Entries by Jason Tesch


Responding to the Spiritual Impact of Child Abuse

Although most people are aware of the physical and emotional toll of child abuse, many do not appreciate the spiritual impact of abusing children. According to 34 major studies involving more than 19,000 abused children, a majority of them were impacted spiritually as a result of maltreatment. In some cases, this happens when an offender […]


Jesus Walks with You through the Dark Valleys

“…the LORD was with [Joseph].” – Genesis 39:3 Abuse destroys lives: physically, psychologically, emotionally. Sometimes abuse kills. This is why we fight back. We pray, of course, but we also report physical, sexual, and emotional abuse as the crime it is. And yet, Christians survive abuse. Martin Luther looked at Joseph and appealed to a […]

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God Remembers You

“…the LORD gave [Joseph] success in everything…” – Genesis 39:3 “It could be worse.” “It’s darkest before the dawn.” “Something good must come from this.” You’ve heard these. They’re meant well. They prove that we don’t process trauma well. Sometimes silence is best, right? If someone just sat with us until things got better. But […]


Abuse Happens Even to “Good” People

“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt.” – Genesis 39:1 If you didn’t know better, you’d make nothing of Genesis 39:1. It sounds harmless. Far from it. Joseph’s been sold into slavery, a horrific trauma. His brothers did this. They roughed him up, stole his clothes, threw him into a cistern, and debated whether […]