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Ten years ago my mother became very ill. A persistent cough and difficulty breathing sent her to her doctor for help. Bronchitis was the diagnosis, antibiotics the cure. “Don’t worry,” he said. “You’ll be much better soon.” My mother didn’t feel better, she got worse. She wheezed. She couldn’t sleep. Her breathing became labored. Her doctor now added asthma to her diagnosis and prescribed an inhaler plus new antibiotics.

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Sexual intimacy is God’s design for every marriage. Sex is His beautiful idea! He holds the copyright. Yet, every counselor hears the common complaint about the lack of passion or health in the bedroom. These cries from the hearts of our clients come in multiple forms and packaging, but all lead to a place of discontent and death inside the marriage relationship. We have not had sex in months. I don’t feel attracted to her anymore.

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For many Christians unfamiliar with the liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent.

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"For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked." (v.2) I have said it countless times and written about it often; as a human being made in God's image, you do not live life based on the facts of your experience, but based on your interpretation of the facts. No one acts, reacts and responds purely based on the actual facts of reality because the moment we are greeted 

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<p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(79, 79, 79); line-height: 19px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> When I think about foolishness and all that the word entails, the three primary things that I think of are 1)<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">lack of foresight</em>, 2) <em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">a general</em> <em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">disregard for consequences</em>, and 3) <em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">an inordinate desire for what I want</em>. The book of Proverbs reminds us of things like “a fool is reckless and careless” (14:16), “fools die for lack of sense” (10:21), and “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes” (12:15). While the consequences to our actions aren’t always death or physical pain, we know that foolishness causes a world of hurt.</p>

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<p> Cultivating a marriage that sings the glory of God begins with God.  Relational dynamics, spousal roles, communication patterns, families of origin, financial peace, and sexual fulfillment are all working variables in the covenantal relationship called marriage, but they are not the final contexts in which marriages develop nor are they the causal core of why individuals in marriage relate the way they do. </p> <p>

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Back in my early days of ministry, I was a kindergarten teacher at a Christian school. Those were the four longest years of my life...actually, that's not true. They were four great years, because I was finally with an age group that I could relate to!

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Marriages have needs. Two sinners reside together in a fallen world, and while the power of sin has been broken, the presence of sin still remains. This comprehensive, life-long relationship will require spiritual care. No matter the size of your church, there will never be a staff large enough to provide for each marriage. Will many marriages be left unattended? Will the spiritual needs of couples go unnoticed?

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