Moving Mountains - Session 3: The Prayer of Intervention

In this Moving Mountains video study, John Eldredge shows how we labor under the misconception that prayer is asking God to intervene instead of partnering with him to get things done. This faulty assumption leads to untold confusion and grief when we ask of God but can't sense He hears us--or even cares. Rather, Jesus says, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19).

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Moving Mountains - Session 2: The Cry of the Heart

In this Moving Mountains video study, John Eldredge shows how we labor under the misconception that prayer is asking God to intervene instead of partnering with him to get things done. This faulty assumption leads to untold confusion and grief when we ask of God but can't sense He hears us--or even cares. Rather, Jesus says, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19).

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Moving Mountains - Session 1: There Is a Way Things Work

In this Moving Mountains video study, John Eldredge shows how we labor under the misconception that prayer is asking God to intervene instead of partnering with him to get things done. This faulty assumption leads to untold confusion and grief when we ask of God but can't sense He hears us--or even cares. Rather, Jesus says, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19).

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Love & War - Session 08: A Thousand Little Choices

I think we all look for love to come in dramatic ways. We know love is powerful and beautiful—how come it doesn’t feel like it? Love plays itself out in what seems like such unremarkable ways—you pick up your socks, you ignore their snarky comment, you put the toilet seat down. But this is exactly what makes it epic—the fact that love plays itself out in a thousand little choices, unseen and without supporting soundtrack. That’s what makes it so beautiful.

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Love & War - Session 07: Sex

Fight for a sexual life with your spouse that is frequent, and deeply satisfying for both of you. Take risks. Offer strength, offer beauty. Be vulnerable, be fully present. That is the way of love, especially in a time of war. As God said, drink deeply, O lovers.

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Love & War - Session 06: Storm Clouds

When crisis hits and something shakes us to our foundation, we all start grasping, clutching, looking for someone to blame or some place to hold on. Like people do when they’re drowning. Panic overcomes us; we rush to blame or speculation or a box of doughnuts. Before you make another move, you need to ask yourself: Why is it hard right now?  Don’t jump to conclusions. Your interpretation of what’s going on will shape everything that follows—your emotions, your perspective, and your decisions.

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Love & War - Session 05: The Enemy Is Not Your Spouse

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Love & War - Session 04: Sharing An Adventure

So—what’s the mission of your marriage? What are the two of you called to, together? Can you name it? “We’re in this together,” is essential for the boy and girl in the fairy tale. Finding a shared mission as a couple is essential to a vibrant marriage. It might be the very thing to rescue a floundering couple, and it will surely take you both to a whole new level of companionship regardless of where you are. Our hearts are made for adventure. Surviving the week so you can hit the food court at the mall on the weekend is not enough.

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Love & War - Session 03: The Greatest Gift You Can Give

There are all sorts of joy to be found in your marriage, once you stop looking to your spouse to make you happy.  The human heart has an infinite capacity for happiness and an unending need for love, because it is created for an infinite God who is unending love. The desperate turn is when we bring the aching abyss of our hearts to one another with the hope, the plea, “Make me happy. Fill this ache.” And often out of love we do try to make one another happy, and then we wonder why it never lasts.

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Love & War - Session 02: A Perfect Storm

Our mutual brokenness plays off of each other so perfectly it’s frightening. It’s like throwing a dog and a cat in a dryer. Is he absolutely mad? Why would God do such a thing? Because marriage is a divine conspiracy.
 It is a conspiracy divinely arranged and with divine intent.
 God lures us into marriage through love and sex and loneliness, or simply the fact that someone finally paid attention—all those reasons that you got married in the first place. It doesn’t really matter, he’ll do whatever it takes. He lures us into marriage and then he uses it to transform us.

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