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    The Girl In The Yellow Coat

    It was her yellow raincoat that caught my attention, and quickly I became increasingly interested in this cute freshman with long, brown hair. Soon I worked up my courage, interrupted Sue as she walked along reading a letter from a guy back home, and awkwardly asked her for a date. To my surprise, she said yes.

    My Wedding Infatuation

    I’ve always been a fan of weddings. It’s probably because I’m a romantic at heart. In fact, I’ve always seen it as sacred—the union of two souls, the starting of a new life together, and many other beginnings. It is beautiful, isn’t it? Well, today I realized that marriage is all […]

    What Is The Promise Of Marriage?

    Everyone enters marriage with a set of expectations—the promise of happiness, security, intimacy, and mutual care. David Egner shares wisdom from Scripture to help you renew and rekindle the promise of marriage. Find out what the Bible has to say about marriage and how it impacts your expectations, motives, and faith in God.

    How Can A Parent Find Peace Of Mind?

    Although parenting will always have its moments of challenge, how you respond to those situations is what matters most. In this booklet, author Mart De Haan examines the biblical model of the parent-child relationship and offers insight to help you take a wise and loving approach with your children. Discover how you can have peace, even in the most difficult times of parenting.

    When We Love Too Much: Escaping The Control Of Codependency

    Years ago, the term codependency was associated with family members of chemically addicted people. Today, it is applied to a much broader group—those who struggle with controlling others or being controlled by others. In this booklet, counselor Jeff Olson helps you discover how you can be free from the stresses and anxieties of codependency and how to get on the path to a better way of living with God and others.

    Sweet Words

    Scott had always admired the relationship between Ken and Phyllis, his wife’s parents. So he asked them one day what made their marriage work. Ken replied, “You need to keep it sweet!”

    How the origin of marriage impacts our relationships today

    While marriage customs differ dramatically, it is most important that we understand marriage as God’s design for men and women created in His image, made for community and love.

    Answer to a listener’s question on the origin of marriage and how it applies to us today

    Marriages with real leaving, real cleaving, and real bonding are less likely to come apart at the seams, necessitating divorce.

    PURPOSE: To help listeners think about the essentials of marriage from God’s perspective.

    Biblical wisdom and hope for struggling relationships

    Misapplying a biblical text can lead to dangerous consequences. We must realize that how we handle Scripture can have bad results if we misapply it.

    Look at God’s ultimate design for marriage and find encouragement in the Scriptures

    “Submitting to one another in the fear of God. Wives, to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:21-33).

    Discover powerful truths in Scripture to strengthen your marriage

    When we interpret a passage in the Bible, we must pay attention to grammatical structure. People tend to put submit with head, but grammatically we need to keep clear about the pairs of words in the passage. What can happen when we fail to do that?

    When we do that, we miss the image of the wife as the husband's body and Paul's point that they are "one flesh" (Genesis 2:24).

    A controversial text in Ephesians and an important message for your marriage

    For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5: 21-33).

    IDEA: When we interpret a passage in the Bible, we must pay attention to grammatical structure.

    PURPOSE: To help listeners think about the structure of biblical texts.

    Discovering what Ephesians chapter five says about submission

    So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:21-33).

    Let’s shed light on the controversial subject of submission

    For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:21-33).

    IDEA: To misinterpret or misapply a passage of Scripture always has consequences.

    PURPOSE: To help listeners realize the dangers that may grow out of bad exegesis.

    The Power Of A Promise

    I wear only two pieces of jewelry: a wedding band on my finger and a small Celtic cross on a chain around my neck. The ring represents my vow to be faithful to Carolyn, my wife, as long as I shall live. The cross reminds me that it is not for her sake alone, but for Jesus’ sake that I do so. He has asked me to be faithful to her until death shall separate us.

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