The Covenant Eyes Podcast for Ministry Leaders

The Courageous Heart: Keys to Living Porn-Free with Stephen Kendrick

June 10, 2022 Covenant Eyes Season 1 Episode 235
The Covenant Eyes Podcast for Ministry Leaders
The Courageous Heart: Keys to Living Porn-Free with Stephen Kendrick
Show Notes Transcript

Twenty years ago, the Kendrick Brothers produced their first feature film called Flywheel on a budget of $20,000. What followed would be five other feature films and a documentary that would exceed box-office expectations many times over, earning well over $150 million combined, and rock the Christian and non-Christian world in a way that had never been done before. In this episode, we explore how the deep-rooted themes of these movies can lead us to the courageous step of living porn-free.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of the Covenant eyes podcast we're so glad to be with you today, we have a great show a fantastic guest.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: And a lot of really good topics to cover as we continue throughout this episode and one of your host today brandon Clark joined by Kara ponder hi Karen how are you.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: i'm doing great how are you today.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: I am so excited you know the gentleman who we're going to be speaking with helped create some movies that so many of our listeners are probably familiar with.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: You know from facing the giants to fireproof courageous war, I mean it's just a whole list of greatness i'm really excited about it.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: me too Oh, my goodness, my kids my family we enjoyed these movies together, I remember facing the giant I can't believe it came out and like.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: Like wow i'm getting all they can't believe it, but that was like one of the movies that me and my family really enjoyed together and i'm just so excited about this conversation today.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: yeah i'll never forget that moment, you know where they're on the football field, he was the guy on his back and he's gotta crawl down the whole football field like that is just so classic.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: Definitely not something i'd like to do that yeah no i'm glad they were the ones that did that.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: But yeah let's go ahead and introduce our guests we've got Stephen kendrick one of the kendrick brothers on WHO.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: helped him create these movies and we're so excited to have you on with us today hi Steven.

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Stephen Kendrick: hey honored to be a part of the Program.

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Stephen Kendrick: Thank you yeah thanks for letting me talk to you guys.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: Absolutely so for listeners who don't know a lot about you can you just give us a brief rundown and you know, maybe even dive a little bit into how did moviemaking come about your life.

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Stephen Kendrick: Sure, well, I am 48 years old, live in Albany Georgia, I have six kids my brothers Alex and Shannon and I grew up in a strong Christian praying home.

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Stephen Kendrick: And we had parents that prayed about what else they were going to live in and ended up moving next door to.

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Stephen Kendrick: A man that worked at Lockheed Martin and he was teaching his son about filmmaking he had eight millimeter.

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Stephen Kendrick: Film camera and when vhs cameras came out he bought one of those and we were learning in our backyard, how to make our own versions of indiana Jones and you know those kind of things and so.

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Stephen Kendrick: But we didn't realize that with a pray and mama and a godly dad.

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Stephen Kendrick: And a love for ministry in the Lord, along with a passion for movies and filmmaking that God was going to marry those two and in the year 2002 we decided to take.

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Stephen Kendrick: dip our toe into making a feature film, not knowing anything really about production schedules and budgets and those kind of things and with $20,000 of prayed in money from our church we shot a little movie called flywheel.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: And it was nothing.

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Stephen Kendrick: Impressive at all about that production but god's hand was on it and the messages and truths that were communicated were life changing in the movie has gone international and won awards and sold over a million DVDs and.

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Stephen Kendrick: And we've seen God then expand with our loaves and fish and praying church, the impact of the films and with every movie it was like a new film school for us.

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Stephen Kendrick: After that was facing the giants that you reference that we filmed in our local community here in Albany and then fireproof followed with Kirk Cameron, and then courageous.

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Stephen Kendrick: movie about fatherhood in 2011 that was released, then we had the prayer support of our church launched out made a movie called war room.

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Stephen Kendrick: And it was released in 2015 about prayer and then we made a movie called.

