Starting From Helping The ONE (For Every Christian)

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.

Do Not Dwell on The Past, God Has New Things For You (Harmony Dust)

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.

That's NOT in the Bible! "When God Shuts a Door, He Opens a Window"

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!"

Don’t Forget to Pray for One Another

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.

Children in Sex Industry: What Happens When They Grows Up?

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.

Former Porn Actress: The Lure of Pornography

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.

Are You in Love with a Sex Addict?

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).

Harmony Dust: Understanding Sex Addiction

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

Harmony Dust: The Sex Industry Isn’t the Problem

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.

12 Things I Tell the Deacons

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 Winters: A Symbol of Forgiveness

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.

The Sex Industry Sells Fantasy

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.

How Self-Centerredness Reframes Conflict

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.

Pastors, Run From Sexual Temptation!

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.

Survival Guide For Young Women: Forgiveness

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!

8 Ways to React When You Are Offended By Other Christians

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.

Called Strippers by Name: God Wooing Porshia and Laura

“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!”

Message of Colonial Hills Baptist Church on July 29 - After Church Bus Crash

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.