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Michael John Cusick

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Episode 174 - Michael John Cusick, "Surfing for God, Part 6: Soul Snare to Soul Care"

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

“The question for our lives is not whether we will surrender, but to whom or what we will surrender.” - Gordon DalbeyIn this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael and Brian discuss the move from the Soul Snare pattern to the path of Soul Care. As we consider our brokenness, when negative feelings arise, our reflex is to avoid or control them. Carl Jung was referring to this idea when he wrote that all neurosis is caused by the avoidance of necessary pain. By avoiding or controlling our brokenness, the whisper of porn (or any other addiction, for that matter) can become a shout, and the lying promises of our addiction begin to sound like a sensible solution. Then we profoundly mishandle the ache of living in a fallen world.It is our hope that by listening to this important discussion, your heart will be free from the fixation on your addiction to be captivated by God’s love, all so that your heart can be given more fully to God and others.


16 Apr 2021

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Episode 173 - Michael John Cusick, "Surfing for God, Part 5: Shame and Core Beliefs"

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

“Shame is like a raincoat over the soul that repels the living water of Jesus that would establish us as His beloved.” - Andy KamiskiAll of us have hiding places where we stow away our shame. Where do you hide yours? What memories or triggers send you scurrying for cover? If the voice of shame could be silenced, what do you think the voice of Love might say to you? What do you long to hear?Understanding shame is crucial in our journey from lust and addiction to freedom. Discover the path to freedom on this episode of Restoring the Soul as Michael unpacks the chapter on shame and core beliefs from his book, Surfing for God.


9 Apr 2021

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Episode 172 - Michael John Cusick, "Surfing for God, Part 4: Gathering the Broken Places"

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

“It’s important to understand our brokenness because it’s what drives our sinful patterns, our addictions, and our compulsions.” - Michael John CusickThe following is an excerpt from Michael John Cusick’s book, “Surfing for God”.“King David was a man intimately acquainted with his brokenness. Aware of his divided heart, he wrote in the Psalms, “Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path. Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear.” (Ps. 86:11 MSG)As a man heals from his bondage to porn, he must understand his brokenness and allow it to compel him toward Jesus. Our brokenness is our only requirement for receiving God’s grace.”On this episode of Restoring the Soul, you will discover the 5 Ws of Brokenness:Wickedness - sin that has gone really far. We turn away from God.Weakness - a limitation or vulnerability that we carry.Woundedness - wounds of presence/wounds of absence.Warfare - we are in a battle. We have an enemy.Wiring - we are physiological beings.If you have missed any of the previous conversations about Surfing for God, click on the corresponding link:Surfing for God, Part 1Surfing for God, Part 2Surfing for God, Part 3


2 Apr 2021

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Episode 171 - Michael John Cusick, "Surfing for God, Part 3: Deep Desires"

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

“I’ve always been most passionate about trying to help people connect the broken reality of their life to the reality of God’s heart.” - Michael John CusickHope is life-giving, but to deeply and intensely desire something and not receive it can be virtually unbearable. On the other hand, the consequences of losing our spiritual thirst can be as dramatic as losing our physical thirst. How can we love God with all our minds, hearts, souls, and strength when the desires of our hearts and souls are not operating at full capacity? Our souls’ thirst is the core desire from which everything else in the Christian life flows.During this episode of Restoring the Soul, you will discover the Seven Core Desires & LongingsAttention: To be seenAffection: When I see you, I want to be with youAffirmation: You have what it takesAcceptance: I deeply desire & thirst to belongSignificance: I want to matter for just who I amSatisfaction: Fullness. Contentment. It is well with my soul.Security: My soul finds rest in God alone.


26 Mar 2021

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Episode 170 - Michael John Cusick, "Surfing for God, Part 2: The Broken Promises of Porn"

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

“All sin promises us something but it never delivers on the promise.” - Michael John CusickOn this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael and Brian present the second episode in a seven part series of podcasts on Michael’s book, Surfing for God. Today’s discussion reveals the broken promises of pornography.Pornography promises:Validation of our manhood but without requiring strength.Sexual fulfillment without relationship.Intimacy without requiring risk and suffering.Passion and life without connection to your soul.Power over women without responsibility and humility.Comfort and care without depending on others.


