The Church Marriage Strategy

Why we are doing a show like today is beyond me! Because I know at first, you’re going to be thinking to yourself, “How is this going to help me? I’m not a pastor or a leader at a church.” Well my listening friends, all that needs to change today. Because you need to know what an effective church marriage strategy looks like so you can begin harassing your church leadership to implement it. But it can also help your relationship specifically, if you’re willing to do the same things for your own marriage.

  • The Church Marriage Strategy
  • What every church in the world should be doing
    • Why don’t they, because pastor’s marriage isn’t up to snuff
    • They don’t want to come across condemning to those who have divorced
    • They don’t want to “support” divorce
  • What best describes the marriage ministry in your church?
    • An event we do every year in February
    • Our pastor preaches on marriage at least once a year
    • We have a...
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A conversation with the "Sex Master" Dave Willis

What's healthy when it comes to sexual intimacy in marriage? This episode is definitely not for little ears, a warning to those parents who might not want their kids to hear an honest and frank discussion about sex. I've got Dave Willis on the show and we don't shy away from anything when discussing sexual intimacy.

And it all started because of a bizarre new trend in wedding photography!

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Benefits of a lion attack - sort of

I am the survivor of a vicious lion attack.  It happened this past June, and it may be the reason our family is closer than ever.  What is the secret to a close-knit family?  Unfortunately, many times the answer is painful, scary, frustrating, or humiliating…but we’ll give you the answer coming up next.

SHOW NOTES

  • This is one of the great legacies my father left me after he graduated to heaven.
  • The secret to a close-knit family is…Trauma, camping, accidents, basically…when things go wrong.
  • Families who play together stay together.
  • But much of the bonding depends on how your family handles the hard times.
  • Treasure hunting your trials
    • How has God improved us through this experience…how has it made us better
    • How was God faithful
    • What did we learn
    • How might God use this in the future to help others
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What if she does come back - Hero's Guide to Winning Back Your Wife

It’s the ninth show in our series called, The Hero’s Guide to Winning Back Your Wife! It is the final show (until Seth reminds me that we need to do a wrap-up show) of the series. Last show we had to walk you through the possibility that your wife won’t come back. This week we get to give you the most important things you need to do if she does come back. This is going to be way more positive…which always makes me happy. And, you’re going to learn exactly what you have to do each day, each week, and each year moving forward so your relationship continues to get better.

SHOW NOTES

If you want to listen to all the episodes in this series, just click here.

  • What if she does come back
  • You’ve taken all the things we’ve encouraged you to do, and it’s worked!
  • But now, you really do need to be like a hero
    • Celebrate, but don’t settle
    • You must become a lifelong learner
    • You need to keep discovering and becoming a PhD of your wife
  • What...
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What if she doesn’t come back – Hero’s Guide to Winning Back Your Wife

It’s the eighth show of our series, The Hero’s Guide to Winning Back Your Wife. Sometimes, the hero’s journey doesn’t have a hollywood ending. It can be more like the ending of Cold Mountain with Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. This movie came out in 2003 and I’m still angry and distraught about how it ended. You don’t want to hear today’s show, I know this, but you need to listen because what do you do if she doesn’t come back?

SHOW NOTES

If you want to listen to all the episodes in this series, just click here.

  • What if she doesn’t come back
    • You need to hear this because, unfortunately, it is a possibility.
      • Sticking your head in the sand won’t make it better
    • First, realize you have no control over whether or not you win back your wife.  That is in God’s hands.
  • If you “demand” that she comes back, it may be why you lost her
    • If your heart and attitude during this hero’s journey is that you...
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Asking the all powerful question – Hero’s Guide to Winning Back Your Wife

We’ve landed on the seventh week in our series, The Hero’s Guide to Winning Back Your Wife. Today’s show could possibly be the most important of the entire series because you are going to learn the one question you have to ask. If you don’t ask this question, you’ll likely lose your wife. If you ask the question, and don’t follow through…well…let’s just say your hero’s journey could be over for sure.

SHOW NOTES

  • Ask the all powerful question
  • “What can I do to repair the damage I’ve caused in our relationship?”
  • This is your greatest roadmap to recovery
    • It will validate her
    • You will be received as a servant
  • Follow through or kill the relationship
    • If you don’t follow her roadmap, you can kiss the relationship goodbye
    • It’s like setting off an atom bomb
    • It will confirm her worst negative beliefs about you
  • What could possibly cause you not to follow through?
    • Pride, arrogance, selfishness
    • ...
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How a real man seeks forgiveness

  • The key strategies to seeking forgiveness are
    • Adjust your expectations of her response
    • Own the damage (which you’ve already learned about in the show “It starts with you”)
    • Be soft in both words and actions
    • Whatever you do, don’t say “I’m sorry”
    • Don’t shy away from the really hard stuff
    • Take it on the chin if need be
  • What if your wife reacts poorly?
    • Just exactly what were you expecting?
    • Allow her the right to be upset and reject your seeking of forgiveness
    • Make sure she knows your “door” is always open if she changes her mind
    • Pray and fast on when you should approach her again, but don’t harass her...no matter what
    • Give God the chance to work on her heart, that is not your job
  • A hero’s actions
    • Put some time and prayer in before your initial attempt to seek forgiveness
    • Say something like, “I know that I hurt you deeply when I (insert your ownership here).  It was wrong and I’d like to ask...
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Why she's always right

  • What your wife wants most is to be validated
  • “You’re right…”
    • Validating someone’s feelings is first accepting someone’s feelings and then acknowledging and accepting the other person’s unique identity and individuality. Validation says, “You are more important to me than proving myself right or proving you wrong.”
    • Whether you agree or not.
    • Does not matter what you think or believe, because her feelings are her feelings...which makes them a reality regardless of truth or facts.
    • It’s not about the nail.

  • Validating statements
    • “I hear you’re upset by what I said, instead of being funny it sounds like I was really hurtful, is that right?”
    • “I hear that what I said to you really hurt your feelings. What can I do to make it right?”
    • Validation is not agreeing, it’s simply allowing your wife to be who she is, faults and all.
  • If you don’t validate her
    • You’ll convince her...
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It starts with you

  • It starts with you
    • Personal responsibility is at the heart of every healthy relationship
      • It’s the fuel that drives the engine
      • Stop focusing on everything else
      • Look in the mirror, the only thing you can control is your own thoughts, emotions, and actions
    • When we blame
      • We become the victim, and victims simply don’t win relationally
      • It causes defensiveness
      • Stops the change process
      • Builds animosity
  • A hero’s actions
    • Don’t apologize, but take responsibility
    • “What I’ve realized is how I hurt you by…”
    • Do for her what you wish she was doing for you
    • Never quit
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The sexy edition of date night conversation starters

These questions should really help you heat things up during your date night!

  1. What would be the most fun way to get you excited about being intimate with me?
  2. Fill in the blank...when I _______ you get the most turned on.
  3. Is there anything you would like to try in the bedroom we haven't yet?
  4. What's your favorite thing I wear that turns you on?
  5. What is the best way to flirt with you?
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