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What Makes an Unforgettable Wedding?

Why is God so often absent from our ceremonies, except as a token prayer or Scripture reading?

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6 Ways to Make Yourself ‘Marry-able’

It takes intentional effort to arrive at marriage with optimal spiritual, relational, and emotional health.

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Adrift in Marriage

A Marriage Struck by Lightning

When Ryan and Sarah were jolted by forces out of their control, they saw God transform the circumstances into good.

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Proposal Stories to Remember

When I asked my coworkers about how they got engaged, I discovered some proposals that put a smile on my face.

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Afraid of Commitment

The story of two people who realized that commitment to one another is grounded in surrender to Jesus Christ.

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Readers Respond: What You Wish You’d Known Before Marriage

After I asked for your input on what you wish you’d known before marriage, we received a number of great ideas and some very thoughtful letters.

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Are You Preparing for a Wedding or for a Marriage?

A wedding is not the completion of engagement but the beginning of a new life.

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Sabrina’s Wedding: Including the Father

The second in a 3 part series.

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Sabrina’s Wedding: The Covenant

October 2003 Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a three-part series.  You can read part one here and part two here. Our wedding day couldn’t have been more…

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Still Looking for Prince Charming

If you want a truly “happily ever after” ending, you need to look for love the wise way

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Stopping the Cycle Entering Marriage as a Child of Divorce

So you’re getting married! Congratulations! According to the latest research, if you are under the age of 30, there is a 58% chance that you are entering your marriage as…

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The Big Fat Cheap Wedding

Many couples today view the wedding as a celebration of what they’ve attained rather than a commitment to spending their lives together.

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The Ring Makes All the Difference

Marriage builds a relationship like no other. Don’t settle for less.

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The Soul Mate Fantasy

Editor’s note: In September 2010 we were stunned and saddened by the loss of David Beasley, who died in an automobile accident. David was the husband of Sabrina Beasley, who worked…

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The Wedding of Rebecca Jean Joy SusieQ Rainey

Notes from the day my daughter, Rebecca, married Jake Mutz

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Surviving ‘Engagement Season’ as a Single 20-Something

If you’re anything like me, you dread the feelings this season brings.

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Wondering If God Will Give Me a Husband

I have come to see that I must think about my singleness in terms of a space for growth toward Christlikeness.

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The Enemy of Your Marriage

The Enemy of Your Marriage

It doesn’t take long for fear to replace trust, for intimacy to be broken. Just look at what happened in the first marriage.

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Would She Choose Her Husband … or Her Father?

An unexpected trial in the early years of one marriage.

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Is It Okay to ‘Go Ahead and Shack Up’?

A recent study suggests that cohabiting couples do not face a greater risk of divorce after they marry. But the whole picture is a bit more complicated.

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The Humpty Dumpty Syndrome

Our modern notion of “falling in love” is based on feelings. And following your feelings can get you hurt.

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Making Those Early-Marriage Adjustments

Couples quickly learn that adjustments are inevitable and necessary in the first years of marriage.

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5 Lessons I’ve Already Learned as a New Husband

5 Lessons I’ve Already Learned as a New Husband

Whether you’re six months or 60 years into your marriage, God can and will continue to teach you about how to become the man He wants you to be.

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5 Lessons I’ve Already Learned as a New Wife

5 Lessons I’ve Already Learned as a New Wife

Here are some practical things I discovered during my first six months of marriage.

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12 Tests of Love

Understanding the difference between love and infatuation.

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25 Great Expectations for Your Marriage

25 Great Expectations for Your Marriage

Most couples face common challenges in marriage. If you don’t discuss and resolve the differences between you and your spouse, you’re headed for rough marital waters.

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Hiding Naked: When Sex Replaces Commitment

For many, sex has become a hiding place–a behavior that presents the appearance of intimacy, but is really striving for self-protection.

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You Have a Special Power in the Life of Your Spouse

We all need the support of friends, family, and mentors. But there’s nothing like the love and encouragement of your spouse.

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Establishing the New Normal in Your Marriage

Each of you brings a different background and a different set of expectations into your marriage. Here’s how to establish the ‘new normal.’

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How to Make a Marriage

There is a false and harmful notion that a good relationship is something you find, when in fact it is something you make.

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