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The Destructive Cycle of Negative Thinking

"Negative thinking" occurs when a husband or wife interprets the behavior of his or her spouse to be much more negative than the spouse intended...

  • The Smalley Relationship Center |
  • April 01, 2008 |
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Are Weddings No Longer Sacred?

As a Christian, I wonder what God’s perspective might be about today’s wedding extravaganzas. According to CNN, the average cost of a wedding soared to $26,327 in 2005...

  • Sharon Hanby-Robie |
  • March 27, 2008 |
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The Dangers of the Daily Grind

I'll be the first to admit that I often become so ensnared in routine that I tend to forget that my marriage is more important than vacuuming the bathroom rugs...

Chastity Leads to Marital Success

Kirk and Gillian wanted to be married right away—no premarital counseling. They were also living together. Instead of insisting on change, their pastor gave up and went along with the couple's wishes...

Introvert or Extrovert? How Temperament Affects Marriage

Many people believe that the person they love looks at life the same way they do, but that’s usually not the case. Knowing your spouse’s temperament will help you maximize your strengths as a couple and minimize misunderstandings...

  • Kathy Collard Miller, D. Larry Miller |
  • March 08, 2008 |
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Why Choose Pre-Marital Counseling?

To the young, engaged couple life feels blissful. So why waste time with counseling when all is going so well? Counselors Beverly and Tom Rodgers share how pre-marital counseling programs can help couples identify relational blind spots and give advice on identifying a quality counseling program.

  • Drs. Beverly and Tom Rodgers |
  • March 06, 2008 |
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Is Sarcasm Eroding Your Marriage?

The real tragedy of using sensitive knowledge about our spouses as ammunition is that it can erode the trust that is necessary for open communication.

  • Dr. Greg Smalley |
  • February 28, 2008 |
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Loving as Jesus Christ Loved the Church: Being a Godly Husband

I always thought Paul's words in Ephesians - when he wrote that husbands are to love your wives just as Christ loved the church - were a lovely little metaphor and a nice goal to shoot for but I did not believe it to be possible. Until I met Bob...

The Differences Between Men's and Women's Brains

Once you understand how differently God has designed male and female brains, you can learn how to use those differences well in your marriage.

The Secret to a Lasting Marriage: Embrace Imperfection

You know, life is full of imperfect things…and imperfect people. But somehow in the past 37 years, Jack and I have learned to accept the imperfections in each other...

Women: Are You in Love with Romance?

Ladies, what are we putting our men through with our fairy-tale expectations?

Beyond Valentine’s Day: Sowing Seeds of Love in Your Marriage

We need to acknowledge when something is lacking in our marriages so we can plant seeds to compensate for or eradicate problems...

  • Debra White Smith |
  • February 12, 2008 |
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Praying Through the Deep Issues in Your Marriage

Do you and your spouse keep stumbling over a difficult issue? Praying about each deep issue you face will release God’s power into your marriage, changing it for the better in ways you’d never thought possible before...

How Does Your Spouse Spell Love?

With the Valentine's Day season upon us, you're probably pondering ways to express your love to your spouse. Pam and Bill Farrel explain how to create a memorable romantic encounter...

  • Pam and Bill Farrel |
  • February 05, 2008 |
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Take the Pressure Off this Valentine's Day

Disappointment sets in when we're more focused on romance than a meaningful connection with our spouses. Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day free of romantic pressure.

  • Whitney Von Lake Hopler |
  • February 02, 2008 |
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How Wives Can Unlock the Door to Verbal Intimacy

Christian marriage expert Joe Beam has observed that, stereotypes aside, men crave intimate conversation as much as women do. So what prevents them from opening up?

How to Set Goals for Your Marriage

Four years ago, Karen and Charles O’Connor attended a marriage seminar that emphasized goals. “Our marriage was transformed—truly—by choosing to set goals and then following through,” says Karen.

  • LeAnne Benfield Martin |
  • January 26, 2008 |
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