Start with what’s in your hands today. I believe some of the most wonderful ventures are birthed out of people who are faithful with the ONE. The one person, the one need…the ONE. Really it never gets “bigger” than the one.
A lot of people know me as the girl who quit stripping and started Treasures. I am so thankful for all that God has done in my life…but He’s not done yet. He didn’t finish with me the day I walked out of the strip club. (Thankfully!) He is active in my life and constantly doing a new thing.
Many of these sayings come to us sounding like very wise proverbs that serve as signposts along life's journey - markers to help us make sense of what we're going through and experiencing. Over the last several weeks, as we've looked at these phrases, I can't tell you how many of you have said, "Hey, I say that one all the time - now I'm going to have to think of it differently and probably won't be able to use it in quite the same way. Thanks a lot!"
Thirty years ago, I abandoned my wife and family for another woman. Recently, I tried to contact my kids because I'd heard they have children now, but they don't want anything to do with me. That's really broken me up. Can you suggest anything to make them change their minds? — M.McK.
God has been challenging me to spend more time alone with Him. All too often prayer is overlooked by those who prefer to be busy. If you are a highly driven person you probably find it difficult to pause long enough to hear His voice each morning. Being a "doer," it is hard for me, by nature, to slow down and spend quality time with God. I am so thankful that He has been patient with me and even when I have been too busy for Him, He has never been too busy for me.
There are an estimated 2 million children in the global commercial sex industry. Children sold in sexual slavery, exploited by adults and some times trading sex for survival. World Vision works around the globe to try and protect these children through strengthening Child Protection systems, reforming laws, caring for survivors, working with parents and communities with vulnerable children to prevent abuse, and empowering children themselves to know their rights and protect themselves and peers.
My friend and fellow Treasure wrote the following paper on porn for a class she is taking. She combines true life experience and empirical data to paint a thought provoking picture of the lure of the porn industry and the realities behind it.
Sex addiction is a family issue. By definition, sex addiction is a “problem in which one engages in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior despite increasing negative consequences to one’s self or others (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy).
What I am learning about sex addiction in its various forms is that it is about avoiding relational pain. Real relationships and intimacy force us to engage with people on a level where our hearts are open. This sort of intimacy is scary…especially for those that have been hurt. So people turn to fantasy and sex because when you are in fantasy, you can control the objects of your desire without risking relational pain. When you objectify someone by turning them into a fantasy in your head, you c
People often ask me if I am anti-sex industry. I tell them that I don’t chose to define myself by what I am against, but by what I stand for…and I am “for” women living to their fullest potential with an understanding of their value and purpose.
I can’t stand to pass by a strip club without knowing that the women are being reached. That is why my team personally reaches women in about 170 clubs each year. That’s how many clubs there are in LA and Vegas combined.
No one is more surprised than I that the Lord has me leading all these deacon training conferences and retreats these days. I love deacons and treasure the relationship with quite a few from the six churches I served over four decades.. My oldest son is a deacon and served as chairman of our church's group the last two years.
Cindy's world was turned upside down, no other loss in her life compared to what she was about to face. Tragedy came that Sunday morning to their church in Maryville, IL. A gunman came into their congregation and fatally shot her husband, Pastor Fred Winters.
May 27, 2011 - The story of Louis Zamperini's POW experience—and conversion to Christ at the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles—is told in the bestselling book, Unbroken. We caught up with Zamperini to talk about his June 10 book signing at the Billy Graham Library and how God is using Unbroken to touch lives around the world.
Recently I was talking to somebody who suggested the role that the Jungian concept of archetypes plays in the sex industry. His theory was that the consumers are not relating to the women themselves but to the perception of who they want them to be based on the archetypes they emulate. The Madonna, the femme fatale, the school girl.
This is the fifth post in a sixteen part series on "Marriage with a Chronically Self-Centered Spouse." In the posts three through five we will examine the criteria and categories Scripture uses to define a severe case.
Can you name the original "cougar" in the Bible? This'll stretch your memory of song lyrics from the late '60s but... can you hear Simon and Garfunkel singing, "Coo-coo-ca-choo, Mrs. Potiphar!" You recall the story found in Genesis 39.
When I was in the sex industry, I dressed up all the time. Like many women, I created another character—Monique. I hid behind her. It was easier to be Monique when I was at the strip club. She did things Harmony would never do.
My friends Nicole Reyes and Holly Wagner gave me permission to share this chapter from their new book, “Survival Guide For Young Women” with you. The entire book is filled with insights that will change your life! Happy reading!
When Martha complained to Jesus about Mary on His first visit to Bethany, Mary could have chosen to be offended by her sister. But there is no indication that she felt that way. She also could have taken offense when Judas and the disciples protested against her act of extravagant worship. But again, there is no indication that she did.
“Beloved daughter, I know you by name. I have not forgotten you. My love is everlasting and my grace is enough. You, my darling, are loved beyond measure, valued far above rubies, purposed for more than you can imagine!”
Colonial Hills Baptist Church Message on July 29
At the risk of forgetting other businesses, community organizations, and churches (for there were many) who have actively ministered to our church family at this time, we want to thank Chick-Fil-A, Red Cross, McAlister's Deli, Paradise Café, Marsh Supermarkets, Bethesda Baptist Church, College Park Church, Northview Church, and Trinity Baptist Church.
Kay and I have been overwhelmed by your outpouring of love since Matthew's tragic death. You are true friends, especially with the vitriol from haters we've received. Friends show up when others walk away
You often say in your column that the reason we're separated from God is because we've sinned, but how do you know? Maybe God just doesn't want anything to do with us, or maybe He doesn't even exist. — K.S.