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Establish the need: How is your communication with your spouse? Specifically how are you with listening to your spouse?

Purpose: Today we shall look at five points to help us communicate better by being better listeners.

  1. The importance of listening
  2. Symptoms of listening problem
  3. Reasons we are quick to talk
  4. Reasons we are slow to listen
  5. How to Listen Well

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Have you heard of the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder?”

For the Christian a related corollary would be “Pre-Marital Abstinence Makes Married Heart Grow Stronger.”

Christians who are in courtship: I want to encourage you to continue pursuing godliness even as you battle temptation.

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There’s a teaching series on a biblical view of singleness, courtship and marriage I thought I share from Sermon Audio.  I’ve given link to download the MP3 and PDF.  It seems like something that will bless God’s people with its use of Scripture, nuance and application.

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I know some people rant and rave about how good the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” is.  Here’s a trailer below:

 

I am amazed at how some Christians like it.  I have concerns with it.

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Our society emphasize so much of unrealistic physical attractiveness.  Think of what the media projects to us with ads, TV shows, celebrities, etc.

Sadly this affect the church as well.

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Paul David Tripp. Marriage: Whose Dream?.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, September 1st 1999. 17 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This biblical counseling booklet addresses the issue of marriage and people’s hopes and dreams of marriage. It is a part of a series called “Resources for Changing Lives” printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing. I highly recommend this booklet and also others booklet in the series since I have found them very beneficial for my own personal spiritual growth and also as a counseling and discipleship resource in pastoral ministry. For this particular title I read this along with others in our church small group. I think this booklet is ideal as part of pre-marital counseling, biblical counseling for those going through difficulties in marriage and even for those who are single who are not yet married but as something to work through concerning one’s dream and expectation of marriage.

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As a pastor of young people I think it pays dividends to know apologetics and also be biblical in one’s teaching and living out of a biblical view of singleness, courtship, marriage and parenting.  Questions related to those areas come up often.

So I want to put it down in writing something I often say in preaching and counseling for those who are single (not yet married).

That quote will be below.  But first I want to state a principle: My brothers and sisters when considering someone as a potential spouse please court someone who loves God before anything else.

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