Topic: Marriage and Family


Five Things I’d Tell My Younger Self About Marriage

My wife, Jen, and I recently celebrated 16 years of marriage. I guess we can’t be labeled “newlyweds,” and we aren’t exactly “veterans” yet, but 16 years does give us a unique position to help those who are just beginning or close to their wedding date. We aren’t so far […]


Good News for Husbands

God does not make demands without supplying grace. In our last article, we studied Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 5 that husbands must “love their wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself up for her.” This is a serious, heavy responsibility, focused on the wife’s spiritual growth […]

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Key Connections (June 22, 2018)

‘Happy Wife, Happy Life’: And Other Misleading Advice to Young Husbands (Greg Morse, Desiring God) God entrusts you to speak, to sacrifice, to crush serpents. He calls you to be true to your nature — the one he gave you — and play the man that you are. And that man […]


Bible Q&A: What Does It Mean for God to Be Our Father?

Question: What does it mean for God to be our Father? Answer: Clearly this is an analogy, and analogies work by comparing something that is hard to grasp with something that is very familiar to us and that we can easily understand. God does this by comparing the relationship he […]


Hope for When Honoring Your Parents Is Hard

Growing up, I had a good relationship with my parents. Honoring and obeying them came relatively easy. But when I hit adulthood, things got complicated. Their divorce during my first year of marriage brought up wounds I didn’t know existed. I felt shame and anger. Honoring them became hard. For […]


Husbands, Love Your Wives

I’m a deep sleeper, so it’s unusual for me to see the clock at 2:00 a.m. As my brain shook off the fog I heard the call again. “Mo-mmy! Da-ddy!” I grabbed my glasses and headed for the door. My daughter had a nightmare. This happens about once a month, […]

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Key Connections (March 23, 2018)

God, Why Won’t You Fulfill Our Desire For Children? (Michael McAfee, The Gospel Coalition) He isn’t good because of the good he does, but because of who he is. As Psalm 107:1 declares, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.” “I Never Made a Sacrifice”: The Call and Question of David Livingstone (John […]

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Key Connections (February 16, 2018)

Your Last First Date (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) God’s idea of marriage is the only vision big enough, strong enough, and worth enough for all the risks we take in dating. Nothing else is worth all the risk we take when we begin to share our hearts with someone else. Faithful […]


Five Questions to Ask About Entertainment

Entertainment is often an expression of God’s gifts of creativity, storytelling, and beauty. But it can also provide mindless amusement, or damage our souls. How should Christians handle rapidly multiplying entertainment options in a God-honoring way? Here are five questions to ask about your entertainment choices: 1. What purpose does entertainment […]


The Honor of Biblical Submission

The God like us – stunning. Descending from majesty. Grappling with the confines of flesh, with skin and hands. Hearing others’ voices through two ears and having blood pump through a heart roughly the same size as mine. He knew the onslaught of grief, with all looming darkness, at Gethsemane. […]


9 Ways Married Women Manipulate Their Husbands

It is no secret that women and men communicate differently and, thus, often misunderstand one another. By God’s design, men thrive best when they feel respected by others, especially their wives. Wives flourish when they feel protected and cherished by the men they love. Unfortunately, due to sin, not only […]

What I’ve Learned in Ten Years Without My Dad

Labor Day marked ten years since I last saw or spoke to my dad. After sixteen years of abuse, the last thing he said to me was, “When you decide you want a relationship with me, let me know.” One last mind game for the road. So much has happened […]

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Forgiveness: A Marriage Best-Practice

Marriage is a covenantal partnership that involves two people, a husband and wife, working towards a common goal: to represent Christ and his people to the world. Founded on and motivated by the gospel, marriage is set apart from other partnerships, like businesses or organizations. But a marriage is similar […]

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Four Tactics to Encourage Healthy, Traditional Family Units

What is one of the most defining marks of a socially stable individual?  Is it the school district they’ve grown up in?  Is it the college that they attend?  Is it how many activities they were involved in when they were young?  In a recent article for Breakpoint.org, John Stonestreet presents […]

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Christian Parenting: Do You Feel Unqualified?

How would you answer the following question: “Who is responsible to lead your children in their spiritual development?” I know the answer to that question.  The answer is me.  And you.  As parents, we are responsible for teaching our children about the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Understanding […]

22 Christmas Gift Ideas from Unlocking the Bible

Unlocking the Bible has put together a list of recommended books for everyone on your Christmas list! Browse through our selection below or in the Christmas Gift List part of our store.   LifeKEYS Daily Devotional One-Year Subscription The Gift that Keeps on Giving! Our LifeKEYS Daily Devotional booklet is now available […]

“Man on the Run!” Children’s Book on the Story of Jonah

Unlocking the Bible is pleased to introduce a new children’s book on the story of Jonah! Man on the Run lures you with high seas adventure, hooks you with sharp twists and turns, then reels you in with the power of the gospel. This fish story takes you beyond the size […]

Five Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Family and Friends

Question: I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been writing to my parents about Jesus for about 3-4 months now. I feel as though there is no change in them at all. I really miss talking to them and I love then. I just want them to be saved!!! […]

Five Christian Parenting Resources from Unlocking the Bible

Unlocking the Bible seeks to bring the gospel to all of life, which includes parenting and the family. Here is a list of our five best resources for Christian parents: 1. Ten Keys to Effective Parenting comes from the series Unless the Lord Builds the House examines God’s design for a Christian family. […]