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.

Decisions, Decisions

The average person makes 35,000 decisions per day. And after we make decisions, our decisions make us. The Bible offers lots of help in this arena.  “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22). “In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6). You will…

Keep Swinging

A reporter landed a rare interview with an aging Ted Williams. They were discussing the current state of hitting in the major leagues. The reporter asked Williams, widely considered the greatest hitter in history, how well he would hit against the current crop of pitchers. “I’d hit about .280,” said Williams. Reporter: “Just .280? You…

Resemble or Reflect?

Let me start your day with an intriguing thought. We try to resemble Jesus when we are called to reflect Jesus. That describes the vast majority of my Christian life. I have committed more to doing the things that God wants me to do than I have to God himself. It’s easy for any of…

No Full-Blown Addicts

“No one is a full-blown addict.” That unusual assertion is offered by Susan Farmer, with the Savannah NewDay Counseling Center of Savannah, Georgia. Farmer’s point is that for every addict, there is still room for things to progress even further into his disease.  What it took to satisfy the addict’s lust a year ago no…

Lessons from 35,000 Feet

I’m writing today’s Minute from 35,000 feet. In case you’re wondering, I’m in an airplane. A few minutes ago, the flight attendant got onto the guy in front of me for not wearing his seatbelt. And that reminded me of one of my favorite airplane stories. Mohammad Ali was flying on a plane one day,…

Bet Ya Didn’t Know!

Here are some things I bet you didn’t know . . . If you drove straight up into the sky, it would take less than one hour to reach space, driving 60 mph. Apollo 11 astronauts signed hundreds of autographs to be sold by their wives if they didn’t return safely from the moon, as…

Jack Parr Went First

On this date in history, 1962, Jack Parr hosted The Tonight Show for the last time. He quit the show in protest of its length, which was 1 hour, 45 minutes each night. NBC turned to an ABC game show host by the name of Johnny Carson, to be its next host. Carson agreed, on…

Can vs Should

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Think about your middle circle behaviors. Sure, you can watch certain movies, you can go to certain places, and you can look at certain social media posts. None of those will be a breach in sobriety, and they can seem pretty harmless in the moment. …

B.L.A.S.T.

I recently revealed a survey from my Life Recovery Groups that found that the old anacronym H.A.L.T. was really not relevant. While most of the guys are triggered by anger, loneliness, and tiredness, no one said hunger was really a problem. And the groups agreed that two other triggers should be added to the list:…

Beware of Dog!

A shopper entered a country store and saw a sign that read, “Beware of Dog!” Then he noticed a harmless hound dog sleeping in the middle of the floor. The man asked the proprietor, “Is that the dog I’m supposed to beware of?” The worker said, “Yep! That’s him!” The shopper said, “Your dog doesn’t…