In today’s episode of Creating Real Marriages that Last, I talk about the role of the church in caring for widows. One of the great things about the gospel is it gives us a new family. And one of the ways we see this is through the “adoption” of widows into families within the church. Many women who have lost their husbands don’t have any other family nearby. What if we invited them to lunch with our families or to come with us to a ball game? These women have a lot of wisdom to teach us, and we can ease some of the loneliness they face. I’ve learned that it takes time to love people well, but it’s always worth it.
Today’s podcast is an excerpt of a sermon I recently preached from Ephesians 5. When we talk about the issue of marriage, let’s confess that we as the church of Jesus Christ have surrendered the biblical understanding of marriage to a romanticized fantasy that is perpetuated by our culture. The first place that biblical marriage has to be restored is in the church. We can’t continue to do cute weddings anymore. We must hold weddings, and encourage marriages that are committed to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
In this episode of Creating Real Marriages that Last, I talk about the significant role fathers play in the lives of their children. I share with my co-host, Darrel Girardier, some of the lessons I learned from my father that I’ve passed down to my sons. In addition, we discuss why fathers are so essential in the upbringing of both boys and girls. Society struggles when fathers are absent, and it’s an epidemic that must be stopped.
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In this episode of Creating Real Marriages that Last, I discuss the importance of financial planning in marriage with my co-host, Darrel Girardier. It’s important to give your spouse peace of mind when it comes to finances. When you do, your marriage will become stronger as you remove the worry of “what would happen if…?” from your lives.