Far too many couples are convinced that a weekend marriage seminar, or the newest book on marriage with be the silver bullet that “fixes” their relationship. We all wish it were that easy. There are no quick fixes for marital satisfaction. Certainly, seminars and books can be the catalysts. But relationships improve (or not) only if couples are willing to do the hard work of applying the new knowledge and… Continue Reading…

Many believers wait for a big movement of God. They wait for the church or even the government to initiate needed change. But the Bible and history shows that change is not brought about by one person. It takes place one person at a time. Long before Luther drew up his 95 Theses, John Huss led a great revival in Prague. The revival was later forced underground by persecution. Huss… Continue Reading…

Oneness in marriage means that a husband and wife are headed the same direction at the same time for the same reasons. Jesus said that in marriage, a man and woman are “no longer two but one.” So what are the things that blow up oneness, and how can we deactivate the bomb before is explodes? Failure to commit your relationship to the Lord.  Too many couples spend more time… Continue Reading…

Eleven men sat in a darkened room.  There had been twelve. Now one was dead. Along with darkness was a mixture of hopelessness and confusion.  Jesus had promised so much. He had performed so often. His words were so certain. But now . . . now all the promises, miracles, and words were bound in grave cloths, lying cold and still in a dark tomb. Their hope was buried with… Continue Reading…

To the Roman soldiers it was just another day’s work. The assignment of putting criminals to death had hardened their hearts. Gambling for the clothes of those who hung naked dulled their ears from the cries of pain. Breaking the legs of the victims ensured a shorter workday. Running a spear through the side of the one in the middle was part of the job. Justice was done. Their task… Continue Reading…

When Jesus cried out from the cross, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” He was not asking, “Why have you left me forever?” Jesus knew He was leaving the world and going to the Father (John 14:28, 16:10, 17). Jesus was not rejecting God. He repeats, “My God.” Jesus knew that He was dying for our sins. Jesus’ cry is a quotation from Psalm 22, a Psalm… Continue Reading…

Marriage is not a casual agreement. It is a covenant made before witnesses and God. Jesus tells us that God is the one who joins the husband and wife together “and what God has joined together let no man separate. Scripture says, “It is better to not to make a vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it” (Ecclesiastes 5:5). So let’s think about the commitment it takes… Continue Reading…

Life is full of defining moments. Events take place and decisions are made that literally change the course of our lives. Sometimes these defining moments are uninvited. With battering ram force, they barge into our lives and leave us dealing with sickness, divorce, loss, and disappointment. Other times, we open the day and sound a rousing welcome. We are accepted to the college of our choice. We get the job…. Continue Reading…

I write to parents with children at home. Singles, married without children, empty-nesters – don’t misunderstand, you are important too. But for this post, allow me to narrow the audience. And don’t stop reading. Singles and married without children, my words may soon apply directly to you. And empty-nesters, we need your prayerful support and help. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love… Continue Reading…

I believe far too many young men and women enter the dating game with no real plan. This leaves them open to move forward in a relationship based on immediate emotions. Too often they find themselves involved before they take a hard look at the person with whom they have fallen “in love.” “Love is blind” as the saying goes. Deep emotion can keep us from seeing another person’s true… Continue Reading…

Parents are exhausted these days.  Life is busy.  Let me share with you an experience I had when our kids were younger… I had been moaning about how busy things were. My job. The new baby. Soccer, softball, and baseball practices and games. School stuff. Yard work. And on and on. But God was clear. These are the best of times. I have blessed you with another miracle. Your children… Continue Reading…

Just as each person has a unique fingerprint, so each marriage has a unique “marriageprint,” a distinctiveness that belongs to each couple alone. God unites couples to do together what they could never do alone. God has brought you together as man and wife to do what no other union in the world can do. So what is it that God wants you to do? What impact does He want… Continue Reading…

Francois Fenelon (August 6, 1651 – January 7, 1715) was a French Roman Catholic archbishop, theologian, poet and writer. His instruction on prayer is the best I have ever seen. Here’s what Fenelon says: Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that… Continue Reading…

I have coached a variety of recreational sports in my community. I hate to admit it, but for many years I was a downright jerk. Now, years removed from my coaching “jerkiness,” it’s hard to believe that I took winning so seriously. But I did. Several of us coaches worked hard at beating each other. Somehow we forgot about the kids. At least I did. I wish I could have… Continue Reading…

What do husbands and wives need in a relationship?  Sure, there are many things they want, but what do they really need? In my study for marriage enrichment, I ran across a book by Willard Harley, Jr. called His Needs, Her Needs. Harley puts forth his researched take on the top five needs of men and women.   ***Warning—Please Read*** Quite honestly, I find that husbands and wives talk about… Continue Reading…

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