Review: “Counterfeit Gods”

Review: “Counterfeit Gods”

Title: Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters Author: Timothy Keller First Edition (2009), 209 pages Review by Kim Pullen, September 2023 Chapter Titles: Introduction: The Idol Factory All You’ve Ever Wanted Love...

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The Tension Between: A Prayer

The Tension Between: A Prayer

Between the flash of lightning and the boom of thunder, Between the thrush’s call and the breach of dawn, Between the wave’s crest and the tip into the trough, Lord, help me cease striving.   Between the inhale’s apex and the exhale’s liberty, Between the surge...

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His Words Are All I Need

His Words Are All I Need

As powerful and impactful as human words were in the past and are today, each and every one of them pales in comparison to the power of THE Word.

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Secrets of the Heart

Secrets of the Heart

I greet each day resignedly,work and home and familyand living quite amicablywith secrets in my heart. They don’t obstruct my daily grind.They’re tucked in shadow in my mind,and rarely do I search to findthese secrets in my heart. But then life brings me full...

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What They Don’t Know Will Hurt Them

What They Don’t Know Will Hurt Them

This article is reprinted from The Institute of Sexual Health, "What They Don't Know Will Hurt Them: The Hidden Dangers of Sexual Secrets" by Dr. Omar Minwalla|When it comes to understanding the harm caused by cheating, infidelity, and deceptive sexuality or...

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Loving the Truth: Creating a Legacy of Integrity and Trust

Loving the Truth: Creating a Legacy of Integrity and Trust

Being truthful—I mean, really truthful—in any and every situation is hard. Of course, Jesus did it and, as his image bearers, so should we. But speaking the truth also got Jesus killed, so is it any wonder we sometimes have a love-hate relationship with embracing...

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Idolatry: Using God’s Word for Codependency

Idolatry: Using God’s Word for Codependency

The word codependency has a bad rep these days. Many psychologists think the word stigmatizes spouses of adulterers or sexual addicts who are already traumatized by their partners’ sins. Telling these victimized spouses they have a socially-transmitted “disease” is...

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Is God in Control?

Is God in Control?

At the most basic level, it is most certainly God who is in control, but does that equal control on all levels? Perhaps a better question is “What has God decided not to control?”

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A Perfection Worth Pursuing

When we understand the biblical definition of perfection is “mature in character”, we can stop pretending we have it all together and be vulnerable, allowing God to transform us into the image of Christ.

The Most Difficult Challenge in Healing from Sexual Betrayal

The most challenging part of healing from sexual betrayal is learning how to stop doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

What They Don’t Know Will Hurt Them

This article is reprinted from The Institute of Sexual Health, "What They Don't Know Will Hurt Them: The Hidden Dangers of Sexual Secrets" by Dr. Omar Minwalla|When it comes to understanding the harm caused by cheating, infidelity, and deceptive sexuality or...

Is God in Control?

At the most basic level, it is most certainly God who is in control, but does that equal control on all levels? Perhaps a better question is “What has God decided not to control?”

Why Suffering is a Fast-Pass to Deeper Intimacy with Jesus

Only when we reach the bottom of our pain threshold and share in Jesus’ suffering can we find, enjoy, and thrive in Christ as the fathomless treasure of wisdom, knowledge, and peace.

20 Resources to Intensify Your Intimacy with God

In the new year, getting the right mindset is a prerequisite for intensifying a good relationships with God or bringing a dying one back to life. These 20 resources can stoke the spark into a flame.

How Long Does It Take a Couple to Recover from Sexual Betrayal?

Sexually betrayed spouses can find peace, hope, security, and direction when they identify where they are in the big picture of the recovery process and make steady, upward progress.

Filled to the Brim with Spiritual Wisdom

When we choose to consistently drink deeply from God’s Word, we can use the Spirit’s ESP (Extra Spiritual Perception) to accurately discern what God’s will is for our life and marriage.

God’s Open Door to Daily Reconciliation and Intimacy

With distractions constantly bombarding those of us who seek to please God, we must be careful we don’t drift away but commit to a daily reconciliation and intimacy with our First Love.

Secrets of the Heart

I greet each day resignedly,work and home and familyand living quite amicablywith secrets in my heart. They don’t obstruct my daily grind.They’re tucked in shadow in my mind,and rarely do I search to findthese secrets in my heart. But then life brings me full...

Rescued When We Were At Our Worst

In a world addicted to the hero worship of other sinful people, we as Christians must set our sights on the only heroes worthy of our worship—God and his Son, Jesus Christ.

Remembering Our Spiritual Parents

Recalling those who shared the truth with us as well as those we’ve shared the gospel with empowers us to recall God’s love, faithfulness, and comfort even in our most painful moments.

Gospel of Hope: A Codependent in Colossians

Join us on a journey through Colossians as it speaks directly to the heart of codependents and the specific character challenges of those who recognize their codependency, or as the Bible calls it, idolatry.

Idolatry: Using God’s Word for Codependency

The word codependency has a bad rep these days. Many psychologists think the word stigmatizes spouses of adulterers or sexual addicts who are already traumatized by their partners’ sins. Telling these victimized spouses they have a socially-transmitted “disease” is...

Patiently Enduring You and Your Spouse’s Recovery

Seeking strength from God’s infinite power and faithfulness rather than looking to ourselves to be strong is the only way we can patiently endure the trials of this life.

5 Steps to Get Out of the Way of Your Spouse’s Addiction Recovery

When our spouse is addicted to sexual sin, the most loving thing we can do for them and ourselves is to shut up, get out of the way, focus on our own healing, and let God work.

Healing Separately Let Us Re-Build Together

Only when a man and woman are complete in God—emotionally, spiritually, and physically—can each complement the other and build a healthy, intimate marriage that weathers the inevitable storms of life.

Putting Your Faith Where Your Mouth Is in Recovery

Having faith in God in the midst of the storm of a spouse’s sexual betrayal and recovery requires more than belief in Jesus. It requires action.

Enough

A fairy tale about divine worthiness and being “enough” because the Father made us worthy by the Son.

3 Ways Recycling Pain Helps You Heal from Sexual Sin in Marriage

Recycling our pain to help others traumatized by sexual sin enables us see our own situation with fresh eyes, grants us a new perspective on recovery, and propels us forward on your journey toward healing.

Knowing God Intimately

We grow in our knowledge of God not just by studying the Bible, but by engaging and connecting with God with our most vulnerable self.

What Is An Idol of the Heart?

We may not think of ourselves as idol worshipers, but when we allow other things to take God’s rightful place, we set up idols in our heart.

Chains: An Alternative Look at the Passion of Christ

There was one dark witness at the cross the Bible doesn't talk about.  The crowd was chanting and screaming, clawing at the early morning air. Their sandaled feet stamped the dusty street like cattle preparing for a mindless stampede. Earthy brown tunics flapped the...

The Tension Between: A Prayer

Between the flash of lightning and the boom of thunder, Between the thrush’s call and the breach of dawn, Between the wave’s crest and the tip into the trough, Lord, help me cease striving.   Between the inhale’s apex and the exhale’s liberty, Between the surge...

Recognizing Repentance in a Sexually-Addicted Spouse

To recognize real repentance and its subsequent transforming process, we need to use the Bible as a standard and the scriptural definition of godly sorrow.

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