Sexual Addictions, Brokenness, and Gender Confusion

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Maybe our premise is wrong. It’s seems a no-brainer–the idea that a no-holds-barred pursuit of pleasure should lead to happiness. But real life results deny the supposition. Why is this? Could there be a better way to do life?

Join Pastor Wil Owens as he explains why the quest for happiness outside of the will of God always fails to satisfy. Find hope, help, and strength to start again by knowing the One who created you.

God’s design for your sexuality and gender is such that it is the most fruitful, fulfilling path for your life. The Lord is for you totally – mind, soul, and body! He doesn’t mean for us to have lesser pleasures. He means for us to experience the greatest pleasures. He doesn’t intend to redeem part of us. He intends to redeem all of us, soul and body. Our bodies are a gift of God purposed for His glory, designed to experience ultimate joy in Him!  Pastor Wil Owens

As always, if you are close enough to attend Clovis Evangelical Free Church, we would love to meet you! Join us for Bible Study at 9 a.m. and for Worship at 10:30 a.m.

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The Scripture for Life: On Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

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“Passions are our desires. And they can be very small– like I really want to eat pizza. And they can be very large, and overwhelming, and monstrous, like I want to feed my sexual appetite….Dishonorable passions do not define who God meant you to be, they seek to pull you away from who God designed you to be.”  Pastor Wil Owens

You know what the Supreme Court thinks. You might know what your neighbor thinks. But what does the Bible really teach about homosexuality? The Supreme Court’s decision to sanction same-sex marriage earlier this year put the issue of homosexuality front-and-center for all Americans. Pastor Wil Owens compassionately and concisely looks at the guidance Scripture gives us in a special two-part sermon.

Take a moment to listen and learn what the Bible says about the water-shed issue of our day.

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

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Curious about what a a former lesbian has to say about Christ, the Church, and the gospel? Check out this interview with former lesbian and gay activist Rosaria Butterfield. In this interview she answers some tough questions, gives great insight into what it is like to be unsaved and gay and a new Christian dealing with same sex attraction. It is a beautiful illustration of the power, soul-saving, life-transforming work of the Gospel and the Word of God as lived out by a loving, truth-affirming local church!

Book Recommendation: Is God anti-gay?

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Is God Anti-gay?: And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible, and Same Sex Attraction. By Sam Allberry. The Goodbook Company: UK, NA, 2013.

There is no doubt in my mind that the issue of our day is homosexuality, and there is equally no doubt in my mind that Is God Anti-gay? is therefore a MUST read for every believer!

Allberry is more than qualified to provide this well-written, biblically-sound, pastorally sensitive contribution that will help clarify the issues, answer objections, and point people to the only true hope, the Gospel. Allberry is a single guy who serves as an associate pastor in the UK. He struggles with same sex attraction (SSA) and has found his strength, hope, and life in the Gospel.

In fact, the greatest strength of Allberry’s book is that he sets the issue of homosexuality within the larger context of the Gospel. In doing so, he is able to identify homosexuality or SSA as sin, just like any other sin, a distortion, rejection, of God’s good provision and will for marriage and our sexuality. The point is that we are all sinners, whether this happens to be our specific struggle or not. Therefore, the Gospel is the hope and answer for the homosexual just as it is for every other sinner in this world.

Allberry not only carefully reasons from Scripture regarding God’s good design for sex and marriage, he also carefully answers from Scripture the common objections against the biblical view of sexuality. Furthermore, in a very pastoral and caring tone, Allberry explains to those who struggle with this issue how the answer for them is the Gospel. He explains the power and sufficiency of the Gospel from Scripture and from his personal testimony of applying the Gospel to his life, that is, his struggle with SSA. For additional counsel, Allberry explains how the church and individual believers can reach out to those who face this issue with biblical, wise, gospel help.

In the final analysis, the answer for those who struggle with SSA is not “God loves me and this is the way I am.” The answer is “God loves me enough to make me more than I presently am!” And that is the answer for all of us!

Highly recommended. Greatly needed!