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How to Help Your Spouse Heal from Your Affair

How to Help Your Spouse Heal from Your Affair

November 23, 2021

My guest today is Linda MacDonald. She is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 30 years of counseling experience. She has written numerous books and articles and spoken on a wide range of topics related to marriage restoration. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys hiking and kayaking near her home in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Our conversation today centers around her book, entitled How to Help Your Spouse Heal from Your Affair. We begin by exploring the 5 options that the betraying spouse has in choosing what to do next after the affair. Then, we explore some of the 15 essential steps for repair, including healthy disclosure, rebuilding trust, responding to your spouse’s triggers, and changing your core character. For couples who want to rebuild after an affair, this book helps provide a solid road map for the betraying spouse.

To learn more about Linda and her resources, visit lindajmacdonald.com.

Book: How to Help Your Spouse Heal from Your Affair

Blog: Through a Wife's Eyes

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A Journey from Addiction and Control to Faith, Hope, and Love

A Journey from Addiction and Control to Faith, Hope, and Love

November 16, 2021

My guests today are Michael and Heather Norgren. They are the founders of Triggered.app. For much of his life, Michael struggled with an addiction that he couldn't seem to overcome. He tried counseling, pastoral support, recovery programs, bible studies, and conferences. In all of these environments, he learned the importance of vulnerability and reaching out for support when he was feeling triggered.

As a wife to a former addict, Heather is now able to use her story of betrayal to help others who are hurting from broken relationships. Throughout her journey, she has learned much about her own individual healing and how to come alongside someone struggling with addiction with healthy boundaries.

Michael uses his abilities of developing software to create tools to help people in their journey to healing. Heather is using her gifts and passions to connect with individuals, businesses, and ministries to find more effective ways to partner together to bring hope and healing to more people. Together, they use their story to bring God glory.

In today’s episode, Michael and Heather will share with us their story so that it might draw others out into the light of truth, grace, and a new life of joy and purpose.

Please check out their amazing one-click app to help you overcome addiction at Triggered.app.

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Breaking Free with Russell Willingham

Breaking Free with Russell Willingham

November 9, 2021

In 1999, I began my recovery from over 13 years of porn and sex addiction. One of the first books I read was Russell Willinghams’ foundational work, Breaking Free: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Healing Power of Jesus. To this day I am reaping the benefits of this resource. In fact, the name of our ministry, Be Broken, is due in large part because of chapter 9 in Breaking Free, entitled “The Courage to Be Broken.” 

Today’s guest is none other than Russell Willingham. Russell has worked full-time with sexually broken people since 1993. He oversees individual, couples and group counseling at New Creation Ministries in Fresno, California. He has spoken widely across the nation on issues related to sexual addiction, the healing process, marital intimacy and spiritual formation. 

In this episode, Russell shares insights from his 30+ years of experience to understand sexual brokenness strongholds and how we can be truly set free from such compulsions. He unpacks the goodness of our desires, the reality of the struggle with sexual temptation, and the practical application of God’s Word in experiencing freedom, peace, hope, and joy that comes from authentic community.

Learn more about Russell and his counseling ministry at NCMFresno.org.

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Finding Peace, Grace, and Jesus in Our Changing World

Finding Peace, Grace, and Jesus in Our Changing World

November 2, 2021

Can you relate to stress and anxiety in a constantly changing world? Do God’s promises of peace and joy still apply in the world today? How can you find real peace, grace, and Jesus in the midst of the chaos?

My guests on today’s program are Steve and Jamie Wiechman, founders of Breathe Life Ministries. They got married in 1998 and have four children. They have traveled through many peaks and valleys, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They bring answers and insights to the questions around stress and pain from a place of deep personal experience. 

Steve began ministry as a youth minister in Houston, TX and has served in pastoral ministry in four different churches in Texas. Jamie, after 10 years in the trenches as a pastor’s wife and home educator, obtained an Advanced Counseling Certificate through the Townsend Institute at Concordia University – Irvine, CA. God has captured their hearts for sharing the freedom of the Gospel with Christian leaders and their families. 

