My first exposure to pornography was through a VHS tape (remember those?!). I can still remember the feelings, the exhilaration, the excitement as though it were only yesterday. From the age of 13, images of hardcore sex were burned into my brain. Little did I know, but it would be a secret that I would keep hidden and buried for 12 years of my life.
I got a new job and moved to a big city because I thought it would be exciting to be around so much activity, but I've never been so lonely. I haven't made even one friend here. Why did God let me make such a big mistake? — Z.P.
"Can I change?" This is probably the most provocative question you and I and just about everyone visiting this website will face. Accompanying this question is one of the most devastating forces that prohibits successful change in an individual’s life: fear.
The point in all of these scriptures isn’t that we should avoid pornography and masturbate because God told us not to (although it’s important to be obedient). This point is that we shouldn’t put anything before God. When we look at pornography—when we covet it and desire it and search for it and lust after it—we are putting that desire before the Creator of the Universe. We turn that thing into an idol.
I know you say God will forgive every sin we've ever committed, but you don't know what I've done. I'm in prison for drug dealing, and I know I probably messed up thousands of lives before I got caught. I can't even forgive myself, let alone think God might forgive me. I feel so guilty. — S.McL.
C: "I'm a stripper and I also work with the youth at my church. I sometimes feel guilty about it, but not really because I think stripping is a sin but more because I'm hiding it. I'm not having sex, the men don't touch me and I think a body is nothing to be, pardon the pun, 'naked and ashamed' of. I'm not sure what I'm doing is wrong in the eyes of God or it's just something that the church thinks is bad. What do you think?"
It has taken some some time to really understand this but my sense of self-worth is not defined by my husband’s porn addiction. Although I share in the pain that this addiction often leaves a family, my self- worth has not decreased. I know exactly what I’m worth because my Father tells me. Proverbs 31:10-12 specifically tells me my worth.
My cousin is a very superstitious person, always worried she might do something that will bring her bad luck, or spending money on charms or other things that are supposed to bring her good luck. Is this just a harmless hobby, or is it something more? — J.K.
My cousin just had successful cancer surgery, but when I talked with her about it she gave all the credit to her doctors. God's help and the prayers of others didn't even seem to enter into her thinking. Shouldn't she be grateful to God, as well as her doctors? — T.L.
As a wife, musical artist and mother of three, life can be overwhelming for Natalie Grant. In fact, her latest album was created during a dark season of postpartum depression. Today, life isn't perfect, but Grant is learning how to find God in the midst of life's storms.
There are many Christians who believe that the second coming of Jesus Christ will be in two phases. First He will come for believers, both living and dead, in the "rapture"; read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. In this view, the rapture-which is the transformation and catching up of all Christians, dead or alive, to meet Christ in the air-will be secret, for it will be unknown to the world of unbelievers at the time of its happening.
Q:April 16, 2013 - Please join us in praying for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. If your heart is heavy and you wonder how you would react in the face of tragedy, please read this timeless article from Billy Graham.
It took a while for Nick Vujicic to find his purpose in life, but once he did, he took off, traveling around the world as a human illustration of the hope and direction he found in Christ. “I have no arms and no legs,” he said, “yet I am complete and lacking nothing.” Billy Graham, he added, has helped him put his life into perspective.
Gideon was a man who experienced great anxiety. Convinced God had abandoned the Israelites, He had to thresh grain in a winepress to keep it hidden from his enemies, the Midianites. He believed that his family was one of the weakest and that he himself was one of the least of men.
Did you know that God is your keeper? He's the one who takes care of you. He provides the air you breathe, the food and water you need, and the type of environment in which you can survive. He also provides for your spiritual needs. All the things He allows in your life work together for your good. Thank Him for being your keeper.
His disciples asked Him privately, 'Why could we not cast it out?' " (Mark 9:28). The answer lies in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. "This kind can come out by nothing but" concentrating on Him, and then doubling and redoubling that concentration on Him. We can remain powerless forever, as the disciples were in this situation, by trying to do God's work without concentrating on His power, and by following instead the ideas that we draw from our own nature. We actually slander and dish
God must be very disappointed in me because I keep making resolutions to become a better person, and then the next thing I know I've broken them. The harder I try, the more I fail, and then I feel overwhelmed with guilt. Why can't I change? — S.McC.
Next month is my father’s 95th birthday. It has been 64 years since his landmark crusade in Los Angeles, and eight years since the last time he spoke from a pulpit in New York City.
Now is America's time.
October 1, 2013 - Wherever people gather, the topic of conversation is politics. The United States needs strong, spiritual leaders. In the coming years, many hard decisions will have to be made that will affect the destiny of the nation. If our leaders are weak in character and in moral strength, our nation may fall before the blows of barbarians and the moral termites within. There is a hungering and a longing on the part of millions of Americans for honest statesmen who will speak their convic
I guess you'd say my sister-in-law is kind of "high maintenance." She's always calling me because she's gotten her feelings hurt by what someone said or did (or didn't do) to her. How can I help her? I get tired of just being a convenient shoulder for her to cry on. — V.J.
Clyde Kilby was born September 26, 1902. He may have been my most influential teacher when I was in college. But then again it may have been Stuart Hackett. Kilby was a romantic - like C. S. Lewis. Hackett was a rationalist - like C. S. Lewis. One taught literature, the other taught philosophy. One taught me to see with the eyes of a poet. The other taught me the ubiquitous relevance of the law of non-contradiction.
Over the past 10 years of serving on staff here at Harvest Crusades, I have been involved with many Harvest events across the US. I have heard countless testimonies of Christians inviting people to a Harvest event and then seeing them respond to a gospel presentation by Pastor Greg Laurie.