The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 195 - Dirty Girls with Crystal Renaud Day - Part 2

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Do you think guys are the only ones that struggle with watching internet porn?

Think again!

Do you think guys are the only ones that struggle with sex addiction?

Think again.

Crystal Renaud Day is the founder and director of Dirty Girls Ministry.  Crystal became involved with pornography when she was 10 years old... and this led to a porn addiction... and a sex addiction... that lasted for years.  Crystal thought she was the only woman who struggled with these issues... because whenever she heard it talked about at church... the message was always geared toward the men.  After many years of struggle and shame... Crystal met another woman who had also been a sex addict... but who had found freedom and healing through Christ.  When Crystal heard this woman's story... and with this woman's help... Crystal began her journey of hope and healing.  

Crystal has an amazing story... and she's living proof that God can heal and redeem women who are struggling with porn and sex addiction.

When you listen to this episode you might be shocked to learn how many Christian women are struggling with porn and sex addiction.  

Crystal holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling: Life Coaching from Liberty University and eight certifications in counseling and coaching specialties from the American Association of Christian Counselors. 

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, CNN, Christianity Today, The 700 Club, Outreach Magazine, and more. Her books include Dirty Girls Come Clean (2011, Moody Publishers), 90 Days to Wholeness (2014, self-published), and Dating on Purpose (coming soon). Crystal resides in Kansas with her husband Tim and their adorably annoying dogs.

For more information visit:

dgmcommunity.com

Posted on October 21, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 194 - Dirty Girls with Crystal Renaud Day - Part 1

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Do you think guys are the only ones that struggle with watching internet porn?

Think again!

Do you think guys are the only ones that struggle with sex addiction?

Think again.

Crystal Renaud Day is the founder and director of Dirty Girls Ministry.  Crystal became involved with pornography when she was 10 years old... and this led to a porn addiction... and a sex addiction... that lasted for years.  Crystal thought she was the only woman who struggled with these issues... because whenever she heard it talked about at church... the message was always geared toward the men.  After many years of struggle and shame... Crystal met another woman who had also been a sex addict... but who had found freedom and healing through Christ.  When Crystal heard this woman's story... and with this woman's help... Crystal began her journey of hope and healing.  

Crystal has an amazing story... and she's living proof that God can heal and redeem women who are struggling with porn and sex addiction.

When you listen to this episode you might be shocked to learn how many Christian women are struggling with porn and sex addiction.  

Crystal holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling: Life Coaching from Liberty University and eight certifications in counseling and coaching specialties from the American Association of Christian Counselors. 

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, CNN, Christianity Today, The 700 Club, Outreach Magazine, and more. Her books include Dirty Girls Come Clean (2011, Moody Publishers), 90 Days to Wholeness (2014, self-published), and Dating on Purpose (coming soon). Crystal resides in Kansas with her husband Tim and their adorably annoying dogs.

For more information visit:

dgmcommunity.com

Posted on October 14, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 193 - Approving The Will of God - Part 2

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Every single day you "test, examine, and scrutinize" different situations in your life in order to determine what might be the appropriate course of action.

For example...

  • If you were going to go ice skating on a country pond... you would test and examine the ice... to make sure it was thick enough to safely hold your weight before you would fully commit yourself to the ice.

  • If you were going to take a bath... you would "test" the temperature of the water to make sure it wasn't scalding hot before you would sit down in the bath tub.

  • If you were going on a trip that was going to take you a couple hours of drive time... you would double check your gas level to make sure have enough gas to arrive safely at your destination.

In much the same way... the Apostle Paul encourages us to "test and approve" the will of God for our lives.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2

When it comes to sexual temptation... over and over again we will bump into situations in our lives... and we will need to "test, examine, and scrutinize" what's before us in the attempt to discern the will of God.

For example...

  • A woman at work has been overtly friendly and flirtatious with you... and she then invites you to meet her one evening for a drink.

  • You're invited to your cousin's bachelor party... and from what you know of your cousin you're pretty sure the party is going to involve strip clubs and prostitutes.

  • You discover a bunch of pornographic magazines in a particular restroom at your job. Now each time you need to use the restroom... you have to decide which restroom you're going to use - the one that contains the porn... or the one that doesn't have any porn.

In each of these situations... and many more like them that can occur in your life at any time... you better have the ability to "test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will".

In this episode... and the next...Tony explores what it means to "test and approve" the will of God for your life.

