From Ashes to Beauty
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About "From Ashes to Beauty"
THERE IS HOPE FOR EVERY MARRIAGE...Even in the aftermath of sexual sin. Jeff Colon's marriage stands as a testimony of God's power to restore any marriage, even one that has been ravaged by sexual sin and drug addiction. Christian marriages are under attack as never before. Couples are suffering more than ever under the same despair that gripped Jeff and his wife, Rose -- Is there really hope for my marriage? THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING YES ...but the solution wasn't the typical fare found in Christian marriage books. Jeff and Rose had to go to the heart of the problem.... they needed something more than outward alterations; they needed an inner transformation. Jeff's personal journey and his experience counseling men and couples qualifies him to share the biblical truths that will restore any marriage "From Ashes to Beauty "
Meet the Author
Pastor Jeff Coln is the Executive Director of Pure Life Ministries. For many years he and his wife Rose have ministered nationally at Men of Purity and couples conferences, bringing a message of hope and a call to a deeper walk in Christ.
Excerpt from: From Ashes to Beauty
:From Chapter One: The Message of the Cross:
Christians divorcing at the same rate as unbelievers? Is it possible that we can do no better than the unbelieving world in dealing with our problems?
My own marriage could have easily become one of those statistics. Rose had every reason to divorce me, and she most certainly would have if God had not intervened and performed a miracle. That was over 15 years ago. Since then, I have been privileged to witness countless marriages lifted from the ash heap and transformed into beautiful representations of God's love and forgiveness. That's what can happen when both husband and wife live in repentance and appropriate God's tremendous promises for their lives.
However, I need to make it clear at the outset that the goal of this book is not to sort out the roles of the husband and the wife; provide tips for raising godly children; encourage more fulfilling romance and sexual intimacy -- though we will touch on some of those topics. The intent here is to demonstrate that only a deep relationship with Jesus Christ can produce a fulfilling marriage. When both spouses are living in a vibrant and intimate relationship with Him, everything else will fall into place.
Ultimately, marriage is a matter of the heart. If a marriage is to be preserved, then hearts must change. This is where God always does His work in a person's life. And it's amazing how all of the other problems besetting the marriage are somehow resolved as God deals separately with each spouse's heart.
In subsequent chapters, you will find that the theme of this book is drawn from Jesus' great Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes found in Matthew 5 are meant to become a spiritual foundation in each heart. God can use those building blocks to raise a marriage out of the ashes of sexual sin and into His glory. If the Holy Spirit is allowed to have His way, He will construct a marriage truly reflecting Christ's beauty on earth.