I am so excited to introduce you to a good friend today. His name is Rav Natan Alexander. I met him when I was in Israel last September. Our group shared a beautiful Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah with Rav Natan and his family, and we were blessed to hear him teach one afternoon.

To be honest with you, I was a little shocked at what he had to say. It started out innocent enough, discussing the Bible, Jewish culture, and relationships. And then, the conversation took a surprising turn. Rav Natan – this quiet, kind, Godly rabbi – started talking about sex. And not just skimming the surface of what most religious leaders are willing to talk about. No, he talked about the importance of sex inside of a marriage, and how to improve intimacy between a husband and a wife. He talked about things that hurt a relationship, and how to overcome those challenges.

To give you a little bit of background on Rav Natan… He has been an educator and a community leader for 17 years, with a track record of helping people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs to rise up in leadership, strengthen their relationships, and improve themselves. He has captivated audiences across 3 continents, teaching on topics ranging from relationships and sexuality to education, leadership, and much more. Rav Natan is a devoted husband and a father of four beautiful children.

I’m telling you, he is one who, when he speaks, you want to listen! I, personally, have enjoyed learning from him each week as he shares incredible insights on the Torah.

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Today’s topic is something I am very passionate about. However, it is something most people will not talk about. In fact, it’s considered taboo, especially in churches and other religious circles. It’s something that an astounding number of people deal with, either in their own lives or in the lives of someone they love.

You may have read my story before. I was exposed to pornography when I was 8 years old, and spent the next 17 years battling addiction. I was tormented by it for most of my life, until my God rescued me.

And the thing about something like that is, once you come out of a pit so deep, so dark, so lonely and horrifying, you simply can’t sit by and let others stay stuck in their own pit. So, I started speaking out. I started telling my story every chance I got, because it is a story of hope and redemption. My Father in heaven has rescued me out of the deepest, darkest pit, and He has handed me some very important strategies to help me continue to overcome.

In the 4 months since I began sharing my story, I’ve had people approach me nearly every day, confessing they or someone they love is addicted to pornography. It quickly became apparent to me that I needed to do something. So, I began to share the very specific strategies that have helped me over the past year and a half.

However, there are some areas of this issue I do not have the authority to speak about (like dealing with pornography inside of a marriage, and how addiction can impact a relationship), because I do not have the experience or the expertise. We live in a day and age when anyone can talk about anything and call themselves an expert…yet they don’t have the results to back up what they say. I am all about seeking out the REAL experts.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I asked Rav Natan if he would be willing to share his insights and expertise in this area. Like I mentioned earlier, he has worked with couples for nearly 2 decades and has a track record of helping people strengthen relationships and overcome the big, messy, scary issues in life.

He has so graciously agreed to join me in this venture, to spread the TRUTH about the dangers of pornography and to help as many people as we can to come OUT of that pit. I’m excited to share Part 1 of Rav Natan’s teaching today!

Watch this short video clip, and really pay attention to what he has to say! If you have comments, questions or feedback, PLEASE share them below in the comments!

Would you do me a favor today? Please share this post on Facebook. Even if you don’t think it affects anyone you know… Because you NEVER know who is struggling, who is stuck in this deep, dark, lonely pit. You could even drop this link in an email to a friend or loved one, or shoot a text to someone who is struggling today.

The more you and I spread the word, the more people we will help to escape from that pit!

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