Posted on October 7, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 192 - Approving The Will of God - Part 1

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Every single day you "test, examine, and scrutinize" different situations in your life in order to determine what might be the appropriate course of action.

For example...

  • If you were going to go ice skating on a country pond... you would test and examine the ice... to make sure it was thick enough to safely hold your weight before you would fully commit yourself to the ice.

  • If you were going to take a bath... you would "test" the temperature of the water to make sure it wasn't scalding hot before you would sit down in the bath tub.

  • If you were going on a trip that was going to take you a couple hours of drive time... you would double check your gas level to make sure have enough gas to arrive safely at your destination.

In much the same way... the Apostle Paul encourages us to "test and approve" the will of God for our lives.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2

When it comes to sexual temptation... over and over again we will bump into situations in our lives... and we will need to "test, examine, and scrutinize" what's before us in the attempt to discern the will of God.

For example...

  • A woman at work has been overtly friendly and flirtatious with you... and she then invites you to meet her one evening for a drink.

  • You're invited to your cousin's bachelor party... and from what you know of your cousin you're pretty sure the party is going to involve strip clubs and prostitutes.

  • You discover a bunch of pornographic magazines in a particular restroom at your job. Now each time you need to use the restroom... you have to decide which restroom you're going to use - the one that contains the porn... or the one that doesn't have any porn.

In each of these situations... and many more like them that can occur in your life at any time... you better have the ability to "test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will".

In this episode... and the next...Tony explores what it means to "test and approve" the will of God for your life.

Posted on September 30, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 191 - Willow Tree with Charlotte Carrender - Part 5

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Charlotte Carrender has an amazing story!

In this interview she shares the story of her 21 year marriage to Ken... and what it was like for her to be married to a man who was struggling with a sexual addiction that escalated over the years... eventually leading to the end of the marriage.

What should a wife do... when she catches her husband using pornography... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband promises he'll never do it again... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband lies to her... over and over again?

What should a wife do... if her husband's sexual addiction is getting worse and worse over time?

For many years Charlotte was codependent with her husband's addiction... and therefore participated in the dysfunctional cycle that defined their life and marriage for so long.  But eventually Charlotte joined a support group for women... and through that support group she began to grow as an individual... and find the resources she needed to become a healthier person... despite her husband's ongoing sexual addiction.  

Eventually the marriage came to an end... but because of everything she had been through for so many years... Charlotte had a heart to help other women who have been hurt and betrayed by their husband's sexual infidelity.  She therefore became a woman's support group leader... and has now been leading women's support groups for the past eight years!

Then... through a series of events... which they believe was providential... Tony and Charlotte met one another... and as they talked and prayed... Charlotte felt led to join with Tony so she could begin leading Power of Purity Women's Support Groups... which are called Willow Tree Groups.

Women who are struggling in a troubled marriage can find great insights and encouragement from Charlotte's story... and men can find great insights and understanding from a female point of view.

Be blessed as you hear this amazing story!

In this final episode of her series Charlotte shares with us the important lessons God taught her through all that she has been through!

For more information about Willow Tree... click here... 

https://powerofpurity.org/womens-group

Posted on September 23, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 190 - Willow Tree with Charlotte Carrender - Part 4

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Charlotte Carrender has an amazing story!

In this interview she shares the story of her 21 year marriage to Ken... and what it was like for her to be married to a man who was struggling with a sexual addiction that escalated over the years... eventually leading to the end of the marriage.

What should a wife do... when she catches her husband using pornography... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband promises he'll never do it again... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband lies to her... over and over again?

What should a wife do... if her husband's sexual addiction is getting worse and worse over time?

For many years Charlotte was codependent with her husband's addiction... and therefore participated in the dysfunctional cycle that defined their life and marriage for so long.  But eventually Charlotte joined a support group for women... and through that support group she began to grow as an individual... and find the resources she needed to become a healthier person... despite her husband's ongoing sexual addiction.  

Eventually the marriage came to an end... but because of everything she had been through for so many years... Charlotte had a heart to help other women who have been hurt and betrayed by their husband's sexual infidelity.  She therefore became a woman's support group leader... and has now been leading women's support groups for the past eight years!

Then... through a series of events... which they believe was providential... Tony and Charlotte met one another... and as they talked and prayed... Charlotte felt led to join with Tony so she could begin leading Power of Purity Women's Support Groups... which are called Willow Tree Groups.

