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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
The Marriage at Cana This 17th century painting by Mattia Preti depicts the marriage at Cana as described in John 2:1-11, when Christ performed his first miracle, turning water into wine at the marriage feast. Resource type: Image | Source: nationalgallery.org.uk | Author: Mattia Preti 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 Love and Marriage In this article, John Gunn argues that for a marriage to be successful, two people don't just need romantic attraction. They must also be compatible and share a loyalty to the service of God. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: John R Gunn Adam, Eve and We Greg Carey reflects on Schearing and Ziegler’s book which takes an analytical look at the first couple's continuing influence in our culture. What do we learn about ourselves through our appeals to Adam and Eve? Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Greg Carey Renewing or Imperiling our Understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage? This catholic essay argues for the role of faith in the consent for marriage as important for understanding the place and role of consummation in the sacrament of marriage. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Lawrence J. Welch, Ph.D. Dear Cathy and Gale: Where Marriage is Founded Marriage is not rooted in our emotions, but rooted in Christ and his love for the church. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: John Timmer Marriage Teaches Us Love A short quote about how marriage is not the kingdom of God but that it teaches us what the kingdom is like. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Tim Stafford Marriage with a Mission Appropriate for a sermon/seminar on marriage, this illustration emphasizes/encourages building a life together with God as foundation and focus. A marriage with a mission is guided by the mission of God. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Kevin Miller Full Text Hymns on Marriage Lord, Today Bless This New Marriage©
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Marriage Enrichment Sunday Having a partner to share the abundant Christian life is a reason to celebrate. In this article, Lazetta Rainey Braxton offers a comment on 1 Corinthians 7:4 for Marriage Enrichment Sunday in the African American Lectionary. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The African American Lectionary | Author: Lazetta Rainey Braxton Delaying Sex Until Marriage Improves Relationships This sermon illustration shares the results of research showing that delaying sex until after marriage improves relationships, creating a sense of security and clarity between partners about exclusivity and a future. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: D. M. Busby Marriage Enrichment Sunday 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. Sexuality and Marriage Arthur Landwehr's sermon notes on Ephesians 5:21-33 reflect on sexuality and marriage based on God's agape love, equality in creation, and mutual submissiveness. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection | Author: Arthur Landwehr Marriage in the Fellowship of the Faithful "Marriage is a calling to ministry for some Christians that is realized within and for the whole church." Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: John Thompson Three Qualities of a Strong Marriage Based on Psalm 45, Dave Peterson reflects on God’s supremely high view of marriage. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Dave Peterson
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