With less than a month until their wedding, this wasn't the first time the issue of how and where to spend holidays had come up.
There's a lot of talk these days about the purity movement. Is it really in your best interest to save sex for marriage or does it set you up for disappointment?
Trust is the stuff we all long for — in our families, friendships and marriages.
Three steps to being successful with your commitment to sexual purity
Three broad principles from Scripture that should inform how we date
Desiring beauty isn't the problem — it's the inability to see it.
She may love roses and romantic dinners, but what she really needs from you might surprise you.
Ever wondered how you could be a better girlfriend?
Completely independent, co-dependent or interdependent — which one are you?
A godly legacy is not built on shared hobbies, but on a shared pursuit of Christ.
Read on to discover three reasons why marriage matters.
There's only one way to rob shame of its power.
Four lessons that transformed my understanding of dating, marriage and love
For the sake of this article, we'll define an age difference as five years or more.
Let's consider the potential damage fantasy sex can do to a man and his hopes to have a wife and children.
Will a woman's education and job experience help or hinder her future marriage?
If men are to pursue, what's left for you to do?
Let's take a stand together and say no to Fifty Shades of Grey.
Five qualities to strive for as you pursue a godly wife
A few tips to get the most from others' wisdom about dating and marriage
Let's look at five different romantic levels on which relationships can operate.
They might not be what you think.
Tired of Christian dating? Start looking at relationships differently.
Why do sexual choices seem to create such lasting shame?
You may be surprised what real marriage is like.
What it'll take to divorce-proof your future marriage
Help for survivors of child abuse to return to church and begin their spiritual healing
Our friends know we love them by the way we commit to them.
Five years of marriage has in many ways changed everything, but some things have stayed the same.
There is no perfect path that leads to marriage. It takes persistence, prayer and courage.
Resolve conflict as a team by choosing to put the long-term health of your relationship ahead of your personal agenda.
If we want to be real men, we'll take the risk of being the real us in front of other guys.
Sexual purity may be expressed by what you do with your body, but it is ultimately rooted in your mind, your heart and your soul.
If you wonder why nobody seems to be the right fit, maybe it's time to ask what you expect in a spouse and how realistically you're assessing yourself.
Sometimes letting go of expectations of who we'll marry or how we'll meet our future spouse allows us to receive the story God has for us.
What I wish I had known about preparing myself for marriage
Six things that matter to men when romantically pursuing a woman
If I'd known these three things before I married, I would've been much better prepared.
Don't believe the lie that your past disqualifies you from having God's best for your future.
Think online dating doesn't work? Try these seven steps.
Three quick ways to see if your styles of giving are compatible for the long haul
What does it mean to be attracted to someone? And what role should attraction play in my pursuit of marriage?
Learn why counter-intuitive, counter-cultural friendships are possible and why they're so glorious.
Friendship is a huge part of life when you're single. Let's see what Scripture has to say about it.
Not sure if you want to get hitched? Here are some truths and untruths about marriage.
A woman's prerogative to say "no" to a man
Sometimes being a friend, or just being a Christian, means a lot of time-consuming, burden-bearing, gloriously busy, and wildly inefficient work.
While conflict can be an opportunity to grow, we too often let our passions get the best of us.
What does a young man miss out on if he stays "alone" even though his body and heart pull him toward marriage?
I've always wanted to be a husband, but a walk through my family history reveals why being one is a miracle.
Sex madness is not first a problem of situation, location or relationship. Our problems are deeply spiritual.
How to feed the kind of relationships where people feel secure enough to be vulnerable
I was scared to walk down the aisle, but it wasn't because I was worried about stumbling over my dress. I was worried about being a wife.
Is there a point where a "passion for purity" becomes too much?
My iPhone had grown on me — literally. It was attached to my hand, clinging to me like a localized infection I didn't want to cure.
Fighting in a godly way creates space for the next conflict to be successful.
There is a path forward for those who have been sexually active, and it takes us through the very heart of the Gospel.
When we recognize God's love for us, and our hopeless situation apart from His love, we can begin to truly love another.
There was a time during my unmarried years when I was trying so hard to get dating right that I just ended up getting it weird.
The path to purity requires finding the real among the counterfeits. Here's help for being set free from pornography.
But you should still read it anyway.
Men aren't able to commit? "Marriage research rock star" Scott Stanley challenges that assertion.
Thinking of moving in with your significant other, just to see if marriage is a good idea? Turns out living together isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The book of Ruth has much to say about getting to marriage in difficult circumstances, under the watchful, purposeful sovereignty of God.
Discover why self-absorbed insecurity is the enemy of healthy relationships.
From afar, planning a wedding seems so enticing. But the truth is most brides are crestfallen when they realize how hard it really is.
