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What I Said "I Do" to

Our February Marriage Series

What I Said "I Do" to

February 24, 2019 • Aaron Young

If we're going to have the kind of marriages that God as our Heavenly Father intends for us to have, we have got to renew the way we view marriage and our spouses. God intended for us to be "one", to see each other as "one", to see the other as an extension of ourselves He created marriage to be a blessing and a gift, and it can only be that if we follow his instructions and guidelines. We need to be selfless and put the other's needs and interests ahead of our own. We need to be sacrificial. We need to lay down our lives. We need to train ourselves to have godly marriages. As husband and wife, we both need to actively pursue putting the other first. When we follow God's template, our marriages will get richer and richer, deeper and deeper, better and better, fuller and fuller. This is what God intended for you to mean when you said "I do!" So do you?

What I Said "I Do" to

February 17, 2019 • Aaron Young

What are God's plans and intentions for our marriages when it comes to physical intimacy between husband and wife? As the Creator of sex, God designed sex to be far more than just physical. God designed sex to be physical intimacy. It is about husband and wife becoming one physically as an expression of their one-ness mentally, emotionally, socially, relationally, etc. Unfortunately, the Thief has stolen this gift God has given us, and has used it to cause a lot of pain, harm and destruction. Sex is a lot like fire. In the right context it is beautiful, warming and beneficial. In the wrong context it can quickly become dangerous, all-consuming, and deadly. The question is who are we listening to? Who do we trust? Are we trusting the Thief who comes only to steal, kill & destroy, or are we trusting our Heavenly Father who wants to give us life, and life to the full? If you missed this message, I would encourage you to watch it or listen to it online. As parents, we need to have a proper understanding of God's plans for sex so that we can help our kids. If we are married, we may need to rethink how we view the subject so that we can move towards health in this area of our lives. If we aren't married, why should we wait to open this special gift until we are married?

What I Said "I Do" to

February 10, 2019 • Aaron Young

If you are married, what exactly did you say "I do" to, from God's perspective, when you got married? If you aren't married, but would like to be one day, what exactly does God want you to be saying "I do" to when you get married? If you aren't married and have no desire to be married, what does God desire for your family, friends & loved ones to mean when they say "I do"? As the Creator of marriage, what were God's original designs, plans & intentions for marriage? The reality is God gave marriage to us as a gift and blessing. Marriage was meant to benefit us, not hurt us. Unfortunately when we don't follow God's original plans, something which was created to be beautiful can often very quickly become ugly, painful, hurtful. We have to remember that God always wants the best for us. God's desire is to give us life, and life to the full. That means full life, abundant life, excessive life, more life, greater life in all aspects of life, including in our marriage. Unfortunately we also have an Enemy, the Thief who comes only to steal, kill and destroy. When you think about it this way, will we have marriages that overcome evil with good, or will our marriages be overcome by evil? If our marriages are going to overcome, we need to be "&" marriages where we see husband and wife as one. One body. One flesh. One substance. One. No longer two, but one. Not in competition with one another. Not adversaries and opponents each trying to get their way and prevail over the other. Not business partners or some other contractual relationship. Truly one, on the same team, fighting together as team-mates and soul-mates against the Enemy. This week, we were challenged to consider 3 hard questions: 1. Am I a blessing or a curse to my spouse? 2. Am I my spouse's team-mate or my spouse's opponent? 3. Do I have an "&" in my name. Take some time to evaluate yourself, not your spouse. How are you doing? What can you do to move in the direction of God's original plans, desires and intentions for your marriage?