What I Tell Engaged Couples Ahead Of Their Wedding Day

As a pastor I have the privilege of being asked to officiate weddings. When asked to officiate a husband-to-be and a wife-to-be, I sit down with the engaged couple 4-5 times to do some pre-marital counseling with the hopes of preparing them for the greatest human-to-human relationship available from God.  My main goal in counselingContinue reading “What I Tell Engaged Couples Ahead Of Their Wedding Day”

5 Choices For Every Single Woman Desiring Marriage

Single women wanting to marry can feel like finding a godly man is like finding water in the desert. A woman desires marriage but loves Jesus so she prays and waits and even searches for a godly man and as another year goes by she begins to wonder if becoming a wife and becoming aContinue reading “5 Choices For Every Single Woman Desiring Marriage”

The Balance All Men Need

Author John Eldridge says a man’s most key stages of life for emotional development and leadership are the warrior stage and the lover stage. In his warrior stage (late teens into 20’s), he is learning about perseverance. In his lover stage (30’s and 40’s), he is learning about tenderness.  From his late teenage years into hisContinue reading “The Balance All Men Need”

Why I Don’t Recommend Dating Or Marrying A Pro-Choice Person

Being a pastor of a church that has young adults coming into it continually, I have the great honor of being asked to officiate weddings frequently. However, I myself do not make it to the wedding altar with them. Here’s how it usually goes: A couple starts dating, falls in love, gets engaged and partContinue reading “Why I Don’t Recommend Dating Or Marrying A Pro-Choice Person”

The Three Types of Marriages

When a romantic relationship is starting out, what gets things going are fun dates and making memories combined with butterflies of infatuation.  If the dating relationship leads to an eventual marriage, fun dates and making memories take a back seat to working a job, stressing over bills, running errands daily, tending to kids constantly andContinue reading “The Three Types of Marriages”

7 Questions to Ask for Men and Women Wanting to Marry (A blog series on dating, 4 of 4)

[This blog is the fourth and final installment in a series of blogs on dating for single people and for parents raising children. Read the first blog and second blog and third blog to catch up] This last blog on dating is for the following: – If you are single and desire marriage– If you desireContinue reading “7 Questions to Ask for Men and Women Wanting to Marry (A blog series on dating, 4 of 4)”

2 Blunders Made By Single People Who Date (A Blog Series on Dating, 2 of 4)

[This blog is the second in a series of four blogs on dating for single people and for parents raising children. The first blog can be read here.]  If you are single desiring marriage, you are not alone. You might feel lonely at times, but you are in the majority of American adults right now. Continue reading “2 Blunders Made By Single People Who Date (A Blog Series on Dating, 2 of 4)”

Words of Lament: How 3 Of Our Children Died In 3 Days

On July 15th of this year, my wife Whitney was urgently rushed to a hospital in Detroit, Michigan. At the time, she was 20 weeks pregnant with triplets. Doctors informed us that her cervix had opened, that there was a bulging sac and that the babies were going to be delivered far too premature thatContinue reading “Words of Lament: How 3 Of Our Children Died In 3 Days”

Fun and Needed Marriage Advice For Men

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. (Genesis 2:20) Adam names three categories of animals: livestock, birds and beasts. It says he named all of them. There are 8.7 million species named today and 30,000 more than don’t have names. ForContinue reading “Fun and Needed Marriage Advice For Men”

3 Practical Steps for Thriving Relationships

Everyone needs wisdom in their relationships. If you’ve got all of your relationships figured out and they’re thriving and are at peace and don’t need improving, we’ll see you on the next blog post. You can stop reading. Every single person, no matter the age or stage of life, guy or gal, single or married,Continue reading “3 Practical Steps for Thriving Relationships”