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I just rewatched The Matrix (VHS version!) a few nights ago.  It’s hard to believe this movie came out in 1999, yet another reminder that I am getting old.  I had been thinking about the concept of the movie recently and how it relates to my walk with Jesus within the world we live in.  Watching it again as a 30-year-old well entrenched in the “real world” felt a lot different than the first time I had watched it.  If you can get past the various corny lines, such as Keanu Reeves’ “I know Kung Fu”, “Guns, lots of guns”, and the infamous “Whoa…”, you can see an almost parallel analogy to Jesus’ teachings on the Kingdom of God. Continue Reading…

I want to focus some blog posts on the ways I have reconditioned my mind to leave the world of fantasy that our sex-saturated world creates and to train it to embrace reality instead.  This is a long and comprehensive process so each of these posts will hit on one tool in the toolbox.  (Read Method 2, “It’s not important” here)

“It’s not real” –

It’s not real is a simple reminder that the “wonderful world” of fantasy has a glass chin.  When I begin to feel attraction towards a person, I can remind myself this isn’t real and I need to live in what is.

For those of us that are married, this is a simple reminder that what is real is our spouse, our children (or future children), our jobs, our reputation, our Christian testimony, our house, our pets, our marriage vows, and everything else we share with our spouse.  Essentially, what is real is our life.

Even if you are single, this concept can easily be applied to temptations for pornography, lusting, or premarital sex.  These are all fantasies that have detrimental effects on our present and future real lives. Continue Reading…

For most of my life, my insecurities have caused me to care too much about what other people think of me.

When we first started our church, I decided we would not count how many people were in attendance each week.  Didn’t want to focus on the wrong things, you know?  Didn’t want to make church about the numbers.  Wanted it to be about Jesus.

Actually I was just too insecure to deal with reality, but couldn’t admit it.

We had 18 people at church Continue Reading…