October 14, 2014

Sin Leaving the Soul

Gary Thomas — 

  If you’ve ever run marathons, you’ve likely seen the handmade sign that says, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” It’s a cliché in running circles, and the people holding the signs are usually standing at the bottom of a hill (like just before the Madison street hill in Seattle or Heartbreak Hill in Boston). […]

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October 7, 2014

Pulling Tubes

Gary Thomas — 

  Having just heard me speak on marriage, the 60-something woman was already in tears by the time she reached the front of the line. “What you’re saying is so true. I’ve worked at a hospice for twenty years. Caring for people is what I do. Yet somehow, it never got transferred to home. I […]

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September 30, 2014

A Marriage Worthy of Our Calling

Gary Thomas — 

Sparks will fly (in a good way) if we’ll apply Ephesians 4:1-3 to our marriages. “Therefore I… beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make […]

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            QUESTION:  I have been reading your book The Sacred Search and I am almost done with it.   I was wondering if you could just clarify something for me. In chapter 15, you talk about knowing whether a person is healed from his or her sexual past, and not proceed […]

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September 19, 2014

A Double Dose of Good

Gary Thomas — 

Confession: we have one of the worst backyards in our neighborhood. You are free to feel sorry for my wife. A couple times a week I think, “Gary, you really need to do something here,” but I never feel motivated enough to actually get going.   If there is any defense, I struggle to find […]

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September 11, 2014

A New Perspective…

Gary Thomas — 

In a culture that celebrates young love, senior citizens can humble us with their depth of devotion. Sit back and enjoy a tender true story of a young doctor who discovered what over fifty years of faithful marriage can do to a man… (This is a guest post written by my friend Dr. Greg Bledsoe)  […]

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September 3, 2014

Make Him Want You…

Gary Thomas — 

This is going to seem like an explicit post to some, a hurtful post to others, but it could be helpful to many, so I’m going to risk it.  It won’t work for every marriage; it may even compound the hurt for some (because you’ve tried it and it backfired and emphasized rather than cured […]

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August 27, 2014

When a Marriage Meets Malice

Gary Thomas — 

Is the current state of your marriage (or divorce) marked by increasing love or escalating malice? Marital malice in all its forms is about the most destructive malice that there is. The Bible uses some startling, even vulgar language to warn us about this serious trait. There are some truly horrendous images in the Bible—grotesque, […]

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Sometimes those we love most either get in a rut and seem unable to change or they refuse to change. Often we respond by “doubling down” and tirelessly try to change them by our own pleading and actions. But what if we are part of the problem? What if God has other ways to bring […]

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I saw this list on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk website; there wasn’t a button to share it, so I’m just co-opting it for a post (it’s from his book, Love for a Lifetime). When I see a list like this I often think, “What would I say differently?”  In this case, I found myself […]

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