76 episodes

A therapist and a pastor discuss Jesus, psychology and spiritual formation. Susette Magana, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Brandon Cook, Pastor of Long Beach Christian Fellowship Church, discuss their unique perspectives on how we grow, change, and heal. What you get: a new perspective on relationships, childhood experiences, culture, and ways that prayer, scripture, and community can change us, and help us to experience freedom in our lives.

The Desire Line Susette Magana, M.A., (Therapist) & Brandon Cook, B.A., M.St. (Pastor)

    • Christianity
    • 4.9, 97 Ratings

A therapist and a pastor discuss Jesus, psychology and spiritual formation. Susette Magana, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Brandon Cook, Pastor of Long Beach Christian Fellowship Church, discuss their unique perspectives on how we grow, change, and heal. What you get: a new perspective on relationships, childhood experiences, culture, and ways that prayer, scripture, and community can change us, and help us to experience freedom in our lives.

    71 | Social Distancing, CoronaVirus, and Coping with Anxiety

    71 | Social Distancing, CoronaVirus, and Coping with Anxiety

    We jumped on mic for a bit for a raw episode talking about the CoronaVirus, Social Distancing, and how we're coping with this change.  

    Brandon identified the difference between _________ and acceptance, and found .  Susette walked us through the serenity prayer & the 12 steps, which is a character development process that we all can use.  Especially Susette =)

    • 43 min
    70 | Flourishing Beyond Abuse Part 2

    70 | Flourishing Beyond Abuse Part 2

    We are finishing our arc on abuse and discussion on recovery from abuse. Susette and Brandon bring up how family of origin affect abuse experiences, common phrases they hear that dismiss abuse, and the importance of creating boundaries on the path to forgiveness. There is no limit to how much we can thrive and flourish.

    • 38 min
    69 | Flourishing Beyond Abuse Part 1

    69 | Flourishing Beyond Abuse Part 1

    Susette and Brandon wrap up our arc on abuse by talking about recovery and how we can flourish, thrive and triumph in the face of our trauma. In this episode Susette shares experiences in which her body and mind show in a miraculous way how they are intertwined and Brandon calls us to live in compassion, not comparison, for ourselves and others who are in trauma.

    • 29 min
    68 | Forgiving Reality | Mental Health and the Church

    68 | Forgiving Reality | Mental Health and the Church

    Last episode we continued our discussion on  spiritual abuse. This week Brandon Cook shares a sermon he gave titled Forgiving Reality. In light of our arc on abuse we have explored the place forgiveness has on our path to healing from our trauma. Brandon takes the discussion a step further by suggesting that we have the choice to also forgive reality and the difficult circumstances and truths it brings.

    • 41 min
    67 | Spiritual Abuse Part 2 | Mental Health and the Church

    67 | Spiritual Abuse Part 2 | Mental Health and the Church

    Join us as we continue our conversation on spiritual abuse as we strive for differentiation and being well informed to identify health church relationships.

    "Spiritual Abuse is when someone use their spiritual authority or manipulates your natural spiritual longings to have power over you..." Brandon Cook.

    • 19 min
    66 | Spiritual Abuse | Mental Health and the Church

    66 | Spiritual Abuse | Mental Health and the Church

    Susette and Brandon explore the topic of spiritual abuse. They recognize that leaders who have authority of the spiritual lives of others have a great impact however a powerful ability to hurt those they lead. 

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Kate Poling ,

I 👏 LOVE 👏 THIS 👏 PODCAST 👏👏

Each time I listen I have to think on it for daysss the hosts do an amazing job explaining thought provoking ideas. I love every episode I listen too!

Shareers ,

Wonderful!

It’s great to have a podcast that combines the subjects of Christianity and psychology. What a concept! I happen to know your producer Lena personally and commend you for bringing her onboard. Talent simply oozes from her. Congratulations on Season 3. Looking forward to listening to each one!

Newlyweds2012 ,

Been looking for this for so long!

I have been looking for resources that marry psychology/counseling techniques in an authentic, accurate, and biblically sound way. This is is! Listen and grow!

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