Rapper Shares Testimony on Overcoming Porn Addiction

Gospel hip hop artist Jahaziel stumbled upon the perverse world of porn at age six, and was addicted throughout most of his teen years.  This story is one we unfortunately hear all too often, but thanks be to God in Christ Jesus who is an all-powerful Chain-Breaker!  Jahaziel found freedom in the grace of God and through working with United Kingdom’s Safetynet to tell his story, he hopes many more men and women will find that same redemption.  Check out his testimony and the music video below:

News & Notes This Week

Obama’s Special Remarks on Human Trafficking (Clinton Global Initiative)
Sex trafficking in the USA hits close to home (USA Today)
Hookup Culture Is Good for Women, and Other Feminist Myths
(Christianity Today)
Jada Pinkett Smith teams up with Sabre Holdings to fight human trafficking (Dallas Morning News)
Okla. woman shares human trafficking story (San Francisco Chronicle)
Traffic signals: Cues and clues indicating human trafficking operations (Police News)
Businesses fight human trafficking (CNN)
Jahaziel gets behind campaign against online porn (Christianity Today)
iPhone app makes ‘sexting’ easier (Click Orlando)

Women Struggle With Porn Too

Porn and masturbation.

Two things men are confessing to in droves.  Two things women, are becoming increasingly addicted to, yet keeping quiet about.  Porn is dominating the internet, making record sales in the form of erotic novels, and it’s attacking the minds of Christian women.

Rather than hiding that truth deeper and deeper in the silent darkness of their hearts, Shelley Hitz of Christian Women and Porn is courageously calling scared and ashamed women to walk in the light.  Her new book A Christian Woman’s Guide to Breaking Free From Pornography is a bold confession and expounds on Shelley’s personal battle with pornography and the redemptive and compassionate work of Christ.

In her introduction Shelley writes, “I decided to write this book because I know what if feels like to be caught in the trap of pornography as a Christian woman.  Yes, I have struggled with pornography.  It is not something that I am proud of, and to be honest, it is something that I wish never happened, but God is using this dark season from my past for His good.”

Today she is giving away free copies of the book on Amazon Kindle.  If you or someone you know is struggling, has struggled, or is ministering to women who struggle in this area, then click here to get your free copy!

Women, men, girls, and boys… we do not have to continure to succumb the enemy’s schemes.  He is the accuser of saints, “you’re too dirty to find freedom” he laughs.  “Come into the light, I’ve already paid for your freedom” our Savior whispers.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

Strategic Thinking With Josh McDowell and Friends

Yes, that is a chilling video.  Yes, sexual brokenness is a pervasive and painful issue. Yes, there is an attack on our youth just 1 click away.

But yes! There are ministries and individuals rising up, saying “Here am I, Lord” (Isaiah 6:8).

Yesterday some of our most respected ministry partners as well as other organizations from across the nation connected at a Strategic Thinking session hosted by Josh McDowell Ministry.  We discussed the greatest barriers to reaching people with gospel truth as it pertains to sexuality, and how to overcome those obstacles.  Among many practical ideas, there was resolute consensus that to be of any help in this arena, we must constantly receive Help from Christ and make accountability a priority – we need Him and each other (John 15:5, James 5:16).

Highlights from the day included a tangible sense of unity in the body of Christ, the sharing of innumerable resources, and a blanket of prayer from over 20 ministries to One Awesome God.  We are excited for the collaborative efforts sure to stem from yesterday’s event.  Know that this will deepen our well, from which we can draw more wisdom and engagement points to offer you.

