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My Spouse Is Verbally and Emotionally Abusive

How should I respond to my spouse's insensitive words, manipulative mind games, and cruel put-downs? This has been a problem for the greater part of our marriage. I have never been physically harmed in any way, but the constant verbal and emotional abuse have made my life miserable. Some of my friends say I should pursue a divorce, but others have suggested that I don't have biblical grounds. A few folks in this second group have even told me that my only concern is to "submit" and continue loving my spouse in spite of the mistreatment. What do you think I should I do?

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Warning Signs of Teen Suicide

How can I know if my teenager is developing suicidal tendencies or a self-destructive mindset? I'm asking because I'm afraid that my teenager may be moving in this direction. Are there any warning signs to be aware of? Does depression always include a risk of suicide?

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The Bible on Pre-Marital Sex and Sexual Morality

Where does the Bible actually say that pre-marital sex is wrong? My parents have always taught me that the Bible commands us not to have sex before marriage. Now that I'm old enough to think for myself, I'm having serious doubts about this. I haven't run across anything in Scripture to support their views. In fact, I can't even find any biblical basis for "traditional" marriage! Isaac and Rebekah didn't have a church wedding. Apparently they just slept together and that was it! And what about Joseph and Mary? Why was it okay for them to travel to Bethlehem together before they were married?

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Biblical Perspective on Debt

What do the Scriptures say about people who find themselves owing a lot of money? Like most of our friends, my husband and I are carrying a certain amount of debt. Does this place us completely outside the will of God?

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Restoring Trust in Marriage

What can a couple do to renew a sense of confidence in one another after many years of marriage that have included numerous painful circumstances requiring forgiveness on the part of both spouses? How can we restore trust to our relationship?

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Setting Boundaries with a Mentally Ill Adult Child

How do we establish behavioral guidelines for a grown child who suffers from mental illness? Should our boundaries be the same as those we'd set up with any other child? Or do special considerations apply in a situation like this?

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Asking a Grown Child to Move Out of the House

How do I know when it's time to ask my adult child to leave? After graduating from high school, our oldest son elected not to attend college. In the beginning, he had a part-time job, but it ended over a year ago. That's when all the trouble started. Since then he's been sleeping till noon every day, lying around the house, and eating up all our food. He refuses to look for another job, won't help with chores, and defies our wishes by bringing tobacco and alcohol into the home. And he's constantly stirring up trouble with his younger siblings. We don't want to push him out into the street, but we can't allow this to go on much longer. What would you suggest?

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Child Has a Negative Attitude

What can we do to help our son develop a more positive outlook on life? He complains about everything and seldom seems happy. His negative attitude is affecting his school work, and I'm sure it's hurting his ability to make friends as well.

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