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Financial Partnership in Marriage

A Christian young man and woman, several years out of high school, became engaged to get married. The soon-to-be husband was quieter and unassertive. As a college student, he was busy focusing on his degree, studying and working part-time when able. The soon-to-be wife was more assertive and worked full-time. They would begin their marriage […]

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As Reformed churches we (rightly) emphasize the importance of the family. In light of Genesis 2:18—“It is not good that the man should be alone”—we believe that in general it is best that a man finds a wife and marries (and vice versa). In harmony with passages such as Psalm 127:3—“Lo, children are an heritage […]

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Clean, unsoiled, unspotted. White as the morning after a fresh snowfall. Purity is beautiful in creation, but the struggle for purity in thought, word, and action is constant and difficult, especially living in a culture that glorifies all things impure. Still, the admonition of scripture is to follow God and not the world. In this […]

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Preparing for Dating

Have you prepared yourself for dating? Are you prepared to date? How exactly should you prepare for dating? There are many ways you can prepare yourself for dating, in the way that you live, what you consume, and your view toward others and dating itself. The devil would have you consume the entertainment and media […]

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Get After It

“You are so young, enjoy it!” Who hasn’t heard this occasional, well-intended encouragement from someone older? Peter Pan in Neverland, delayed adulthood, extended adolescence, the vanishing American adult[1], adultolescence[2]… Call it what you want; it is a thing. Unfortunately, this trend is becoming the new normal. We hear evidence straight from “the seat of the […]

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The Purpose of Marriage (2)

In our previous article, we looked at the purpose of marriage for the glory of God and his covenant. The second reason in the marriage form speaks of the calling to bringing forth covenant children. We do not minimize the struggles associated with child rearing and the responsibility of large families. Again, we need to […]

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The Purpose of Marriage (1)

The purpose of marriage is the glory of God. This is crucial for a couple to understand in order that they enter into marriage with the right perspective. Marriage is not about me and not about you. Marriage is about God. Reformed churches since the time of the Synod of Dordt in 1618–19 adopted a […]

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There is something special about being in a relationship. The desire for companionship, already present in childhood, takes on more urgency as we pass through adolescence into adulthood. To desire a relationship is good and natural. Solomon says that “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord” (Prov. 18:22). God expressed […]

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A Defense of Dating

By dating, I understand a special relationship of fellowship between an unmarried young man and an unmarried young woman, the nature and purpose of which is the possibility of marriage. There is some biblical defense of dating. Jacob dated Rachel seven years with a view to marrying her (Gen. 29:20). In the New Testament, there […]

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Dear Lord, How Do I Date?

After being asked to write this article, I struggled for some time as to whether I had the courage to approach this subject. However, I didn’t want to let an opportunity pass to encourage you in godly living. I think many of us agree that the topic of dating is important, but when someone, something, […]

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Dating Coram Deo

Coram Deo is a Latin phrase that means “in the presence of God,” or “before God.” R. C. Sproul summarizes the idea well: “To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.” Now, we apply the phrase to dating. […]

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God’s Plan for Me

What do you say to your teenagers about those difficult, growing years? There is so much information we can share with our teenagers from the experiences we had while growing up. But, we must seek God’s guidance in how we share these experiences with them. I would like to share some of my thoughts about […]

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