Archive for August, 2012

How’s Your Time In The Word?

This morning I was challenged by a story I heard and thought I would share. There was a successful handy man who wanted to use his gifts to be able to serve God and others. The handy man reached out to an older successful Christian business man to get his thoughts on this new ministry he wanted to do. After the two men talked for a while the older man asked the handy man about how many hours a week he was going to devote to this new ministry. The man said about 12 to 15 hours a week. The older man thought for a while then asked the young man, are you willing to devote 12 to 15 hours a week studying the Word of God and getting to know him. The young man said no, he couldn’t see himself doing that. The older man looked and the younger man and said, “I don’t think you should start this ministry then.” The speaker who was sharing this story was making the point that it is easy to serve and do things for God, but most people don’t want to take the time to get to know God for them selves and to study the Scriptures. The speaker went on to say, the people who have really had an impact on the Christian culture are people who have spent hours upon hours upon hours studying God’s Word and getting to know Him. The men that come to my mind are: Martin Luther, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, some men in today’s time are, RC Sproul, John Piper, Timothy Keller. There are many, many more men, and they all have one thing in common, they have spent countless hours studying the Scriptures. I had a professor at CIU, Dr. Bedell, who taught the book of Romans for years. A student asked him one day what he was going to do when he could not teach anymore. Dr. Bedell said, “I will continue to study the book of Romans.” Here is a man who has spent almost his entire life studying one book of the Bible. Some will say, “I don’t have time?” That is an excuse! Make time, we have plenty of time for all of our other hobbies outside of work, but we don’t have time to study God’s word. I was convicted this morning that the little time I do in the mornings is not enough. How is your time in the Word?

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Their Stories

The other day I came across a ministry called, I am A Treasure. This ministry is an outreach and a support group for women who are in the sex industry. I think most guys who look at porn, see the girls in the industry as wild, fun, sex objects. So many of these girls have been physical, emotional, and sexual abused. Then on top of the abuse outside of the porn industry they are abused while they make the movies. Below are some stats I took from the I am a Treasure website.

VIOLENCE AND AGGRESSION AGAINST WOMEN IN PORN

A content analysis of the 50 best-selling adult videos revealed that across all scenes:
■3,376 verbal and/or physically aggressive acts were observed.
■On average, scenes had 11.52 acts of either verbal of physical aggression, ranging from none to 128.
■48 percent of the 304 scenes analyzed contained verbal aggression, while more than 88 percent showed physical aggression.
■72 percent of aggressive acts were perpetrated by men.
■94 percent of aggressive acts were committed against women.

I don’t know what the percentage is, but I am sure most of those girls are not having fun. Once all the lights, and cameras go off, and the music stops playing, you have real women who are hurting and in need of Jesus. Their stories are very sad, however the ones that have found Jesus, their lives have been transformed. Check out the website Iamatreasure.com and read their stories.

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