Marriage & Family

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Posted 10/20/16 at 11:51 AM | Brian Wallace

Why Millennials Aren't Actually Doomed After All

It's easy to look at dating apps and think that Millennials are headed for disaster in their relationships. But the reality is that matchmaking apps and other seemingly-new ways of dating aren't all that bad after all.

Posted 10/15/16 at 3:46 PM | Trace Embry

Why You Should Take the Influence of Media Seriously

There is little argument that our nation is in decline. However, many would debate why our nation is declining.

Picture provided by Doug Waldron

Although Bill O’Reilly of Fox News is not a parenting professional, he often attributes America’s decline to the disintegration of the traditional family. With children born out of wedlock, dads out of the picture, and a general lack of stability, it is no wonder he looks to the family as a cause.

I believe a starting point to a solid family structure is how seriously the parents take the influence of media on their family. Bill also discusses how horrendous music, entertainment and digital addictions are also contributing factors.

This stance isn’t popular, but I believe Bill is on to something. Our teens are feeding on American entertainment. It’s time for us as parents to take that seriously. FULL POST

Posted 10/9/16 at 11:59 PM | Lara Sen

Why the Philippines Might Be Your Last Hope to Find a Christian Wife

Are you based in the Philippines or visit the country very often? Then settling down with a Christian Filipina might prove to be a good idea for you, especially if you are Christian yourself and are single and ready to mingle.

Filipina’s are beautiful and vivacious and can make very good life long companions. An online dating site with Christian Filipinas is quite easy to come across, using which you can seek out the best Filipina companion for yourself. Before dating Filipina women, however, there are a number of important things which you need to keep in mind.

Filipina Women are very Fond of Food
The first thing which you need to remember when you date a Filipina is that people from the Philippines are extremely fond of food. They are quite bold and experimental when it comes to tastes in food and if you wish to win over the heart of a Filipina you need to prepare to learn cooking and tasting various exotic cuisines.
You also need to get your taste buds very used to spicy and flavored food as Philippinos are seldom known to cook anything without oil and aromatic herbs and other ingredients. FULL POST

Posted 10/3/16 at 1:14 AM | David Fournier

Living by the Word of God to Raise a Responsible Family

How can you be sure that your kids and spouse are of good character and your guidance is working?

I want to talk about how modern technology has made it difficult for spouses to remain committed and loyal. I also want to talk about what parents can do to use modern technology like a text spying software, to make sure that they raise responsible kids.

Challenges of the Modern Lifestyle

I have been a woman of faith, and I always imagined raising kids the old way. I have always made time for my family and on Saturday nights, we would sit together and share our thoughts, whether they were happy, sad, fearful, selfish, or unfair. For me, this is a way of connecting, but things have been changing too fast.

In fact, I've come to realize that as my kids grow older, they are becoming distant and detached. I cannot put together the pieces of the puzzle all the time nor force them to open up. My husband is always at work and even while at home, he never leaves his cell phone. I admit that raising a family means working too hard to ensure financial stability, but when does one make time for family? FULL POST

Posted 9/29/16 at 2:11 PM | Karen Kramer

Fight Right

When a newlywed friend asked me about marital fights, I said money causes a lot of them.

Unfortunately, I was able to give her a fresh example of what not to do.

Here’s what happened: On a sunny afternoon, my hubby and I went to the garbage dump. Smile all you want, but getting out for a drive, even heading to the dump can be fun.

Until now.

Our truck was chock-full of partially odorous plastics, glass bottles, and paper to recycle along with a few bags of garbage to dump.

It took just 10 minutes to put the recycle in the appropriate bins and dump the rest. After hubby paid the dump charges a “discussion” ensued.

Hubby: Why should we make these recycling trips when we can have it picked up? FULL POST

Posted 9/27/16 at 8:27 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Top 10 Trends About Divorce in Our Culture

HBO is coming out with a new series–DIVORCE–that will run Sunday night at 10 pm (premiering October 9) depicting a couple aiming for divorce, and then realizing that it’s not as easy as they think. Here’s how they describe it:

After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband Robert (Thomas Haden Church). But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions. FULL POST

Posted 9/20/16 at 12:44 PM | Mark Ellis

Matchmaking God brought true love after prophetic dreams

Elizabeth Coll

By Mark Ellis

A hideous violation by her second husband left her wondering if she could every trust a man again. Then her best friend died from cancer, and a series of prophetic words and dreams opened her heart to love again.

