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The Value of Intergenerational Friendships

Biola CMR - April 19, 2017

It's natural for us to be more comfortable hanging out with peers our own age and life stage, but the Bible repeatedly emphasizes the richness of intergenerational friendships. What are some practical ways to initiate relationships with people both younger and older than us? In today's video, Dr. Donna Thoennes explores biblical passages that call for discipleship within these intergenerational friendships.


Rekindling Your Marriage As Empty Nesters

Ask the Expert Q&A - April 18, 2017

Couples entering the "empty nest" stage have usually been married for a while and may be stuck in a relational rut. What are some ways to rekindle your marriage and bring some freshness back? In today's post, Alisa Grace discusses why this is the perfect opportunity to spice things up by getting reacquainted with each other again!


Call a "Relational Truce" to Your Conflict

The Art of Relationships Podcast - April 12, 2017

Establishing and cultivating a healthy "relationship climate" can be hard work, especially in the midst of a disagreement. When couples get caught up in the heat of the moment, they can make mistakes that hurt the climate of their relationship. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explore Proverbs to discuss the concept of a "relational truce" and how to apply it when working through conflict within a marriage.


Welcome To My World: Tips to Help You and Your Spouse When You Disagree About Money

Shane Enete - April 11, 2017

It is not uncommon for couples to have significantly different attitudes about money, leaving one confused at the financial decisions of the other. It's vital for couples to identify and understand each other's "money world," and then use that information to actually grow closer together. In today's blog, Shane Enete, Assistant Professor of Finance at Biola, looks at various approaches to finances and explores different tactics to help couples find a middle ground with their money. 


Questions Everyone Should Ask While Dating

Biola CMR - April 5, 2017

Today's culture can cause unrealistic expectations about romance through movies that emphasize fairytale endings and true-love-overcomes-all themes. In reality, studies show that the main ingredient to a successful marriage is core compatibility; therefore, it's important to evaluate and establish this compatibility before making the decision to get engaged. In today's video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff discusses vital questions to ask while dating that will help you make this important decision.


How Do You Know You're Ready to Get Married?

Ask the Expert Q&A - April 4, 2017

The decision to get married is an important commitment that you want approach with confidence. While there is no exhaustive check-off list, there are some practical areas to evaluate in the relationship before popping the question. In today's blog, Alisa Grace covers a few of those areas to help you determine when you are ready to get engaged. 


True Love Dates, pt. 2

The Art of Relationships Podcast - March 29, 2017

In a world that condones and even encourages the hookup culture, dating for Christians can either become a taboo subject or avoided altogher if not approached with the intent to marry. These two opposite extremes make dating a very confusing subject, especially if you don't belong in either category. In today's podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff sit down with Debra Fileta again, author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide To Finding the Love of Your Life, to discuss how to navigate relationships well from a healthy Christian perspective.


The One Sentence Explosion

Tim Muehlhoff - March 28, 2017

Do you ever get angry with someone but never say anything about it? That's called "stuffing." It is that period of time when tension builds between two people as a result of unexpressed disagreement, and if not dealt with properly, it is often expressed in an angry outburst or explosion. In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explores the negative effects of these unexpressed conflicts and how Scripture helps us deal our anger and work through our disagreements in a God-honoring way that actually protects and restores our relationships.

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