Women who are struggling in a troubled marriage can find great insights and encouragement from Charlotte's story... and men can find great insights and understanding from a female point of view.

Be blessed as you hear this amazing story!

For more information about Willow Tree... click here... 

https://powerofpurity.org/womens-group

Posted on September 16, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 189 - Willow Tree with Charlotte Carrender - Part 3

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Charlotte Carrender has an amazing story!

In this interview she shares the story of her 21 year marriage to Ken... and what it was like for her to be married to a man who was struggling with a sexual addiction that escalated over the years... eventually leading to the end of the marriage.

What should a wife do... when she catches her husband using pornography... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband promises he'll never do it again... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband lies to her... over and over again?

What should a wife do... if her husband's sexual addiction is getting worse and worse over time?

For many years Charlotte was codependent with her husband's addiction... and therefore participated in the dysfunctional cycle that defined their life and marriage for so long.  But eventually Charlotte joined a support group for women... and through that support group she began to grow as an individual... and find the resources she needed to become a healthier person... despite her husband's ongoing sexual addiction.  

Eventually the marriage came to an end... but because of everything she had been through for so many years... Charlotte had a heart to help other women who have been hurt and betrayed by their husband's sexual infidelity.  She therefore became a woman's support group leader... and has now been leading women's support groups for the past eight years!

Then... through a series of events... which they believe was providential... Tony and Charlotte met one another... and as they talked and prayed... Charlotte felt led to join with Tony so she could begin leading Power of Purity Women's Support Groups... which are called Willow Tree Groups.

Women who are struggling in a troubled marriage can find great insights and encouragement from Charlotte's story... and men can find great insights and understanding from a female point of view.

Be blessed as you hear this amazing story!

For more information about Willow Tree... click here... 

https://powerofpurity.org/womens-group

Posted on September 9, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 188 - Willow Tree with Charlotte Carrender - Part 2

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Charlotte Carrender has an amazing story!

In this interview she shares the story of her 21 year marriage to Ken... and what it was like for her to be married to a man who was struggling with a sexual addiction that escalated over the years... eventually leading to the end of the marriage.

What should a wife do... when she catches her husband using pornography... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband promises he'll never do it again... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband lies to her... over and over again?

What should a wife do... if her husband's sexual addiction is getting worse and worse over time?

For many years Charlotte was codependent with her husband's addiction... and therefore participated in the dysfunctional cycle that defined their life and marriage for so long.  But eventually Charlotte joined a support group for women... and through that support group she began to grow as an individual... and find the resources she needed to become a healthier person... despite her husband's ongoing sexual addiction.  

Eventually the marriage came to an end... but because of everything she had been through for so many years... Charlotte had a heart to help other women who have been hurt and betrayed by their husband's sexual infidelity.  She therefore became a woman's support group leader... and has now been leading women's support groups for the past eight years!

Then... through a series of events... which they believe was providential... Tony and Charlotte met one another... and as they talked and prayed... Charlotte felt led to join with Tony so she could begin leading Power of Purity Women's Support Groups... which are called Willow Tree Groups.

Women who are struggling in a troubled marriage can find great insights and encouragement from Charlotte's story... and men can find great insights and understanding from a female point of view.

Be blessed as you hear this amazing story!

For more information about Willow Tree... click here... 

https://powerofpurity.org/womens-group

Posted on September 2, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 187 - Willow Tree with Charlotte Carrender - Part 1

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Charlotte Carrender has an amazing story!

In this interview she shares the story of her 21 year marriage... and what it was like for her to be married to a man who was struggling with a sexual addiction that escalated over the years... eventually leading to the end of the marriage.

What should a wife do... when she catches her husband using pornography... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband promises he'll never do it again... over and over again?

What should a wife do... when her husband lies to her... over and over again?

What should a wife do... if her husband's sexual addiction is getting worse and worse over time?

For many years Charlotte was codependent with her husband's addiction... and therefore participated in the dysfunctional cycle that defined their life and marriage for so long.  But eventually Charlotte joined a support group for women... and through that support group she began to grow as an individual... and find the resources she needed to become a healthier person... despite her husband's ongoing sexual addiction.  

Eventually the marriage came to an end... but because of everything she had been through for so many years... Charlotte had a heart to help other women who have been hurt and betrayed by their husband's sexual infidelity.  She therefore became a woman's support group leader... and has now been leading women's support groups for the past eight years!

