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From the Pastor’s desk…

August 24, 2018

I’ve had the privilege of officiating at many wedding ceremonies during my thirty years of Pastoral ministry. That is a Pastoral responsibility that can be very rewarding to me.  It is a joy to witness a couple mature in their relationship with God and with each other. A wedding service is not only a legal ceremony, it is a spiritual one as well.  It is also a time of worship.

The first institution created by God was the home. The home was sanctified by God, honored by Jesus Christ and is to be respected by men and women.  Of all the institutions on earth, there is none so important as the home. As the home goes, so goes the church and all of society.  America’s greatest problem today is not a drug problem or a violence problem.  America’s biggest problem today is the breakdown and lack of Christian homes.

There are three basic biblical truths about Christian marriage:

  • Husbands and wives are first subject to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, then mutually subject to one another.
  • The husband is to be the spiritual leader of the home in the same way that Christ is the leader of the church.
  1. Loving
  2. Sacrificial
  3. Caring
  4. Responsible
  5. Committed and Consistent
  • It is the desire of God’s heart to do whatever it takes to keep the marriage together, and for each couple to experience His love through the other.