When You Have the Ho-Hums

Far too many Christians are held hostage by emotional strongholds such as anger, depression, discouragement, frustration, inferiority complexes, fear and countless other volatile feelings. People who are in emotional strongholds usually know it. When they wake up in the morning they don’t say, “Good morning, Lord.” Rather, they say, “Lord, it’s morning.” They struggle simply to survive, often living in …

Food, Food, Glorious Food?

One of the most overlooked strongholds in America today is that of eating. Often, it is not even viewed as a stronghold. In fact, in Christian circles, we will frequently condemn the alcoholic, the drug addict, or the porn addict, all the while excusing the food addict. However, eating strongholds dominate a large percentage of the population to such a …

Communication Doesn’t Just Happen

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are all members of His body. That means we are vitally connected to each other. Eye to hand. Brain to toe. Lungs to heart. A healthy human body functions because it has a communication system. Now think about your marriage. Jesus said that when a man and woman are joined in matrimony, “they are …

Get Excited About Opposition!

I enjoy a good game of basketball. I’m unstoppable…when I play alone. When there’s no opposition, I can make any play and hit any shot. But some years ago, I had an opportunity to go one-on-one with a star member of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. Suddenly, I wasn’t playing so well! But that’s the way the game of basketball …

A Husband’s Greatest Need

Did you know that God never commanded wives to love their husbands? Certainly, God expects such love. Paul told Titus that older women should “encourage the young women to love their husbands” (Titus 2:4). But God’s basic command is for wives to respect their husbands. There’s no denying that men have strong egos…with a great need for recognition. Just as …

Putting Christ’s Power to Work

Some Christian couples sit in the pew on Sunday morning singing that their God is “so high you can’t get over Him, so low you can’t get under Him, so wide you can’t get around Him”…but they don’t believe He can put their marriage back together. Given our weak humanity, it isn’t hard to understand why marriages struggle to survive …

The Marriage Mirror

Most people learn about marriage from an illegitimate source. They learn about marriage from the television, their friends, or the home that they grew up in. If you grew up in a functioning home, then that would be fine. But many did not, so the home—along with the media and friends—often merge together to form a distorted perspective on the …

Why Marriage Matters

For far too many people, the subject of marriage is like a three-ring circus. First, there is the engagement ring. Next comes the wedding ring. Then, there is suffering. One lady said that she got married because she was looking for the ideal but it quickly turned into an ordeal, and now she wants a new deal. One man said …