Author: Sarah Jenkins

#36: Dave Jenkins- Theology for Life: Pornography, Purity, and Sex Trafficking[Podcast]

Welcome to the thirty-sixth episode of Equipping You in Grace. Today, Sarah Jenkins interviews Dave Jenkins about the latest episode of Theology for Life on Pornography, Purity, and Sex Trafficking. What you’ll hear in this episode: Why we did an issue on Pornography, Purity, and Sex Trafficking for Theology for Life. How this issue of Theology for Life can equip the church. The problem of sex trafficking. Human dignity and the Gospel. How local churches can create Gospel people and Gospel cultures. How big the problem of pornography is in the church. What local churches can do to create a...

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The Secret Sin in the Mind of a Woman

It had been an exhausting day. I can’t even describe to you how much I would just love to close out the rest of the world and drop into the fantasy world of the novel resting on my night stand. Its pages beckon temptingly. I breathe deeply, knowing that if I give into this temptation that I may not surface for hours. But that isn’t the worst part. Despite the innocuous looking cover of this book, I know that if it had been a DVD there would be a Rated R label on the back side. Of course there...

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Feeling like the Walking Dead?

Do you ever feel like you’re just a zombie going through life? All brain activity gone, just wandering aimlessly around from one place to the next? Feeling worn down and tired—the bags under your eyes making you look like something undead? Well, there’s hope…while Jesus may not make your bed feel softer or your face look less sleep-deprived, He can give you the strength you need. As someone who understands the meaning of tired and worn out, Jesus can not only relate to what you’re going through, but He can also help you with your burdens. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB), “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” So what can we do to receive this rest from Jesus? Just ASK. This is what Jesus is saying in Matthew 6:33. Prayer is a powerful tool in the Christian life, through it God blesses His people (Ephesians 6:12-18; Heb. 4:16). Paul states that we should pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Peter seconds this statement by the exhortation in 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” This is...

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Swimming in Luke Warm Oceans

I see so many of my brothers and sisters swimming around in luke-warm oceans. A hurricane comes and they cry out for help from God, but in the mean time they are content to float on the slightly-choppy surface and allow the waves to carry them around. They’re comfortable in the luke-warm water and don’t care about the storm on the horizon until it hits. People wonder why they feel so far away from God when they’re floating around in the luke-warm ocean water, being tossed about by the choppy waters. They think God has turned His back on them and their beliefs waver as a result, or maybe just take a back burner in their lives. The truth of the matter is this: God is always there waiting for His children to call out to Him. Being luke-warm, however, causes the distance between a person and Jesus. When we first become Christians we have a great zeal for God because we realize just how much He’s done for us in saving us. After a while, however, we allow small things to wear down on our zeal. At first it’s the tiny stuff like being rejected by someone while witnessing. It gets under our skin and the first brick of our wall is laid on the foundation. Next we start to pray and read our Bibles less and less....

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Book Review Illusion

Frank Peretti weaves an ingenious tale of loss and newfound joy with Illusion. Not since The Visitation have readers had such a thrilling journey of mystery and suspense. The story is set in beautiful Coeur D’Alene, Idaho—secluded from the rest of the world, allowing the characters even further secrecy. The plot follows the life of a man—Dane Collins—after the tragic death of his wife, Mandy. The mystery begins when Dane meets a young woman who has an uncanny similarity to his deceased wife. Despite the impossibility that the young woman could be anyone other than a complete stranger, Dane begins to notice personality quirks that make him wonder if he’s going crazy and begins to consider the possibility that it is more than just a coincidence. Illusion gives the reader a chance to wonder “What if…?” What if death isn’t the end here on earth? What if our idea of time and space is wrong? What if the mercies of God can reach beyond our wildest expectations? Peretti’s gifts as a story-teller shine brightly in this stunning account of one man’s deep despair, shattered by a miracle so great it could only be classified as divine. With the lines blurred between illusion and reality, Frank Peretti will leave his readers guessing till the end and astounded at the conclusion. It is the perfect display of how God can take...

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