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Redeemed & Restored – Have You Ever Been Groomed?

On today’s episode we’re talking about being groomed — A subtly dangerous strategy predators use that we ALL should be astutely aware of for our own lives, as well as for those we love. I’d liken it to being brainwashed, little by little, to believe as truth something that is a lie. When sexual predators groom their victims, they are working hard to get them to believe they are safe, that they are loving, that they can be trusted, when in reality, they are the antithesis of those things. A destructive cult uses countless techniques to get its members to stay and commit themselves. As you’ll see in this episode, the sum of these techniques constitutes what some people call “mind control.” It’s also known as “thought reform,” “brainwashing” and “coercive persuasion,” and it involves the systematic breakdown of a person’s sense of self. We can’t win the war if we don’t know who the enemy is, and what his strategies are. So, Episode 11 is extremely important as it exposes yet another subtle strategy that Satan uses to try to steal, kill and destroy. Looking ahead … I’m currently accepting speaking invitations for 2021. We need HOPE more than ever before, and I am excited at every opportunity to share the hope of redemption and restoration through Jesus Christ! The prayer of my heart is that hearts are not just stirred, but are forever changed! For more information go to

Athena Dean Holtz
Welcome, I'm Athena!

I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.

Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!

The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.

Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!

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