Articles:
Things to ask a church when considering a pastorate (9 Marks) I think this is not only very relevant to pastorates, but to churches to examine itself to see what areas are being neglected

Deacons: Full of the Spirit and Wisdom, Sincere (Pure Church) Looks to be another mini-series this time on deacons

Trusting in Our Own Ability (Pure Church)

The Tempter in the Child’s Bedroom — Television (Al Mohler)

The Digital Age–A New Dark Age?: A Look At How Christianity Can Speak To Those Lost In A Storm of Information (Resurgence)

News:
J. I. Packer to Be Suspended from the Anglican Church of Canada (Between Two Worlds)

Videos:
Blast from the past, not really (this is the random stuff you get sometimes on Pandora when you put in Jack’s Mannequin as the artist)

Verses:
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God

For a guy this is usually the passage that is turned to when dealing with lust whatever form it may come in. I found it interesting while looking over the passage on the solution to sanctification. I use to think that defeating sin was some kind of magical formula and that if you pray to God your sins are forgiven and you won’t sin anymore. But look how the passage says to “know how to control” you body. Defeating sin takes a proactive approach, it takes work, it takes time to figure out your body, but it doesn’t stop there, to know how to control your body is only half the battle. If you can stop yourself from watching pornography or stop yourself from looking at a guy/girl lustfully then good, but then we must not fill in that space with some other junk. We need to control our body “in holiness and honor,” we must turn from the sin and turn to “holiness and honor.”

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