"Return Home and Proclaim What God has Done for You"
"The man whom the demons had left begged to go with Jesus. But He sent him away, saying, 'Return home and tell how much God has done for you.' So the man went and proclaimed all over the town how much Jesus had done for him." Luke 8:38-39
Learn how God is using two recent Pure Life Ministries graduates who have returned home and are spreading the good news of freedom and life in Christ!
Before I went to Pure Life Ministries, I thought I knew what being a Christian meant. I was “OK”, because I said a prayer, was baptized (twice, actually), and was active in my church in Ft. Lauderdale, but the Lord knew who I really was in secret.
When I arrived at PLM, I met the Lord for the first time in a real way. He showed me how dark my heart was and that I was living a worldly life that was superficial and hypocritical. He began a work in me that has continued to this day.
In the fall of 2016, I reached out to our small group leader and asked if he knew of anyone that was struggling with sexual purity. The Lord has given me so much mercy, I wanted to do anything I could to come alongside others who needed help. I believed the Lord would bring people, if I was just willing to be used by Him, even if it was only one person. I prayed and then purchased 2 copies of At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry, and the Lord brought the men. The group started out small, but as I continued to walk with the men and pray, the Lord brought more men. In January of 2019, the Lord brought over 20 men to the group who were struggling. The Lord has now made our group into one of our church’s regular Care Group Ministries, and is continuing to change men’s lives.
Prior to the Residential Program at Pure Life Ministries, my life revolved totally around me, chasing money and using women. Yet I was so empty, even dead inside.
It all came to an end when my wife found a tablet that exposed my secret life. I decided enough was enough, and that I needed a radical change. That need led me to Pure Life Ministries’ Residential Program. God got to work right away, showing me how big He is and how big I thought I was. He taught me how to rely on Him, instead of myself. He taught me how to give instead of take, and most of all He restored our relationship!
After graduating and going home, I saw the great need within the church for men to be freed from sexual sin. I wanted them to experience the same freedom I now experience. The obvious choice was to use At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry DVD Curriculum. It has been a blessing to see the change in the hearts of the men attending each group as the Lord opened their eyes and hearts to see just how detrimental sexual sin is to our faith! Guys go from “My wife made me come” to “Wow, I really need this!” as they use the tools God gave us and learn the need to battle daily. The groups have remained relatively small, but it has allowed for some rather deep conversations and meaningful friendships to develop. We recently went to a church picnic, and one of the men from the very first group was there. He came up to me and shook my hand and with much sincerity, said: “Thanks again; I don’t know if I could have done it without you!” I told him: “I just pushed play; God did the rest!”
If these testimonies inspire you, please consider starting a small group using one of our resources!
At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry DVD Curriculum is designed with men’s groups in mind and addresses sexual sin head-on. Another great DVD resource is The Overcome Series. Our book i: the root of sin exposed zeros in on how pride is at the core of every sin issue, and it makes an excellent study for any believer. Click below to learn more and visit our online store.
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