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Stephen Kendrick: Over calmer about identity in Christ and and then a documentary last year called show me the father, our first documentary that came out.

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Stephen Kendrick: To talk about the fatherhood of God and the healing that God can bring.

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Stephen Kendrick: That leftover oftentimes from that Father wound that that so many people experience so we're grateful.

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Stephen Kendrick: To get to serve the Lord in this capacity it's the hardest thing we've ever done to make movies, but the most fulfilling when it comes to seeing God use it around the world is people experience truth.

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Stephen Kendrick: So.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: it's a privilege it's incredible and you know as a mom it is so hard to find content that shares your values and is Queen and.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: It just speaks to the heart and I have just been so impressed with the movies, that you were room is one of my favorites and overcome or I you know, the thing is I can't help but.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: tear up every time I watch your movies, like it is just an emotional experience I love them um what has been one of your favorite out of all the movies, that you guys have done, do you have one that kind of stands out is your favorite in the lineup.

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Stephen Kendrick: it's kind of like asking you, which one of your kids is your favorite.

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Stephen Kendrick: they're all so different um I love to watch face in the giants, because of the witty humor that's in the movie and it's such a rewatch or war room was such an incredible experience filming the movie.

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Stephen Kendrick: hanging out with priscilla shire and TC stallings and the people on the set that summer in Charlotte of 2014 I cannot believe it's been that many years ago.

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Stephen Kendrick: Shall we, the father, our most recent one we're excited about because it's true stories.

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Stephen Kendrick: We feature my daughter's adoption story, and that, and that was the way God is impacting people deeply through that documentary they just don't see it coming.

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Stephen Kendrick: And everybody has a father story, but when people watch that the twists and turns in that documentary and the emotional journey you go on, and then the fatherhood of God being on display it's such a deep.

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Stephen Kendrick: level when it comes to our own father journeys, but also to get into the theology of the fatherhood of God and so prisons, we were on a.

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Stephen Kendrick: on the phone this week with a major prison ministry that's talking about how can they show show me the father throughout prisons across the US so.

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Stephen Kendrick: there's no telling what God has in store and we're actually editing a movie right now that we plan to release in September, that we can talk about later called life mark, but it has been a roller coaster ride every one of the movies, has been its own animal I guess you could say.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: yeah you know I think one of the themes that is very clear to see through all of the movies, even going back to flywheel is this.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: This theme of a courageous heart, you know that the main characters having to have courage to do what they did in their different things.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: And you know if we look at our company covenant eyes, we look at one of the big things that a lot of people struggle with is pornography and it takes great courage, a courageous hard to be able to overcome that.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: You know, we really if we go back to fireproof we saw that a lot right Kirk cameron's character struggling with pornography and so.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: I wonder if we could talk a few minutes about having that courageous heart in working to overcome pornography, because the lust is something that when it digs is hooks in.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: yeah, especially for men, it is really, really tough to overcome I feel like i'm making a plan every time I use these words because of the movie titles, but it really is these These are tough things to battle through.

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Stephen Kendrick: Absolutely well having been a youth pastor for years and then work with college students for years and then getting into marriage counseling crisis marriage counseling I have had so many.

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Stephen Kendrick: From you know middle school boys, all the way up to older senior adult Gray headed men all saying.

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Stephen Kendrick: You know they kind of look around, they say, can I talk to you i've got this struggle i'm in a dark place i'm hooked on pornography.

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Stephen Kendrick: And so oftentimes they they didn't plan on being hooked on pornography, they didn't want to stay on it afterwards, but it's interesting.

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Stephen Kendrick: If you study the way God has wired us in a sexual experience there are five different hormones that are released in the body and all of them are bonding.

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Stephen Kendrick: The dopamine levels are tied into what cocaine, you know experiences or brings into our lives, and then the oxytocin levels tie into the heroin that's what that's in in a pornographic experience or a sexual experience.

