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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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Very thoughtful post regarding Exodus and Reparative Therapy.

the long way home

Update III: I wrote some final thoughts on these posts.

Update II: The second part of this post is up.

Update: I wrote some brief thoughts on a frequent reply I’ve received to this post: “what about gays that are wilfully and persistently disobedient in their sin?” Check it out.

Why on earth am I writing such lose-lose posts as these? I have no idea. Well, here we go.

Last week, Exodus International, one of the biggest and most-well-known Evangelical ministries to homosexuals, came out against what’s called “Reparative Therapy” or “Conversion Therapy”. The New York Times had a big write-up on it (as well as NPR) and an interview with Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus International. And now the whole news cycle is all a-flutter over this. Right when I think the story is dead, I see another headline about “rifts” forming in the…

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I’ll Fly Away On A Sin Wagon

There is a revolution on the way, you may have noticed that from different corners of the world people are flocking to and embracing a free Gospel of Grace. And with this new movement some are questioning its lack of rules, let’s look at one of the biggest questions out there.
If what I am hearing about God’s grace is true, then  what keeps people from indulging in whatever sin they feel like?

Let me answer that with a tale, my story comes for a little book called Little Men. This wonderful book is the second in a trilogy by Louisa May Alcott , the first book Little women is one that you may have heard of or perhaps read before, and while I love all of the books about the March family Little Men has to be my most favorite.

This book is primarily about two of the characters from the first book, Joe and Prof. Bhaer. Mr. and Mrs. Bhaer run a school/home for boys and in this particular story we will look at a little lesson taught to a boy named Nat.

Nat is new to the house and has a very rough background. No parents living and an upbringing on the streets has left little Nat with a big problem with Lying. He doesn’t mean to but he really doesn’t know any other way. Prof. Bhaer decides to help Nat out with a little experiment  . He tells Nat that from now on when he is caught in a lie instead of Prof. Bhaer punishing him, Nat will have to punish Prof. Bhaer. Little Nat does not like that sound of that, he has become very fond of Prof. Bhaer and is already very sorry that he has disappointed him but agrees to the experiment . Not too long after that Nat is caught lying to Tommy and Tommy goes and confronts him, when Prof. Bhaer hears the boys in their confrontation he gently leads Nat into a quiet room and tells him to administer the punishment “ You remember what I told you the last time ?” said Mr. Bhaer, sorrowfully, not angrily. “ Yes; but please don’t make me, I can’t bear it!”

Mr. Bhaer keeps his word and little Nat gives the punishment, but as soon as it is done he falls  to the floor and sobs into the arms of the one who has just been punished.

Rules didn’t keep Nat from lying, threat of punishment had already failed and even the disappointment he was sure Prof. Bhaer felt didn’t work. It was love that moved Nat to make better choices. Seeing someone he loved bear the consequences of his actions, seeing that same person’s love for him demonstrated in the sacrifice.


When Grace is allowed to reign in our lives love will be the true and best motivator that keeps us from flying away on our sin wagons. It’s the lasting, life altering effect of love that moves us on from the cat and mouse game of sin and punishment.

When we really understand the amazing thing Christ did for us on the cross  we are brought into a much fuller union with Christ and truly know what it means to love and be loved by God.

In Clark Whitten’s book Pure Grace he says

“We are in union with Christ; and when that happened, our lives began to be governed by Christ, not by an externally imposed list of laws. We now have an internal allegiance of our spirit to Jesus. When our lives are expressed through our union with Christ, everything He is begins to be released through us.  Not law, but love, is the motive of our lives! The inspiration of love becomes the dominant factor of our lives and is able to produce in us what the restraint of law was never able to do. The greatest constraining power against sin is love, not law! “

Don’t be afraid to accept the gift of grace in your life, the only risk is a life completely changed by the powerful effect of Gods furious love for us.


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Relevant Magazine: The Sin You Can’t Quit

FANTASTIC post over at Relevant Magazine about The Sin You Can’t Quit.

I find myself annoyed more than anything most times when Christians go off on a tangent about “habitual sin”.  The last time I checked the Bible made it clear that all sin is equally unholy and that we have all “fallen short of the glory of God”. And to my knowledge, Jesus is the only man who ever managed to be perfect. So doesn’t that mean that we all struggle with sin daily? Wouldn’t that daily struggle constitute as habitual?

Thankfully this Relevant Magazine post takes a different angle and it’s really refreshing and encouraging!

It’s good to know that there are Christians out there who can take the time to really consider what they represent and try to understand Truth. Earlier this morning I saw this video response  by “Brother Redbone” on youtube. The video he posted is in response to another youtube video of a young man coming out to his father over the phone “live”. Now while I have a lot of feelings about someone coming out over the phone and on video to their parent, I praise God for the response of the father on the other end, who made it clear that he would love his son no matter what. I’m not worried about whether or not that love affirms the son’s homosexual identity or not, it’s not my job to worry about that, I’m only glad to have hear the father say, “this doesn’t change our relationship”… because it shouldn’t.

Sadly, “Brother Redbone” wasn’t satisfied with the father’s response and felt it needed to be added that while it was great and fine that the young man’s father still loved him, it didn’t change that he was going to hell.

I wish Christian culture wasn’t so obsessed with sin.


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