JAMES CRUISE Ministries Blog

God chooses what we go through. We choose how we go through it.

Archive for the category “Marriage”

A Perfect Marriage is…

SLIDE - Marriage Tip Perfect Marriage


Children in Successful Marriages

SLIDE - Marriage Tip Successful Families

18% of Unchurched Families

SLIDE - Marriage Tip -18


Do not be yoked with unbelievers

For some, it’s an unpopular passage of Scripture. We find it in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16, and it reads: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

Those may be tough words to swallow, but God included them in His Word for a purpose.  “How can you be intimately, psychologically, spiritually, physically involved with a man or woman who does not say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ a man or woman who doesn’t love your Savior?”

Marriage is a union between a man and woman at every level of life. To not have the most fundamental thing in common will sooner or later become apparent, especially after children arrive.

At many a wedding I have attended I have witnessed where either the Groom or the Bride is a Christian (Believer & Follower of Jesus Christ) and the other is not a Christian. The Believer will always tell you that they can change the nonbeliever into a believer. But this rarely happens. What almost always happens is that the non-believer wins out. The newly married couple will rarely, if ever, attend church, rarely, if ever, pray together, rarely, if ever, read the Bible together, and rarely, if ever attend Christian events together. This is just the way it turns out.

When we ignore or do not follow God’s word we are asking for things to happen to us that God does not want in our lives. There are consequences to not following God’s word and teachings. God knows what is best for us. Especially in our choosing of a lifelong marriage mate.

SLIDE - Yoked - Single Parent Tip


This week is National Marriage Week



Marriage & My Kids

Please know that dating and marriage when kids are present is a gain for the parents but initially a loss for the kids (until family bonding takes place—which can take years—and then becomes a gain for the kids, too). Ron Deal

SLIDE - single parent tip kids marriage



LISTEN NOW as so many around the world have.



Your mate is never your enemy…

SLIDE - Your Mate is never



SLIDE - Never marry


Today is National Stepfamily Day


Today is National Stepfamily Day.

National Stepfamily Day to all you Blending, Blended or Stepfamilies.

Stepfamilies are people who have intentionally chosen to love their spouses biological children and family relatives.


33% of all marriages each year are to remarriages

1300 new stepfamilies are forming every day

40% of couples with children are step-couples

75% of those divorced remarry

100 million people in the US have a step-relationship of some kind.

VIEW this Stepfamily Video

Ministries for Step, Blended & Blending Families
James Cruise Ministries www.jamescruise.com www.jamescruise.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/jamescruiseministries
FamilyLife Blended www.familylifeblended.com 

FamilyLife www.familylife.com

Smart Stepfamilies  www.smartstepfamilies.com
In Step Ministries www.instepministries.com
Designing Dynamic Stepfamilies www.designingdynamicstepfamilies.com
Focus on the Family www.focusonthefamily.com
National Stepfamily Resource Center  http://www.stepfamilies.info/
Coparenting International www.coparentinginternational.com

Blending A Family Ministry www.blendingafamily.com

The Stepfamily Foundation www.stepfamily.org

Laura Petherbridge  www.laurapetherbridge.com

Books for Step, Blended & Blending Families
The Smart Step-Family by Ron L. Deal
The Smart Stepmom by Ron L. Deal & Laura Petherbridge
The Smart Stepdad by Ron L. Deal
Life In a Blender—A Guide for Kids by Ron L. Deal
Loving Your Stepfamily by Dr. Donald R Partridge & Jenetha G. Partridge
Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
Making Your Second Marriage A First-Class Success by Doug and Naomi Moseley
Living In a Step-Family Without Getting Stepped On by Dr. Kevin Leman
When Your Parent Remarries Late in Life by Terri P. Smith with James M. Harper, PH.D.
God Breathes on Blended Families – Second Edition (2009) by Moe & Paige Becnel
God Breathes on Blended Families – Second Edition (2009) Workbook by Moe & Paige Becnel


Post Navigation