“Paul Is Dead!”

Talk about your crazy rumors! If you are over 55 years old, you remember one of the great urban legends of all time. “Paul is dead!” I don’t even need to explain that to you. You know exactly what I’m talking about. In the late 1960s American college students published articles claiming that clues to Paul McCartney’s death could be found among the lyrics and artwork of the Beatles’ recent recordings. He was killed in a car crash, according to the rumors circulated in London.

The Drake University student newspaper published an article titled, Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead? It was said that Beatles music played backwards confirmed his death. Famed lawyer F. Lee Bailey took to the air with a one-hour television special, in which he promoted the “evidence” of McCartney’s death. The rumors continued to spread. Then, on this date, 1969, something happened that pretty much debunked the rumors. On April 24, 1969 Paul McCartney did a live interview, in which he insisted he was very much alive, though he had chosen to “be a little less famous these days.” There. The rumor was finally put to rest, once and for all.

Well, not so quick, Sherlock. In just a matter of a few weeks, the rumors returned. On October 21, 1969, the Beatles’ press office issued a statement attesting to McCartney’s good health. The November, 1969 issue of Life Magazine plastered Paul’s picture on the cover, with the words, “Paul is still with us.” But still, some did not believe. Does this story sound familiar to anyone but me? It should. You see, a couple thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was put to death. Most assumed he’d stay dead. But, right on cue, he rose the third day. He appeared before Mary Magdalene and another woman named Mary. Then he appeared to Peter and John, then the rest of the disciples. One day he appeared to 500 at one time. But still, the rumors persisted. Jesus was dead. Well, I can put those rumors to rest once and for all. I know he is alive. How do I know? It’s simple. I was just talking to him this morning.

Swallowing Goldfish

Though most fads seem to spring up from nowhere, the art of goldfish swallowing can be traced to one individual and one specific date. On March 3, 1939, Harvard student Lothrop Withington, Jr. swallowed a live fish to win a $10 bet. Days later, not to be outdone, a college student in Pennsylvania downed three fish seasoned with salt and pepper. When a fellow classmate upped the ante to six goldfish, the gauntlet had been thrown down and the fad spread like wildfire on campuses across the country. Before the goldfish craze faded a few months later, thousands of goldfish had met their collective demise and even coeds had taken up the challenge.

Now, I love seafood as much as anyone. I love shrimp, catfish, scallops, trout, oysters, and crabmeat. I even like the “fish” they sell out of the chain restaurant named after a pirate. But I draw the line at goldfish. But Lothrop was like a lot of us. He was willing to swallow anything, whether it was good for him or not. We are told that we are winning the war with ISIS and the war on poverty. We are told that more money equals better schools. We are told that gay marriage is a matter for the federal government, despite what it says in the Bill of Rights. We are told that electing the right President will solve all our problems. We are told that global warming isn’t real, while others tell us global warming is our greatest threat. But many are swallowing more important myths. Happiness is about what happens to us, rather than what happens in us. You can work your way into heaven. There are certain things you can do to make God love you more. There are certain things you can do to make God love you less. If a couple lives together first, their marriage will be better. Children don’t need a dad at home. All roads lead to heaven. Though the stuff you have now doesn’t make you happy, having more of it will.

An old friend of mine from Gainesville, Texas said something I have never forgotten. Johnny Leftwich often said, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” There are times we need to take a stand. We need to investigate, then embrace the truth. I am not a believer because I was raised that way. I am a believer because that is where my pursuit for truth led me. I believe in the three pillars of The Proud Americans: God, family, and country. There is a lot of “stuff” being propagated in today’s world. That doesn’t mean you have to swallow everything that comes along. Stick to goldfish.

Life in the Slow Lane

Some amazing things happened on this day in history. On May 23, 2013 an EF5 tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people. In 1989 Chinese authorities declared martial law, setting off the Tiananmen Square massacre. In 1983 the U.S. had its first AIDS diagnosis. In 1932 Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland on the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic by a female pilot. In 1920 a radio station in Montreal produced the first broadcast in North America. In 1916, 1917, and 1918 the town of Codell, Kansas was hit by tornados. In 1902 Cuba gained independence from the U.S. But all of that pales in comparison to the event of May 20, 1899. The place was New York City. Taxi driver Jacob German was arrested. The crime? Speeding. Mr. German was ticketed for racing down Lexington Street at an amazing 12 miles per hour. Yes, you read that right. He was driving 12 miles per hour.

