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Does Premarital Counseling Actually Help?

Biola CMR - February 28, 2018

Key marital research has proven that couples who participate in premarital counseling are 30% less likely to get divorced. This is why the Center for Marriage and Relationships provides a small, pre-marital group for students at Biola University. Zack Seals ('18) and Amber Gokey ('19) recently participated in one of these classes and now feel much better equipped with crucial relationships skills for their future.  


Working Through an Affair

Biola CMR - February 27, 2018

When an affair takes place in a marriage, it can be devastating. However, even the most hopeless of situations are not without God's presence. Hear the story of one couple who prayed for their marriage and fought with God's help to stay together. 


Life For Your Marriage After An Affair pt.I

Paul Friesen - February 27, 2018

Affairs, whether physical or emotional, are a really bad idea, so please take every precaution not to have one. Fortunately, affairs do not need to end a marriage. If genuine repentance and restoration driven by forgiveness and grace are experienced, there is no reason the marriage cannot survive and even thrive. Here are 8 important truths on the road to reconciliation.


A Class About Christian Perspectives on Marriage and Relationships?

Biola CMR - February 22, 2018

Biola’s Center for Marriage and Relationships offers an upper-division undergraduate course called "Christian Perspectives on Marriage and Relationships." The course in 2018 is team-taught by Dr. Chris Grace and Alisa Grace, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff and Noreen Muehlhoff, and Dr. Rick Langer and Shari Langer. Students can take the class with the concentration in Psychology, Communication, or Biblical Studies. Hear what two best friends said about the course!


How Do You Think People Perceive You?

Chris Grace - February 21, 2018

There’s no doubt we live in the age of the self-focused “selfie.” We even tend to use self-perceptions to evaluate how others interpret and see us. This happens so automatically that we often don't even realize it. Today, Dr. Chris Grace explains how we can combat our harsh, often damaging self-perceptions. 


Foundation for a Grace-Filled Marriage

Biola CMR - February 20, 2018

Hear the story of how the CMR's Going Deeper Together Marriage Conference impacted Liz and Eliseo Hernandez so much. The couple attended once as they were just starting out in their engagement and then decided to attend again after getting married. Take a look at some of the things that they learned!


5 Tips For Parents of College Kids Who Are Dating

Chris Grace - February 20, 2018

Dear CMR,

Our college student thinks she may have finally met ‘the love of her life’ this semester and has already invited him to a number of family functions. To be perfectly honest, we are more anxious than thrilled. Do I just hide my feelings, or is it better to be truthful about what I see as a possible mistake in the making?

Signed,

Speak or Hold My Peace


Deepen the Spiritual Intimacy of Your Marriage pt. II

Alisa Grace - February 13, 2018

Spiritual intimacy in marriage is something that has to be grown over time, as you invest in it like you might invest in watering a garden or learning a new instrument. Last week, Alisa Grace talked about the importance of developing spiritual intimacy between a husband and wife. The discussion continues as she shares some practical ways to increase spiritual intimacy in a married relationship. What do you think of these? Would you add anything to this list?

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