Facts

Men admitting to accessing pornography at work-20%

U.S. adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites-40 million

Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in last week-53%

Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home-47%

Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction-10%

Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites is 72% male & 28% female

Internet Pornography Sales-$4.9 billion

Pornographic websites-4.2 million (12% of total websites)

Pornographic pages-420 million

Daily pornographic search engine requests-68 million (25% of total search engine requests)

Daily pornographic e-mails-2.5 billion (8% of total emails)

Internet users who view porn-42.7%

89% of porn is created in the U.S.

$2.84 billion in revenue was generated from U.S. porn sites in 2006

Over $3k a second is spent on porn worldwide.

72% of porn viewers are men.

260 new porn sites go online daily.

*Source: internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com

Identity And Audacity

Men, what’s your identity in Christ? Before you make one more choice in life, you need to be aware that you have an identity in Christ’embrace it, live it, and let it transform you from the inside out.

Think about an Olympic athlete. He’ll devote years of training to a ten-second sprint, a two-minute floor exercise, or a five-minute program in figure skating. Who he is and what he wants to become fuels the desire to sacrifice in training.

Or how about a virtuoso musician? Some men practice all their lives to perfect their instruments, knowing they might one day sit in a row with other musicians on a world-class stage and make a piece of music written perhaps centuries ago come alive. Being a musician is their identity.

Intuitively, we know that to perform anything at a high-level means we cannot have a divided heart. Yet many Christian men who understand what it takes to succeed in other arenas of life are far too content to go through life ignoring or paying little attention to who they are in Christ.

Why? There’s probably not a single, simple answer, but there is a common denominator in every person with a divided-heart: fear.

Men, if you’re in Christ, don’t let fear limit you. You’re a son of the King and an heir of all things. Go and be who God intended you to be!

Steve Arterburn