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Advent Hope: Staying Afloat In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling
Christian History Sampler: Martin Luther on Marriage According to Martin Luther: Marriage is the God-appointed and legitimate union of man and woman in the hope of having children or... the purpose of avoiding fornication and sin and living to the glory of God. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Martin Luther Marriage in the Fellowship of the Faithful Adult Sunday School lesson / Study guide about marriage as a calling to ministry for some. Liturgical elements and discussion questions included. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Marriage Enrichment Sunday Brandon A. Boyd develops a service around the desire to strengthen and support married congregants. He provides many resources including questions themed around marriage, worship themes, Sunday school class ideas, and advice for marriage. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Brandon A. Boyd Marriage Enrichment Sunday In this commentary Forrest Elliott Harris, Sr. laments the decline of strong marriages in the black church, and sees Hebrews 13:4 as a call to fidelity and wholeness in sexuality and love in marriage. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Forrest Elliott Harris, Sr. Marriage the Divine Ideal God has an ideal understanding of what marriage is supposed to be. It's not meant to be temporary or to include divorce. It is a serious binding contract. John R. Gunn reminds us of its importance. Resource type: Article Source: Day1 Author: John R. Gunn Marriage Helps Us Understand Our Union with God This exegesis of Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 96:1-10, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, and John 2:1-11 demonstrates that marriage, as a common element of our experience, is one of the most important ways of understanding our union with Christ. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The Athenaeum of Ohio - Exegesis Author: Terrance Callan
Marriage Enrichment Sunday This sermon starter and commentary on 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for planning a Marriage Enrichment Sunday. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Lazetta Rainey Braxton Marriage and Divorce Frances Wade's sermon on Mark 10:1-12 takes seriously Jesus' teaching that God intends for marriage to be permanent, and the realities of human life that sometimes lead to troubled marriages and to divorce. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Francis H. Wade Marriage in the Fellowship of the Faithful In this article, John Thompson discusses marriage as a vocation. The couple share a friendship through which they develop the virtues they need to become Christ’s faithful disciples and build up the church body. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: John Thompson Marriage: Defined by the State or Religion? Rebecca Koerselman presents a brief history of varying attitudes towards marriage between the church and the state and calls for civil discourse on the subject within the church today. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Rebecca Koerselman Marriage Enrichment in Your Church This is a description of a program available to churches called "Marriage Enrichment." The program is for couples who want to "make good marriages better." The article includes some helpful "do's" and "don't's" for its implementation.... Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Full Text Hymns on Marriage Lord, Today Bless This New Marriage©
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Marriage Enrichment Sunday This worship planning resource is for a Marriage Enrichment Sunday. This collection includes worship planning notes, suggestions, songs, and a liturgy for a Marriage Enrichment Sunday service. Resource type: Service Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: W. Patrick Alston, Sr. Marriage and Family Ministry Starts in Our Own Homes This article encourages clergy and laypersons to put limits on and boundaries around their work/ministry. The imposition of such limits will help clergy, laypersons, and congregations foster healthy marriages, families, persons, and churches. Resource type: Article Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Jane P. Ives Marriage as Ministry (Part One) Why do so many Christian marriages end in divorce? Reflecting on Genesis 2-3, Efrem Smith invites Christians to rethink marriage. Covenant marriage is about the advancement of God's kingdom on earth. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Efrem Smith Marriage as Ministry (Part Two) Do you go into marriage to get your individual needs met? Efrem Smith explains how Christians should understand marriage. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Efrem Smith Marriage, Martyrdom and Resurrection Preaching from 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 and Luke 20:27-38, Richard Finn meditates on the hope of resurrection in martyrdom, and how marriage and celibacy both point us toward the risen life of God's Kingdom. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Torch Author: Richard Finn Marriage and the Art of our Mortality In this article, Kae Evensen expresses her glum-leaning attitude toward presiding at weddings. Just as hope buoys up the season of Lent, however, Evensen finds hope in the Spirit’s work within marriages. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Kae Evensen Marriage Enrichment Sunday This lectionary commentary is for a Marriage Enrichment worship service. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly exegetes 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and provides biblical suggestions meant to enrich marriages in a congregation. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Anne E. Streaty Wimberly Discerning Marriage as Natural Vocation This Catholic article explores the “spousal meaning of the body,” the "gift of self" to others, applying the vocation of marriage to both persons called to marriage or celibacy. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Bryce Sibley
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