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Amazing Intimacy – Easter Message

God desires intimacy with all His children. He sees us through the eyes of love – a love that is special because it comes from Him – from His very person and nowhere else. A love just for us. He knows our every thought, struggle, joy and tear. You know, He feels every struggle, joy

5 Ways To Create Fireworks In The Bedroom

One aspect of the sexual experience between loving married adults involves a kind of bond or emotional connection that we call oneness.  In that experience, we share a love for one another surrounded by safety, mutual consent and mutual adoration. By focusing on “oneness” as one aspect of how we bring sensual energy and joy

20 Seconds of Insane Courage

Not too long ago, I watched a movie with Matt Damon I really enjoyed – We Bought a Zoo.  My favorite scene involved a brief dialogue between Matt and his estranged, teenage son.  Matt was trying to make a point and to encourage his boy to reach out to a cute, young girl he befriended

What To Do When the Beauty of Marriage Has Turned Ugly

Marriage is meant to shine. To be the origin of unique passion and aliveness between two lovers and soul-mates. Where individuality is honored and rich togetherness is cultivated. So often this fails to happen and couples eventually turn the corner where hurt, misunderstandings and wounds abound. Clearly the exception to God’s design for synergy and

The Crucible of Marriage – Are You Good For One Another?

We see marriage as a crucible where you, as two lovers, come together to refine, grow, cherish and inspire one another.  Where the capacity to move each other to become more than you are now – in so many ways – defines the synergy you create as lovers, partners. So, in your marriage, are you

Addiction & Recovery – 5 Steps in Getting to the Next Level

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.“ Oscar Wilde I continue to be intrigued by how men and women recover from addiction – chemical, sexual and even problems with food. I wonder how they do it – move forward, fashion a new life, get past old, destructive

Sex In A Busy Life – The Common Story of Dave and Patricia

Healthy and vibrant sexuality is composed of many moving parts. Learning how to bring sensuality into the bedroom, for example is one element. Learning how to be close and bonded outside the bedroom is another. Both of these are critical dimensions that make sex work. Great sex, that is! Remember, that we have an amazing

Do I Really Have a New Heart?

More on the Surgery of the Heart I’m approaching two years since open heart surgery.  December 21st and only a handful of days before my 60Th birthday.  As I look back over the past 2 years, I am still in awe of what the surgeons have accomplished.  After all, I’m still alive. Friends and family

The Tale of Two Rooms

The Uncommon Man I continue to be intrigued by men who seem to grasp what they stand for.  I mean really understand their deepest beliefs and hold on to them with passion and conviction and actually live a life that mirrors their true center. Many of us have observed lately Tim Tebow, quarterback for the

Surgery of the Heart

A Reflection on the Life I’ve Been Given What a year.  Last year, this time, I nearly died – or at least, was about to. As I reflect on my recent heart surgery, here at Christmas time a year ago, I am struck by so many thoughts and feelings  that I don’t know where to

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