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Family Issues / Marriage



The New Normal for Marriage - How a False Worldview Undermines Christian Thought and Truth
(CLR NOTE: Reprinted by permission of the author. Originally published in the Lutheran Sentinel January-February 2013.) The trend is clear. Surveys have shown a steady and growing...
June 12th, 2013
The Manhattan Declaration
The Manhattan Declartion was released in the fall of 2009. It can be found at: manhattandeclaration.org What Is It? The document focuses on life, marriage and religious liberty. Sanctity...
June 12th, 2013
Defending Traditional Marriage Is an Act of Love
[The following is an adaptation of a bulletin insert created by Christian Life Resources for use by congregations everywhere. The insert can be downloaded here.] A child, however,...
December 5th, 2012
Managing the Tough Decisions - Discussing End-of-Life Options with Loved Ones
Julie rushed to the hospital after hearing about her Dad’s stroke. Upon her arrival, Julie was greeted by David, the social worker, who immediately escorted her into a private...
June 18th, 2010
A Family with Just Two - A Look at Marriage and Infertility
There are numerous reasons why a married couple may be a family of just two. Either one or both may be unable or unlikely to have children for physiological reasons. Or a couple’s...
July 25th, 2007
What's Love Got To Do With It? [Understanding the Destinction Between 'Agape' and 'Philo' Love]
In July 1984 pop singer Tina Turner released a hit song, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" It won a Grammy Award in 1985 and became the title of a 1993 movie about the life of Turner...
May 2nd, 2006
Pursuing the Marriage You Thought Was Only a Fairy Tale
Once upon a time, as the story goes, a beautiful maiden was held captive by an evil sorcerer. A most daring man seeks to rescue her. Three times he falls; three times he rises again....
February 22nd, 2006
Behind Every Athlete
A friend of mine once said that coaching is teaching children to be the best they can be.Setting the FocusIn both the public and private school settings, I have found an enormous advantage...
April 1st, 2005
Today's Media: Think About Such Things - A Look at Video Game Usage Among Children
Today's Media: Think About Such Thingsby Mr. Tim SnyderDirector of Media Services, Christian Life Resources(Originally published in January/February 2005 issue of CLR's Clearly Caring...
April 1st, 2005
Lessons from the Lawnmower - A Look at Parenting
I have to admit it. I am one of those guys who takes great pride in keeping his lawn in pristine condition. Not that it is a total obsession with me. I dont religiously follow the feeding...
April 1st, 2005
PRESS RELEASE: 'Married Adults are the Healthiest, New CDC Report Shows'
Press ReleaseFor Immediate ReleaseDecember 15, 2004Contact: CDC National Center for Health Statistics, Office of Communication301-458-4800Married Adults are the Healthiest, New CDC...
April 1st, 2005
Caregiving: Christian Helping and Coping
When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. You will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah...
April 1st, 2005
Keep 'Em Talkin' - A Look at Family Communication
Cutting wood was never my favorite thing to do. After all, there were better things for a pre-teen boy to do on a Saturday afternoontelevision shows to watch, friends to hang out with,...
October 1st, 2004
Father in Alcohol Recovery Gives Perspective to Those With Other Addictions
A father in recovery writes to his wife and children. His perspective can be applied to those involved with other addictions.To My Family, Whom I Love...I know that this letter is too...
October 1st, 2004
Two Halves of a Complementary Whole
What our God-given gender differences are and how understanding them can help you communicate better with the opposite sex.We don't have to read very far into Genesis before we learn...
October 1st, 2004
Today’s Media: Righteous Indignation
Righteous indignation. You know the feeling. You find something so offensive you start to seethe inside. It’s a jumbled mix of emotions and souls are at stake. You hate the sin...
October 1st, 2004
Turning Back the Clock
Turning Back the ClockIt's the season for high school graduations. Where has the time gone? What will our young people do with the time in front of them, the rest of their lives? For...
October 1st, 2004
WANTED: A Truly Beautiful Wife
What to look for when choosing the woman you want to marry.I married the most beautiful woman I ever met. She was charming and funny, lively and loved by all. Her greatest personal...
October 1st, 2004
Empty Nesting Is for the Birds
This issue of Clearly Caring is arriving in the mail between Mothers Day and Fathers Day two really big family holidays. My writing assignment for this commentary came to me the morning...
October 1st, 2004
We Live Together as a Family
We Live Together as a Family...To the Glory of GodAs a family, the first thing we do is love one another.We were not a family. We have become a family -- by the grace of God. Now we...
October 1st, 2004
When Dad Hits Mom
Seven suggestions to make your congregation safe for victims of domestic violence.In my career as a prosecutor, I have worked with hundreds of victims of domestic violence. I have seen...
October 1st, 2004
Depression That Leads to Death
True or False? 1) Most people trying to cope with depression simply don’t have strong enough faith.FALSE. People in the church may jump to this conclusion because many depressed...
October 1st, 2004
Abortion - Men Hurt in Silence
"I'm pregnant."These are powerful words that can evoke fear, anxiety, joy and confusion in men. An unplanned pregnancy puts men in a peculiar place; on one side he is supposed to stand...
