\ "Private and Public Restoration from Secret Sin" Pastor Neil Matthews

"Private and Public Restoration from Secret Sin" Pastor Neil Matthews

Letters From Home (S1 E71)
Disclaimer: This story contains sensitive content that may not be safe for young ears. Consider putting in earbuds if you have kids present.

Has your spouse or roommate ever stumbled upon a private addiction and confronted you? What if you were a young and new pastor who loved working with kids? Today’s guest walks us through how his secret porn addiction was discovered, how he asked for help, how it affected his church and pastoring and how the Lord strengthened his marriage. Our God is a God of reconciliation and restoration. Vulnerability and asking for help open the door.

Acts 20:24- (NIV) “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

Show Notes: https://bit.ly/40YnnMI
Topics Shared:
Awana kid
Saved and baptized at age 9
Retired military father, absent
Teachers didn’t believe in him
He thought he wasn’t smart enough for college
Growing in faith in teen years Looking for his soulmate in high school
“Find me somebody to love.”
Found many father figures at church
Became a youth pastor at age 19
Married young
Struggle with porn
Wife discovers
He shares it with the church
Plan for restoration
Finding a new church
Brandon Heath ‘God isn’t finished with you yet”
Ultimate Healing

Some of the P.S. Questions Answered:
What would you say to parents who are raising kids while in the military?
How has walking in other people's shoes transformed you?
If you had limitless time or talent, what other ministry would you like to participate in or start?
What is the legacy you want to leave behind?

Neil Mathew’s Website and Podcast
Website:https://www.opspodcast.com/Podcast: Other People’s Shoes Podcast

Guest Quote:
“I was so intoxicated with the role of a pastor, I forgot what it was to be a pastor and to be a shepherd.”

Related Episode:Ep. 3 - “Secret Addiction & Open Healing” Judianne Charbonneau (young mom)------------------------------------------

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