Blog entries tagged Marriage and the Family


1. Tuesday Night Chat: 44 Years and Counting

August 21, 2018

 We just recorded this Tuesday Night Chat: 44 Years and Counting, in which I share a few thoughts on the eve of our 44th anniversary. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

2. Good Words for Today: June 3

June 3, 2016

Robertson McQuilkin died yesterday at the age of 88. For many years he served as president of Columbia International University (formerly Columbia Bible College and Seminary) in South Carolina. In 1990 he made headlines throughout the Christian world when he stepped down from his presidency to care for his wife Muriel who suffered from Alzheimer’s […]

3. “My Adult Son Says He Is Gay. How Should I Respond?”

May 12, 2015

Not long ago a distraught mother contacted me about her adult son who is divorcing his wife and has announced to the family that he is gay. This seemed to come out of nowhere. After her initial response to her son was not well-received, she wrote asking for my advice. I pass along my answer […]

4. 39 Years and Counting

August 22, 2013

What were you doing 39 years ago today?

5. Put Marriage in Your Church Constitution

June 27, 2013

Write out what you believe about marriage and put it in your church constitution.

6. “He Doesn’t Deserve Our Disappointment”

May 1, 2012

I talked with a friend whose grandson was born with some difficulties that mean he will never grow up to a “normal” life.

7. “She’s Still My Wife”

September 17, 2011

Recently Pat Robertson made news when he declared that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s is justifiable because it is “a kind of death.” The simplest thing I can say is that he didn’t get that teaching from the Bible. The very concept of Christian marriage rests upon a vow to be faithful “in sickness and in health.&r...

8. When We Stop Playing Games

November 23, 2010

The call came from an old friend, someone I have known for over 40 years. His marriage was in serious trouble, and more importantly, he saw clearly that unless he changed from the inside out, what happened to his marriage wouldn’t really matter. His wife wasn’t the problem, although she has her issues to deal with, and his rocky marriag...

9. Cannon Beach Q and A, Part 2

July 10, 2010

I’m a modest person and I don’t even like undressing at the doctor’s office. If God is always watching us, and angels are always with us, does this mean when my spouse and I are having sex that we have an audience?The short answer is yes. This is part of the doctrine of God’s omnipresence. Read Psalm 139 and you will see how...

10. Wednesday Scattershooting

February 10, 2010

Odds and ends, a little of this and a little of that . . . *Just got off the phone with Ernie Schulz who said they just got a ton of new snow in Chicago. Ernie runs our Anchor Book Depot, which means that when we ship boxes of An Anchor for the Soul, Ernie is the one who actually makes the mailing labels, goes to the warehouse where we store the bo...

11. Prayer for a Prodigal Husband

January 18, 2010

Heavenly Father, we come to you, O Lord, because you are the Almighty God and nothing is too hard for you. We come because you are the maker of heaven and earth, and you hold each of us in your hand. We come because you have told us we can come, and in Jesus Christ the way is now open to pour out our hearts to you. Father, my friend has wandered fa...

12. 33 Ways to Say “I Love You”

November 10, 2009

Last weekend Marlene and I led a couples conference in New Jersey. During our session on Sunday morning, we talked about the importance of praising each other. This is absolutely crucial because the presence or absence of public praise is one of the clearest signs of marital harmony or marital discord. The list we gave must have struck home because...

13. Growing Up Too Fast?

November 8, 2009

This morning I’m speaking on “As for Me and My House: Winning the Battle for Your Family” at Faith Bible Church in Vineland, New Jersey based on Joshua’s stirring words in Joshua 24:14-15. In order to show the challenge we face in raising our children to serve the Lord, I compiled a list of things that have changed over the ...

14. Pictures from the Couples Conference

November 7, 2009

Here are some pictures from the Couples Conference at Faith Bible Church in Vineland, New Jersey. Our first session started at 10:30 AM followed by lunch followed by the second session. We were done by 1:45 PM.This is the third time Marlene and I have done the co-teaching concept. We both stand at the podium and take turns speaking. In the fi...

