A good marriage requires lots of love but it also, surprisingly enough, requires a certain amount of hatred.  Your willingness to hate and to give yourself over to a holy hatred will serve your marriage. How the Bible puts it: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” (Proverbs 8:13) Those who have a […]

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Marriage and family life—if done well, and if our relationships are increasing in intimacy and spiritual fruitfulness—take so much thought and concentration that we need to keep our minds fresh and focused. If we don’t preserve our emotional and mental energy for our marriage and family, we can be distracted from what is truly important […]

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How do you know if your marriage is pleasing to God and that you’re holding up your responsibility as a spouse?  The surprising teaching of Scripture is that it’s not by comparing yourself to your spouse (how well you love compared with how well they love)—it’s by comparing yourself now with yourself last year. Increasing […]

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This is a second guest post from Tyler Ward, the author who guest posted “Marriage is Fire.” He has just released his new book “Marriage Rebranded” and I hope everyone gets the chance to read it. Below begins the post from Tyler! –Gary Thomas   LOVE IS A JOURNEY – NOT A FREE FALL “We […]

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July 9, 2014

Make People Rich

Gary Thomas — 

As I walked out of the office building in a spirit of prayer, I felt God say: “Make people rich.” “That can’t possibly be God,” I instinctually responded. But what if it was? God and “Riches” I had just met with two of my editors at David C. Cook Publishers. We were talking about my […]

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Answering This Famous Question in One Sentence: Want to know what your current boyfriend or girlfriend will be like as a husband or wife? The answer to this question could be the most important piece of information to consider before marrying your boyfriend or girlfriend. Or letting your kids marry their boyfriend or girlfriend. And […]

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June 30, 2014

Marriage is Fire.

Gary Thomas — 

Few things excite a fifty-something writer more than coming across a thirty-something writer with equal passion who is gifted and poised to further explore the spiritual side of marriage. Readers of Sacred Marriage should be poised to embrace the debut effort of Tyler Ward, whose book, “Marriage Rebranded” is released today. I’m honored to include […]

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It sounds crazy, but the very traits that make you fall in love with someone can be the things that most irritate you once you marry. The difference between living with a quirk and occasionally visiting a quirk is huge. How can we re-fall in love with the person we married, learning to remember what […]

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June 23, 2014

Power in Prison

Gary Thomas — 

  Some of your marriages may feel like a prison of loneliness.   Some of your families are facing medical and financial catastrophes that threaten to suffocate you if you think about them for longer than five minutes.   Some of you can’t take a step or draw a breath without physical pain.   Some […]

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Let’s make marriage sound simple today, shall we?  Let’s narrow it down to the one thing that matters. I like “one thing” lists.  Give me a list of even three things, and I can get confused over which one is most important.  Give me a “list” of one, and even I can remember that. Perhaps […]

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