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A Shattered Marriage

Personal + Story Before we came to Hope for Life, our marriage, along with our personal and spiritual lives, was set on auto-pilot. We were just going through the motions of attending church, going to work, and living as though everything was fine. Our lives revolved around work and hanging […]

Reconciliation

8 Types of Reconciliation We often think in “binary” terms when it comes to reconciliation—that a relationship is either reconciled – or not. While it isn’t wrong to think that way at times, it is also important to understand that any reconciliation attempt can have many potential destinations. Just as […]

Preparing For The Storm

The first in a four part testimony, originally shared at Hope For Life’s Annual Dinner, this is one couple’s story of God’s grace and redemption in a seemingly hopeless situation. Here, the wife shares her struggle with depression and the hope that God’s Word brought to her heart, even as […]

We Would Not Be Married

“WE WOULD NOT BE MARRIED IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU.” Recently, as a young couple was leaving my office after counseling, the wife suddenly stopped, turned around, and exclaimed, “I just want you to know that we would not be married if it weren’t for you.” Of course, these were […]

Marriage Book Available

Mark’s book, Marriage For The Wise: Practical Biblical Wisdom For Marriages is now available for ordering online. An in-depth, interactive study and workbook, Marriage For The Wise is a comprehensive marriage and pre-marital resource, and is one of the main tools used in Hope For Life’s marriage counseling, classes, and […]

True Love or Manipulation? A Critique of the Best-Selling Book Love & Respect

True love. What is it? How do we define it? Is there a difference between what the world says love is and what Scripture says? First Corinthians 13, arguably the most well-known definition of love in the Bible, gives us a straightforward list of what love–real love–looks like. And right […]

Upcoming Marriage Class

Better a dry crust with peace & quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. [proverbs 17.1] Many of us grew up in homes that lacked harmony, to say the least. For myself, having now experienced a wonderful marriage and home life, I realize that there is no price […]

Teaching & More Teaching

Well, the past few months have been very busy ones for Hope For Life! We started April off with a two day marriage conference at Riverpark Bible Church, where Mark was able to share solid, biblical principles for love and relationships with couples and singles alike. We were encouraged by […]

New Marriage Class

We had a great turn-out for the Marriage Conference this past weekend. Thank you to all who attended and to everyone who helped make it possible! We were blessed to see so many people wanting to invest in their marriages – from those who had been together for 45+ years […]

Fresno Conference

Mark will be speaking at a marriage conference this weekend in Fresno, and if you’re in the area, we’d love to have you join us! You can register online at Riverpark Bible Church or at the door – Friday night or Saturday morning. Get all the details here. We’re looking […]