Exodus Week-End Review for December 20th, 2012

 

Here is a special Exodus Week-End Review. It’s our final one for the year and contains a Christmas Greeting from Alan Chambers. 

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Don’t forget, we are closing in on December 31st. Please check out our End of Year Giving Letter at http://exodusinternational.org/support-exodus/eoy2012/

Thank you! Merry Christmas!

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Exodus Week-End Review for December 14th, 2012


Here is the Exodus Week-End Review for December 14th, 2012 – (Please “Like” and “Share” the video to help spread the word. Thank you!)

In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

  • Ministry Resource: “Washed and Waiting” by Wesley Hill
  • Ministry Highlight: Marc Dillworth, LMFT in Bradenton Florida and Cherrie Rowe’s parents group in Orlando
  • Question of the Week: What Should I label myself?
  • End of Year Giving Reminder. Please check out www.exodusinternational.org/eoy2012 for our End of Year Giving Letter. Thank you!

The Art of Japanese Kintsugi

We’ve all broken dishes at one time or another.  Leslie and I are avid collectors of family artifacts and have inherited hundreds of pieces of china and other breakable mementos.  Because we display these rare treasures rather than store them, some have been broken.  Because of their sentimental worth we try to fix these pieces.  In some cases we simply put them in a box with other broken wears in hopes that we can do a mosaic with them later.

You see, even broken heirlooms are of high value to me.  Yet, until today I hadn’t considered the deep value of the actual fracture.  I have long preferred fixing these items in such a way that their brokenness is masked, which is how so many of us treat our own personal struggles, weaknesses and failures.  We go to counseling or support groups to “fix” ourselves and then try to pretend nothing ever happened.  Like that’s even possible.

Judge Less, Pray More – Letter from Alan Chambers for November 2012

Cross-posted from the Exodus Blog.

Everyone is clamoring for the No. 1 spot in the great gay Christian debate. For some, it isn’t enough that people hold to a traditional, conservative, and biblical sexual ethic; they also want to emphasize that homosexual sexual expression is more egregious than other sexual sins and deserves greater judgment and eternal consequence. Others insist that there are no scriptural mandates limiting homosexual sexual expression for believers. While most of us would never even question heterosexual sexual ethics, some seem fine with making special exceptions for the gay or lesbian person.

The arguments are never-ending, one-dimensional, and secondary, at best, in the grand scheme of things. None of this is rocket science. I am not a Bible scholar (though I greatly appreciate them and their role in my life and in this discussion), but I am a believer in the one true Christ and nothing gets more attention or time in my life than He does. While “theologian” isn’t in my title, I do take studying God’s Word seriously and read it more than anything else. So, as others identify as Wesleyan Arminian Christians, Calvinist Christians, Anabaptist Christians, gay or ex-gay Christians, I have to admit I am just, simply, irrevocably, a Christian.

Exodus Week-End Review #10 – November 21st, 2012

 

Here is the Exodus Week-End Review #10! – November 21st, 2012 – (Please “Like” and “Share” the video to help spread the word. Thank you!)

In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

Happy Thanksgiving Message!

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Exodus Week-End Review #9 – November 16th, 2012


Exodus Week-End Review #9 – November 16th, 2012

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In today’s Exodus Week-End Review video we cover:

Making Room: A Shift Toward Compassion

Cross-posted from the Exodus Blog. Excellent article!

Making Room: A Shift Toward Compassion

by Julie Rodgers

As a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, I’ve spent the past decade of my life trying to change my homosexual orientation.  When I attended my first Exodus conference ten years ago, I heard story after story of people who had experienced substantial shifts in their sexual attractions.  Countless men and women, who had previously been involved in intimate homosexual relationships, were sharing compelling testimonies about their transformation from homosexual to heterosexual.

Thrilled with the prospect that I too would experience a similar transformation in my attractions, I committed myself whole-heartedly to the process.  About seven years into that season—the non-stop support groups, ongoing counseling, healthy friendships with heterosexual women, abstaining from homosexual behavior, and praying with all my heart for the Lord to change my desires—I realized I was as passionately attracted to women as I had ever been.  I felt more alive, with a more vibrant relationship with Christ and His people, but I was still almost exclusively attracted to other women.  When I watched a romantic comedy, I dreamed of snuggling with a girl rather than a man holding me tight.