Learning Through The Twelve Days of Christmas
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Learning Through The Twelve Days of Christmas

In society, Christmas begins earlier and earlier.  In fact, it often starts before Advent even begins.  In religious tradition, it actually starts on Christmas day and continues to be observed for twelve days until Epiphany (January 6th).  This is also a time when children are often off from school which can lead to added stress in families.  Here are twelve video clips that you can watch with your children during this time.  As you do, you and your child(ren) will explore different aspects of the Christian meaning behin

50 Shades Of Grey
Do you want "50 Shades of Grey" on YOUR nightstand when you travel?
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Holy Moly! Hotel Replaces Bibles With '50 Shades Of Grey'

Christian Grey is damn near God-like — at least according to guests' bedside tables in The Damson Dene Hotel. Bibles have been booted and E. L. James' BDSM erotica novel 50 Shades of Grey has taken their place in every room within the English inn.

marriage
Are you still focused on the past? Which way will you be taking your marriage?
Traditional Love

'Why—After 30 Years Of Marriage—The Best Is Yet To Come'

My lovely wife and I will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this week. We are continually amazed at how each year finds us closer and more in love than the year before, and although it is hard to imagine, we both feel that the best years of our marriage are yet to come. That's how I think it should be. Sadly, I often see marriage portrayed as all downhill after the honeymoon. So is less sex, more fights, poorer communication and drifting apart really the inevitable? With a nod to the movie 'Date Night,' is it really just a matter of time before couples settle for becoming just "excellent roommates?" I say no!

praying
What do you do when it feels like your prayers are going unanswered? Pray again.
Traditional Love

Couple Challenge: How Do You Go About Finding A New Church?

Finding a church can be a time-consuming and stressful experience. It takes a great amount of patience. On average, you can only visit one, or maybe two churches a week, so the search to find a church can drag out over the course of weeks or several months. Longer, even. Years. So, how do you deal as a couple?

Christian couple
Dating someone from your church can be great, if you navigate tricky waters correctly.
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Why Won't Christian Men Date Women From Their Church? Part II

Last month I wrote an article about Christian dating from a man's perspective. I interviewed several single guys in Los Angeles and New York, ranging in age from 28 to 40. I asked how they felt about dating within their church community and their answers were rather surprising. Most had tried it, yet were left feeling disillusioned in the process. As a result, they had chosen to search for love some place else. Over the past month, I've received hundreds of comments from readers who related to the article and had insightful perspectives to add to the conversation. It became clear that there was more to say on this topic. Much more.

rings
How does marriage relate to memes? One writer is about to tell you.
Traditional Love

Of Memes And Marriage: How These Internet Sensations Can Help You

Can memes have any power during marriage? In a word, yes. (Stay with me now.) According to Dr. Martin Seligman, who was a past president of the American Psychological Association, positive psychology can use memes to "flourish" relationships. To flourish in the psychological sense is to live life abundantly by actively cultivating positive connections.

Sudden Changes In Life: 5 Lessons From Passover
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Sudden Changes In Life: 5 Lessons From Passover

Many things can drastically and suddenly change our lives. With the economy, we all know people who were doing well (or at least okay) who lost their job and as a result their whole world changed. Another person's life may be changed when their spouse is injured in a car accident or diagnosed with cancer. And for another person, the change may be the result of relocating to a new town for the promise of a great new life.

Conflict In The Family: 4 Lessons From Maundy Thursday
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Conflict In The Family: 4 Lessons From Maundy Thursday

If you are like most people, you experience some form of conflict within your family whether it is just two of you, involves children or even the extended family.  Sometimes this conflict can be  just in the situation, but there are also times that it runs deeper.  There are even times that trust has been severely broken and you do not trust whether another will live up to the support that they talk about or whether another will directly do you harm by betraying you.  So, what should you do when you find yourself in such a spot?  

Good Friday crosses
Want a strong bond? Jesus' lessons of love and sacrifice can be applied to relationships.
Traditional Love

3 Powerful Marriage Lessons From Easter

We will soon be celebrating Easter. Many of us will be gathering with family and friends to remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, and the good news of Sunday morning. Leading up to that day, though, I'd like to reexamine the lessons. There is always something new to learn about Easter, especially when it comes to love. I see several practical marriage lessons in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Church
Many Christian women would love to meet Mr. Right at church. Why aren't the men on board?
Traditional Love

Why Won't Christian Men Date Women Who Go To Their Church?

Think you're going to find The One at your home church, Christian ladies? Think again. "I've only gone out with a couple of girls at church, and I won't do it anymore," says Luke*, a 40-year-old Christian man living in Southern California. "At this point, I'm happily resigned to not ask a girl out at church ever again."

Crucifix
Does Song of Solomon endorse birth control and premarital sex?
Traditional Love

Guess What? There's A Pro-Birth Control Passage In The Bible

In the middle of this heated debate over birth control and religion, it's easy to get the impression that Christians are anti-birth control, and so is God for that matter. Yet, as a mom, a person of faith, a married lady and a birth control lover, I don't see it as so simple.

Exclusive! Model Kylie Bisutti Talks Faith, Modesty And Marriage
Kylie Bisutti decided being a Victoria's Secret angel wasn't in line with God's Word.
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Exclusive! Model Kylie Bisutti Talks Faith, Modesty And Marriage

At 19, Kylie beat out 10,000 other girls during the 2009 "Victoria's Secret Model Search" for a contract with the lingerie giant. She strutted the runway as an angel during the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, with the likes of supermodels Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Doutzen Kroes. It was all she had ever wanted, but something didn't feel right. A young, newlywed Christian during this time, Kylie was beginning to read scripture more and more. As God's Word started to infiltrate her heart, she slowly realized that modeling lingerie wasn't in line with her beliefs. So when her contract was up with Victoria's Secret, she walked away. Now, at age 21, she's trying to be a role model for Christ. She's showing other girls that you don't have to be a sex symbol to be happy and accepted and successful. She's spreading a message of how our bodies are sacred, and meant only for our spouses' eyes. She's speaking out for modesty. And in a world where sex sells, it's a bold and brave message.