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Marriage & Family

Marriage & Family

The joy of a happy marriage blessed with loving, respectful children is a dream of most men and women. Traditionally, marriage has been an exclusive bond between a man and a woman. Yet in recent years this pattern has been changing...

  • What are the biblical guidelines for a happy and productive marriage?
  • What does God say is 'true love'?

We live in a world saturated with sex. But are we missing an unrealized dimension when it comes to sex and marriage?

  • When and how did sex originate—and why?

Our booklet Marriage & Family: the Missing Dimension contains biblically-based articles that will help you understand how to build a truly loving and life-long relationship.


Topics Include:

Introduction - Marriage and Family: The Missing Dimension

"Didn't the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union" (Malachi 2:15 New Living Translation).

Marriage and Family: The Spiritual Significance

To understand the spiritual significance of marriage and family, we must turn to God, our Creator, to learn what He had in mind in making the human race.

God's Instruction Manual for Marriage

Marriage is one of God's most wonderful gifts to mankind. It is a treasure worth working on, cherishing and sustaining. His instructions are as valid today as ever.

Dating Do's and Don'ts

Everyone knows that in most cultures dating is a prelude to marriage. But what many don't know is that how we date greatly influences the kind of marriage we will have. The way we conduct ourselves while dating is an excellent indicator of the commitment we will have to a future relationship and an indicator of the level of happiness we will enjoy.

Choose Your Love Story

God's beautiful picture of sexuality is for us to refrain from having sex until we are married and then to only enjoy sex with the person to whom we are married (1 Corinthians 6:18; Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery).

Handling Those Touchy Situations

To help you establish godly standards, consider the following advice given by a panel of young Christians between the ages of 20 and 30.

What to Say When Things Are Going Too Far

Here's some examples of things to say when your relationship is going to far.

Popular Sexual Myths

Given all the confusion that exists today regarding sex, it's important for us to understand some of the most common but mistaken ideas about this subject.

At What Age Should We Marry?

The Bible does not indicate that there is a specific age at which it suddenly becomes appropriate for us to marry.

Is Homosexuality Acceptable to God?

The acceptance of homosexuality as an equally valid lifestyle is rapidly growing in Western culture. Yet God tells us that sex was designed for only one relationship—within marriage, exclusively between a man and a woman.

Men's and Women's Vulnerabilities

When it comes to temptations to have sex, men and women, in general, face different challenges.

What If You've Made a Mistake?

When it comes to sex, people make mistakes—both premarital and extramarital. The biblical way to cleanse one's conscience is to repent—that is, stop breaking God's law.

Is Abortion the Answer to Unwanted Pregnancy?

Many people today consider abortion to be a woman's right to control her body—specifically her reproductive rights. What does the Bible say?

Divorce-Proof Your Marriage

Because so many marriages—particularly in modern Western countries—end in failure, couples trying to live godly lives and make their relationships last will look for ways to protect and preserve their marriages.

The Different Kinds of Love Mentioned in the Bible

The Greek language in which the New Testament was written uses several words translated "love." The first two listed below are found in the New Testament. Understanding their meanings helps us better comprehend God's expectations of us.

Was Sex Intended Solely for Procreation?

Does the Bible prohibit sexual relations within marriage purely for pleasure?

Our Children: Gifts of God in a Hostile Environment

The Bible tells us that children are a blessing from God, and most couples readily welcome them into their families. Human reproduction is one of life's most treasured and memorable experiences. Consider how God intended for this beautiful event to transpire.

The Epidemic of Missing Fathers

Dr. Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, addressed the connections between fatherlessness and criminal behavior in a 2002 speech.

Bringing Up a Moral Child

Many parents, including single parents, are raising well-adjusted, moral children who successfully enter adulthood. Why are these families successful when so many others are not?

Measuring Influence on Our Children

While parents have the opportunity to be the greatest influence on their children's lives, this doesn't always happen.

Proverbs and Proper Training

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Discipline With Encouragement

Discipline with encouragement may seem like an oxymoron. How could discipline possibly be encouraging? Isn't it always painful and depressing?

Sibling Rivalry

How can sibling rivalry be minimized?

Single-Parenting Success

Is it possible to successfully raise godly children even as a single parent?

The Value of Consequences

Should chilldren be held responsible for bad choices or decisions?

Creating Quality Time

It's important to set aside quality time to spend with your children.

The Seasons of Parenting

There are three seasons in raising children, and one final season that is our goal. Each season is a phase where a child needs a certain type of parenting.

Personality Differences and Temperament

Because each child is a unique human being in terms of the way he or she thinks and acts, parents often wonder whether these differences should affect their parenting.

A Foretaste of Tomorrow

The desire for a happy, lasting marriage blessed with children who grow up to be successful, morally responsible adults is truly the universal dream.

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