A Covenant To Have and to Hold

A Covenant To Have and to Hold

Time, effort, and meticulous planning go into the wedding and what about the marriage? Maybe you’re cynical about marriage because of the failed marriages you see around you. Maybe your own marriage has deflated and your hope of ever having a fulfilling marriage relationship has disappeared.

The Keys for Living will help you come to appreciate marriage as the purposeful covenant relationship God intends for it to be. Learn how to find your identity in Christ—not in your mate, discuss tangible ways to improve your marriage, and discover how male and female differences bring balance to the marriage relationship.

What Is God’s Pattern for Marriage?

“A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”  Genesis 2:24-25

What Are God’s Purposes for Marriage?

God has a unique purpose for the...

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The Vows We Make Before The Marriage Vows

A Vow Is A promise or oath.  These vows may seem very similar to the vows that you exchanged on your wedding day. “I, take thee, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith [or] pledge myself to you.”

There is a lot of rich content in the typical Christian Marriage Vows including implied sacrifices that may stretch the average human to the brink of questioning what they have gotten themselves into. It can seem that we commit to these vows without really acknowledging how they actually play out during the course of marriage. This is very reminiscent of the vows that we made during our growing up years.

To learn more on building a thriving marriage or simply considering marriage, here are several resources available:

CONSIDERING MARRIAGE

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Confronting the Heart of a Critic

Confronting the Heart of a Critic

Is someone in your life overly critical of you or unusually harsh with you? Maybe it’s someone close—a spouse, a boss, a friend, a parent. If you’ve been at the receiving end of caustic words and attitudes, or if you recognize having the heart of a critic yourself, God’s Word offers practical solutions to such critical clamor.

The phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones and words can never hurt me!” couldn’t be further from the truth. Words can be catastrophic, tearing through your heart like a tornado roaring down a residential street. While there may not be any visible destruction, the damage to your spirit can be just as devastating as a row of demolished homes.

Although the initial sting of harsh words is evident, you may be unaware of the lingering effects. Overly critical words leave you with hurt feelings and a poor self-image. Being wounded by someone with a critical...

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LOOKING THROUGH THE LENS OF ANGER

Looking through the Lens of Anger

"In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

(Ephesians 4:26–27)

Anger is a God-given emotion, yet many believe anger is always negative, always a sin. We stuff it, hide it, avoid it, and deny it. Hidden anger only fuels the fire inside. These Keys for Living will help you identify the four sources of anger and learn how to apply the quick answer to anger. You will also find biblical solutions for resolving past anger and practical tools to identify triggers, handle angry people, and act rather than react in volatile situations.

  • Anger is appropriate at certain times.
  • Anger must be resolved, or it becomes sinful.
  • Anger can be curtailed.
  • Anger, if not stopped, can be used by Satan.
  • Anger, if prolonged, gives ground to Satan.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to...

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ARE YOU READY TO BE EQUIPPED TO FULLY TELL YOUR STORY...

ARE YOU READY TO BE EQUIPPED TO FULLY TELL YOUR STORY...

WITH IMPACT?

ALL FOR GOD'S GLORY!

Did you know your personal faith story is able to be used powerfully by God?

Your story is the most powerful story you will ever tell.

Let's Tell Your Story...

We thank you for your interest in either sharing your story or in participating in the Story Workshop.  Many of you have shared how you desire to share your story and you have no idea where to begin.  Then there are those of you who have a story and are afraid to share it because of past hurts. 

With our available resources and the Story Workshop, we are able to walk with you step by step, in crafting your story and in overcoming any fear or shame with your story or in sharing it with others.  We are a community and we are able to walk arm in arm, each step of the way, so in the end you are encouraged and equipped and are able to share your story with confidence and to achieve impact. All for God’s...

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I STILL BELIEVE - The Heart of the Story

 

I STILL BELIEVE

One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp.

Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise, I STILL BELIEVE is directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin, produced by Kevin Downes, with the screenplay by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn.

I STILL BELIEVE is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope can be found. Get tickets today and see I STILL BELIEVE in theaters everywhere beginning March 13.

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Women of Faith is a global ministry, providing digital media, resources and events to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Initiatives and programs allow women to be reached with the Word of God. Various media and events are utilized in...

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Women of Faith 2020 Vision

Happy New Year and welcome to our 2020 vision!

Women of Faith has and continues to be committed to strengthening and serving the trusted, thriving community of millions of women and helping them grow significantly, by providing resources to deepen their relationship with Jesus and elevating them in their God-given purpose. God has bestowed a large vision and the provision to elevate Women of Faith and the associated initiatives.

Women of Faith continues to be dedicated to encouraging and equipping women to be the revival in their local communities and all across the globe. 

Now is the time to empower more women to use their God-given gifts, talents, and experiences in their personal and home life, local church, workplace, and community.

Women of Faith's community is focused on authentically connecting women as a community both online and offline, growing spiritually, and becoming further equipped to elevate their influence and leadership. Our Ambassadors lead and build our...

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Minimize the Madness

Minimize the Madness

Is it just me, or does life seem a little crazier every day? One of the definitions of madness is a state of frenzied or chaotic activity. That seems to describe parts of my life and the lives I see around me pretty accurately these days.

Schedules seem busier than ever, homes are crammed with the latest “stuff,” and all the things that are supposed to make life easier only seem to complicate it. I know it seems like a long time ago, but there was a time when the only phone to answer or think about was hanging on the wall of your kitchen. Now we can’t seem to go a single minute without having our device in our hands and fall into a frenzied state of panic if we can’t find it.

Relationships haven’t escaped the madness factor either as we lose time to connect one-on-one. Trying to schedule a simple coffee or lunch with a friend seems more complicated than ever. We get in arguments on social media with people we don’t really...

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Joy and Gladness

Joy and Gladness, a Feast and a Holiday: Family Gatherings


Festive occasions are a time for us to bind New Testament love with the generous hospitality established in the Old Testament. The sons of Job took turns entertaining their entire family, which, in addition to the seven brothers, included three sisters [1:4-5]. Nehemiah proclaimed that, “At my table were one hundred and fifty” [5:17]. And remember Gaius Titius Justus, who hosted not only Paul but the whole church as well [Romans 16:23]!

Those who possess the spirit of God through faith are granted “spiritual fruit,” the first being love, the second joy. This is particularly evident on those days throughout the Christian year that are characterized by great feasting. Maintaining our joy in the midst of extensive preparations can be a challenge for anyone.

Great family gatherings are truly “investments,” which is actually a military term meaning “full siege.” No one knew this...

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REMEMBER YOUR CHILDHOOD

 

REMEMBER YOUR CHILDHOOD

The final episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired in 2001, so while some viewers of the film may never have watched an episode of the TV show, Mister Rogers’ cultural impact remains lasting and relevant.  The format of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood helped make it an accessible television show. Every episode began with Mister Rogers entering his house through his door and then singing the theme song, “Won’t You be my Neighbor?” He introduced the topic for the day with a short discussion, followed the trolley to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and finally returned to reality for a reassuring talk and the closing song “It’s such a Good Feeling.” The movie follows a similar pattern.  

Written like an episode of Mister Rogers for adults, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD follows cynical journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) as he profiles the beloved television host. Lloyd is...

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