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Courting is to “intend oneself”

Courtship is the FIRST step toward marriage. If marriage isn’t the intent or a possibility, courtship shouldn’t ever be entertained. One should know BEFORE entering courtship whether or not marriage is intended — simply because that choice is so paramount so that one doesn’t enter into other sin as a result.

Courtship is NOT educational or recreational. Courtship is not for the purpose of getting to know someone.  If you don’t know them well enough to marry them, you likely don’t know them well enough to court them.

I Timothy 5:1–2 directs men to treat all young women to whom he is not intended as sisters, with absolute purity. During courtship the relationship between a man and his intended should be pure; but it is MUCH different than this directive (as his sisters). The dynamic of conversation, the physical connection (holding hands, extended eye contact, etc.) changes. One who enters into courtship with no intention of marriage defrauds the other. (To defraud another person is to stir up in them desires that cannot be righteously satisfied.) “A woman can defraud a man by the way that she dresses, talks, or acts. A man can defraud a woman by improper touching or by talking about a marital commitment that he is not able or intending to carry out.”

To engage in courtship is an agreement so big that the Bible addresses it many times. One example is: Joseph and Mary were not yet “legally married” when she became pregnant with Jesus; and the Bible tells us that in lieu of public disgrace he was going to “divorce her quietly.”

If courtship doesn’t lead to marriage one or both parties have defrauded the other. In the eyes of God, once you have entered courtship you are committed to the other party. The Bible defines affairs are when “one intended for another” entertains the company of an “outsider.” Matthew 5:28 takes this even further. When two individuals engage in courtship, they intend themselves for one another.

When one digs into scripture and really looks at original hebrew and greek this becomes overwhelmingly clear.




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Earlier this week, Isaac Kubvoruno posted the following on the Together 4 Ever page on Facebook.

“Adulterous Affairs Don’t Begin with Sleeping Together; they begin with inappropriate friendships. Friendship and emotional attachments with people of the opposite sex can spell danger for your marriage. Protect your marriage by avoiding private communications and intimate conversations with people of the opposite sex. Beware of workmates who seem too concerned with your personal private life; those that tell you “let me know if you need anything.” Beware of those that give you exaggerated and suggestive compliments about the way you look. Regardless of what is happening in your marriage don’t give the Devil a foothold in your marriage by falling victim to this trap. Let your workmates know there are things you won’t tolerate. Keep a healthy physical, social and emotional distance between you and people of the opposite sex.” 

How very close to home this hits in my walk.

Affairs are very real and you don’t have to be married to be the victim or participant. They don’t always include sex.  Affairs cause one’s “feelings” to do a 180 and are DANGEROUS!  The Bible clearly states that affairs of the heart are sin. You just simply NEVER ENTERTAIN THE NOTION!  Affairs start when one allows INAPPROPRIATE THOUGHTS or meddlers.

One should never discuss his/her relationship with anyone except the other party.  When you enter into courtship you enter into a covenant with your partner.  The situation, the point of contention, or miscommunication topic doesn’t matter.  The agreement you make when entering a courtship/marriage is paramount.  You agree to do things God’s way.  God’s way doesn’t involve your mother, your friend, or the local whore.  It involves the person to whom you intended yourself.  When your heart is hurting, you go to the person to whom you intended yourself and your heart.  You entertain all accounts of insecurity and fear to them alone.  When you entertain the words or time of an outsider, you entertain and are participating in an affair with them.  If you love the one to whom you are intended, don’t defraud them by seeking to fix the relationship or your insecurities from the outside.

As for a scriptural basis, Matthew 5:28 is just a starter… Porn is adultery, “entertaining the notion” (i.e. long conversation, “innocent dates,” friending on Facebook with ill intent, finding people from your past, becoming too interested, etc. is infidelity, adultery, affairs – period!

Furthermore, the Bible tells us you do not need to be married to participate in or be the victim of an affair.  Affairs occur when one or both parties are “intended for another.”

If it is done in secret, it is likely an affair.  That could be messaging, texting, phone calls, short conversations in the hall, group dates, dinner or free therapy.

Just in case you are wondering, God will never send you someone who is “intended for another.”  Why is it that some are unable to be respectful of others relationships?  Why is it that some cannot “do unto others.”   Affairs destroy people.  It will destroy the soul of the victim, and in the spirit of justification, it destroys the perspective and moral aptitude of those who participated in it.  If you have to defend a relationship and it’s inception.  It is an affair.  End of story. 




Colorado Christmas… in Craig!

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Not going to lie.  I LOVE WHAT I DO!  I always have.  What I love the most is the “presents” feeling I get when others photos are complete or their product arrives at my door.

In life, we have choices.  We need to choose to love what we do.  Enjoy it.  Revel in it.  Make it about others and we will all be winners.

Someday when I get to have another studio here, I am confident that one of these images will grace the face of what I do here.  Someday! :)

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May God continue to bless you, Cori and Family.  Thank you so much for blessing me.

I love you all, and your mama, too!




Craig, CO – Cross Country Runner to appear in this years fall musical, Grease.

The rumors may abound, and if you really want to know… ask! IMG_7539

This years MCHS production of Grease includes an amazing young Thespian – CMS, 8th grade student, Jeremy Looper.   As one of the five “T-Birds,” Jeremy showcases maturity, talent, and exceptional execution of theatre skill.  Musical and Theatrical Director, Ms. Wilcox states, “Jeremy was one of the most prepared young thespian ever to audition for me.  He was prepared in all areas:  Character development, understanding, musical execution and memorization.  He integrated text and subtext.  He has shown incredible commitment and drive.  I am both excited and proud to have him a member of this years’ cast.”

Personally, Jeremy is a lover of water, animals, and science; however he also acquired a love of theatre at a young age from both his sister and father.  He is an energetic soul with an amazing presence on and off the stage.   Having appeared in: A Christmas Carol, directed by Ronnie Smith at Black Mountain Theater, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by Daniel Mullens at MCHS, and The Sound of Music, directed by Heather Dahlberg at MCHS, his theatric résumé has incredible depth at such an early juncture in his journey. Jeremy also participates in Cross Country, Track, and Band at CMS.

At the end of his educational walk, it is Jeremy’s goal to be a marine biologist.   Jeremy is son of Randy and Cindy Looper of Craig, Colorado.

Congratulations, Jeremy – we cannot wait to see you do great things as “Doody” in this year’s MCHS Musical, Grease.

As the cast and crew are making record time designing and creating the set, choreographing large dance numbers and developing exciting additions to the creative process, we are excited to say thank you for ordering advanced tickets, block tickets, etc.  To do so, please visit http://www.moffattickets.org

Show times are:

 

November 21, 2013 – 7PM

November 22, 2013 – 7PM

November 23, 2013 – 2PM and 7PM

 




Craig, CO – Fall Musical has been Cast. Students to begin rehearsals this week.

Every fall Moffat County High School undertakes the annual Musical Project.  Without fail, contracts are signed, audition packets picked up, forms are generated, and we move forward like a band of soldiers to get things done.  This beast of a project happens each year.  The past few years MCHS has showcased:  “The Sound of Music,” “Footloose,” and “Guys and Dolls.”  The Production Team at MCHS in 2014 has many new faces and the theatre crew has many familiar faces.  Two of those faces are simply no strangers to the MCHS Theatre.  Caitlin Harjes and Derek Maiolo have been cast as Sandy and Danny in the iconic stage interpretation of “Grease.”

IMG_7584As the daughter of two veteran teachers, Caitlin brings a wealth of leadership and inherent coaching skills to this year’s production.   The magnitude of her theatre training was gained under the direction of Ms. Heather Dahlberg as Caitin was a part of every cast from the fall of 2010 to the present; however, it is noteworthy that Caitlin was accepted to perform/participate at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp during the summer of 2013.    As “Sandy,” Caitlin offers our community new insight into her heart and inner self as she portrays a shy young woman trying to figure out who she at her core.

IMG_7589-EditPursing West Coast Collegiate dreams, Derek is a 2x veteran of the Moffat County Stage.  He performed under the direction of Ms. Heather Dahlberg in “Guys and Dolls,” and “Rehearsal for Murder.”  As a “goat-trecker,” it is clear that Derek will bring additional skills and lighthearted reparte’ to rehearsal and production.  During his time at MCHS, Derek has remained active in Student Council, Key Club and Speech/Debate.  Playing the part of “Grease’s” “Danny,” the community will see Derek’s acting skill as well as some rock-solid vocals that are MUST SEE.

As the production team undertakes this iconic stage show, we are excited to say thank you for ordering advanced tickets, block tickets, etc.  To do so, please visit http://www.moffattickets.org

 

Show times are:

November 21, 2013 – 7PM

November 22, 2013 – 7PM

November 23, 2013 – 2PM and 7PM

 




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