February 20, 2019

“Having unhealthy expectations of sex will lead to unhealthy experiences within sex (marriage)”
This week’s sermon hit close to home. As I listened to Pastor Dylan talk about the sexual myths: “IT” is inappropriate, “IT is just physical”, and “IT isn’t enjoyable’, I was reminded how our own sexual history and experiences factor into this thought process. I was exposed to sex in the form of pornography as a teenager by my best friend. It was something seemingly “just for fun.” But I can tell you it led me into a form of addiction I would not wish on my worst enemy. It served as a perverted form of what sex was, and that carried forward with me into adulthood and even into my marriage.
The simple truth is sex in any form outside of marriage is a sin. This includes the obvious, physical sex, but encompasses the visual (my weakness), mental, and emotional forms of sex that entrap and ensnare us.
The sad part of this is sex was not meant to be “IT”. Sex was meant to be a perfect expression of love and commitment between one man and one woman in a God-defined marriage. Through Satan and his lies, we have found ways to pervert sex to the point where even within marriage the baggage we carry from past experiences carryover and truncate all the good that “IT” was meant to be.
What are we allowing to separate us from the one we love? Are we sexually lacking in our marriage, because we aren’t pure in mind, heart, and soul to our mate? Hebrews 13:4 says “Marriage should be honored by all. And the marriage bed kept pure….”
We can easily look at sex as dirty or inappropriate due to what we ourselves have done in the past. We put the past on as a weight around our necks. We need to reaffirm sex as a gift from God, and not how the world sees it. We need to be freed up from how we think about sex by being able to talk about it.
Don’t let the enemy pervert and devour your sexual intimacy!

Dylan Robinson - February 17, 2019

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Joe Maxwell

Joe and his wife Susan live in Marshfield along with their daughter Caroline who attends Marshfield High School; they also have two adult children, Brendan (wife Jesica, son Silas), and Kellan (wife Hannah). Joe is a manager at Jack Henry & Associates, and enjoys baseball, genealogy, and walking in his spare time. His favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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