Marriage - Visionary Family Ministries

After years of counseling engaged and married couples, we realized most Christian couples didn’t have a biblical mission and purpose for their family. They’d learned some things about communication, sexuality, and conflict resolution, but they didn’t know why God had brought them together. Visionary Marriage equips married and engaged couples with a compelling Christian mission for their life together.

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Healing Through Listening

Healing Through Listening

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. — Proverbs 15:31 Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. — Proverbs 23:22 I was counseling a twenty-one-year-old man regarding his strained...

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Repentance: A Five-Step Conversation

Repentance: A Five-Step Conversation

There are five powerful ingredients we can include when we ask forgiveness from a family member. Before you share these things, it may be helpful to begin your conversation this way: I want to have an important conversation with you. I know we have been dealing with...

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Repentance Continues with a Change in Behavior

Repentance Continues with a Change in Behavior

True repentance does not stop with a change in our thinking, but continues with a change in our behavior. We have all experienced people in our lives who apologize to us over and over for the same offense, and yet their behavior never changes. After a while, the...

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Planting Seeds of Bitterness

Planting Seeds of Bitterness

In Hebrews 12:14–15, God tells us, “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become...

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Healing Through Repentance

Healing Through Repentance

Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:4 Family conflicts start very early in life. Ray (9) and Milly (11) were working on cleaning the kitchen...

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3 Phases of Forgiveness

3 Phases of Forgiveness

Forgiveness and reconciliation is a three-phase process, and I will summarize it here. I don’t want you to be overwhelmed. What can be written in just a few pages may take years for the Lord to accomplish. In the chapters ahead, we will consider the small steps God...

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Pray for Your Own Heart

Pray for Your Own Heart

When I am in the middle of a blowout conflict with one of my sons, I am squarely focused on his disobedience, his bad attitude, his irresponsibility. Obviously, the entire reason why we are in this situation is that he dropped the ball or was disrespectful. Rarely is...

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How Many Times Do I Need to Forgive?

How Many Times Do I Need to Forgive?

When a family member does something that hurts our feelings a couple of times, it may not feel like a big deal to forgive them. What if they do it ten times? Fifty times? Now it is a different story. You may remember that Jesus’ disciples asked Him about this. “Then...

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The Crucible of Family Relationships

The Crucible of Family Relationships

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17–18 Your family is like a...

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Every Family Is Hurting

Every Family Is Hurting

Every family experiences conflict, hurt, and brokenness. There are two big reasons for this reality. First, each of us struggles with sin and character problems. Therefore, when multiple people with character problems live together under the same roof, you get lots of...

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