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Interview with Jerry B. Jenkins
Sammy Tippit: As a dad with three grown sons (two of them now married), you and your wife, Dianna, certainly have set boundaries and hedges by the examples in your life. But to what degree was there instruction and you just saying, “Hey, guys, here’s something to look at, think about, consider”?

Jerry Jenkins: Yeah, it’s more than just trying to do that by example, because you can be surprised later when the kids say, “Well, I saw that, but I didn’t quite know what it was all about or whether it applied to me or, because you’re old fogies, that’s something you guys need, but we’re young people. We did talk about it, and I would tell the boys why I had these hedges.
One of the things that was encouraging to me is that as teenagers, I didn’t try to project this image that, “I am now an adult, and I’m a spiritual guy. I’m a visible guy, and I’m a Christian author. I’m out and around. So I’m above this. I have found victory, and lust is beneath me.” You know? That would have been a really hard act to follow for typical teenage boys. I remember my teenage years. I remember my later years.  I would say to them, “I know what you’re thinking about. I know what you’re going through and what the struggles are. So let’s not pretend we’re all going to just decide, ‘We’re never ever going to look at a woman again, never have a lustful thought.’ Let’s look at the Scripture which says not to stand and fight and to win over this…”
This is the most freeing thing I ever found. We all as men want to win. If it’s over greed or malice or lying or something, you turn over a new leaf. You read your Bible more. You resolve to be more committed. If you keep it up long enough, the Lord will help you win. Scripture says to flee lust. That says to me you’re not ever expected to win. You know, you can feel bad about yourself because you’ve tried and tried and tried and tried and tried, and you keep losing. Run!
I could see it in my kids’ eyes when I talked about that. You know, if you have lustful thoughts and typical things that teenage boys have, run, because you’re not going to beat this. You’re not going to win. We would talk about it fairly openly. Especially the two boys who are married are just so wholly committed to family and to marriage, and I’m sure the same will be true with our youngest.

2 Timothy : Chapter 2
20)  In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21)  Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22)  Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe.  For all other books…

About Sammy Tippit Ministries

STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
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