Then... through a series of events... which they believe was providential... Tony and Charlotte met one another... and as they talked and prayed... Charlotte felt led to join with Tony so she could begin leading Power of Purity Women's Support Groups... which are called Willow Tree Groups.

Women who are struggling in a troubled marriage can find great insights and encouragement from Charlotte's story... and men can find great insights and understanding from a female point of view.

Be blessed as you hear this amazing story!

For more information about Willow Tree... click here... 

https://powerofpurity.org/womens-group

Posted on August 26, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 186 - BioBalance Health with Dr. Kathy Maupin - Part 2

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As we've already identified on The Power of Purity Podcast... a very serious problem that many couples struggle with is when there's a significant disparity in the level of sexual desire between the two partners.  

What should a couple do when one person is highly sexed... and the other person has little to no sexual desire or appetite?

One of the primary reasons people struggle with diminished sexual desire is because of what's happening organically within their physical body.  If a person's hormone levels are out of balance it canand willradically effect their life in many ways... including their daily motivation in life... their level of energy... their overall attitude... their sense of well being... their physical health... and their sexual desire and appetite.  And this is exactly how Dr. Kathy Maupin helps so many people achieve higher levels of success... happiness... and wholeness in their lives.

Dr. Kathy Maupin is a leading expert in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and in treating the symptoms of aging.  She is also the author of “The Secret Female Hormone“, the seminal work about hormone replacement therapy for women.

The headquarters for BioBalance Health is located in St. Louis MO, with offices in Kansas City MO, and Pasadena, CA.  People travel from all over the United States and several other countries to become a BioBalance Health patient.  Dr. Maupin and her staff are dedicated to providing personalized care and have extensive knowledge in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women.

Dr. Kathy has written 2 books... including one book for women and one book for men.

The Secret Female Hormone- How Testosterone Replacement Can Change Your Life

Got Testosterone?- Men - Return To The Sexier, Smarter, and Stronger You!

On a personal note...

As the host of The Power of Purity Podcast... Dr. Kathy contributed in a significant way to the healing journey of my relationship and marriage... and I highly recommend Dr. Kathy and BioBalance Health to any person who might be struggling with diminished sexual desire in any way. Tony Ingrassia

You will be blessed by this fascinating interview! 

For more information about Dr. Kathy Maupin...

https://www.biobalancehealth.com

Posted on August 19, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 185 - BioBalance Health with Dr. Kathy Maupin - Part 1

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As we've already identified on The Power of Purity Podcast... a very serious problem that many couples struggle with is when there's a significant disparity in the level of sexual desire between the two partners.  

What should a couple do when one person is highly sexed... and the other person has little to no sexual desire or appetite?

One of the primary reasons people struggle with diminished sexual desire is because of what's happening organically within their physical body.  If a person's hormone levels are out of balance it can and will radically effect their life in many ways... including their daily motivation in life... their level of energy... their overall attitude... their sense of well being... their physical health... and their sexual desire and appetite.  And this is exactly how Dr. Kathy Maupin helps so many people achieve higher levels of success... happiness... and wholeness in their lives.

Dr. Kathy Maupin is a leading expert in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and in treating the symptoms of aging.  She is also the author of “The Secret Female Hormone“, the seminal work about hormone replacement therapy for women.

The headquarters for BioBalance Health is located in St. Louis MO, with offices in Kansas City MO, and Pasadena, CA.  People travel from all over the United States and several other countries to become a BioBalance Health patient.  Dr. Maupin and her staff are dedicated to providing personalized care and have extensive knowledge in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for both men and women.

Dr. Kathy has written 2 books... including one book for women and one book for men.

The Secret Female Hormone- How Testosterone Replacement Can Change Your Life

Got Testosterone?- Men - Return To The Sexier, Smarter, and Stronger You!

On a personal note...

As the host of The Power of Purity Podcast... Dr. Kathy contributed in a significant way to the healing journey of my relationship and marriage... and I highly recommend Dr. Kathy and BioBalance Health to any person who might be struggling with diminished sexual desire in any way. Tony Ingrassia

You will be blessed by this fascinating interview! 

