Shai Linne — Our God is in the Heavens

[Hook]
Our God is in the heavens
He does whatever He pleases!

[Verse 1: Shai Linne]
The Sovereign LORD, Great I am recognize the name!
He’s always on top of His game, a Lion that simply cannot be tamed
And no, He is not restrained at all- nobody can stop His reign
So why do the nations rage and all of the peoples plot in vain?
Their sin and offense is against His excellence and they’re not ashamed
As though He’s lacking the power to shackle them now in the hottest flames
And so they cock and aim- the target? His cosmic reign
That’s like a kid with a super soaker trying to conquer Spain!
Man thinks he’s a pugilist, trying to ball up his puny fist
At the LORD, who is ruling this
What’s amusing is God just laughs, like “Who is this”?
Stupid kids who persist in foolishness
It’s only by God’s power you exist
Now you declare war on the LORD
When before you were born, He formed you in the uterus?
Look- Our God is in the heavens and He does all that He pleases
He’s established His King in Zion and His name is Jesus!

[Hook]
Our God is in the heavens
He does whatever He pleases!

[Verse 2: God’s Servant]
Our God is up in the heavens and the seat at His right hand
That’s given to rule and reign is where Jesus the Christ lands
And He sits preeminent, He originates the right stance
Impossible for Him to fail, no there’s not even a slight chance
Constructor and Conductor, leaving the men amazed and saying
“What manner of man is this that even the winds and waves obey Him?”
From His purpose of election, and to birth, to our perfection
He has ordained it and He decrees and works by His direction
He never will suffer defeat, He’s precisely the Truth and the Life and the
Way
So even when He died, they never took His life but He gave His life away
To see when they crucified Him, nobody had imagined it
Not only was a part of the plan to save but the climax of it
He’s gonna get glory, we’re created to be His instruments
His reign’s inexhaustible- His rule is truly infinite

[Hook]
Our God is in the heavens
He does whatever He pleases!

[Verse 3: Shai Linne]
The perfections of God are not affected at all by human opinion
Everything in the universe is under His control and His rule and dominion
And there’s nothing in the world that could ever could come to pass at last
Unless He first decreed it
If we dive in His word we can read it, see all of His purposes completed
And as hard as it seems, the heart of the king is a stream of water in His
Hands
With discernment you’ll see God turns it where He’s determined according to
His plans
You gotta get a focused lens to truly understand where His control extends
(Everywhere)
And I know that this offends, but the truth is the grossest sins serve His
Ultimate ends
You might not hear it from your favorite pastor
But He made the wicked for the day of disaster
Sinners unacquainted with the way of the Master
We have to explain what is plain in the chapters
He’s sovereign over creation and sovereign over salvation
Including reprobation, regeneration
I wouldn’t want to say this if it wasn’t based in His revelation (slow down)
It’s kind of stunning, men ignore His throne, the creature’s lost it
The time is coming when the Lord alone will be exalted

[Hook]
Our God is in the heavens
He does whatever He pleases!

I would love it when you stroke my hair during nursing sessions

I got a haircut yesterday. As mentioned before, people love touching me in a comforting, familiar and respectful manner.

The owner of the barbershop was busy, but an older lady was available, so I took a seat.

During the ‘cut, she sometimes caressed my hair. It felt great.

Physical touch is definitely my top love language. People seem to instinctively realize this and want to communicate in my native tongue.

I’m blessed with that natural mojo that draws people into familiar, soothing, comforting strokes.

It’ll definitely translate well matrimonially, and I’m sure my wife would agree. So will her breasts, nipples and areolas.

“[I seek a] man who knows there is no sweeter place to be than buried in my breasts drinking from me as I stroke his hair and we lay there in silence. Is that man you?”

— K

General affection and physical comfort during nursing sessions would be immensely cherished by me.

See also:

Couples Nursing is a love language, not a fetish

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What’s your heart’s ultimate motive?

Since I operate a blog devoted to ANRs, it’s fair to say I think of this special relationship a bit more than the average person.