Steve currently serves as the Director of Strategy and Operations for Breath Life Ministries. Jamie currently serves as the Director of Ministry and Programs.

Learn more about Steve and Jamie and their ministry at BreatheLifeToday.com.

Helpful Book: Untangling Emotions by Groves and Smith

Blog: The Missing Connection to Healing

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Unoffendable: How Your Response to Criticism Affects Your Emotional Maturity

Unoffendable: How Your Response to Criticism Affects Your Emotional Maturity

October 26, 2021

The world seems to always be ready to criticize and complain. What happens when those criticisms and complaints are directed at you? How well do you respond? In this episode, Stephen and Jonathan unpack how our responses to verbal barbs affect (and measure) our emotional growth journey. Discover the path of grace and love that sets your heart free from being offended and offers others the hope of Jesus.

Book: Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better

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Help for Men: Men.Bebroken.com

Help for Women: Women.Bebroken.com

Help for Families: Family.Bebroken.com

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Out of the Dust: One Couple‘s Story of Radical Restoration

Out of the Dust: One Couple‘s Story of Radical Restoration

October 21, 2021
Chris and Steph were high school sweethearts who were "following all the steps that the typical southern church would have spelled out." They got married in college and everything seemed to be fine, even great. But Chris began to have doubts that didn't align with his view of faith. This episode is a conversation about Chris and Steph's journey through peaks and valleys related to faith, marriage (and divorce/remarriage), fear, freedom, and authentic community.

Learn more about Chris and Steph and their music at OutoftheDustMusic.com

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Reframing How the Church Views Sexual Purity

Reframing How the Church Views Sexual Purity

October 12, 2021

God calls his followers to live a life of sexual integrity (see 1 Thes. 4:1-8). Sometimes this is also stated in the phrase "sexual purity," which gets a lot of bad press -- even in the church. In this episode, our guest Jasper Hall, president of Pure Hope, helps us understand God's greater story of sex, how to reframe what it means to be "pure," and how we can better reflect the holiness and purity of Christ.

Learn more about Jasper and Pure Hope at PureHope.net.

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Parenting in a Sexualized Culture

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Join pastors, ministry leaders, and care givers in the sexual integrity movement at SexualIntegrityLeaders.com. (Next national Summit is April 28-30, 2022 in St. Louis. Mark your calendar!)

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Gateway to Freedom is Returning to Pennsylvania

Gateway to Freedom is Returning to Pennsylvania

October 8, 2021

Our ministry has entered a partnership with TFC Global that will allow us to bring the Gateway to Freedom 3-day workshop for men back to the northeastern United States in Pennsylvania. In this episode, we sit down with Derek Thompson, the director of Gateway to Freedom Foundation, to talk about this partnership and why this workshop is so critical for men who want to break free from any unwanted sexual behaviors.

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More resources for men: Men.Bebroken.com

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Overcoming the Fear that Lives in My Head

Overcoming the Fear that Lives in My Head

October 5, 2021

Fear is natural and fear can be good; it's a kind of warning system. But what happens when fear goes beyond a healthy warning system and traps your mind in a vicious cycle of shame? In this episode, we will help you identify and understand your fear(s) in a way that offers you hope and a new vision for how to overcome fear. If you would like help in navigating your fears and learning to overcome them with grace and truth, please contact us.

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Blog Post: Coward No More

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Porn, Technology, and Self-Control

Porn, Technology, and Self-Control

September 28, 2021

Jon Wilkes is a tech guy. He also struggled with porn. This is his story of how his struggle and skill set turned into an incredible tool to help individuals engage in self-control while online. In our conversation, we talk about the difference between accountability and self-control, some features of Jon's technology, and some positive and negative trends happening in the tech sphere.

To learn more about Jon and the resources he has built, visit Pluckeye.net.

Other Internet Filters and Monitors: https://filters.pluckeye.net/

If you are part of a tech company that would like to partner with Jon and Pluckeye, contact Jon.

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