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Christian Wholeness 108: “On these two commands hang all the Law”

Many of us either had a parent or knew one who ‘laid down the law’ with their children, and the only reason they gave for obedience was “Because I said so!” Thankfully, God is a lot clearer and more loving … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 107: “…with all your strength”

We have a few more publications in this series, but today’s focus is on Jesus’ last phrase of what it means to love God: “…with all your strength”. And that might sound least lovely. After all, shouldn’t love increase our … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 105: “…with all your soul”

“I would just die for some ice cream!”  Well…not actually die.  If I died, I couldn’t even eat it, right?  But you’ve probably heard people say things much like that, and such exaggerations communicate a fundamental truth:  we will sacrifice … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 104: “…with all of your heart”

For about a month now, this series of articles and videos has been considering what it means to be a “whole” person, as defined by Jesus in Matthew 22:37-39 and Mark 12:30-31.  For, as we noted in the introduction, we … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 103: “Love your neighbor as yourself”

Throughout this series we’re exploring how to leverage wholeness for our lives. And since Jesus said that God’s Word is summed up in loving God and others, we can simplify the threat to our wholeness as neglect or distortion of … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 102: who is ‘God’?

Two weeks ago we began exploring key concepts as they occur in Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:33. That’s where Jesus described the first and second great command. We introduced the implied message of wholeness; then we looked at ‘love’; and … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 101: “What is love?”

This week we consider the place of ‘love’ as a follow-up to last week’s introduction to wholeness.  For I began this series with one concern in mind:  we tend to be fragmented, not whole.  So we are also divided in … Continue reading

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Christian Wholeness 100: an Introduction

In order to serve a broader audience, I’m pausing the series on Christian Marriage for several weeks to consider how any person (married or not) can be whole in Christ.  But, first, let’s review the biblical backdrop. God calls us … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 305: Sexuality (2 of 2)

Sexuality. In the previous article, we considered some related basics of God’s design for marriage.  This week, we consider a few common concerns and (more importantly) the underlying beliefs and desires that often accompany them. Because they’re good questions that … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 305: Sexuality (1 of 2)

Sexuality. Although God calls us to live in work relationships (1 Corinthians 7:21ff), governments (Romans 13:1ff), neighborhoods (Leviticus 19:13ff,) etc., when He created Adam and Eve to reflect His image, He designed them as husband and wife (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:24-25, 3:8ff). Yet, … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 304: Stewardship

Stewardship: taking care of people, property, etc. that belong to someone else. The very definition explains why many struggle to find meaning and joy in life: we want to believe our lives belong to us.  For that reason, our stewardship is … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 303: Communications

Communications. As a counselor, I’ve heard spouses name many concerns as “the” problem in their marriage, but communications is almost always an underlying issue: one won’t open up or the other has no filter; when they talk it’s either superficial or problem-oriented; … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 302: Corporate Worship

“Corporate Worship” The written portion of this article is a redo of a previous one that you may have seen elsewhere.  The joy that can come from corporate worship is too important for me to leave you with that article.  … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 301: Structure (2 of 2)

“The Structure of Love”, part 2 of 2 In last week’s video, CM 301 (part 1 of 2), we began by focusing on love in God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: one God in three persons.  … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 301: Structure (1 of 2)

“The Structure of Love”, part 1 of 2 Per the introduction in CM 300, we’re beginning to consider ‘power tools’ for marriage in Jesus Christ. And one of the most powerful – for good or bad – can be the … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 300: an Introduction to God’s ‘Power Tools”

An Introduction to God’s ‘Power Tools’ In Christian Marriage 101-206, we considered practical applications for marriage in the basics of love as outlined in the Ten Commandments. This week, we build on that foundation by introducing five “power tools” God’s … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 206

“Contentment” Maybe you remember being a young child and one of your parents telling you to “Eat your food!  There are starving kids in the world who would love that! Be thankful for what you have!”  They usually said that when … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 205

“Seek Truth” One of God’s greatest blessings is peace, especially in marriage, because peace is not the norm.  Whether we work with our hands, a computer, or our kids, we daily battle levels of chaos and long to connect with … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 204

“Hard Work” Last week we noted the Seventh Commandment as God’s basic design to reflect His image through faithfulness for godly unity in Christ. Even so, a relationship may only appear unified because there’s no visible conflict. The Lord calls … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 203

“Godly Unity” If you’ve been following this series from the start, you may remember that we noted a cumulative sequence in the first four Commandments. There seems to be a similar layering of basic truths and concerns in the last … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 202

“Human Worth” “Every plot in literature or film centers on one question: ‘who am I?’” That’s a paraphrase from a movie I saw recently. I guess the plot wasn’t developed well enough for me to remember more, but the point is worth … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 201

“Because parents…” Ready for another layer? Although not fatalistic, the biggest human influence on our marriages is usually the time we had with our parents.  It may be better now (or not), but those were our formative years.  They shaped our view … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 104

“Real Rest” Ironically, the articulation of rest seems to have required the most work of all Ten Commandments.  You may also notice, only the Fourth Commandment changes from Exodus 20 to Deuteronomy 5.  I’ll address that in the video.  For now, … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 103

“The Weight of the Name” In Exodus 20:7 and Deuteronomy 5:11, the third Commandment forbids taking God’s name in “vain”.  Why? And what does that have to do with marriage? The questions are actually closely related. In many cultures, when a … Continue reading

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Christian Marriage 102

“The Issue of Image” The issue of image is a serious struggle.  It’s not only prevalent, it’s poisonous. Image emphasizes partial truths.  Consider some of the narrow areas that often define a person’s image: relative success in a job, physical appearance, race, … Continue reading

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