For more information about Dr. Kathy Maupin...

https://www.biobalancehealth.com

Posted on August 12, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 184 - Faithful & True with Dr. Mark Laaser - Part 2

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Dr. Mark Laaser, M.Div.,Ph.D. and Debbie Laaser, MA, LMFT began their journey in the field of sexual addiction in 1987, when Mark was intervened on for his own sexual addiction. After completing in-patient treatment and early intensive counseling, Mark began working with Dr. Patrick Carnes, the founder of the field of sexual addiction, at Golden Valley Health Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota. This work led to the publication of his first book that was called The Secret Sin,then renamed Faithful & True,  which has been revised and is now titled, Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction, in its 19th printing.

In 1992, Mark left Golden Valley and, together with his wife, Debbie, founded Mark Laaser Consulting, which was later renamed Faithful and True Ministries. Mark began to travel around the country speaking, teaching, and consulting with various hospitals and organizations. This work led to the publication of seven more books, including Talking to Your Kids About Sexand The Pornography Trap.

Dr. Mark’s original counseling practice was opened in 1995, and steadily grew to become a full-time practice serving sexually broken men. In 2000, the Laaser's began support groups for men, their spouses and couples. In 2004, Debbie Laaser transitioned from the company that she had owned for 20 years and began working full-time with Mark at their counseling center.

In May of 2005, Mark and Debbie Laaser moved into their counseling center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Additional therapists have joined them at Faithful & True, offering counseling services for individuals and couples. Faithful & True’s serene environment offers a safe place for gentle, effective healing and growth – a vision of the Laasers for many years.

 Dr. Laaser offers intensive workshops for men, their spouses and couples that are widely considered “life changing” by those who attend. Faithful & True is transforming lives, rebuilding trust in relationships, and leading the way in Christian treatment of the modern day epidemic known as sexual addiction.

Posted on August 5, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 183 - Faithful & True with Dr. Mark Laaser - Part 1

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Dr. Mark Laaser, M.Div.,Ph.D. and Debbie Laaser, MA, LMFT began their journey in the field of sexual addiction in 1987, when Mark was intervened on for his own sexual addiction. After completing in-patient treatment and early intensive counseling, Mark began working with Dr. Patrick Carnes, the founder of the field of sexual addiction, at Golden Valley Health Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota. This work led to the publication of his first book that was called The Secret Sin,then renamed Faithful & True,  which has been revised and is now titled, Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction, in its 19th printing.

In 1992, Mark left Golden Valley and, together with his wife, Debbie, founded Mark Laaser Consulting, which was later renamed Faithful and True Ministries. Mark began to travel around the country speaking, teaching, and consulting with various hospitals and organizations. This work led to the publication of seven more books, including Talking to Your Kids About Sexand The Pornography Trap.

Dr. Mark’s original counseling practice was opened in 1995, and steadily grew to become a full-time practice serving sexually broken men. In 2000, the Laasers began support groups for men, their spouses and couples. In 2004, Debbie Laaser transitioned from the company that she had owned for 20 years and began working full-time with Mark at their counseling center.

In May of 2005, Mark and Debbie Laaser moved into their counseling center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Additional therapists have joined them at Faithful & True, offering counseling services for individuals and couples. Faithful & True’s serene environment offers a safe place for gentle, effective healing and growth – a vision of the Laasers for many years.

Dr. Laaser offers intensive workshops for men, their spouses and couples that are widely considered “life changing” by those who attend. Faithful & True is transforming lives, rebuilding trust in relationships, and leading the way in Christian treatment of the modern day epidemic known as sexual addiction.

Posted on July 29, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 182 - Unwanted Sexual Behavior with Jay Stringer - Part 2

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Jay Stringer is a licensed mental health counselor, ordained minister, and nationally requested speaker on the subject of unwanted sexual behavior (i.e., extra-marital affairs, pornography, buying sex, and others).

Based in Seattle, Jay has spent the last decade on the frontlines of demand for sexual exploitation and pornography. Jay’s clinical work guides men and women to find freedom from unwanted sexual behavior through inviting them to identify the unique reasons that bring them to it. In addition to his therapy practice and frequent speaking engagements, Jay is also a lecturer for the City of Seattle’s “john school,” a program designed for men who have been arrested for soliciting prostitution.

Jay Stringer’s first book, Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing, is based on a multiyear research project into the stories of 3,800 men and women to address the key drivers of unwanted sexual behavior, why people remain in a place of shame, and the journey towards a new sexual story. 

Jay holds an MDiv and master in counseling psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and received post-graduate training under Dr. Patrick Carnes and Dr. Dan Allender while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Allender Center.

In this episode and the last, Tony and Jay discuss... among other topics...

