God's Design for Marriage

Husband and wife smiling at each other

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Loving at All Costs

Brian Goins

The quintessential trait of a good husband is the tenacity to love at all costs. I can't be like Him unless I return love when my ego is wounded and unless I pursue love when I'd rather avoid pain.

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Jim and Jean Daly laughing together

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Do Opposites Really Attract?

Jim Daly

Differences don't have to be obstacles to a healthy marriage. Your spouse's unique qualities are meant to complement your own. Appreciating the way the Lord has crafted your spouse will help you grow.

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What Fear Robs From Your Marriage

Susie Larson

Have you struggled with fear of rejection, financial troubles or the future? Persistent fear is a spiritual battle. Although our husbands can love and comfort us at times, God alone is our deliverer.

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When You're at the End of Your Ability, God Can Heal Your Marriage

Henry Cloud

When things get tough in a marriage and some change is required, we might not want to do it. But if we know that we ultimately have to deal with God, we submit to His higher calling to us.

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happy married couple

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Grit: Successful Marriages Need Passion and Perseverance

Greg Smalley

So many marriages end in divorce because husbands and wives simply give up. They lack grit. Couples who wish to succeed in marriage need passion and perseverance.

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wife and husband on sunset beach

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How To Get Lost in God's Love and Save Your Marriage

Dannah Gresh

Every person on earth has a deep desire to be loved. And as wonderful as love in marriage is, it will never be a fulfilling love unless we first saturate ourselves in the unfailing love of God.

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Anniversaries Are as Important as the Wedding

Greg Smalley

Celebrating an anniversary shows that marriage is a priority in our life. It gives us a chance to pull back from the daily grind and relive a moment that changed our life forever.

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Portrait of Phil and Heather Joel

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God at the Center

Michael Ridgeway

Phil and Heather Joel have a conversation about God’s plan and purposes for their marriage. Topics include good communication, overcoming busyness and the biblical roles of the husband and wife.

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Good Marriages Need Emotion And Determination

Ravi Zacharias

Though it may not sound romantic, a thriving marriage requires both a determination to love and a commitment to serve your spouse.

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Hidden Benefits of Marriage

Glenn Stanton

Some studies show that married men and women are less likely to suffer from serious illnesses. And marriage not only gives you longer life, but a happier life, too.

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Husbands and Wives Are Hardwired to Complement Each Other

Walt Larimore

The hormonal influence and hardwiring of each spouse is designed to complement and strengthen the other. As a man loves his wife, she is more able and willing to respect him.

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Jim and Jean Daly walking in the woods

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Marriage: A Timeless Treasure

Jim Daly

All Christians are called to preserve the God-ordained institution of marriage and share with their neighbors its benefits and His ultimate reasons for it.

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Find Hope for Your Marriage

Chad Robichaux

It's possible to overcome challenges, find hope and step into the marriage God intended for you. Chad Robichaux offers a few pointers to help kick-start your marriage.

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God's Presence in Your Marriage

Gary Thomas

When we remember that God is always present, all the Scripture verses about how to treat each other take on an added importance. With His presence at the center of our homes, we can transform our marriages.

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God's Blueprint for a Healthy Marriage (Part 3 of 3)

Dr. Timothy Keller and his wife, Kathy, describe their personal marriage journey and how a biblically-rooted understanding of God's design for marriage transcends that of both ancient and modern cultures. (Part 3 of 3)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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God's Blueprint for a Healthy Marriage (Part 2 of 3)

Dr. Timothy Keller and his wife, Kathy, describe their personal marriage journey and how a biblically-rooted understanding of God's design for marriage transcends that of both ancient and modern cultures. (Part 2 of 3)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

God's Blueprint for a Healthy Marriage (Part 1 of 3)

Dr. Timothy Keller and his wife, Kathy, describe their personal marriage journey and how a biblically-rooted understanding of God's design for marriage transcends that of both ancient and modern cultures. (Part 1 of 3)

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Living Out 'I Do'

It is the covenantal commitment that enables married people to become people who love each other. Only with time do we really learn who the other person is and come to love the person for him- or herself.

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Jim and Jean Daly at their wedding reception, surrounded by their families

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Jim Daly’s Unexpected Path to Marriage

Jim Daly

Jim Daly shares how he and his wife, Jean, met, and goes on to ponder the exhilarating twists, turns and steps that lead to a man and a woman meeting, dating and eventually marrying.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Embracing God's Desire for Your Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

In a discussion based on his book Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas describes how God uses marriage to make us holy, not just happy. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Embracing God's Desire for Your Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

In a discussion based on his book Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas describes how God uses marriage to make us holy, not just happy. (Part 1 of 2)

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Ruth and Boaz: A Romance That Models God's Love for Us

Ray Vander Laan

People often describe the book of Ruth as a love story. But as the story unfolds, we realize that it is about more than the love between two people. It's about God's amazing love for all humankind.

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Plan to Stay in Love

Andy Stanley

What if staying in love is possible? What if working hard, instead of giving up, is the key to passionate, long-lasting, true love? What if real relationship starts when we get real about staying in love?

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