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September 21, 2012 Print

Restored Hope for Sexually and Relationally Broken People

by Jeff Johnston

A new network has formed to help connect people struggling with sexual and relational brokenness with individuals and ministries who can provide help and healing. The Restored Hope Network announced its formation and first conference recently. Restored Hope members specialize in helping men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions, but many of them also provide support for those recovering from sexual abuse or sexual addiction, along with information and help for their family and friends.

The network includes a number of solid ministries and men and women who have years of ministry experience, including: Andy Comiskey, director of Desert Stream Ministries; Dr. Robert Gagnon, who wrote a seminal book on the Bible and homosexuality; Jason Thompson, director of the Portland Fellowship; and Kristen Tremba, director of Exchange Ministries.

Sexually and relationally broken – just think about it for a minute:

  • Because of Adam’s sin, our whole self is impacted by sin – including our identity, our sexuality and our ability to connect and maintain healthy relationships
  • After they sinned, Adam and Eve feel ashamed, hide from God and begin blaming others; their eldest boy kills his brother; relational brokenness – inside families and between us and God
  • Our culture is saturated with broken sexuality, and we’re exposed to it and impacted by it from childhood on; sexual brokenness runs deep in our world; it’s so much a part of our background that we don’t always notice
  • Satan roams the earth like a lion, using sexual and relational brokenness to destroy individuals, families, churches, groups, businesses….

I could go on, of course, but the good news is that Jesus came to call us to repent, to tell us the truth, to seek and save the lost and to bring healing and restoration through his death, burial and resurrection. Sometimes he heals and restores people directly and immediately. More often, the church is to be the vehicle: providing counseling, offering hope, training in spiritual disciplines, teaching the truth, and walking alongside hurting people. Because of individuals with different background and decisions, some people need greater help in this area than others – that’s what these ministries offer. We’re grateful that there are more and more resources available for those seeking sexual and relational wholeness.

For more information about homosexuality, healthy sexuality and restoration, check out these resources:

http://www.citizenlink.com/analysis/sexuality/

http://www.citizenlink.com/understandinghomosexuality/

http://www.pureintimacy.org/



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