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I was in full-time college ministry for 20 years until my pastor asked me to step down after repeated failure with pornography and masturbation. This has greatly affected my relationship with my wife. Do you have any advice for me at this stage?

Recognition of this sin as a barrier to true intimacy, both with your Lord and your wife, and responding with true repentance and confession to those affected are difficult steps. Your willingness to do so indicates a desire to be free from this enslavement. Let me assure you that as discouraged as this sin can make you feel, Christ has given you the ability to win this battle. “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

Deterring Immorality by Counting Its Cost

If only we would rehearse in advance the ugly and overwhelming consequences of immorality, we would be far more prone to avoid it.

Did either Paul or Barnabas sin in their disagreement in Acts 15:36-41; and, how does it relate to Romans 12:1-2?

Luke was very careful to report the incident involving Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15:36-41 as simply a historical matter.

It’s not just Tiger Woods whose sins will be found out

Tiger WoodsI appreciate Tim Challies and his blog, and I liked what he had to say a week ago about Tiger Woods. I recommend that you check it out.

Here's just a portion of what Tim said:

The lesson is, do not mask your sin behind a false front. Do not construct elaborate falsehoods to mask your sin and your shame. These false fronts cannot stand forever.

14 Ways to Take Charge of the TV

You will inevitably adopt the morality of the programs, movies, books, magazines, music, Internet sites, and conversations you participate in. GIGO—Garbage in, garbage out; Godliness in, godliness out. The cognitive is basic to the behavioral—you become what you choose to feed your mind on.

Charles Spurgeon on Security

C. H. SpurgeonThis devotional is from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. There’s hardly any man outside of Scripture itself who speaks to me like Spurgeon does. I highly recommend Morning and Evening as a daily dose of great theology. You can also sign up to receive them each day by email.

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
                     — 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Knowing God by J. I. Packer: Chapter 1

Knowing GodWho Needs Theology?

But wait a minute," says someone, "tell me this. Is our journey really necessary? In Spurgeon's day, we know, people found theology interesting, but I find it boring. Why need anyone take time off today for the kind of study you propose? Surely a layperson, at any rate, can get on without it? After all, this is the twentieth century, not the nineteenth!"

A fair question!—but there is, I think, a convincing answer to it. The questioner clearly assumes that a study of the nature and character of God will be impractical and irrelevant for life. In fact, however, it is the most practical project anyone can engage in. 

C. S. Lewis on the Christian Life…

• A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

• Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

• Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one!"

• Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of ...

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