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Marital Conflict: NHL Playoff Insights For Couples

Members of the Ottawa Senators' (in red jerseys) fight with the Montreal Canadiens (in white jerseys) during the third period of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal hockey game in Ottawa May 5, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY) Rodney Dangerfeld is famous for a lot of sayings but none so sarcastic as the one about the NHL – “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out.” Professional hockey has a reputation for bloodied noses, broken fingers and black eyes. Some feel fighting gives the NHL a black eye but a closer look will show something that even married couples can learn about conflict from hockey players. Fights in the Playoffs The…
Bob Jones
June 5, 2015
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Middle East Conflict: The Root

Beshir Kamel lost two brothers who were amongst the twenty-one Christians executed by ISIS terrorists in February 2015. Everyone involved in this horrific event, both the victims and the perpetrators, were of Arab origins. When it comes to the Middle East we presume to know the “good guys” from the “bad guys.” Aren’t all Middle East conflicts the result of an Old Testament prophecy related to the descendants of Ishmael? Aren’t Ishmael’s descendants said to be against everyone? Aren’t the sworn enemies of Israel all Arabs? A recent trip to Israel influenced me to re-examine a number of my conceptions regarding Arab people. APPALLING ATROCITIES AND A REMARKABLE RESPONSE A clearer understanding of the Biblical story of Ishmael, from whom…
Bob Jones
May 6, 2015


Crisis is cathartic - it changes people - for better or worse. The initial feelings of shock's adrenaline rush wear off and reality begins to settle in. Fatigue, fear, anger, depression are just some of the emotional reactions. How can you survive a crisis? 6 Lessons In The Aftermath Of A Crisis 1) You have off-the-chart potential for out-of-control emotions. It doesn't matter how patient, caring, and loving you are: severe crisis inevitably uncovers the things which cut to your  heart. Rejection, disapproval, distrust, and abandonment issues are just some of the triggers which can anger you in ways you never, ever, imagined. "I can't understand it. I've never been angry like this before!" is a very common tell-tale reaction…
Bob Jones
September 21, 2014