3 Things Jesus Did that Blew People’s Minds (B186)

When you grow up learning about Jesus, he seems like a normal guy. Perhaps nicer than the rest of us, but basically mainstream. This is because whatever you grow up with seems normal. But nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus shocked and awed people all the time. Jesus’ kindness was eye-popping and boundary […]

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Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Reading the Bible (B183)

The Bible is the most widely read and influential book in history. Everyone should read it and be guided by its contents. I’ve been studying the Bible at a professional level all my adult life and I still regularly find my eyes being opened and my soul being filled by new understanding. The Bible is not a simple […]

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Recommended Resources

Zondervan’s Compact Bible Dictionary I do not personally own this Bible dictionary. But It has very good reviews on Amazon.com and Zondervan is a very reputable, mainstream publisher of Bible materials. It looks to be an easy to read lay-level Bible dictionary. Why don’t I buy this one? I have at least 5 Bible dictionaries […]

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B182 Love During Arguments

I love this meme. Remember your love for the one you are mad at and don’t be afraid to show it. If someone you are mad at takes the risk of offering loving words or actions, don’t rebuff them. Receive them as the gift that they are. Have a good week, my friends! — John […]

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B181 An Unusual Case of Biker Love

Hi all! I am at a conference for half of this week and so am posting minimally. I ran across this commercial for the lotto a while ago. I do not encourage playing the lotto. But I did find this commercial warmly amusing so I share it with you. I also think this commercial says […]

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4 Ways to Kill Your Marriage Personal Growth (646 words)

My observation is that the four horsemen of the marriage apocalypse from my previous four blog posts also apply to another important relationship: our relationship with ourselves. These are the four horsemen from Dr. Gottman’s excellent book, “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” (titles are linked to a blog post on each): Criticism Contempt […]

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4 Ways to Kill Your Marriage, part 4 (423 words)

In this series, I have been introducing you to four dangerous habits or attitudes that can infect your marriage. Dr. John Gottman labels these “the four horsemen.” The first three are (click the title to read the blog post on that horseman): Criticism Contempt Defensiveness The final horseman is… 4. Stonewalling The long-term presence of the other […]

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4 Ways to Kill Your Marriage, part 3 (371 words)

The first of Dr. John Gottman’s horsemen is “criticism.” The difference between criticism and complaint is this: a complaint focuses on a specific action while criticism is more global, focusing on your mate’s personality and character. (CLICK HERE to read the post on horseman 1) The second of Gottman’s horsemen is “contempt” and he considers […]

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