I Want to Change My Spouse

When we fought in the early years of our marriage, we didn’t just fight about the issue at hand. We used ammunition from our months of marriage to belittle and discredit each other. An ever-growing record of offenses, condemnation, and bitterness was the foundation for every disagreement.
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Jul 28, 2014

Clearing the Decks

Clear the decks: (verb) Prepare for a particular event or goal by dealing with anything beforehand that might hinder progress* This nautical term was originally a command given aboard ships approaching battle. When thus instructed, sailors knew to remove any tools, ropes, or other gear that
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Jul 24, 2014

Playbook: Read the new online magazine!

Marriage is hard work—but it can also be a lot of fun! Playbook, a new online magazine, is a celebration of the little things that make marriage great. Inside… Date ideas Real love stories Downloadable activities Free audio messages Plus, a behind the scenes look at the making of The
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Jul 22, 2014

Dreaming Together

Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. …Three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. —Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12 TLB Living and experiencing the largeness of marriage—this is God’s divine design for every husband and
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Jul 21, 2014

Being Refined

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. —1 Peter 4:12-13 The Message Marriage is a
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Jul 17, 2014

For and To His Glory

Call me strange or just inquisitive, but I’m often amazed by the world surrounding me. I like to stand in a typical place, at a typical time, and simply wait. Wait until I observe something different than what I would normally find. I like taking different routes home just to gain a different
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Jul 15, 2014

What Is Happily Ever After?

Have you ever noticed that most romantic movies and books only focus on the beginning of a love story? Think of your favorite romantic classic. (We realize this may be easier for some of you than others.) What is the storyline? There may be temporary setbacks—a competitor, intense argument,
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Jul 14, 2014

The Largeness of Marriage

…“Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. …But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.” —Matthew 19:11-12 The Message Enlarge. It means to increase, expand, broaden, or amplify. God, the Creator of
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Jul 10, 2014

She Said Yes: Empowering Women in Marriage

Two weeks after I shared this message with our team, I was on vacation in Southern California when the news broke about Elliot Rodger and the UCSB shooting. I was overwhelmed as I read articles and watched reports about this troubled young college student, a man so consumed with hatred of women
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Jul 8, 2014
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