October 1st, 2004
Burdensome Babies
In a society where infanticide (by way of abortion) is an acceptable practice, and sex education includes the use of dolls that simulate real babies to teach teens how burdensome parenthood...
October 1st, 2004
Sympathy: Feeling With Others, Not For Them
When we sympathize with others, we are led into action, following Jesus' command to love one another as he loved us."Sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery," wrote Edward...
October 1st, 2004
When Life Seems to Have No Meaning
Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? We know such a question is not uncommon in our world. We live among a people who not only may ask such a question concerning...
October 1st, 2004
Caution: Bumps Ahead (Preparing for Adolescence)
A team of doctors decided to conduct an experiment to study the ways in which group pressure influences young people. To accomplish this, they invited 10 teenagers into a room and told...
October 1st, 2004
Gay Marriage Commentary
On May 17, 2004, the state of Massachusetts legalized gay marriage. Approximately one percent of the U.S. population (or at least those living in Massachusetts) who comprise the "gay...
October 1st, 2004
The Purpose of Marriage
When God created the woman and brought her to Adam, thus establishing marriage, no mention is made of offspring. Companionship alone is spoken of. "God ordained marriage, not in...
October 1st, 2004
The Crisis of Fatherhood: Has It Become a Biological Burden?
What does it take to be a father today? Biologically, it simply takes fertilizing an egg. Practically, being a father is so much more!Advances in reproductive technology are robbing...
October 1st, 2004
Q&A on the Federal Marriage Amendment Issue
Background:The U.S. Senate took up the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) the week of July 12, 2004. The U.S. Senate voted on July 14, 2004 to kill the amendment by a 48-50 procedural...
October 1st, 2004
The Father and Issues of Life and Death: Questions
When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976...
October 1st, 2004
Fathers, Train Your Children
With the talk about fathers who shirk their responsibilities, there are glimmers of good news.Currently, 63 percent of American teenagers live with their biological fathers. Teens with...
October 1st, 2004
Reserving Sex for Marriage
God’s precious gift of sex is only for those who publicly promise faithfulness to one another for life.Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the idea of reserving sexual relations...
October 1st, 2004
The Father and Issues of Life and Death: Answers
When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976...
October 1st, 2004
'From Generation to Generation' - Parents Nurturing Their Children's Faith
We're always passing the baton of faith -- sharing the promise -- to the next generation.It's been compared to a relay race. The most critical moment is when both runners are in the...
October 1st, 2004
Saved Sex Is the Only Safe Sex
As a teenager, I hear the media telling my peers and me about sex more than any other topic. I have to ask myself two questions:What are they telling us? And, are we listening? Overwhelmingly,...
October 1st, 2004
Decent Sex [Part 2: Sexual Roles and Stereotypes]
This article is part 2 of a 5-part series entitled, "Decent Sex." What Is a Real Man? What Is a Real Woman?Each generation and each culture on this earth have their own definitions...
October 1st, 2004
The Head of the Home
Men should follow Jesus' lead and head their families with love, sacrifice, and the WordPolitically correct pundits are changing their tune. Well, maybe it's the same tune, but at least...
October 1st, 2004
Saying 'Yes' to Sex
Society has always had trouble with the subject of sex. Some societies like the Victorian have hidden the topic in a closet as if it did not exist. Sex went on as usual, including its...
October 1st, 2004
Decent Sex [Part 3: Marriage and Sex]
This article is part 3 of a 5-part series entitled, "Decent Sex."Two Become One FleshSexual relations between a husband and wife are an essential part of marriage, and marriage is an...
October 1st, 2004
Helping Your Teen Say No to Sex
Dear Mr. McDowell,Having premarital sex was the most horrifying experience of my life. It wasn't at all the emotionally satisfying experience the world deceived me into believing. I...
October 1st, 2004
Sharing the Facts of Life
I trusted him when he told me, "I love you." He trusted me when I said the same. We trusted our emotions when they said, "It's OK. Show each other how much you care." When our relationship...
October 1st, 2004
Decent Sex [Part 4: Sex and the Unmarried]
This article is part 4 of a 5-part series entitled, "Decent Sex."The Truth About Premarital SexThe Bible contains a brutally honest account of sex between two unmarried young people:...
October 1st, 2004
The Joy of Being a Christian Mother
The kids tell me there are certain statements I make with definite regularity: "Whoever washed the dishes, get back down here!" "What happened to the light bulbs I bought yesterday?"...
October 1st, 2004
Shifting the Focus in Marriage
"America's divorce revolution has failed."The above conclusion comes from the Council of Families in America, a group of "scholars and analysts...a volunteer, nonpartisan,...
October 1st, 2004
Decent Sex [Part 5: Homosexuality]
This article is part 5 of a 5-part series entitled, "Decent Sex."A. Homosexuality: A SinThe Bible in unmistakable language identifies homosexuality as a violation of God's Law, a sin....
