All newlyweds face initial adjustments or difficulties in the early stages of their marriage, but the key is how we respond and learn from those difficulties for the next round of trials and adjustments life will bring.
Just as conflict is inevitable between two married sinners, external trials and hardships are also to be expected. It’s not a question of “if”, but “when”. So how do we respond to external trials that impact our marriages? How do we shift expectations and position ourselves to grow closer together through the trials rather than drift apart?
As most couples approach marriage, each partner holds unrealistic expectations and unknown expectations. Our unrealistic expectations stem from a lack of true understanding of what marriage really is, but our unknown expectations can be even trickier, leaving us frustrated and confused but not entirely sure why.
Conflict is a common occurrence in marriage. Two sinful people bound together, living together, making decisions or not making decisions together, there will always be conflict. But a healthy marriage isn’t defined by the absence of conflict, it’s defined by the way a couple communicates through and resolves their conflict. In this podcast, Michael and Cindy discuss how to approach conflict in a nonthreatening way.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is living and active, and that it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. If this is true, how important might the study of God’s Word truly be in relation to the health and strength of our marriages? What if the more we delve into God’s Word, the more happy, healthy, and holy our marriages become?
The Bible opens with a marriage and closes with a marriage, and there are stories permeating the entire text about good and bad examples of marriage. Certainly God cares about your marriage and has plans to use your marriage for His eternal purpose and plan. But God’s Word doesn’t speak on it’s own, you have to open it, read it, study it, and apply it. But how do we do it? Join Michael and Cindy as they discuss just that.
In all of scripture, God asks man to keep one covenant. It’s not a covenant of salvation or a covenant of good works; it’s the covenant of marriage. As we dream up, plan, and prepare for our wedding ceremonies, what’s really going on behind the scenes as God prepares to join two sinful human beings together, supernaturally making two become one?
In a culture that worships independence, what exactly does “two becoming one” mean or even look like in today’s Christian marriage? In this broadcast, join Michael and Cindy’s discussion about why we get married and God’s true purpose for marriage.
What if true spiritual leadership was marked by an innate belief that God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and God’s people were the most important elements to a rich and strong marriage, and out of that innate belief a man lived his life differently, viewed his marriage differently, and treated his wife and children differently?