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The Morning After – How’s Your Relationship?

Posted on February 15th, 2014 · Posted in Marriage

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Gifts were given. Some carefully planned and thoughtful, others, not so much. The flowers are in their vases, the chocolate has been enjoyed, the calendar has a new date. But the most important question still remains. How is your relationship? Did last night help to make it stronger? Do doubts still remain? Did the new morning bring new worries? The answers to these questions are found in the relationship that matters most – your relationship with God. Knowing  and loving God gives significance.. read more

Friendship and Marriage

Posted on February 7th, 2014 · Posted in Marriage

What Adam needed in the garden was not just a sexual partner but a companion, bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh.,, We think of a prospective spouse as primarily a lover (or a provider), and if he or she can be a friend on top of that, well isn’t that nice! We should be going at it the other way round. Screen first for friendship. Look for someone who understands you better than you do yourself, who makes you a better person just by being around them… read more

Help your husband, honor your marriage

Posted on February 4th, 2014 · Posted in Marriage, Worldview

We have looked at the parent/child relationship as well as the husband’s relationship to the family. Now let’s take a look at the role the wife is to play in the marriage. In Genesis 1:27-28 we read that God created man, a creature unique in all of creation; he created man as male and female. Humans are unique because we were created in the image of God. Both male and female were given the same mandate at creation, the same mission statement. God did something else distinctive with the creation.. read more

Honor marriage, love your children

Posted on January 31st, 2014 · Posted in Marriage, Worldview

Marriage has fallen on hard times. Many of you reading this have experienced divorce, either directly or from the impact of someone close to you. When divorce is a part of your family history, your daily conversations must reflect God’s healing power and your focus on serving Him now, rather than the problems of a troubled past.   This poses a particular challenge for blended families and parents who must continue to interact with each other after a divorce. Shattered relationships may remain shattered. Hurt may grow over time, instead.. read more

Love your spouse, love your children

Posted on January 30th, 2014 · Posted in Marriage, Parenting

If you desire to be a loving, biblical parent you must begin by being a loving, biblical  spouse. Too often parents believe they can compensate for the deficiencies in their marriage by concentrating on loving their children. Not a good idea!  Living primarily for your children leads to making idols of your children. This is a burden that no child can bear. In the long run, it will only turn your children against you. No one is blessed when this happens. Stability in the marriage relationship is what provides stability.. read more

Love your wife, don’t be a stupid fool!

Posted on January 29th, 2014 · Posted in Gospel, Marriage

Husbands, God commands you to love your wife. He says that you are to love your wife as Christ loves the church. These are words that should bring us to our knees in holy fear. Christ’s example of love is humbling and overwhelming. His example should shake us to the very core of our being. This command, properly understood, should drive us to cry out to God for strength, courage, and his mercy.   Why?   Because if you are to love with the love of Christ, then the actions.. read more

Parents, is your marriage ready for school?

Posted on August 5th, 2013 · Posted in Communication, Marriage

It is August and summer is practically over. It is time to get ready for school again. There are multiple lists to check: clothing, textbooks, supplies, transportation, after-school activities and more. You know the drill.  However, there is one important matter that you don’t want to overlook – your marriage. The challenges of school are hard on a marriage. Time, relationship,and communication  can be consumed by the demands of school.  The relationship between mom and dad can easily shift into one where scheduling and time pressure become the main focus… read more

A Dad’s Job Description – a partial list

Posted on June 12th, 2013 · Posted in Marriage, Parenting

  Love Christ first By his sacrificial example encourage his wife to love Christ first Love his wife so that she is confident he understands her deepest thoughts & moods Love his wife by honoring her before their children Love his wife by joyful sacrifice to enable her spiritual growth Love his wife by seeing her sins as opportunities to show the grace of God to her By his sacrificial example encourage his children to love Christ first Love his children by letting them know that he is incomplete without.. read more

Preparing for the Summer of 2013

Posted on May 29th, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Marriage

Summer is upon us, again.  But this summer has the potential to be different. In addition to the normal summer themes of heat, vacations, what to do with the kids, hurricanes and other storms, there is a growing cultural instability that is about to reach critical mass. The supreme court will rule sometime next month regarding same-sex marriage. Regardless of the decision that is reached turmoil will follow. Apart from a massive turning to Christ, we must accept the reality that our culture views marriage as a relic of the.. read more

Where has marriage gone?

Posted on March 23rd, 2013 · Posted in Authority, Marriage, Worldview

This week FoxNews cites a study that shows that 48% of all first time births in the United States are out of wedlock. Also this week, the Governor of Colorado signed a bill into law that repealed adultery as a crime in Colorado.    Whatever moral compass we have had has clearly ceased to function. We no longer know what side is up. These events indicate the growing rejection of God’s authority in social matters.    We must strive to make God special, precious, and desirable to our children. We.. read more

Valentine’s Day – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on February 14th, 2013 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Marriage

There is a side to Valentine’s Day which is good. The good of Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express love for each other.  I Corinthians 13 is a good guide here. It is good to let someone know they are loved and appreciated. A smile, a card, warm appreciation accompanied by flowers, chocolate, or other seasonal gift says you are special in a good way. Married couples can find other good ways to appropriately celebrate the day. So, in this sense – Happy Valentine’s Day! But, there is another.. read more

Children Must Be Trained Before They Can Be Enjoyed

Posted on February 1st, 2013 · Posted in Marriage, Worldview

The purpose of the family is 1) to maintain and nourish the one-flesh relationship between husband and wife, and 2) to prepare children to leave the home of their parents and establish their own home. The family does not exist for itself. Genesis 2:24 teaches that the husband-wife relationship does not exist primarily for children. Children are only temporary residents. A husband and wife are to remain together after the children have left. Parents, note this well: God wants your children to leave home. They are to move on. Parents.. read more

Meekness

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Marriage

Meekness is being willing to give up my rights in order to put others first. Meekness waits for God to bring about justice. Psalm 37:10-11 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.  But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.   From Get Wisdom

Preparing Eight-Year-Olds for Marriage

Posted on February 9th, 2012 · Posted in Culture, Marriage, Parenting, Worldview

Before anyone misunderstands me—let me say that this post is not about pre-marital instructions for children, at least not explicitly. Neither is this post about arranged marriages! No, this post is about friendship and its connection to marriage. In Tim Keller’s excellent book, The Meaning of Marriage, he draws out the importance of friendship in marriage. I believe Keller has made an important observation, both for those interested in becoming married and for parents seeking to train their children to live for God. Christians are not to think or act.. read more