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Desperate for Immanuel

Desperate for Immanuel

Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. — Psalm 142:6 Years ago, when my second daughter, Morgan, was about two years old, I arrived home from my church office early one afternoon I was eager to spend a

Strengthen Your Marriage – Build Contempt for Contempt

Several years ago, returning from a trip, I stepped inside the front door and felt like I had walked every one of the four hundred miles I had just driven. I had spoken six times in four days, and had driven through four different states to get where I needed to go. I pulled into

Love that lasts by Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke

Love That Lasts: Looking More Like Jesus Every Day

As a teenager and into my college years I wanted to be a lawyer. I had a natural inclination for debate, logic, reason and thinking outside the box. But just like any personality trait, a blessing can also be a curse. Without love, and grace and compassion, I could sometimes be mean without even knowing

Immeasurably More

Editor’s note: Shauna Shanks suddenly found herself brokenhearted, confused, and struggling to please God in the midst of terrible circumstances – her husband’s infidelity. She shares the story of that messy, painful, traumatic season in A Fierce Love as well as what God miraculously did as she obeyed and trusted in Him. Enjoy this excerpt.

Encouragement: You’re Prime!

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 In the classic 1904 novel Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter, a kindly couple gives a young man who is “intensely eager to belong somewhere” a new chance in life by offering him employment.1 The boss’s wife treats Freckles like a son, becoming the

Experiencing Jesus in Your Marriage

How to Save a Marriage Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. — Romans 12:10 Randy and Victoria got engaged in February 1994. A short time later, Randy’s doctor informed him that the diabetes he had suffered with since age twelve had ruined his kidneys. He

cherish heals

To Cherish Is to Heal

To cherish is to heal. To ridicule your spouse or to be apathetic about your spouse is to further injure them. Contempt merely reinforces the negativity from earlier in your spouse’s life. You push her down lower and lower. Cherishing lifts her higher and higher. To not cherish is to reinforce the worst and make

The Secret of Every Happy Marriage

I have conducted marriage seminars all over the world for many years. In my talks I often ask a question that gets the same response wherever I ask it. There are actually two questions I ask. The first is: “How many of you grew up in a home where one parent was clearly dominant over

Loveology: The Never-Ending Story of Male and Female

We are the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve. We were created “male and female.” We were set up to love. To absorb the love of God into our bloodstream and then to share it with another human being. But we don’t live in a garden anymore. We’re the exact opposite of “naked

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