Staying Married for Life

pexels-photo-3. . .preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight (Proverbs 3:21 NIV).

I kissed my husband Charles good-bye, waved as I backed down the driveway and drove off for a weekend speaking engagement. His last words rolled across my mind.

“Be safe and have fun. I realize when you come home you’ll be a new person. I’m looking forward to the changes I’ll see.”

We had talked the night before about not taking each other for granted––in other words, assuming we knew all there was to know about one another––and about the importance of supporting each other as individuals with ideas, dreams and goals of our own.

Yes, we were one in spirit and flesh as married partners but we were also a man and a woman who had God-given talents and gifts to share with the world. Changes Read more

Faith at Home

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-10-44-04-amIf we want our children to have a faith that influences the way they live their lives — and the critical life decisions they make — then in our homes we need to be modelling faith through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

I once led a workshop with David Anderson titled “Nurturing Faith of Teenagers.” I set the stage for the workshop by helping the parents identify the characteristics of teenagers as well as the issues they commonly face today. Dr. Anderson then took it a step further by asking the parents, “How many of you wish your teenager had a stronger faith?” Every hand in the room went up. He then made a comment that I’ll never forget. He said, “While it’s good that everyone desires that our teenagers have

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Side by Side

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Three committed couples celebrate years of love and ministry

Bill and Gloria Gaither
“Something beautiful, something good . . . “ When Bill and Gloria Gaither collaborated on these lyrics to one of their most recognizable gospel songs in 1971, they had been married eight years. Although that song was written to describe a life touched by the God’s redeeming love, those four words could just as easily apply to the marriage these acclaimed composers and recording artists have had for 44 years. Their vital relationship came from learning to harmonize two different approaches to life.
Gloria says, “I’m an introvert by nature. Give me a stack of books, my Bible, my journal and time alone, and I can get in touch with my soul.” Bill, on the other hand, energizes his faith through music and interaction with

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God’s Love

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-10-57-33-amQuick, name your favourite romantic movie. Got it? Now, think of the best scene. Most likely it includes a reunion, a kiss or even a wedding.

Why do we love such stories? To edit the cliché: Because we are all hopeful romantics. Every one of us clings to the hope of lasting love because human intimacy serves as a picture of a love rooted in God himself.

Children best grasp the reality of God’s love when they experience its flesh-and-blood expression at home. We can teach them about His love as we embody the following qualities of our eternal Bridegroom and heavenly Father.

God is love: It is true that God does loving things. But the more important truth is that God is love (1 John 4:8). God can’t help loving because it is an essential part of His character.

God cares: We can cast Read more