Do you have a marriage staff meeting? Here is why you should and how you can.

One thing my wife and discuss in marriage seminar is the importance and impact of “the marriage staff meeting.”For example, what if our church staff never connected to meet? Even just to discuss the calendar? The result would be predictable: confusion, isolation, tension, and frustration. It is any wonder that our marriages experience the same […]

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A 3-Part Process for Facing Fatigue: A Message for Tired Mamas (and Anyone Who is Exhausted)

Table of Contents Introduction. 1. ACKNOWLEDGE MY WEARINESS Mothers with Young ChildrenMothers with Older Children2. RECEIVE GOD’S RESTWearing a Yoke Understanding a Formula3. RESPOND TO JESUS’S INVITATIONThe surface burdensThe core burdenConclusion.  Introduction. A couple of weeks ago Kristy, Sarah Wynn and I drove up to Chattanooga to help our eldest move into a new house for […]

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The Secret of the 50-Year Marriage

Quick Navigation Longing for a Shared StoryThe Covenantal vs Consumeristic MarriageVows are not a FormalityThe Importance of FoundationsA Better QuestionLet’s Apply ItDiscussion Guide Longing for a Shared StoryBoth sets of my wife’s grandparents were married for over sixty years. What a legacy! Isn’t that what we want to look forward to. Enjoying long life together […]

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A Goalie’s Sacrifice: When Authority is Responsibility and Submission is Grace

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGEBefore you listen to the audio message or read this post, I want to make it explicit that there is absolutely no room whatsoever to excuse any form of marital abuse (emotional, physical, financial, verbal, etc.).  In a day when domestic violence and abuse is at epidemic levels, we need to let abused women […]

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A Mother’s Influence

As we think about leadership over the next three Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being in charge and giving orders as it is about having influence in the life of another human being.As we think about leadership over the next three Sundays, we are saying that leadership is less about being […]

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Emotion Chart

This is an emotion chart produced by The Wellspring Group. It helps us identify how we are feeling so that we can engage the heart more deeply as well as the hearts of our children. This heart engagement allows God to use our emotions to expose us to the gospel at the heart level.

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The Impact of Second-Hand Stress

We are all familiar with the impact of second-hand smoke. But what about second-hand stress? In a recent survey, researcher Ellen Galinsky interviewed more than 1,000 children in grades 3-12 and asked them, “If you were granted one wish to change the way your mother’s/father’s work affects your life, what would that wish be?” Kid’s […]

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Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar (audio)

This is the audio from Creekstone’s recent Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar led by my wife, Kristy, and me. It was geared for engaged couples and newleyweds, but is applicable for folks at any stage of marriage. Covering both theological and practical issues, we hope that this material is helpful toward facilitating a more grace-centered experience of […]

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