I’ll say it for you. Times have changed! I can’t imagine a world that moves so slowly that 12 miles per hour would be considered illegal. But maybe that wasn’t so bad. Think about it like this. At the legal speed limit of 5 miles per hour, it would take 50 days to drive from New York to Los Angeles, driving 10 hours a day. So guess what happened in 1899? People didn’t drive across the country, or even the state. Eighty percent of the people never traveled more than 50 miles from where they were born. So guess what that meant? Neighbors knew each other. People watched after each other. Crime was low, people stayed married, folks went to church, and they did life together. In 1899 everyone knew his neighbor. The other day, I was walking my dog. Passing a neighbor, I waved and said “Good morning.” He snarled at me and just kept walking. We live life too fast. We cook in a microwave, drive in the fast lane, and eat fast food. I take you back to the words of Scripture. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” It never says “Speed up and know that I am God.” You and I have a choice. We can speed along life like the taxi drive of 1899. Or we can slow down, experience God, and experience life. May 20 is an interesting date in history. Make it your day in history – today. Slow down. Be still. Experience God.

Marc Lee and the Fall of Ramadi

Ramadi fell to ISIS. Sunni support, the leadership of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and the strategy put forth by American leadership are all hanging by a thread. For his part, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest is standing firm on behalf of the administration. Despite calls from military leaders of a fresh review of American strategy in the wake of the latest failure, Earnest said, “no review of our ISIL strategy is forthcoming.” Perhaps you aren’t familiar with Ramadi. Let’s step back in time a bit. The date was August 2, 2006. Marc Lee was a Navy Seal, fulfilling his dreams that took root when he was a child in Hood River, Oregon. Abandoning his first goal of playing professional soccer, Marc overcame hellish training and pneumonia to become a Navy Seal. His fellow Seals remember him as “brawny and boastful,” but one who “openly spoke of his love for his God and his family.” His pastor and mentor, Chuck Towelcot, praised Marc for his “glorious bravery” and passion for his faith. The 28-year-old warrior was the best of who America is.

But August 2, 2006 would be a day his family would never forget. Lee was fighting beside American Sniper Chris Kyle. Later, Kyle would tell the story of August 2, 2006 in his book. “Marc Lee was at the lead, above us on the steps. He turned, glancing out a window on the staircase. As he did, he saw something and opened his mouth to shout a warning. He never got the words out. In that split second, a bullet passed right through his open mouth and flew out the back of his head. He dropped down in a pile on the steps. We had been set up.” On that fateful day, Marc Lee became the first Navy Seal to die in Iraq. He was survived by two siblings, his mother, and his wife. At his funeral, Pastor Towelcot said, “He died for other people. He died for a teammate. He died for us.” The American surge captured this key Iraqi city. Order would soon be restored. Citizens could walk down the streets. But nine years later, how things have changed. The city has been turned over to poorly trained soldiers backed by the weak Iraqi government. General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the city where Lee gave his life was “not symbolic in any way.” Josh Earnest, asked about the events of the past few days, said, “We aren’t going to light our hair on fire” over the loss of the key Iraqi outpost.

Marc’s mother, Debbie Lee, has lamented the loss of the city and the reversal of the gains her son’s unit had secured. Marc has been awarded a Silver Star posthumously. His bravery and sacrifice stand as a symbol of all that is good about our military men and women. And now, with so many of their gains reversed, the response of the White House is to not even review their strategy, and certainly to “not light our hair on fire” over the loss. A legitimate argument can be made that we never should have gone into Iraq in the first place. But we did. And with the help of the surge, the military action was considered a great success. But as the “JV Team” (President Obama’s own words, describing ISIS) takes hold of cities once secured by American blood, it is easy to understand the sentiments of Debbie Lee. And in the wake of the daily victories of ISIS/ISIL, perhaps the time has come for someone in leadership to light his hair on fire.

