Archives For Christian Living

December 5, 2013

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

Gary Thomas — 

(This is the second of two posts offering a free copy of the Gold-medallion award winning book Authentic Faith. All you have to do is subscribe to this blog, and a free download is yours. In honor of this generous offer made possible by Zondervan, this and the previous blog post have been based on […]

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November 18, 2013

Duplicity, Desire, and Fear

Gary Thomas — 

One of the great marital traps is duplicity. Duplicity can do more than just wreck our intimacy and our marriages—it can wreck our souls. What does duplicity come from, and what is it? Duplicity exists in the intersection of desire and fear. When we desire something that isn’t appropriate and so fear the consequences, duplicity […]

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Sometimes, I’m reading one of the Christian classics and I find myself saying, even out loud, “Ouch.” That happened to me once when I was spending time with John Wesley. His insight was so heavy and so unique, it just about knocked me out of my chair. In his essay on “perfection,” John Wesley (18th […]

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October 21, 2013

A Recipe For A Holy Marriage

Gary Thomas — 

It’s so clear, so perfect, so complete. If you want a “prescription” or “recipe” for a Sacred Marriage, look no further than 1 Corinthians 16:13-14. Paul doesn’t limit his words to marriage, but when looked at in the context of marriage, it’s marvelous: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be […]

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The “secret” to a truly sacred marriage is proclaimed rather loudly in the book of Acts: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” (Acts 1:8) This isn’t a Pentecostal truth or even a charismatic truth. It is a Christian truth: we all need the empowering work of the Holy Spirit. “We […]

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October 7, 2013

What if Evil is a Chisel?

Gary Thomas — 

One of the great hypocritical ironies of our sinful existence is that we hate evil in others even as we practice it ourselves. We even hear ourselves say, “Why does God allow evil? Why doesn’t He just get rid of it?” not realizing in our (sorry, but there’s no better phrase for it) blind stupidity […]

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There is no escape clause. I repeat, the Bible doesn’t give us an escape clause. Scripture roots our marital relationships in something so rock solid and never changing that there isn’t even a millimeter of wiggle room: we are to relate to each other “out of reverence for Christ.” (Eph. 5:21) So later, when Paul […]

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From Gary: Megan Raines and her husband thought their marriage was at an end. They even began speaking the “divorce” word. The path they found out of this malaise isn’t all that original, but their story is as helpful and practical as it is inspirational, and I believe it would work for many, many couples. […]

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“I guess I still love him, in a way; I’m just not in love with him anymore.” How many times have you heard a friend say that about their spouse? Maybe you’ve heard yourself say that. Here’s a radical thought: why do we think “in love” matters more than “biblical love”? Why do we think […]

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September 16, 2013

Got Mission?

Gary Thomas — 

Married couples are often asked: “Are you praying together?” “Are you having sex frequently enough?” “Are you going on date nights?” I don’t have a problem with any of these points of advice; it’s just that what is often most lacking in such lists is one of the most crucial elements of all: mission. If […]

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