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Sep 4, 2018

Lust, Reading Scripture, Lying, and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Fr. Josh Johnson

Fr. Josh answers questions about struggling with lustful thoughts, guidance on how to read Scripture, if lying is ever OK, and what to do when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on your door. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

 

Snippet from the Show

If we can pray with our imagination, the less the devil can play with our imagination. The more we think about Jesus, the less we think about other things.

 


 

SHOWNOTES

 

 

Glory Story (3:31)

Fr. Josh has some exciting news about a book he wrote entitled Broken and Blessed!

 

Listener Feedback (9:55)

 

Lust (14:42)

Over the past couple of months, I have been struggling with lustful thoughts and lots of sexual temptations but had endured in order to strive for holiness. More temptations have come my way and I am almost falling. How can I rekindle my fire for the Lord and endure the temptations?

-Charles

 

Reading Scripture (20:50)

I’ve been wanting to get started in reading sacred scripture (the Bible) but I don’t know how to. What book do you recommend to start with? And what strategy will you recommend I take in reading and experiencing Jesus in the Scripture?

-Nini

 

Lying (26:33)

First of all, I love your podcast, and there’s a million questions I would like to see answered on it. For now, though, I’ll stick to one. 🙂

Is it ever okay to lie? The classic example would be if during WWII you were hiding a Jew and the Secret Service knocks on your door. In the event that an evasive answer wasn’t possible, and a “yes” or “no” was required, would it be okay to lie and say “no”?

-Elizabeth

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses (31:09)

What do we do when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to our door?

-Tim

 

Universal Points (33:50)
  1. Lust – We need to be disciplined in avoiding the near occasion of sin. Pray and fast consistently.
  2. Reading ScriptureLectio divina and the Great Adventure Catholic Bible greatly help.
  3. Lying – Lying is never OK. Some theologians add the qualifier of: “unless they do not have a right to the truth.”
  4. Jehovah’s Witnesses – Invite them in!

 

Resources

 


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Meet Your Host, Fr. Josh Johnson:                            

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. One day, in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest. Now, Fr.Josh is the pastor for Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Louisiana, and he is a presenter in two of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, and YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body.

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  • Absolutely love this, just last week I was playing drums along with like every song he sang today….you really are my soul brother.

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