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Sunday, July  16, 2017
 
Me, You & Us: Connecting as One!
 
“Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion for the adversary to speak reproachfully” (Matthew 19:4-5, I Timothy 5:14) “And he will turn the hearts of
 fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and
strike the land with a curse… Fathers provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (
Malachi 4:6, Ephesians 6:4)
Marriage and family are under attack! They have always been under attack! Church rhetoric often blames others. Current data and the Biblical record show that marriages suffer by the choices of those married. Selfishness, disrespect, bad communication, anger, indifference, materialism, unfaithfulness, poor parenting, etc., erode the bond of matrimony. Future generations grow up disillusioned by marital failure. Satan entices the dissatisfied and exploits the disillusioned. Both are tempted by alternative life styles of heterosexual and homosexual sin; such as “friends with benefits, casual sex, same
sex, bisexuality, cohabiting, etc.” Consider: “Two-parent households are on the decline in the United Stated as divorce, remarriage and cohabitation are on the rise. Families are smaller now, due to the growth of single-parent households and Americans are having fewer children. Circumstances surrounding parenthood have changed. Today, 62% of children live with two married parents–-an all-time low. Some 15% are living with parents in a remarriage, and 7% are living with parents who are cohabiting. Conversely, the share of children living with one parent stands at 26%.” (Pew Research, 2015) Attacking failures and alternatives by carnal means of harsh religious rhetoric
and political power, is not the gospel. John Newton wrote, “I endeavored to renounce society, that I might avoid temptation. But it was a poor religion; so far as it prevailed, only tended to make me gloomy, stupid, unsociable and useless.” We should speak and live the truth in love. Let us speak eloquently and live gracefully God’s kingdom of human relationships and sexuality! May Spirit-filled hearts live covenant love intimately and faithfully in marriage. May heartfelt joy, peace and delight be known. When mates and children have difficult times, may grace, apologies, forgiveness and unconditional love be known. Thursday, Gary Johnson will speak about “Me, You & Us:
Connecting as One!” Pray and Invite!

                                                                                                                                                   Randy Davis