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Tracey (far left) and Graham (far right) with his brother during the months of Graham’s treatments.

June 3, 2013  [Your Letters, Living Faith, Death]  From my friend, Tracey: It was 3 years ago that our friend Dr Bruce Robinson dropped the bomb. What we thought was a shoulder problem was mesothelioma. The cancer you get from asbestos. To make matters worse it was the worst kind. Sarcomitoid mesothelioma, the most aggressive and painful cancer. The pain Graham was feeling in his shoulder was from the cancer entering his chest cavity and breaking some ribs. He was 49 years old. “You have six months to live, palliative care only, you need a miracle.”  The tears flowed from my eyes immediately. I could not stop them. Read More and Comment

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-young-woman-portrait-image10073637June 28, 2013 [Your Letters] It’s so important to remember that we are all sinners and cannot be good in our own strength. Without that remembrance we forget we need a Savior. Julianna wrote me today how she is coming to understand the joy of the Gospel in this way. – Karen
Dear Karen, Yesterday I had a conversation with my husband, where I confessed to him an ungodly thought that has been in my mind for a long time, regarding his family. He got upset and I did too. I wanted to write you for advice, but you’ve already given so much, that I thought maybe it was time to just wait on God to see what would happen. Later during the morning the Holy Spirit graciously showed me my sin. Yesterday, I didn’t want to confess, I just wanted to control the situation and look godly. Read More and Comment
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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-beautiful-senior-couple-kissing-image27358673June 2, 2013 [Sexual Purity, Your Letters] These are just some of the letters I have received to my open request to hear from readers who were virgins or practiced sexual purity before they were married. I would love to hear your story too. – Karen

Karen, My husband and I have been brought up in conservative homes and went to a christian college. Even though we went to a Christian college, we know of some couples from our school who didn’t wait to have sex after marriage or got pregnant. We felt we should do the right thing and wait and yes, we were virgins before we got married, and we have been married for 43 years now.  I’m not saying we didn’t have problems with our marriage, but I can say that we are truly both content with each other and things just get sweeter and sweeter as the years go by… – Heather

 

Dear Karen, My husband and I were both virgins when we married at a relatively young age (by today’s standards). I can personally attest to the great confidence that this provided both of us and still provides to this day.  Our marriage bed is Read More and Comment

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crowder-weddingJune 28, 2013 [Sexual Purity]  The moving story of a man who came out–despite cruel bullying–as someone who loved God more than man.  Here is Steven Crowder’s testimony: As anyone who’s read my abstinence column  could guess, my wedding is something that I’ve looked forward to for quite some time. After having tied the knot at the end of August, I can now say beyond all shadow of a doubt, that it was everything I’d hoped and prayed that it would be since childhood. (I’d also prayed to be bitten by a radioactive spider and develop sticky hands, but… I was an idiot.)

Let me preface this column by saying this: my wife (I have to get used to saying that) and I not only waited sexually in every way (no, we didn’t pull the Bill Clinton and technically avoid “sex” sex,) but we didn’t shack up as live-ins and most importantly, we courted each other in a way that was consistent with our publicly professed values.

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June 19, 2013 [Your Letters, GEWife] Jen writes this great testimony to living biblically on her blog Texas to UgandaGod called me to Africa to care for orphans when I was 10 years old. He waited 25 years to send me the first time, and now I go each summer to care for children at Agnes’ Children’s Care in Jinja, Uganda. I came home from Africa after my first trip five years ago sure that we should adopt Rachel and Jacob. I had fallen instantly in love with them, and could imagine how perfectly they would fit in our family. My husband was not convinced. It’s not that he was opposed to adoption (which, at that time was not even allowed in Uganda), it was that he was prayerful, and told me that he felt like they both needed to stay in Uganda, and we would  have to love them and care for them from afar. I can’t tell you how many tears I shed over this —
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5cd86bf78dea8eea0b5b74a64b54cc6bJune 19, 2013 [Living Faith]  I came across this well-written description of the difference between righteousness, justification, and sanctification on Jerry Starling’s blog. Jerry Starling writes: These three words are related, especially righteousness and justified. Righteousness is the noun (righteous is a related adjective) and justify is the verb. When one is justified, he has righteousness and is righteous. The word group refers to the process by which one becomes “right” with God. There are two ways you can be right with God. One is never to sin.  . .  Read More and Comment

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parliament_320_3June 19, 2013 [Legislation, Discrimination, Traditional Marriage] Christian Concern is an organization in London that upholds the rights of Christians against increasing persecution and discrimination. Recently they booked a conference at a building managed by the Law Society. The Law Society cancelled the booking when they learned that Christian Concerns planned to discuss the topic of same sex vs. biblical marriage. The Law Society said that the topic was discriminatory, despite the fact that, at present in England, same sex marriage is not legal. Read More and Comment

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dreamstime_xs_10970576June 12, 2013 [Your Letters, Death, Living Faith] (Another response to “In Death and Life – Tracey’s Story)  I’ve just finished reading Tracey’s story with my tears keeping rolling down and crumbled tissues scattered around me. The hymn of “This is my story, this is my song” went around my ears. I sobbed uncontrollably, blowing my nose from time to time. I’ve never been so emotional.When putting their love story together, I marvelled at their amazing life blessed by God. A godly,fruitful and enlightening marriage. The most touching story I have ever read because it is a truly true story which brings us the most powerful testimony. Read More and Comment

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-happy-woman-image11835871June 9, 2013 [Your Letters, Death, Living Faith] (A response to “In Death and Life – Tracey’s StoryHello Tracey, You may not remember me. I am Marien, from Venezuela. I used to attend Subi Church in Perth from 2009 to 2011 and I followed Graham’s illness from the distance after. With a judgmental heart. I could not understand why that was happening to you guys. I loved Graham’s preaching, so deep, so rich, and I learned a lot from his sermons. To me you looked as the perfect Christian family, and perfect Christian families are not supposed to suffer; that was my thinking at the time. Read More and Comment

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IMG_0909June 1, 2013 [Abortion]   Pro-choice people are not thinking about life as defined by a scientist (I know, I was a pro-choice person long ago). They call Kate’s baby, a “baby” for the sole reason that she wants the child to live–therefore they want the child to live.

If a pro-choice woman who wants to get pregnant is successful, she even calls her own child a baby before it is born. If, when I had an abortion three decades ago, I had changed my mind on the steps of Planned Parenthood and turned around, I would have–at that moment–began calling the life in my womb a baby. Read More and Comment

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