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“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?—which means, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”  Matthew 27:46 Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) insists that every believer—every single one of us—will pass through a season like that of Christ on the cross: when God seems far away, and […]

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Dr. Crawford Lorritts Jr.’s father was dying. Crawford slept in a nearby bedroom when he awoke at 1:30 a.m. He heard his father saying, “Oh, Sylvia, I’m so sorry. I couldn’t make it. I’m so sorry.” Crawford Lorritts Sr. had had a “bathroom accident.” Crawford Jr. listened to his mom say, “That’s okay, Crawford, that’s […]

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One of my close friends, Dr. Mike Dittman, recently challenged me with a profound statement: “Gary,” he said, “God doesn’t care about shells; He cares about the people in the shells.” Mike was referring to churches, but let’s apply this to marriage. Keep in mind, Mike is ardently pro-local church. His ministry is singularly focused […]

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March 19, 2015

Bachelor Disaster

Gary Thomas — 

It was almost as painful as watching a man slowly bleed to death; instead, I was watching a marriage die before it had even begun. The Bachelor wanted to be known as a good guy. He was in a ridiculous and silly situation (trying to artificially choose a wife while simultaneously dating 25) but even […]

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Some of you brush the teeth of your own worst enemy, every day. This blog is focused on marriage and family life, but knowing how God sees you is central to your ability to love as a spouse or parent. Some of you are so hard on yourselves you’ve essentially become an enemy to your […]

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Before you read any further, think of the three best artists of all time: any country, any century, any medium. Got them in mind? I’ll bet ninety percent of you thought of Michelangelo. It might surprise you that Michelangelo thought of himself in rather limited terms. There remains only one truly famous Michelangelo painting (the […]

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I’m fully aware that my books may not seem as practical as other marriage books, or that that this blog doesn’t always dish out the very helpful “how-to” tips that so many other blogs focus on. It makes me a bit insecure at times; I could sound lost in the clouds to many people, like […]

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  Marriage is a gift – an amazing blessing from God.  Yet often the greatest gifts in life are not always cherished the way they should be.  Maybe because life gets busy, or we get hurried and distracted. Maybe because we start to take one another for granted.  Or we disagree and let resentments hang […]

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February 22, 2015

False Choices

Gary Thomas — 

So, I ran the Houston marathon a couple weeks ago, rather unexpectedly. I had signed up for it much earlier in the year but was nowhere near trained for it. My longest training run was 12 miles—in November. I took off three entire weeks a month before the marathon when Lisa and I were in […]

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February 17, 2015

The Watch Dog Fights

Gary Thomas — 

“The watch dog fights while the wild dog runs away.” When danger confronts a wild dog, the wild dog runs away. It’s not tied to the home because in its heart, it doesn’t have one; it’s tied solely to its own self-interests. When danger confronts a watch dog, the watch dog doubles down, as if […]

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