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My internet at home has been a problem since the internet provider’s optic cable has broken and been a problem for our area.  But it is fixed this morning hence the delayed post!

Beginning in 2016 I worked on a series titled “How Theology Shapes Marriage.”  Since posting the provincial outline I have added more to the series so I thought it might be good for this Sunday to share this updated table of contents.  The point of this series is to show that theology matter; and matter for marriage since it has implications for godliness in marriage.

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Rick Thomas. Help! My Marriage Has Grown Cold.  Leominster, England: Day One Publications, September 30th 2010.  64 pp.

5 out of 5

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If you married and your love for your spouse have grown cold this booklet is for you.  If you are a Pastor or a biblical counselor who is ministering to a couple whose love for each other has grown cold this is also a book for you; use it as a resource but also read it for your edification!

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Being Annoyed with your Spouse

Selected Scriptures

 

Establish the need: Have you ever noticed that what one finds as cute in one’s spouse can be in a few years something you find annoying in your spouse?  Have you thought about what God thinks about your annoyance with your spouse?

Purpose: Today we shall look at three points to help us with the problem of being annoyed with our spouse so that we would have the grace of God to deal with this problem.

  1. Being aware of the symptoms
  2. Biblically evaluate the things you find annoying
  3. Handling annoyance biblically

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This is a seven part series on God’s creation of marriage based upon His Word in Genesis 2.

Here are the links to the series:

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This is part 7 of a series of post on God’s creation of marriage based upon His Word in Genesis 2.

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For this series we will see 6 truths about marriage from Genesis 2 so that Christians who are married would live up to God’s design of marriage today and also for Christians who desire to marry to know what is their future roles in marriage.

Part 1 laid the foundation for the series and here in part six we want to look at the sixth truth we gleam from Genesis 2.

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This is part 5 of a series of post on God’s creation of marriage based upon His Word in Genesis 2.

For part 1 click here

For part 2 click here

For part 3 click here

For part 4 click here

For part 5 click here

For this series we will see 6 truths about marriage from Genesis 2 so that Christians who are married would live up to God’s design of marriage today and also for Christians who desire to marry to know what is their future roles in marriage.

Part 1 laid the foundation for the series and here in part six we want to look at the fifth truth we gleam from Genesis 2.

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This is part 5 of a series of post on God’s creation of marriage based upon His Word in Genesis 2.

For part 1 click here

For part 2 click here

For part 3 click here

For part 4 click here

For this series we will see 6 truths about marriage from Genesis 2 so that Christians who are married would live up to God’s design of marriage today and also for Christians who desire to marry to know what is their future roles in marriage.

Part 1 laid the foundation for the series and here in part five we want to look at the fourth truth we gleam from Genesis 2.

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Note: This is a scheduled post.  By the time you read this online I am away and might not have internet access where I’m at.  Feel free to share your comments though I would be delayed in responding.A short devotional with two quick questions.

First what part of us as a human person is involved with loving God?

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This is a guest review by Seth.  He is an online friend and his blog can be found at A Poor Wretch.  Check it out.

Several years ago, widespread corruption among the world’s biggest banks emerged out of conspiracy theory into breaking world news, revealing the long hidden secret that what are known as Libor rates had been illegally manipulated for decades. Libor rates significantly affect everything from mortgages to student loans. As banks falsely reported artificially low borrowing rates, these banks were implicated together in the theft of many billions of dollars from millions upon millions of people. The magnitude of corruption was especially historic, not only in an international sense, but spiritually speaking was representative of the volume and degree of mass-coordinated evil that exists in broad daylight, as well as a truly perfect example of mankind’s utter and desperate need of God’s grace to have hope of salvation from the idolatry of money.

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As I grow more in the Lord I discover the right motivation for obedience matters even more.

Actually wrong motivation for obedience can reveal a misunderstanding of the role of grace and works.  A wrong view of works can lead one to be arrogant and act like a Pharisee.

Here’s a witty ditty that keeps us remembering the right motivation for motivation:

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I’m taking a break for the remainder of the year from a series that I started in 2016 on how theology shapes marriage and will pick it up again in 2017 with my church’s couple’s meeting.  For now, here’s the outline for the series:

How does the biblical doctrines of demonology help us have a more godly marriage?

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If you follow us on our Facebook page and Twitter you no doubt know that every morning we share quotes from the theologian and apologist John Frame.

Here’s one quote from his book Doctrine of the Word of God:

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Obviously John Frame here is not saying every theologian makes this error of chopping the Scriptures; nor that just because one is a theologian it therefore means one will make that mistake.  Actually everyone is prone to making this blunder of “reporting” on segments of Scripture in isolation.

Which means we must watch ourselves even in how we read Scripture.

I’m going to go on a tangent from Frame’s book with this quote as a spring board to examine three practical examples of how people including myself can over-emphasize one aspect of Scripture over and against another:

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Establish the need: Why should we care about what the Bible say about demons in regards to marriages? When we know someone is out to destroy our marriage we would be very proactive to defend it; but did you know there are supernatural beings out to destroy your marriage?  Specifically they are led by the devil so the devil will be our focus for our present study.

Purpose: In this series we will explore how theology shapes marriage and here in our fifth session we shall consider the Bible’s teaching on the devil and how to resist Him in order to protect our marriage.

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Christian ought not to be lovers of money (1 Timothy 6:10).  But this challenge is harder than most think.

Then there is this prediction by Paul: “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,” (2 Timothy 3:1-2).  Given the times that we are living in how much do we need to be discerning to see if we are lovers of money!

Of course people can often deceive themselves.  So how do you know if you are a lover of money?  The following are four diagnostic questions.  I tried to make it flow with the acronym “SNAP:”

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Lou Priolo faithfulness review

Lou Priolo. Faithfulness: No More Excuses.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 30th, 2016. 48 pp.

This is an excellent resource on Christian living using biblical principles and God centered motivation.  I realize the term “faithfulness” can be rather broad and my only real critique of this book is that it might have been better titled “Responsibilities” or something along that line so readers understand right away what the book is about.  I totally enjoyed this book and found it immensely practical and helpful.  Even for those who would say they are quite responsible would benefit from this book as the beginning of this work made clear that the more one grows in responsibilities, the more one sees one’s shortcoming and need for grace for improvement.  With such an introduction I was compelled to read this all the way through.

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