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Remember Who You Are

By Thom Hunter, published on Feb 22, 2012

God is not human, that he should lie,

not a human being, that he should change his mind.

Does he speak and then not act?

Does he promise and not fulfill?

-- Numbers 23:19

Flee.

Run.

Hide.

Seek.

Turn.

Emerge.

Rinse and repeat?

For too many people, life has become an extended game of playground freeze tag. There they stand, scattered around like trees in winter, fixed and flash-frozen either as they have been proclaimed to be by someone more righteous, or as they in their brokenness project themselves to be,... (more)

Tags: christianity, gay, relationships, homosexuality, faith, self-improvement, sexuality, ex-gay

Spiritual Abuse: Darkness You Can Feel

By Thom Hunter, published on Feb 3, 2012

...of my children and for blocking the potential for healing in my family -- that I return to Trinity Baptist Church to allow the discipline process to unfold and meet the expectations of the elders. Part of my hope was that, in doing so, I might be able to take some steps towards restoring relationships with my children. (The five now range from 25 to 33 and have eight children of their own.)

In December 2009, I offered to return to Trinity Baptist Church to fulfill the church discipline. I received this reply from Pastor Ronnie Rogers. You will need a thesaurus and a dictionary to... (more)

Tags: religion, gay, parenting, relationships, women, homosexuality, inspiration, abuse, men, faith, church, spirituality, sexuality, ex-gay, pornography addiction, spiritual abuse

The Counterfeit Compassion of Culture

By Thom Hunter, published on Jan 31, 2012

“Where is God? ...Go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double-bolting on the inside. After that, silence.”– C.S. Lewis, after the death of his wife.

God is omni-present; but it seems every now and then He is omni-absent. The sign on the door says "Gone Fishing," the lights are out, the doorbell dings in an empty room, the No Vacancy sign is on . . . drive on down the road . . . alone. Yes, I know that is not true; He never leaves me; He never leaves you. He’s right there.

... (more)

Tags: religion, christianity, gay, lesbian, marriage, family, relationships, god, culture, homosexuality, books, counseling, c.s. lewis, sexuality, glbt

And Still We Try to Reason Why

By Thom Hunter, published on Jan 29, 2012

It’s okay to question why.

It’s okay to even cry.

Don’t ever hesitate to try.

God will answer; He won’t lie.

There’s no answer He won’t know.

There’s no place He will not go.

There’s no path He will not show.

God will answer; He loves you so.

No question lies within your mind.

That God cannot in love unwind.

That’s how we’ve all been so designed.

To seek from Him what we can’t find.

In His answers lies our peace.

In His words, we find release.

Our search can end, our troubles cease.

It all... (more)

Tags: gay, parenting, love, relationships, growth, homosexuality, pornography, faith, sin, sexuality, ex-gay, christian discipline, grace. marriage

Single and Never Married

By Randy Mitchell, published on Jan 18, 2012

...articles.com, MSNBC.com, and CNN.com.

The top ten reasons why women never marry are:

1.) They have the ability to support themselves.

2.) They want their independence, and simply enjoy spending time alone.

3.) They’ve had too many hurtful, even abusive past relationships.

4.) They’ve received lots of negative comments about marriage from their married friends.

5.) High divorce rate.

6.) They’ve never felt the need emotionally.

7.) Many are more focused on their careers, especially now.

8.) They are waiting for... (more)

Tags: sex, marriage, love, relationships, dating, intimacy, randy mitchell, single life, divorce rates

Them

By D. Sager, published on Jan 12, 2012

I will never be without them, they follow me everywhere, when I feel they have finally gone, with vengeance they find me again. Forcing themselves on me, insisting I acknowledge them. I can scarce resist their efforts, so enduring and persistent they have become. I give them place, being preeminent in my existence, being associated always with me, my companions, never to leave. I entertain them now, with some resistance. I allow them to have their way with me, to work me into submission. As I give way to them, I stand back, in my mind wondering, perhaps this the way I must go, to walk with... (more)

Tags: relationships, tears, missing, alone, acceptance, suffering, self esteem

What Should We Do About Doubt?

By Thom Hunter, published on Jan 11, 2012

Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup uncertain in asking for any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better, I'd have come running with a bucket. -- Nancy Spielberg

I doubt if there is anyone who does not on occasion doubt. At least himself. I know the illustration: we don’t think about whether a chair is going to hold us up; we just sit. But I also know that sometimes we just miss the chair altogether and we’re on the floor in pain and it is just there: a chair. A mocking chair.

Rather than admit to doubt, some of us parade in false... (more)

Tags: religion, gay, marriage, family, health, relationships, pornography, faith, christian, sexuality, ex-gay, glbt

Back To Back - The dissolution of a marriage

By D. Sager, published on Jan 9, 2012

Back to back that's how we started,

fighting the whole world, we never parted.

Then came new life, shafts in the quiver.

We fired them off, our crops never withered.

Along came the wolf, death he swore.

He limped and lied to get through the door.

He consumed you with his intellectual abandon,

my back now unguarded, my heart saddened.

I tried for months to retake the hallowed ground,

but you were too far gone, never to be found.

Lost and spinning, exposing my nakedness,

I struggled grimacing, my life hard pressed

... (more)

Tags: sex, love, relationships, friends, lovers, alone, lust, angel, fire, break up, arrows, quiver, wolf

Why We Shouldn't Argue About Sex

By Thom Hunter, published on Jan 5, 2012

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” -- Matthew 22:36-40

Christians do few things worse than share the love of Christ and the reality of healing and forgiveness with the sexually-disses among us. That would be the disoriented, the disappointed, the disturbed and the roundly discussed and often... (more)

Tags: religion, christianity, jesus, gay, sex, marriage, love, relationships, god, homosexuality, addiction, ex-gay, pornography addiction, glbt

Social Media vs. Flesh and Blood

By Randy Mitchell, published on Jan 4, 2012

...they followed through with some wonderful advice. They graciously gave me their time and counsel without ever even meeting them, although I would jump at the chance.

The people we all meet through social media can be priceless, but we should all guard against replacing them with real relationships, therefore substituting bonafide flesh and blood for focused words on a screen--it kind of goes along with my opinions on replacing personal communication with texting and e-mailing, it just isn’t the same. I for one would love to have a huge party someday with each and every friend,... (more)

Tags: relationships, social media, randy mitchell, al gore and the internet, social media usage, computer relationships

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