What is the Optimal Age for Marriage?

Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Proverbs 5:18) What is the optimal age for marriage? 18 – 22 – 25 – 30 – Later – Never? Our first day at college, my roommate introduced her 18-year-old friend along with her two babies. She... -Read More

Focusing on What Really Matters

Happy anniversary and thank you to all of our readers over the past 17 years. Sometimes I feel like Time magazine looking back over all the years with all the stories, all the ministries and all the church events we’ve covered. If you were to look in the office of our editor, Shelly, you... -Read More

Adult Activity Center Combats Loneliness

Whether you’re a local senior searching for some new friends or a snowbird looking for an exciting, Florida-style adventure, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale offers an excellent social outlet for seniors. Meeting Thursdays at the church’s Adult Activity Center (AAC), located next to a large, scenic park and canal, seniors 65-100+ can get... -Read More

What Were They Thinking?

Isn’t that the question you ask when your pastor runs off with a church member or your friend runs off with his/her trainer from the gym?   The verdict is in: Count 1:  Infidelity – Guilty Count 2:  Not thinking – Guilty What were they not thinking about? The consequences of their actions –... -Read More

A Match Made in Heaven or Online?

Have you found your perfect match? No? Perhaps you are hoping that God will provide that mate at your church’s singles group or at a Christian dating Internet site such as If that’s the case, don’t let the Christian part of the “mingle” fool you. While God might use a dating site to... -Read More

Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat?

Men, does this question strike fear in your hearts? It is the title question raised by Stephen James and David Thomas in their book subtitled “A Man’s Guide to the Loaded Questions Women Ask.” Other no-win questions they teach you to answer are: • “Do you notice anything different about the house?” • “Do... -Read More

Insights to Emotional Health for Couples

What’s the difference between couples whose marriages remain faithful, upbeat and nourishing (FUN) and those who get stuck in the routine, unhappy and tedious (RUT)? Current psychological research verifies repeatedly that emotional intelligence (EI) and emotional health (EH) have a direct effect on maintaining quality FUN relationships. The following three potent secrets discovered in... -Read More

Giving Your Heart to the Wrong Person

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23). While trying to find the one you will marry, giving our heart to the wrong person is a heartbreaking experience. It is not unusual for people to find themselves in a relationship with someone who initially presented himself... -Read More

Romantic Date Ideas in South Florida

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the age-old question about what to do or where to go pops up again. But let’s face it, the standard of a (crowded) dinner at a good restaurant can feel unoriginal — not to mention the hassle of waiting for a table can strip the pleasure from the evening. And... -Read More

Wives: Are You a Gift or a Burden?

Marriage is not a word. It’s a life sentence. Is this how your husband feels about your marriage? Are you unknowingly destroying your husband and killing your marriage? According to an article by Katelyn Carmen on, there are five ways to do exactly that. As you take this inventory, consider how these relate... -Read More