Sex and Intimacy

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Returning to a Godly Perspective on Sex and Romance (Part 2 of 2)

Author Levi Lusko explores the challenges Christian families face in today's hyper-sexualized culture in which digital technology has made it easier than ever for young people to "hook up" and trade their future health and emotions for momentary pleasure. He offers encouragement to those who've been hurt by past mistakes and advice for how we can protect ourselves from temptation and compromise. (Part 2 of 2)

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Packing a Box

Levi Lusko explains how the choices you make today affect your future. Listen to the full program here.

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Returning to a Godly Perspective on Sex and Romance (Part 1 of 2)

Author Levi Lusko explores the challenges Christian families face in today's hyper-sexualized culture in which digital technology has made it easier than ever for young people to "hook up" and trade their future health and emotions for momentary pleasure. He offers encouragement to those who've been hurt by past mistakes and advice for how we can protect ourselves from temptation and compromise. (Part 1 of 2)

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Garbage in, Garbage Out

Those things that you allow into your body and mind do have an impact. Listen to the full program here.

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Priceless as a Pineapple

The more sexual partners you have before marriage, the less you'll enjoy sex with your spouse. The secret to a happy future marriage is in the choices you're making now.

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Take Small Steps

Dr. Cliff Penner and his wife, Joyce Penner share how to overcome past trauma that can impact marital intimacy. Listen to the full program here.

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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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Give a Little Kiss

Looking to add some spark in your marriage? Joyce Penner explains how it starts with just a little kiss. Listen to the full program here.

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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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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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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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Article

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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