The purpose of founding this blog is to glorify Christ by seeing deeper, stronger, godly marriages.

Over the years, however, my thoughts have deviated. I know the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked, but somehow, I end up rationalizing my idolatrous desires.

Elder T once counseled me with these wise words inspired by the passage on fruit of the Spirit: when a thief steals, what he really lacks is immaterial. He truly lacks in, perhaps joy and contentment. When a spouse cheats, the deeper need isn’t sex, but likely faithfulness. When someone loses their temper, it really is a sign of a lack of self-control, and so on. Likewise, when I occasionally begin to imagine strangers from an ANR perspective, I stray from said vision of bringing godly joy to couples. My underlying problem may be a lack of trust in God.

Ask yourself why you want an ANR. Why do you think of it so often? Perhaps some honest introspection would reveal a deficiency in certain Spiritual fruit, masking as an innocuous physical need. We all play the game of attempting to replace the spiritual with the physical.

May the Lord meet our spiritual needs first, then our earthly longings.

Trust God

There are many good things God blesses and desires for his children, like marriage, sex within marriage, children, and I believe, an ANR in marriage. Despite his affirmation of these blessings, for reasons only known to him, he sometimes chooses to withhold them from us. He may be saying “yes, I want you to enjoy these gifts, but not at this time.” As fleshly humans, it’s not easy hearing that.

God is Sovereign and much wiser than us. So while it’s hard, we must learn to trust his judgment. And know that since he does everything for our good (Rom. 8:28), even his withholding some good gifts is ultimately for our good and his glory.

Fiesta, Fiesta: Food brings people together

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I’ve had the privilege of living in different parts of the world, and visiting even more countries. Regardless of culture, one truth remains the same: humans love feasting. Feasts are the anchors for social gatherings everywhere. No party, get together, celebration, festival or social event is complete without food. Neither does any wedding, bridal shower, quinceañera, sweet sixteen, block party, Chinese New Year celebration, graduation festivity, anniversary dinner, piñata party, ethnic festival, state fair, tailgate party, summer barbecue, house warming ceremony, bar mitzvah or communion service feel the same without food and drink.

God loves feasts. Tasty, fragrant aromas are pleasing to the LORD. Virtually every book from Genesis to Revelation mentions feasting and people bonding with God and/or each other, over tasty food.

Here’s Bountiful Fruits/Married Milkmaid’s take on conjugal feasting on breast milk:

“‘They’re so heavy.’

‘They’re full,’ I replied. ‘They’re full of the milk I made for you. And now they need to be emptied so you can be filled.’

Our bed was waiting, warm and inviting, and he came to me, very much like a man who had been starving, and I eagerly gave him the one thing that would sate his desire.

That first latch was amazing.

Last night I was able to feed my husband’s physical and emotional hunger from the breasts that had prepared such a feast over the course of one week.

It was glorious!”

— from her post “Reunited!” (emphasis on “feast” mine)

We’re hardwired to enjoy feasting because it points to a God who himself loves indulging in the sacrificial aroma of his Son: “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2), and an ANR especially points to the marriage feast of the Lamb and his Bride. Speaking in strictly physical terms, an ANR is the anchor for a good marriage.

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The most fragrant aroma of all, pleasing to His Father. The feast of His flesh and blood brought and continues to bring all tribes, peoples, tongues and nations together (Rev. 7:9).

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Breastfeeding and Radically Ordinary Hospitality

Rosaria Butterfield - Gospel comes with a house key

The spine of Rosaria Butterfield’s The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian world is the joyful, generous, simple, yet often excruciating call to open our lives in service to others. A repeated refrain is “strangers become neighbors, and neighbors become family.” The Christian call to love is a call to die, she asserts.

She strongly warns against counterfeit hospitality, that which only seeks to serve others with the ultimate objective of profiting self.

“Wives, let your husbands lead. Husbands, be sensitive to your wives’ energy levels” in the book’s conclusion is a gem. I also liked her stern reminder that all humans are capable of all sin. This was repeated a few times. We Christians tend to think ourselves better than others, so I found that an apt warning.

