Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives. Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.

Give Yourself an Order

By the end of World War 2, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was smoking four packs of cigarettes per day. Then he quit cold turkey. How did he do it?  “I gave myself an order,” he said.  No one was there when Ike gave himself that order. As C.S. Lewis said, “Integrity is doing the right…

He Asked Me First

Just days before her wedding, a young woman wanted to be certain of her fiancée’s fidelity. So she set up a date for an attractive woman with her soon-to-be husband.  She told the woman, “I’ll arrange for Jack to take you to dinner, then for a walk on the beach under the moon. To put…

Routine

Life is all about routine. A study by Duke University found that 45 percent of our behavior is automatic. Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink, writes, “I have a new way of doing things, and I don’t care if you think I’m crazy.” Sometimes, “a new way of doing things” is crazy. There are some routines…

Tests

The battle for sobriety can be viewed in one of two ways. You can see it as a temptation from the enemy that sets you up for failure. Or you can see it as a test from the Father that sets you up for success. As I remember my academic career, I fondly recall those…

300 Cockroaches

A woman went into a pet store and asked for 300 cockroaches. The shop owner said, “I can do that, but if you don’t mind me asking, why on earth would you want 300 cockroaches?” The woman replied, “Well, I’m moving today, and my lease says I must leave the place in the same condition…

The Eyes Have It

It is true that what you take in through your eyes will affect your brain. But the opposite is also true. What you have already stored in your brain will affect what you look at.  Neurologist and author Richard Restak wrote, “What the eye sees is determined by what the brain has learned.”  There is…

One More Round

On September 7, 1892, John L. Sullivan stepped into the boxing ring in New Orleans as the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion. His opponent was a relative unknown, by the name of Gentleman Jim Corbett. By all accounts, Sullivan dominated the fight, but he was unable to score a knockout. In those days, fights continued until…

God Chose You!

One of the most amazing thoughts to ever consider is this – God chose you. Knowing you would fall, live in addiction, and make a general mess of things, still, God chose you.  Jesus was clear and Jesus was direct: “I have chosen you” (John 15:16). Oswald Chambers reminds us, “It is not that you…

Lion vs Elephant

A lion woke up one morning, intent on asserting his position as king of the jungle. So he approached the monkey and roared, “Who is the mightiest animal in the jungle?” “You are, Master,” said the quivering monkey. The lion asked the wildebeest, tiger, and leopard the same question. Each gave the same respectful reply.…

An Unbeatable Baseball Record

There are several baseball records that will never be broken: Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 stolen bases, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, and Nolan Ryan’s seven no-hitters, to name a few.  But the record of records belongs to Cy Young. Over his 20-year career, Young pitched an incredible 749 complete games. That is more than the 200…