Romance Idea #6 – Hide a Love Note in the Pillowcase

Romance Idea #6 – Hide a Love Note in the Pillowcase

During the day, write a sweet love note  that encourages, blesses, or compliments your honey, and slip it into her pillowcase. For those of you that are beginners… it’s OK if the note contains a few suggestive and spicy sentiments that make her blush ;-).

After a long day doing who knows what, she will rest her head on the pillow… It will crinkle, make a noise, and she will know “somethin’ ain’t right”. She will then reach into the pillowcase only to find your note!

Even better… you will be in the room with her and be able to see her face light up in appreciation and joy.

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A God Story: Mars Hill Church – “God’s Work, Our Witness”

A God Story: Mars Hill Church – “God’s Work, Our Witness”

Mars Hill Church, planted and led by Pastor Mark Driscoll is one of the most influential mega-churches churches in the United States. They are the 43rd largest AND the 43rd fastest growing church in the USA. In my opinion, numbers only matter because they are potentially an indication of Holy Spirit actively changing lives and of Jesus’ name being known / multiplied in the nations.

Mars Hill is much more than a “big church”; they are a church that preaches the Gospel soundly, passionately, unapologetically, loudly, and devoutly. They also provide many many many many many (many many!) teaching and training resources  to believers, non-believers, ministry leaders, and other churches.

Mars Hill recently launched a sermon series “God’s Story, Our Witness” (I really like that sermon series title!) by releasing a video that tells the story of Mars Hill from the beginning to today (the video located at the bottom of this post). The leaders and servants at Mars Hill Church were horribly and wonderful ill-equipped by all accounts. They would never have been capable of what’s been accomplished if not for the power of the Holy Spirit. That’s why I call it a God Story! Praise God for their obedience.

While it is no secret I am a fan of Driscoll’s direct, “intellectual”, and fervent teaching… The purpose of this “God Story” is NOT to extol Driscoll… but to praise God for the beautiful collision of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit with submitted, faithful, hard working disciples. As Christians, we should celebrate, learn from, be thankful for, be inspired by, and be driven to action by God’s work through and in other believers. (… continue reading…)

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God Stories: The Hypocritical Characters & the Beautiful Endless Loop of the Gospel

God Stories: The Hypocritical Characters & the Beautiful Endless Loop of the Gospel

Note: This short post introduces a new “column” at Christian Marriage Spice called “God Stories”. The first “God Story” will be posted next week.

God Stories = Crazy, Unbelievable Insanity

I love God stories. God stories are crazy, joyful, hilarious, non-traditional, painful, confusing, wild, unbelievable, exhausting, frustrating, emotional, overwhelming… and often lead us far beyond the perceivable end of sanity. The counter-intuitive beauty is that this “insanity point” is often where many of us experience God in a uniquely pure, more real, more whole, and supernatural way. This insanity point is where God makes Himself and His provision known profoundly.

These insanity points are where we are challenged with the Truths of the Gospel… and equally  importantly, where the Good News is NEEDED, EXPERIENCED, and PREACHED. Most of us are careful to try and never actually get to these insanity points. We do everything we can to ignore God and indulge complacent comfort.

Life stories are God Stories because they show us how great God is, how deficient we are, and excellently proficient we are only in Him. They occur far beyond our capacities, imaginations, personal provision, abilities, and capabilities. They depend on God. Afterwords (and hopefully sometimes during), we look at God and think… “How in the world can this be reality?” or “I can’t believe that happened or that we were able to endure that… Praise God”. [… continue reading]

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“Real Marriage” Campaign from Mark & Grace Driscoll // Mars Hill Church

“Real Marriage” Campaign from Mark & Grace Driscoll // Mars Hill Church

I am a long-time fan of Mark Driscoll (bio here) and the efforts of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. Pastor Mark and his wife, Grace Driscoll have written a new book on marriage, which is will certainly be great.

The new book is called “Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together“. The book is being released on 1/3 (TODAY!), and I’m excited to report the book has skyrocketed to the top of the Barnes & Nobles AND Amazon book sales charts. Not only is a marriage book at the top of the charts… but a CHRISTIAN marriage book! Praise God for all the people and relationships that will be impacted for the name of Christ!

Pastor Mark and Grace Driscoll are real and authentic. They don’t just talk about ideals in a vacuum separated from everyone’s realities… they offer their personal learning experiences and struggles, while grounding everything in scripture.  They studied 187 books on marriage and could not find ANY that focused on friendship, so that is a core focus of the book. They also tackle many other very touchy issues.

Real Marriage Book - Driscolls and Mars Hill

Read More about the Real Marriage Campaign… 

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“We Bought A Zoo” – A Charming & Inspirational Story

“We Bought A Zoo” – A Charming & Inspirational Story

Last night, my wife and I went on a classic dinner and date night. After chowing down on tasty Mexican food at Chipotle, we ventured to Regal Cinemas to watch “We Bought a Zoo” (see trailer at the bottom of this post).

It is a charming and inspirational story about Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) dealing with the sudden loss of his wife, parenting two children as a widower, and ultimately purchasing and managing a foreclosed, run-down zoo.

I dislike that my first response to “good” movies is thankfulness for what’s NOT in it! Read More…

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[After a Long Commercial Break]… We’re Back!

[After a Long Commercial Break]… We’re Back!

Hello faithful readers.

Life over the past several months has been crazy… A good crazy… but crazy.

I have missed writing.

After way-too-long of a hiatus, I am finally going to start writing again.

Stay tuned for more great content!

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