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    Sleeping Together and Christ’s Global Cause

    I received an email from a man who asked a very particular question. He is a Christian, divorced, and in his forties. He met a Christian woman who seems to be an answer to prayer. Over time they have fallen in love and hope to get married eventually. But they can’t marry right now because […]

    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 11. MONEY, SEX AND POWER

    11. Money, Sex and Power   I amassed silver and gold for myself and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well-the delights of the heart of man.   Ecclesiastes 2:8   Solomon had a harem, all right-seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Historians tell […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Obedience

    OBEDIENCE   The Benefits of Playing by the Rules   Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Proverbs 8:32   Here is a simple promise from God. Those who walk in the way of wisdom will be blessed. The word lis­ten means to hear and to obey. After […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Passion

    PASSION   The Flame That Keeps a Marriage Burning   A loving doe, a graceful deer-may her breasts satisfy you al­ways, may you ever be captivated by her love. Proverbs5:19   There are many secrets to a good marriage, such as re­spect, communication, commitment, forgiveness, a good sense of humor, and the ability to disagree […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Purity

    PURITY   Staying Clean in a Dirty World   Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman; they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words. Proverbs 7:4-5   Solomon felt so strongly about the dangers of sexual temptation that he devoted three chapters of […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Temptation

    TEMPTATION   Just Say No   My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs1:10   Playwright Oscar Wilde once jokingly remarked, “I can resist everything except temptation.” We smile when we read those words because they speak an important truth about the human condition. Temptation pays a visit to each […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Courage

    COURAGE   How to Face Down Your Fears   The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righ­teous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1   The dictionary defines courage this way: The ability to face and deal with a dangerous or difficult situation. There are two parts. First you must face […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Heart

    HEART   Where Life Makes Up Its Mind   Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23   The term heart in the Bible generally refers to the in­nermost part of life. It is the decision-making center, the source of motives, the seat of the passions, and the […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 7

    Chapter 7 How can I overcome temptation?   Playwright Oscar Wilde once remarked jokingly, “I can resist everything except temptation.” We smile when we read those words because they speak an important truth about the human con­dition. Temptation pays a visit to each of us every day, and most of us struggle to say no. […]

    Samson and the Fine Art of Self-Control

    In December 2004 I received an email that changed my life. Right after the tsunami that devastated Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, Ramesh Richard, a professor at Dallas Seminary, sent an email that contained a simple, one-sentence prayer. He called it a “dangerous” prayer. The moment I saw that prayer I knew that it […]

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