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Ed O'Malley, Winter 08/09 PureMen's Group

“[The PureMen Study has] really been a wonderful time and great experience.  I think the general consensus of the guys is that you have to be in God's Word.  You have to diligently be in His Word and put it in your heart."  

"When I think about the past [six] months of the PureMen study, the thing that has made the most impression on me is the number of verses in the Bible that deal with subjects like temptation, lust, and also strength and purity.  The Bible verses that Steve chose to give us as weekly memory verses were excellent.  I was truly encouraged and compelled to start referring to them and applying them every day.  The more I read over them, the more aware the Lord makes me in using them when a situation occurs that will result in either a good or bad decision.  When I think of all the ways the Lord warns us through His Word, such as: to be sober and vigilant; to set no wicked thing before our eyes; to resist the devil; to not be conformed to this world; you realize how serious the battle is between good and evil.  But the Lord also encourages us through His Word when He says He will with the temptation also make a way to escape; and how He is able to make all grace abound towards you; or when we draw nigh to God, He will draw nigh to us.  It makes me wonder how I can still sin against such a loving and holy God, but I still often do.  This is why the PureMen study has been so helpful to me.  It also helped me to realize that Satan knows my weaknesses and is always looking for a way to trip me up.  But God's Word is powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, and if I purpose to use it and meditate on it, He'll provide a victory!"

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Steve Williams, Winter 08/09 PureMen's Group

“PureMen has overwhelmingly a very positive message.  The message that we really try to get across over the course of this study is that we can live victoriously over sin in the midst of this dark and perverse world.  We do not have to be a slave to our sin or in bondage to it.  God's Word says that we've been set free from it.  We can live victoriously in the midst of a very impure world."

"The second thing is that no matter what your issue may be - drugs, alcohol, sexual impurity, materialism, selfishness, pride - you can get victory over any of those things!  And the answer is simply Jesus Christ!  You don't need a 12-step program - although some may have benefited from something like that as a tool - but that will not fix your problem.  The only answer - - the only solution is Jesus Christ!  Only Jesus can change a life from the inside out.  He can transform a man into a new creature!  That is the message of PureMen!" 

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Jimmy Lowe, Winter 08/09 PureMen's Group

“When [Steve] first talked about PureMen's, I thought to myself, "well this isn't something that I need."  But the Lord worked on my heart and as we got closer, I told Bro. Steve that I would like to attend the class.  Praise the Lord!  I am so thankful that I did.  What a blessing it has been for me..."

"As humans, we sometimes think that we can control the sin in our life and that we have control over everything in our life.  But we don't!  Without Jesus' help, we have no control.  Through the class, Bro. Steve was able to teach us a lot of these things.  I've learned that to draw closer to the Lord helps you to keep the sin out of your life.  We're never going to keep the sin completely out of our lives because we're not perfect.  But with God's help, He can help us overcome that sin in our lives."

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Louis Chavez, Winter 08/09 PureMen's Group

“When you come at the age that I am and you've been through all sorts of things - when you come to the Lord later in life, you bring an awful lot of baggage with you.  It's hard to let go if you do not stay in the Word of God.  That's the only way that can keep us pure.  There is nothing else.”

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Tony Ragozzino, Winter 08/09 PureMen's Group

“As the old saying goes, "Like a bridge over troubled water," the PureMen's study can lead you to victory over sexual issues and a closer walk with God.  Will you take the first step?"

 

Ben Pastor, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“There is a highly relevant truth in the Bible which puts forth the teaching of our need for God in our lives. This need is fulfilled in a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. God especially calls unto men to follow him. The PureMen's Study of the Bible works as a key to unlock the hidden treasure of the person of Jesus Christ. Come and join us at Columbia Road Baptist Church on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m to follow Christ as He works a mighty work in us.”
Rick Haney, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“…the PureMen’s class was a true blessing and eye opening experience for me individually.”

“After taking the PureMen’s class, more than ever before, I try to safeguard myself from the world and its sexual immorality. Everywhere you go in the world today, you are seduced by sexual impurity.”

“This class better equipped me to raise a young man in John [my son]. Things might arise (and already have arisen) in his life that I can better help him with now in living a life of purity.”