Butterfield, however, self-identifies as a conservative Christian. I’m wary of such labels. Unsurprisingly, she takes an excessively strict view on some matters. I’m not terribly fond of tacking “conservative” or “liberal” adjectives onto my faith. I’d rather just see myself as a Christ follower.

Likely due to different personalities and writing styles, I didn’t care too much for what in my opinion were mini rabbit trails, and I got lost in the details on Tank, neighbor Hank’s pitbull, Tabby’s delicious cat dinners and so on, but still enjoyed and was challenged by her extensive vocabulary (she’s an English professor) and intelligent discourse.

She liberally references Scripture, and is thoroughly Christocentric. The risen, victorious Lamb gets the glory he deserves. True to its name, the gospel is the throughline of Butterfield’s third book.

So how does Couples Nursing measure up in terms of radically ordinary hospitality?

Husband breastfeeding is the dictionary definition of each of those three words employed by Prof. Butterfield. There’s nothing counterfeit about Couples Nursing. It is the real deal Holyfield. It’s cracked nipples, hurting jaw real. It’s radical, change-our-lives-forever-as-we-merge-closer-to-unity, real, yet very ordinary hospitality. We flow into one body and soul for eternity.

“Our relationship is so real, 100 percent authentic. We know how fake feel we dropped him off at the clinic.”

— Nursing fans of Christian rap

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

— Ecclesiastes 4:12

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He fought and resisted to the point of shedding blood. Love doesn’t get any less counterfeit than this. 

Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer

Jesus prays to be glorified

17 After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed:

‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus prays for his disciples

‘I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 ‘I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus prays for all believers

20 ‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – 23 I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 ‘Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 ‘Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.’

Footnotes

  1. John 17:6 Greek your name
  2. John 17:11 Or Father, keep them faithful to
  3. John 17:12 Or kept them faithful to
  4. John 17:17 Or them to live in accordance with
  5. John 17:26 Greek your name

A Woman Anoints Jesus

Jesus anointed at Bethany

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. ‘Why this waste?’ they asked. ‘This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.’

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’

Footnotes

  1. Matthew 26:11 See Deut. 15:11.

Jesus Anointed at Bethany


(Matthew 26:6–13Luke 7:36–50John 12:1–8)

3 While Jesus was in Bethany reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper,b a woman came with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke open the jar and poured it on Jesus’ head.

4 Some of those present, however, expressed their indignation to one another: “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for over three hundred denariic and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her.

6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone; why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful deed to Me. 7 The poor you will always have with you,d and you can help them whenever you want. But you will not always have Me. 8 She has done what she could to anoint My body in advance of My burial. 9 And truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached in all the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Footnotes:

3 b Aramaic Simon the Potter  or Simon the Jar Maker
5 c A denarius was customarily a day’s wage for a laborer; see Matthew 20:2.
7 d See Deuteronomy 15:11.

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 7:41 A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see Matt. 20:2).

Mary Anoints Jesus


(Matthew 26:6–13Mark 14:3–9Luke 7:36–50)

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, the hometown of Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 2 So they hosted a dinner for Jesus there. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Then Mary took about a pinta of expensive perfume, made of pure nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray Him, asked, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred denariib and the money given to the poor?” 6 Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money bag, he used to take from what was put into it.

7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “She has kept this perfume in preparation for the day of My burial. 8 The poor you will always have with you,c but you will not always have Me.”

Footnotes:

3 a Greek a litra ; that is, approximately 12 ounces or 340 grams
5 b A denarius was customarily a day’s wage for a laborer; see Matthew 20:2.
8 c See Deuteronomy 15:11.

The way these two women anointed Jesus with no sexual connotation should echo how a woman should often “anoint” her husband.

Christ-centered ANR is not your soul’s panacea

The fact that an ANR is barely mentioned in the Bible implicitly conveys that the mission of this blog never has been to reveal some central tenet of the Christian faith that has somehow been undiscovered for ages.

This is only one man’s blog. It is not church, nor can it replace your daily Bible reading.

