Summer English camp in the Czech Republic this year was the largest to date for Entrust’s Jerry and Marilyn Farnik, with about 180 of all ages in attendance. During English lessons, campers read and discussed Bible passages. One man had previously thought of the Bible as a fairy tale, but now said he realized it is a book of facts and history. Several people planned to continue reading the Bible after camp, and some indicated interest in attending a Bible study at the Farniks’ church in Prague. Pray for Jerry and Marilyn and for more Czechs to see the truth of the Bible.
It’s everywhere. Magazine covers (and inside those magazines), books, songs, movies, TV, billboards, websites. Almost seems like you have to be blind, deaf and numb to be 100% immune to sexually provocative imagery and yes, porn.
But the fact is, you don’t need to, and indeed should not, remove your eyes, ears and brain to avoid this insidious and ever-present tantalization. You need walls. Blogger Tim Challies says those who venture into porn are “cities without walls,” likening them to the city of Jericho, easily conquered when its walls fell down. “Through their lack of self-control,” Challies says, people who sample impure things “have done the work of a conqueror in their own lives. They have voluntarily flattened their defenses and left themselves vulnerable to attack. They are in the very act of committing spiritual suicide, of showing every enemy they are ripe for the taking. They, like Jericho, are defeated before the battle even begins. There’s no city more pitiful than a city without walls, and no man more pitiful than a man without self-control.”
Where are your walls? What would a secure wall look like in your life? Talk this over with a trusted friend, your spouse, your pastor and most of all, God. Today!
“Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” (Prov. 15:17)
What are you serving out these days? Let this season’s abundance of produce – every farmer’s market, sack of tomatoes from your neighbor, trip down the grocery store veggie aisle – remind you of the value of the heart. It’s the inside, the attitude that matters, in all things.