Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! As we worshipped in song yesterday, we focused on how great our God is, that there is none like Him, and nothing and no one who can compare with our God. The message from Malachi 2 focused on us making our marriages a beautiful picture of Jesus and His church. God in the goodness of creation made marriage the first institution. Marriage God’s way is for one man to commit to one woman until death parts them. Sexual activity is only good when it is within the bounds of marriage and any sexual activity outside of marriage is a corruption of God’s good creation. We should do what we need to do to make our marriages all they should be. Spend quality and quantity time with each other simply nurturing our marriages and growing closer to our spouses. Guard our marriages, for Christ’s sake! Guard our thought life and our emotions, protecting ourselves from any relationship that would come between ourselves and our spouses. Guard what you put in your mind so the things you see and read will not be opening yourself up to temptations. Protect ourselves from any relationship, alliance, business agreement, Facebook friendship, or anything else that would harm our marriages. God wants to help us have wonderful marriages and He wants to help us make that happen. God also wants His church to be a place where marriages are strengthened, and married people are encouraged and help. Good marriages picture the love Jesus has for His bride, the people of God, the church. Marriages built on God’s truth and sustained by His selfless love bring much glory to Him and happiness to His people.
Sunday night, July 11, we are planning another get together picnic at 6:00 PM. Bring some food for your family and come and fellowship. We will have no agenda but to visit and fellowship with one another. Invite a friend who needs the Lord or a church home so they could get to know us. If there is inclement weather, our alternate date will be July 18.
Remember to keep praying continually for each other.
Love being your pastor,
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church