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In the first few decades of the Christian church, virtually every church was a “house church.” And to serve that house church, Paul urges the Corinthians to “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.” (1 Cor. 14:1) We usually think of “spiritual gifts” being used in a big sanctuary—a pastor speaking to […]

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January 30, 2014

Marriage Monopoly

Gary Thomas — 

When still in high school, our youngest daughter stayed home one day, too sick to attend school, so my wife and I agreed to play what turned out to be the most boring game of Monopoly in the history of the world.  While all three of us suffered through the ordeal, I had time—plenty of […]

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January 27, 2014

God Hates Domestic Violence

Gary Thomas — 

Two days before Christmas, I accidentally sent a decorative reindeer hurtling off a small table in our library. This reindeer definitely could not fly and it shattered into five separate pieces. I picked each piece up, knowing there was no way I could repair this, and presented the demolished deer to Lisa. “That’s fine,” she […]

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January 23, 2014

A Prayer Worth Repeating

Gary Thomas — 

Most of us have heard “The Prayer of St. Francis” so many times we could practically say it by heart. In reality, there is no historical basis to believe St. Francis ever prayed this prayer—it didn’t really exist until the early twentieth century. But whoever wrote it, it’s a powerful prayer, and today I’m asking […]

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  An old, popular ditty says, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage!” Many women will tell you that along with the baby carriage comes fifteen pounds that might take them fifteen years to lose. My friend Karen Yates faced the challenge of postpartum weight gain following the births […]

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January 16, 2014

Mind Over Marriage

Gary Thomas — 

The old cliché, “stupid is as stupid does” is painfully true in marriage. We can’t be both stupid and happily married. If we want to take control of our marriages (in a good way), then we have to take control over our minds. We must conquer the lies that war against us, blunting our love, […]

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One of the most popular quotes from The Sacred Search, a line that has been retweeted many times, is “If I’m going to make myself extremely vulnerable to someone, I want that person to be ruled by the Holy Spirit.” The farther you walk into dating, the more intimate it becomes. They get to know […]

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January 10, 2014

Love and Desire, pt. 3

Gary Thomas — 

[This is the final of a three part series on the difference between love and desire. You will benefit most from this post if you read the prior two first, in order. Part One. Part Two.] Now that we know the goal of marriage is love more than it is desire—not that desire is opposed […]

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January 8, 2014

Desire is Not Love, pt. 2

Gary Thomas — 

[In the previous post, we made a distinction between desire and love. If you haven’t read that post, please go back and read it before you read this one.] Since there is such a spiritual significance in understanding the difference between desire and love, the goal of our marriages must change accordingly. Most couples I […]

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January 6, 2014

Desire is Not Love

Gary Thomas — 

  When an immature 29 year old soul proclaims, “I love him; I really love him!” she may well be speaking with a five year old’s heart: “I love candy; I really love candy!” Our culture has made love and desire synonyms. As long as we mix up the two, we will never understand biblical […]

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