Ex-porn Addict Jon S.: How I Got Here

I’ve heard it said that porn will “take you farther than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.” That statement certainly rings true in my case.

Sexy or Beautiful? What's Your Standard of Beauty?

I was 27 and at a crossroads when my I had my revelation. I was unhappy. I became aware of what the world was saying about me and the reviews weren’t good. What I thought was sexy read as desperate and shallow. I turned to God and was lead to Proverbs 31: 10-31, the Virtuous Woman. The reason I felt I never measured up was because I was using the wrong kind of ruler. I’d spent so much time trying to perpetuate worldly beauty that I had missed the mark on what I really wanted to be.

New York Giants Cornerback Prince Amukamara Talks Sobriety, Virginity and Christian Faith

I grew up Catholic, so it just started out as one of those things. I'd think, "If I do this, maybe I can get to heaven," so I said no drinks, no sex, all the big things. As I grew up, I realized that's not what it's about. It's about having a relationship with Jesus. It's not about "Don't do this. Don't do that." But still, it's just one of those things I haven't done, and I don't see any benefit to doing it.

What Do I Do When I Want to Masturbate? By Renee, XXX Church

My thoughts on this subject are probably not PC and maybe should fall under a disclaimer of "Kids, don't try this at home" but when I want to masturbate, I do it. But before you stop reading, say "Hallelujah!" and go grab a bottle of your nearest lube, let me give you a little of my history:

What Hope We Can Give The Hopeless ?--Billy Graham's Answer

Q:I do volunteer work in our local hospital, and in general I find it very fulfilling. But what can I say to someone who has no hope of recovery? I try to cheer them up by urging them to think positively, but to be honest that seems kind of empty. — N.McC.

I've Cheated, It’s What Makes An Addiction An Addiction- By Jon S.

It’s what makes an addiction an addiction. When we’re at our best, we would love nothing more than to snap our fingers and be rid of those thoughts and behaviors. It’s when we’re at our lowest, though, that temptation hits and we’re more than willing to give in, despite our knowledge of what the consequences could and will be.

Do I believe casual sex exists? This Is NOT What Was Intended For Sex.

I wish that when I was single I had truly appreciated how DEEP sex really is. You are SHARING your body, personal space, time, emotions, etc. with someone else. You are the absolute closest you can physically be with another human being. Our bodies are designed to release chemicals that cause us to “attach” to someone when we have sex. There is the possibility to create life or pass on disease. That’s nothing to be treated lightly or casually.

Testimony of Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton (2)

Dalton’s faith keeps him grounded, but so does Jordan. When Dalton left his offseason home in Fort Worth for training camp in July, Jordan gave him a box filled with about 20 Scripture-filled notes of encouragement for him to read daily until she joined him in Cincinnati.

Testimony of NFL Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton

Jake Kirkpatrick can’t help but laugh at the memory of when he first met Andy Dalton. Hind-sight’s clarity, after all, can be downright comical. Kirkpatrick, an ox of a man at 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, would go on to win the Rimington Trophy as college football’s top center in 2010. But in the summer of 2006, he was just a wide-eyed freshman at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. One day during preseason practices, he met Dalton, another frosh, in their dormitory. Kirkpatrick took one lo

Sex Follows Love, It Never Precedes It

God's plan is for love to last, and never be fleeting. For love to be true, and not simple. For love to bring joy, not years of consequences. Yet for the millions of spring breakers enjoying their two weeks of uninhibited bliss, love will be missed. Sex will be found for sure, but love will be left on the side of the road.

Fields of Faith Spotlight: Southwest Florida FCA

Edwin Etienne has a favorite phrase: God Over Everything. That "everything" includes fear and nerves, which-for a kid of Etienne's stature-you wouldn't think would be much of a problem. But sure enough, when the football star and state champion wrestler was asked to speak at Riverdale (Fla.) High School's Fields of Faith event last year, the butterflies were in his stomach.

Characteristics Worth Waiting For in a Wife

Recently, during one of my studying sessions, I heard someone say the definition of wisdom is discerning God’s voice and following it harmoniously. I really appreciate this definition. We’re discussing the question of what I want in a wife in this article and only wisdom can answer what I thought was a simple question. It’s not nearly as simple as I thought…

A Hiding Place "The Ten Boom Family Home"

During the Second World War, the Ten Boom home became a refuge, a hiding place, for fugitives and those hunted by the Nazis. By protecting these people, Casper and his daughters, Corrie and Betsie, risked their lives. This non-violent resistance against the Nazi-oppressors was the Ten Booms' way of living out their Christian faith. This faith led them to hide Jews, students who refused to cooperate with the Nazis, and members of the Dutch underground resistance movement.

Love Means Being Real. And Really Honest.

In February of 2010, I was at a crossroads in my life. I was 28, reaffirming my faith and relationship with God and coming to terms with my past. I had decided to put dating on the shelf, get my life in order, and wait on God to do the rest…and He did. Bryan was everything I never thought I deserved. He was kind, loving, protective, understanding, and most importantly, real.

Ruth Veritas' Story: How to Avoid the Cycle of Guilt for Past "Love Mistakes"

Although I’ve written about my family before, the dynamic in which I was raised was so strange, it’s worth explaining again. My parents came to the United States from a Muslim country. They were nominally Muslim, never participated in any kind of religion, and sent me to a non-denominational Christian school.

Harmony Dust: There is a woman waiting for us to show up….

There are more women in the sex industry than any other time in history. Many (like me) come from backgrounds of sexual abuse and severe trauma. Their life experiences have taught them that their only value is in their sexuality. Our culture’s demand for porn, stripping, and prostitution has demonstrated that their body is a product to be bought and sold.

Treasures Ministry: This Woman Is A Liberator!

We are passionate about equipping women on the journey from survivor, to overcomer, to liberator*. We are driven to not only see them overcome the pain of their past, but to rise up as leaders and liberators who are committed to bringing freedom to others.

Max Lucado's Blog: Do It Again, Lord!

A prayer written by Max Lucado for America Prays, a national prayer vigil held Saturday, September 15, 2001. It seems fitting as we remember the anniversary of 9/11 to share it once again. Permission to copy is granted and encouraged.

Is It Too Late To Change?--Billy Grahm‘s My Answer

My brother and I are only two years apart, and our parents were very devout. Over the years, my faith has meant much to me, but my brother has always been very rebellious and hasn't wanted anything to do with God. Now he says it's too late to change. Why did we take such different paths? — J.McL.