Originally from Canada, Elizabeth Coll moved to California with her daughter and second husband. “What we went through in our first year (of marriage) brought me to the end of myself,” Elizabeth says. A strong Christian, she had always pointed to her blessed circumstances to show others the greatness and love of God.

But then she faced the ultimate betrayal by her new husband. “It was horrible, the circumstances couldn’t look any worse. He appeared to be a strong Christian, but he was a sociopath hiding in the church,” she says.

“One day I thought I had a great man who loved the lord and loved me. But I was married to a monster.”

Years earlier, Elizabeth was distraught after her first marriage fell apart. “I never wanted to be divorced,” she says. “I went through a huge journey with God over that.” FULL POST

Posted 9/12/16 at 4:51 PM | Scott LaPierre

God’s Chastening Is Not Punishment, but a Father’s Loving Discipline

The following is an excerpt from my book, Marriage God's Way by Scott LaPierre.

Marriage God's Way by Scott LaPierre

Hebrews 12:5–6 discusses the way God produces good in our lives:

And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”

We often apply these verses to God’s punishment of sin, but the real context is God working out certain issues to produce fruit and righteousness in our lives. Since none of us is a perfect husband or wife, we all have sin in our marriages. That means each of us has certain behaviors and struggles God needs to fix as we grow in our sanctification and become more like Christ. God will chasten us to make that happen. While that does not always feel good, we should embrace the chastening, understanding that God is doing something good and worthwhile in our life.

The author of Hebrews goes on to say in verses 11–13:

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. FULL POST

Posted 9/10/16 at 8:27 PM | Michael Bresciani

Why Homo-Marriage will bring America into Direct Conflict with God

During this election cycle in the United States the issues cited and heralded as the ‘most important’ are, security and prosperity.

Both candidates for president are using the same rhetoric and both claim they will bring security and great prosperity to us all - if they are elected.

Not to despair, Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence this week reminded supporters in a speech that the Republican platform was entirely pro-life and inferred that more conservative judges will be chosen under a Trump administration. Conservative appointments in the Supreme Court may be a veiled reference to encourage legislation to defend traditional marriage that will not be overturned by a liberal court.

No one wants to be the voice of gloom, but some people would rather deal with the truth, especially as it pertains to what really is ailing the nation.

The issues of abortion and gay marriage have largely been tabled by both candidates and relegated to hot button social issues that no one is seriously tackling. It’s as if the glorified nine judges of the whole earth have spoken and who would dare to question.

Anyone seriously warning about the push of the LGBT and other efforts to legitimize homosexuality is labeled a homophobe or worse. This writer has been referred to as a “rabid homophobe.” I prefer to call myself a rabid voice for the truth of scripture. It is in the scriptures that we see that the warning against the profusion of homosexuality is given on three distinct levels. FULL POST

Posted 9/5/16 at 5:57 PM | Scott LaPierre

Embrace the Struggle

The following is an excerpt from my book, Marriage God's Way.

Marriage God's Way by Scott LaPierre

As you read about marriage, whether in God's Word or books like Marriage God's Way, you'll recognize weaknesses in your relationship with your spouse. This can create tension, but it's actually a good thing! God is introducing areas that need to be improved, and the best way to do that is by asking each other tough questions. A husband might say, “Outside of the Lord Himself, do you feel like you are taking second place to anything in my life?” If a wife answers that she does not feel she is the supreme relationship in her husband’s life, the husband should not try to talk her out of the way she feels or persuade her to see things differently. Likewise, a wife might ask her husband, “Do you feel like I respect you?” If the husband explains how she makes him feel disrespected, the wife should not argue with her husband and try to convince him he’s wrong. Instead, each spouse should listen to the other and try to make the appropriate changes. FULL POST

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