Allow us to introduce you to Joey and Theresa. In asking them about their relationship, Theresa shared that at one time “I was at a point where I never wanted to get married again. I had already been married once and had never seen a good marriage. I was done. I had my son and wanted to stay single the rest of my life." Yet now they have a strong marriage and are mentoring younger couples. How did that happen?
Does the name Butch Hartman sound familiar? What about the FairlyOdd Parents? In this episode of our podcast, Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff talk with Butch Hartman, the creator, producer, and lead animator of The FairlyOdd Parents, an animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon for over 20 years! He and his wife Juliann share the story of how they met, how they got started in the entertainment world, and how they had to learn to fight for their marriage in the midst of the demands of their careers.
Here at the Center, we often get questions about how to practically help encourage young married couples as they get started on their journey. What things can be done that will help them grow together, in good times and bad? What are they going to need the most help in? Dr. Chris Grace offers some very practical, simple ways to communicate your support and encouragement to newly married couples. Try some of them out and let us know how the couple responds!
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.
Unfortunately, many people struggle with depression, and probably even more than we realize. Depression is a difficult and psychologically complex disorder, so what are some practical ways to help a friend dealing with it? In today's post, Dr. Grace offers sound guidance for helping friends and loved ones who battle depression.
In light of today's divorce rate, one of the biggest questions couples will ask before saying, "I do," is how can they be sure they're marrying the right person and if their love is the kind that will last a lifetime? In this second episode of "How To Marry with Confidence", Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen continue to discuss their book, Before You Save the Date: 21 Questions to Help You Marry with Confidence.
So, where do you start when you feel called by God to launch a marriage mentoring program at your church? Once you have prayed it through, and you have the go-ahead from the pastoral leadership of your church, the hardest part is usually recruiting mentor couples. Oftentimes they love the idea of helping a younger, less experienced couple in their marriage journey, but they hesitate for several reasons. Read this blog for the next steps in overcoming those barriers or fears.
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