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Stephen Kendrick: God designed it in marriage to bond you to your spouse and a celebration of covenant love that's pure and blazing them you take it out of that context.

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Stephen Kendrick: And it basically bond you to whatever is bringing you that pleasure and so when people have a sexual experience outside of marriage.

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Stephen Kendrick: You will see them oftentimes struggle with that bond because their brain is rewiring to want to go back to whatever is bringing in that pleasure.

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Stephen Kendrick: But the beautiful thing is that scripture communicates that who the son sets free is free indeed that God not only can renew and transform our minds, but he can bring a heart change and he can.

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Stephen Kendrick: He can rescue us from that and there's so many examples you see that in scripture, but when i'm working with men.

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Stephen Kendrick: I tell them that army navy air force marines, this is a battle, and you have to approach it in multiple ways, you have to approach it at a spiritual level in prayer and with scripture.

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Stephen Kendrick: and seeking the Lord, you have to approach it with a practical level, like covenant eyes and I promote covenant eyes to people.

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Stephen Kendrick: Jesus says, if your right hand is causing you to send cut it off, and he does not literally mean.

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Stephen Kendrick: body, you know maiming your own body, because we don't hear about his disciples limping around you know after they cut their legs off.

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Stephen Kendrick: But what he is communicating is take seriously the things that are leading you to sin and block your own flesh from having access to those things, and so.

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Stephen Kendrick: Covenant eyes is a great opportunity to not only supply a filter that's a practical resource, but then the accountability.

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Stephen Kendrick: That is so desperately needed, so I encourage men set up accountability, you need that band of brothers set up the filters, you need that but, most importantly, is what God does in your heart.

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Stephen Kendrick: Because the word lust in the Greek it's actually the word epica MIA it means to set your heart upon something that is.

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Stephen Kendrick: forbidden that is outside of the boundaries that God has a lot for you, and when I asked them and they go man I gotta lust problem i'll say well do you even know what lust is.

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Stephen Kendrick: And they're like like think so, you know I know it's the sexual thoughts and the things i'm experiencing and then I say, do you under even understand what lust is and they don't when you really break it down.

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Stephen Kendrick: And so I walk them through a few basic principles that are communicated in scripture and they are that God has provided everything we need.

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Stephen Kendrick: To be satisfied and content in life second Peter one his divine powers given us everything we need for life and godliness the Apostle Paul says, having food and clothing, we can be content.

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Stephen Kendrick: That all I actually need if you look at Philippines for 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me it's in the context of contentment.

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Stephen Kendrick: So Paul is communicating with food, clothing and Jesus that is actually all I need in life to be satisfied in life, everything else is gravy.

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Stephen Kendrick: So, with that in mind Jesus said in the sermon on the Mount don't worry about food and clothing.

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Stephen Kendrick: Because God says, if he feeds the birds he's going to feed you because the flower the fields is going to close to you, so if I realized that whatever God has provided for me in life, I can find satisfaction in those things, and that first Timothy six God gives us all things.

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Stephen Kendrick: to enjoy them he and he's giving me good things in life to enjoy them he's saying to Adam and Eve freely eat of all the fruit that's in the garden, you know all these, but if there's something outside of the boundaries of that.

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Stephen Kendrick: Then in we're supposed to be grateful for, and to fully enjoy what God has provided for us and there's no sin, in that context.

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Stephen Kendrick: lust begins, if you read Romans Chapter one it begins with and gratefulness for what God has already provided.

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Stephen Kendrick: And it begins with not enjoying what he's provided and we set our eyes and then our hearts on something outside of the boundaries of what he's provided that we don't need to be happy.

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Stephen Kendrick: And when we set our eyes and our hearts on that and we lust after something, then the follow up from that is a dissatisfaction with what God has provided.

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Stephen Kendrick: And it says in James for lust will never satisfy you it actually creates greater increasing dissatisfaction.

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Stephen Kendrick: That you are viewing or trying to find pleasure in are outside of the boundaries that God has a lot of for you so they're not going to satisfy you they're not going to bring glory to God they're going to actually create greater addiction.

