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My son and I have worked with an organization that exist to educate young people on Biblical-principled sex. The greater the distance between a family and God, it seems the greater chance that a young person would not see themselves as worthy and set apart for His purposes. So, it seems to me, the second best god is self. People obey their human drives and passions without the plan of the Bible. What can we expect? Being right with God, family and community, in that order, applies here also. "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" and "Stop Dating the Church" are good books by Joshua Harris. I've also heard that "When God writes your Love Story" is a good book.

I had to re-read Ex 4:24 four times to be certain I read it right! I feel sorry for Moses. Before God made himself seen to him in the burning bush, he's lived 80 years as an alien in both land and culture. Never really belonging with his Hebrew brothers or his adoptive Egyptian family and then living as an "Egyptian" (Ex 2:19)in a foreign land. Another good example for the importance of fellowship - EVERYONE wants to feel like they belong don't they? It makes me wonder if he had any faith in the God of Abraham up to this point. He was perhaps "cut off" or confused by the faith of the Isrealites, hence the reason for not circumcising his son before. By the way, why was only one son circumcised when "sons" were taken back to Egypt(Ex 4:20)?

Remembering Moses was the author of this book, perhaps he was deathly ill, which led him to convince his wife, and judging by her comment to Moses, she was not an impressed partipant, to perform the deed in which his obedience of the covenant is the reason for his recovery. Only God knows. I'm grasping here because I thought how strange and contradictory this passage was. Strange ride indeed. Anyways, onward ho....

I recommend the book by rob bell called "Sex God". Well written and will provide some good perspective on the subject.

I am in the process of reading a book also by joshua harris entitled, "Sex is not the problem (Lust is)" this has been a very good book so far and goes into accountability and such for people who have probelms with a lust filled life. This world is full of lusts and the temptations are around every corner. But by the grace of God we can pull through these difficulties. I know I've already shared one of my favorite bible verses in 1 Corinthians 10:13 but I will share it again. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

Hello,

Regarding the sexual sin issue...I'm not ashamed to admit that my husband had a porn addiction early in our marriage. I think a lot of healing comes when people are willing to bring their "stuff" out into the open so that others can follow their steps and find help.

Anyway, I found the experience to be very damaging to my self-esteem--it's an extremely personal and this is part of why sexual sin is so damaging.

The book "Affair of the Mind" by Laurie Hall was tremendously helpful and encouraging to me at the time. It's written by a woman who's husband was enslaved to porn (and then physical infidelity as a consequence) and the journey she went through to understand the addiction and fight for their marriage.

From a man's perspective, there's "Every Man's Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Step at a Time" by Stephen Arterburn. I'd recommend this one as well.

There's also a book out there on sexuality for women in general called "Intimate Issues: 21 Questions Christian Women Ask About Sex."

I found these all to be great resources--godly and wise insight worth pondering.

Hello Again,

Just wanted to also say...

Lisa--I enjoyed your comment about how the second best god is self and agree that when there is distance between a family and God that we leave our children wide-open to attack from the culture and the Enemy.
I think this was true for me as a teenage girl--I was searching for my identify through relationship with men instead of understanding that my true identity could only be found in Him.

Kim, I felt similarly about the circumcision episode--I find the abruptness in the phrasing here BIZARRE...

"On the way to Egypt, at a place where Moses and his family had stopped for the night, the LORD confronted him and was about to kill him." Exodus 4:24

Sometimes you feel like you missed a page or something-it's wild how things turn on a dime in the Bible, especially in the OT. Just a few verses before this, the Lord is trying to build Moses up for the work He has for him and then suddenly....

Anyway...you are funny with your "onward ho!" I feel that way too. It's refreshing to me that the Bible has loose ends like this...it reflects a God that we can't come to the bottom of!

Also, I enjoyed the Jars of Clay video today and see it as connected to Moses too: Moses struggled primarily with a crisis of faith. Interesting that as a young man he was passionate about avenging the abuse of the Hebrews (Exodus 2:11-15)--he was a rash spitfire then! But the Lord doesn't have a use for him until later, when he's softened and full of reservation--ironic!

Have a great day,

Hello all...

what are your views on the below passage:

Psalms22:27 The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him.

It made me think a lot and had a couple of questions about it.

David mentions about the whole world acknowledging GOD and returning to HIM.

- Is the whole world going to be saved?
- or is the passage talking about the new world after CHRIST's second coming?

I am not sure what do you all think?

Mike,

For anyone involved in the trap of sexual sin, I highly recommend: http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com

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