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Excerpted from the Focus on the Family broadcast “Friendship or Flirtation: Danger Signs for Couples” featuring the Rev. Dave Carder.
19 Dangerous Behaviors
- Saving topics of conversation for your “special friend.”
- Sharing spousal difficulties with your friend (e.g., “My husband (or wife) never … “).
- Allowing the friend to share their relationship difficulties with you (e.g., “My boy/girlfriend always … “).
- Anticipating seeing this person more than your spouse.
- Comparing the friend and your spouse (“If only my spouse was nicer to me like s/he is … “). Continue reading
My parents divorced when I was one year old. I grew up without my father. My wife’s parents divorced when she was eleven. We have both been damaged greatly by divorce. We hate divorce!
But I have to admit it: I must be a wimp; I have never preached on divorce. In every congregation I have been in there have been people who are divorced. And I fear I would upset them if I preached on the topic. I’m not avoiding the topic, but I’m glad that it hasn’t come up so far in the books I have preached on.
Aaron Armstrong, author of Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation, and the End of Poverty, posted this last week over at Blogging Theology. I found this personally helpful; perhaps you will also.
“In his book Living for God’s Glory, Joel Beeke offers several diagnostic questions based on 1 Corinthians that provide, as he calls it, a biblical formula for holy living before God and man. When contemplating a course of action, he suggests we test it with these questions: Continue reading