October 1st, 2004
The Purity Ring
Most little girls dream of the day they will meet their Prince Charming. A young woman begins preparing to meet the real love of her life when she is still harboring her Barbie dolls,...
October 1st, 2004
Gay Marriage and the Christian Response
The recent attention given to the legalization of gay marriage has highlighted an increasing tension many Christians feel on issues so clearly prescribed in Scripture. The Scopes trial...
October 1st, 2004
Decent Sex [Part 1 - The Word on Sex: God's and Man's]
This article is part 1 of a 5-part series entitled, "Decent Sex."Part 1: Man's Word on SexThe words people use to describe sex and sexual activity already betray much about the way...
October 1st, 2004
Teens Don't Walk the Talk
In a poll of 20,000 middle and high schoolers, 70 percent of high school students admitted cheating on an exam at least once in the past year. In 1996 the cheating rate was 64 percent.The...
October 1st, 2004
The Joys and Challenges of Helping the Disabled
In a society where the quality of life is often judged subjectively, there is precious little room for those who rely on others for help and support. Self-sufficiency is to be praised....
October 1st, 2004
Human Sexuality
What do the words crime, innuendo, molestation, bias, misconduct, discrimination, overtones, violence, and perversion have in common? They all follow the adjective "sexual" in today's...
October 1st, 2004
Understanding Parenting Teenage Mothers
In 1988, while looking for organizations specifically serving parenting teenage mothers, I was saddened by the realization that very few such organizations existed. There were many...
October 1st, 2004
Divorce and Remarriage
QUESTION: In light of Mark 10:11,12, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits...
October 1st, 2004
Sex Within Marriage
Read the following passages: Genesis 2:24 - For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.1 Corinthians 7:2-5 - But...
October 1st, 2004
Parenting When Your Child Goes Down the Wrong Path
When Things Go Wrong: What to do, and not to do, when your child goes down the wrong path.David and Dennis are brothers. They share the same Mom and Dad and grew up in the same household,...
October 1st, 2004
Divorce is Not an Option
I just finished reading a book my family gave me for Christmas -- Tom Brokaw's best seller, The Greatest Generation. It's a series of interviews with members of that generation called...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Passages Relating to Marriage and Surrogate Parenting
1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united...
October 1st, 2004
Breaking The Silence of Adam
Some life statistics about men:(From the National Center on Health Statistics) 66% of all heart attacks occurring in the U.S. annually are suffered by men. Every 12 minutes a man dies...
October 1st, 2004
Is He The One?
Mom gives advice on what to look for when searching for "Mr. Right."Dear Daughter,Since you were a tiny baby, I've prayed for you: that you grow in your love for Jesus, that you find...
October 1st, 2004
When Good Things Become Addictions
Innocent activities that initially bring pleasure can spiral into compulsions that are difficult to control and have devastating effects.Addictions consume energy. Problems exist when...
October 1st, 2004
Children Belong in Church
Is the sound of children disturbing or delightful? How children and adults benefit from children attending worship. "I wonder if it's worth it to bring him to church at all."Steve Bilitz,...
October 1st, 2004
Love and Respect in Ephesians 5
Christianity Today, the largest evangelical Protestant periodical in our country, recently conducted a major survey of 1,250 subscribers who were chosen at random. Close to 750 subscribers...
October 1st, 2004
Dating Dilemma
Dating Dilemma Should religion be a deciding factor in whom to date? Catrina J. Meyers It was the middle of my junior year, and I was trying to get over a bad breakup. My friend, Caleb,...
October 1st, 2004
Children in Church: Trial-by-Diaper
One woman encourages those who brave the terrors of worship with children.I look around and count babies, and I feel a little envy. My youngest is four now. I look around and see the...
October 1st, 2004
Our Marriage Mechanic
Determining, "Who's to blame?" requires spouses to be on opposing teams. Husbands and wives become teammates when they ask, "What exactly is wrong, and how do we fix it?""You're late....
October 1st, 2004
Choosing a Doctor Who Shares Your Faith
In a Christian doctor-patient relationship, faith is the common bond. How good it is for patient and doctor to share the same faith. I love caring for patients of my own church - so...
October 1st, 2004
Mate or Marriage?
Sex Views Harmful, Study SaysYoung adults still value marriage, but their views on sex aren't setting them up for marital success, according to a report by the National Marriage Project...
October 1st, 2004
Drug Abuse
Just say no. Sounds easy, doesn't it? A simple solution to a complex problem. Just say no and it all goes away.Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse can't be sloganed away. It continues...
October 1st, 2004
A Model for Marriage
A marriage based on the Bible will help couples fulfill their God-given roles and experience true and complete oneness.The bride did everything wrong. Again and again, she brought grief...
October 1st, 2004
Family Values
"God sets the lonely in families." (Psalm 68:6)We have the challenge to promote the family and help build solid Christian families in our midst. Here is one inescapable fact: We all...
October 1st, 2004
'Til Death Us Do Part
Marriage has been instituted by God, and he continues to regulate it.The dream of many a young girl is to be a June bride. For reasons not entirely clear, June remains a popular wedding...
October 1st, 2004


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