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Why forgiveness is essential to every relationship

The Art of Relationships Podcast - July 6, 2016

Most Americans will say that forgiveness is important, but when you have something to forgive, it becomes really difficult to do. The way in which you give and extend forgiveness can really shape a relationship. In this podcast, we explore what forgiveness is and isn't, and take you through the process of dealing with deep hurts.


How to identify hidden issues beneath your conflicts

Chris Grace, Alisa Grace - June 29, 2016

It’s happening again: your spouse made plans without telling you, or forgot to put the toilet seat down, or didn’t offer to do the dishes, and you’re seeing red. But are you really angry about the dishes? When emotions get triggered during hot button conflicts, it is important to be able to identify those hidden issues and understand what is happening at a deeper level. In this video, Dr. Chris Grace and Alisa Grace discuss how to understand one another and communicate when conflict arises in your relationship.


Why spiritual formation is essential for a maturing marriage

Judy TenElshof - June 28, 2016

When marriage vows are made, they are made to each other but the covenant commitment is with God. It is our relationship with God that helps us be faithful through being rich or poor, sick or healthy, until death parts us. Read this blog to unpack the importance of this truth.


Dealing with Hot Button Issues

The Art of Relationships Podcast - June 22, 2016

When someone says or does something that drives you crazy, you may be dealing with a hot button issue. In this episode, we discuss insights to help you identify the deeper emotions that get triggered from hot button issues, understand why the issue is so important to you and learn how to resolve the conflict well.


When Bad Things Happen to Good Marriages (Pt. 3)

Tim Muehlhoff - June 21, 2016

When God sees that my spouse is about to be hurt, couldn’t he simply step in and protect him? Tim Muehlhoff addresses this question in the last post of this series on pain, suffering and evil. 


4 Ways Culture Impacts Relationships Pt. 2

The Art of Relationships Podcast - June 8, 2016

In the last episode, we explored the cultural trends of "hurry sickness" and "affluenza" and their impact on relationships. This week, we discuss 2 more cultural trends that result in highly unrealistic expectations for marriage. Listen to gain practical tips on how to overcome these cultural challenges.


5 Ways to connect during your next vacation

Willa Williams - June 7, 2016

Summer is just around the corner! That means (hopefully!) a more relaxed schedule, more time for leisure activities, and the opportunity for a vacation/stay-cation. Vacations are a wonderful time to be able to relax, and to reconnect with each other, with family and friends alike. Here are some suggestions to help you in being intentional about connecting in ways that will build your relationship.


When Bad Things Happen to Good Marriages (Pt. 2)

Tim Muehlhoff - May 31, 2016

In Part 2 of this series on evil, pain and suffering, Tim addresses the difficult question: why would God even allow the possibility of evil and suffering? It is in this world of pain and evil that we—Christian and non-Christians alike—seek to cultivate flourishing marriages. What’s hard for followers of Christ is that God doesn’t always protect us, or our marriages from suffering. 

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