For Your Marriage

Gardeners know that if you don’t care for the soil your flowers and produce diminish. Financial planners know if you never make deposits, your accounts dwindle. Coaches know if you don’t exercise, you lose your stamina for the game. Likewise a healthy marriage relationship requires enrichment. When was the last time you made an effort to enrich your marriage? ENRICH is the name of a marriage-building assessment program. Over 4 million couples have taken this course. For 30 years, I have been a trained facilitator. Studies have shown that taking this assessment reduces the chance of divorce by 30% Could ENRICH be right for your relationship? The assessment provides unbiased insight into your

Sharing Your Faith is Wrong

“What's the first thing you want to do after you experience a defining moment? Share it! It's natural to want others to experience what we love. Unfortunately, when it comes to evangelism in American, this instinct is fading fast. Christians are losing a desire to share their faith.” These words sum up the results of a detailed survey and study recently released by the Barna Group called Reviving Evangelism. Here's a few key findings: Nearly half of all Millennial practicing Christians say it is wrong to evangelize. Half of all Christian adults report having 2 or fewer conversations about faith with a non-Christian during the past year. Most adult Christians in the U.S. Have fewer than 2-3 n

Can Morality be Crowd-sourced?

Author Carey Nieuwhof has described modern moral thinking in this way: “Whatever, wherever, whenever and whoever. You can’t tell me what to do, where to do it, when to do it or who to do it with. Truth and morality are what I need it to be. I decide what fits me best. Objective truth has disappeared and thankfully so has objective morality. The best morality is what works for me.” Where in life can you do whatever you want with no consequences? Can we do it when we’re building a house? Can we do whatever in our relationships with others? Can we spend whatever with our money? We quickly discover what happens in Vegas always comes home with you. There are consequences to every choice. We belon

Getting past the funk about money

We need to talk about money. Not because our church needs it but because if we don't talk about it as a family we set ourselves up to fail in our basic mission and vision for ministry. Jesus talked about money more than any other single topic in the Gospel. He knew its power to either bless or derail family life. In our families we talk about money every single day in one form or another. Dealing with money is a part of living. It should be as normal in the church as it is in the home to have a running dialog about money. Conflict or refusal to communicate about money is a major factor in marital dissatisfaction. If we don't talk openly about it, we put our families at risk. It's no secret t

The Bible: Tool of Oppression

A comment online: “I have a hard time basing my life on a book that was written thousands of years ago by the leaders of the time. In my opinion the Bible was and still is a tool to oppress people.” Let’s rethink this. In 1946 one of the most dramatic archaeological discoveries in history was made in Israel, the Dead Sea Scrolls. These scrolls contain the oldest manuscripts of the Old Testament, dating from as early as 100 BC. Before this discovery, the oldest manuscript available was from 1000 AD. In one fell swoop the world had a Bible 1100 years older than any previous copy. Scholars discovered almost no changes. The Dead Sea Scrolls are essentially identical to the Bible we have always h

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