Sex and Intimacy

illustration of married couple in bed

Article

Sex is a Creative Process

Juli Slattery

Most marriages experience some obstacle in physical intimacy. But the Lord asks you and me to view sex as a gift of creating. Just like a LEGO set, the joy is found in building.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Enjoying Physical Intimacy as a Woman (Part 2 of 2)

In a discussion based on their book Enjoy: The Gift of Sexual Pleasure for Women, sex therapists Dr. Cliff and Mrs. Joyce Penner discuss God’s design for sex, how women can increase their enjoyment and how couples can plan and prepare for times of intimacy. Our guests also address common obstacles to sexual intimacy and how couples can overcome them. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Enjoying Physical Intimacy as a Woman (Part 1 of 2)

In a discussion based on their book Enjoy: The Gift of Sexual Pleasure for Women, sex therapists Dr. Cliff and Mrs. Joyce Penner discuss God’s design for sex, how women can increase their enjoyment and how couples can plan and prepare for times of intimacy. Our guests also address common obstacles to sexual intimacy and how couples can overcome them. (Part 1 of 2)

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Husband kissing the top of his wife's head as they embrace

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Discovering Mutual Pleasure

Clifford Penner and Joyce Penner

Men and women, and individual needs, are different. If your differences have caused tension in your sex life, learn to make those differences work for your marriage.

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What if You Desire Sex More Than Your Husband Does?

Erin Smalley

Women who do not understand why their husband isn't initiating sex can often personalize it and struggle emotionally.

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Article

Romance: It's Not Just for Valentine's Day

Mitch Temple

If a marriage doesn't get a regular dose of passion and intimacy, it will show signs of stress: frustration, resentment and withdrawal. Here's how to keep the spark of romance alive 365 days a year!

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Series

Marriage Assessment: Physical Intimacy

The bottom line is this: physical intimacy is an incredibly important component of any marriage.

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Article

Does 'Yada, Yada, Yada' in Your Marriage Mean it's 'Blah, Blah, Blah'?

Greg Smalley

The phrase "yada, yada, yada" is used to indicate that something was predictable, repetitive or boring. But the Bible intended to communicate something very different through the Hebrew word yada.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Men: Maintaining Sexual Purity (Part 2 of 2)

Fred Stoeker, author of Hero: Becoming the Man She Desires, explains how his faith in Jesus Christ helped him overcome struggles with sexual sin, and encourages men to be a hero to their wife by maintaining sexual purity. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Men: Maintaining Sexual Purity (Part 1 of 2)

Fred Stoeker, author of Hero: Becoming the Man She Desires, explains how his faith in Jesus Christ helped him overcome struggles with sexual sin, and encourages men to be a hero to their wife by maintaining sexual purity. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Exploring the Depth of Intimacy in Marriage

Dr. Greg and Mrs. Erin Smalley examine the various types of intimacy in marriage – physical, emotional, relational and spiritual – and offer advice for how a husband and wife can cultivate closeness.

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Article

Sexual Self-Control Can Enhance Sex in Marriage

Dannah Gresh

One compelling reason to have sexual self-control before and after your wedding is that you're more likely to have a healthy sex life in marriage.

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husband and wife laughing under a comforter

Article

Keep the Spark Alive

Clifford Penner and Joyce Penner

There's something fleeting about the excitement of a new relationship. But regardless of how much the flames have died down, couples can revitalize their sexual relationship and build deeper passion.

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wife's head on husband's shoulder

Article

Your Body Image Affects Your Marriage

Lorraine Pintus

Negative body image can lead to dissatisfying or infrequent sex, and women who don't like their bodies tend to take fewer emotional risks, including sharing intimate thoughts and desires.

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Article

Responding to Your Husband's Secret: Porn

Erin Smalley

When you discover that your husband has been hiding a sexual sin like pornography, it will be difficult to hear — but I encourage you to allow your heart to fully grieve.

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Series

Sex — What Husbands and Wives Need to Know

Sex is a wonderful gift given by God to a married couple as a means of experiencing a sacred union.

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Article

Is There Sex After Kids

Jill Savage

Mark and Jill Savage's commitment to relational growth required them to find creative solutions to their differing sexual needs. And they discovered how to be both parents and lovers.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Enjoying Intimacy as a Newlywed

Psychologist and author Dr. Juli Slattery offers advice to newlywed couples for overcoming and avoiding common challenges to sexual intimacy.

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Newlywed Sex: How will you respond to the challenges you'll be facing?

Juli Slattery

Sexual oneness is more than naked bodies touching; it eventually demands that your love is tested and shared with vulnerability and ultimate intimacy.

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Article

A Satisfying Sex Life: Is It Possible?

Bill Farrel

Is there any way a busy couple can maintain a healthy balance of physical intimacy so that both spouses are content?

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Article

How Pornography Impacts Marriage

Greg Smalley

Pornography — whether used infrequently or as an addiction — is a big deal. And it can have a major impact on a marriage.

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Article

Pornography and Your Marriage

John Buri

Many men believe that viewing pornography is, at worst, a private sin with consequences that affect only them. But pornography is in fact a sin that harms the most intimate of relationships — marriage.

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Article

Passion and Pleasure

Gary Thomas

A couple can build such a satisfying sexual relationship, getting to know each other so well, growing in such intimacy, that the thought of an affair holds little appeal.

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Series

Christian Women and Porn

Haven't we already established that pornography isn't good for men or marriages? So why would women think that romance novels, Fifty Shades of Grey and "mommy porn" are any better for them?

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