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Adultery and Desperation
Joel Hesch was an accomplished lawyer in D.C. He lived in a thriving faith community, had money, respect, and a beautiful wife. However, Joel was also addicted to self-pleasure. For years he hid from those closest to him, until he attempted to have adultery with a friend of his wife.
Joel spent the next few years relentlessly confessing his sins and forcefully living in the light. His wife, Theresa, stayed and was a massive part of Joel’s healing and growth.
Joel and Theresa put two specific passages of Scripture into daily practice:
If we walk in the Light as God Himself is in the Light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. (Matthew 5:29)
Joel first confessed to his pastor. He then joined bible studies where he could confess to others. Eventually he asked several men to be accountability partners with him so that he could begin confessing weakness before he would sin and not just confess after he sinned.
Joel and Theresa also cut channels of temptation from their life. For Instance, they got rid of their television and evaluated the places that were most difficult for Joel. They took Jesus seriously and began cutting the avenues of sin out of Joel’s life.
Consequently, the practice of these two passages renovated Joel and Theresa’s marriage.
Proven is Born
Joel eventually started groups where men could confess their own sins and temptations. These groups were focused upon certain values and hopes: passion for God, repentance, openness and honesty, belief in the victory of Christ, an eternal perspective, and networking with others. Thus, the creation of Proven Ministries.
Proven has been around for over 20 years and has supported thousands of men and women who long to be free.
(Listen to Theresa, Joel’s wife, share her story here!)