Cultivating P.E.A.C.E. in Marriage

Several years ago, Gary Thomas wrote Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? It’s an interesting but for the most part foreign concept in our culture. Whether you are a family of faith who follows Christ or not, conflict in marriage can be exhausting. That’s […]

Connecting with Others

Regardless of wealth or fame, if our friendships are poor life is generally miserable. Happiness is largely determined by our ability to connect with others and enjoy relationships. When Jesus began his public ministry, one of his first acts was to form a small group of men (Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 6:13).  Jesus spent the majority […]

How to Help Hurting People

The past few weeks throughout our church and community, many people are hurting.  They are hurting from the passing of someone they love. They are hurting from an unexpected medical diagnosis. They are hurting from relational wounds. People are hurting. Throughout my short time in ministry, I have had the humble opportunity to walk beside […]

Genuine Friendship

Genuine friendship is uncommon.   A genuine friend is in your corner when you’re cornered. A real friend sees you through when everybody else sees you’re through. A real friend walks in when everybody else walks out. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17) “A man of many […]

The Gift of Listening in Marriage

When you read the word “listening,” what images come to mind?  When you read the word “hearing,” what images come to mind?  Are there differences between the two? Hearing is basically to gain content or information for your own purposes.  Listening has a different connotation.  Listening is caring for or being empathetic toward the person […]