The Art of Attraction

Allure – the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating. Think back to the very first time you found yourself crazy attracted to your spouse. Was it when you first met? For me, it happened a year after Tori and I met. I was playing in Bluefield, WV for the Orioles’ rookie team … Continued

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How A Good Marriage Proves Our Love For God

It’s easier to love God than to love people. Why? Because God is perfect. People are not (well, that’s debatable :)) God never fails. He doesn’t have bad breath. He doesn’t pass gas under the bed sheets. It’s much harder to love people than to love Him. But God says, “if you say you love … Continued

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Trust the Triangle

We’ve discovered the marriages that last the test of time are not between two people, but three. Picture a triangle. Your spouse is at one end, you at the other, and God at the top. The closer each of you draw to God individually the closer you draw to each other. Understanding this principle releases … Continued

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The Key to Relational Warmth

“Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?” (Ecclesiastes 4:11) Imagine a cold night in the dead of winter and you jump into your cold bed with your spouse. God has divinely created us so that we give off body heat, so when two bodies touch we … Continued

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Four Phases of Parenting

Parenting four kids has taught us a lot. Now that our oldest is 16 we’re starting to see how our parenting has moved through four distinct phases. Phase 1: BABYSITTER – this is the first stage in parenting where all we care about is making sure our kids are safe and that they don’t put … Continued

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The Power of Forgiveness

One of the greatest hang-ups for married couples is in the area of forgiveness. Refusing to forgive and/or refusing to seek forgiveness leaves couples stuck until they deal with the issue at hand. Fortunately, Jesus gives us some instruction on what to do. In the famous “Lord’s Prayer” we see Him teaching us two areas … Continued

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Choose To Trust

“Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.” (2 Samuel 6:16) Here we see King David’s wife Michal giving every married person a great example of … Continued

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Don’t Focus on the Futile

1 Samuel 12:21 – “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.” Samuel the priest was giving the Israelites poignant advice that we still need to this day – “make sure you don’t turn aside from following the Lord because if … Continued

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Come Apart

“When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida…”(Luke 9:10) After coming back from a wildly successful short-term missions trip Jesus encouraged His disciples to come apart and rest so that they could recharge their batteries. … Continued

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What’s Your Jericho?

The other day I was struck by two verses that have rocked my world. Read them both… Joshua 6:26 – “Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, ‘Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest … Continued

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