10 Rules For Respect in Relationships

How to stop misunderstandings & mischief.

In a world where people have forgotten how to treat one another, this list will save you a lot of grief.  Check it out.

 

Matthew 18:15-17  “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  [16]  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  [17]  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”

Matthew 5:23-24  “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  [24]  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

We live in a day where accusation and innuendo have tremendous power.  No longer are you innocent until proven guilty.  It seems that most people today believe you are guilty until proven innocent.  That sentiment plays strongly into satan’s role as the “accuser of the brethren.”

Furthermore, good people can get upset with one another over misunderstandings that are not handled (more…)

Terrific Marriage Advice from 12 Christian Couples

You Can Have a Great Marriage

You can have a great marriage!  Don’t settle for a mediocre relationship.  Engage the promises of God in your family by following this powerful advice from church members just like you.

Happily Married - Terrific Marriage Advice

 

As a pastor, I not only teach our church members, but I get the privilege of learning from them as well.  I thank God for faithful Christian people that love the Lord.  I asked 12 couples at our recent Valentine’s Banquet to give me one powerful marriage tip they have learned over the years.  We shared these during the banquet, and I commented on each one.   Their responses were worth their weight in gold!  I decided to share them with you today.   (more…)

What Does True Love Look Like?

21 Biblical Traits of True Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air.  Love is a word that is often used but usually misunderstood.  Do you really know what love is?  What does love look like?  How does it act?  Love deeper than ever with these Biblical traits of true love.

Happy Valentine's Day ETERNAL LOVE

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

God places a premium on love.
True love is (more…)

The Sadly Forgotten Importance of Virginity

tBillions of people around the world celebrated the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ last week during the Christmas holiday season.  Truly, that is a miracle worthy of celebration!  [This Post is rated PG.]

Importance of Virginity

However, I can’t help but notice how frequently people skip over the important word VIRGIN.  We live in a hyper-sexual world.  Sexual sins are not only accepted in this generation but also are celebrated.  God’s people should live differently.  God has not called us to uncleanness, but unto holiness.  Virginity is still as important to God today as it has always been!

Let’s take a few moments to remember the importance of virginity.

What is Virginity?

VIRĠIN´ITY, n. [L. virginitas.] Maidenhood; the state of having had no carnal knowledge of man.  ~Websters 1828 Dictionary.

VIR’ GIN
noun
1.  a person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2.  an unmarried girl or woman.  ~Dictionary.com

Sex is a wonderful gift of God to be enjoyed within the covenant of marriage.  Any mental or physical (more…)

Simple Tips for a Spectacular Marriage

A Charge to Newlyweds that will Help us All

One privilege of pastoring is performing weddings.  I love being on the platform so close to the action as God unites  a man and woman for life.  I get to feel the nervousness of the groom as he awaits his bride.  I get to hear him catch his breath as he sees her for the first time in her wedding dress.  I am privileged to see the expressions on the faces and the emotions in the voices as they say their vows.  I watch their trembling hands gently place the wedding ring on their new spouse.  Yes, it is a privilege.  Every wedding makes me appreciate my wife more and reminds me how precious is my own marriage. Here are some thoughts I gave to a young couple at a recent wedding that are good reminders to us all.

Newlyweds

The first miracle that our Lord Jesus performed was at the wedding of Cana.  The Lord puts His stamp of approval on marriage in Scripture.  Consider Matthew 19:4-6.

“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

Marriage is the most intimate of human relationships.  It is not simply a legal contract, but also spiritual union in which God works a miracle making 2 separate lives become one. God created, defined and ordained marriage to be a holy union and life-long commitment between Husband and Wife.  This is a relationship so spiritual and so sacred that is to be ended only in death.  It is our privilege to be witnesses of this wedding ceremony.

Marriage is a spiritual union.  It must be built upon Christ to reach its potential.  So many people have given up on marriage today as antiquated and out dated.  Others see it as a failed institution.  I remind you that marriage does not fail people.  People fail marriage;  usually because one or both reject God’s design for it.  God created marriage and He alone has the wisdom to help you succeed at it.  Your success in this marriage depends directly on your willingness to submit to God and His leadership.  I believe you will. (more…)