• The Day my Idolatry Caught up with Me

      The physical pain I’d endured for years was growing in intensity and the duration of each episode was growing longer. The many rounds of various gall bladder tests and scans showed nothing unusual. I was weary of looking for answers. The pain was growing worse and I was ready to give up eating. My favorite idol had become my enemy. If you read my post yesterday, you know that my “favorite idol” is food. I’ve looked to food for: Pleasure Comfort Happiness I’ve spent a LOT of time thinking about food, craving food, anticipating—no—lusting for: lots of cheesy sauces, flaky pastries and hot-buttered bread, creamy desserts, and CHOCOLATE—always chocolate! Hot doughnuts…

  • Getting Real About my Favorite Idol

    I remember several years ago talking with a friend who was struggling to give up cigarettes. I encouraged her to consider how her body was created to glorify God: [box]“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)[/box] While I was challenging her to consider this verse each time she reached for a smoke, the Holy Spirit got my attention. He issued His own challenge to me. He graciously challenged me with this: “It’s no different than when you reach for that second piece of chocolate cake…

  • What’s Lurking in Your Spam Folder?

    I try to check my Spam folder with some regularity. I’ve found a few important emails that fell through the cracks or somehow didn’t make it to my inbox, so I try to scan the Spam folder weekly, but I have to admit . . . I dread the job. Immediately I’m hit with all kinds of strange names and titles in the subject lines. People are hawking everything from flab-control pills to lonely senior citizens wanting to chat. But today when I scanned the folder, I wanted to cry. And to throw up. Here’s what greeted me: “Why wait? Have an affair with a cheating married woman!” Who sends these kinds…