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The Faces of Forgiveness (Pt. 2 of 2)

Forgiveness.  A subject so deep and wide, most of us flounder around in it, struggling just to stay afloat.  To be honest, we’re in way over our heads, like ducks that haven’t quite gotten the hang of swimming.  To make things worse, the people we rub against every day have a way of ruffling our […]

The Faces of Forgiveness (Pt. 1 of 2)

A few weeks ago, we were talking with a good friend who made a comment that really got us thinking.  He said he could not forgive a particular person because that person had not asked him for forgiveness.  Are we held back from forgiveness in this way?  What are the rules about forgiveness?  And who […]

Love is a Decision

To love is a COMMAND.  During our engagement, we heard a speaker say that love is “a maximum of evaluation and a minimum of emotion.”  We, like any other engaged couple, didn’t believe that for a minute.  We had a maximum of emotion and a minimum of evaluation.  But after we were married for awhile, […]

Couples Rejoice (Pt. 3 of 3)

by Harold and Bette Gillogly In the last two Seeds we have talked about how we can rejoice with our mates, celebrating our love and oneness.  By using C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-N-G as an acrostic, we have discussed specific, practical ways to fill our marriages full of joy.  The first eights letters of  CELEBRATING have been used, so […]

Couples Rejoice (Pt. 2 of 3)

by Harold and Bette Gillogly Has there been a celebration at your house since the last SEEDS FOR GROWTH?  A celebration of your love for one another?  We hope so.  It is our prayer for every couple to make “rejoicing” the key characteristic of their marriage?  We hope you have made a decision to put […]

Couples Rejoice (Pt. 1 of 3)

by Harold and Bette Gillogly Throughout Scripture, there is a distinct current of celebration, especially as God reveals His intention in creating marriage.  When God fashioned Eve and brought her to Adam — they celebrated (Genesis 2:22-25).  When Ruth and Boaz were finally united, there was jubilation (Ruth 4:14).  Solomon and his Shulamite wife rejoiced […]

Hanging on Through Tough Times

As you walk along the road in your journey toward  spiritual intimacy, you are going to come across some ruts, chuck holes and boulders in your path.  The enemy is going to make quite sure you encounter a lot of rough places.  And why shouldn’t he?  Satan’s agenda is to make you give up…to quit…not […]

Encourager or Critic

We are commanded by the Holy Spirit to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thess. 5:11). If you know the Lord, then, hopefully, you take this command pretty seriously.  You try your best to encourage those who are DIScouraged.  But is that enough? Is there more to this command than meets the […]

Communication that Fuels the Fire

CONFLICT.  That crippler that tears us apart…that alienates …that polarizes two people so that they can not reach across the chasm they have dug with their own hands.  This is the third SEEDS FOR GROWTH dealing with conflict—the greatest cause for marriage failures today. We have been discussing the three basic reasons for conflict: (1) […]

When in Grief – Take Flight

Yes, it’s true.  These are hard times for America.  Our economy is deeply wounded.  The stock market is on a roller coaster.  Some folks have lost their retirement. Others have lost their jobs.  In addition, our country is in a life and death struggle with Muslim extremists who are bent on our destruction. All this […]