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09

Dec

Devo: The Root Reason #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy

Millions of dollars have been spent researching the causes of marriage breakups. Yet it all comes back to the simple statement Jesus made: Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives.

If a husband or wife refuses to…

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Devo: Marriage with Unbelievers #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy

The fifth reason for marriage breakups is religious differences. While the arrest rate for juvenile delinquency is much higher for the children of non-religious parents, children of parents who regularly attend church stay in college longer and have more…

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Devo: In-Laws #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy

The fourth most common cause for divorce relates to in-law trouble. It is true that when you marry your mate you also “marry” his or her family. Although the Scripture is clear that we are to forsake our parents and cleave to our mates, nonetheless it…

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Devo: Affairs #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy

Without question, the most painful cause of divorce is betrayal through sexual infidelity. Psychologists say the third most frequent reason given for divorce is adultery of some kind, either heterosexual or homosexual. This despite God’s specific…

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06

Dec

Devo: Selfishness #Divorce #Marriage #DrawNear

SELFISHNESS

The second major cause for divorce, psychologists say, is obnoxious behavior. For example, divorces can be precipitated by excessive drinking, drug addiction, uncontrollable temper, moodiness, and unreasonable demands. Such behavior creates a…

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01

Dec

Devo: Possessor or Possessed? (Causes of Divorce 2) #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy #Marriage

Psychologists rate finances as the number one cause of divorce. As we learned in the previous guide, partners in marriage often have different feelings about money. Money to some breeds self-indulgence. Husbands who have not grown up can wreak havoc in…

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30

Nov

Devo: Causes of Divorce #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy #Marriage

Astute psychologists have made sophisticated studies of the causes of divorce. They classify these causes into: (1) finance; (2) obnoxious behavior; (3) extramarital affairs; (4) in-laws; and (5) religious differences. In our consideration of the next few…

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29

Nov

Devo: Bone From Bone #Marriage #Divorce #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy

Divorce is the growing sickness of our age, threatening the very existence of the home. Approximately one in every three marriages ends in divorce, and evidence suggests the toll is rising. The sharp upward rise began in 1969, when 639,000 couples broke…

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27

Nov

Devo: The Husband’s Responsibility #DrawNear #Marriage #HusbandAndWife #DivineIntimacy

God felt the marriage union so important that He set certain laws that deal with this relationship. He knew marriage is not only finding the right mate; it is also becoming the right mate. Therefore, He wants the husband to give specific attention to…

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21

Nov

Devo: Christ-Centeredness #DrawNear #Stewardship #Marriage

The wise learn early that things of this earth do not satisfy. They spare themselves much grief by refraining from the pursuit of material possessions. Many husbands and wives wreck their lives and their marriages by spending their energy and time chasing…

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19

Nov

Devo: Compassion #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy

As the poet Longfellow says, “Life is real! Life is earnest!” Life is not a game; we live in a world of injustice, heartbreak, sorrow, and pain. Christ desires that we be filled with compassion as we live in such a world. That is His underlying message…

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18

Nov

Devo: Truth & Lies #ParentingByDesign #BlowYaHigh

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It is easy to rationalize sinful thoughts and behaviors when they serve our selfish purposes. Considering the standards of our culture, small compromises may seem insignificant in comparison. As Christian parents, we will be challenged…

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17

Nov

Devo: Open-Mindedness #DrawNear #DivineIntimacy

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Life is a learning experience and marriages must be also. We bring into marriage vastly different backgrounds; thus, our attitudes must be flexible so we can mesh our backgrounds into a compatible lifestyle. To accomplish this, we must be…

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Devo: Copycats #ParentingByDesign

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Have you ever held your child accountable for something you failed to do yourself? For instance, do you give your kids consequences for speeding, but continue to speed yourself? Do you come down hard on underage drinking, but set an example…

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14

Nov

Devo: Discipline #DrawNear

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Every child is a bundle of raw emotions and energies. The role of the parent is to help the child control himself so that these emotions and energies are not destructive but constructive. Discipline is simply teaching a child to control…

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