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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Relationships Love Language ~ The Nature of Marriage ~ The Intimacy of Marriage ~ The Friendship of Marriage ~ The Glory of Marriage

The Four Seasons of Marriage

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  Understanding and Talking about the Ever-Changing Cycles of Marriage

Dr. Gary Chapman



Relationships Love Language ~ The Nature of Marriage ~ The Intimacy of Marriage ~ The Friendship of Marriage ~ The Glory of Marriage


The Nature of Marriage
Dr. Gary Chapman


The Intimacy of Marriage
At the heart of marriage is the idea of unity. The Bible states, "The two will become one flesh." Intimacy is the opposite of 'aloneness'. God said, "It is not good for man to be alone." Something deep within man cries out for the companionship of a woman, and the woman has a similar desire for intimacy with a man. Marriage is designed to satisfy that deep search for intimacy.

But this intimacy is not simply the joining of two bodies in a sexual experience. It is the joining of two souls in the deepest possible way. Intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically we join our lives together. This intimacy grows with each passing day, if we take time to talk and listen; pray together, and seek God's guidance.

The Friendship of Marriage  
The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes said, "Two are better than one...If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!" Everyone needs a friend. The marriage relationship is seen in the Bible as a friendship. Husbands and wives are designed to complement each other. When the man is weak, his wife is strong; when she stumbles, he is there to pick her up.

Life is easier when two hearts and minds are committed to working together to face the challenges of the day. One of the great joys of marriage is helping your spouse accomplish a project that is meaningful to them. We use our skills to help each other. We also give emotional support when one is hurting. Yes, two are better than one.

The Glory of Marriage
"Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together" Psalm 34:3. One young man used this verse to propose marriage to his girlfriend. I like that. From a biblical perspective, the purpose of life is not to accomplish our own objectives. The purpose of life is to know God and to bring glory and honor to His name. For most people, marriage enhances the possibility of achieving this objective.

Yet, in the pressure of daily life we often get more concerned about paying the bills, mowing the grass, and getting clothes for the children than we do about bringing glory to God. However, these very things, if done "as unto the Lord" do honor God. As you serve your family, you are serving God.

 
Adapted from The Four Seasons of Marriage by Dr. Gary Chapman.


How to Really Love Your Adult Child: Building a Healthy Relationship in a Changing World by Dr. Gary Chapman and  Dr. Ross Campbell

More than 10 years after Parenting Your Adult Child was published, much has changed - including young adults themselves, as well as their parents. Economic upheavals, challenges to traditional values and beliefs, the phenomenon of over-involved "helicopter parenting" - all make relating to grown children more difficult than ever. Yet at the same time, being a parent of an adult child can bring great rewards. This revised and updated version of Dr. Gary Chapman's and Dr. Ross Campbell's message will help today's parents explore how to really love their adult child in today's changing world. The book includes brief sidebars from parents of adult children and adult children themselves with their own stories. An online study guide will also be available.







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Relationships Love Language ~ JESUS Enters Jerusalem ~ Holy Week ~ Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

Relationships Love Language ~ JESUS Enters Jerusalem ~ Holy Week ~ Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet
Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet ~ Last Supper. The Passover with the Disciples. Institution of the Lord’s Supper. Judas to Betray Jesus. Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22 ESV. Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet. ....12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you....John 13:1-20 ESV.Christ Reasoning with Peter, by Giotto di Bondone (Cappella Scrovegni a Padova).

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