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What Stresses Newlyweds?

One of my favorite aspects of my job as a pastor is preparing young couples for marriage. It's actually becoming fun as I gain new friends in the process. I've ...

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Peace in Relationships

What is the key to bonding with another person? We desire so much to live in unity and harmony with one another. What are some of the keys to reaching ...

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Dealing with Holiday Drama

Around the holidays, many people gather with family members that they may not see very often. It can be a test of relational skills. The word that comes to my mind ...

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Friendship in Marriage

“A friend loves at all times…” (Proverbs 17:17) There are so many things that I love about being married to Faith, my wife of 35 years. I enjoy living life with my best ...

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Moving through Conflict

Impasse “a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock” I moved to Phoenix in 1976 to attend Bible College. I decided to also learn a trade, and...

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Restoring Trust

Love.“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Underneath just about every struggle couples have, is the issue of trust. Love really does “believe all things,” but sometimes, in the messiness if life, trust between a loving couple can become strained or...

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Restoring the Passion

In marriage, many things require attention. Passion is one of those things. pas•sion - “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something” or “a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone.” Picture this: You're camping and have a nice fire going. Suddenly,...

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Newlyweds & Holidays

But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world--how he can please his wife-- (1 Corinthians 7:33) Holiday Stress. I love to find ways to help couples minimize the stress in their relationships. I've noticed that one really big stress for young couples...

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Money & Marriage

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? - Amos 3:3 Two Becoming One They say that one of the main things couples argue about (and sometimes get divorced over) is finances. It’s sad to me when money becomes the thing that separates two people who were once in love. I believe that, with God’s grace and wisdom, these...

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Com·pat' i·bil' i’ty capable of living or existing together in harmony 1 Peter 3: 8: “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” So much talk about compatibility these days. There are even those who are using computer programs to match people up. I think there is a lot of confusion about what true com...

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The Art of Listening

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19 NIV Probably the most important part of good communication is listening well. It takes work and I don't want to pretend like I have it mastered. This passage in James, says we are to be “quick to listen and slow to speak.” ...

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Power, Love and a Sound Mind

Kurt Cotter gives a preview of his upcoming sermon at Living Streams....

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