(1) how people end up in sexual addiction

(2) why they stay in their sexual addiction

(3) how to get out of sexual addiction

Be blessed as you listen to this important interview with Jay Stringer!

Posted on July 22, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 181 - Unwanted Sexual Behavior with Jay Stringer - Part 1

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Jay Stringer is a licensed mental health counselor, ordained minister, and nationally requested speaker on the subject of unwanted sexual behavior (i.e., extra-marital affairs, pornography, buying sex, and others).

Based in Seattle, Jay has spent the last decade on the frontlines of demand for sexual exploitation and pornography. Jay’s clinical work guides men and women to find freedom from unwanted sexual behavior through inviting them to identify the unique reasons that bring them to it. In addition to his therapy practice and frequent speaking engagements, Jay is also a lecturer for the City of Seattle’s “john school,” a program designed for men who have been arrested for soliciting prostitution.

Jay Stringer’s first book, Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing, is based on a multiyear research project into the stories of 3,800 men and women to address the key drivers of unwanted sexual behavior, why people remain in a place of shame, and the journey towards a new sexual story. 

Jay holds an MDiv and master in counseling psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and received post-graduate training under Dr. Patrick Carnes and Dr. Dan Allender while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Allender Center.

In this episode and the next, Tony and Jay discuss... among other topics...

(1) how people end up in sexual addiction

(2) why they stay in their sexual addiction

(3) how to get out of sexual addiction

Be blessed as you listen to this important interview with Jay Stringer!

Posted on July 15, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 180 - Bravehearts with Michael Leahy - Part 2

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Michael Leahy is an expert in the areas of pornography, sexual addiction, and recovery... and he's the Founder & CEO of BRAVEHEARTS... which is a faith based, mentoring centric ministry.

Prior to founding BRAVEHEARTS, Michael spent twenty years in sales and sales management positions with technology firms such as IBM, Unisys and NEC.  But then his thirty-year relationship with pornography escalated into a full-blown sexual addiction that eventually cost him his marriage and family, a business partnership, countless relationships, and his reputation.

When Michael finally hit rock bottom, and was preparing to put a pistol in his mouth to end it all, he was trying to figure out what to say to his sons in the suicide note that he would leave behind.  It was only then he was shocked to realize the enormous price that pornography and sexual addiction had extracted from his life.

That dark place helped him realize his desperate need for God, and he then began the difficult but redemptive process of his healing journey. 

Eventually Michael founded BRAVEHEARTS, which is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to lead people from sexual brokenness and sexual addiction to freedom in Christ.

Michael has written 5 books, including... Porn Nation - Conquering America's # 1 Addiction... and has made many media appearances as an expert on the issues of pornography, sexual addiction, and recovery, including 20/20, The View, CNN, CNBC, the BBC, and The 700 Club.

Michael's story is another amazing example of the powerful grace, mercy, and redemption of God!

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. John 8:32 

Posted on July 8, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 179 - Bravehearts with Michael Leahy - Part 1

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Michael Leahy is an expert in the areas of pornography, sexual addiction, and recovery... and he's the Founder & CEO of BRAVEHEARTS... which is a faith based, mentoring centric ministry.

Prior to founding BRAVEHEARTS, Michael spent twenty years in sales and sales management positions with technology firms such as IBM, Unisys and NEC.  But then his thirty-year relationship with pornography escalated into a full-blown sexual addiction that eventually cost him his marriage and family, a business partnership, countless relationships, and his reputation.

When Michael finally hit rock bottom, and was preparing to put a pistol in his mouth to end it all, he was trying to figure out what to say to his sons in the suicide note that he would leave behind.  It was only then he was shocked to realize the enormous price that pornography and sexual addiction had extracted from his life.

That dark place helped him realize his desperate need for God, and he then began the difficult but redemptive process of his healing journey. 

Eventually Michael founded BRAVEHEARTS, which is a faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to lead people from sexual brokenness and sexual addiction to freedom in Christ.

Michael has written 5 books, including... Porn Nation - Conquering America's # 1 Addiction... and has made many media appearances as an expert on the issues of pornography, sexual addiction, and recovery, including 20/20, The View, CNN, CNBC, the BBC, and The 700 Club.

Michael's story is another amazing example of the powerful grace, mercy, and redemption of God!

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. John 8:32 

Posted on July 2, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 178 - 4 Bible Passages That Prove You CAN Change - Part 2

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The devil has a very powerful lie that he wants to embed in your heart and mind... and that lie is this...

