Questions to Help You Share Your Story

  Everyone has a story … a fascinating tale involving adventure, laughter, courage, pain, and romance. You have such a story, and so does your spouse. Sometimes you just need the right questions to help you share your stories, as well as write together the intriguing saga of your shared life in marriage. For example, […]
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This Valentine’s Day, Make Plans for Romance

Do you ever wonder how we can feel so fatigued today, despite all our modern conveniences that are supposed to save us time and make life more comfortable? How can we be so busy, so stressed, so fractured? For many, the pace of life presents the biggest deterrent to marital romance. When Dennis and I […]
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A Marriage Marked by Unhappiness, Addiction, and Infidelity

Over our 50 years of ministry, Dennis and I have met many couples who’ve gone “all in” on God’s plan for marriage. Most of those couples have experienced the wonder of God’s transformative work in changing them and their marriages to what they always dreamed when they first married. Tim and Kathy went to one […]
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The Messiah Mystery: A Quest to Follow Clues to One of the Greatest Mysteries Ever

Have you ever tried to solve a mystery? Or have you read a detective novel or two where you have no idea now it will end? Some of the most fascinating detective stories are full of twists and turns that leave you surprised and hungry for more. Did you know that God’s story in the […]
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Observing Lent: A Season of Waiting and Worship

Is waiting something you enjoy and eagerly look forward to? Not me! When I think of waiting, I think of sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room. Or sitting in my car on the freeway, with traffic stopped dead and no exit nearby.  Or standing in line at the department of motor vehicles for what […]
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‘Spoonful of Sugar’: Bite-sized Morsels of God’s Word

We know you are busy! And we also know how easy it is to neglect God’s Word when life is moving so fast. If you ever need a reminder of why God’s Word is so important for all of us, read Psalm 119. It’s full of wonderful descriptions like “Your word is a lamp to […]
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Cradle to Cross

Beautiful Savior, What more could be done than Thou has done! Thy death is my LIFE, Thy resurrection my PEACE, Thy ascension my HOPE, Thy prayers my COMFORT. Help me give thanks today and forever. Amen. A Puritan prayer quoted in Valley of Vision, compiled by Arthur Bennett The incarnation of Jesus … His first coming to earth […]
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The Gift of Presence

The most meaningful gifts reveal profound knowledge: The giver knows the recipient well. To be known … deeply, lavishly and individually, in spite of our flaws and weaknesses … and then to be loved anyway is the collective longing of humankind. God knew that about us … and so, on the first Christmas morning, God gave us […]
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Does Your Marriage Feel Hopeless?

I have only flown first-class twice, and in neither case did I pay for the premium seats. I was bumped one time because I was flying with someone who was a diamond/platinum/other-fancy-metal frequent flyer, and the other time because my wife, Stephanie, was pregnant. I won’t pay for these upgraded seats for two reasons—I’m too […]
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13 Great Ideas for Practicing Gratitude During Thanksgiving and Year-Round

  The more I learn about, think about, and practice gratitude, the more I realize it is one of the best ways of demonstrating our faith in God. Thanksgiving week provides an opportunity to teach your children about the value of showing gratitude as a way of life—all year long. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us […]
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Do You Know About All Saints’ Day?

I’ve long had mixed feelings about Halloween. Yes, it’s a fun family time—especially for kids—to dress up in costumes and celebrate the fall. But in our present culture it has also become a strange celebration of horror and death … to the point where sometimes you want to turn your kids’ eyes away from the […]
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3 Steps to New Purpose When Your Kids Leave the Nest

Tears streamed down Sarah’s face as she began to describe how she was feeling, “Our last child, Emily, has just left for college and I find myself crying almost every day. For 30 years I’ve poured my life into my kids. Even though I started two of my own companies and was very successful, my […]
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