Articles on Marriage

The articles listed on this page are related to the topic of biblical peacemaking in the context of the marriage relationship. Peacemaking Women With personal stories and advice firmly rooted in Scripture, this book offers hope for peace with God, peaceful relationships with others, and genuine peace within. $13.95 more info Hope for Troubled Marriages by Ken Sande, President of Peacemaker Ministries. Do you think that your marriage is beyond hope? In this article, Ken Sande reminds us in this article of the power of God to raise dead marriages to life. How Churches Can Preserve and Heal Marriages by Ken Sande, President of Peacemaker Ministries. Drawn from a chapter Ken Sande wrote for the book Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood, this article encourages pastors and layleaders to rescue their people from divorce by exercising loving, restorative church discipline. Love and Respect in Marriage by Ken Sande, President of Peacemaker Ministries. This article is a helpful study of the scriptural principles surrounding the role relationship of husbands and wives. The Myths of Divorce by Ken Sande, President of Peacemaker Ministries. This article discusses five myths that people in the midst of divorce are often fooled into believing. True Stories: Accountable to God When one woman remembered that she was accountable to God, it changed her perspective on her husband and her marriage. Through faithful obedience, she experienced a whole new level of intimacy with God and with her husband. We love to receive letters like this one! True Stories: Church Discipline Saves a Marriage Church discipline often has a negative connotation—harsh, retaliatory, or dictatorial. But church discipline, when...

Peace On Earth – Winter 2007

Peace On Earth – Winter 2007  Winter 2007   Forward this Email to a Friend In This Issue: +  Living Boldly +  Update from the Field: Peacemaking Training for a Young Denomination in Asia +  Remembering the Lessons of 2006 LIVING BOLDLY by Chip Zimmer, Director of International Ministries “The boldest measures are the safest.”  With these six words Admiral Nelson, leader of Britain’s forces at the Battle of Trafalgar, summed up his approach to naval warfare.  Eighteen hundred years earlier, another leader prepared his followers for a different kind of battle.  As I read the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, I am similarly struck by how boldly he lived and by the boldness of his words. But, contrary to Nelson’s statement, such boldness is anything but “safe.”  It certainly wasn’t for Jesus and it is not today for believers around the world who are persecuted for their faith, as members of the Peacemaker Ministries network learned firsthand on their recent trip to Bangladesh.  Yet, as I read of their experiences, recounted below in our “Update from the Field,” I found myself thinking that maybe Nelson was right after all.  For Christians, eternal safety is found as we live out the commands of our Lord.  And, despite the daily threats that confront our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh and elsewhere, I suspect they would agree.  Their lives are testimonies to bold living.  You and I can learn much from their example. UPDATE FROM THE FIELD: PEACEMAKING TRAINING FOR A YOUNG DENOMINATION IN SOUTH ASIA In mid-December, a team of three people from our network traveled to Bangladesh to teach peacemaking to the...

Peace on Earth – Spring 2007

Peace on Earth – Spring 2007  Spring 2007   Forward this Email to a Friend In This Issue: +  His Peace: Unlike Any Other Offer of Peace +  Saving Face and Saving Grace: My Peacemaking Experience in Taiwan +  Competition or Community? A Story of Peacemaking in Papua New Guinea +  Protecting Ourselves is the Most Dangerous Course of Action HIS PEACE: UNLIKE ANY OTHER OFFER OF PEACE by Molly Routson, Assistant to the Director of International Ministries Peace. It’s a natural human desire: we all desire peace because nobody wants to live an unsettled life, uncertain where you stand with God, with other people, and with the world around you. Promises of peace. We also live in a world where a myriad of philosophies, advertisements and other allurements promise us peace. But Jesus tells us that his peace is unique. In the midst of calming the disciples’ fears about their own uncertain future that would follow his death, resurrection and ascension, Jesus pauses to remind them that true peace is possible, but it’s only possible through him.  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). This issue of Peace on Earth shares three stories of peace that highlight this contrast: that the peace Jesus offers is unlike any other offer of peace. Talking about peacemaking is especially challenging when we move outside of our own culture – the world’s promise of peace can look very different in one culture than it does in another. But regardless...

Peace On Earth – Fall 2007

  Peace On Earth – Fall 2007  Fall 2007 In This Issue: +  Notes from the Field +  Typical “Logs” on a Short-Term Mission Team NOTES FROM THE FIELD This autumn has been a busy season for Peacemaker Ministries on the international front! Our travels began in September with a trip to Frankfurt, Germany to participate in a conference for seminary leaders from around the world. Since then, members of our staff have taught peacemaking on three other continents, touching people from every continent and various walks of life. There is a rich diversity in the people whom God has allowed us to serve these few months; but we continue to marvel at the incredible unity of purpose that God brings to this diverse group. That common goal is to see Christ glorified as we, his church, grow in our peacemaking skills and witness, and in our love for the gospel of peace, which makes this all possible. Since we are in awe of how God has been working, we wanted to share a few highlights with you : ê Ken Sande, President of Peacemaker Ministries, shares about his experience in Germany in early September: One of my highlights in 2008 was a conference in Frankfurt, Germany, in which Overseas Council brought together the presidents of 110 of the top seminaries in the non-western world. I thrilled to meet so many incredibly intelligent, talented, and educated Christian leaders who were also gifted with such humility, graciousness, and disarming humor. Laughter is truly the universal language! I was inspired by the other keynote speakers, including Louis Palau, and challenged to hear many seminary leaders describe...

Peace on Earth – Spring 2008

Peace on Earth – Spring 2008  Spring 2008   In This Issue: +  Sowing Peace Around the World +  Report from the Field: The Power of a Story  SOWING PEACE AROUND THE WORLD By Molly Routson, Director of Global Education Partnerships When Jerry and Cathie Gates were asked by their church to pursue training in peacemaking, it was so that they could help with conflicts within their Gig Harbor, Washington, congregation. They had no idea that this training would soon be the gateway for them, along with ministry partner Jon Nichols, to travel around the world training leaders of a major missions agency in biblical conflict resolution. But that’s exactly what happened. In the last three years, Jerry, Cathie, and Jon have traveled together to teach peacemaking in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and now Senegal. Their entrée into this organization was through friends from their local church who serve as mission workers in South Asia. Having heard that the Gates were trained in conflict resolution, this missionary couple invited their friends to conduct training. They explained that team leaders were spending tremendous amounts of time and energy dealing with conflict within their team; not only was this a distraction and an enormous expense of time and energy, but also they felt ill-prepared to deal effectively with the issues involved. Although the Gates had participated in PM’s basic Conflict Coaching and Mediation training, they began to investigate other ways that they could prepare to teach peacemaking in a culture that is remarkably different from where their peacemaking experience had been. They took the Teaching Peacemaking Cross-Culturally course in 2005, which helped to build a foundation for them to...