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Most of the counseling that I do is marriage counseling. The reasons are that most folks who seek help are married and marriage is a context where two sinful people have to live within proximity to each other for an extended period. Sin is always a recipe for trouble.
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The hardest relationship situations to work through are those from which you cannot escape. Anytime you put two fallen people in contexts from which they cannot leave, there will be problems. Angry teenagers struggle this way after years of being in a home where a dysfunctional family has been the norm.
Problems - Parents - Issues—they - Days - Home
Rather than trying to work out the problems with their parents—assuming the parents are mature enough to want to work out the issues—they mark the days until they can get out of their home environment. They naively believe the problem is more in the home or their parents rather than in themselves. For most of these teens, it will take another fifteen years before they see how the problem is primarily in their hearts and not in the home—if they see it at all.
The dating relationship is another context that is “easy-come-easy-go.” You can date a guy or gal, and if you do not like them any longer, you can ditch them and find someone else. Naive and immature dating is the training ground that teaches people to give up on future marriages.
Church - People - Church - Option - Relationships
Frustrated church people will quickly jump to another church if that is an option because leaving is more natural than working through messy relationships. The workplace is similar to the church environment when things become hard and seemingly unresolvable.
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