Drunk in Love: The Danger of Infatuation in Dating*

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“No one can understand love who has not experienced infatuation. And no one can understand infatuation, no matter how many times he has experienced it.” ~Mignon McLaughlin

Guest Writer Phillip Holmes

Recently, an old friend messaged me and asked for prayer. He had come home from work to discover an empty house and an absent wife and child. No, his house hadn’t been robbed and his family hadn’t been abducted. His wife left him. Continue reading →

“And what’s romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything as you like it, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose, and it’s always daisy-time.” ~DH Lawrence

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Single You Will Be the Married You*

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“The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.” ~Eckhart

Guest Writer Phillip Holmes

Joining a gym won’t instantly transform your physique. Starting a blog won’t immediately make you a good writer. Purchasing a piano won’t make you a musician. The same principle is true for marriage. Getting married will not make you a good spouse or a better person. Continue reading →

“We don’t know each other’s secrets quite so well as we flatter ourselves we do. We don’t always know our own secrets as well as we might. “ ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

She Is Me: Loving Your Wife As Your Own Body*

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“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~Robert Heinlein

Guest Writer Phillip Holmes

Recently, my wife and I started having family worship again, a time set aside each day for us to read the Scriptures and pray together. Although we pray and read on our own, we need time in the Bible together as well. Continue reading →

“While duty measures the regard it owes With scrupulous precision and nice justice, Love never reasons, but profusely gives, Gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, And trembles then, lest it has done too little.” ~Hannah More

When Adults Misbehave

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When Adults Misbehave…Children Pay

“Familiarity breeds contempt—and children” ~Mark Twain

A person doesn’t remember every day of his life, but I do remember Saturday, 22 March 1958. It was a bleak, dreary day. The dawn of spring, with the hangover of winter. My dad had taken us to the river to look for arrowheads. Continue reading

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

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Valentine’s Day: February

“Marriage is more than four bare legs in a bed.” ~Hoshang N Akhtar

Not long ago some of us seniors were feting an old man on his centennial birthday. He was still nimble-minded enough to think rationally and strong enough to walk (without a walker), drive his own car, play piano and sing, even provide the evening entertainment. But inevitably, because memory occasionally fails even the fittest of us, it turned out to be the kind of stuff my mother used to laugh about when she and my dad went to their monthly luncheons for retired ministers. He and his blunders had us all in stitches. Continue reading

Abortion, Adoption, and the Architecture of the American Family

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How the State Is Out to Tear Down and Restructure the American Family

“Every baby needs a lap.” ~Henry Robin

Adoption is an old practice. The Romans adopted children and adults—wasn’t Ben Hur adopted? as an adult? Paul the Apostle, a Roman citizen, knew about such practices. He, and he alone of all biblical writers, talked about adoption, and that only five times in the KJV (Romans 8:15, 23; 9:4; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5). He said Christians were adopted into the family of God. Continue reading

Monsters Inc

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Consider the Lilies

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

Christians love to use this verse as a promise that their wayward son or daughter, reared in church as a child, will one day return home to them and to God. Maybe they will, maybe not. King David trained his son Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, “in the way he should go.” Thanks to hundreds of heathen wives, King Solomon left the faith as an adult (1 Kings 11:1-10). “His wives turned his heart after other gods,” so Solomon was disloyal to the Lord (11:4). The Bible doesn’t record an old-age or deathbed repentance, although Solomon might have made one.

kids childrenThe problem is different today. Children are trained but rarely “in the way [they] should go.” Without divine intervention, they “will not depart from” that way either. Disciplined and…

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