Rainy Day

Rainy Days & Mondays…

So, what’s got me “down” on this very rainy, dreary day here in Virginia (and, oh, yes… it also happens to be a Monday).
PORNOGRAPHY!

I have witnessed this destroy so many peoples’ lives.  Know of others that are currently struggling with it.  And, just learned that a friend of mine has been forced to resign his job because of: Pornography!  To many, it seems like such a harmless thing… afterall, you’re not actually doing anything sexual with someone else in-person.  Rather, the thought is, that in the privacy of your home or office, a couple “harmless” mouse clicks – search engine entries,  and you get to have a few glimpses of images (or video) that seems to fulfill a yearning / desire.  A sinful yearning, that is… And, as we know, all sin can have very real, earthly consequences (as well as eternal ones).
It has been my experience that pornography is not the “harmless sin” that so many are tempted to believe it is.  I have seen how even in single people, this addiction can “ruin” a person (even heterosexuals) from the ability to engage in fulfilling relationships.  I’ve seen married heterosexuals end-up ruining their careers and marriages.  And, of course, for homosexuals, this is just one additional avenue to indulge in; for what many feel, is a “less sinful way” of giving into temptations.

I encourage folks that struggle with this to become a part of an “internet accountability” program, like the one our People of Grace group participates in.  I think I need to perhaps place greater emphasis on this, in some way.  Especially, for the others I know that are / have been struggling with this.

Favorite Verse that I’ve reflected on today: Romans 8:28:

God Bless!

 

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.… Read the rest

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home!

Well, made it back home from Wisconsin – Michigan!  I have been extremely appreciative of all the hospitality that was extended to me during these past 10 days.  And, was extremely uplifted at the numbers of people that came-out / attended the talks I gave.  I thought there were a lot of great questions and discussions that took place as a result of the talks.
It was very nice to have the opportunity to visit with all my brothers & sisters In Christ… old friends and new!
If you’d like to check-out a “photo journal” of my recent trip, you can check-out the following link (I usually chronicle things on facebook – you don’t need to be a facebook member to view this):
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4704612855098.1073741825.1287560375&type=1&l=07a704e8f3

God’s Blessings!… Read the rest

Wisconsin

Greetings From Wisconsin!

Well, coming to the conclusion of spending a week here in Wisconsin travelling and speaking with WELS Congregations, Schools, and Pastors.  Has been a great, but tiring week.  The talks have been well attended and well-received, which I’m thankful for.  I’m heading to Chesaning, Michigan for a couple days tomorrow and then back home to Virginia on Monday.

I have been sent a couple interesting articles this week while I’ve been on the road, and wanted to share them with everyone.  One is by a WELS Pastor.  The other is not, but thought there was a lot of good information in both.

http://pastorjameshein.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/the-marriage-amendment-the-gospel-and-2-positions-the-bible-does-not-let-you-take/

http://www.worldmag.com/2013/04/the_bible_and_homosexuality/page1

God’s Blessings on your weekend!… Read the rest

Blur

This Week’s Been A Blur!

Well, this post is just sort of going to be about my life this week.  No deep theological items to share here.
I’ve continued to “ride the wave” of Easter Sunday… continuing to praise God for sending his son – Jesus – to be my (and our) Savior!
Ever since Sunday, there just hasn’t seemed to be enough hours in the day(s)!  I’m leaving tomorrow (Friday) evening for a 10day trip to Wisconsin and Michigan, to give a number of talks.  My regular job has been extremely busy, and afternoons / evenings spent on the phone / email with pastors and friends out in Wisconsin / Michigan.  Working on my PowerPoint slides for the various talks, etc.
I can hardly believe tomorrow is Friday…. will be getting up at 4am to put in nearly a full day’s work before hopping on a plane tomorrow afternoon for Milwaukee, WI.
Please keep my trip / talks in your prayers!  I’d greatly appreciate it.
God’s Blessings,
Scott… Read the rest