Happy marriage 4

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him’’’ (Gen. 2:18). We have already stated that God was the creator of marriage and not man, and the above verse bears testament to that fact. There can be no doubt, at least not for any professing Christian, that God was behind the idea and that it was created for love and companionship. But, too many people fail to understand that fully. The world views marriage as a convenience more than commitment. As long as everyone receives…

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Happy marriage 3

Happy marriage 3.   Gen. 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” In one of the previous articles, I made the following statement, “Marriage was not an invention of man. Society did not, over time, establish the boundaries of what constitutes a successful one.” When discussing marriage and its ability to be happy long-term, it is crucial to understand that man was not the inventor. We didn’t make the rules, and we don’t get to change them. Society has changed its ideas of marriage,…

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Happy Marriage (part 2)

“He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5. and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.’” (Matt. 19:4-6).  In part two of “Happy Marriage”, we will take a look at some information printed by the CDC/NCHS on cohabitation, marriage, divorce, and remarriage in the United States.  While it is older, the…

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Happy Marriage (pt. 1)

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Heb. 13:4). The following are a few exerts taken from a blog I read a few years ago. I cannot remember the author’s name, but these views are held by many today, so I want to start by quoting them this morning. “In today’s society, marriage happens when two people (usually a man and a woman) fall in love and decide to spend the rest of their lives together in monogamy. But did you know that…

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The temptations of Jesus

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To…

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Will you pay it forward?

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19-20).   Before warning his readers of the dangers of approving the many sins listed at the end of the chapter, Paul begins by assuring them of God’s presence in everything around them. Many preachers and congregants alike have used those words to prove that no one in…

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The attack against Christianity

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John: 15:18-20).  We often thank our soldiers, especially those who have given their lives, for the freedoms we enjoy, of which religious freedom is counted…

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Will the real Noah stand up, please

Prov. 30:5-6, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.  Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.”  As I read this verse, I remembered something that happened a few years ago.  A friend told me a movie called “Noah” was available for rent.  I did not pay much attention to it because I know they are always factually inaccurate, but a few days later, he called and told me it was a “terrific” movie.  I was surprised because I had read online…

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Don’t join them in the dark

Col. 4:5-6, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”  Paul instructs his readers to “walk in wisdom to outsiders,” referring to our attitude toward unbelievers, among other things.  Earlier in the book, in Col. 3:5-8, we read the following, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these the wrath of God is coming.   In these you too once…

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The false promise on the mountain

Matt. 4:1-11, “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If…

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