Monthly Archives: October 2012

Great Books: Wild At Heart and Captivating

John Eldredge has written many books such as , Fathered By God, The Sacred Romance , Waking the Dead and most recently Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive ,Extravagant Personality of Jesus. If you have never read anything by John and Stasi Eldredge I would highly  recommend you get one of his amazing books as soon as possible. Today I wanna highlight two of his books,

Wild at Heart written for men

“Every man was once a boy.  And every little has dreams, big dreams,  dreams of being the hero, of beating the bad guys, of doing daring feats and rescuing the damsel in distress. Every little girl has dreams, too: of being rescued by her prince and swept up into a great adventure, knowing that she is the beauty.

But what happens to those dreams when we grow up? Walk into most churches, have a look around, and ask yourself: What is a Christian man?  Without listening to what is said, look at what you find there. Most Christian men are . . . bored. John Eldredge invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God.”

 

 

 

 

Captivating written for women.

“The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.”

 

 

 

 

I can tell you Captivating has helped me so much , each book really seeks to get you to the heart of who God created you to be and the adventure He has planned for you. We are His sons and daughters and he made us intentionally !

You can pick up any of John and Stasi Eldredges books including Wild at Heart and Captivating here.

Another resource I wanted to share with you today is John’s pod cast Ransomed Heart. In Sept and Oct. he talked about Gender and then Homosexuality and I really enjoyed hearing what he had to say. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

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Exodus Week-End Review for Oct 26th

It’s Friday, time for another great Exodus Week-End review. Check out this weeks video as well as these awesome resources.

  • The End of Sexual Identity : Why Sex is Too Important to Define Who We Are by Jenell Williams Paris. Get it at Exodus Books.
  • Ministry Highlight : Truth Ministry in Spartanburg/Greeneville South Carolina (check out this blog post for a great testimony from a participant in this ministry)
  • Question of the Week: How does the Church respond to Exodus International?

http://exodusinternational.org/

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Awesome Blogs: Boldly Sharing His Story.

I just read this wonderful testimony from a young man named Everett Wickham, it blew me away. He shares about his journey with Same Sex Attractions, porn addiction and his desire for God. Go read it for yourself and leave him some encouragement or a kind word. I think he is very brave for sharing his story . To see a man his age longing for God with such determination in the midst of such a serious battle is really very cool. And it’s not that he believes that God is going to magic his SSA away, he says in the post

“We (as Christians) all wrestle with various sins, and if I had to pick something to struggle with, this sin would not be it. But I can’t choose my struggles. Neither can you. I can, however, choose what I do with them. I can choose to deny myself every day, and take up my cross, and follow Christ. So can you.

And that is what I am doing. This journey is a very difficult one, and God is still writing it. I am turning my story over to Him, and I am submitting it to Him. Part of that is obeying His command to share it with you. Living two different lives is utterly horrible. And telling you my story brings a great level of transparency to my life. It’s God’s story to do what He pleases with. I am His child. God is showing me that He does indeed “cause all things to work together for good” (Romans 8:28).”

! Very cool stuff. Go read it! And then pray for this young man, we as the body of Christ need to be constantly praying and lifting up the younger ones in our family.

Also check out Truth Ministry in South Carolina,their director McKrae Game who, as you will see in Everett’s story helped him so much, has a wonderful testimony and  blog too!

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Special Invitation

This Friday night Life+Guard Ministries Austin would like to invite you to a special ” Friends and Family ” night . Every other week in our support group setting we have a ” Friends and Family” night where we invite people to come and be a part of the group but this Friday we will be guests at Austin Christian Fellowship and they are providing us with some really awesome live music so we decided to make it a special event where more friends and family can come and learn more about our support group . So please invite your friends, invite your family and come join us @ 7 p.m at Austin Christian Fellowship!

 

If you would like to know more about Life+Guard Ministries Austin please click the link above or send us an email!

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Exodus Week-End Review for Oct. 19

Sorry for being late with this one friends, great video from Exodus this week . Check out the video to learn more about . . .

http://exodusinternational.org/

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Overcome!

Awesome song, I hope you enjoy !

A collection of wounds

” When I cannot feel, when my wounds won’t heal. Lord I humbly kneel, hidden in You.”