The Rushmore Report – Jimmy Kimmel on Losing GOP Viewers: ‘Get Lost’

Jimmy Kimmel joked about his declining viewership among conservatives in a tell-all interview two weeks ago. The late night comedian has seen a steep decline in conservative viewers, especially since Donald Trump became president. Still, he takes shots at Trump and conservatives nightly. When asked about losing viewers, Kimmel expressed himself in ways that would make Johnny Carson cringe.

Kimmel’s message to conservatives who are tuning him out: not just “Good riddance,” but simply “Riddance.”

As for his diminished viewership, Kimmel said, “As a talk show host that’s not ideal, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

He continued, “I don’t say I don’t mind. I want everyone with a television to watch my show. But if they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence then I don’t know. I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”

Laura Ingraham said mutual friends tell her that Kimmel’s a good guy, but she warned him that he’s making a “huge mistake.”

Ingraham explained that people tune in to late night comedy shows to laugh, not to hear the hosts’ political views.

“They don’t want to feel like they’re under attack. They don’t feel like the guy they voted for is this horrible monster. This kind of comedy just doesn’t work for them.”

Last week, Late Night host Seth Myers offered an even stronger rebuke of conservative viewers. We can’t tell you what this “comedian” said exactly, as this is a family format.

Here’s the bottom line: most late night comedians are intolerant elites, while rebuking conservatives for lacking tolerance. They say they don’t much care what half the country thinks. And that’s unfortunate, because this half of the country consists of patriotic, tax-paying, God-loving, flag-waving, Bible-reading, church-going, law-abiding citizens.

Still, to the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, half of America no longer matters. They are – to use a certain politician’s word – “deplorables.”

And they call us intolerant.

The Rushmore Report – Homeland Security Head Has Strong Message for Democrats

Last week, President Trump hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders across the nation engaged in fighting sanctuary city policies. In the meeting, the president referred to the MS-13 gang – violent murderous thugs – as “animals.” When the mainstream media intentionally altered his words, the head of Homeland Security responded – in a big way.

The theme of the roundtable interaction was to find ways to combat sanctuary actions which have become a protective shield for undocumented immigrants to hide behind in order to avoid deportation. But media coverage centered on Trump’s reference to the gang members as “animals.”

Here is the exact transcript of what Trump said. A sheriff stated his frustration about members of the MS-13 gang being able to remain in sanctuary cities.

In response, Trump said, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in – and we’re stopping a lot of them – but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.”

The media blasted Trump for referring to all undocumented immigrants as “animals,” when he was clearly referring only to the MS-13 gang. Eventually, the liberal media was forced to retract their story, admitting the president was clearly referring to the gang, not all illegals.

Now, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is asking for Democrats who piled on the fake news story to apologize to President Trump. She added that she was “horrified” at how the record was being distorted so freely and willingly by those claiming to be a “fair press.”

“I have to be honest,” Nielsen said. “I was a bit horrified. The president was very clear; if you listen to the tape or if you were in the room, it was clear he was talking about MS-13. Personally, I think those lawmakers owe the president an apology. They are distorting facts in a very dangerous way. The president is trying to protect Americans. He’s making clear that he will not stand for this violence in our communities and here you have elected members of Congress pretending that he’s talking about something entirely different.”

The media tried to hamstring Trump. They may have temporarily won the battle, but they lost the war (again). It ended up blowing up in their faces, as scores of Democrats, unable to admit they made a mistake, argued that it was wrong for the president to refer to anyone as “animals.”

CNN host Anna Navarro blasted Trump for his inhumane statement. “No human being deserves to be called an animal,” she protested in prime time. Oops. What she apparently forget was that during the 2016 presidential campaign, she called Trump “an absolute animal” on a CNN show.

Kirstjen Nielsen was right to call out those who intentionally misrepresented Trump’s words. The media and Democrats (Is there a difference?) have a right to challenge Trump’s characterization of MS-13 gang members as “animals.” What they don’t have a right to do is make up a story that is not there by intentionally twisting and changing his words.

