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What is the ever-present enemy of any marriage?

“Self-centeredness is a havoc-wreaking problem in many marriages, and it is the ever-present enemy of every marriage.  It is the cancer in the center of a marriage when it begins, and it has to be dealt with.”

“Therefore, when facing any problem in marriage, the first thing you look for at the base of it is , in some measure, self-centeredness and an unwillingness to serve or minister to the other.”

(Tim Keller in The Meaning of Marriage, pp. 48, 51)

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What is one Biblical truth that Jesus considered of great importance the night before he died?

“The first place in the New Testament that discusses the work of the Spirit at length is in the gospel of John.  Jesus considered the teaching so important that he devoted much time to it on the night before he died.”

(The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller pp. 43)

The Shepherdless Path

The Shepherdless Path

Methuselah’s Birthday

Son:  “Dad, who is the oldest man in the Bible?”

Dad:  “Methuselah”

Son:  “How old was he?”

Dad:  “The Bible says he lived 969 years.”

Son: “I bet he liked that, because he got to celebrate lots of Birthdays!”

Does obedience to Christ ever seem unreasonable?

"Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men."

Jesus tells Peter in Luke 5, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  Peter fished for a living and he had been fishing all night with no success.  Peter initially protested.  I wonder if Peter thought to himself, “Doesn’t Jesus, the carpenter, know this is not a good time to fish?”  “I am so tired, not right now Jesus!”  Whatever Peter might have thought, he had a change of heart and said to Jesus, “But at your word I will let down the nets.”  Peter did what seemed  at first  to be unreasonable.    He initially opposed Jesus’ word, but then obeyed.  

Sometimes I can reason myself right off the path of obedience.  One minute I seem to be a humble shepherd, the next a wandering sheep.     I sometimes go my own way because I have my own good reasons!  To be sure, we should use our limited power of reason to make wise and informed decisions.   Our faith in Christ is indeed a reasonable faith, Peter himself said so (1 Peter 3:15).  Jesus commanded his followers to love God with all their mind, didn’t he (Mark 12:30)?  Yet, there are those times in my own life, more than I care to admit, that I reason myself right off the path of following Christ.  It seems to me, that Luke 5, among other lessons,  warns us about the limits of human reason and our experience and the blessings of obeying Christ’s commands.  Luke’s fish tale gives us good reasons to obey, don’t you think?

What is the mushy middle?

 

One Reason why a local church should have a body of elders.

Wolf in sheep clothing

Acts 20:29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. (ESV)