Marriage Resources

March 9, 2011

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Dear Friends,

I have been having a lot of discussions about the issue of marriage over the last 2 months.

A good friend of mine asked me and Eastside to promote an upcoming marriage weekend in October that will be in Louisville, KY. Here is the link to that weekend with some additional information this is an excellent weekend. I would encourage you and your spouse to attend this weekend even if you have a healthy marriage. Be proactive and INVEST in your marriage.

Another friend has asked me to promote the event Laugh Your Way to A Better Marriage which will be held at First Baptist in Richmond, KY on March 18th and 19th. The cost is right and would be a great event to attend. Click here for more information. Once again be PROACTIVE in your marriage.

Finally, I came across an old blog entry by Perry Noble. Here is some of that original post:

Seven Verses To Look At Regarding Your Marriage!

Each morning for the next week read through Philippians 2:1-11 and pray two things…

Jesus, let me see the areas I fall short in serving my spouse…and

Jesus, let me see my spouse through your eyes.

Here are 7 more verses that can impact your marriage from the book of Philippians:

#1 – Philippians 1:27 – The first word is the one that gets me the most – “whatever!”  AND…please keep in mind that the Apostle Paul was in prison when he penned that verse.  If Paul can instruct us to keep a good attitude when he was in prison they surely we must strive to do the same…even if we are in a difficult marriage.

#2 – Philippians 2:14 – DANG…notice the word “everything” in this verse!  If we would simply submit to this instruction how much better would our marriages be?

#3 – Philippians 3:12-14 – Paul refused to allow the fact that he had fallen short of who he felt God was calling him to be…he was willing to continue the fight!  (Everyone is tempted to give up on their marriage at some point…but if we are followers of Jesus we should be willing to fight FOR it and not just in it!)

#4 – Philippians 3:16 – AHHH!  Most of the time we already know what we need to do and how we need to do it….we know it but struggle to apply it!

#5 – Philippians 4:5-7 – We should be gentle to all (including our spouse) and not be anxious…but rather present our requests to God, knowing that He wants for us to have a great marriage even more than we would actually like to have one.

#6 – Philippians 4:8 – How we think about our marriage (or future marriage) will definitely impact it…this verse is essential in reminding us to think the right thoughts.  (Also see II Corinthians 10:5)  We must fight the temptation to constantly think negative thoughts about our spouse and our marriage.

#7 – Philippians 4:13 – “Everything” means “Everything!”  Trust me…your messed up marriage situation CAN BE HEALED by Jesus.  He specializes in bringing dead things back to life!  In Christ our marriage CAN (and SHOULD) work out in order that Ephesians 3:20 should be true about them.

I am very grateful for a wonderful wife in Rosemary. She is a wonderful lady. I need help in loving her the way she deserves. Take a few moments this week and reflect on these verses and make an honest attempt at becoming PROACTIVE in your marriage.

Love and Peace,

Pastor VG

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