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Three Important Environments for Marriage Preparation

One of the most consistent themes that emerges in counseling young couples, especially in the critical first five years, is the dramatic difference between the time and money that was invested in their wedding compared to the time and money that was invested in preparing for the rest of their lives together as husband and […]

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A Biblical Anatomy of Conflict

Sadly, when many of the couples I counsel first enter my office, conflict is frequent and often volatile. Sometimes, the issues couples fight over are so minor that they can’t even remember the cause of the fight by the time they come to counseling. Still, the fighting is constant. They are asking, “Why do we […]

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Redeeming Marriage in Community

Marriage is hard. Even in the best marriages, the heart of each spouse tends to turn inward and build the kingdom of self. Most of my marriage counseling clients at least claim to be believers in Christ. Most of them regularly attend a bible-teaching church. Most of them are in some kind of small group […]

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Kostenberger’s Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:15

For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. (1 Timothy 2:13-15 ESV) I have always struggled to understand this passage. I have read some very good […]

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The 59 “One Anothers” of Community

In his Dearest Place on Earth message series, Matt Chandler is referencing 59 “one anothers” in the New Testament – ways that believers in the church are to relate to each other. Here is a link to a .pdf of the 59 “one anothers” in the New Testament: One Anothers in the New Testament

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Priorities in Finding A Godly Spouse from Genesis 24

In Genesis 24, Abraham decides that it is time for his beloved son Isaac to have a wife. Now, in Abraham’s day, as in some places in the world still today, marriages were “arranged” by the families of the bride and groom. So, like all good dads of his time and place in history, Abraham arranged […]

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“Prayer is where I do my best work as a husband, dad, worker and friend.  I’m aware of the weeds of unbelief in me and the struggles in others’ lives.  The Holy Spirit puts his finger on issues that only he can solve.  I’m actually managing my life through my…

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My Daily Bible Reading Plan

I am often asked how I decide what Bible passages to read in my daily time with the Lord. For several years, I have followed the plan created by Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a Scottish pastor who lived and pastored in the early 1800s. The M’Cheyne Reading Plan calls for reading the New Testament and Psalms through […]

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The Theme of Joy in Philippians

Joy is a central theme in the book of Philippians. There are 15 explicit references to some form of either the noun “joy” (chara in Greek) or the verb “rejoice” (chairo) in this short letter. Paul prays for the Philippian believers with joy (chara) because of their partnership with him in the gospel. (1:4-5) He rejoices (chairo) […]

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get […]

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