Greetings to you and yours as you celebrate our Savior and the day He conquered death. How unfathomable that the spotlessly righteous One Who created the universe would voluntarily condescend into human form and die for a wretch like me. How is that possible? I certainly don’t deserve it. “And if Christ has not been … Continue reading Happy Easter
Women have often been deceived into thinking that beauty is about how they look or what they wear — their clothing, jewelry, or hair style. But God defines beauty very differently. In this lab, John Piper introduces a distinct, supernatural, and imperishable beauty, and explains how women can pursue it. Source: Beauty Is Not in … Continue reading Beauty Is Not in Makeup or Clothing | Desiring God
Settle it now. Corporate worship is too important to revisit each weekend and wrestle, “Will I go this weekend, or sit this one out?” Neglecting to meet together will sow and nourish seeds of unbelief in your soul. Source: Your Single Most Important Habit | Desiring God
If you were ever in a situation in which confiding your ANR practice/interest to a pastor or elder is met with a surprising rebuke, with said church leader trying to convince you of its sinfulness, I think you should strongly consider leaving that church. Regardless of what anyone says, the Bible in no way, shape … Continue reading Your lifestyle is sinful, although I can’t prove it biblically
God gives us the freedom to marry absolutely anyone that’s justified through the blood of His Son. If you’re waiting for a very godly, super sanctified person that’s on the same level as the apostles, you’re short-changing yourself in at least two ways. You’re really missing out and I encourage you to rethink your stance. … Continue reading Justification before sanctification
A few believers with neither a real understanding nor appreciation of Couples Nursing have expressed concern of selfishness on my part for wanting this relationship. It’s very disappointing that if you’re a man who has a desire that’s in any way sexual, people immediately conclude that you’re being a typical horny and selfish male, oblivious to the fact that this particular … Continue reading What she stands to gain/how would this serve her?
Favorite excerpts: “Hyper-introspection is just a spiritualized way of being self-centered. The key for a gospel-driven leader is this: remember to forget yourself. We can avoid this type of introspection by avoiding the pitfalls of some of the Puritans. Though the Reformers sought to emphasize the assurance we can have because of God’s grace in … Continue reading Beware the Puritan Paralysis
When I was deep in the dilemma mentioned in Skydiving without a parachute, I discussed the title topic with two Christian friends who don’t know each other. They shared the same view: it’s very unwise. One of them was Elder T, the other a young man about my age. Elder T raised a concern of … Continue reading Should Christians ever talk about sex while dating?
I love this psalm. My Soul Thirsts for You A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. 63 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I … Continue reading Psalm 63
Some readers have reached out to me about the Christian ANR group on Yahoo, to which I linked at the top of this site. I have had trouble joining it as well. It seems the group is still marginally active but not monitored. I wonder if anyone has any information.
To show that ANRs are very gradually becoming more popular, here’s an up to date record of the number of profiles on ANRSpace: 5,998 members. A month ago, there were 5,949 members, a 0.8% month-over-month increase, or 1.7 new members daily. Caution: of all ANR dating sites, ANRSpace comes closest to receiving an endorsement from … Continue reading Monthly ANRSpace member tally
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that … Continue reading The High Priestly Prayer
Apart from the Spirit, we’re no match for the enemy. He doesn’t attempt to deceive us with the obvious. He’s far too sophisticated. My heart breaks for the hundreds of otherwise solid Christians I’ve met who have been misled and distracted by some good things. I’ve seen the devil use things like the love of … Continue reading Satan is very cunning and a lot more sophisticated than us