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How O’Malley Became a Very Good Father

I’m a Pastor, so in my line of work, I meet a lot of single moms who are doing the absolute best they can to raise their kids into godly young men and women. I see other married moms who are the singular spiritual leader in their homes. Moms, in our culture, have carried an unfair...
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Lies Men Believe About Marriage: She’ll Fix My Lust Problem

I saw a pornographic magazine for the first time when I was in the fifth grade. A friend’s Dad worked for the company that printed the industry’s leading periodical at the time and had a massive collection at home. So we attempted to educate ourselves in human sexuality entirely apart from parental direction or biblical principles....
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In the Ring, Never Give Up

My wife is so much smarter than me, especially when it comes to relational and emotional issues. She joined me for this message and we shared some pieces of our own marriage struggle as we taught biblical truth about how to stay married for the long haul.
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In the Ring, Fight Fair

This was one of the most difficult sermons I’ve ever preached, mainly because of the ways I’ve blown it in this area personally (which I’ll refer to in the message). Thankfully, as I’ve learned, when we lean harder into God’s grace through repentance, there is healing and recovery. Conflict isn’t always bad. It’s all about...
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Lies Men Believe About Marriage: She Just ‘Gets’ Me

One of the more entertaining things I’ve gotten to do as a pastor for twenty years is to give counsel to engaged couples about their upcoming life together as a married couple. I say that it’s entertaining because, while I’m trying to give advice to prepare them for the blessed-but-broken road ahead, they usually have...
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Lies Men Believe About Marriage: She Will Solve My Identity Crisis

We got married in a fever… hotter than a pepper sprout… Johnny Cash was a pretty great poet! And in his song about going to Jackson, he points out the way a lot of us got married. We didn’t have all the knowledge or experience we needed going in. How could we? We hadn’t been...
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Husbands, Remember to Love Your Wives

Husbands are forgetful. I know this for three reasons: 1.) I’m a husband…, 2.) I’m forgetful…, and 3.) Every other husband I know is forgetful.  I just left my doctor’s office and the lady who checked me out at the counter asked if I knew my kids’ birthdays. “Yes, I have three…” And before I...
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Five Attitudes That Simplify Complicated Relationships

When someone is bold enough to change their Facebook relationship status to “It’s Complicated,” everyone else takes notice and starts speculating about what’s going on. The fact is, all of us among the human species know what it means to have complicated relationships. We’ve been in the business of making marriage, family, and friendship more...
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Five Factors God Used to Simplify My Complicated Marriage

The only way to avoid the complications of relationships is to have none. We human beings need each other, so God created us with the capacity to love, to have friends, to get married, and to live in community with each other. But, as Facebook would attest, many of us would simply say of our closest...
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Yes, You Are Married to the Right Person

Marriage is an adventure filled with up’s and down’s, unexpected changes, new opportunities, and challenges of all shapes and sizes. Most couples get into marriage with the expectation that their spouse will never change. We think the guy or girl who made promises to us on our wedding day will not only be faithful to...
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