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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
Christian couples are frequently encouraged to pursue spiritual intimacy in marriage, but if this was never modeled to you as a child, it can be challenging and maybe even uncomfortable. In this video, Dr. Chris and Alisa Grace share practical advice for couples who desire to deepen their spiritual relationship, but aren’t quite sure where to start.
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