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When They Just Push Your Buttons: 3 Steps To Controlling Your Reaction

Jessica Brest - December 4, 2018

Something I find all too easy in my relationships is that I can respond to something small in an explosive way. Not physically lashing out, but getting suddenly very emotionally upset at what my partner just said or did. That emotional outburst then turns our conversation into an argument. Does this sound familiar to you? Here are three key steps to help you control those damaging reactions to frustrating situations. 


I'm an Adult! Treat Me Like One!

Veola Vazquez - November 28, 2018

Young adults often are looking for more responsibility and independence from their parents; they want to use their freedom and their time in ways they choose. In this video, Dr. Veola Vasquez shares some practical tips for young adults as they try to build the trust of their parents. What do you think of her advice?


Exciting Opportunity for CMR!

Biola CMR - November 27, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, Biola's Center for Marriage and Relationships (CMR) has been blessed to help strengthen all kinds of relationships from marriages and friendships to families and roommates. Using successful tools like our podcast episodes, our Marriage Mentoring curriculum, and events at universities and churches around the country, our impact has continued to grow this past year. 

The CMR is completely donor-funded by generous people like you. To ensure our future impact, a couple has given a generous gift of $25,000, and they want to challenge you to match that gift by the year's end. Would you prayerfully consider making a year-end gift to the Center for Marriage and Relationships by December 31? Together, we can continue helping people build and sustain healthy, Christ-centered relationships!


My Friend Is Making Bad Decisions!

Jessica Brest - November 27, 2018

Dear CMR,

One of my close friends recently got involved with a friend group that is influencing him in a bad way. My friend is a Christian, but this group has convinced him to participate in things that the Bible clearly states is wrong like having sex before marriage and getting drunk often. I’m worried about my friend, but don’t know how or if I can talk to him about my concerns. How do I have a heart-to-heart with a friend who is going down the wrong path?

Signed,

Fearful Friend


Thanksgiving Through The Eyes of Newlyweds

Ben and Nicole Longinow - November 20, 2018

The sun was just beginning to crest the mountains and spread scattered light through the trees. The quiet morning air was beginning to fill with the chirp of birds or the whistle of wind through the tall ancient pines. I could feel the cold mountain air in my lungs as I took an extended deep breath. I looked back at my tent and took in this beautiful woman lying there, still asleep. My wife. The moment sunk into my mind. I was married and spending a weekend away camping with my wife. Incredible. 


They're An Adult! Time To Act Like One!

Veola Vazquez - November 14, 2018

Is there a textbook way that people are supposed to grow up? How should a young adult spread their wings as they grow? As any parent would probably attest, each of their children is different, so it would follow that they grow into adulthood differently. How should parents encourage a child to step into responsibility and adulthood? Take a look at this video for some advice from Dr. Veola Vazquez.


Reconciling After A Fight: How Do I Do That?

Tim Muehlhoff - November 13, 2018

Dear CMR,

This is a two-part question: My friend and I got into an interesting discussion the other day about Halloween and whether Christians should engage or not. Things got heated and we ended angry with each other and frustrated at the conversation. First, can you give some advice on how we might reconcile after the blowup? Second, can you share thoughts about Halloween and how Christians should or should not engage?

Signed,

Slightly Spooked.


To All The Single Ladies (And Guys)

Hannah Ellenwood - November 6, 2018

In a culture of relationships, what happens when you find yourself not in one? In a culture that suggests your best life is complete when that other person enters the picture, how do you live as a single person? These questions are the topic of this article by Hannah Ellenwood. She suggests seven things to focus on as you walk through life when dating or marriage is not part of the picture. Read through these points. Which one resonates with you most?

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