Family Strengths – Commitment

The Family: A Proclamation to the World is laced through and through with the language of commitment. It declares spouses have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and their children, and to honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Further it warns that husbands and wives will one day be held accountable before God for the discharge of family obligations. Research shows the value of commitment in family relationships. In national studies, parental commitment to marria...
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Why Stay Chaste?

By Lori F. Do you wonder if chastity is still important, or if we have outgrown it as a culture? After all, there are other Biblical teachings that have largely gone by the wayside--most of us don’t limit the number of steps we take on the Sabbath, nor do we sacrifice animals. We can see how the seventh commandment (prohibiting sexual intimacy between people not married to each other), was important for its time. But what if the reasons behind it are no longer relevant? I think we make a m...
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Chastity, What a Quaint Idea!

By Robert P The idea of chastity - how quaint. Or is it? At this point I have lived through two major sexual revolutions. The first was in the 1970s, when the pill lowered the risk of pregnancy. Not being particularly religious at the time, I bought into the notion that this was an acceptable idea and experimented. Afterward, I felt no abiding sense of emotional fulfillment or pleasure or much of anything. However, to my dismay, I felt even more lonely and depressed than I had felt before;...
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Why Should I Wait Until Marriage for Sex?

by Marci M (A true story) This particular request from one of my college students was very different from the usual request for a letter of reference, or advice about finding an internship: “Marci, would you be willing to be one of the panelists at our ‘Real Life’ event?” I gulped hard and thought a minute. I knew this week on campus was dedicated to women’s empowerment, with events about preventing gender-based violence, promoting positive body image, etc. But this “Real Life” event wo...
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