• “Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love.” William Penn               One of the greatest indicators of a success...
    Marriage Builder #7: Let the R...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    October 12th, 2017

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  • Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford               Do you feel as cl...
    Marriage Builder #6: Visit Mem...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    October 05th, 2017

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  • “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship,  communion or company than a good marriage.” Martin Luther   In our national s...
    Marriage Builder #5: Make Two-...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    September 28th, 2017

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  • Happiness is by choice—not by chance. Unknown  The creative task of marriage requires a day in day out process of hard work and mutual adjustmen...
    Marriage Builder #4: Master th...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    September 21st, 2017

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  • “The husband found, a lover is not lost, The sweetheart still remains--a sweetheart wife!” S. C. Hall               Dating. Hey, t...
    Marriage Builder #3: Cultivate...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    September 14th, 2017

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  • “Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety” Plato               Plato may have said “Nothing is worthy of great an...
    Marriage Builder #2: Slow Down...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    September 07th, 2017

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  • “In survey after survey, at least 80 percent of couples in successful long-term relationships report that they have become best friends.” --Dr...
    Marriage Builder #1: Be Friend...
    By David & Claudia Arp
    August 24th, 2017

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  • Broken promises, deception, infidelity—Lila watched her marriage fall apart. Like the prodigal son, her husband Hal “set off for another life in a...
    A Prodigal Marriage
    By David & Claudia Arp
    July 06th, 2017

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  • A favorite song from our dating days is “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.” It described the energy, enthusiasm, and excitement of our growing love...
    The Gift of Love
    By David & Claudia Arp
    June 29th, 2017

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  • Here we were again in Austria for a short pre-Christmas break to relax and get in tune with each other and with the Lord before the hustle and bustle ...
    Slow Down, Be Renewed
    By David & Claudia Arp
    June 22nd, 2017

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  • “You’ll have to check your luggage in at the airline counter inside,” the curb-side porter said. Another cancelled flight. Another delay. Exhaus...
    Unfriendly Skies
    By David & Claudia Arp
    June 15th, 2017

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  • Jennifer poured another cup of coffee. "Maybe the caffeine will kick in soon," she mumbled to herself. The hectic weekend was over, and here she was fac...
    Monday Morning Coffee
    By David & Claudia Arp
    June 08th, 2017

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  • We met Carlos and Genie at our church’s mission conference. Their enthusiasm, energy and sheer joy of living drew us to them. Parents of two young d...
    Seize the Day
    By David & Claudia Arp
    June 01st, 2017

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  • When we moved to our condo, we wanted to add a few trees as a privacy buffer. Our friend, Radio, agreed to help plant them for us. Since we were leavi...
    Courageous Risks

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  • What should have been a lovely drive through the Austrian Alps was not. Instead we could see nothing—just miles and miles of fog. We had looked forw...
    Follow the Light
    By David & Claudia Arp
    May 18th, 2017

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  • He held her close as she gently sobbed. Unspoken words. She squeezed his hand—each seeking to comfort the other. Such highs. Such lows. The excitem...
    In Pain and In Joy
    By David & Claudia Arp
    May 11th, 2017

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  • Ben and Austin stared at each across the table. Suddenly Ben realized how far apart they had drifted. They didn’t even agree about their recent move...
    Call Unto Me
    By David & Claudia Arp
    May 04th, 2017

    Love at First Fight
  • Sitting with our friend, Vera Mace, on the screened porch at her home in Black Mountain, North Carolina, we commented that she and David must have enj...
    The Marriage Tree
    By David & Claudia Arp
    April 27th, 2017

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  • We sat in city traffic anxious to get home. The next day we were leaving for a series of conferences, and once again we were in the panic mode—too m...
    Breaking for Life

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  • Extravagant Love
    By David & Claudia Arp
    April 13th, 2017

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  • The dinner was exquisite. The atmosphere, romantic. The setting? A thirteenth-century castle, set high on a hill overlooking the medieval town of Essl...
    Till Death Do We Part
    By David & Claudia Arp
    April 06th, 2017

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  • We’ll never forget that crisp, clear fall day when we dropped our last son off at college. He looked so young and vulnerable, but we knew he was rea...
    Just the Two of Us
    By David & Claudia Arp
    March 30th, 2017

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  • The logs in the open fireplace crackled a warm welcome to the guests who had assembled to celebrate the union of Marcy and Tim. Outside the snow conti...
    Two-Part Harmony
    By David & Claudia Arp
    March 23rd, 2017

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  • “Thank goodness, this day is almost over,” James said to his wife, Madison. Several weeks ago James’ mother, after a lengthy illness, had passed...
    A Legacy of Love
    By David & Claudia Arp
    March 16th, 2017

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  • We were desperately in love . . . young love, true love, filled with deep emotion. I (Claudia) was a freshman at Maryville College, which was locat...
    True Love
    By David & Claudia Arp
    March 09th, 2017

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  • The illuminated seatbelt sign reinforced what I (Claudia) already knew—we were flying through turbulence. I checked the security of my seatbelt. Whe...
    On Top of the Clouds
    By David & Claudia Arp
    March 02nd, 2017

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  • Jeanie smiled at her husband, Dave. “From the beginning of our marriage, we’ve had fun together. Even when the children came alone, we still manag...
    Be My Lover Bunny
    By David & Claudia Arp
    February 23rd, 2017

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  • Time—what is it? Sixty seconds makes a minute, minutes turn into hours, and hours into days. Time zips by almost unnoticed. Then something happens a...
    The Time Is Now
    By David & Claudia Arp
    February 16th, 2017

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  • Alone at last, Steve and Jan looked at each other across the candle-lit table. The old Italian restaurant was a perfect setting in which to celebrate ...
    Ten Minutes a Day
    By David & Claudia Arp
    February 09th, 2017

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  • On a late spring day, we slipped away for a cup of cappuccino at a little sidewalk café on the edge of a lake. The water glistened in the afternoon s...
    The Simple Life
    By David & Claudia Arp
    January 26th, 2017

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  • The rows of young corn plants resembled a military marching band with the tassels swaying in the late afternoon breeze. Rain was in the forecast. As I...
    The Marriage Garden

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  • Perhaps you have heard the story of Robertson and Muriel McQuilkin. He served as president of a Christian college and she, also very gifted and articu...
    Unlimited Love
    By David & Claudia Arp
    January 12th, 2017

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  • Room by room, we slowly walked through our family home for one last time. Our words echoed off the empty walls as we randomly grabbed memories from tw...
    Embracing Change
    By David & Claudia Arp
    January 05th, 2017

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  • John, a successful surgeon, had his life all mapped out—his practice, his golf and his family. Sarah, a dedicated mother and community leader, seeme...
    Do You Want a Better Marriage?
    By David & Claudia Arp
    December 29th, 2016

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  • Here we were again in Austria for a short pre-Christmas break to relax and get in tune with each other and with the Lord before the hustle and bustle ...
    Slow Down, Be Renewed
    By David & Claudia Arp
    December 22nd, 2016

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  • We sat across the table from Zoe as she answered our interview questions. Our assignment as part of the International Year of the Family at the United...
    Viva La Difference
    By David & Claudia Arp
    December 15th, 2016

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