All content on Christ-centered ANR is written to enhance your marriage, not to replace the One who died for you.

Your soul is in need of Jesus Christ above all, not Couples Nursing. Christ alone is your hope in life and death.

See also: Read your Bible more than this blog

The body image cure nursing can’t offer

The only complete way to overcome the [body image] problem is to have our beliefs about body image transformed by the Holy Spirit. As Heather Davis Nelson says in the Journal of Biblical Counseling:

In pursuing worldly beauty, we strive to become this elusive image in place of who we really are. You and I are created in the image of the living God. Our purpose is to reflect His image to the world. But since the fall, we let the world inscribe its image on us. It is the very picture of sin and ultimately death. Instead of being transformed to God’s image, we conform to the world’s image. We are hopelessly stuck in a lifeless cycle, exchanging God for the creature as our object of worship. But God in His mercy rescued us! In love, God sent Jesus Christ to take on the consequences of our idolatrous affair. He became sin so that we might become righteous. In Christ, God gives us freedom from sin’s power now and hope for its eradication in heaven. God makes you beautiful with the beauty of His Son, Jesus. It is in gazing at God’s image in Jesus Christ that you are transformed. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, (sisters) in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Source: The Gospel Coalition: 9 Things You Should Know About Female Body Image Issues.

Men love it when you stroke our hair during nursing sessions

Here’s the typical scenario I, and I imagine most men would love during nursing:

“What am I looking for? A man who comes home from a long day of work filled with stress and the worries and frustrations of the day and seeks my full, milky breasts to relax and unwind. A man who lays beside me at night and lets my dripping nipples drift him off to sleep. A man who wakes up and aches to latch on to me as much as I ache for him to suckle away my engorgement. A man who finds comfort and solace between the curved mounds of my chest and craves the taste of my milk. A man who knows there is no sweeter place to be than buried in my breasts drinking from me as I stroke his hair and we lay there in silence. Is that man you?”

–K (read more from her here)

General affection and physical comfort during nursing sessions would be immensely cherished by a man. See short video clip in CN elevates women. Feminists agree.

How to disclose your desire without coming off as a creep

To minimize the shock and creep factor, I now think it’s wiser to stagger your disclosure. Consider breaking it into the following stages:

  1. Stage One: The homework/detective stage. Guys, seek the feminine, nurturing, affectionate type. Girls, look for a man who’s openminded and not too puritanical.
  2. Stage Two: The buildup/getting intimate stage. Build trust. Patience is crucial. After multiple dates/phone calls/video chats, during which faith in Christ is the prime topic of discussion, gracefully switch gears to gently and maturely tell them the importance of breast attention. I realize it’s quite the switch there, but it’s possible if you do it biblically. Refer them to Proverbs 5, and read it together. Zoom in on verse 19. Tell them you need frequent breast stimulation for x minutes a day, everyday, using a sincere and gracious tone.
  3. Stage Three: The punchline. After they consent, and you build more trust as time passes, let them know such breast stimulation for a prolonged amount of time will inevitably lead to lactation. Express your desire to continue despite the flow of milk. It won’t be as shocking.
  4. Stage Four. The patience and purity stage. Commit to staying pure before marriage. Do not go beyond conversation.

How to determine when to proceed from one stage to the next? It’s all about striking a perfect balance between emotional connection and time sensitivity. Read the signs. Like a poker expert, a shrewd investor or an astute politician, timing is everything. How successful was the previous step? How safe do you feel it is to move on? Putting the other person’s feelings and desires ahead of your own, pray about it and go with your conviction.

Those in the flesh cannot please God

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”

— Romans 8

The five basic needs of every woman

In Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and The Longings Of A Woman’s Heart, Christian authors Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery argue that all women desire five basic things from men:

  1. To be cherished by a man
  2. To be protected by a strong man
  3. To rescue a man
  4. To be sexually alive, and
  5. To escape reality.

Couples Nursing offers all five.

1. Cherished by a man. Refer back to this video and notice how loved an actress said she felt when her husband helped suck out her breast milk while engorged. Of course, a woman who values attention being paid to her breasts daily would feel immensely loved by this act.

