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MarriageToday with Jimmy Evans

Since founding MarriageToday in 1994, Jimmy and Karen Evans have encouraged and coached countless couples in building rewarding marriages and healthy homes. With more than 50% of unions in America ending in divorce, the Evans are committed to sharing proven truths that can make the most troubled marriage good, and any good marriage great. They bring more than 25 years experience equipping and teaching couples to MarriageToday’s mission to restore the dream of marriage in America. Jimmy and Karen divide their time between Amarillo, Texas, where Jimmy serves as Head Elder of Trinity Fellowship, and Dallas, the location of MarriageToday’s headquarters. He and Karen have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Risks of Living Together Before Marriage

If you live together with someone before getting married, your chances of divorce increase significantly. Also, almost every problem people think they are avoiding by living together actually increases—abuse, infidelity, breakup, etc. Even though cohabiting with someone might seem like a good idea, it is a practical disaster. The worst thing about cohabitation is the mindset that drives it. To …

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Secret To A Great Relationship Part 8: Bear Each Other’s Burdens

Secret to a great marriage

Karen and I have learned that one of the keys to making a successful marriage is being there for each other. We’ve discovered that what is burdensome for one of us is not necessarily difficult for the other. Here’s a simple example. Karen is five-foot-five and slender. At one time she had back problems of which the Lord subsequently healed …

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Secret To A Great Relationship Part 7: Be Fun, Creative and Positive

Secret to a great marriage

Friendships should be fun. You don’t fall in love if you’re not having fun. You become best friends and fall in love by putting some effort into it. When you call each other up and say, “What do you want to do tonight?” you’re looking for something you both enjoy doing. You’re negotiating an enjoyable atmosphere for building your relationship. …

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Secret To A Great Relationship Part 6: Be A Place of Refuge and Safety

Secret to a great marriage

We should be a refuge for our spouses to come and share anything in their lives. The Bible says that Jesus was a friend of sinners—a friend of sinners. Hebrews 4:16 says that because of Jesus we can come boldly before the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace. Because of God’s mercy, not only …

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Secret To A Great Relationship Part 5: Be Real And Transparent

Secret to a great marriage

In John 15:15, Jesus said, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” The reality behind what Jesus said is a secret to no one: A best friend is …

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Secret To A Great Relationship Part 4: Embrace Your Differences

Secret to a great marriage

God has made each of us unique. Best friends tend to celebrate each other’s differences. Enemies, on the other hand, use differences as a reason to reject. Do you realize that if you are prejudiced and judgmental toward another person, you can’t be that person’s friend? That’s why the devil loves prejudiced and judgmental people. Every time we judge someone …

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Secret To A Great Relationship Part 3: Believe In One Another

Secret to a great marriage

No one who consistently criticizes me and puts me down is going to be considered my best friend. I’m just not going to have a best friend who doesn’t believe in me. I think you’d say that is true of you too. James 2:23 says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness, and he was called …

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Secret To A Great Relationship Part 2: Faithfulness

Secret to a great marriage

First Key For Friendship – Faithfulness Recently, I sat on an airplane between two men who turned out to be a couple of buddies going to a football game together. “We went on a fishing trip to Canada last year,” one of them said, “and I left my wife of seven months pregnant and starting early labor pains.” I remember …

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Secret To A Great Relationship: Part 1

Secret to a great marriage

Key For Friendship : Introduction Friendship is a fundamental need of the human heart. Although they shed little or no light on the question of what a real friend is, even the sitcoms that have dominated TV programming in recent years attest to the fact that the subject of friendship—or, more accurately, our deep hunger for friendship and our pain …

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[Video] The Fig Leaf Conspiracy

In an effort to bring you resources to prepare for marriage, we bring you a clip from MarriageToday. Jimmy Evans explains the effects pornography has on a man’s thoughts and how that leads to expecting a woman to act like a man. Great short video clip for both men and women.

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