CLC is passionate about supporting Christ-centered marriage. It is a gift from God that reflects His love for his people. A strong marriage heaps blessing on individuals, families and societies. But it’s also hard work. Just like a car requires preventative maintenance and sometimes breaks down, so too does marriage. Join us as we invest in our marriages together.

But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.

Engaged

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Suggested Resources for Enagaged (Or Thinking about getting engaged) Couples

 

Marriage Assessment Kits for Couples

  • “Prepare to Last” – Nearlywed/Newlywed Couple Kit. Available at preparetolastcom.
  • “SYMBIS – Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts” assessment at http://www.symbisassessment.com/couples/
    • HEY COUPLES, Why not launch your marriage with every possible advantage? Gain insights and unlock proven strategies for lifelong love.
    • “The SYMBIS Assessment took our relationship to a whole new level. Every engaged couple should do this. It’s a blast!” –Liam and Rachel

 

Marriage Expectations Sermon Series . . . in this 3-part series, Andy Stanley explains that you must learn to transform your expectations and look to God if you are to experience marriage as it was designed.

  • Part One, “Keeping my ‘I’ on you” – 1 Peter 3:1-2, 3:7, 5:6-7, Ephesians 5:33, on YouTube
  • Part Two, “Putting your ‘I’ out” – Ephesians5:21, at YouTube
  • Part Three, “It Takes Three” – 1 Peter 5:6-7, at YouTube

Enrichment

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Good Marriages Made Better

FamilyLife – http://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/marriage
A ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ – free online devotionals delivered to your email daily, resources galore, relevant stories, tips, etc. A veritable smorgasbord of marriage topics including:

 

Focus on the Family – a great resource for help in finding wise counsel for your marriage, and great parenting help. Topics include:

 

Focus on Marriage Assessment

  • (Focus on Family Assessment) Based on research and the experience of Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley, Focus on the Family has created questions that evaluate the strength of 12 behaviors that consistently make up great marriages— areas such as communication, conflict, and commitment. The assessment is free and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

 

God’s Blueprint for a Healthy Marriage

 

Connecting Spiritually With Your Spouse Through the Psalms

 

The Couple Checkup,

  • An online assessment tool (find at Com) designed to identify the unique relationship strengths and growth areas of dating, engaged, or married couples.  Cost is $35 per couple. Couples receive a 15-20 page report on their relationship and can download a free Discussion Guide, designed to help them learn proven relationship skills.

 

Jimmy Evans’ Sermons on Marriage-YouTube

 

Date Night Ideas: Simply Romantic Nights – two kits available through FamilyLife:

  • Igniting Passion in Your Marriage  Fall in love all over again! Filled with creative ideas to kindle sensational encounters and encourage intimacy. The resource pack includes: 24 Romantic Adventures—12 cards for him and 12 for her, with complete plans for creative dates
  • License for Creative Intimacy If your marriage is in need of a romantic “tune-up” try test-driving these 24 passionate date ideas to enhance your physical and spiritual intimacy. Make memories together, understand your spouse’s romance needs, and enjoy a more exciting sex life.  The kit includes 12 sealed date cards for her and him.

 

Recommended Reading for Couples

  • Foundational: Covenant Marriage – by Dr. Fred Lowery (KindlePaperback)
  • Foundational: Sacred Marriage – by Gary Thomas (KindlePaperback)
  • Foundational: Love & Respect – by Emerson Eggrichs (KindlePaperback)
  • Foundational: When Sinners Say, “I Do – by Dave Harvey (KindlePaperback)
  • Roles & Responsibilities: Rocking the Roles – by Robert Lewis and William Hendricks (KindlePaperback)
  • Communication/Conflict Resolution: A Lasting Promise – by Scott Stanley (KindlePaperback)
  • Sexual Intimacy: Intended for Pleasure – by Dr. Ed Wheat (Kindle/Hardcover)
  • Sexual Intimacy: Sheet Music – by Dr. Kevin Leman (KindlePaperback)
  • Financial: Your Money Map: A proven 7-step guide to true financial freedom by Howard Dayton (KindlePaperback)
  • Couple’s Devotional: Moments With You – by Dennis and Barbara Rainey (KindlePaperback)
  • Praying Together: Two Hearts Praying as One – by Dennis and Barbara Rainey (KindleHardcover)

 

Specifically for Men

  • Understanding Your Wife: For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women – by Shaunti Feldhahn and Jeff Feldhahn (KindleHardcover)
  • Being a Better Husband: Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood – by Dennis Rainey (KindleHardcover)
  • Being a Better Husband: Tender Warrior – by Stu Weber (KindlePaperback)
  • Leading Your Family: Point Man – by Steve Farrar (KindlePaperback)
  • Sexual Temptation/Lust/Pornography: Every Man’s Battle– by Steven Arterburn and Fred Stoeker (Kindle / Paperback)
  • Dealing with Your Past: The Blessing – by John Trent and Gary Smalley (KindlePaperback)

 

Specifically for Women

  • Understanding Your Husband: For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men – by Shaunti Feldhahn (KindleHardcover)
  • Being a Better Wife: Sacred Influence – by Gary Thomas (KindlePaperback)
  • Being a Better Wife: The Excellent Wife – by Martha Peace (KindlePaperback)
  • Sexuality: Intimate Issues – by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus (Kindle/Paperback)

Struggling


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Struggling in your Marriage

Recommended Reading:

  • Before the Last Resort – George Kenworthy (KindlePaperback)
  • The Healing Choice – Brenda Stoeker, Susan Allen (KindlePaperback)
  • A Lasting Promise – Scott Stanley, Daniel Trathen, Savanna McCain, Milt Bryan (KindlePaperback)
  • Love & Respect – Dr. Emerson Eggrichs (KindlePaperback)
  • Choosing Forgiveness – Nancy Lee DeMoss (KindlePaperback)
  • Marriage on the Mend – Clint & Penny Bragg (Kindle)
  • Pray Big for Your Marriage – Will Davis, Jr. (KindlePaperback)
  • Forgiveness: Healing the Harbored Hurts of Your Heart – Bill Eliff (Pamphlet)
  • Unfaithful – Gary & Mona Shriver (KindlePaperback)

Pornography & Sex Addiction:

  • Your Brain on Porn – eBook – download here: fm/yourbrainebook
  • For Men: Pure Desire: How one man’s triumph can help others break free from sexual temptation – Ted Roberts (Kindle/Paperback)
  • For Women: Beggar’s Daughter: From the Rags of Pornography to the Riches of Grace – Jessica Harris (Kindle/Paperback)
  • Sexual Betrayal: Peace Beyond the Tears: Hope after sexual betrayal – Tina Harris (Paperback)

Filters for Home and Mobile:

  • Covenant Eyes: Internet accountability software and family filtering.
  • Circle Go: Your family’s mobile devices managed across all networks.

Hope and a New Beginning

  • Right now, your situation may feel like two people, too far apart, with too much damage done to save the marriage. But before you and your spouse close the door forever, you owe it to yourselves and possibly to your children to give saving your marriage one more try. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/promos/hope-restored provides a personalized, intimate program for restoring individuals and rebuilding marriages. It involves a weekend in either of 2 locations (Branson Retreat Center in Branson, Missouri or WinShape Marriage Retreat Center in Rome, Georgia)

Professional Counseling

  • List several local counselors here:
    • Females
    • Males

Second Marriage


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REMARRIED & BLENDED

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