The evils of physical violence, sexual violation and verbal assault leave scars. Your husband or wife may deal with strong temptations to react with suspiciousness, fear, hopelessness, bitterness or escapism. Your spouse may misread your intentions, and have a hard time trusting you. How can you love well when your partner struggles?
A gospel-centered marriage powerfully communicates to those around us a message about the God who created and ordains marriage. We will explore how the image of God is put on display in the covenant of marriage, and how critical it is for couples to see their marriage as a way to live out Psalm 34:3 "Oh Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!"
Secrets in marriage can gradually separate us; openness about every nasty thought can abruptly separate us. Some couples have talked about what is important to share and what is not. Most, however, gloss over this critical topic. This elective will consider what God says about secrets, privacy, and wise openness in marriage.
Conflict in marriage is unavoidable. However, "good conflict" can be used to build a strong marriage. How can you run to the One who promises to fight our battles for us and walk out "fighting wisely?" This workshop explores ways you can "fight" to build a godly marriage.
Is a spouse’s personal growth and satisfaction contingent upon the condition of the marriage? We will take a look at how a spouse can personally thrive, love and live in a godly manner, despite a marriage that is under duress.
How forgiveness restores sanity to struggling marriages - Faith-engendered confession and forgiveness is of foremost concern to the Christian marriage counselor. In this seminar, we will unpack that which IS possible in Christ--helping couples nurture genuine contrition and mercy when faced with the realities of marital sin, injustice, & betrayal.
You know the basic facts about your spouse. You have heard the old stories. You have already talked about the day - it took about twenty seconds. Now what? This elective will provide direction for when your conversations get stuck in the mundane and perpetually shallow.
Even initially good marriages can go bad if husbands and wives do not strive to build intimacy over time. This session explores ways to combat the slow erosion of marital intimacy that can occur in the context of busyness, parenting, spiritual apathy, and more.