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Building a Fire in the Rain

Dennis Rainey talks about proactive ways you can uphold your marriage commitment and offers suggestions for ways couples can keep the romance alive.

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Marriage is built upon a foundation of commitment to Christ and to your covenant with each other. Dennis Rainey talks about proactive ways you can uphold your marriage commitment and offers suggestions for ways couples can use adventure, intrigue, and surprise to keep the romance alive. ...

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Elizabeth Oates recalls her troubled childhood marked by abuse and loneliness and tells how that emptiness eventually led her to a deep and abiding relationship with Christ. Oates shares how growing up in a single-parent home, and then in a home with a stepfather, shaped her views on dating and marr...

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Nancy Houston recalls her childhood and the difficulty growing up in a non-Christian home with a violent father who suffered from PTSD. Houston reminds listeners, "God is for you, and abuse is never okay." Houston also talks about the dangerous addiction of pornography. "Porn is often used to medica...

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Marriage was created as a means to put love on display. God called Hosea to marry an adulteress to illustrate what His love looks like. Bryan Loritts walks through the biblical account of Hosea and Gomer and reminds us of our own place in the story....

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Authors Robert and Nancy Wolgemuth fondly remember the days of their courtship when they discussed becoming a blended family. Nancy recalls how her heart skipped a beat and began to soften as Robert told her how he loved being married and shepherding a wife. Robert gives his best advice for husbands...

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Author Lacey Buchanan, a wife and mother of two, talks about the birth of her first son, Christian, who was born with severe facial deformities, and blindness. Buchanan talks honestly about the challenges she and her husband have faced. She also shares how the faith of her and her husband has helped...

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The Bible does not have to command wives to love their husbands because doing so is a natural part of a woman's makeup. However, the Bible does command wives to respect their husbands because that doesn't come naturally for most women. Trent and Andrea Griffith give a message explaining differe...

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Author Lauren Chandler, wife of Pastor Matt Chandler, fondly shares how she and Matt met and married. Chandler tells how she struggled in the shadow of Matt's obvious calling to preach. Chandler talks honestly about the chains that often bind us. She reflects on her own chains of a disordered desire...

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The first time Rhonda Stoppe saw the man who would become her husband, he immediately took her breath away. But the shine of their picture perfect relationship began to wear off after their "I dos." Stoppe shares what she learned the hard way: A happy marriage doesn't stem from how well our husban...

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Nina Roesner wasn't happy in her marriage. As God grew her in her relationship with her husband as she began to realize that she had to communicate her needs, rather than expecting her spouse to read her mind, and that learning to respect her husband was the first step in learning to love him well....

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Did you know that there's a mistress flirting around your pastor's door? The mistress's name? Ministry. Dennis Rainey speaks to pastors about how they can avoid this marriage-destroying trap. He also alerts us to the dangers of what he calls "terrorism of the soul" as he explores the toxic effects o...

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Want to move your marriage off the back burner? Author and blogger Becky Thompson challenges wives to remember their courtship and do the things they did back then in order to see their marriages thrive. Thompson recalls how she met and then married her husband, Jared. After initially being disappoi...

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Tom and Dena Yohe never heard of cutting until their daughter, Renee, started doing it at 12 years of age. Gradually, other behaviors surfaced including suicidal tendencies. Find out how Tom and Dena handled parenting a prodigal and what they did to keep their marriage strong....

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Adoptive parents Paul and Robin Pennington talk about the hard realities of adoption. The Penningtons, who've adopted five children, including some with special needs, talk about ROOTED, an online training course they've developed that offers gospel-centered support for adoptive and foster families....

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From the FamilyLife Today vault, we've pulled some classic audio of guests talking about romance and intimacy from the last 25 years. Bill and Vonette Bright tell the story of their wedding day. Juli Slattery mentions the need for the church to be more open about discussing biblical sexuality....

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Do you show your spouse grace? Grace, according to authors Tim and Darcy Kimmel, is giving someone what they desperately need, but don't especially deserve. FamilyLife speakers Tim and Darcy know what it means to give and receive grace, and share some grace moments from their own marriage. Tim and D...

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He Is Enough

More than a decade ago, Steven Curtis Chapman first joined us in the studio to share his heart for the orphan. His organization, Show Hope, has now helped more than 5,000 orphans. Chapman tells how they now have six care centers in China, and at least 500 of those kids have been adopted. Chapman tal...

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Pastor Dave Furman and his wife, Gloria, tell what it's like dealing with a disability in marriage. The Furmans tell what they lost as a couple, and how they've dealt with the loss with Christ's help....

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How we think influences how we act. Author and blogger Sheila Wray Gregoire lays out nine thoughts that will change the way you look at your marriage. Gregorie shares what she's learned in over 20 years of marriage....

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For Joni Tada, God has used more than four decades of confinement to a wheelchair to refine her character. And four decades of marriage to Ken has refined them into an exquisite portrait of God's fully sufficient grace....

