Do you want your marriage to work, but you don’t know how? You know staying together is the right thing to do, but everything about our society makes it easier to give up and move on. Even the way people talk about marriage makes you question whether staying together is worth it:
“It’s just a signed piece of paper.”
“If you don’t like being married, just get a divorce. It’s that simple.”
It is easy for someone else to tell you to quit when the going gets tough, but only you are responsible for your decisions. And if you’ll choose to fight for your marriage, God will fight with you.
Throughout the Bible, God is described as our help, our shield, our fortress, and our strength. And in Psalm 33, the Bible promises that “the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love…” Read More
As I look back over the last month and reflect on our recently-completed series at Relevant, It’s Complicated, I realize that while we answered a lot of questions about relationships, singleness, and sexuality, there are other important related topics that we just did not have time to cover. Following are links that may help you navigate some of the questions we did not have time to address during this series: Read More
I stood there in white, and made a promise in red.
I promised that I would be patient and kind, that I would bear all things, always trust, always hope, always persevere.
I promised that I would stay for better or for worse.
Until death. Read More
I find myself with these two words on “repeat” with my kids and, if I’m honest, with myself also. It seems like there is no shortage of opportunities to practice them in our culture, even in the “hospitable” south. From the person with road rage who thought going 10 miles over the speed limit wasn’t fast enough to the person on the other end of the phone calling me a few choice words at work to the impatient people in the checkout line at Walmart, sometimes I just want to scream: Read More
Last week I shared an article that introduced the difficult topic we explored today at Relevant. With abuse being so prevalent in our culture, it’s likely that you’ll encounter one or more victims if you haven’t already. However, time constraints prevented me from sharing all that I wanted to share. Below are a few of these thoughts that I hope will help you be an encouragement to someone who has been affected by abuse. Read More
Over the past decade, I have sat in living rooms, offices, hospitals, and other places and watched as tears flowed from victims of physical, sexual, and domestic abuse—people of all ages, ranging from 12 to 60. What I have learned is that this junk is not only real, it is a lifelong battle for many. Read More
That’s right, Relevant Church is doing something a little outside of the box. On Sunday, November 8, we are rolling out the red carpet and having as many as 20 couples say “I Do” in one day. Want to know why? Watch this past Sunday’s message here. Following are a few additional thoughts and details…
Years ago I was listening to an interview with then first lady Laura Bush. Among the questions asked by the interviewer was one about how Mrs. Bush felt about her husband’s view on a particular topic. While I don’t recall the specific topic in question, I do remember the First Lady’s answer: