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First Session--Homosexuality

The first session turned out very well. I told my story and we had a good discussion afterwards. What do we do about the homosexuals we love who need God but aren’t interested? Love them. They know where you stand, that you believe homosexual activity is wrong. What they need is to know is that they are loved. It is the Holy Spirit who will convict them at the right time. Let the Holy Spirit do his job.

Are homosexuals born that way? Well, the two sides have kind of squared off on this question, each firmly entrenched in their opinion and unwilling to budge, even if they are proven wrong. But in my opinion, it is a non-issue. The answer to the question is really irrelevant. Many people are born with problems that are less than God’s ideal. Does that mean God loves them less? Of course not! If a person is born with a genetic disposition to alcoholism, does that mean they have no choice but to become heavy drinkers? No!

The women seemed to appreciate the answers I gave and I think it gave them some understanding about the whole issue of homosexuality.

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DEBBIE HAUGHLAND CHAN
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

I'm married (35 years in December 2008) with four grown sons. I love my city (Winnipeg) and my country (Canada) and promote them both to whoever will listen. God (through Jesus Christ) is the biggest part of my life. I am learning to let him take control of all areas--though I do better at this some times more than others.

I have written a book that's recently been published about part of my journey with God. In it I tell how God confronted me with the same-sex attraction issues I've struggled with all my adult life and how he led me through them to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with him. God is amazing—his forgiveness, his love, his movement in our lives when we allow him and so much more. I suspect God will never run out of things to teach me or ways to make me grow and that’s a good thing (though often very painful).

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If you have read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. You may e-mail me at debbiehaughland@gmail.com or post them in the comments section below.

A Real Testimony
I finished your book. A real testimony to what God does for us.
Leona March 3, 2009
I Had Tears Coming

I sat down to read it about a week later and ended up finishing it the same night. At first I admit I was a little bored and thought that the whole book was about a battle all in your mind, but as I continued reading this creeping thought came over me of a different...struggle in my own life, that I would never in my right mind have shared with anyone accept maybe God. I've mentioned your book to a few people because it stirs up age-old controversies that I have myself argued and wondered about, namely about whether or not homosexuality can be cured or just managed like alcoholism--you just have to stay away from temptation. I noticed at the end of your book that your struggle story …