Jacob Waited, And So Can Your Boyfriend

Sharon Dating, Purity, Self-control, Sex 8 Comments

One of my favorite stories from my early courtship with Ike (my fiancé) begins with my initial belief that he was a TOTAL sketchball. My perception of him largely originated from the way we met–he was being auctioned off at a charity date auction. And no, I did NOT bid on him. I was there to support a friend–totally innocent …

A College Basketball Parable

Sharon Discipleship, Self-control 0 Comments

In the past two weeks, #2 Duke beat a top 25 team by nearly a double digit margin, and #1 Carolina lost to an unranked team by almost the same amount. In this part of the country, those are fightin words. But don’t worry, I’m not here to talk smack. At first glance, the above statement might imply that Duke …

Somebody Put a Cork in Her

Sharon Gossip, Self-control 0 Comments

Is there a person in your life who immediately causes your body to tense up whenever you hear their name? Maybe they hurt you, or you are jealous of them, or you just think they’re really annoying, but whatever the reason you don’t like hearing about them. Especially when it’s good. I have this particular reaction to a few people …

Gateway Sin

Sharon Self-control 4 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought of self-control as a matter of do or don’t. We shouldn’t do this or that because it is wrong, so we need to exercise self-control in the face of temptation. So if you do this and don’t do that, all the way Jesus asks you to, then you’ve got self-control. End …

Self-Control: The Forgotten Fruit of the Spirit

Sharon Self-control 2 Comments

When was the last time you heard a sermon on self-control? I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard one. Most of the other fruits of the Spirit get a lot of play–love, joy, peace, patience, godliness–but self-control seems to slide under the radar. For some reason it’s not a common barometer for spiritual growth….which is probably why I stink at …