Category Archives: Pre-Marital

What Does the Office of Deacon and Marriage Have in Common?

Yesterday I experienced an extraordinary joy and a deeply disappointing reality check. Yesterday after attending worship and teaching Sunday School at our church my wife and I hurried off to our son’s church to attend another worship service in which … Continue reading

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Parenting Your Parents: A Growth Opportunity

Dad! Dad! I heard my seven year old son scream. I was intently involved in sermon preparation in my upstairs study. I rushed down stairs and towards the backyard as I heard him yell again, Dad! I leaped off the … Continue reading

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Narratives Help People See

I love to paint verbal pictures. Sometimes my pictures take the form of Old Testament narratives. Even people with little Bible knowledge usually have some acquaintance with these stories and often make the application to their situation without me doing … Continue reading

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A Model Marriage Is Like Model Railroading

Once a month on Friday nights I join ten to fifteen men for a guy’s night out. We gather at our friend John’s home. We are not bowling, playing poker or watching football though the later is often part of … Continue reading

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Repairing Breaches in Relationships

In a perfect world breaches in a relationship do not happen. In a perfect marriage breaches in the relationship do not happen. In a perfect home breaches in relationships do not happen. In case you have missed it, we do … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean When You Say “I Love You”?

Love! What a confusing word in the English language and particularly in our contemporary usage. For example, I love to play with Engine 4900 on my model railroad. I love the way my wife has decorated our home. I love … Continue reading

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Building a Team of Lay Premarital Counselors/Mentors

The Apostle Paul develops a theology of lay ministry. This is most clearly seen in three specific passages. In Ephesians four verses ten through sixteen he lays out the foundation for the building of lay ministry. The apostles and prophets … Continue reading

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Marriage Mentoring Program

The attached chart presents the concept of a Marriage Mentoring program. At the last premarital session the counselor can recruit the couple to participate in a program of this nature during the first year of their marriage. Obviously it means … Continue reading

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It is Open Season!

It is premarital season. The Christmas rings have sparkled. Wedding plans are under way. June is just around the corner. Have you, pastor or counselor engaged the engaged for a series of premarital counseling sessions? If not, you should seek … Continue reading

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