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Picture This: Portrait of a Beautiful Marriage

The clearest picture in the New Testament of what a marriage should look like is Christ and the Church. If you want to know how you should think and behave in your marriage, think about Christ and the Church, and imitate them. If you say… Continue Reading …

Marriage Devotion Day 1 – We Are One in Communication

Day 1 - We Are One In Communication

One of the more common complaints I hear from spouses is when one of the partners in the marriage talks about being alone—in their union. These lonely spouses perceive a seemingly invisible barrier between the spouses. It’s a level of communication they cannot change. Listen… Continue Reading …

Marriage Devotion Day 5 – Strengths and Weaknesses in Marriage

Marriage Devotion Day 5 – Strengths and Weaknesses in Marriage

One of the most potent ways to imitate Jesus in your marriage is by having an other-worldly lack of self-interest (Philippians 2:5-11). One of the statements that connect so well into this concept is that if the gospel truly anchors you, you have nothing to… Continue Reading …

Marriage Devotion Day 6 – His Problems, Her Problems: One Problem

Marriage Devotion Day 6 – His Problems, Her Problems_ One Problem

I watched my wife go through three miscarriages. They happened to her; it was her pain, her disappointment, and her fear. But they were “my miscarriages” too. I did not feel and hurt the way she did. I have no idea of the physical, mental,… Continue Reading …

Marriage Devotion Day 16 – Your Marriage Look Like This?

Marriage Devotion Day 16 – Your Marriage Look Like This?

A husband and wife are not just two people within the marriage. Yes, they have independent relationships with the Lord and others, but they are also one flesh. Like our blessed Trinity, there is perfect oneness that unites the Persons. All biblical marriages should look… Continue Reading …

Marriage Devotion Day 18 – Three Steps to Be an Excellent Spouse

Marriage Devotion Day 18 – Three Steps to Be an Excellent Spouse

In this devotion, I lay out a sequential order of what makes an excellent spouse. Each succeeding step builds upon the one before it. If you want to enjoy your marriage, you must be practically living out all three phases in the order that I… Continue Reading …

Marriage Devotion Day 19 – The Blessing of the Reciprocal Marriage

Marriage Devotion Day Day 19 – The Blessing of the Reciprocal Marriage

There is a hierarchy to a marriage where the husband leads and the wife follows. But did you know that there is a circularity, too? Each spouse is dependent upon the other. The reciprocality and mutual dependence of the two are what gives strength to… Continue Reading …

Can You Be Trusted with Your Spouse’s Sin?

Helping a spouse overcome sin is a privilege and challenge, with many pitfalls. One of those pitfalls is your willingness to “handle their truth” without becoming angry. Can you be trusted with the disappointing truth about your spouse? Megan’s husband, Jeff, is a huge disappointment… Continue Reading …

Does Your Spouse Know You Are for Him?

Husbands are fragile people. We have sensitive egos. We may come across as strong and indifferent, but that is our presentation, not our reality. We are actually quite vulnerable. I wonder if you know this. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …

Marriage Devotion Day 31 – Ask This Question, Every Day

Marriage Devotion Day 31 - Ask This Question, Every Day

Your spouse is two parts—body and soul. Every person is a dichotomy—organic and nonorganic, or physical and spiritual. Though the two parts interrelate and affect each other, there are clear distinctions between them, which require diverse care. To do this well, you can ask a… Continue Reading …

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