Covenant Eyes Podcast – Episode 31 Today’s 9-minute podcast is a portion of my interview with Bill Perkins, author of When Good Men Are Tempted. Bill talks about his explanation of James 1:14-15 as a “temptation cycle.” He talks about overcoming temptation by understanding how it works in our life, explaining each stage in the cycle: (1) enticement, (2) conception, (3) birth, and (4) death.
In Part 1 we saw Paul’s grand vision for the church in Crete: despite pagan surroundings and backgrounds, Paul wanted to see them live lives that attracted the world to Jesus. His vision was people living transformed, God-centered lives—a people eager for good works. Titus 2:11-14 gives us a rich picture of what this new life looks like. Old Lives Renounced Before we look at the “how,” let us look at the “what”: What sort of life do the recipients of grace live? Grace teaches us to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions” (2:12). “Ungodliness” means a total disregard for God … Continue reading →
The following is an interview with Dr. Kevin Skinner, author of Treating Pornography Addiction and a licensed marriage and family therapist. For more porn addiction info, download our free book: The Porn Circuit: Understand your brain and break porn habits in 90 days. . . . . Dr. Kevin Skinner, there is much talk in the medical community over the subject of “pornography addiction.” Some claim that it is improper to speak of pornography as something to which someone can become “addicted.” This term does not appear in any diagnostic manuals. But you feel some are “addicted” to porn? Why? Does the term pornography … Continue reading →
It has been called a “restraint bias”: people underestimate the strength of their urges in the face of temptation, and this leads to impulsive behavior. A new study from the Kellogg School of Management, led by Loran Nordgren, examined how one’s belief in his/her ability to control impulses (greed, drug craving, sexual arousal, etc.) influenced responses to temptation. The study found that people in a “cold state” (not experiencing hunger, anger, sexual arousal, etc.) wrongly estimate the amount of temptation they will be able handle in a “hot state.” What is the answer to this? Nordgren says, “The key is … Continue reading →
When I first came across a copy of Reclaiming Stolen Intimacy: When Your Marriage is Invaded By Pornography, I was very thankful. So many wives write heart-breaking comments on Breaking Free looking for something that will help them through the pain they feel knowing their husbands use pornography. Finally, I thought, someone has written a good resource for a wives’ recovery group. But before I could write a blind endorsement of this book, I decided to send a few copies to some trusted friends, a few women who have been through this struggle in their marriages and some renowned relationship … Continue reading →