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Perceptions of Singleness in the U.S. (and What God Thinks About It)

Biola CMR - May 3, 2017

While humans naturally long to be loved, known, and understood in a long-term relationship, statistics show that 44% of people are single in the U.S. And although we all inevitably experience a period of singleness, that does not mean we are "doomed to a life of loneliness and waiting." In today's video, Carrie Stockton explores perceptions of singleness in the U.S. and compares it to a biblical understanding of how God wants us to develop a robust life as an unmarried individual. 


How Can a Girl Be Confident While Dating? Qualities of A Confident Christian Woman

Ask the Expert Q&A - May 2, 2017

Generally speaking, self-confidence is a universally attractive feature. Men especially find a woman's confidence appealing, particularly when it's rooted in the security of her faith, her self-worth and her place in the world. If you're feeling unsure of yourself, what are some practical ways to cultivate holy self-assurance? In today's post, Alisa Grace shares some qualities of a confident christian woman and how to become one. 

 

The Forgotten Discipline of Solitude, pt. 1

Tim Muehlhoff - April 25, 2017

One hallmark of authentic Christian relationships is consistently putting a friend or spouse’s needs above our own, yet we are often blind to our own selfish inclinations. That's why Scripture advocates regular times of solitude and self-reflection. The problem is research shows that we don't really know how to comfortably be alone with our thoughts, choosing instead to use our smart phones and other technologies for entertainment and distraction. In today's blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff discusses how setting aside these distractions for meaningful times of solitude with God empowers us to live out His difficult call to truly live unselfishly.


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!


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. 

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