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Stephen Kendrick: And so, when I tell them in if you realize that Jesus has provided through his Holy Spirit the love and joy and peace that your heart as longing for those the first three fruits of the spirit.

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Stephen Kendrick: And that, through an intimate walk with Christ, you can have total freedom in him, then you can actually through repentance and faith in Christ, you can actually unhook your heart.

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Stephen Kendrick: From this lust and God can begin to rewire your brain, as you walk in obedience and repentance to him his word will begin to bring healing it says in psalm 23 he can restore our soul.

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Stephen Kendrick: That includes your mind your will and your emotions and so God has the answers but oftentimes people feel like they're in the dark.

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Stephen Kendrick: Fighting something and they don't even know what the enemy is or how to do it, and if the devil can leave them in that fog of lies, he can keep beating them down.

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Stephen Kendrick: into this life of addiction and chain, and so I am grateful for covenant eyes, because that is a part of an arsenal of being able to help a guy to reroute his mind his schedule towards wholesome things and then, as with the grace of God be set free from this addiction of lust.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: So good oh my gosh there is so much packed into all of that that was amazing.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: I just I love that idea, though, that we really have to face the reality that we are in a war and and having that mentality, you know.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: It is a spiritual battle that we are facing, and we need to call it that, and we need to equip ourselves with the Armor that God provides for us, so that was that was just really meaningful to me thank you for sharing that.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: And you know I think we say that in the themes of war room and courageous right being being spiritual warriors that's what they have to come to discover.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: You know I, I wonder if we can talk next about this show me the father film that you guys created because I think what we're experiencing and what we've talked about before on the podcast with other guests.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: is a crisis of fatherhood, that the father being absent is really one leading to the problem with our kids, but if we think about the generational curse aspect of it, too, if a father doesn't cut that curse you know.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: Like nip it in the bud right now, you know those are things that are just going to continue down into generations to come.

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Stephen Kendrick: Absolutely, you know in exodus 20 when, God gives them the law and the 10 commandments he references that the sins and the iniquities of fathers are passed down to the third and fourth generation, and so my great grandfather.

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Stephen Kendrick: In rebellion against God, you see my grandfather in a boat rebellion against God alcoholism, it was our dad though that heard the Gospel surrendered his life to Christ and forgave his father and grandfather.

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Stephen Kendrick: And said, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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Stephen Kendrick: And he was the chain breaker.

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Stephen Kendrick: In our family through the Gospel through forgiveness through repentance through surrendering his life to god's word God basically broke the chain in our family we feature that in the movie courageous, it was our dads resolution.

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Stephen Kendrick: That is basically on display with these men these police officers that are resolving to forgive their dads into live.

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Stephen Kendrick: A new way you know and with a new, leaving a new legacy for future generations, and so war room talks about the spiritual warfare that we're fighting in prayer you see priscilla's character, you know rebuking the.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: devil allowed her.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: Every time she saw the way we film that same the family that owned the home came to her and said.

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Stephen Kendrick: The enemy has been attacking our family, we want you to not act in a scene, we want you to maintain it.

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Stephen Kendrick: And so priscilla was really kicking the devil out of that House when she was when we were able to film her and there's so much passion in her voice, because it was a legit exorcism I guess that was taking place as we were filming that scene so but specifically your question about fatherhood.

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Stephen Kendrick: it's interesting that fatherhood, and the love of a father is actually tied to lust.

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Stephen Kendrick: In first Timothy and first john Chapter two, it says that the all the things that are in the world lust of the flesh lust of the eyes and the pride of life.

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Stephen Kendrick: It says, if we have those things in our lives it's because we don't have the love of the father in this is what he says so, think about this, if you are not feasting on good food and nutrition, then junk food will look appetizing to you.

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Stephen Kendrick: And you would never walk out of a steak House after having had a seven course meal and a big state and a big piece of cheesecake and a salad and everything else and walk out hungering for moldy bread it's laying on the ground.

