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A Good Communication System

We have learned over the last five weeks what God says about marriage. We have been invited to get in sync with God about marriage. Sunday, we closed our series with looking at the importance of having a good communication system in marriage. Besides our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, nothing else is more important to the development of genuine oneness than co...

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God's Heart for Marriage

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. Matthew 19.6 This past Sunday, we heard God's heart for marriage. God has ordained from the beginning that marriage be between the two different sexes (male and female), that they would leave their former lives of dependence on their parents, enter into this new relati...

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Awake to God's Order

We need an awakening in the church, in homes and in marriages to God's order and the unique roles He has given to marriage. We need to stop grieving the Holy Spirit and take heed to the words of the apostle Paul (Ephesians 5.14-18). As Christians, we must rise up from the dead ways of our old sinful life and awaken to the new life that God through Christ has awakened in us...

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Created to Display

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34.3 King David invited the people of Israel to join him in glorifying the Lord with him. David desired for others to join him in living out the very purpose for which they were created for. What is the purpose of man? This of course has been a question asked throughout time. Scripture testifies the f...

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Getting in Sync with God about Marriage

The apostle Paul defined the church as the pillar and support of the truth (1 Timothy 3.15). As the body of Christ it is our most critical task to uphold and proclaim the truth of God. This affects every area of our lives, but over the next five weeks I want to focus on the truth about marriage. It is not new to you that the sanctityof marriage in our day is being tarni...

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Real Love

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7.12 (ESV) I was sitting and watching Nightline Wednesday night with Annette and the top story was the news of the reversal of President Obama on same-sex marriages. There is a lot to say about that, but I think the thing that stuck out the most for me was so...

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Marriage: Simply Try

Matthew 25.14-30. I ask that you read this section of Scripture. Jesus is using a parable here to speak of the kingdom of heaven and what it is like here on earth. Jesus says that those who are part of the kingdom of God will be given a mission from God. It implies that everyone who is part of God's kingdom has tasks here on earth to make God's name known by living for His...

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Sacred Marriage: Marriage Bed Part Two

The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband (1 Corinthians 7.3).An important part of marriage as we have seen is the marriage bed. Paul tells us that each spouse has a responsibility to fulfill when it comes to sex in the marriage relationship. In what spirit is such a joyous responsibility to be carried out?The wife does not h...

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Sacred Marriage: Marriage Bed Part One

We learned in the Spring that: 1. Marriage is God's design and doing for His great display to reveal the new covenant relationship of Jesus and the church. 2. A truly blessed marriage must have the fear of God present, trusting in Jesus and realizing our great need for Him in all things. 3. Marriage is not about our comfort and happiness, but about our holiness. Marriag...

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Sacred Marriage: Holiness Part Two

An important part of marriage is laying aside falsehood and speaking truth. Paul longed for this for the church in Ephesus as we see in Ephesians 4.25-32. Since the Ephesians knew the truth of God and had their heart and life changed, now Paul called them to live a holy life. It is true that holy thinking produces holy living. Proverbs 23.7 says, For as a man thinks within...

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Sacred Marriage: Holiness Part One

God is the doer and designer of marriage. He created marriage, the one flesh relationship, to display His glory and to reveal the new covenant relationship of Jesus and the church. An important element to marriage is the fear of God. For the marriage relationship to be right there must be a reverential awe for God. In Isaiah 6.1-5 it says, In the year of King Uzziah's de...

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Sacred Marriage: Fear of God Described

Solomon says, Fear God (Ecclesiastes 5.7). The fear of God is better described than defined, so let's see it described in Proverbs 31, through the lens of biblical womanhood. An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels (Proverbs 31.10). The wife described in Proverbs 31 is one of moral worth or one who has godly character. This is the same expressio...

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Sacred Marriage: fear of God defined

For by Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rules or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1.16 Jesus is the creator of marriage. Marriage has a great purpose beyond us. It is to display Jesus, to glorify Him. The chief end of marriage is to glory God by...

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Sacred Marriage: Sex

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1.16 Scripture has much to say about everything, even sex. In the Scripture the term all things is mentioned often. When talking about all things you must includ...

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Sacred Marriage: Display

The Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1.16, For by Him all things were created both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rules or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him. Not only has marriage been created by Jesus, but the one flesh relationship is designed to make much of Jesus Christ. David says to ...

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Sacred Marriage: God's Design and Doing

On April 22 of this year Annette and I celebrated nine years of marriage. We do not have it all figured out, nor do we have all the answers to when it comes to marriage. But we do know today that marriage is treated casually and aimlessly by our culture. Yet God has created marriage with a sacred purpose. It is important that we have the right foundation to our marriage. W...

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