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Foundation for marriage

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Foundation for marriage

by Zach Whitsel

I get frustrated with how sex is portrayed in culture around me. The world acts like good sex exists only at the beginning of a relationship. Watch a chick flick or read a romance novel or listen to a spicy love song and you’ll find that 99% of that material revolves around two people who haven’t known each other very long. Anyone who only met two months ago can have memorable sex. They can also find out later that they hate each other. Read the rest of this entry

Fear

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Fear

by Zach Whitsel

I’m a man of faith. Or so I thought. Turns out I’ve had a lot of confidence in my own circumstances and abilities. God has used this economical upset that’s happening in our world right now to show me that my dependency hasn’t always been in Him. I’ve caught myself sifting through news and studying over the financial markets way too much lately. I took a selfie a couple of days ago and then decided not to post it. I could see all the stress in my own eyes. Stress. Just a friendly, modern word for fear. Read the rest of this entry

Handling problems

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Handling problems

by Zach Whitsel

I was biking down a hill this afternoon on a road I had only been on once before when I noticed two dogs laying in the grass up ahead on the right. I didn’t think much of it; I encounter dogs very regularly while riding. As I approached this yard, though, one of the dogs jumped up. He bared his teeth, began growling, and sprinted toward me at a rate which made it very clear that he intended to take me down. He was a purebred Rottweiler, and he weighed about 120 pounds. Thankfully, I was going down a long hill so I just sped up. as I hit 20 mph, the sounds of his growling and the sounds of his toenails digging into the asphalt were gaining on me! He ran me for about a 10th of a mile before he called it quits. I really thought he was going to kill me. My top speed on my Bike GPS app never reads more than 30 mph when I finish a ride but today it read 35. I know exactly where it happened, too, lol. Read the rest of this entry

Rules

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Rules

by Zach Whitsel

My oldest child is only ten years old but I’m already beginning to see teenage style attitudes forming in her. She gives herself a lot of credit for how much she think she knows. While I admire her confidence, I have to make sure the knowledge she is leaning on is truth. Her and I got to have a pretty in-depth conversation on the way home from town tonight about the purpose behind my rules and my consequences. I explained to her that she may not like the boundaries but that the boundaries were for her own good. I hope that as a father I am a great example of the mercy and grace that our heavenly Father shows us. If I have learned one thing as a dad, though, it is that mercy and grace are not good excuses for disobedience. Read the rest of this entry

Disappointment

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Disappointment

by Zach Whitsel

Last night I gave the kids about thirty minutes extra of reading time before bed. I didn’t tell them I was doing it, I just did it. When I went upstairs to pray with them, Hadli asked me for extra time. “I’m almost finished with this chapter,” she told me. “Actually, I already gave you a lot of extra time,” I answered. “But I only have this much left in the chapter,” she said showing me the book. I reminded her that the next day was a school day and that it was already late. She was disappointed. Read the rest of this entry

Dealing with critics

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Dealing with critics

by Zach Whitsel

Since Kanye West came out as a Christian, I have not seen one single negative post about him here on Facebook. You know what that tells me?

I’ve been extremely efficient at unfollowing critics. Read the rest of this entry

The old nature

Here is something I read on Facebook.

The old nature

by Zach Whitsel

I have a quick temper. My family has no doubt seen me at my worst.

I have a lust problem. I deal with that struggle. every. single. day.

I don’t take correction very well. In fact, I’m easily offended when questioned. Even when I’m wrong. Because I like to think I’m never wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Leaving a cult

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Leaving a cult

by Zach Whitsel

When I got out of my truck in downtown Gainesville around lunchtime today there was an older man sitting on a bench directly in front of my parking spot. Right as I was thinking that he was too well dressed to be homeless, I noticed the rack of Watchtower literature. He was a Jehovah’s Witness. We small-talked for a couple of minutes about the weather but I couldn’t bring myself to just walk away from him. Read the rest of this entry

Bad churches

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Bad churches

by Zach Whitsel

I’m out of town this weekend but I love Sundays and I love going to church! It hasn’t always been like that for me, though. There were years when church was a cruel environment. I had to work hard to stay on the right side of everyone’s rules and opinions because the alternative was to be outcast or left behind. When I got tired of having to earn “love” from religion, I spent the next couple of years letting every single Sunday remind me that people couldn’t be trusted and that churches weren’t safe. Those years were some of the toughest because they gripped my faith and rattled it every chance they got. But then the healing came. Forgiveness was given, bitterness went away, and new community was found. I’ve been back to loving church and Sundays for several years now! If today was a rough day for you because of many of the same reasons I shared, I have some steps I’d like to recommend. Read the rest of this entry

Dealing with trauma

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Dealing with trauma

by Zach Whitsel

A few months ago both of my dogs were viciously attacked through a fence on the dirt road near our home. A large dog in the Ridgeback family attempted to pull my smaller dog through an opening in his fence and nearly sawed her throat open in the process. It took about nine stitches to close her neck up. Right as I got her free, my larger dog stepped forward to the rescue and nearly got her shoulder dislocated by the same dog. She could hardly walk at all for the next few days. To make matters even worse, my six-year-old was with me. I felt completely out of control in the situation. And that’s not a great feeling. In fact, from a psychological standpoint, phobias and PTSD stem from situations involving that very emotion. Read the rest of this entry

Gun control

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Gun control

by Zach Whitsel

There have been two mass shootings in the last 24 hours leaving a total of 29 dead and 51 injured last I read. The shooter in Ohio was taken out within 60 seconds of starting his killing spree, and he had a lot of ammo left and a large crowd at his disposal. There’s no telling how bad that one could have been had it not been for competent law enforcement. Nancy Pelosi didn’t even let a day go by before using the incidents as a platform for gun control. I don’t know where you stand in this debate but I want to make some points that will help you sift through the info over the coming weeks as this is bound to heat up. Read the rest of this entry

Formula faith

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Formula faith

by Zach Whitsel

I read this evening where Joshua Harris, author of the famous conservative Christian book from the 1990’s about how he kissed dating goodbye, was ending his marriage of twenty years and leaving his faith in Christ as well. I had so many mixed emotions when I read his words. I grew up in the conservative side of Christianity where his old book was embraced. I remember his book well. I left that church movement several years ago because it became abundantly clear to me that “formula” faith was a sham that was inevitably robbing people of their faith. Read the rest of this entry

Envy

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Envy

by Zach Whitsel

When I was a teenager, I used to ride the bus to school most of the time. I became pretty good friends with another guy on the bus during that time. We didn’t have any classes together at school but we had a lot of interests in common, and we had a great time sharing a bench on that bus every week! Read the rest of this entry

Unconditional love

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Unconditional love

by Zach Whitsel

“Who loves me today that wouldn’t love me tomorrow if I changed?” I started asking myself that question back when my eyes first started opening to the differences between ritual religion and simple faith. The question provoked my life so deeply that I even started proposing it to Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons in my path. It’s a big question that leads to an even bigger one.

Why do you do what you do? Read the rest of this entry

Bad churches

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Bad churches

by Zach Whitsel

You know how if you ever get sick after eating something, you just can’t seem to stomach that same kind of food again for a while? That’s how I am with religion. I have an aversion to it. The thoughts of going in a church full of traditions and dress clothes to listen to churchy rhetoric makes me feel anxiety. I’m not joking at all. Read the rest of this entry

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