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How Heaven Motivates Our Holiness – Chap Bettis

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Marriage, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond, Podcast
In this episode of The Disciple-Making Parent podcast, we delve into how a biblical understanding of heaven can profoundly impact family dynamics and relationships. We'll explore themes of heaven, holiness, and their relevance to daily life, emphasizing the importance of actions that please God rather than seeking human approval. The episode highlights the anticipation of heaven as a motivation for Christians to live holy lives, especially in family contexts. We also discuss the reality of judgment and grace, offering practical advice for believers to apply in their daily lives and relationships.   Resources From This Podcast The Glory Now Revealed,...
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Are You an Encouragement Giver or Taker?

By Christian Living, Family Discipleship, Marriage, Uncategorized

Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thes 5:11  Do you give encouragement to others? Or do you absorb it from others? I have been thinking recently about encouragement as a facet of love. It is a way we love those in our church. It is a way we love those in our families. But in particular, I am thinking about it is a specific way we love our spouse.  Men, do you encourage your wife? She needs it. Ladies do you encourage your husband? He needs it. How can you tell if someone needs encouragement? Easy. They are breathing.  All of us…

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Accept Your Spouse. Don’t Accept Your Spouse.

By Marriage

As Christians, we say we follow the Lord Jesus Christ. That means that we have followed his first command to repent and believe the gospel. We have been born again into a living hope. But following Christ does not end with salvation. That’s merely a beginning. We are to press on to maturity. As we do that we discover a tension. We understand the high ethical teaching of our Savior and we understand our sinful nature. We realize that Jesus calls us to love him and how far short we fall of that. He also gives us his Spirit to love…

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Pulling the Fire Alarm

By Family Discipleship, Leadership, Marriage

Several months ago our church hosted a marriage conference. You can hear one of the speaker’s sessions on conflict here. During the last session, there was a panel with couples who had been married for different amounts of time. Sharon and I were asked by our senior pastor to be on the panel as the older couple. At first, we objected. “We are hear to learn,” we told him. On the panel, we were open and honest about how hard we have had to work at our marriage. In Sharon’s words, “If marriage is a dance, then there are times it felt…

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Marriage Panel – A Real-Life Conversation and Encouragement

By Family Discipleship, Leadership, Marriage, Podcast
Marriage conferences can encourage and challenge us with the principles they teach. But how does it work in real life? Would you like to hear from some not so perfect couples? We’re continuing a short three-episode series on marriage and in this episode, you’re going to hear from two couples who have been married a while. They talk about how their marriages have endured and flourished over the years. ----- We want to help you raise strong disciples of Jesus Christ, who can stand strong in today's culture, and you can get the audiobook of the Disciple Making Parent absolutely...
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Deepak Reju – Handling Conflict in Marriage

By Family Discipleship, Leadership, Marriage
In today's episode, I want to share with you some information that's helped me. Our church recently hosted a marriage conference where Deepak Reju was the speaker. I found his third session on handling conflict especially helpful. In it,  he talked about how to deal with fights, how to pursue understanding your spouse, and how to make a genuine apology. So I believe you are going to be truly blessed by this episode. Deepak Reju serves as the pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He and his wife Sarah, have five...
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Travis Rymer- 1 Peter 3 and Honoring Christ In Your Marriage

By Marriage, Podcast

Are you struggling in our marriage? What God intended for good can be incredibly difficult at times. How can God’s word help?  We know that marriage is the most intimate of relationships. Our marriages display the gospel to our children and to the world. God loves and blesses the institution of marriage. The Bible begins with a wedding and ends with the marriage of Christ and his bride. And yet marriage can be difficult. when two sinners are that close, problems arise.  Could this be why marriage rates have dropped? According to the US Census Bureau, only 25% of Americans age…

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When You and Your Spouse Don’t Agree

By Family Discipleship, Marriage, Parenting: Childhood, Parenting: Early Years, Parenting: Teens and Beyond

What if my spouse and I disagree on child-rearing decisions or philosophy? The classic conflicts that newlyweds face–where to squeeze the toothpaste, which way the toilet paper rolls–have their equally classic counterparts in parenting: What activities do we choose and how many? Can the kids play before their chores are done? Do the kids even have chores? What’s the response to someone not finishing what’s on her plate?” Disagreement in child-rearing can be a common occurrence. After all, two well-intentioned Christian parents will have different approaches to child-rearing, child discipline, and the individual decisions we each have to make for our children. The…

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How Do I Lead When I Don’t Know Where to Go?

By Family Discipleship, Leadership, Marriage

I was recently asked this question by an earnest new husband. He is easygoing with an energetic wife. Both wanted to honor the Lord. But he articulated a struggle he was having as they faced some unexpected decisions that had large financial consequences. I thought he articulated a struggle many young (and older) men have. How do I lead us when I don’t know where I am going? Here was my response. In one sense, you do know where you are going. You want to have a loving, caring relationship with your wife. You want to honor the Lord with…

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Chap Bettis – Preventing Destructive Marital Conflict

By Family Discipleship, Marriage, Podcast
In any marriage, there will be disagreements, but do you know how to keep your conflict constructive rather than destructive? The issue is not whether we'll have conflict or not, but whether that conflict will be destructive or constructive. Constructive conflict leads to a new understanding of each other, the issue, and ourselves. You end up closer together at the end. Destructive conflict, on the other hand, results in continued upset and bitterness. It leads the parties to pull away emotionally. So how do we prevent destructive marriage conflict? It's vitally important that we understand this because our marriage displays...
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