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Respect and Love (Pt. 1 of 2)

Have you ever wondered why the Bible commands husbands to love their wives and turns around and commands wives – not to love, but to respect their husbands? (Ephesians 5:33) If you have been out and about lately you have probably heard of Dr. Emerson Eggerichs who wrote the book Love and Respect, and conducts […]

It’s Time to Restore Hearts

Authors: Patrick & Dwaina Six God is all about marriage and family relationships!  In Genesis we read that after creating the heavens and the earth, the first thing God did was to bring the first man and the first woman together as husband and wife.  At the end of the Old Testament in Malachi 4:6, […]

Kick ’em Out of the Bedroom

No, we’re not talking about kicking your spouse out.  We’re talking about kicking out a couple of habits you may have developed in your marriage relationship.  If you are going to experience joy in your sexual relationship, these two habits have gotta go! Demanding Has Gotta Go: 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 is an often misunderstood Scripture.  […]

The High Cost of Divorce

The truth is no one ever emerges from divorce unscathed.  Everyone involved is permanently harmed. Everyone understands there will be immediate trauma to the divorcing couple, but few realize the lingering emotional and psychological effects. For example, research by Judith Wallerstein with the California Children of Divorce Project shows an especially dismal future for women […]

Ministry vs. Manipulation

Ministry is our commitment to love in shoe leather.  When we minister to our mate, we are focusing on them and their needs.  This is not an easy calling.  It’s much easier to focus on our own needs and try to manipulate our partner into meeting them.  But every Christian spouse has been called to […]

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, […]

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 […]

How to Make Love Last (Pt. 2 of 2)

by Harold & Bette Gillogly If a recipe is followed exactly, the results will be exactly what the recipe intended.  The cake, cookies, casserole… whatever the recipe was for will be delicious.  God has given us His recipe for a loving, lasting, fulfilling marriage relationship.  In the last SEEDS FOR GROWTH, we talked about the […]

How to Make Love Last (Pt. 1 of 2)

Before we look at God’s list of ingredients, we need to establish a couple of basic principles.  The first principle is that we can not make our mates stick to the recipe.  We can’t nag them into it, shame them, badger them or convince them into it.  Even hinting doesn’t work.  But we can choose […]