Here are some mp3s and seminar notes of talks given to our church community back in 2014 during our Christian Life Conference. If you listen to one, I would strongly encourage you to listen to the last one – Sandy Willson speaking on “Homosexuality and the Christian.” The others are helpful as well depending on where you are personally.
Here are links to the talk with notes regarding what the Bible has to say about our sexuality.
Recovering from Sexual Sins: The Jesus Way – Mitchell Moore
Christian Sexuality – Sandy Willson
Single Sexuality – Barton Kimbro
Married Sexuality – Dick Cain
Link to Word document
Christian Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage – Todd Erickson
Rearing Christian in a Sexualized Society – Dick Cain
Homosexuality and the Christian – Sandy Willson
Some of you have asked recently about how to access online my dissertation I wrote on Recovering One of the Lost Tools of Christianity Spirituality: Praying the Psalms It can be downloaded by clicking on the above link. Chapters one and eight are the chapters most frequently downloaded.
This is the statue of William Wallace, the esteemed freedom fighter of Scotland. After Wallace’s death, his successor Robert the Bruce begged to see his commander before he was buried:
“Show me that heroic face from whose beams my heart first caught the fire of virtue!”
May the Lord unveil to us that face that is the fairest and most beautiful of them all and may we caught the fire of virtue! 2 Corinthians 4:6 – For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Augustine: “You made us for yourself, and our hearts find no peace till they rest in you.”
“He loves Thee too little who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves
not for Thy sake.”
“If the things of this world delight you, praise God for them but turn your love
away from them and give it to their Maker, so that the things that please you
may not displease Him.”
Are we in bondage to the pleasures of this world so that, for all our talk about the glory of God, we love television and food and sleep and sex and money and human praise just like everybody else? If so, let us repent and fix our faces like flint toward the Word of God. And let us pray: ‘O Lord, open my eyes to see the
sovereign sight that in your presence is fullness of joy and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore’ (Psalm 16:11).
— The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther and Calvin
Man’s maker was made man,
that He, Ruler of the stars,
might nurse at His mother’s breast;
that the Bread might hunger,
the Fountain thirst,
the Light sleep,
the Way be tired on its journey;
that the Truth might be accused of false witness,
the Teacher be beaten with whips,
the Foundation be suspended on wood;
that Strength might grow weak;
that the Healer might be wounded;
that Life might die.
– Augustine of Hippo (Sermons 191.1)
Father, thank you that Your hand is not too short to save.
You lay Your invisible hand upon me (v.6).
It is always upon me.
Thank you for being the omniscient LORD
who provides comfort, protection, and accountability (vv.1-6).
Wherever I am and wherever I go,
“even there Your hand shall lead me
and Your right hand shall hold me.”
Your hand leads me in Your paths
for You are the omnipresent LORD (vv.7-12).
Your hand creates and governs all things for Your glory.
Thank you that the skillful hand of a Sovereign Creator
fashioned me in my mother’s womb.
That hand ordained the days of my life
before one of them came to be (vv.13-18).
You are the potter. I am the clay.
Mold me and make me into the image of Your Son.
May I never resist the press of Your hands.
How assuring it is to know
that the days that were formed for me
where written in your book before there was one of them.
Thank You Lord for being a just Judge
who examines the hearts of all men.
Your hand is not partial and always judges justly.
Would You search my heart
and root out any grievous way
and lead me “in the way everlasting?” AMEN (vv.19-24).
Martin Luther learned a powerful lesson that, when power-hungry, religious people are threatened, they will even use the Scriptures (in his case the Psalms) to assail and assault you.
This should not be a novel insight since the Devil misquoted Psalm 91 in tempting Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:5-6). It is interesting to note that a verse from the Psalms was used to excommunicate Luther from the Roman Catholic Church – Psalm 80:13. This Psalm refers to God’s people as a vineyard that He planted. It grew and became expansive in the earth. Then, people began to take advantage of and abuse His vineyard. The text says, “The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that moves in the field feed on it.”
Pope Leo X prayed “Arise, O Lord, and judge your own cause….Listen to our prayers, for foxes have arisen seeking to destroy the vineyard whose winepress you alone have trod….THE WILD BOAR from the forest seeks to destroy it and every wild beast feeds upon it.”
It is essential that we acknowledge that even those who care and cultivate the Lord’s vineyard are misunderstood and can be vilified. For those in leadership in Christ’s church, we must recognize that sometimes we may be maligned, slandered, and abused in our efforts to bring reformation and revival to Christ’s church. Luther’s life serves as a clear illustration of this reality. Yet for Luther, the Psalms served as a vital source for perseverance in fulfilling his calling and God-ordained mission in life.