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Daniel Hayes, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“The PureMen’s Bible Study taught me solid biblical truths regarding how men can live so that their behavior and thoughts glorify Jesus Christ every day. Using illustrations of real problems men face today, the author, Steve Gallagher, explains the faulty thinking that leads to sinful behavior and thoughts. Then you learn the appropriate godly course of action that starts with your decision to honor God. At times, I felt truly convicted by the lessons, the discussions, and the questions at the end of each chapter. This is a worthwhile study that will help you transform your life and become more godly and pure.”
Steve Williams, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“An Article in Cleveland Plain Dealer on September 6th caught my eye earlier this month. It was about the annual Promise Keepers convention. The article said, “More than 3000 Christian men gathered in downtown Cleveland on Saturday to talk straight with one another about their vices and pledge to be better fathers, husbands, and people… After a worship service at which a band played, attendees who participated in a text message questionnaire were asked what their most difficult challenge was. More than 80% of the text messages said it was viewing pornography. When those with the problem were asked to come to the stage and pray, hundreds responded.” In the word of James, “My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (James 3:10)”

“So What is God’s standard on this subject? Ephesians 5:3 makes it very clear - “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints.” God’s standard is clear – this should not be part of the Christian’s life!”

“So then why are so many men struggling with this today? I believe the answer lies in a life that is either being walked in (or controlled by) the flesh instead of a life that is walked in (or controlled) by the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says “This is say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.”

Last year, we offered our first PureMen’s class – Discipling Men to Have a Passion for Purity. We are preparing to launch another PureMen’s study this November. Now, while I’ve used the backdrop of “sexual purity” even in my descriptions here this morning, this study goes much deeper than this topic. PureMen is NOT JUST FOR MEN who struggle with things like pornography. This study is designed to help men find Jesus! And once men have found Jesus as the ONLY ANSWER to life’s problems, they are taught how to live a life that is free from addictions and sin’s bondage and is honoring and glorifying to our Saviour.”

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Rick Acree, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“First of all, I want to mention that the PureMen’s class ranged from college kids to senior citizens and everything in between. It was a very good class. And it is a class that is needed, both within the church and within the community.”

“I was hesitant about participating in this class because I knew that I didn’t have an issue with pornography but I determined to give it a try. In the first few weeks I definitely knew that it wasn’t for me! But Bro. Steve reassured us that if we could just hang in there for the first week or two that we would begin to see the benefits of the study – and sure enough he was right.”

“[This class] helped me to realize I need the Lord’s help to help me in the area of guarding my thoughts and protecting my eyes from society.”

“The PureMen’s study was good for me because it made me focus on how much the Lord has to say about pure men and keeping ourselves clean before the Lord. 2 Samuel 22:27 says “With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure, and with the forward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.” I recommend PureMen for all men because we all want to live pure and show ourselves pure. It also puts you in the Bible which causes you to learn more and make you more of what the Lord wants you to be.”

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Pastor Jenkins, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“If you have not gone to the [PureMen] class I would encourage you to do it. I’ve read the textbook; it is a very good book and very stimulating. I don’t care at what point you are in your Christian growth, these things [this study] can help. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with different scenes and things that can really get us off [track]. It doesn’t matter your age – young people, older – get involved. Sign up for the PureMen’s Bible study!”

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Marvin Bassinger, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“This PureMen’s study opened my eyes to a lot of things but the main part of it was the pure study of the Word of God and the pure fact that no matter what our problems may be, that Jesus Christ has the answer. Whatever you might have problems with, this study will help you.” I encourage you to join it and get involved with PureMen. The world needs this kind of study.”

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Ron Robles, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“Much of what was in this study was not new to me but if I had heard it as lovingly and thoroughly as I did in this study, it would have saved me many years of slow growth. As God puts it, “the eyes of man are never satisfied.” We men, when we’re alone, tend to make excuses and rationalize our behavior but when I get with men who want to be pure, I’m encouraged to be more vigilant. Come and find out more about life and about yourself so you can make informed choices…or just come and check your path with God’s Word.”

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Andrew Summers, Winter 07/08 PureMen's Group

“I will tell you first hand, there is no shame in admitting your need help. There is only shame in hiding sin….The author of [our] book hits the problem of sexual idolatry head on when he states “sin takes you farther than you ever wanted to go and your pay a price far greater than you ever expected to pay.”…To ever get true victory over [any] addiction, you will need Christ. It states in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”…What seems like an addiction that is impossible to break becomes effortless with Christ.”

“Overall, the PureMen’s bible study was a great study with awesome fellowship. The Summit Stretches were very cool and the prizes for them were appropriate and unique. I would recommend this class to anyone who struggles with porn or any type of [sexual] addiction. You will get a great study on how to learn to be pure and it will really impact the way you live and your relationship with the Lord.”

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