There are many things pornography promises. Pornography can promise a temporary satisfaction. Pornography can promise fantasy. Pornography can even promise an escape from realism. It can promise for that one very moment you can leave all your cares behind, and concentrate on that one distraction. The kids screaming? Gone! The wife nagging? Gone! All in one instant, pornography can promise these things.
Q: What happens to us when we die? How do you know? I admit I worry about death a lot, but most of my friends don't seem to even think about it. Is something wrong with me? I'm a college student, and I guess it's not cool to think about death very much. — T.D.
It's been hard to wrap my brain around that statement. What does it mean? We so often struggle with acceptance and forgiveness when we deal with our struggles and addictions. If we are honest with ourselves we have to see that we are far from perfect. In fact, sometimes we struggle with even feeling that God would love us in the middle of our unfaithfulness and repeated failures.
Are some people just natural worriers? My brother's wife is like that -- constantly worrying about bad things that might happen (although they almost never do). She's always looking on the gloomy side, and I even find it hard to be around her. - J.W.F.
Allow me to describe one of the scariest moments of my entire life. It came right after my friend asked me this question: “Do you also have a problem with, you know... looking at stuff on the internet?”
Contrary to what some would have you believe, there are still American-born heavyweights actively plying their trade. But in recent years, due to the increasing domination of the division by Eastern Europeans, U.S. heavyweight contenders have become so rare as to be placed on the endangered-species list. And the mere concept of an American heavyweight champion, at least one capable of getting fight fans here and around the globe legitimately excited, has all but vanished.
"But suddenly, as he was watching, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisers, 'Didn't we tie up three men and throw them into the furnace?'
'Yes,' they said, 'we did indeed, Your Majesty.'
Weatherwise, November is an unpredictable month in southern Ontario, Canada. Some years we see snow early in the month, while other years, autumn's warmth stretches longer than seems possible before ultimately surrendering to the coming chill of winter. The days are often sunny and warm, while the one thing that can be counted on in November is cold nights with crisp air.
Watching the devastation caused by the super storm, Yolanda (Haiyan) has been like an out of body experience. Three weeks ago I was in Manila. So the estimated 10,000 killed in Tacloban city, the hundreds of thousands homeless and the stream of horror stories have become more than just cold statistics: I'm seeing the faces and voices of friends I met and whose hospitality I enjoyed.
Q:My wife has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and I don't know how I'm going to take it. She's already showing signs of forgetfulness, and I know it's only going to get worse. Please pray I'll somehow find the strength to get through this. - D.McN.
In a country that uses every possible occasion to celebrate its “warriors,” many have forgotten that today’s holiday originally marked a peace agreement. Veterans Day in the United States originally was called Armistice Day and commemorated the ceasefire which, at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, ended the First World War.
Tricia Hardman volunteers with Operation Christmas Child by speaking at schools. A simple gift changed her life.
In June 2005, I went to church for the first time in more than 20 years to ask for prayer for my brother who had been in coma for 13 days
SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -"There's something in the nature of the game that you don't get playing anything else," said Oak Mountain head football coach Cris Bell. "It gives in direct proportion to what we give it. When you pour everything into (football) it's going to grab a hold of you. [Football] is just so much raw emotion, raw passion. It's so much of what we're missing today in society."
Williams, An Auburn commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised game featuring the country's top high school seniors. The game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
Josh McCown, currently one of the quarter backs for the Chicago Bears, finds himself in a position as one of the starter quarter backs he may not have otherwise thought possible two years ago. When asked about the driving force behind his perseverance - he accredits everything into knowing that God has a plan for him.
You've prayed, trained, built relationships, issued invitations and made preparations. Technically, you are as ready as you can be...but are you still having trouble shaking that 4-letter word: F-E-A-R?
Believe it or not, you have reason to be encouraged! The Bible tells about a hero of the faith that was in your shoes. His name is Moses and you just might identify with his words in Exodus.
We have a large extended family, and since we have the biggest house, everyone always comes here for get-togethers. But that means I have to do most of the work, and frankly, it's a real burden. I'm already dreading Thanksgiving. Any suggestions? — V.W.
Maybe you have seen the DirecTV commercials that have been airing lately, where some guy undergoes a chain reaction of events moving rapidly from something minor to start with but always ending up with something far more serious because he got carried away trying to make his life better.
Q:How long can a person keep resisting God until He finally gives up on them and it's too late for them to turn back? I'm afraid my cousin has already passed that point, whatever it is. I even wonder if it's worth praying for him. - L.J.
My own experience with accountability started in my teenage years, the summer after my sophomore year in high school, when my youth pastor, Tom, sought me out and asked me if I wanted to start meeting with him at McDonald’s before school on Wednesdays. I initially balked at the six o’clock meeting time—any time before noon is early for an adolescent male— but after thinking it through I began to see how this could be beneficial for me and agreed.
OK, let’s be real about masturbation for just a moment. It’s an act in which you think about sex (sometimes sex that involves you and another person and sometimes other people with other people) and based on those mental images, you sexually stimulate yourself to the point of release.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (ANS) -- As Americans gather to pray this Sunday Nov. 3 during the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), they should remember Christians in the world's most persecuted country.
According to a news release made available to the ASSIST News Service, Rev. Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, says instead of praying for
I get tired of my religious friends trying to tell me how I ought to live. I don't tell them how to live, so why should they tell me? Besides that, didn't Jesus say something about wanting us to be free? - M.C.
The NBA season tips off tonight with three games. One of the less talked about matchups Tuesday happens at the Staples Center, where Los Angeles Lakers newcomer Chris Kaman will square off against his old team, the Clippers. Here's a fun article written by Jill Ewert dating back to Kaman's Clippers days.