Welcome to our second episode of Manly Monday! Our new bimonthly video series is still a work in progress, but we’re enjoying this visual addition to the Your Other Brothers community. As always, feel free to give us feedback on our YouTube video or in the comments below.

Moving forward, we’ll be working on audio quality and fruit fly management.

In this episode, Tom talks about his experience at a faith and sexuality conference, including a man who falls seven times — and what happens to him after the seventh fall.

Our Verse for This Week

Proverbs 24:16 (ESV) —

“for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
    but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”

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Discussion

What do you do after a fall? Do you ever analyze it? Do you confess? How can you be more intentional and change up your routine next time you fall?

  • Thanks for this Manly Monday episode! I enjoyed watching it. I think we can easily get caught up in our shortcomings that it hinders us from being who God really wants us to be. One thing I’ve learned through my life is to not let guilt hold me down. If we’ve confessed our sin to God and asked for forgiveness, He forgives us and we are ready to move on. Another thing that has helped has been to evaluate why do I stumble and in what situations. Then I can limit those situations and replace them with more positive ones. For me, I watched porn because I was lonely so I needed to seek out positive friendships that would fill that need in my life.

  • Tom,
    I remember reading in the work of the late Billy Graham that you need to build fences around you to avoid sin. I have found this approach to be extremely helpful for me. Over time we learn the triggers to temptation and must build fences around them to keep them out. We learn about the limits of our strength, so we build fences around situations. Falling gives us an opportunity to re-assess and build anew our fences and in many respects are also a sign of true repentance because God’s spirit is telling us what we need to change in order for us to conform to His will and if we don’t make the changes then we will fall again.
    Dan

  • Thomas Mark Zuniga

    When I don't wander away for weeks at a time, I live in Asheville, North Carolina – the Jewel of the Blue Ridge. I'm YOB's cofounder and editor, and I also host our two podcasts. I've written a couple books, including a 2013 memoir in which I came out to my readers. Once upon another universe I anonymously blogged about my faith and sexuality under the Xanga username "twoBeckonings." I'm an INFJ, Enneagram 4w5, and my spirit animal is the buffalo. My favorite place in the world is the one where coffee and vulnerability meet.

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