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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.


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.


Love, Respect, and Ephesians 5

Biola CMR - March 22, 2017

In addressing gender roles within marriage, Ephesians 5 is a text that is often misunderstood when taken out of context. Are we really called to love and respect each other unconditionally? And how in the world do we do that? In today's video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff helps us understand the foundational principles in Ephesians 5 and discusses how our personal spiritual growth is a must for us to experience a successful marriage.


What is God's Will in Dating?

Biola CMR - March 8, 2017

Discerning God's will, particularly when it comes to dating, can be a difficult and daunting task. Often times we get so caught up in the destination of God's will that we overlook the process and forget to ask him and trust him for guidance throughout the journey. In today's video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff, Dr. Erik Thoennes and Alisa Grace explore what it means to seek and discern God's will while remaining faithful to what we already know to be true in scripture.


Do We Love Like Jesus?

Biola CMR - February 22, 2017

As Christians, we are called to love others like Jesus does: sacrificially, transformationally, intimately, and giving life, just as John 15 highlights. If loving our friends is a way in which we actually express our discipleship, how often does our love for others really reflect the love of Jesus? In today's video, Dr. Donna Thoennes uses Gary Inrig's book, Quality Friendships, to explore John 15 and offer a deeper view of the way Jesus loves us and how we can love others better as a result.


10 Ways To Love Your Spouse When You're Not Together

Biola CMR - February 14, 2017

Relationships can be hard work, and today's statistics show that most couples only spend two and a half hours together per day. With that much time apart, is it possible to still foster your relationship? In today's blog, Ken and Trudi Berding share some practical ways to love your significant other amidst busy schedules and spending most of the day apart.


Is Marriage The Only Way?

Biola CMR - February 8, 2017

Not only is marriage a wonderful gift from God, it is also one of the more visible relationships that he uses to grow and refine His people. But, is it the only one? In today's video, Drs. Erik and Donna Thoennes answer the question: "Is marriage is the only relationship God uses to sanctify Christians?"


What if Marriage Was Meant to Make You More Than Holy?

Biola CMR, Erik Thoennes - January 25, 2017

For the Christian couple, not only is marriage a gift from God, it is an opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission with a forever partner. But practically speaking, what does it look like for a relationship to glorify God and advance the gospel? In today's video, Dr. Erik Thoennes explores Ephesians 6 to unpack what the Bible says about the true mission of a Christian marriage.

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