Marriage Preparation – Diving Into Your Pool of Eligibles

Contributed by Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros Forget the Soul Mate Idea, Instead Dive into Your Pool of Eligibles Do you find yourself wondering which lucky person in this big world will end up as your bride or groom? You may feel like your challenge is to “find” your one true love, your soul mate—who’s out there somewhere – before the timer rings and your opportunity is passed. No wonder dating feels so overwhelming! Take a moment and sigh with relief knowing the whole soul mate i...
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Dealing with Pornography Addiction

By Dr. Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros Helpful Information: Pornography is any type of material that is sexually explicit and intended for the purpose of sexual arousal. In simple terms, you know it when you see it or read it. What’s wrong with pornography? Everything. Its entire purpose is to satisfy lust – also known as the deadliest of the seven sins – which mocks the divinity of procreation and is powerful enough to create an instant addiction in some people. Religious leaders hav...
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Step 6: Change of Heart – Aram’s Story about Drug Addiction Recovery

"I couldn't remember truly asking God to remove my character defects.  I just thought to myself, if he were standing in front of me now, what would I want him to say.  I'd want him to just take it and say, 'Thanks, I've got this.' Instead, at that moment, I heard a question: 'Will you let me take this?' I realized that I had done all this work to be relieved of this misery, and that question completely changed the trajectory of my recovery and my life." So Aram experienced a change of hea...
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The Refiner’s Fire

Two sons, her daughter, her husband.  All had cancer.  Three died. "The refiner’s fire is not a comfortable place to be. It involves intense heat and repeated hammering. But it is in the refiner’s fire we are purified and prepared to meet God."  This woman's faith grew through these terrible trials, and she provides hope and compassion to others.   The Refiner's Fire
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Marriage Preparation – Dealing with Eating Disorders

By Abby Viveiros and Dr. Thomas B. Holman Helpful Information: An eating disorder is a complicated mental illness/addiction that strikes many people. In America alone, over 24 million people suffer from anorexia or bulimia at some point in their lifetime. This is especially true if we have perfectionistic tendencies—a common trait found in people with eating disorders. As most people know, the biggest danger with an eating disorder is the damage to the body. Some experts suggest that ...
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Marriage Preparation – Dealing with a Mental Illness

  By Abby Viveiros and Dr. Thomas B. Holman Helpful Information: If you suffer from mental illness, be assured that you are not alone. About one in four Americans suffers from mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia each year. That’s a quarter of our population! To put that into perspective, more Americans have mental illness than blue eyes (one in six Americans has blue eyes). Mental illness hits people of all sizes, shapes, backgrounds, and r...
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