2. Protected by a strong man. Granted, the picture that often comes to mind is of the manly man offering physical protection, but emotional strength in a man, especially one who uses choice words to protect his wife from fears and worries, is equally laudable. All ANR men I’ve encountered possess this quiet, mature, deep, gentle, spiritual strength, not the aggressive macho kind. Mutual protection is in view here. The protection he offers her is more subtle, and is more of the emotional/psychological variety. He grants protection from self-doubt and insecurities: “[…] I can’t even begin to imagine the intimacy felt in those moments and how I would feel more feminine, and more like a woman in a purely Biblical sense. By nature, I am a nurturing woman and I think being in an ANR would increase those feelings in me and provide almost a sense of healing for my own personal insecurities,” said one single-ready-to-mingle woman.

3. Rescue a man. By far one of the strongest reasons women give for wanting an ANR. In their own words, they want: “a man who comes home from a long day of work filled with stress and the worries and frustrations of the day and seeks my full, milky breasts to relax and unwind. A man who lays beside me at night and lets my dripping nipples drift him off to sleep.” Another woman: “[…] to see and feel your relaxation and pure pleasure as you suckle.” Also consider: “I want to have a relaxing, cozy home for my husband to come home to; his safe-haven from the day to day grind.” And “I want to serve you Let me be the beautiful caring, nurturing woman that I am. Id love to take care of all your needs.”

“My love will change him.” Nearly every woman, regardless of ANR interests, has told herself this. Because deep down in every woman is a drive to save a man from his masculine wildness.

4. Be sexually alive. See Sounds erotic: prospective Mrs. Christ-centered ANR’s godly sexual honesty and Surprise finding in response to nipple stimulation for proof that women find ANR highly sensual and seismically explosive.

5. Escape reality. We ANR folks are on the cutting edge of intimacy and are sexual pioneers (or depending on how you see it, we’re resurrecting a long dead sexual custom). One woman on an ANR dating site referred to all other sex acts as “vanilla.” Another put it this way: “I firmly believe that ANR/ABF is the closest that to humans can be.
Unlike some, I don’t believe that ANR/ABF is a fetish or a “tool” to reach an end goal.
I believe that it is a choice.. a way of being.
for partners to grow and build an ever stronger, closer bond WITH each other. It’s truly an incredible experience and everyone has their own unique feelings about it. For me, breast feeding is not just erotic. It’s a healthy physical, as well as emotional experience for both. [It] is so incredibly fulfilling … You relax and open yourself to the wonderful experience … You know he is feeding on part of you and it creates an intense pleasure and deep inner connection. Deeply intimate. It’s a connection that can’t be expressed well with words, but it makes you feel vibrant and fulfilled. You feel warm and glowing all over. Just like when clean clothes are freshly removed from the dryer and you wear them or hold them close. An indescribable warmth and feeling of peaceful relaxation. You feel so soothed and serene it’s almost as if you’re weightless, gently floating in time and space … you wish this blissful moment could last forever. You know it can’t, but the future holds many more, so you surrender to the moment and gently drift off into a serene heavenly sleep. Think about the excitement when you start to produce milk. Your breasts will become healthier, larger, fuller, and more beautiful. You feel a pervasive warm glow from your breasts. They make you feel so good, you ache to [use them]. You yearn to have … your soothing rich essence drawn out from [you] into [him]. Watching him feed from you makes you feel incredible. The feeling can be so intense it can be indescribable. You feel a connection deep down to the core of your being, a connection that is so beautiful and natural.” Others said “… As your warm love releases into him, the sweetness of the taste, the flow of the spray, and the nutrition of milk are almost certain to send him into bliss. You will both begin to throb together and it will leave you both wanting more. This is my promise. […] you need to give in to more intimate time together to open up to receiving the bliss nature intended for you to have in your life. I believe this is the ultimate form of love making when you can be so in tune with one another for mutual sharing you reach levels of love that are truly blessings. Enjoy and bliss on!” “Its almost Springtime. Nothing is more intimate than taking a walk in the Springtime woods with your lover. After rounding many bends, we come to a secluded opening just off the main path. Vines surround us, the thin early grass is soft and inviting. You spread out the blanket and help me to a seated position … you join me on the blanket … Looking deep into your eyes … I surrender to you we fulfill each other’s needs for almost an hour, there in the tender Springtime sun.”

