• Topic > Marriage & Family

    Will You Come Back?

    Ron and Nancy’s marriage was deteriorating rapidly. She had an affair, but after some time she admitted her sin to God. She knew what He wanted her to do but it was difficult. She shared the truth with Ron. Instead of asking for a divorce, Ron chose to give Nancy a chance to win his trust back by showing that she’d changed. In a miraculous way God restored their marriage.

    Ron’s actions are a picture of God’s love and forgiveness shown toward sinners like you and me. The prophet Hosea understood this well. He was commanded by God to marry an…

    All for Nothing

    Heroin addiction is poignantly tragic. Users build tolerance, so larger hits are required for the same high. Soon the dosage they seek is more than enough to kill them. When addicts hear someone has died from an exceptionally strong batch, their first thought may not be fear but “Where can I get that?”

    C. S. Lewis warned of this downward spiral in Screwtape Letters, his imaginative look at a demon’s explanation of the art of temptation. Start with some pleasure—if possible one of God’s good pleasures—and offer it in a way God has forbidden. Once the person bites, give less of it…

    Escaping the Noise

    Several years ago, the president of a college suggested that students join her in “powering down” for an evening. Although the students agreed, it was with great reluctance that they laid aside their cell phones and entered the chapel. For the next hour, they sat quietly in a service of music and prayer. Afterward, one participant described the experience as “a wonderful opportunity to calm down . . . a place to just tune out all of the extra noise.”

    Sometimes, it’s difficult to escape “extra noise.” The clamor of both our external and internal worlds can be deafening. But when…

    The Beauty of Love

    The “Jarabe Tapatío,” also known as the Mexican hat dance, celebrates romance. During this upbeat dance, the man places his sombrero on the ground. At the very end, the woman grabs the hat and both hide behind it to seal their romance with a kiss.

    This dance reminds me of the importance of faithfulness in marriage. In Proverbs 5, after talking about the high cost of immorality, we read that marriage is exclusive. “Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well” (v. 15). Even with ten couples dancing the Jarabe on stage, each person focuses on his…

    God Loves Each And Every One Of Us Dearly

    The universe is really BIG! And when you stop to think about it, you can feel really small in comparison! Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones remind us that even though we’re small, God loves each of us dearly. Hear one final excerpt from Sally’s book, Thoughts to Make […]

    Find Comfort Knowing Only God Is Perfect

    Do you ever feel like you have to be perfect? Do you expect perfection from others? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones find comfort in the fact that no one is perfect except for God. Join us as we read another excerpt from Sally’s children’s book, Thoughts to Make […]

    The One Big Over-Arching Story Of The Bible

    The Bible may consist of different books written by different authors, but in the end, it tells one, big, over-arching story. Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones read an excerpt from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, and discuss how stories have the power to captivate both children and adults […]

    The Boundless, Never-Changing Love Of God

    God’s love has no restrictions, no strings attached. And there’s nothing we can do to earn it. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones discuss how to communicate God’s boundless, unconditional, never-changing love to a child. We’re talking about Sally’s book, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing today on Discover […]

    Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing

    We can’t always tell where God is leading us. But we can always trust that He’s taking us somewhere good. Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest Sally Lloyd-Jones discuss how to share this comforting truth with children. Join the group for a conversation about Sally’s children’s book, Thoughts to Make Your […]

    A Fitting Time

    Yesterday I purchased a plane ticket to send my firstborn child to college. I’m surprised the keyboard on my computer still functions, given the waterworks my eyes unleashed on it during the flight selection process. I have so enjoyed my eighteen years of daily life with her that I am saddened by the prospect of her departure. Yet I wouldn’t rob her of the opportunity that lies ahead simply because I will miss her. At this juncture in her life, it is fitting for her to embark on a new journey to discover adulthood and explore another part of the…

    How to Move Forward in 2018

    “Look to the future with the past in mind.”  I came across this phrase last year when I went on vacation in Baguio City, one of the tourist towns in Benguet Province of the Philippines.

    Don’t Give Up On Making Resolutions, Here’s 5 Tips

    Making New Year’s resolutions is one of my favorite traditions of the holiday season. “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” is an unavoidable question asked of friends, family, and coworkers alike this time of year.

    Traditions and Christmas

    As you savor a candy cane this Christmas, say “Danka Schoen” to the Germans, for that confectionary treat was first created in Cologne. As you admire your poinsettia, say “gracias” to Mexico, where the plant originated. Say “merci beaucoup” to the French for the term noel, and give a “cheers” to the English for your mistletoe.

    But as we enjoy our traditions and festivities of the Christmas season—customs that have been collected from around the world—let’s save our most sincere and heartfelt “thank you” for our good, merciful, and loving God. From Him came the reason for our Christmas celebration: the…

    The Glory Of My Parents’ Divorce

    There are two memories from my childhood that define my family for me. The first was as a 3-year-old running into a hospital ward with my dad after my mom had given birth to my younger brother

    I Almost Got a Divorce

    When I was younger, I used to think that I could overcome anything as long as my husband loved me. But after getting married, my husband’s poor health, among other things, almost led me to give up on my marriage.

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