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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6 Reasons to Love Your Unrepentant Spouse

God and his Son defined and exemplified a compassionate, boundary-rich love for us, the same love a sexual addict’s spouse is compelled and empowered to have even for an unrepentant partner.

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?”

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.

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...

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.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep When Your Marriage is Broken by Sexual Sin

Getting a good night’s sleep in the wake of your spouse’s sexual sin is achievable with a few practical strategies and a renewed devotion to emotional intimacy with your First Husband—God.

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.

No One Ever Told Me My Christian Husband Could Be Unfaithful

The shattered dreams of infidelity in my Christian marriage created an opportunity for God to prove his faithfulness and for me to continue to be transformed.

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.

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.

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 Pain and Purpose of Infidelity Disclosure: Why Truth Really Does Set Us Free

While disclosure of sin in marriage can initially trigger enormous pain and shame, its power lies in freeing the truth so repentance, healing, unity, and growth can result.

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...

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...

Where Do We Get Our Worth?

When we seek our self-worth from other people, we are often replicating a pattern from our childhood. God calls us to please him and seek our worth from him so we can be healed and whole.

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.

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.

Diary of an Edge-a-phobic

God uses relationships, finances, and our health to challenge our fears and draw us to the edge of our faith where the blessings await us.

How Codependency Makes Idolaters of Us All

Codependency or idolatry can only be overcome when we are willing to face the fact that we have put something other than God on the throne of our lives.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

Thankful in the Midst of Painful Recovery

If we keep our eyes fixed on God, Jesus, and “things above”, we can find joy and thankfulness even in the worst of our pain and struggle in recovery.

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