Category: Marriage

The Best is Yet to Be

Marriage, as designed by God, is the union of a man and woman in a life-long relationship that produces happiness, comfort, companionship, pleasure, and fulfillment for them, and glory and honor for him. As I write this, my wife and I are preparing to celebrate 33...

Production or Virtue?

We are fanatics for productivity. Some of us are like miniature corporations ticking off our project objectives and meeting our target points. And for many, productivity is the canon for self-evaluation. I started to realize this about myself early in my marriage when I would get...

Priscilla & Aquila: The Couple Who Lost Their Lives for Jesus

Batman and Robin. Jekyll and Hyde. Bert and Ernie. Lewis and Clark. Adam and Eve. You probably know something about each of those dynamic duos. What about Priscilla (or Prisca) and Aquila? You’ve heard their names, they show up occasionally in your Bible reading, and you...

The Hardest Change So Far

Life has led us through deep waters of painful transition but a few times. The latest (and most difficult thus far) is at flood stage. The birth of our first child initially launched us into the rough seas of change. Her profound retardation, blindness and a...

The Threefold Newness of Marriage

Weddings are celebrations of love, of commitment, and of hope for the future. But they are also a time to recognize and celebrate newness, even the newness of creation. When you attend a wedding you are witnessing three brand new things: First, you are witnessing the...

Thirty-five Questions for Maturing a Christian Marriage

The following questions are not intended for short answers such as a mere “yes”, but are a means to meaningful discussion between a man and a woman who have vowed to love each other “until death do us part.” Take your time to talk them over....

Understanding Love

The world does not understand the love of God in Jesus Christ. But the world loves to talk about love. It is often used with reference to trivial things like, “I love that car!” “I love football!” or “I love those shoes!” Phrases like these are...

What They Did Before TV

My mother was the youngest of fourteen children growing up on a farm in the first part of the last century. The old home place burned down when she was a girl. It was a typical Southern house divided into a boys’ room, a girls’ room,...

Did You Say, “I Love You”?

An elderly, deep-south, retired couple sat on the porch. The man was reading the paper intensely, as he did every day. The woman was staring at the old man to whom she had been married for 60 years, conjuring up memories of good times and even...

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Kevin had been abused by a babysitter as a child. The first years of marriage were difficult ones. Things were just not working out. Kevin and Christiana separated for nine months while they considered divorce. But somehow they managed to reconcile. On the surface, the marriage...