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What Is Your View Of Marriage?

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.”

What are your views on marriage? In this day and age when people are living together before or without marriage; divorcing at an increasing rate; when debates rage concerning who may get married (same sex partners); what are your views on marriage? It is important to know where you stand on issues of importance like marriage – the cornerstone of our society.

A great place to start the discussion would be the Bible.

Genesis 2:18The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Continue reading

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May 18, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Will We Be Ashamed of the Gospel?

Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

profileOn Monday I wrote about the primacy of scripture in determining God’s will in our lives – you can read it here.  Scripture is primary when determining God’s will – using tradition – experience and reason as tools.  My conclusion was that when tradition – experience – and reason differ with Scripture – if they would every line up as such – Scripture is still primary and trumps the other three.

On Tuesday I wrote about God’s design for marriage – one man and one woman – you can read it here.  In our Lord’s own words we read – Matthew 19:4-6 – 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’  5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  There is no suggestion otherwise in Scripture.  Jesus even told us that some would not be able to accept this truth – this teaching.  Matthew 19:11-12 – 11 Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.” Continue reading

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