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Stephen Kendrick: But if you see a man who has not feasting on the good things the gross stuff becomes appetizing to him.

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Stephen Kendrick: Well, it says lust of the flesh lust of the eyes and the pride of life, what I have seen is that when we place our faith in Christ, if he just says that God adopts me into his family.

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Stephen Kendrick: forgives me of my sins and Chapter three says, then he pours out his love upon me.

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Stephen Kendrick: And that God wants me to realize how much he loves me through Christ, the Holy Spirit is given to every believer in Romans five says that he pours out the love of God into our hearts, so when I am right with God.

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Stephen Kendrick: And I am walking in openness and honesty before him about my said everything else.

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Stephen Kendrick: Then his spirit is not grieved request and he will pour out the love of God into my heart and the love and joy and peace of the Holy Spirit, I will begin to feel and sense.

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Stephen Kendrick: In my life when i'm right with God well if i'm not right with God.

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Stephen Kendrick: And i'm grieving and quenching god's spirit, I will not sense or feel the love of my heavenly Father towards me it's there but i'm not in tune to it i'm callous to it i'm deaf and blind to it.

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Stephen Kendrick: Because i'm grieving and quench god's spirit and that circumstance, the thing that I had been wired for, and that is an intimate relationship with God.

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Stephen Kendrick: Now i'm suffocating from that and i'm not being satisfied in that, so I will begin to long for.

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Stephen Kendrick: Other things and lust is a product of me not finding my satisfaction or the love of my father.

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Stephen Kendrick: And what i've seen in my own life is when I really started struggling with lust when I really start struggling with pride and fishing for praise and.

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Stephen Kendrick: Wanting awards and attention or greed i'm wanting more money more possessions those kind of things, it is like a warning light on the dashboard of my heart telling me, you are low on the love of the father in your life right now.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: You know there's so many different things right in that book over the 40 days that that he has to work through and that.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: You know anybody who goes through the love, there is a real book i've had it, you know i've done the love dare on my life that we have to work through I what I love about it is it's a journey.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: it's it's it's a journey and it's more than 40 days even, but I think it's a good example of how our walk with Jesus goes.

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Stephen Kendrick: Yes, absolutely well the scriptures communicate that God when he saves us he spiritually justifies us it's a legal contract with Christ.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: And, and even back to fly wheel, you know it's it's about keeping the marriages alive, and I know not every marriage has the possibility i'd say, for whatever reason, but there is a real importance in what they talk about in fireproof right you never leave your partner in a fire.

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Stephen Kendrick: That Jesus, is the reason why she's doing it if we'll focus in on our responsibilities quickly our spouse will see a difference and oftentimes that's when the healing begins.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: This has been such a great discussion Stephen we just have a couple minutes left here, but like I said I want to make sure.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: That we get to this new movie which is coming out September 9 to theaters all across the US.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: Tell us about it because it's something that I think every one of our I mean i'll just say it every one of our listeners should go see this movie and support it, especially in the battle that we're in with our culture.

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Stephen Kendrick: Life mark is based on a true story, it is a very inspirational movie with it's family friendly, but it is about.

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Stephen Kendrick: A true story pro life pro adoption movie God, let us to make it back in 2019 Kirk Cameron plays the adopted Father in this movie.

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Stephen Kendrick: is coming out September the ninth across the US and theaters and we would encourage people, please rally your church your family your you know sports team, whoever it is your circle of influence to go out and support this film.

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Stephen Kendrick: And it will be an event we're doing an interview at the end afterwards, but the movie you can watch the trailer now online check out life mark movie and.

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Stephen Kendrick: And to see the information about the film but we're hoping that for such a time as this with the Supreme Court case that's going on right now.

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Stephen Kendrick: All the issues with roe V Wade regardless of what happens, this is going to be a hot topic and the church needs to rise up with compassion and clarity.