And they wonder why Americans’ confidence in the mainstream media is at an all-time low.

A Tribute to Letterman

Three years ago tonight, David Letterman took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the final time. After more than 6,000 telecasts spanning 33 years, the iconic 68-year-old former weatherman from Indianapolis called it quits, having passed mentor Johnny Carson as the longest serving late night host in history. The studio was packed with guests, including Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin. TV Guide ranked Letterman among the 50 Greatest TV Stars of all time. With a net worth of $400 million and dozens of awards on his mantle, Letterman rides into the sunset as the most famous of all late night comedians. There will be no more Top Ten lists, and according to Letterman, no more Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater . . . ever again. He told Jane Pauley, host of CBS Sunday Morning, “I don’t think I’ll ever be back in this building again. Honestly, I think it would just be too difficult for me emotionally, because I just don’t want to come back and see others living our lives.”

For a generation, Americans have debated the issues that affect humankind: Coke or Pepsi, Ginger or Mary Ann, and Leno or Letterman? The correct answers, of course, are Coke, Ginger, and Leno. I admit it. I wasn’t a big Letterman guy. But whether you liked him or not, you have to give him credit for one thing. For a third of a century he made people laugh. There is something to be said for that alone. Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible, said, “A joyful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22). King David celebrated, “Our mouths were filled with laughter” (Psalm 126:2). And Job was promised, “God will yet fill your mouth with laughter” (Job 8:23). In 1958 there was a television show called Make Me Laugh. It was reprised in 1979. The premise was that contestants would sit there and try to keep from laughing when comics got in their face and did zany things. Through the years, sitcoms have impacted American culture. We all have our favorites, such as I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Brady Bunch, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Happy Days, The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, M.A.S.H., Friends, and Modern Family.

Why all the shows? Why all the late night comedians? Why all the comedy clubs, popping up around the country? The answer is simple. Laughter is good medicine. Did you know the Bible mentions laughter 5,621 times? You could read a different verse on laughter every day for 15 years without reading the same verse twice. That is because laughter matters to God. Laughter makes a bad day good and a good day better. That is why, since February 1, 1982, millions of Americans have stayed up late to watch a Midwesterner named Harry Joseph Letterman opine on the issues of the day. For that we are grateful. Thanks for the memories, David Letterman. We will miss your Top Ten lists. We will miss you. Thanks for making us laugh.

The Rushmore Report – Should the Church Avoid Politics?

The founders built this country on God’s Word. God said, “I will be your judge, I will be your lawgiver, and I will be your king.” Here we see the three distinct bodies of government – the executive, judicial, and legislative branches – because of the Word of God. I truly do not understand people who think we should not talk about this. Before Fox News and CNN, the pulpit was where people acquired their information.

Spurgeon preached against slavery. Martin Luther went against the political leaders of his day. John Calvin wanted to make the city of Geneva a religious city – a city on a hill.

Men and women of God filled with the Spirit want to make a difference in all areas of life: civil government, the public schools, our homes, our communities. For example, local school districts should be ashamed for allowing the current sex-ed curriculum into the schools. Have we lost our moral compass? Yes we have. We shouldn’t be surprised that sexual perversion, suicide, and depression are on the upswing when we are contributing to it.

If My People . . .

There comes a time when we must be a “voice crying in the wilderness.” We fight this battle on our faces and on our knees before God, crying out, “God, save us!” Have mercy on us! We are a prideful, arrogant people. God, we are repenting; we are turning back to You. Have mercy on us and fill us with your Spirit, and bring revival. Bring renewal.” Prayer is our weapon.

You might say, “But I don’t want to get involved.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you already are involved. When you say nothing, you speak the loudest. We are involved, whether we like it or not. As much as we would love to live in utopia with peaceful days, we don’t live in that world. We live in the real world, and God calls us to battle – on our knees. “If My people” – not Washington, not Hollywood – “If My People humble themselves . . .” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

So here’s the big question. Does God desire that we seek Him for our marriages? Does God desire that our families seek Him? Of course, but does God desire that our governments seek Him? Yes. He instituted all three. All three have different functions, but He created all three institutions.

