Three Myths About Sex in Marriage

By , Pastor of Pastoral Care| September 19th, 2018|

Disclaimer: The following blog is written using generalities. It may not apply to every man, woman, or couple. Further, it is written with a typical, emotionally, and physically safe marriage in mind. If you are in a sexually or physically abusive relationship, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or National [...]

Seven Ways to Improve the Way You Fight

By , Pastoral Care Pastor| September 5th, 2018|

Conflicts are a part of every relationship. To avoid conflict means avoiding a deeper connection with others. And while that might fly with some less important relationships, it's a recipe for disaster when it comes to marriage and those closest to you. The reality is that most people avoid conflict because they're just not confident [...]

Why Communication Can Get Messy

By , Pastoral Care Pastor| August 30th, 2018|

Last year, my wife and I started teaching our six-year-old daughter Mandarin Chinese, or Rosetta Stone, I should say, started teaching our daughter for us. For 20-30 minutes, she sits there attentively in front of my laptop, matching pictures with the corresponding Mandarin words. She's almost done with Level 1, and hopefully, will move onto [...]

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Getting Married

By , Contributing Writer| August 16th, 2018|

“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam. And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva. So tweasure your wuv.” For those of you who are fans of The Princess Bride, you’ll recognize the quote said by the impressive clergyman during the wedding scene. The movie is [...]

Redemption of a T-shirt

By , Contributing Writer| May 2nd, 2017|

When Rich left his AC/DC T-shirt with me in Nashville, he did it with purpose. A month before we committed to date exclusively, God made it clear that Rich had moved to Nashville to escape his past. It was time to stop running and step forward in his faith to face the pains of his [...]

The Transforming Power of LifeGroups

By , Contributing Writer| January 24th, 2017|

Marriage between a man and a woman is a holy covenant, a God-ordained relationship that He likens to His relationship with the church.  Holy or not, anyone with any experience with marriage knows it is hard work even in the best of circumstances.  Throw in a stressor or two, and a marriage can easily end [...]

Sticking with Chase Oaks

By , Contributing Writer| October 24th, 2016|

My name is Alondra Almaguer, or for those who know me at the En Español campus, I’m the “Coffee Lady.” I’ve been a regular attender of Chase Oaks En Español for the past couple of years, but this is my story of how Chase Oaks made a difference in my life and stuck with me [...]