It can be tempting for women to forgo the biblical warnings of unequal yoking and believe their story is different. But it rarely is.
From ages 12 to 20, I was addicted to reading erotic stories on the Internet. Here's how God lifted me from the pit and renewed my self-worth.
Things can get really messy when you have relationship issues with both God and the opposite sex.
Are you hoping for mind-blowing sex on your wedding night? Remember, a satisfying honeymoon takes careful preparation and realistic expectations.
Dating couples need a game plan: a set of ideas, attitudes and actions that will help them glorify God and safeguard their relationship from premarital sex.
Learning to communicate is a lot like learning to dance. Start slow, learn your paces, respond to your partner's movements, pay attention, trust, and enjoy.
Sex isn't simple, so as you anticipate your wedding, spend time preparing for the honeymoon, too. Here are some ideas to get your sex life off to a great start.
Femininity intentionally cultivated and displayed brings God glory. Learn how to value and cherish your sexuality as much as the One who created it does.
A man's sexuality is a lot like a spring. It seems to be always on and often has no real direction. Here's how to channel it toward life-giving pursuits.
"Virginity's well and good," you say, "but not everyone has waited." What can be said to readers who have already crossed the line? You asked; we're answering.
Too many men and women lack a vision, anchored in good theology, of the body, sex, marriage and chastity. Rediscover that compelling vision here.
Indirect communication fuels the frustration many singles have with the opposite sex.
While Jesus never dated, He did have friends. And His friendships reveal the nature of His relationships in such a way that we can imagine how He would date.
Lust destroys men's vision. Godly living, though, brings healing.
Learn five ways to help protect a woman's heart and make your intentions clear.
The practical problem with letting "attraction" lead the way in finding a spouse is not profound: It doesn't work.
Is your view of marital love influenced more by pornography and secular culture than the Bible? Discover what a Christ-centered sexual ethic entails.
You don't have to be a captive of your culture's definitions of beauty. Here are four steps to recalibrate your sense of beauty.
Graglia and Krasnow thought they had it all. Till they started listening to their instincts.
Living in such a confused culture, could it be we are going about the "search for love" with a completely wrong agenda?
Maybe losing "the spark" isn't the end of the world after all.
You can be a victor through Christ.
In the final article of this series, we'll look at worry and pride — two reasons many people are often opposed to interracial relationships.
Looking for a completely countercultural path to marriage? Here's how to apply God's Word to dating, finding a spouse and getting married.
Three men talk about how they pursued their wives.
Dating is hard enough as it is. Would a relationship with someone outside of your race make things even more difficult?
In a culture where broken marriages are the norm, greater weight needs to be placed on making sure that the stage is set for a successful relationship.
Discover why finding balance between connectedness and differentiation is one of the most important elements of a successful relationship.
If you feel like you're never going to get married, take heart! Learn a few things from Martin Luther's singleness and then marriage.
Learn how to protect yourself while dating online.
The way we raised boys in the faith 20 years ago eliminated many of the men Christian women would love to date today.
Does he have marriage in mind, or is he just a buddy? There are some practical things you can do to clear up ambiguity in your relationship.
If you’re one of those guys who is passively encouraging a single woman to waste her time on you when you’re not romantically interested, then it’s time for one of the most important breakups of your life.
Giving online dating a chance? Make your profile the best it can be.
Nine humorous tips for meeting someone at church
Fearing the male sex drive has damaged a lot of lives.
Developing healthy relationships with the opposite sex is beneficial whether you're dating or waiting.
Magnets only work when they're facing polar opposites — maybe they're trying to teach us something.
How our sex drive can bring us closer to God or further away.
Women have moved from naturally complementary, to competitive, to conquering the men in their lives. What does it all mean for future marriages?
The Last Kiss portrays an anemic, yet all-too-common, view of marriage that needs to go.
Does online dating go against God's guidance?
Rediscover the language of the body.
If red flags are signs that a relationship should end, what are the signs that it should steam ahead?
A totaled car drives a long-distance couple to think soberly about their sputtering relationship.
Love in its fullness never just happens; love that lasts is won.
Five tips to embrace real-life relationships more than the carbon-copy versions we see online
Desperation in dating can lead us to understand our greater source of desperation and in turn redeem our whole approach to dating.
Does it matter how you interact with the opposite sex at work?
Nine tips to keep in mind before you move, when you arrive and the days that follow.
Feminists who get offended when men open doors for them confuse chivalry with chauvinism.
To the single guys out there who are trying to find the ideal woman, do the world a favor and give up.
Companions don’t always make good friends. David noticed the difference in Proverbs — and in his life.
How to love the people with whom we are friends or with whom we might start a friendship
Is all our texting, Facebooking and emailing bringing us closer to people or creating barriers to authentic communication?