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Loving Our Spouse

Genesis 2:18

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amA few weeks ago – my wife and I celebrated 39 years of marriage. Next year in August will we celebrate 40 years. I’m open to suggestions on how we should celebrate. We’ve talked about taking a trip somewhere. I’d like an Alaskan cruise. She’d like a trip to Hawaii. It will also be landmark birthday years for each of us.

For the young people out there – I want to share that our marriage hasn’t always been easy (and it isn’t now either). Love is not an emotion – it is a commitment. We haven’t always kept our vows perfectly – but we committed to stay with each other – till death do us part (I have to sleep with one eye open some nights – LOL). Commitment means we stick it out thru the good and the bad times (although in some marriages there might be bad enough times that separating is the best option).

God knew that life was going to be rough at times for each of us. God knew we needed help walking the journey of life. In today’s passage – as God was retelling the creation story – we’re reminded in Genesis that God knew we shouldn’t be alone. We may not all marry – but we need partners or friends in life to get thru the ups and downs. We all need someone on our side. Continue reading

August 21, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts On Christian Marriage

Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

RayMcDIt is not unusual for me to teach or preach on marriage – Christian marriage. In our society – there is much confusion surrounding marriage these days – like who should be able to get married. We can find God’s intent for marriage in the second chapter of the Bible. In the very first book of the Bible – Genesis – we read God’s intent for marriage – a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. God’s design – from the beginning of time – was for one man and one woman to marry and become a family.

A number of times over the years in counseling I have run into men and women who have not allowed the new family – the two becoming one – to become primary in their lives. It is OK to love mom – it is OK to love pop – but in order for the new bond – the new family to work – it must become primary. We must in a significant way – leave our mother and father and cleave to one another. Continue reading

January 24, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christian Marriage

Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

112015 Ray McDonaldI often preach and teach about marriage – Christian marriage.  In society – there is much confusion surrounding marriage these days.  We can find God’s intent in the second chapter of the Bible.  In the first book of the Bible – Genesis – we read God’s intent for marriage – a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.  God’s design – from the beginning of time – was for one man and one woman to become a family.

A number of times over the years in counseling I have run into men and women who have not allowed the new family – the two becoming one – to become primary in their lives.  It is OK to love momma – it is OK to love poppa – but in order for the new bond – the new family to work – it must become primary. Continue reading

November 19, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marriage – A Biblical Definition

Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

82015 RayThe Pope is in town.  The United Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic church are part of a short list of denominations that have held to the orthodox view of marriage.  With all of the confusion surrounding marriage – we can find God’s intent in the second chapter of the Bible.  In the first book of the Bible – Genesis – we read God’s intent for marriage – a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. God’s design, from the beginning of time was for one man and one woman to become one family.  It seems pretty clear!

A number of times over the years in counseling I have run into men and women who have not allowed the new family – the two becoming one – to become primary in their lives.  It is OK to love momma – it is OK to love poppa – but in order for the new bond – the new family to work – the love between husband and wife must be primary. Continue reading

September 23, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marriage And The Family Are Under Attack

Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

IMG_0301The problem – as I see it – is that the family is under attack.  The Capital Newspaper had an article written on 11/18/10 titled – Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?  I will use this article today as we examine marriage in our current culture – less than five years later and it seems to be getting worse rather than better.

Here is a statistic – nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married.  The article suggests that more people are starting to accept that marriage is not needed to have a family.

I spoke with a schoolteacher. I was told that in their class they were astounded by the number of students that came from a home with divorced parents.  It was sad – they said – to see so many from broken homes. Continue reading

May 21, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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