Erin Graffiti. How to live with, and love, your mother-in-law
"I once heard someone say that the relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law is the most fragile of all human relationships."
Randy Alcorn. Training your children to manage money
Today countless children grow up begging and grabbing and clinging onto all the things money can buy. As adults, they rarely outgrow this shallow self-centeredness, but simply graduate to more money and bigger toys. Living their lives on earth as if this were all there is, they fail to prepare for their eternal future.When it comes to handling money and possessions in light of eternity, dads, the most important point is this: sometimes our children will fail to listen to us; rarely will they fail to imitate us.
Jon Bloom. How to resist temptation's mirage moment
"Temptation is not sin. We know this because Eve was tempted before she fell and Jesus was tempted, "yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). Temptation is a disorienting, defiling experience when evil is presented to us as good. Destruction comes dressed up to look like happiness. Sin only occurs when we believe that the destructive lie can actually grant happiness."
Paul Maxwell. Seven things to do after you look at pornography
"It is often in the moment after the closed door, the darkness, the screen-light, the hidden act - after pornography indulgence - that Satan spins his most eloquent web: menacing patterns of thinking; bargaining with a disapproving and distant God; twisting us in on ourselves in self-hatred. It is in the moment after pornography indulgence that Satan does his finest work. It is in this moment that we need God to do his finest saving. Here are some specific ways to search for grace the moment after the dark act of pornography indulgence"
John Piper & Wayne Grudem. Is complementarianism oppressive to women?
"This post is adapted from 50 Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns about Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem."
Carol Ann Kiker. Checking the motivation of our hearts
"Warren Wiersbe explains, "The heart of every problem is the problem of the heart, and only God's Spirit and God's Word can change and control the heart." How can my heart motivation line up with Colossians 3:17: "And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him"?"
Erik Raymond. Fighting lust with lust
"The answer to this is not to stop desiring things but to properly desire God. Hence the title, “Fighting Lust with Lust”. We combat sinful lust by fixing our “lust” upon the glory of Christ. In other words, we slay sin by savoring Christ."
Lucy Ann Moll | 3 ways to escape temptation
"You can escape temptation. Knowing this brings hope, doesn’t it? Here’s an escape plan."
Julie Ganschow. Sin loves the darkness
"Sexual sin among Christian women is not new, but due to the internet, cable, and pay television it is now possible for us to view things that we otherwise would not have had the opportunity to see."
David Powlison. Gospel hope for self-haters
"Self-hate ranges between a feeling of self-disappointment to self-condemnation. We look around at others and compare ourselves and we don't measure up. We hate ourselves for how we look, how we feel, what we’ve done, what’s been done to us, or what we keep failing to accomplish. It often lives under the surface of our lives because it has never been named and identified. Some Christians perpetually feel like losers and seem to continually struggle with anger."
Russell Moore. Por que a pornografia mata o sexo
"Ela não é uma questão meramente biológica (embora isso seja importante). Se existem, como a Bíblia ensina, espíritos maus vivos no cosmos, então a tentação envolve mais coisas do que simplesmente estar no lugar errado na hora errada. O cristão professo, não importa quão insignificante ele ou ela se sinta, é um alvo de interesse. A imoralidade sexual parece apresentar-se aleatoriamente quando, de fato, como com o jovem de Provérbios, é parte de uma expedição de caça cuidadosamente orquestrada (Pv 7.22-23)."
John Piper. What is well-placed shame?
"The biblical criterion for well-placed shame says, Do feel shame for having a hand in anything that dishonors God, no matter how strong or wise or right it makes you look in the eyes of others."
John Piper. Como a incredulidade colabora para o meu desejo por pornografia
"A relação entre a falta de fé e a pornografia."
Joshua Greiner. How to handle anger biblically - Part 3
"No matter what circumstance we are in, it is always best to first make sure we have enough data to make a wise decision. The same is true when we think about manifesting anger. There are a number of questions that we should either ask ourselves or encourage others to ask before anger is the option that is chosen."
Edward Welch. Preaching or counseling?
"In pastoral ministry, are preaching and counseling complementary ways of proclaiming Christ? Is one more important than the other? Or is one essential and the other less so? Seminary students and pastors are by no means unanimous in their answers."
Jim & Caroline Newheiser. Staying ahead of conflict
Mark Shaw. The Bible and Alcoholics Anonymous
Rebecca Jones. Submissão: muito mais que ceder
"Eu não tenho mais ouvido ou lido a palavra “submissão”. Imagino que a pessoa comum daria a essa palavra uma conotação negativa. Somente fracotes se submetem. A pessoa realizada é forte, autônoma e automotivada."
Philip Holmes. Quem você é solteiro você será casado
"Entrar na academia não vai transformar instantaneamente o seu físico. Começar um blog não vai imediatamente te fazer um bom escritor. A compra de um piano não fará de você um músico. O mesmo princípio é verdadeiro para o casamento. Casar não fará de você um bom cônjuge ou uma pessoa melhor."