Do You Feel Safe With God?

Vulnerable or Guarded? I once heard the question posed: When we spiritually self-protect, is it because we do not feel safe with God?  You’ve met those Christians that have lots of walls up, right?   Truth be told, every one of us has been called upon in life to defend ourselves from emotional and spiritual injury.  Walls are not optional, but necessary,…

We Have God’s DNA

It is unequivocally stated in God’s word that we are made in His image. "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." The plural context, “us” and "our", is believed by most to refer to the Trinity, or the Godhead. In The Creation Answer Book, Hank Hanegraaf writes: “In the immediate context, the man is said…

Be True to Yourself

It’s been over four hundred years since Shakespeare wrote the words, “To thine own self be true.” A more updated version reads, “Be true to yourself.” We all get the gist, right? Being a people pleaser is a barren and tiresome road to travel. I need to be the authentic “me.” I heard one Bible teacher sum it up like…

Marry the Right Person


Overcome Every Obstacle


Succeed in Love


Singles: marry the right person, for the right reasons.

Husbands & Wives: contend for fresh, eternal vision in your marriage.

Succeed in love, by pouring out your lives for Jesus and one another.



Mike and Anne Rizzo were born and raised in Buffalo, New York, committing their lives to Christ as young adults in 1975. They were married in 1981, and have served in pastoral ministry for over forty  years. They offer in-person and virtual coaching. Marital, Individual, Relationships, Premarital. (Member: American Association of Christian Counselors, Certified Mental Health Coach, Prepare/Enrich Facilitators.) Mike & Anne are the authors of Longing for Eden: Embracing God’s Vision in Your Marriage  and Vertical Marriage: A Godward Preparation for Life Together. Contact:



Gary Thomas – Author, Sacred Marriage and The Sacred Search

“Vertical Marriage is a weighty (I mean that in the best sense of the word), no-holds-barred approach to get your marriage started on the right spiritual footing. Wise and spiritually penetrating, this book is an ideal way to spiritually test your relationship and understand its biblical foundation. As an added treat, it also offers much practical, real-world advice to help you on the journey toward marital intimacy in all aspects. Highly recommended, especially for serious believers.”



Sara Hagerty – Author, “The Gift of Limitations: Finding Beauty in Your Boundaries.”

“There is a great difference between a marriage that ‘gets by’ — and one that is lived in light of eternity. Mike and Anne Rizzo lift our vision here, with Vertical Marriage. Their own marriage is a testimony, and this book offers the reader a powerful blueprint for a beautiful union that will help any couple, young or old, to revive their perspective on deep partnership and worship.”