19 Mar 2021

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Episode 169 - Michael John Cusick with Jim Cress, "Remembering Larry Crabb (1944-2021)"

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

“There was something deeper, something more real that I was drawn to in what he said.” - Jim CressOn this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael and Jim Cress remember Dr. Larry Crabb who recently passed away.The following is the post written by The Larger Story:It is with great sadness and astonishing joy that we tell you of Dr. Larry Crabb’s arrival in Heaven early Sunday morning. Heartache because we already miss him so much, and heartfelt delight because we each have a faint sense of just how much he is now enjoying the great celebration and perfect rest of life in the presence of the Trinity.As one who taught so many of us that it is possible to trust no matter our circumstances or condition of soul, Larry can now testify to the unspeakable joy and unlimited goodness of God. It truly is well with his soul.Rachael, Kep, Ken and the family are grieving together and want you to know that they are well. They are planning two memorial services, one in Charlotte and one in Denver for mid- April and both of those will be livestreamed at LargerStory.com.  We will send more details as these plans are finalized. The Crabb family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support that you have offered to them and appreciate your patience as they navigate this season together.The Larger Story team also requests your patience as we work to fulfill orders from our store during this time of disruption. We will get those items to you as soon as we can and we apologize for the slight delay as we adapt to our current situation.During his long and fruitful life, Larry Crabb ushered so many into a new and more vibrant life with the Trinity, and now his death is continuing to stir us to become more fully alive to the future waiting for us in heaven:3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.  1 Peter 1:3-7Larry lived his life firmly anchored in the truth of this scripture, and now he is healed and whole and his lifelong faith points us all to the certainty of God’s great victory. What an honor to be part of his legacy.Blessings,The Larger Story Team


4 Mar 2021

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Episode 168 - Michael John Cusick, "Surfing for God, Part 1"

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

“Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.” - G.K. ChestertonOn this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael and Brian launch into the first of a seven part series of podcasts on Michael’s book, Surfing for God. In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where 70 percent  of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it’s no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Common wisdom says if they just had more willpower or more faith, their fight would be over. Is the answer really that simple? Listen in and find out.


26 Feb 2021

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Episode 161 - Michael John Cusick, "Understanding the Soul, Part 2"

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

“Our soul is not something that we have, it is more something that we are. It is the very life pulse within us that which names us alive.” - Ronald RolheiserHappy New Year! We hope that 2021 is off to a great start for you. Thankful that you have chosen to start the year off with us and hope that Restoring the Soul can become a regular part of your weekly podcast diet. Don’t forget that we have 160 other episodes from our archives featuring great conversations about life, love, and the pursuit of a whole heart. Some guests that have joined us range from John Eldredge, Lysa TerKeurst, Ian Morgan Cron, and Curt Thompson. There’s definitely something for everyone.On today’s podcast, Michael will continue and conclude the second part of a conversation he began last week on Understanding the Soul. A quick summary of the 6 points shows us that: Our souls are created for union with God.Our souls were created for life and love and joy and delight.Our souls are designed with a particular rhythmOur souls are created for connectionOur souls can be brokenYou can forfeit your soulDefinitely worth downloading and listening if you’re interested in grasping the foundations of why we have a soul and why it’s important to care for your soul.Today we will learn 3 consequences from not understanding the soul and that “the soul was created for union with God. For Communion. For intimacy. For one in the other.”


9 Jan 2021

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Episode 155: Getting to the Root of Porn in a Time of Turmoil with Michael John Cusick

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The world feels like it’s on fire, and if we are honest? Many of us have started or increased unhealthy habits to cope. Some have turned to porn, the use of which increased globally by 11% (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32663384/) at the start of the pandemic. But wait! If this is you or a friend? Before you turn away in shame or self-hatred, we pray and believe that this conversation with John Michael Cusick, licensed professional counselor, teacher, and author of Surfing for God will truly encourage you. Discover the heart behind porn addiction and how you can overcome it—yes, even now while the world is on fire—on today’s episode.I Highlights I“I don’t see that the story of God presumes that we are more sinful than we believe. I would say that we’re more loved than we know and believe, but that we’re more *broken* than we understand. And that our sinful behaviors flow and overflow out of our brokenness.” -Michael John Cusick“We all experience ongoing conversions of our heart where the love of God and the Holy Spirit gets down into the nooks and crannies of who we are. Or, more accurately, Christ already dwells in us, and the Spirit is there, and the Spirit comes up and out of those nooks and crannies as the layers of shame and the layers of lies and the rubble of trauma begin to fall away.” -Michael John Cusick“Whenever there’s any kind of suffering, it becomes an opportunity and it’s a bridge to becoming who we are and living in our union with Christ, as opposed to a barrier.” -Michael John Cusick“[O]ur biggest sin becomes that we settle for good enough as opposed to for the abundant life.” -Michael John CusickI Do the Next Thing ICheck out Michael John Cusick’s website for more updates on what he’s doing! https://michaeljohncusick.comWatch this Conversation! https://vimeo.com/498439957Join our Facebook group for updates! https://www.facebook.com/groups/himhpodcast


8 Jan 2021

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Restoring the Soul Part 1 with Michael John Cusick

Jesus Never Ran

For more on Restoring the Soul go tohttps://restoringthesoul.comCheck out the Restoring the Soul Podcast HEREOrder Michael John Cusicks book Surfing for GodKeep track of Infinity Beverages at www.infinitybeverages.comCheck out RIZE Nutrition on FACEBOOKor by calling (715) 309-2706www.jesusneverran.com


23 Sep 2020