Tag Archive: Marriage

Mar 11

Joel Beeke – Marital Love Must Be Sexual

As we’ve seen, the Puritans had a rich understanding of Christian marriage (part 1, part 2, part 3). In this final post, I’d like to show that they also believed marital love must be sexual. Both marital partners should give themselves fully to each other with joy and exuberance in a healthy sexual relationship marked …

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Feb 28

Raymond Ortlund, Jr. – Compromise on Marriage, Lose the Gospel

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Feb 18

Nick Batzig – 7 Ways to Care for Your Wife

In that extremely complex and, at times, hard to understand section of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we come across the comparison between the married and the unmarried (1 Cor. 7). In short, the Apostle insists that marriage is good (and the norm) but that it brings with it a division of attention. …

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Feb 16

Joel Beeke – Marital Love Must Be Spiritual

Continuing with our series on the Puritans’ views of marital love (see introduction) we come to the theme of the spirituality of marital love, that is, that is must be in Christ and in accord with God’s commandments. Love must be rooted in the experience of being equally yoked together spiritually as believers. Richard Baxter …

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Jan 30

Raymond Ortlund, Jr. – The Sacredness of Sexual Intimacy

More Than Allowable Sexual intimacy in marriage is not only allowable, it is sacred. The Bible says in chapter eight of the Song of Solomon that the passion, intensity, and intimacy in marriage is the very flame of the Lord. God is not embarrassed by this. God is not ashamed of this. God is not …

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Jan 28

Richard Steele – The Duties of Husbands and Wives

THE DUTIES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” — Ephesians 5:33 I. Introduction Marriage is the foundation of all society, and so this topic is very important. Explaining marital duties to you is …

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Jan 18

Joel Beeke – The Puritans on Marital Love: Introduction

Edward Taylor (c. 1642–1729), a pastor, physician, and poet of Puritan New England, wrote, “A curious knot God made in Paradise…. It was the true-love knot, more sweet than spice” (“Upon Wedlock, and Death of Children,” in The Poems of Edward Taylor, ed. Donald E. Stanford, abridged ed. [New Haven: Yale University Press, 1963], 344). …

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Jan 16

Ray Ortlund, Jr. – How the Bible Is One Big, Divine, Holy Story of Marriage

Eternity in the New City Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. …

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Dec 27

John Piper – Love Her More, Love Her Less: Living for God’s Glory in Marriage

My main point is simple: If your marriage is going to make God look glorious, then you must find more satisfaction in God than in your marriage. The assumption behind the topic and behind the main point is that God is ultimate and marriage is not. God is the most important reality in the universe. …

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Dec 26

Joy Hicks – A Faithful Wife

A few days ago, my husband wrote a post about being a faithful husband, and it has left me thinking about what it means to be a faithful wife. Being a wife to my husband is one of the great delights of my life, but I have more to learn. These thoughts are, like his, …

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