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From Our Hearts

Recapture the Fun

Recapture the Fun

From Jim’s Heart— Ask your wife to share some of the qualities that attracted her to you. I’ll bet one of those qualities was your fun-loving nature. You were both happy, laughed a lot, and had a good time no matter what. This was true for me in those dating years with Elizabeth. My nickname was […]

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How to Communicate Better with Your Wife

How to Communicate Better with Your Wife

From Jim’s Heart— Communication—or the lack of it—is a significant issue in most marriages. Here are some little things you can do to make a big difference in your communication with your wife: Choose to listen. Listening is an act of love. When you listen to your wife, you are communicating nonverbally that she is important to […]

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Leaving a Legacy for Your Family

Leaving a Legacy for Your Family

FROM JIM’S HEART— If you are married, you have one of the greatest of all opportunities—that of leaving a lasting legacy to your wife and children. Dear brother, to do this you must impart to your sweet wife a strong spiritual foundation that equips her to handle whatever the future holds. That means you must […]

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Working Together as a Couple

Working Together as a Couple

Because you and your spouse as “one flesh” are a team, ideally the two of you have the potential to accomplish twice as much by working together toward common goals. Like Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:9, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.” Unfortunately, in our imperfect world […]

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Keep the Slate Clear

Keep the Slate Clear

From Jim’s Heart— Have you ever noticed that, as a man, asking for or offering forgiveness is often very difficult? It’s almost as hard as asking for directions! Why is that? Well, I can’t answer for you, but for me, pride is often the culprit, especially in my marriage. Here’s how it goes: I say […]

Loving Your Wife

Loving Your Wife

From Jim’s Heart— L ove your wife unconditionally. Your love cannot be cause-and-effect in nature, with an attitude of “if she does this, I’ll do that.” Love does not keep records (1 Corinthians 13:5). It gives, expecting nothing in return. O rder your priorities. Next to your love for God, you are to love your wife. She […]

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Comfort Your Wife

Comfort Your Wife

From Jim’s Heart— If I asked your wife to tell me when you last gave her comfort, what would she say? If you are like a lot of husbands (me included!), it’s been a long time. We men get so used to receiving tender care, especially from our wives. They’re right there whenever we need them. […]

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The Joy of Praying Together

The Joy of Praying Together

From Jim’s Heart—  While I was an associate pastor, a couple came to my office for marriage counseling. After we pinpointed several areas of concern in their marriage that needed their attention, I asked the husband to commit the couple’s desires to the Lord. As the man finished praying, I looked up to discover that […]

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Church Membership Matters

Church Membership Matters

From Jim’s Heart— Membership in the body of Christ is the greatest of all memberships, and the privileges are exceptional, both in this life and the life to come. Hebrews 10:25 tells believers: “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his […]

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From Jim’s Heart—Prayer Tips for Leaders

From Jim’s Heart—Prayer Tips for Leaders

As a leader, how can you afford not to pray? Let these principles from Nehemiah’s remarkable prayer life (found in the Book of Nehemiah) guide you to increased strength as you guide others. Pray to meet the needs of others. Nehemiah’s awareness of the conditions of the people moved him to pray and to […]

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When God Asks Us to Trust Him

When God Asks Us to Trust Him

From Jim’s Heart: When things go wrong, we usually ask, “God, why did that happen?” But if you read the Bible carefully, you’ll notice an interesting pattern: God never asks us to figure out the why behind our circumstances. Instead, He simply asks us to trust Him: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and […]

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Seeing Your Value in Christ

Seeing Your Value in Christ

Maybe you won’t have an inheritance from an earthly father—but take heart! Your heavenly Father has given you a heavenly inheritance that you can count on. As you walk through your life with a sense of security, think of your Father’s gift to you and what it means. Your life in Christ. When you […]

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