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at a crossroads behind the curtain ministry podcast noah filipiakEpisode #10 of the “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast is here!

Noah Filipiak interviews Noel Heikkinen, one of the pastors at Riverview Church in Holt, Lansing and East Lansing, MI.  Riverview is a church made up of around 3000 – 4000 people that has 4 venues in the Lansing area.  Noel and Noah discuss the hardest thing about being a pastor, including a helpful discussion about the anxiety pastors and church planters face, how we can combat anxiety, and how churchgoers can help their pastors feel less anxiety.  They discuss how churchgoers can help their pastors stay healthy, avoid burnout, and stay at their current ministry post longer.  They also discuss the dangers of church planting and book publishing, including good reasons to do such ventures as well as sinful reasons.

Noel is a director with the Acts 29 Church Planting network and is author of Unchained.


You can listen to the episode below and/or can subscribe via iTunes (recommended if you want easy access to old episodes and instant downloads of new episodes)

Bonus material from Episode 10:

Noel’s blog

Riverview Church’s blog

Noel on Twitter

Breakout Churches by Thom Rainer

Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey

Your Life in Rhythm by Bruce Miller


One of Satan’s biggest lies when it comes to sexual temptation is that we’re the only one who struggles with it. If we were to share our struggles with trusted Christian friends their mouths would surely drop, gasping in disbelief and disgust at our dirty sin. So we keep our struggle bottled up in shame, struggling in isolation, the spiral of addiction and despair swirling deeper and deeper.

Others lie to themselves, telling themselves their sin isn’t bad enough to have to talk about it and deal with it. They only stumble into porn or lust or fantasy every now and then and they are working on it and will eventually get rid of it on their own strength.

These lies serve to keep us entangled in our sin and will keep the life slowing seeping out of us, true freedom never in hand.

When I first starting sharing about my past addiction to pornography in sermons, I was very hesitant. Continue Reading…

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This is the product that saved my life.  After struggling with Internet pornography for years and trying everything under the sun to stop, I finally found Spector Pro and have been 100% clean ever since.  Unlike the filters I used to use, Spector Pro eliminates all loopholes.  Continue Reading…