MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Never Alone

July 31st, 2008 Viewed 2414 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Purity Before Passion

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One of the realities of dating and purity is that your flesh wants to spend more time alone, and it is then that you are the most vulnerable.

What I’m not saying is that you will do something.  I’m also not saying that you shouldn’t spend one-on-one time with the girl/guy that you’re dating.  You’ll need to have the opportunity to talk, and you’ll want to discuss things that aren’t necessarily appropriate for a group of people.

Guard Your Eyes and Your Heart

July 31st, 2008 Viewed 4265 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series The Other Woman

Seductress

We talked last time about the power that is now wielded by the Seductress not only through her physical presence, but now through photography and video.  The power of this medium is not to be trivialized.

Pornography has destroyed marriages, it has encouraged all sorts of perversion, and it has taken ministries away from individuals.

It’s no wonder that Solomon goes the the extra mile to detail just what should be avoided, and of all the different sins Jesus could have used to talk about committing sins in your heart, adultery would have been one of the few that were used.

A Physical Progression

July 30th, 2008 Viewed 2680 times
This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Purity Before Passion

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One of the things that’s true about all sin, but especially physical sin, is that it has a definite progression and if you can stop it when it’s manageable the odds are that you can still remain objective about it.

Having decided that you will remain pure, and declared it up front you’ve taken some good first steps1 but that doesn’t guarantee you won’t be tested and that you or the person your with won’t want to compromise your decision.


  1. If you’re new to this, check out the previous posts in the series using the index below. []

She is a Cheap Imitation

July 30th, 2008 Viewed 2871 times, 5 so far today
This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series The Other Woman

Seductress

Much could be said about the bond that should be present between a husband and wife.  That bond is reflective of the bond between Christ and the Church, a bond that is supposed to last until death, and that is unconditional.

Part of that bond is enjoying all that each other has to offer.  Each person in the marriage relationship brings something different.  They bring their perspective, their ideas and dreams, their opinions and their desires.  They are two different beings made one through their vows and in the presence of God.

Deciding Beforehand

July 29th, 2008 Viewed 2100 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Purity Before Passion

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In our last post1 we talked about some reasons that people have to remain pure before marriage.  We need to have strong reasons for why we will remain pure or else “in the heat of the moment” we will compromise our decision in order to go further than we believe we should.

Such is the nature of sin—it keeps you wanting more, it wants you to get as close to the edge as possible, instead of staying far away from it.


  1. See the series index at the bottom of this post if you missed it! []

Rejoice in Your Own Wife

July 29th, 2008 Viewed 2911 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series The Other Woman

Seductress

Imagery is used quite often in the Bible to make a point.  A lot of what Christ said to His followers were in the form of parables1.  So it shouldn’t surprise us to find an analogy in the Proverbs that compares people to things.

Wisdom is often personified as a woman, and very often we see something compared to something else.

In the case of the passage we’re looking at today, “the wife of your youth” is compared to water, and there’s a good reason for it.


  1. Earthly stories with a heavenly meaning []

Caring for One Another in the Age of Affluence

July 28th, 2008 Viewed 1351 times

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Over this weekend tragedy struck a family in our church.  It happened right at the end of my garage sale—or at least that’s when I saw it.

I was on my way back to the church to return some tables that I had borrowed when I saw smoke billowing across the main artery I was on.  I figured it was a house on fire based on the amount of smoke and the number of fire engines in the area.

It didn’t even occur to me that it could be someone I knew.

Why are You Deciding to be Pure?

July 28th, 2008 Viewed 2721 times
This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Purity Before Passion

pure kiss

One of the most important weapons in staying pure is making the decision before you get into a situation.  This goes for any sin, not just physical sin with the opposite sex.

Knowing what God thinks about the sin, how you should feel about the sin, and deciding that you will not get anywhere near the sin will go a long way to keeping you pure.

Caption Contest 10 – Angry Husband

July 28th, 2008 Viewed 1517 times

Anger arguing What is he so mad about?  That’s your challenge for this week.  What is his deal, anyway?

Could it be that she forgot to make his food just the way he liked it?  Did she just get on his case for leaving the seat up again?  Did she just donate a whole bunch of his clothes to the Charity without asking?

There are many reason why we lose our cool, and many of them are really quite comical.

This should be an easy one for both the men and the ladies, as I’m sure that you could come up with the most hilarious and down right ridiculous things to throw fits over.

Or will it hit too close to home?

Her End is Death and the Dead

July 28th, 2008 Viewed 2031 times
This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series The Other Woman

Seductress

The End of the Seductress is death.

For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;
None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life– Proverbs 2:18-19

The first part of this verse talks about her house—and where going to her house leads.  In order to get the full force of this verse, I want you to think about what it means for the man to end up at the house of the Seductress.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.