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The Journey Home To Love
The real-life stories of 5 people and their search to find unconditional love and acceptance.

If you do not know The Heavenly Father as your Heavenly Father or feel sparated in any way from Him please click here


Copyright notice: Father's Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications Copyright 1999-2008 www.FathersLoveLetter.com

Divorce Leads To Anger And Violence
Danny is victimized by his parents' messy divorce. Feeling as though he has nowhere to turn for relief, he lashes out in fits of rage.

         What thought, hurt or sin occupies my mind and my time? What am I driven by? What am I a victim of? What am I in bondage to? What is it that drives me? Is there hope of every being set free from what has become an enslaving weight and bondage that I carry? I will let "The Great Counselor" answer your question.  "Jesus replied, 'I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" John 8:34-36 (NIV)

Philippians 3:13-14
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 147:3 (NKJV)
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Hear, read and study more on Psalms 147:3

Breaking Free From the Barrenness of Bitterness
Listen to Pastor Damian Kyle explain how the best friend and a counsel to King David had the right to be infuriated and bitter. The problem was that Ahithophel allowed bitterness to take control of his life. Ahithophel was the grandfather of Bathsheba. Bathsheba’s husband had been murdered by the king. Ahithophel’s bitterness leads him to try to destroy the king. The bitterness grew so great that Ahithophel tried to arrange the murder of King David Himself. The store ends with bitterness leading to thousands dying and Ahithophel committing suicide.
 

Ahithophel knew nothing about Nathan’s confrontation “’David’, you are the man.’” (2 Samuel 12:7) Ahithophel knew nothing about David writing Psalms 51 to be read and sung before the congregation.

I, Sam Horner, beg of you, Please don’t allow bitterness to destroy your life. Ahithophel had a right to be infuriated and bitter as you may have. Please allow Pastor Damian Kyle’s teaching, “Breaking Free From the Barrenness of Bitterness” to minister healing to you.

Pastor Damian Kyle

Calvary Chapel Modesto home page

Breaking Free From the Barrenness of Bitterness

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Time does not heal all wounds but God does, How to be released from being a prisoner of my past hurts. Listen as Damian Kyle of Calvary Chapel Modesto explains how Unforgivenes will lock the door to your own prison.
Heartbreak of a Friend's Betrayal -- 2 Samuel 17:23

Psalms 31:1-7 (NIV)
1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. 4 Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. 5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth. 6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the LORD. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.
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Psalms 31:9-10 (NIV)
9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. 10 My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
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Dysfunctional Family

"A failure to forgive will imprison you to your past."
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Pastor Damian Kyle

Calvary Chapel Modesto home page

A Love Greater than our Shame.  John 4:5-30

When you know that you are living a life that is below your own standards and you are hiding your past from others there is hope. The plan God has for your life is much greater then your past. Listen as Damian Kyle explains; "God will never allow what we are to be our final testimony. A Love Greater than our Shame.  John 4:5-30

Psalms 10:12-14 (NIV)
12 Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. 13 Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, "He won't call me to account"? 14 But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
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Psalm 103
God shows justice for the oppressed, supports, forgives, and forgets. He is slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities

Hear, read and study more on Psalm 103

Proverbs 23:18 (NIV) There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Hear, Read and Study more on Proverbs 23:18

Psalms 31:22 (NIV)
In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.
Hear, Read and Study more on Psalms 31:22

Psalms 34:18 (NIV) The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Hear, Read and Study more on Psalms 34:18

The Healing of Memories or Cleansing of Conscience? Part 1
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Dick Kuffel
Broadcast Monday, April 25, 2011
In the 1940's Agnes Sanford invented a ministry called "healing of memories" based on the faulty premises and occult ideas of Carl Jung. In this series we warn our listeners about the teachings and dangerous practices associated with healing of memories.
MP3 (duration 00:32:38) Copyright © 1992-2012 Critical Issues Commentary http://cicministry.org/

The Healing of Memories or Cleansing of Conscience? Part 2
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Dick Kuffel
Broadcast Monday, May 2, 2011
In the 1940's Agnes Sanford invented a ministry called healing of memories that has been adopted and modified by many people since. In part 2 we discuss what the Bible says about God changing lives and compare it to popular theories in the church today.
MP3 (duration 00:32:16) Copyright © 1992-2012 Critical Issues Commentary http://cicministry.org/

The Healing of Memories or Cleansing of Conscience? Part 3
Presented by Bob DeWaay and Dick Kuffel
Broadcast Monday, May 9, 2011
Some Inner Healing teachings have taken up the New Age idea of a pristine inner child that needs to be recovered. In part 3 we show that such teachings are harmful, unbiblical and when adopted amount to a rejection of the finished work of Christ.
MP3 (duration 00:30:13) Copyright © 1992-2012 Critical Issues Commentary http://cicministry.org/

Chris Hill: Your Parents Are Human
As a child, it’s easy to grow up thinking that parents are superheroes because of their protection over us. In this 2-minute teaching video illustration, Chris Hill reminds us that parents are human, not superheroes and need God’s grace and mercy just like we do.

Doug Fields: Finding Hope
Encouraging teens to find a trusted adult when they're feeling hopeless.

Honoring Your Parents, Even When It's Bad
It can be hard to honor parents especially when they are not Christians, or have done something bad. Yet, we are called and will answer to our how we honor our parents. Listen to David Nasser as he explains how important it is to love, honor, and respect parents even though David’s parents were Muslims when he became a Christian.  

Can anyone be forgiven including perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse, Incest and Molestation?


         Many who have been victims (willingly or unwillingly) of incest or molestation have memories that deny them the freedom to live without hate, bitterness and resentment, fear, and/or a desire for revenge. If you are the victim of sexual abuse, you may feel guilty for consenting to incest or allowing the sexual abuse (willingly or unwillingly). God still loves you and wants you to be able to forgive also. Jesus and Stephen, at the time of their deaths, were both able to forgive those who executed them. Both looked to heaven and asked God to forgive the sins of those who were guilty. If you are a victim you have the authority and influence with God concerning remittance of sin or retention of sin. "If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained." John 20:23 (NASB) God will listen to your prayer. Remember, Jesus came to forgive rather than to condemn (John 3:16). God will even release you from the pain of the memories. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)

 

The trauma of the experiences along with the guilt and shame need not ruin your life from now on. Hear, read, study more on 2Corinthians 5:17

         If you are the perpetrator of sexual abuse, you must repent! The pattern of your life needs to be changed by God today. Ask God to forgive you and set you free from these temptations. I want to ask for forgiveness now and to have Jesus take away my guilt and shame. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)


         The trauma of the experiences along with the guilt and shame need not ruin your life from now on. "Flee from temptation," and remove yourself from situations in which abuse might occur.
Hear, read, study more on 2Corinthians 5:17


I want to ask for forgiveness now and to have Jesus take away my guilt and shame.

—Adopted from The Christian Counselor's Handbook—

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