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Stephen Kendrick: And it is our goal to do both in a powerful way through this film The Ministry resources that are connected to it as well.

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Stephen Kendrick: We hope, a lot of women who've had abortions will find some healing as a result of seeing this film and the follow up resources that we've got.

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Stephen Kendrick: And we're also hoping that to reach and and future generation and lift up the value of life, the way that God does in scripture that were made in the image of God and from the womb, to the tomb God views us as priceless worth dying for and that we need to value life like he does.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: amen amen oh my gosh that sounds like such a powerful movie so everyone mark your calendars will make sure that we put links in the show notes, so you can check it out.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: All right, well in closing today, this has been such an amazing conversation Stephen is there anything that you want to throw out there and closing to our listeners that.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: You know, a takeaway that they can just take with them as they continue on their commute or as they're working out wherever they're listening to this podcast.

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Stephen Kendrick: Sure, I would say, if you grew up in a home that you never had answered prayer if you are circumference of friends or people that do not walk with God.

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Stephen Kendrick: If you like me grew up or surround yourself with people that are walking with God and have constant answers to prayer.

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Stephen Kendrick: God is teaching them things through the word the Holy Spirit is working you're working in your life.

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Stephen Kendrick: And you are seeking the Lord you're in a good Bible teaching church where there's people that are worshiping God and supporting one another and walking in love.

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Stephen Kendrick: Put yourself in environments consume content get in god's word.

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Stephen Kendrick: And if you get in that river of light of love of how God is working, it will strengthen your faith.

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Stephen Kendrick: it'll strengthen your family or strengthen your marriage and you will see God not only build you up and strengthen you personally.

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Stephen Kendrick: But then he'll put you and engage you in the game to then be a positive influence for the people that are around you.

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Stephen Kendrick: And so i'll finish with this one verse that I think about often it's Romans 1221 and it says this do not be overcome by evil, but you overcome evil with good.

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Stephen Kendrick: And so, that is my theme, that is what we're trying to do with the movies, that we make.

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Stephen Kendrick: And i'm grateful for covenant eyes and what you guys are doing that you're not just sitting around cursing the darkness that pornography is going on.

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Stephen Kendrick: But that you're saying let's do something about it, and not only help guys get set free from it, but let's help restore their lives, their marriages, their families and let's become warriors that are walking in victory, rather than defeat.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: hey man oh my gosh great.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: that's fantastic Stephen thanks so much for being on with us today's just a gift of being able to visit with you and to share, about the movies that you've created the movies, that are coming out and just this message that God can heal all.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: things and we can live.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: porn free in Christ.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: Karen I guess yeah absolutely Karen any big takeaways for you.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: know many I you know I think it's just reinforcing the fact that we as Christians, we need to pay attention to what we're consuming, and we need to support organizations that have a mission that aligns with our values.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: And the movies that Stephen and his amazing organization are producing or just the right kind of content for our families and for our viewing habits so.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: For me it's just reinforcing that and I think we just need to be more active with our money and where we spend our dollars and supporting the companies that align with our values.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: yeah absolutely you know I think one of the things for me the the Multi brand image really stuck out to me, and I think about genesis right in the story of sodom and gomorrah and how lot hesitated.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: He hesitated to leave and then even lot's wife looked back right I think there's a there's a clear call to action that we need to leave this life.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: not hesitate and move back in and not look back if we are struggling with pornography, because it only leads to destruction.

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Brandon.Clark@covenanteyes.com: You know there's so many different examples in the movies right, but in real life of what happens with porn so that's My big takeaway is leave the LIFE don't even hesitate and don't look back and find that freedom in Christ.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: amen oh good so good.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: Well, with that we are going to bring today's episode to a close.

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Karen Potter, MA Ed.: And we do want to remind everyone that in the show notes will be links to everything we talked about today, as well as a link to our newsletter where you can get all of these podcasts delivered right to your inbox so if you're a gen X or like me.

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