In this inspiring four-minute video by Elevation Church, pureHOPE Charlotte Advisory Board members Chris and Sandra Pollard share their journey from bondage, betrayal, and distrust to hope, healing, and intimacy. Their story highlights the abundance of grace and mercy that God readily pours out upon couples who, like the Pollards, choose prayer, repentance, forgiveness, and resolve to fight for their marriage instead of just fighting in their marriage.
“It took getting me into all those closets, and into all those things that I had hidden, and just exposing them to the light of the Lord.” Chris Pollard
As we make final preparations for the Pursuing Purity Conference today at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, we thought it appropriate to highlight this post from our friends at Covenant Eyes. It features Darren and April Mabrey and their journey from porn, deception, and despair–while Darren was in seminary–to hope and redemption.
Along with listening to the interview with April and Darren, check out this short, compelling video describing Darren’s journey to honesty and healing.
“Every fiber in my being told me honesty was only going to make this worse.” D.M.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, Paul says that we are to be constantly in prayer: “Pray without ceasing . . . for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Earlier in his same letter to the faithful Thessalonian church, he states, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (4:3). In those two statements, you have a clear declaration of God’s will for our lives: that we prayerfully strive for the holiness of Jesus.
There can be no mistaking the will of God about prayer and purity, but perhaps we forget these basic truths, or perhaps we in our sinfulness do not know how to approach a holy God about our sexual purity. And it is probably the case that few of us have heard such prayers in our churches. So how do we learn to pray for purity?
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:34
…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:3-7
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5
At the NRB Convention this week in Nashville, pureHOPE’s Noel Bouché caught up with Steve Siler to discuss his Somebody’s Daughter project and the doors that are opening in the church and society to discuss the social costs of pornography and the hunger for freedom and redemption.
The highlight of our annual banquet was the amazing and inspiring story of redemption and restoration Shelley Lubben shared with the audience of almost four hundred. Living on the streets as a teenager, reduced to prostitution and stripping for survival, then caught in the abuse and exploitation of the porn industry for two years, Shelley was delivered from bondage by the love of Christ. Now married, a mother, and founder of the Pink Cross Foundation, Shelley brings hope and healing to women trapped in the sex industry and men caught in sexual addiction across the country.
Her story had the audience in tears, then grateful applause; it is a tale that embodies the power of the gospel. We are thankful for Shelley’s courage, for her grace, and for her friendship that we trust will be a strong partnership for many years to come.