These resources are specifically geared towards women:
The Desire Series, a collection of articles for women on sexual struggles from cru.org https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/life-and-relationships/women/desire/introduction.html
“Warning: Porn and Masturbation Are Not Safe Sex” from cru.org https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/life-and-relationships/women/desire/3-warning-porn-and-masturbation-are-not-safe-sex.html
“Let’s Talk About Masturbation” on Beggarsdaughter.com https://beggarsdaughter.com/christian-women-masturbation/
“What Does Freedom From Pornography Look Like?” on Beggarsdaughter.com https://beggarsdaughter.com/freedom-from-pornography/
These resources are for anyone:
“Love and Lust” sermon by Tim Keller on gospelinlife.com https://gospelinlife.com/downloads/love-and-lust-615
“Is there Such a Thing as Ethical Porn?” on FighttheNewDrug.org* (*Note that this website is not Christian and may contain other articles that don’t agree with the Biblical view of sex) https://fightthenewdrug.org/is-there-such-a-thing-as-ethical-porn/
“The brakes failed, the car went over the cliff, and they were both killed instantly. And I asked my people: Was that a tragedy? Two lives, driven by one great vision, spent in unheralded service to the perishing poor for the glory of Jesus Christ — two decades after almost all their American counterparts have retired to throw their lives away on trifles in Florida or New Mexico. No. That is not a tragedy. That is a glory.”
“It’s men and women, young and old, leaders and followers, Christians and non-Christians, in all walks and at all levels of life, who are all arriving at the same wrecking yard — overwhelmed, burned out, empty, and broken.” This week’s article discusses how to avoid being overwhelmed.
Read this article about what Joni Eareckson Tada, a woman who was paralyzed from her shoulders down when she was 17, would tell her 30 year old self!
“I have found it is impossible to be unforgiving toward those I am praying for. It's not easy to start praying for them; it's one of the hardest things I've done. But when I make that person an object of prayer, I open the door of my heart a little wider so that God can come in and breathe on my hardened heart, melting the icy resentment that is there.”
Philippians 2: 14-15
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
In a way Philippians 2:14-15 is calling us to be like Christ.
Jesus, in his oppression and affliction, was without grumbling and disputing. Maybe you are experiencing difficulty in your life and it makes you want to grumble at others and dispute with God, “Why me, Why is this happening to me? Do you care, God? ” Yet for those who follow Jesus we are commended to “Do all things without grumbling or disputing…”
If you are feeling like you are far from being able to live in this way on your own you would be right! This is not bad news, this is good news because God gives us the way to live this out!
2 Peter 1: 3-7
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
From 2 Peter 1:3-7 takeaways:
Believe: Learning about the knowledge of Him leads to receiving His promises enabling you to live the life He commends us to.
Question: Do you know and believe the knowledge of Him?
Act: Make every effort to add to your faith
Question: Are you making every effort to add to your faith?
Try living out 2 Peter 1:3-7 and watch as you see your life be a participation of His divine nature ( which includes, “Doing all things without grumbling or disputing…”
written by a recent UNH graduate
It’s interesting that sometimes the easiest time to wander from God is when life is going well, not when the world is falling around us. This week’s article follows the Israelites just before they enter Israel, their promised land, after being slaves in Egypt and wandering in the desert for 40 years. “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God” (Deut 8:11).
One thing that I appreciate about the Bible is that it doesn’t overly simplify the hard parts of life. It doesn’t give excuses for messing up, yet gives those who have regrets hope for forgiveness. I hope this article gives you hope founded in the gospel.
Jesus’ will for those who follow Him is clear: “...you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Being His witness often comes down to loving people enough to share what we believe to be most important: Christ himself. “Be encouraged that simply finding people interesting and caring about them is a beautiful pathway into their heart.”
This summer, we hope to keep the community we have built over the school year connected. While brainstorming, the social media team thought that posting an article a week could help accomplish this, and that's what we plan to do here! There are about 13 weeks of summer vacation, so expect 13 articles or so. Reminders about the way that God works in my everyday life is something I need all the time, and I pray that whatever I post here will point you to Him.