This is not about political parties; it’s about God’s love. When you love God, you want to honor His Word. When you see people mocking His Word, spitting on it, and blaspheming it – if something doesn’t break in your heart, I want to challenge you. Where in the world is your heart?

John Hancock said, “Men, I beg you by all that is dear, by all that you hold honorable, not only that you pray, but that you act.” Praying without action is not biblical either. How is that so? You pray, “Lord, make me a better husband,” yet you still curse at your wife. You pray, “Make me a better leader,” but you beat everybody up with your words. You see, prayer and action are married.

But what is our action? Bended knee, hearts broken before God. God can then say, “Oh, I can use that person. See how they are broken and humbled before Me? How they are emptied of themselves? How they’re not on arrogant political rants?”

There are right ways to do things and wrong ways. Nothing breaks my heart more than to see the immature behavior of Christians on Facebook going on political tirades with hate instead of love. Jesus said the world will know we are Christians by our love (John 13:35). God changes a heart, not you. I’m concerned that a lot of us have passion for this area, but we don’t have love. We desperately need both!

About the Author

Shane Idleman is the founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, California.

The Rushmore Report – Texas AG Gives Quick, Excellent Response to School Shooting

After a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, Friday morning, where between eight and ten people were killed, CBS News interviewed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is a gun rights advocate. The interviewer resorted to the usual media attack, slamming Paxton for responding to the terrible event by offering thoughts and prayers.

The interviewer stated, “You tweeted out that your thoughts and prayers were with the victims, and just sort of being online, you’re getting a lot of reaction for that. You know, thoughts and prayers, we hear that every time there’s a shooting. And you have been a gun rights advocate; you’ve supported carrying guns on university campuses, even churches. How do you respond to people saying ‘Something’s gotta be done? Our children need to be safe, in of all places, their schools.’”

Paxton refused to buy into the idea of some gun control advocates that guns should be outlawed, saying, “Well, I couldn’t agree more; it’s the method of doing that that there may be some disagreement on. People like this are not going to follow gun regulations; law-abiding citizens will. And so disarming law-abiding citizens doesn’t actually protect our children; it puts them at a greater risk.”

Then Paxton continued by pointing out, “The more we regulate, the more time we lose and the more people we’re going to lose. So I would prefer to have people in place to protect our children, not leave it open for somebody who’s not going to follow a gun law to come in and kill as many children as they want to.”

Paxton’s response was perfect. There are ways to avoid future school massacres. Passing more laws for murderous thugs to break is not one of them.

Every school needs beefed-up armed security. Every parent needs to lock up his or her guns so their deranged children can’t use them, as was the case in Texas. But sadly, there aren’t enough laws to be passed, security to be installed, or officers to be in place to address the real problem – bad people do bad things.

And sadly, we have a lot of bad people in the world. And they aren’t much for obeying our old laws. My guess is they won’t be too impressed with new laws, either.

The Rushmore Report – God’s Design for Marriage

It’s easy to think that only “other people” get divorced. That your own marriage is somehow immune to heartache, infidelity and fights over who gets the house, the car, the dog. After all, how many of us would walk down the aisle if we believed our relationships would end up in divorce court? Truth is, no relationship comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Even men and women who grew up in stable homes, who attend church and consider themselves Christians, who promise “until death do us part,” can have it all fall apart.

As Christians, we know that applying biblical principles to marriage will give us a stronger foundation than those of our unbelieving friends and neighbors. We know this, but what are we doing about it? In other words, what makes a marriage “Christian”?

According to author Gary Thomas, we’re not asking the right questions. What if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?

Instead of asking why we have struggles in the first place, the more important issue is how we deal with them.

In Sacred Marriage, Thomas has not written your typical “how to have a happier relationship” book. Rather, he asks: How can we use the challenges, joys, struggles and celebrations of marriage to draw closer to God? What if God designed marriage to make us both happy and holy?

1. View Marriage Realistically

“We have to stop asking of marriage what God never designed it to give — perfect happiness, conflict-free living, and idolatrous obsession,” Thomas explains.

