The young woman’s plaintive question—“Don’t you want your daughters to be in love on their wedding day?”—offered shortly after I had just spoken on The Sacred Search, was one last attempt to hold on to a myth that she felt I had just shattered. I get it. Hollywood has created such a wildly romantic scenario, […]

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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 great 19th century evangelist Charles Finney mourned long and hard when his wife died. She had been weak and ill for some time; Finney knew her passing was coming, and he labored long hours in prayer to surrender her to God, but when the day finally came that she went home to be with […]

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When the spider dropped in front of me, I killed it. Part of me hates doing this. Spiders don’t hurt anyone. In fact, they serve a good purpose—they kill other insects. Personally, I have nothing against spiders. But they can make webs. And they bother Lisa. She hates them. So I kill them. Because I’m […]

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I see it all the time. A woman comes off a relationship with a jerk or insensitive man who broke her heart, left her weeping in a mess on the floor, and then she comes across a somewhat boring but nice, stable Christian man and decides to marry him on the spot. A guy suffers […]

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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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When taping a show for Family Life recently, I listened to co-host Bob Lepine mention how a couple used what may be the best verse in the Bible ever chosen for a wedding: “Oh magnify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:3) Isn’t that marvelous? Isn’t that a great aim […]

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It was soy. I knew it as soon as I tasted it. They added the water. They were supposed to hold the water. There are numerous ways to mess up a chai tea latte at Starbucks. I’ve had so many 7 pump venti chais, no water, 180 degrees, that I know exactly how they should […]

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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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