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God is in the monotonous. Gloria Furman, a pastor's wife and mother of four, talks about the day she realized that her mom duties weren't interruptions to her spiritual growth, but that God wanted to interact with her in the day-to-day, amongst the dishes and the diapers. Gloria and her husband, Dav...

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We all enter marriage with great expectations, especially about sex. Author Brian Goins and his wife, Jen, reflect on what their "sexpectations" were before and after getting married. Together they remind listeners of God's expectations for sex: procreation, pleasure, and proclamation of the gospel....

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Want to improve the intimacy in your marriage? In Ron Deal's talk from a recent Love Like You Mean It® cruise, Ron explains that while sex isn't everything in a marriage, it's also not nothing. Every time a couple comes together in intimacy, they renew their vows to each other. Hear Ron explain a b...

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The Early Seasons of a Woman's Life

Like a book, each life is made up of chapters. All this week Barbara Rainey allows us a peek into chapters of her life and tells us how she adjusted and kept her priorities in place in each season. Reminiscing about their past, Dennis and Barbara talk about their biggest marital adjustments and the ...

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Called to Adopt

Jon and Shelly Bergeron talk about their tentative trek into the world of adoption and speak frankly about the realities of adoption....

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What is the Meaning of Sex

What is God's purpose for sexuality? Denny Burk unpacks Genesis Chapter 1 to discover God's purpose in designing males and females in His image. Denny reminds listeners that sex exists for the glory of God, which means that our sexuality puts God's glory on display. Denny also coaches parents on ho...

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Having a Marriage Without Regrets

What does it take to make a marriage really work? Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Church in New York City, dives into the tricky areas of marital communication, conflict resolution and forgiveness....

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Bob Lepine unpacks 10 tips to help you avoid romantic meltdowns, wherever you are. ...

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A marriage has to face big adjustments when a health issue threatens a spouse. Pastor Jim Garlow talks with Dennis Rainey about the ups and downs he and his wife, Carol, have had to make since she was first diagnosed with cancer five years ago. ...

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A chance meeting can sometimes lead you to the love of your life. That certainly was the case for Kim and Krickitt Carpenter as they got to know each other over the phone when Kim called to order uniforms for his baseball team. More calls followed, and soon they were meeting in person. It wasn’t ...

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Thanksgiving Day 2009 is forever etched in the mind of Lauren Chandler. That's the day her husband, pastor Matt Chandler, experienced a series of violent seizures that marked the beginning of Matt's two-year battle with brain cancer. Listen to an exclusive interview and update with Matt and Lauren C...

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Before he was a Grammy and Dove Award winning singer-songwriter, Steven Curtis Chapman was just another struggling Nashville artist, until he met a young woman named Mary Beth. Hear how a storybook romance blossomed into a marriage that honors God through the hard times as well as the good....

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Are you sacrificing your marriage on the altar of good parenting? Wife and mother of seven Heidi St. John talks about the importance of nurturing your marriage through the child-rearing years. Heidi recalls the romance erosion that happened in her own marriage, and remembers the pivotal day when her...

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When the Bottom Drops Out

Rhonda had lost her husband to cancer. Rhonda's pastor and her husband's best friend, Rob Bugh, had also recently lost a spouse to cancer. Even in the midst of grief, a love for each other started to grow, and eventually grew into a blended family. Ron Deal joins Rob and Rhonda Bugh as they explo...

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Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth describe the stories from their favorite couples in the Bible, and relate how we can learn from the trials others have faced....

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Travel brought emotional emptiness to the Galluccis' marriage, but God brought healing. Author Sam Gallucci and his wife, Toni, talk about the changes that took place when Sam said “enough” to traveling, and the couple began to fight for their troubled marriage....

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Susie Larson recounts the one-sided season of loneliness in her marriage....

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No Greater Love

Dennis Rainey welcomes Russ Rice, executive producer the Christian romantic drama, No Greater Love....

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Andy and Nikki Bray, directors of FamilyLife New Zealand, talk to Dennis Rainey. ...

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Pastor Matt Chandler answers a wide range of questions related to marriage, intimacy and sexual temptation. ...

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Drs. Freda Bush and Joe McIlhaney explain how the brain is the most important sex organ....

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Well-known Christian psychologist Gary Oliver tells how God's faithfulness carried him through dark days....

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Former sexual health educator Barbara Wilson tells how she found freedom from her sexual past. ...

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Christian counselor Dan Allender addresses sexual problems in marriage. ...

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The Creator's Guide to Marital Intimacy

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

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If you think Christians of yesteryear were bores when it came to romance, think again. We turn back the pages of history as Dr. Michael Haykin, professor of church history at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, talks about the romances and love letters of some of our most well-known theologians, ...

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Nancy Murphy, the Executive Director of Northwest Family Life Learning and Counseling Center, talks about the domestic abuse she endured at the hands of her former husband. Joining her is Dr. Dan Allender. ...

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Dennis and Barbara Rainey answer your questions about romance in marriage....

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God on Sex

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Tommy Nelson, senior pastor of Denton Bible Church, encourages couples not to get lazy when romancing their husbands or wives. Tune in to hear Tommy explain 10 points that are critical to keeping romance alive....

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