99:9 here with another newsletter. Here’s the new content I uploaded this week:
A post inspired by the science book, The Compass of Pleasure by David Linden. In this post we learn about how pleasure works and how it’s experienced in the brain. Then we learn the brain science of how addictions can form.
This leads to questions of what role pleasure has in our world and our lives. God created this world and everything in it, so He created all the pleasures too. And He designed us to experience pleasure. Is pleasure a bad thing? No, it isn’t. But if we don’t control our desires for pleasure, our desires will control us. And then we will fall prey to The Addict’s Curse, one of the saddest aspects of addiction. And it’s this Addict’s Curse that you can learn about in today’s post.
Reading is a very healthy habit, with great benefits for our life. So as we’re reading a book, it’s a worthwhile use of our time, right?? Well, not exactly. Not all books are worth reading … and some are downright dangerous!! We need to use discernment with what we consume. If something appears tainted by New Age ideas or other demonic deceptions, we’re much better off putting it down and leaving it alone. In Part 89, I talk about how I did exactly that with a book I had been excited to read. I quickly realized it wasn’t worth reading.
This is a post inspired by The Confessions of Saint Augustine by Augustine of Hippo. It’s the first of a series of posts with topics inspired by the pages of this excellent book. In this first topic, we learn how Augustine says that there are many ways for us to sacrifice to the fallen angels (demons). One of them is misusing our God-given talents and abilities. If a demon can succeed in getting us to waste our talents, it can succeed in getting us to deviate from God’s Plan for our life and the purpose God wanted us to use our talents for. It’s definitely something to keep in mind. Check out today’s post to learn more.
Well that’s all for the week. I hope this gives you something good to read on your Sunday. Enjoy the week. I’ll be back next week with the next newsletter!