Instead, he says, we can appreciate what God designed marriage to provide: partnership, spiritual intimacy and the ability to pursue God — together. So, what does Thomas think is the most common misconception Christians have about marriage?

“Finding a ‘soul mate’ — someone who will complete us,” he says. “The problem with looking to another human to complete us is that, spiritually speaking, it’s idolatry. We are to find our fulfillment and purpose in God . . . and if we expect our spouse to be ‘God’ to us, he or she will fail every day. No person can live up to such expectations.”

Everyone has bad days, yells at his or her spouse, or is downright selfish. Despite these imperfections, God created the husband and wife to steer each other in His direction.

Thomas offers an example: “When my wife forgives me . . . and accepts me, I learn to receive God’s forgiveness and acceptance as well. In that moment, she is modeling God to me, revealing God’s mercy to me, and helping me to see with my own eyes a very real spiritual reality.”

While it’s easy to see why God designed an other-centered union for a me-centered world, living that way is a challenge. So when bills pile up, communication breaks down and you’re just plain irritated with your husband or wife, Thomas offers these reminders to help ease the tension:

  • God created marriage as a loyal partnership between one man and one woman.
  • Marriage is the firmest foundation for building a family.
  • God designed sexual expression to help married couples build intimacy.
  • Marriage mirrors God’s covenant relationship with His people.

We see this last parallel throughout the Bible. For instance, Jesus refers to Himself as the “bridegroom” and to the kingdom of heaven as a “wedding banquet.”

These points demonstrate that God’s purposes for marriage extend far beyond personal happiness. Thomas is quick to clarify that God isn’t against happiness per se, but that marriage promotes even higher values.

“God did not create marriage just to give us a pleasant means of repopulating the world and providing a steady societal institution to raise children. He planted marriage among humans as yet another signpost pointing to His own eternal, spiritual existence.”

2. Serve Your Spouse

He spends the entire evening at the office — again. She spends money without entering it in the checkbook. He goes golfing instead of spending time with the kids. From irritating habits to weighty issues that seem impossible to resolve, loving one’s spouse through the tough times isn’t easy. But the same struggles that drive us apart also shed light on what we value in marriage.

“If happiness is our primary goal, we’ll get a divorce as soon as happiness seems to wane,” Thomas says. “If receiving love is our primary goal, we’ll dump our spouse as soon as they seem to be less attentive. But if we marry for the glory of God, to model His love and commitment to our children, and to reveal His witness to the world, divorce makes no sense.”

Couples who’ve survived a potentially marriage-ending situation, such as infidelity or a life-threatening disease, may continue to battle years of built-up resentment, anger or bitterness. So, what are some ways to strengthen a floundering relationship — or even encourage a healthy one? Thomas offers these practical tips:

  • Focus on your spouse’s strengths rather than their weaknesses.
  • Encourage rather than criticize.
  • Pray for your spouse instead of gossiping about them.
  • Learn and live what Christ teaches about relating to and loving others.

Young couples in particular can benefit from this advice. After all, many newlyweds aren’t adequately prepared to make the transition from seeing one another several times a week to suddenly sharing everything. Odds are, annoying habits and less-than-appealing behaviors will surface. Yet as Christians, we are called to respect everyone — including our spouse.

Thomas adds, “The image I use in Sacred Marriage is that we need to learn how to ‘fall forward.’ That is, when we are frustrated or angry, instead of pulling back, we must still pursue our partner under God’s mercy and grace.”

Lastly, Thomas suggests praying this helpful prayer: Lord, how can I love my spouse today like (s)he’s never been loved and never will be loved?

“I can’t tell you how many times God has given me very practical advice — from taking over some driving trips to doing a few loads of laundry,” Thomas says. “It’s one prayer that I find gets answered just about every time.”

While other marriage books may leave us feeling overwhelmed, spotlighting our shortcomings and providing pages of “relationship homework,” Sacred Marriage makes it clear that any couple can have a successful, happy and holy marriage.

With a Christ-centered relationship, an other-centered attitude and an unwavering commitment to making it work, your marriage can flourish — just as God designed.


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About the Author

Carol Hoffernan writes for Focus on the Family.