Stop committing adultery

Every time you view strangers from an ANR perspective, you cheat on your Spouse.

You and I gradually tear our families apart, not to mention that of the person we lust after.

We are the reason God the Son was stripped, whipped, tortured and crucified. His blood is far too precious to spend ogling people to whom we’re not married.

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom you and I are the worst. He was faithful to His spouse unto death.

If anyone does not hate ANR, they cannot be my disciple

The Cost of Discipleship

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Why We Must Pursue Holiness

KEVIN DEYOUNG  |  NOVEMBER 26, 2010  

This letter of 2 Peter has one main point: grow in godliness. We see this at the beginning of the letter in chapter 1.

  • Verse 2: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
  • Verse 3: His divine power has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us.
  • Verse 5: For this reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.

That’s what Peter means by holiness–growing in these virtues. And he writes this whole letter (1:12) to remind his audience of these qualities.

In this last section of the letter in chapter 3 Peter circles back to these same themes. He even uses some of the same language.

  • Verse 14: Be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish.
  • Verse 17: Take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
  • Verse 18: Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The big idea is pretty clear: Avoid these false teachers telling you anything goes. Make an effort to be godly. Grow in grace.

But why must we grow in grace? Why should make every effort to increase in virtue? Why should every Christian earnestly, faithfully, diligently pursue holiness? The Bible is wonderful because it never gives us just one motivation for obedience. God says more than, “Because I told you so.” He motivates us from several different angles and based on several different reasons.

I see in 2 Peter alone twenty motivations for holiness.

  1. We pursue holiness so that we might become partakers of the divine nature (1:4).
  2. We make every effort to grow in godliness because God has already set us free from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire (1:4).
  3. We grow in grace so we will not be ineffective and unfruitful  in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (1:8).
  4. We pursue Christlike character so we will not be blind, having forgotten that we were cleansed from our former sins (1:9).
  5. We work hard at holiness in order to make our calling and election sure, so that we will not fall (1:10).
  6. We practice these godly qualities so there will be richly provided for us an entrance into the eternal kingdom (1:11).
  7. We pursue godliness because Jesus is coming back again in great power, and we know this to be true because of the glory revealed on the Mount of Transfiguration and because of the prophecy of Scripture (1:16-21).
  8. We walk in obedience to Christ because those who wander into sensuality are condemned and will be destroyed (2:3).
  9. We are serious about holiness because we believe God knows how to judge the wicked and save the righteous (2:4-10).
  10. We turn from ungodliness because those who revel in sin are ugly blots and blemishes, irrational animals, unsteady souls, and accursed children (2:10-16).
  11. We pursue holiness because sin never delivers on its promises (2:17).
  12. We pursue holiness because those who live in their sin again are like those returning to slavery, returning to the mire, and returning to vomit (2:19-21).
  13. We must remember to be holy so we will not be drawn away by those scoffers who will come in the last days following their own sinful desires (3:3).
  14. We make every effort to be godly because the world will not always continue as it does now; the heavens and the earth are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly (3:4-7).
  15. We must take Christlikeness seriously right now because we do not know when the Lord will return (3:10).
  16. We pursue holiness because all our works will be exposed on the last day (3:10).
  17. We pursue holiness because whatever we live for in this life will be burned up and dissolved (3:11).
  18. We strive to walk in obedience and repentance because in so doing we may hasten the coming of the day of God (3:12).
  19. We live in righteousness now because we are waiting for new heavens and a new eath in which righteousness will dwell forever (3:13).
  20. We pursue godliness so that Christ might be glorified both now and to the day of eternity (3:18).

