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Songwriter Noel Robinson says playing his guitar helped him cope when his mum died
Annie Moses Band’s lead singer Annie Wolaver Dupre reckons faith, fun and family are central to their success
Liverpool’s new boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t slow to take up the chance to talk faith and football
iTech More people are using action cameras for dramatic footage. Ben Hampshire looks at the top five
Talking romance to teenagers. One Christian organisation is tackling the taboos
Why I Believe How God went to great lengths for Dr Tanya Wright
Going PlacesExpect a fusion of cultures when you visit Singapore
Favourite Things Why Pastor Mark Topp loves being in the kitchen
If Christians are not fighting for marriage, no one will, a new report has revealed
#TrendingNow The tweets that are trending about faith and life
Brian Houston shares his top tips for public speaking
Devotion What you worship is what defines your life, argues Christian author Nick Page
DevotionGrayson Jones explains how you can be one in a million for God
Puzzles A full page to exercise those little grey cells!
How to make sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet
iReviewsThe best in Christian entertainment with Rachel Issitt
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Marriage matters. It really is that simple.
Every statistical analysis demonstrates that stable married homes are the best for raising children.
Marriage matters because people need certainty in their lives. Most of us do better when we feel confident that those we are committed to are not going to move out when we get home this evening, or shack up with our best friend next door.
It matters because society can only work when men and women keep their promises – and stick to what they have said, even when it is tough to do so.
It matters because children need to see commitment modelled somewhere – and where better than in their home?
Of course, those who are opposed to the constraints that marriage brings love that word. It’s all about commitment, they say. Who needs a ceremony? And they have a point.
But exactly what are you committed to? Anyone with any experience of contract law knows how easy it is for people, even close friends, to misunderstand each other and to discover that they have wildly differing expectations only when things get difficult.
So, if you are in a ‘committed’ relationship, how can you know what your partner is committed to – without marriage.
Life is too important simply to roll the dice and hope for the best. You owe it to yourself, to your intended partner, to your families and to your children to put your love on record. And to stick to it.
Thankfully that is exactly what God did. Jesus didn’t come into this world to condemn people, but to find himself a bride. And one day soon there will be a wedding to end all weddings.