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Here you will find information on events, retreats, intensives, and other various happenings here at NIM.


A Fresh Look at Logs and Specks

A Fresh Look At Logs and Specks Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is […]

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Marriage and Psychological Disorder

Marriage and Psychological Disorder Have you ever wondered if your spouse has a psychological disorder that might be disrupting life and/or your marriage? Well, believe it or not, this is something that many people will wonder.  So, what do you do if you have these concerns or […]

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Pain and Injury, Part of the Process

Pain and Injury, Part of the Process I wish it weren’t true. No matter how careful I seem to be during training and fitness events, injuries happen. I’m realizing that injury, injury recovery and monitoring pain are part of the process. Physical health and fitness are not […]

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Words Matter

Words Matter “What’s the matter with you?! Are you ever going to get over this? Seriously, you are such a child. Grow up already will you?!!!” Words matter. They always have and they always will. Is there anywhere words matter more than in a family? As I […]

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More on Sexual Intimacy vs. Erotic Obsession

More on Sexual Intimacy vs. Erotic Obsession The response to last month’s blog was nothing short of remarkable. That little two paragraph blog “Sexual Intimacy or Erotic Obsession,” generated more activity than any other blog or column I’ve written to date. I apologize to those who posted […]

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Sexual Intimacy or Erotic Obsession?

Sexual Intimacy or Erotic Obsession? The preoccupation with eroticism corrupts the celebration of sexual intimacy much like gluttony corrupts the celebration of relationships at a festive occasion. Recall the regret of over-indulging in a holiday meal. The occasion of pleasure and enjoyment of relationship facilitated by wonderful […]

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Holiday Challenge Follow Up

Holiday Challenge Follow Up A month has passed since I issued the Holiday Challenge and I of course took the challenge myself. Readers will be happy to know that my wife recognized immediately the changes I made and erupted in a cacophony of praise and adoration of […]

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Holiday Relationship Challenge: “Are you in?”

Holiday Relationship Challenge: “Are you in?” For this installment of “Stepping Forward” I want to issue a challenge to all NIM newsletter readers. Start one habit you know your spouse would appreciate and result in your spouse perhaps feeling cared for. Or, break a habit you know […]

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We were in a very dark valley when we came to the intensive and hopeless.

I just wanted to give you an update!  My husband and I attended a four day intensive in November 2010.  We will be renewing our vows Saturday November 22nd for our ten year anniversary.  We were in a very dark valley when we came to the intensive […]

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I came into the Intensive cynical at best and hopeless at the very worst.

This was to be the last ditch effort in using “counseling” to help our relationship. In nearly 30 years we have seen 8 or 9 therapists and 3-4 pastors for too many sessions to count. Nothing appeared to work. We have been together 42 years and will […]

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