Who We Are In Our Marriage Matters

So last week Ken kicked off a brand new series that I am really excited about and I will tell you why.  It’s because what we are doing is taking all the God principles that we talk about here at MRC, and we are pulling them into our practical lives.  That is awesome!  Ken was introducing us to the idea last week of integrity…the idea that who we are matters.  This is very important, because our culture today . . . Read More »

The Connection

1 Corinthians 6-7 Do you believe there is a connection between your relationship with God and how you view sex? So if you are in a relationship with God, He loves you and you love Him, do you think that relationship should determine how you behave sexually? The people of Corinth didn’t. They saw no connection. They believed their body and spirit were separate. That means they believed that their spirit could love God, and at the same . . . Read More »

It’s Profoundly Spiritual

Well today is the finale of the marriage series and I am just going to come right out and say it, this series has been a really big deal.  It has been a big deal to my wife and I in our marriage, and as I have spoken to many of you over the last few weeks I’m realizing that I am not alone in that…this series has been special, and it has shown us so much about . . . Read More »

What Research Tells Us About Marriage

Today, I want to get really practical. I think we can be in church, read 1 Corinthians 13, worship, hear a marriage talk and feel pretty close to our spouse. Then we go home. What do you discover when you try to apply everything you hear about marriage? You discover your spouse is nuts. I don’t mean that in a negative or critical way. More like, they couldn’t be more opposite than you. It’s like they speak an . . . Read More »

A Radical New Understanding of Love

“There was once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. 31 Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. 32 Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man. 33 “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. . . . Read More »

Why Is Marriage Hard?

So last week we started a new series called on relationships…more specifically, marriage called “Marriage Warning” and frankly that sounds a little ominous doesn’t it?  It may even sounds a little negative or gloomy for church right?  I mean we really don’t want to hear about the challenges of something that is supposed to be so beautiful and romantic right?  It’s funny when we grow up and find that special someone we begin to dream of what life . . . Read More »

Why Did God Put Us Together?

I am thrilled to share with you that marriage is probably one of the most life giving relationships you can have. After 21 years with my wife, we have been through so much together. The tears, the laughter, the stress, the joy, all of it wrapped together has been amazing. I think what makes marriage so meaningful is time. Over time of love and grace and arguments, you experience life together. You build memories. You build intimacy. Kids, . . . Read More »

Toxic People Kill Community

Why is community, why are relationships, so hard? You can replace the word ‘community’ with the following; school friendships, marriage, work place, church, sports teams, etc. In each of these relationships, community can be a challenge. Why is it that in high school, someone can say you are best friends and then a month later, that person takes an instragram picture of them around a fire put with their friends and you aren’t there. That hurts. Why is . . . Read More »

Leading Your Family To Joy

Joshua 24:1 Joshua called together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He called in the elders, chiefs, judges, and officers. They presented themselves before God. 2 Then Joshua addressed all the people: “This is what GOD, the God of Israel, says: A long time ago your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived to the east of the River Euphrates. They worshiped other gods. 3 I took your ancestor Abraham from the far side of . . . Read More »

How Do I Build Trust?

Three quick facts about relationships. 1.) Your relationships, many times, are a reflection of your true heart condition. You can’t hide who you are. Your heart condition, either healthy or wounded, will show up in your relationships. Marriage. Work. Family. Community. Etc. 2.) Real holiness is found in your ability to get along with others. 17 Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, . . . Read More »