Marriage

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A Lifelong Love | Gary Thomas

Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, this video series based on Gary's book, A Lifelong Love, promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.

The Good Fight | Les & Leslie Parrott

Every couple fights. In fact, successful couples disagree just as much as couples who don't go the distance. But a mountain of research shows what separates happy from not-so-happy marriages: they know how to resolve conflict. Happy couples have learned how to use disagreement to deepen their connection. With innovative, real-life ideas that work, The Good Fight will help you turn the most painful moments of your marriage into milestones that mark a deeper joy and a greater passion for each other.

The Art of Marriage | Family Life

That's why for more than 35 years, FamilyLife has been helping couples understand God's plan for relationships. In The Art of Marriage, we weave together biblically-centered teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God's design. Ministry leaders such as Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Voddie Baucham, Russell Moore, Crawford Loritts and others provide the expert teaching while couples who have struggled and overcome openly and honestly share their stories of pain, loss, forgiveness and grace.

Before You Say “I Do” | H. Norman Wright

Would you like to have a close, fulfilling marriage—a marriage in which each of you can be your spouse's companion, friend, and support in life? Bestselling author and marriage counselor Norm Wright draws from his many interactions with couples to help you discover more about your and your future mate's dreams and goals for your union. Most of all, as you discover the role that Jesus Christ has in your relationship, you and your partner will gain what you need to make your marriage all it's meant to be.  

The Smart Step-Family | Ron Deal

When stepfamily life gets tough, remaining dedicated to your commitment is a day-to-day decision. Ron L. Deal, director of FamilyLife Blended and one of the nation's leading experts on Christian stepfamilies, gives couples keys to building a healthy stepfamily. The eight sessions—ideal for small groups or seminars—offer useable solutions for everyday living, practical tips for raising stepkids, and ways to strengthen the couple's marriage.

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Bible Passages

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." | 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT) 

“For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” | Ephesians 5:22-33 (NLT)   


Quotes

“God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.” | Max Lucado

“Sexual expression within a marriage is not an option or an extra. It is certainly not, as it has sometimes been considered, a necessary evil in which spiritual Christians engage only to procreate children. It is far more than a physical act. God created it to be the expression an experience of love on the deepest human level and to be a beautiful and powerful bond between husband and wife.” | John MacArthur

“To solve a marriage problem, you have to talk with each other about it, choosing wisely the time and place. But when accusations and lengthy speeches of defense fill the dialogue, the partners are not talking to each other but past each other. Take care to listen more than you speak. If you still can’t agree on a solution, consider asking a third party, without a vested interest, to mediate.” | R.C. Sproul 

“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.” ~ Zig Ziglar