the psychological connections between the two.
I simply want to bring up one word: Hope.
It’s difficult to bring up the topic of...