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Desire is Not Love

By: Gary Thomas | When an immature 29 year old soul proclaims, “I love him; I really love him!” she may well be speaking with a five year old’s heart: “I love candy; I really love candy!” Our culture has made love and desire synonyms. As long as we mix up the two, we will never understand biblical love, and thus we will never understand sacred marriage. Biblical love is perhaps best understood (though not fully defined) with the old-fashioned word benevolence. It is wholly others-focused. A five year old loves candy in the sense that he desires it. He wants to eat it. In the same way, an immature 25 year old says he “loves” a woman because he desires her. He wants to have sex with her, or at least he wants to be around her and he wants her to want him back with the same intensity. The kind of love the Bible

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Chastity, Manliness, and the College Safari

GOV Note: Living a lifestyle of sexual integrity can be tough – especially in college. It’s easy to succumb to the idea that sexual purity and integrity is just a “Christian” thing, and ‘everyone is hooking up’.  If they fail to see others endeavoring to live a pure lifestyle, many give up on the idea altogether. Enter  The Love & Fidelity Network, a national secular program that aims to equip college students with the resources, arguments, and support they need to uphold the institution of marriage and the integrity of  human sexuality. We’re excited to share some of their blogs with you, such as the one you’re about to read. Chastity, Manliness, and the College Safari By Richie Martin | Published on January 16, 2014 I heard once of an African tribe where, for a man to be worthy of a woman, he had to kill a lion. But what about the modern American university-man? Here

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#2 Sexual Myth: “Purity Is An Idol”

By:  Dannah Gresh | Published:  January 23, 2014 One of my single, twenty-something team members returned from Christmas break with something of a epiphany having occurred. “I’ve made purity an idol in my life,” she confessed. Memories of multiple blogs inserting this thought into the online Christian conversation ran through my head. Blogger Elizabeth Esther seemed to have started this snowballing conversation rolling.Rachel Held Evans, Boundless, and a number of others soon posed the question on their own blogs to perpetuate the debate. Before we knew it, we were reading grandiose claims such as “Virginity: Christianity’s Main Idol.” Of all the myths birthed and nurtured in last year’s critique on the purity movement, this one brought the strongest response in my spirit. It is both the most truth-founded and most deceptive of the myths. A tricky one to be certain. While I believe it’s possible that purity may be an idol in your life, it is a

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The Power of Youth in Movements

     The word ‘movement’ implies just that- an action that creates some sort of shifting. All through the ages, massive social, economic and governmental upheavals have begun with a subtle change in the minds of the general population. Change of thought has especially often been perpetuated in the minds of the youth. True to stereotype, young people throughout history have used their naturally active minds and bodies to change society and shape the face of humanity into the recognizable character it now bears. We need only take a swift tour of history to see the groundbreaking ideas that youth furthered through the use of the resources available to their generation and through the general passion that so feeds the individual. From the twisted to the true, movements introduced the population to new ways of life. Sometimes, the cue was taken from the older generations, as in segregation in mid

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What Are We Waiting For?

In case you’re new, or just haven’t put all the pieces together, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a 21 year old single girl who loves the Lord. I’ve never had a boyfriend, never even held hands with a guy. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, but I think that’s even bigger evidence of God’s grace in my life, that He impressed His standards onto me by His Word and Spirit alone. Up until halfway through my freshman year of college, I was one of those girls who really wanted a boyfriend, but knew it wasn’t going to happen. I was too busy to maintain a good relationship, and I knew I wanted a solid Christian boy and I didn’t want to kiss until I was sure he was really going to be special in the long run. As a public school kid, the prospects

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Wearing the Crown

In moments of angst, when purity has seemed too hard and not worth it, I have allowed myself to ponder the alternative, usually when I’ve retired for the evening. It’s gone something like this… “You know, I could just blow it all right now. Does it really matter? I could walk into any one of the college parties and dance with some guy and have sex tonight if I felt like it” Most people who know me don’t believe I’d ever think that. My crucified self doesn’t, but my flesh does. No matter how much you know about who God is and why purity matters to Him, you can still be deceived. You and I aren’t perfect. We are not above this sin. Shakespeare once wrote, “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” When I get angsty and rebellious like this, it’s because I’m wearing the crown. I could

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His Grace is Sufficient

It’s a pretty common verse, 2 Corinthians 12:9. God tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient” What does sufficient mean? The dictionary says, “adequate for the purpose; enough” His grace is adequate for the purpose. What purpose? Every purpose. I am nearing the half way point of my last semester of college, and I have to tell you, it is exhausting. I am a leader on the track team and campus ministry and church worship team and trying to write my enormous research paper and do other classes and enjoy my friends because in less than three months, this will all be gone. I am tired. And this is where the enemy tries to sneak his way in. He crawls in at nighttime, reminding me of the past. He tries to tell me that I have earned my time to do with as I please, even if that movie isn’t the

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Highlights of My Internship – Amanda (Part 1)

When I first got there I didn’t really have a clue what I was getting myself into. I thought about a lot of things that could have happened on the internship. I thought of places I could have gone, things I could have learned, and even food I could have eaten. But what I got instead was something so much better! I went to places I didn’t even think of that was so much better then what I was thinking. I learned SO much more than I thought. Things that I wished God wouldn’t have shown me or tried to change in me. But once I “gave in” and was open to whatever God wanted to change in me… That is when things really started getting interesting. At first I thought the internship was just going around with the GOV team to conferences and helping them out at conferences as

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