I CAN'T CHANGE!

The enemy is very shrewd... and he knows that if he can get you to believe this lie... that he will have you right where he wants you.

The reason for this is because... if you believe this lie... you will essentially GIVE UP even trying to change.

And this is a trick the enemy has used... and is using... to defeat so many Christian men... as he relegates them from their status at a "WARRIOR POET" in the Kingdom of God... to the status of a "P.O.W." (PRISONER OF WAR). 

Dude!  You got to shake this lie off your life and soul!

You can't let the devil continue to rip you off... the way he's been ripping you off through the power of this lie!

Jesus said... "The truth will set you free." John 8:32

And the truth is this...

YOU CAN CHANGE!

Or said another way...

YOU CAN STOP LOOKING AT PORN!

YOU CAN LEARN TO CONTROL SEX INSTEAD OF BEING CONTROLLED BY SEX!

YOU CAN LEARN TO HONOR GOD WITH THE EXPRESSION OF YOUR SEXUAL GIFT!

YOU CAN BE A WHITE GLOVE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MUD PUDDLE AND NOT GET THE MUD ALL OVER YOU!

In this episode Tony continues to share 4 bible passages that PROVE you CAN change!

Posted on June 24, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 177 - 4 Bible Passages That Prove You CAN Change - Part 1

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The devil has a very powerful lie that he wants to embed in your heart and mind... and that lie is this...

I CAN'T CHANGE!

The enemy is very shrewd... and he knows that if he can get you to believe this lie... that he will have you right where he wants you.

The reason for this is because... if you believe this lie... you will essentially GIVE UP even trying to change.

And this is a trick the enemy has used... and is using... to defeat so many Christian men... as he relegates them from their status at a "WARRIOR POET" in the Kingdom of God... to the status of a "P.O.W." (PRISONER OF WAR). 

Dude!  You got to shake this lie off your life and soul!

You can't let the devil continue to rip you off... the way he's been ripping you off through the power of this lie!

Jesus said... "The truth will set you free." John 8:32

And the truth is this...

YOU CAN CHANGE!

Or said another way...

YOU CAN STOP LOOKING AT PORN!

YOU CAN LEARN TO CONTROL SEX INSTEAD OF BEING CONTROLLED BY SEX!

YOU CAN LEARN TO HONOR GOD WITH THE EXPRESSION OF YOUR SEXUAL GIFT!

YOU CAN BE A WHITE GLOVE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MUD PUDDLE AND NOT GET THE MUD ALL OVER YOU!

In this episode... and the next... Tony shares 4 bible passages that PROVE you CAN change!

The first of those 4 bible passages will be explored in this episode... Colossians 3:1-10... and as you explore this passage you will learn the truth that can set you free!

Posted on June 17, 2019 .

The Power of Purity Podcast, Episode 176 - Pain Management Through Orgasm - Part 2

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* We live in a very wounded... broken... and fallen world that's full of terrible pain.

* Every person gets their share of this terrible pain.  It looks different in every person's life... but everybody gets their share.  There's sickness... disease... divorce... rape... murder... miscarriages... sexual abuse... physical abuse... car accidents... depression... mental illness... adultery... death... and the list goes on and on.  These terrible things... and many more like them... happen in virtually every person's life in various combinations. 

* In the same way a person would instinctively yank their hand away if they accidentally touched a hot stove... virtually every person instinctively tries to minimize... numb... anesthetize... eliminate... or escape the pain that happens in their heart and life.  Because of this... virtually every person... whether they consciously realize it or not... is in the pain management business.

* People attempt to minimize and/or escape their pain in many different ways... and one of the primary ways that many men attempt to manage the pain in their life is through the power of their orgasm. A man's orgasm can allow him to escape what's making him feel bad... even if it's just for the several moments of intense pleasure and euphoria that his orgasm provides.

Thus the title of this episode...

Pain Management Through Orgasm

In these episodes Tony explains how he used his orgasm... for many years... in a way God never intended a man's orgasm to be used... and then goes on to discuss an incredibly important question...

If a man can no longer use his orgasm to manage the pain in his life... what should he do with his pain?

In these episodes we discover why it's so important to have a proper THEOLOGY OF PAIN... and the 15 Principles of the Theology of Pain that will enable us to manage our pain in a much healthier way.

Posted on June 10, 2019 .