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How to Ruin Your Marriage Part 1: The Wedding

By |June 30th, 2013|

Ladies and gentlemen, I have stumbled upon the secrets to everlasting bliss. In fact, marriage counselors across the country would love to stop you from getting this information so they can stay in business. That’s why I’m blowing the lid off this Pillsbury biscuit can with a satisfying POP, and giving you the goods at no (big) cost.

Trust me. This advice will speed your marriage on its way to a place you never thought probable. People will look at your marriage and think, “Wow. That’s unbelievable.” Your relationship will be so unique, people may ask you what you did to get it that way…

Link’s Golden Advice for Single Guys ain’t got NOTHIN’ on this.

…And you’ll have to point them to this limited-time offer: The ENTIRE SET set of How to Ruin Your Marriage blogs for the low, LOW cost of $29.99 (plus S+H) (not available in all areas, no refunds, all sales final).  JK. Caution: Sarcasm continues.  Now seriously, knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do…maybe even more so.


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A Raw and Candid Discussion: Why Marriages Fail

By |June 25th, 2013|

Why Marriages Fail

(Adapted with thanks to Mark Cochran.)


Can you imagine anything worse than watching your child being murdered? Yet God gave Jesus to the slaughter. What would a Father feel is so important that it’s worth allowing that kind of violent savagery to His most beloved?

I’ll answer the question with another.


What would you consider unforgivable for your spouse? Stealing a library book? Kicking your dog? Downloading pirated movies? Lying to you? Robbing a bank? Having an affair? Sexually molesting your child?

Keep filling in the blanks…

Here’s the rub: None of these things are acceptable… Not one. Under God’s law, these are all utterly depraved sins deserving the eternal death penalty. Which means Christ died for EVERY sin, not just the ones we think should be forgiven. Which means no sin is beyond forgiveness, even the ones you and I find most detestable.

Since your spouse is human and fallible, he or she will fail you, let you down, screw things up, and sin. They will hurt you, and it will happen more than once.  But today’s society shouts at couples through TV, magazines and movies: “It’s all about your happiness.”

Just once, I’d like to see a couple write their marriage vows, commensurate with today’s social moral standards. Something like: […]

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Warm Bodies: The Key to Change

By |June 15th, 2013|

I’m laying in bed, after midnight, on a work night. knowing I should sleep, but feeling like something is still undone for the day… trying to overcome writer’s block.


One of those things a frequent blogger has to deal with. Racking my brain for something amazing to say that will fundamentally change the way the universe works and cause volcanos to explode and flowers to blossom and everyone to break into song.


But it doesn’t come.


I just sit, uneventfully, catatonically, staring at my blank WriteRoom screen, waiting for inspiration to strike.


So my fallback in these situations is to write about… you guessed it. Nothing. Or more to the point, I write about how NOTHING is actually something.

But here’s the catch:

“Something out of nothing” is a HUGE something when nothing is happening in a marriage.


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The Marriage Workout: Definition

By |June 1st, 2013|

These past several weeks, we’ve explored a little bit of how marriage is analogous to fitness, exercise, and physical health.

I’d like to close out the series with one final thought about all the pulling, pushing, lifting, squatting, bending, twisting, leaning and stretching we do in our marriages to make them work.


When you see a body building contest, all you see is one completely (sometimes grotesquely) ripped, cut, set of defined muscles. You can literally tell where one muscle stops and the next starts; they’ve so thoroughly toned their body in strength and stamina. While we don’t put our marriages in Speedos or oil ourselves down, posing for all to see, the definition in our marriages can be remarkable when we repeat the right movements over and over.

Captain Hammer’s deltoids of compassion, and abs of kindness can really define how you live your married life, and treat one another.

When you stand in front of the mirror after your workout, you can always see which muscle groups you workout. Why? Because they get bigger. In the same way, straining and stressing, pulling or pushing the weight of forgiveness, of showing mercy, giving grace, sacrificing for your spouse… it SHOWS. Not only can people see what defines YOU, but your life will be changed, and most likely that of your spouse…and children.


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