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Christ Heals Our Hurt By Saving Us

Austin Fruits, September 6, 2020

A mental health epidemic exists today among young people. Gen Z is more lonely and depressed than any previous generation. Their hurt presents an incredible opportunity for Christ-followers to share the restorative gospel of Jesus. I don’t mean the “positivity gospel” that has seeped into the Church, but the authentic… Read more »

A Father’s Model of Biblical Manhood

Austin Fruits, June 19, 2020

On this Father’s Day, I am thankful for the spiritual role model my dad has always been for me. A senior pastor at Rockpoint Church in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, he began to ingrain in me, at an early age, the four traits of biblical manhood.  When someone asks me to… Read more »

It’s Okay to Not be Okay

Austin Fruits, May 29, 2020

It’s okay to not be okay. But it’s not okay to stay there. I walked into Christian churches, concerts, and events for years with the goal of performing. As a pastor’s son, I thought I had an image to uphold, so I acted like I had my life together. I… Read more »

Sharing Your Testimony During the COVID-19 Pandemic VIDEO

Austin Fruits, April 13, 2020 For 50+ years, Josh McDowell Ministry has been leading seekers into a deeper knowledge of God’s truth and power. We offer you our accumulated knowledge and research to help you find truth and encouragement to live a healthy and whole life in Christ. Who says your Christian testimony has… Read more »

Fully Known in Healthy Relationships

Austin Fruits, March 23, 2020

We need authenticity, within healthy relationships, to find the freedom to become the people God wants us to be. A few years ago, Josh McDowell rallied our ministry speaking team when he sat us down with his friend, Dr. Henry Cloud, a giant in the counseling world. You might have… Read more »

Love Lost its Beauty

Austin Fruits, February 25, 2020

A few years ago my sister walked up to me on the campus of Liberty University, seeking comfort from her older brother. A magician had just attempted to manipulate a kiss from her via his magic trick. She came to me for safety and protection. But as I heard her… Read more »

Living in Freedom from Addiction

Austin Fruits, November 22, 2019

In the midst of addiction, our hope for freedom can be clouded by a loss of control, depression, and isolation. From personal experience, the light at the end of the tunnel becomes more and more dim as failure and shame build. While trapped in my addiction to pornography, I thought… Read more »

The Porn Epidemic: Problem, Consequence, and Hope

Austin Fruits, November 13, 2019

I love hearing the highlights of people’s lives, vacations, weekends, or even workdays. They are insights into people’s unique passions, joys, and personalities. In my two years traveling with Josh McDowell as his assistant, I experienced quite a few highlights. But one event, in particular, still stands out to me:… Read more »

Wounds, Shame, and Isolation: My Story

Austin Fruits, November 4, 2019

For two years I traveled with Josh McDowell, helping to wake people up to the fact that pornography has become an epidemic in America — despite the fact that few seem to recognize the problem. I know first-hand the devastation it causes, and how easy it is to become addicted… Read more »