Entries by TOvermiller

Making Decision, Trusting God and Casting Lots

This series of wisdom statements in Proverbs 16 can help you to navigate the many decisions you make in life, big and small. A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. […]

Being Good for the Gospel

Honorable Behavior When you explain the gospel message to a nonbeliever, he will consider not only the content of your message, but the quality of your life as well. That’s why it is important for a believer not only to explain the gospel well, but to live well also. Having your conduct honorable among the […]

Making Friends Forever

Did you know that God expects you to use money and other material resources to make friendships that last for eternity? That’s what Jesus taught in Luke 16:1-13. To do this, he told a fascinating story about an accountant who had mismanaged the funds of a wealthy landowner. God expects you to use money and […]

Session 6: Preparations for Marriage

Session Overview This session is designed to complete the counseling cycle and will transition towards procedural preparations. The pastor will review important topics, address remaining concerns, and answer remaining questions. He will then open a discussion and answer questions about the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception guidelines, referring to the Wedding Planner guide. This discussion will […]

Session 5: Communication and Forgiveness in Marriage

Session Overview This session will establish basic communication principles that teach the couple how to strengthen their marriage by their words and how to reconcile when conflict occurs. Communication breakdowns are a major cause of marriage dysfunction. Therefore, each spouse should commit to open listening and talking and should abstain from hurtful words. They should […]

Session 4: Money and Children in Marriage

Session Overview This session will introduce basic expectations for entering a shared financial arrangement.  This is important, because money is a primary cause of marital discord. Therefore, a couple must agree on basic expectations for their shared financial arrangement. Scripture presents the husband as the source of primary income for a household. A wife may […]

Session 3: Oneness in Marriage

Session Overview This session will focus on the exclusive nature of marriage. A husband and wife must separate from their families of origin to join with one another in a complete, wholehearted way. This requires both spouses to relegate all other relationships and obligations to a lower level of importance. In doing so, a husband […]

Session 2: Gender Roles in Marriage

Session Overview This session will focus on God’s design for gender roles within marriage. Men and women display the image of God equally and share the mandate of spreading his influence in the world. In harmony with this mutual significance, a husband and wife enjoy distinct and important roles. A husband should provide unwavering, nurturing […]

Session 1: Compatibility in Marriage

Session Overview This session will focus on the need for compatibility between marriage partners. Although every Christian marriage will require both spouses to navigate a variety of differences and difficulties for years to come, it is wise to explore any significant difficulties beforehand. Doing this follows biblical wisdom and avoids shocking disclosures after marriage. This […]

Premarital Counseling Overview

Believing on Jesus Christ alone for eternal salvation is the most significant decision you will ever make and choosing to marry is second. This union of one man and one woman in marriage is an indescribable blessing from God (Proverbs 5:18; 18:22). In fact, God himself calls it “very good” (Genesis 1:31; 2:18-25) Not only […]