Grateful for the past—Anticipating the future at MDI

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An open letter from our Executive Director: Fall classes are winding down, and we have one more A New Beginning workshop on this year’s calendar. It’s hard to believe, but very soon we’ll say goodbye to 2019 and launch into a new year. So much has happened! Marriage Dynamics celebrated 25 years of ministry this year. Recently, I sat down with our …

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Don’t Let These Marriage Misconceptions Derail Your Relationship

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Before getting married, most of us believe we have some idea of what makes a marriage successful. Consciously or subconsciously, we have formed opinions as we’ve made observations and absorbed information from other people, books, the internet, TV, or other sources. Unfortunately, some popular beliefs about marriage aren’t accurate. Some may contain a bit of truth, but they are not …

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Why Regular Maintenance is Great for Your Marriage

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Our bodies require maintenance to stay healthy. Gardens need maintenance to grow. Cars need maintenance to run well. A business needs maintenance to be successful. Why should it be any different for marriages? Many couples have premarital counseling before tying the knot, which is great. But you’d never expect four or five workouts at age 22 to keep a person …

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Celebrating National Marriage Week 2018!

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It’s National Marriage Week! National Marriage Week 2018 (Feb. 7-14) is a great time to celebrate one of God’s most precious gifts to us—marriage! This annual celebration raises awareness of the need to build stronger marriages and reduce the divorce rate, which in turn benefits children and helps curtail poverty. Chuck Stetson, chairman of National Marriage Week USA, says, “The …

4 Reasons Your Church Needs a Marriage Ministry

Four Reasons Why Your Church Needs a Marriage Ministry

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There is a temptation to lump religious people into the same category as non-religious when it comes to predicting the success rate of marriage. Many have promoted the idea that the divorce rate among the two groups is nearly the same. Furthermore, speculation that non-religious couples are more likely to cohabitate rather than get married has caused some to skew the …

Getting to the Best Pulled Pork in Marriage

Getting to the Best Pulled Pork in Marriage….

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Did you know one of the most popular Internet searches today is the two yummy little words “pulled pork?” Though I’ve been married 26 years, I’ve never made it at home. It’s not because we don’t like it. Our family has tried numerous barbecue places to see whose sandwich is the best. How is one to know? Everyone claims they’ve …