Message: “14 The Long Way Home: Counseling after Infidelity” from Michael Gembola

Michael Gembola - October 14, 2017

14 The Long Way Home: Counseling after Infidelity

CCEF Conference:  Family

Surprisingly, in the majority of cases, marriages survive infidelity. What God has brought together is very difficult for people to separate. Still, restoration is an incredibly painful, difficult process. And reconciliation is not guaranteed. There are key obstacles to reconciliation. The mindset and habits necessary to enable a person to commit adultery do not go away when a person first confesses. In the early stages of the process, that same mindset and old habits get in the way of healing, and can do further damage to the marriage. This seminar will present several common pitfalls in the process, and set a course that counselors, pastors, and friends can walk along with a couple.

From Series: "CCEF Conference: Family"

Embracing the Blessing. Facing the Brokenness. Family. What image springs to your mind? Big smiles and warm hugs? Dark looks and harsh words? An empty frame and yearning for what never was and may never be? Perhaps it’s more complicated than that–maybe the smile is real, but the eyes reveal something more. Perhaps blessing and brokenness are tangled together. Or perhaps we’re troubled when we compare the snapshots in our mind with images of family immortalized by Norman Rockwell or the picture we envision of what a “Christian family” is supposed to be. But what are we to make of the fact that in all of Scripture not one single family is held up as an idealized role model? How can that be? Because the Bible is no stranger to the complexities of family. At this year’s National Conference, we’ll be exploring the ways God forms and reforms family, how he shapes and reshapes us through family. Whatever our situation or experience, whether single or married, old or young, whatever roles we play, this conference will help us face the brokenness and embrace the blessing of family. Used with permission. This recording is copyrighted by the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). This recording is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws and may not be reproduced, transmitted, displayed, prepared as a derivative work, or performed in any form without the prior written consent of CCEF. The distribution of this audio is done with full permission from CCEF. All rights reserved. For more information on classes, materials, speaking events, distance education and other services, please visit

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