Most couples spend a great deal of time, energy, and money on their wedding ceremony, which only lasts a few hours. Many of those same couples will invest little time in building relational skills that would help them to have a satisfying and lasting relationship.
Too many of society's problems can be traced to divorce, and the breakup of the family. Therefore, in the interest of yourselves, your families, your future children, and the local community, we strongly urge every couple to complete all homework assignments given to them.
You will need to purchase [A] Catching Foxes, by John Henderson. If this is not your first marriage substitute [B] Before You Remarry by H. Norm Wright. You must make a commitment to finish the material before your wedding day. Remember, you are investing in your future together, to build a strong and lasting marriage. Please be sure to purchase two copies, one for each person. Do not work out of the same books. I will also ask you to complete the [C] Premarital Questionnaire.
Other materials that are very helpful in marriage are Marriage On The Rock by Jimmy Evans, Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey, Love and Respect with the accompanying workbook by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and Intended for Pleasure, Third Edition by Ed & Gaye Wheat.
In 2008 I hit my rock bottom… Your faithfulness to Christ’s calling most likely saved my life, marriage, and family… You gave us a lot of guidelines that were extremely helpful in giving us hope, and which turned my behavior and habits around… Had you not been there, I’m pretty sure I might be dead by now.
George was extremely helpful. He empathized with my struggles and really cared about my future. He was a great listener, but also offered so much practical advice and wisdom. Each week I felt like I left with something to work through which would draw me closer to functioning effectively in Christ.
Our meeting with you last week was very beneficial. I personally felt like you were delivering a message directly from God, straight into our hearts.
George was warm and friendly and always put us at ease. He was extremely encouraging and transparent, which helped us in discussion. We were given some valuable insights for our upcoming marriage.
It was a great first meeting with you. I’m so glad my spouse consented to join us. You have come up in conversation several times today as we have reflected on what God did through you last night. You are being used mightily by Him in your counseling. Thanks again.
George went above and beyond what anyone could expect in using the gifts and abilities God has equipped him with to help guide our family through the healing process at such a traumatic time in our life.
Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your message this morning. You were right on target and your illustration was exceptionally effective.
You have a gift. I definitely felt the Holy Spirit working through you. Using scripture and keeping God at the center was awesome.
Thank you so much for your prayers, support with wisdom, counsel and guidance. May our Lord give back to you more in every aspect of your life for the time spent guiding us wounded sheep. You have been a tremendous blessing.
He has a pastor’s heart, is trustworthy, a gifted communicator, a loyal husband and father, but most of all a devoted follower of Christ.
George Stahnke is caring, knowledgeable, professional, and sincere. What everyone needs when they are having a hard time.
For any and all who have a need for Godly counsel and spiritual direction, George would be among those at the top of my list of recommended providers.
I think of George as a person who is not just a theologian, but also a believer who leads by example. His personal relationship with the Father has brought him through the many struggles that we all face, in a way that is an example to everyone with whom he has come in contact.
God used your prayers and encouragement to help us not give up and to continue to stay faithful to God’s work. We genuinely appreciate you.
God used you in our lives in a powerful way. Your presence, counsel, prayer, and phone calls have been a source of healing and hope.
I knew that I needed to speak to someone as I was really hurting and needed to talk but it was very difficult for me to admit that my marriage had sunk to an all-time low like it did. . . He hit me between the eyes with a statement that really caught my attention. It is a statement I will never forget as long as I live. This was my true wake up call, literally — George stated that “if you lose your family because of ministry, you have already disqualified yourself from ministry.” Wow! By now the…
I want to let you know that my husband and I renewed our vows in June 2014. (44 years) Your counsel and encouragement for me to take some time for God to work in his life and mine really helped me. God opened Bill’s eyes to his blind spots and renewed our love for one another during the nearly four months that I stayed in Colorado. Thank you! And Praise the Lord!