15. Gull Lake Q&A, Part 3

July 6, 2009

Here is the final group of questions from the Gull Lake Q&A session last Wednesday morning.1. How do I know if something is the will of God for me? I think the question is asking how to determine which way to go when we are facing an important decision. Often the problem is that we want something God never promised–certainty. We want to k...

16. My Father, My Sons

June 21, 2009

A man never knows when his job is done partly because he never really knows what his job is. He gets one message from watching TV, another message by hanging out with his friends, a third message from his job, he hears something else when he goes to church, and he tries to make it all work when he goes home. In my case I’ve tried to mak...

17. The Lord Smiled From Heaven

April 26, 2009

It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting in the lobby catching up on my email and other details. In about an hour our family gathers for a final breakfast and then we will go our separate ways. It has been a fine weekend in every way. Yesterday we got Dave and Laura Kate started on their marriage adventure with a beautiful ceremony in the st...

18. I’m Glad Rick Warren Said Yes

December 20, 2008

All in all, I’m glad Barack Obama invited Rick Warren to lead the opening prayer at next month’s presidential inauguration. I say that even though I share some of the reservations raised by other evangelicals. But weighing everything, I’m glad that the president-elect asked him, and I’m glad Rick Warren said yes. Here’...

19. Prayer for a Marriage on the Brink

December 4, 2008

A few days ago I received the sad news of the impending divorce of some friends we have known for many years. Because we haven’t seen them in a long time, we didn’t have a hint of any trouble in their marriage. The crisis seemed to come out of nowhere. Understandably, family members are struggling with the news and trying to help any way...

20. “Are You the Man I’ve Been Praying For?”

October 6, 2008

I am writing this note on Sunday evening from our room at Cannon Beach Conference Center on the Pacific Coast of Oregon. We’re here for a Senior Adults Conference that starts on Monday night and runs through Thursday morning. Coming back to Cannon Beach reminded me of something I heard here this summer.I was having a conversation with the fat...

21. A Very Happy Wedding Day

April 20, 2008

On Friday Marlene and I drove to Memphis for the wedding of Beth Hoeksema and Brandon Tierce. We had the rehearsal on Friday night and the wedding yesterday at 6 PM. After the reception we drove back to Tupelo (85 miles), arriving a few minutes past 11 PM. This morning Marlene remarked how much fun it was. I agree. I rememb ...

22. Love is Blind But Marriage is a Can Opener

April 16, 2008

Last October Marlene and I spoke at a Couples Conference at Word of Life Inn in Schroon Lake, New York. Recently the Bible Broadcasting Network asked if they could use those messages as part of their Building Blocks for the Family program. They are broadcasting our first message today at 1:30 PM (Central Time). Click on thi ...

23. KBM Board Retreat—Friday Night Get-Together

February 1, 2008

Tonight the Keep Believing board gathered in Tupelo for the beginning of a weekend retreat. Because of the snow in Illinois, MaryAnn Spiegel and Brian and Beth Bill were not able to join us. And Cliff Raad had a previous engagement. But as you can see, those who made it were having a great time tonight. Dave and Lynette Ho ...

24. “Life is Wonderful”

November 16, 2007

Several weeks ago I printed the text of a message called Curing the Itch Mites that Marlene and I shared at the Couples Conference at Word of Life. When Nancy Eckardt of Sheboygan, WI read it, she wrote me this testimony about her marriage of 58 years. I loved it because it is a touching tribute to a godly man who is now in ...

25. Word of Life Couples Conference

October 24, 2007

Here are two pictures from the Couples Conference at Word of Life last weekend. It was a first for us in several ways: our first time to speak at a couples conference, and our first time to teach in a side-by-side dialogue fashion. Marlene told me not to worry, that it would go well, and she was right as she almost always i ...

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