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What’s the Point of Marriage? Part 3: Sexuality

What’s the Point of Marriage? Part 3: Sexuality

The last line in the story is, “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Two young, amorous, naked people in a garden. Sounds like reality TV gone bad, but it’s actually the first love story in the Scriptures. They were friends, yes, and they were partners as well, but they were also lovers.

What’s the Point of Marriage? Part 2: Gardening

The Purpose of Marriage – Watch the Video God put Adam in the garden to “work it and take care of it.” That was a part of human’s job description. The not-alone God says, “Let us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule…” Then God says, “Be fruitful and increase in

What’s the Point of Marriage? Part 1: Friendship

After he created Adam, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Why not? Well, because humans are made in God’s image. That means we are called to image God, to mirror and mimic God to the world. But that’s a problem for Adam because God exists in a web of life-giving relationships,

A Burden Shared Is a Burden Lifted

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. — Galatians 6:2 As a mother, my desire has always been that my children would grow into competent, independent adults, but not at the expense of developing compassionate, caring hearts for others. In a world that often promotes individual rights over those of the community,

Becoming Jonah — Running From Our Stories

“I talked to Dad on the phone today.” Silence. Then, “You’re talking to Dad?” “Yes. I’ve been calling him almost every week,” she said, her voice calm and assured. “Does he talk to you? What do you talk about?” I could not hide my amazement and confusion. I couldn’t believe that out of the six of us, she

From Adversity to Greatness

[Be] confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. — Philippians 1:6 In Genesis 37, when Joseph was seventeen, he had a dream prophesying that he would someday rule over his brothers. This peek into his destiny filled him with self-confidence; he was

What is Salvation?

SALVATION’S CAUSE “For God so loved the world” The motivating factor behind God’s redemptive plan for every man and woman is His love for us. He not only loves us, He so loves us! Later, the apostle Paul sought to describe this love by speaking of its “breadth, and length, and depth, and height” (Ephesians 3:18), “God is love”

Attitude — Choose to Be a Victor

No matter what your circumstances in life, you have a choice about your attitude toward them. Whether it’s the changing economy, difficult relationships, or a life-changing accident or illness, we possess the strongest mechanism there is to create a breakthrough: the power of attitude. We choose how we react, what we think about, and what we become — no