I can’t remember how old I was when I heard this song for the first time, probably 11 or 12 but I do remember where I heard it. It was at a Dennis Jernigan concert I went to with my parents. They had first heard about Dennis when he lead the worship for an Exodus Freedom Conference. They  came home and told us about this really amazing guy and the beautiful songs he sang. At that time in my life I was struggling a lot with my relationship with God and my parents . As a girl getting to a certain age I needed something from my dad that he wasn’t at the time, great at giving. At that tender age I wasn’t sure how to express my own femininity , it had been my experience that being too girly got you hurt or at least that was my perception and my dad didn’t seem to be a fan of the female body or what it represented so I had a lot of pain and anxiety sitting on me and some major confusion and I had already started a collection of these wounds . Hearing this song that night was like a life line to me. My heart was so overcome when I heard those words and for the first time realized that I could take that hurt and pain to God. So I began to go to Him when I was feeling those wounds pressing down on me, sometimes I would be laying flat on the floor or curled up in a ball by this pain and when I offered these things to Him you know what? I was able to stand, to get up and to let those things scatter at my feet instead of being piled on top of me.

Just like when a young child gets hurt, what do parents do? They hold their child , they say ” I’m so sorry you are hurt, it’s gonna be ok. I love you.” It doesn’t take the pain away and it doesn’t turn back time and stop the hurt from happening but it’s what they need . It’s what WE need.

We can pile up wounds  around us like little stones and as that pile grows we are more and more buried, shut out from the world.
The way I see it , when I am hurting I have two options. Add to my stone collection and carry the weight of those hurts everywhere I go or I can release that hurt to God. That doesn’t mean He will take the pain away instantly but it does take the weight off of me and its giving it to One who knows my hurt and  loves me with such a furious love that he will not only hold me and love me through it but he will use that hurt for so much  good. Maybe I have to do it every day, maybe every minute but I can tell you I’ve tried both ways and just knowing there is a Father waiting with open arms to take my pain and comfort me
gives me  just enough courage to keep going.

                                                                                                                       

As children we grow up with this idea that we know our parents, and know them well. But when a parent shares something like a battle with Same Sex Attractions that grand illusion is shattered and it’s scary . But you know, we are not alone,children of men and women with Same Sex Attrations, because the truth is, all parents have wounds of their own and their own places that need God’s touch.

Still, it’s a shock to learn something about your parent that you never guessed at or even if you did it’s still hard when it’s spoken true. And I know it can feel like a ball of fear and anger and uncertainty just sitting on your chest but hold out that pain to God don’t be afraid to tell Him how you really feel about it, let Him comfort you.

Whatever you are dealing with in your life, whatever the wounds I hope you know you can be completely honest with the Lord and I hope you know that that’s the reason we are writing this blog, to give you another place to reach out to. I wanna leave you with a video of Dennis singing that song that touched my little girl heart so many  years ago, I hope it can be a lifeline for you as well.

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A Great Response.

A week or two ago we posted an essay by our friend Jim Marks and it got a good bit of attention. On his own blog Jim posted a reply to one of the comments left on Tourniquet and I thought it was a really great response and wanted to make sure you guys had a chance to read it, so here is a quote from his post and a link to the rest of the post. As always thanks so much for reading and discussing all these topics with us!

All we are free to do, in our sinful state, is repent. To turn our orientation back to God. We are capable of nothing else. We fall down, we get up, we keep running. We fall down, we get up, we keep running. Through God’s grace in us over time we fall down less and less often. We find getting up easier and easier to do. We run more fleet footed and with ever less effort.

But we cannot run as God’s champion, his saint, until He has cleansed us from the inside out. And that cannot happen until after we become a part of His Church and receive the Sacraments.

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Jesus and The Hunger Games.

                                                                                                             

Knox McCoy is a blogger, book author , podcaster and a genuinely hilarious dude. I first heard of him when I was directed by a friend to his recaps of The Bachelor (if you don’t watch The Bachelor good for you don’t start and also don’t judge me, but you could read his recaps cause they are seriously funny) , once I started reading those I started reading other stuff on his blog and then got on his mailing list and got his book Jesus and The Bachelorette for my Kindle. I know the names of these books seem to imply stupidity but let me assure you Mr. McCoy has a great way of taking things that may seem stupid or trivial and showing you how even those things can point to God in a really cool and smart way and not just God but our Christian lives and even how we see God. Is it funny ? Yes. Is it a little silly? At times . But it is also a really smart way to take something that millions of people are already reading/ watching and maybe just maybe bring Jesus into the conversation and for me I think even for that maybe it’s worth it. I already got my copy ( Thanks Knox!) Go get yours.

Click the image or this link and you can get Jesus and  The Hunger Games for free through Sunday. After that you can buy it (which would be cool of you) on Amazon.

What else can I say to entice you ? OH yeah, he is also part of this wonderful thing called TV Asylum a safe place for the TV obsessed . . .  Oh and a very cool thing called the My Bad Project.

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