News & Notes This Week

A Pastor’s Struggle With Sex and Porn Addiction (Huffington Post)
Sex addiction experts meet in S.A. (KSAT News)
ADDICTED: Aussie porn addicts watch porn ‘five hours a day’ (Herald Sun)
Parenting styles often colored by our own childhoods (Washington Post)
‘Sexting’ teens more likely to have actual sex, according to study (Deseret News)
Human trafficking discussion warns, ‘It does happen here’ (The Gazette)
Florida man convicted of sex trafficking for pimping 14-year-old girl in New Orleans area (The Times-Picayune)
The ‘Butner Study’ Redux: A Report of the Incidence of Hands-on Child Victimization by Child Pornography Offenders (CA K.I.D.S Coalition)
Economics 101: Porn creates demand, trafficking supplies the product (Baptist Standard)

EpicParent’s New eBook ‘Sex, Lust, & XXX’

EpicParent.tv is a friend of ours in ministry.  Founder Chris Spradlin is a dad who is all about “honest, on the edge, creative parenting.”  In his new eBook, Sex, Lust, & XXX you get just that.  Chris is gut-level honest about his own history and struggles, and he is not kidding around when he exhorts parents to really, truly go to war for their kids–

Chris writes, “It is our job–no, it is our great privilege–to guard, surround, protect, stand up for, and fight for our kids’ hearts.  Throughout this ebook, I’m going to share with you expansions on stories and ideas that I’ve written during the last couple of years. I am passionate about helping parents just like you cultivate purity in your family–even in this sex-saturated world.”

The ebook is absolutely free and holds nothing back.  The content ranges from media to the dreaded sex talk… make that talks… plural.  You can visit EpicParent.tv to download a free copy, and on your way you can check out this video from Spradlin’s son, Cole giving advice on how to follow-up with your kids after you begin talking to them about sex:

Notes From the Road (Purity Is a Struggle Everywhere)

We have had a busy and rewarding past week! Our team has traveled from a school in Ohio, to a church in North Carolina, to a church in Texas, to a country club in California.  We’ve interacted with parents, pastors, church leaders, women, men, 20 year olds to 80 year olds, law enforcement, and business professionals.

At Miami Valley Christian Academy, our Vice President, Noel Bouche and Director of Parenting Ministry, Dan Martin talked about s-e-x with parents and school officials.  They shared Biblical foundations and God’s compelling story and design of sex. Partnering with Covenant Eyes, they helped families put systems in place to navigate the ever-changing world of technology and the internet.

In North Carolina, Dave Brown, our Director of Counseling and Support, spoke at the Band of Brothers men’s conference for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Purity is not automatic for pastors and church leaders.  These courageous saints have to pursue purity like anyone else, with the hope of Christ and leading of the Spirit.  Dave shared with these men some equipment for the battle.

In Texas, we had the privilege to partner with Traffick Stop an initiative to educate, advocate, and engage people on the issues of human trafficking. Tomi Grover, founder of Traffick Stop, and Noel met with East Texas area men and women, pastors, law enforcement, and advocates to discuss the church’s response to the prevalence of sex trafficking, as well as the correlations to pornography, and the normalization of sexual exploitation and objectification.

Finally, Noel finishes our long week of traveling by touching down in Orange County tonight to bring the Word to the workplace!  The marketplace is arguably one of the most dangerous places for a man or woman of God on a pilgrimage of purity.  Business can take us miles away from home where secrets can creep and thrive, work can make us tired and susceptible to temptation, the office is often a cesspool of the secular and over-sexualized.  Men and women attending the Christian Leadership Business Forum will be strengthened in their resolve to pursue purity even during the nine to five daily grind.

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind, but a valuable thing we are reminded of this week: Folks, purity is a struggle everywhere — whether in Ohio or California, in school or in the office.  Be encouraged, you are not the only one battling.  You are not the only one with questions.  You are not the only one to act out in doubt that God’s design is actually best.  You are not the only one who has been hurt.  Our God sees.  And He is touching hearts and lives, healing wounds, redeeming impurities, setting His people on a trajectory of freedom and justice.  It has been truly humbling to be a part of His reach these past few days.  May His truth ripple out and multiply fruit in many lives– maybe even yours!

Let us know how we can encourage you! And hey, knowing that we’ll go just about anywhere, let us know if your church, or school, or fill-in-the-blank could use some of our resources and teachings at your next event.