If you want to see clearly our need for effort in sanctification and if you want see why this diligent pursuit of holiness is so needed, 2 Peter is the book for you. Read, mark, learn, inwardly digest.

Kevin DeYoung (PhD, University of Leicester) is senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, board chairman of The Gospel Coalition, and assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte). He has authored numerous books, including Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have eight children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, Mary, Benjamin, Tabitha, and Andrew.

The Cost of Discipleship

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Guard her heart

Guys, since God has created the sexes differently and sex has a more powerful effect on women, it’s important to avoid falling into sexual sin.

When you get sexual with a woman before marriage, her heart gets involved. Getting visual or physical for your own purposes is prohibited.

Never try to “see just to make sure.” Talking about it is the furthest you can go, and even that with utmost caution, and never frequently.

If you’re out pleasing your flesh and “having a little harmless fun” or just being “curious” without considering the other, you will end up breaking many hearts.

“Treat younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”

— 1 Timothy 5:2

The God who Comforts the Downcast – The Bridge Fellowship, Tokyo

2 Cor. 7: 2- 10 | The God Who Comforts The Downcast | Pastor Joey Zorina

Have you been discouraged lately? Have you known what it means to be downcast? In this episode of our series on 2 Corinthians, we turn to ch. 7 where Paul shows us that God is the ultimate source of comfort. Follow along as we look into 3 insights from this passage: a) The joy in the midst of our afflictions. b) The God who comforts the downcast. c) The godly grief that leads us to salvation.

Hold On, by Flame

[HOOK:]
Say – Say – Say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, just look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast

[VERSE:]
This walk it ain’t easy
Matter of fact it gets
Hard
You’ve enlisted for war
The battleground is your
Heart
It’s going to be some stress and strain
And
Discomfort and involved
But my advice to you homie is to
Make your resolve
To fight for your joy
In God’s keeping
Grace
So at the end you can say like Paul that I’ve kept the
Faith
You see the way is hard
Cause narrow is the
Gate
And those who find it are few
I’m praying you
Complete the race
But yet his yoke is easy
And His burdens
Are light
But that’s the fight for us to rest and find in Him
Delight
You see our self reliance and self exaltation
Is still
Pacing in our souls as we battle with Satan
You see it’s
Unbelief that spring from our sinful pride
That straight
Denies that what God supplies can really satisfy
But God is
Working for us even though we hate the struggle
In
Decisions make the one’s that strengthen your Faith muscle

[HOOK:]
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast

[VERSE:]
I been crucified with Christ so it’s no longer I who
Live
But it’s… Christ who is living inside your boy
Now my
Whole life’s defined by dying
To the praise of my God as I
Fight for joy
It’s getting bloody as I pluck out eyes
Matthew
5:29 flat our war (on the flesh)
To set my mind on the flesh
Is death
Gotta keep my mind set on the Spirit of
Course
Plus Satan came to kill and destroy (and steal)
Steal
Sheep from being the children of God
Let my relationship
Run real deep (oh Lord)
How deep? All the way to the
Core
We’re in this process
Of making
Progress
Sanctification is taking place in our mindset
Cause
We were united with Christ when He resurrected
Now we
Can reflect with the power of God

[HOOK:]
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast

[VERSE:]
You see this new life
It comes with new
Rules
You’re a new born baby
You’re fresh out of the
Womb
The Holy Spirit of God has given you new birth
Now
Your Father’s the Trinity you’re apart of the church
And all
The church is – is the body of Christ
Jesus is the head of
This organism giving it life
You see it’s one body, but yet it’s
Many members
Nothing but plenty sinners
Given His grace
Then He cleanse us
Mean we need each other
The hand
Can’t say to the feet
That I don’t need you if I despise my
Eyes then I can’t see
So if one member suffers we suffer
Across the globe
So if my nose is broken then we’ll
Dysfunction-ally grow
So we must kill all individual
Talk
We’re all necessary visible invisible parts
So being in
Isolation only leads to more of sin
Don’t hurt the covenant
Like the cuttin’ of foreskin

[HOOK:]
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Don’t you ever give up! [Repeat]