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#90 Pastor Grew Up With Abuse and Thoughts of Suicide – Eric Heard

Eric Heard came from a family full of drugs and hate.  As a 17 year old child he considered throwing himself in front of a truck.   He was an unwanted child who was a product of his parents infidelity.  His mom was an alcoholic who had been molested by her step-dad and tried to abort Eric 3 times. He never felt connected to his parents.   He began drinking in 3rd grade and the drugs came around the 6th grade and began selling marijuana in 7th grade.  The addiction was medicating pain and it kept escalating because the drugs only can cut the pain temporarily and then you feel the pain worse when you wake up.

 

When you look at his childhood it seems improbable that Eric would become a well respected Pastor, but that’s exactly what he did.  In this show Eric talks about the men in his life that helped him heal from his sexual deviance, his fear of scarcity and his belief that he wasn’t worthy of God’s love..  There is a ripple effect of sin and so you must uproot the sins in your life.  The vigilance of keeping up the calling of God and the belief that you are Chosen, Holy and Loved by God will give you the strength to be the man you want to be.  This is Eric’s testimony.

 

Recommended Book – “Silence of Adam” by Dr. Larry Crabb


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The Detriment of Mental Instability

 

There’s no doubt that mental instability can be a pathway to many more complicated issues than the standard struggles we face each day. A recent guest has provided us some deeper insight into what these problems can do to us, as well as what can create and/or perpetuate them.

Danny (Danny’s testimony) has been through what most of us would describe as “hell and back.” Though raised in a loving family, at a young age he found himself abusing drugs and eventually being kicked out of school for selling them. Through many bouts with his addiction and his inability to consistently keep himself out of harm’s way, he eventually was able to find the Lord and beat his internal battle.mental-illness-728x400

People that are emotionally unhealthy tend to lack control of many aspects of their lives, including addiction. Mental and emotional health makes up for the majority of man’s psychological well-being. Many individuals struggling to control their mental health tend to deal with depression, may be bipolar and may even have suicidal tenancies. Through God’s Men of Influence, we’ve met and become friends with a number of individuals who have fought through these issues and were able to persevere with the help of God.

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church has detailed his struggle and his family’s loss of his son, Matthew, who suffered from mental illness and eventually took his own life. He has created a ministry assisting and supporting people with mental health issues. If you or anyone you know is suffering from symptoms related to emotional or mental health, we recommend you visit Saddleback’s Mental Health Ministry

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#89 When Your Wife Stops Believing In Jesus – Ryan Tirona

        1. Ryan is a Pastor and is married with three kids, but this is a very different marriage than his first one.  In  2003 as a young pastor his wife of only 4 months said she didn’t want to follow Jesus anymore.  The spiritual rift kept pulled them apart and was followed by chaos that could only be healed by time, introspection and a stronger relationship with Christ.  

          In this episode Ryan talks about the struggles and pressures in the lives of a pastor and pastor’s wife.  He discusses his own arrogance, regret and how he learned to change his approach in his second marriage to one of humility.  Today, Ryan never wants his wife to be the first to apologize.  If his child is hard-hearted he gives him the law, if their broken-hearted he gives grace and he wants them to understand that it is Jesus who knows all, not there father.  This is Ryan’s testimony

          “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalms 16:11

          You can reach Ryan by email at  rtirona@thechapelfh.org
          Recommended Book – “Prodigal God” by Tim Keller “Three Free Sins” by Steve Brown



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#88 Addiction and Finding God in Prison – Brian Johnson

        1. Brian Johnson is a very different man today than he once was.  Brian suffers from a mental disorder and addictive personality which pulled him away from Jesus during the darkest times in his life.  It wasn’t until his last prison sentence that he finally understood why he was making such bad choices and how God could lead him toward the life he wanted.  This is his testimonyFor I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future – Jeremiah 29:11
          1. Biggest Weakness – The shame of his past still affects Brian.  It makes it more difficult to focus on all the good he has in his life.  It is difficult for him to forgive himself.
          2. Biggest Strength – Love.  God taught him to love himself and love others.  He gives love now as much as is possible.
          3. Dark Time – Raised Christian with good parents.  There are things in his family like addiction and mental illness that ultimately became the problem for Brian.  He began abusing his ADD medication in high school.  Once he went off to college he began partying and had a manic episode which was the onset of bipolar disorder.  That was the start of some really bad decisions.  Brian relied on Marijuana as a stability, but when he stopped using the bipolar really advanced.
          4. In college Brian took way too much medication in an attempt to commit suicide due to his disorder.
          5. He spent a long time trying to self medicate away from his bouts of depression.
          6. Brian became a missionary which was helpful. but when he came back he fell into bouts of depression.  He underwent electroshock therapy which helped to get past the depression, but did not help the addiction.
          7. His first arrest was during a manic episode.  Brian had began taking Meth and stole a car to sell in Mexico.  He was sent to jail for 6 months.
          8. There were many times he experienced jail in Mexico and had gotten back alive.
          9. In 2010 he was arrested again and sent to prison for 16 months.  This time in prison God finally got his attention.  Brian is grateful that he was arrested, because he got sober.
          10. Spending time with his bible aided in his recovery more than anything else.
          11. Brian was unprepared to be in prison, but he believes that God has plans and based on Brian’s actions, he needed to be there.   He had to learn what led him there and how he could avoid returning.  Once he started walking with God, he felt a little protected.
          12. Once he got out anger was a new struggle for Brian.  Prison had changed him.  His anger led to a 3 day relapse in Mexico.  Fortunately he made it back.
          13. His life today is very good and it’s all because of Jesus.  Brian had always had the conviction that he wouldn’t make it, so he is constantly aware of everything he has.
          14. Brian has a fiance and is getting married soon.
          15. His parents learned about co dependency and put their foot down which also was key in his recovery.
          16. Best Advice – Have a conversation with God about why your life is happening the way it is.
          17. Recommended Book – “The Meaning of Marriage” – Christian Geller

           

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