Renewed Radio — Marriage

This past week, Dr. Deb Wiley and I interviewed pastor and author John Diffenderfer about his book, The Marriage Commandments on our Hebrew Nation Radio (HNR) program, Renewed. Although I posted the interview on Grace in Torah’s Facebook page, I wanted all my readers to have an opportunity to hear John’s message.

John’s book uses the Ten Commandments as the model for marriage vows. At first glance, this might not seem exceptional, but after reading the book and hearing John discuss his premise, I had MANY “aha” moments. The Ten Words are, after all, the Ketuvah (marriage vows) between Israel and Elohim. Since God Himself uses the analogy of human marriage to explain His relationship with His people, why wouldn’t these same vows be the perfect foundation for a happy and healthy marriage? Listen here.

Here is an example of one of the Ten Commandments and how John’s book gave me a fresh perspective:

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. (Ex. 20:12)

How might this commandment be used as a lesson in marriage? Obviously, it’s talking about one’s parents. But what if I applied this same principle toward my spouse? How does one truly honor their husband or wife? If we thought of this commandment as a rule in matrimony, then honoring the other person results in prolonged days — perhaps a prolonged marriage?! One way we can put this into proper perspective is to think of YHWH (God) as the other person. How would I honor Him? I would certainly never speak poorly of Him around others. And, I wouldn’t shame Him or make fun of Him in public. If I wouldn’t do such a thing in respect to Elohim, then I shouldn’t treat my spouse any differently. The accountability level for each partner rises significantly higher after reading this book.

Honor dovetails into the commandment to not take YHWH’s Name in vain… This is just one meditation nugget among many. The Marriage Commandments is a foundational book. It would be great for couples to work through together or even in a couples study group in your congregation. Betrothed couples could especially benefit from its wisdom. It’s small and succinct, yet really provokes one to look deeper. Thinking and actions change for the better.

Marital roles are of particular interest to me as many of my posts are a biblical exploration of such. I encourage each of you to listen to the interview and buy the book. The podcast is free until Wednesday May 17th, 2017 and then it will be archived for subscribers of HNR. (Which is, only $5 a month for morning shows!)

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6 thoughts on “Renewed Radio — Marriage

  1. Bonnie Gurr

    Does John ship out of the US? Or on kindle?

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    • I’m not sure if he ships outside the US, but feel free to contact him at his website. (: He did mention that his book may soon be available on Amazon, so I assume a Kindle version is also forthcoming!

      Thanks for stopping by,


  2. redshoooz

    LOVE the Renewed program. Thank you for touching on marriage this month. The interview with John Diffenderfer was excellent! I ordered two books and received them today.

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    • Thank you so much! It’s great to hear that people are enjoying the program. 😊 And I agree! John’s message had my wheels turning and gave me a new perspective. I know you will enjoy his book. Thanks for taking the time to comment and give me encouragement.

      Blessings, Kisha


  3. Elkins

    This show was so great! I cant tell you how God answered an ongoing diaolgue session we were having right into the show and out lol Same thing with todays show with Holissa, i was at a Shavuot celebration last night in knoxville, the teens were raising money for and wanting to get involved in missions. Request! I wud like them to hear that segment on the orphanage.  We have been monthly contributors since b4 the building and its so wonderful to watch him build all this time. We will call big daddy to up our monthly for sure. I sent emails to all my friends, so Ill send the link as a reminder to donate. I think people love to do the Kingdom work when they see it in action like this 🙂 If you can srnd me a link to that portion of todays show I will use it to raise more money and try and srnd even larger gifts to them. Thank youMiketz

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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    • Hi Miketz!

      I’ll have the podcast ready later today or tomorrow. It will be free for one week. You are free to share it. ❤ I’ll post it here on Grace in Torah and on Renewed’s FB page.

      I actually got emotional several times while Hollisa was speaking. I had prayed that the heart of Shavuot would shine, and I believe it did! By the way, let me know the next time you are in Knoxville, I’d love to see you again.

      Shalom and Chag Sameach,


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