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Love Again | If Only I’d Known | Quench Your Thirst

But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. John 4:14   She shifted uneasily and her water pail clanked against the stone well. Never thirst again? Was He crazy? He didn’t seem crazy, this tall, tanned Jew who shouldn’t even be seen talking with someone like her. He’d asked her…
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Love Again | If Only I’d Known | Respect Your Husband

 …and the wife must respect her husband.  Ephesians 5:33   Rod carefully unwrapped his birthday gift from his wife, anticipating a surprise. When the paper fell away, he was surprised all right. And confused. Inside the bright pink box was an entire wardrobe for a Barbie doll. He looked up, puzzled. Anna was watching him…
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Love Again | If Only I’d Known | Love Your Wife

…each man must love his wife as he loves himself…  Ephesians 5:33   Ted studied his reflection in the bathroom mirror and a slow smile spread across his unshaven face. He posed like Atlas and flexed his flabby biceps. Still got it, he thought. Fifty never looked so good. He turned sideways, but quickly looked…
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Love Again | If Only I’d Known | Love Defined

We know what love is…Jesus gave his life for us. This is why we must give our lives for each other. 1 John 3:16   From chick flicks to country songs to soap operas, love is a popular topic. But the word “love” has been hijacked by a culture without Christ and redefined to mean tolerance,…
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Love Again | If Only I’d Known | Foundation of Marriage

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit… Husbands, love… Ephesians 5:21-25 God’s instructions about marriage don’t start with husband and wife. They begin with a blanket statement that applies to everyone. Verse 21 is the foundation upon which specific instructions are built. “Submit to one another out of reverence to Christ.”…
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Love Again | Begin Again | Covenant of Marriage

A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Ephesians 5:31   Our world has completely lost sight of what marriage was intended to be. Somewhere between Adam and Eve and Adam and Steve, marriage became a matter of paper instead of purpose. What…
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Love Again | Begin Again | Prayer

“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”  Mark 11:25   Prayer is popular. Most people say that they pray, even those who have no idea who they are praying to. In ancient cultures, people prayed to wood…
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Love Again | Begin Again | Repentance

Repent and do the things you did at first. Revelation 2:5   These are Jesus’ words to His bride, the church at Ephesus. At one time they had been passionate about serving Him. They were the megachurch of the region, sending pastors and missionaries to other parts of the world. But as the years went…
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Love Again | Begin Again | Forgive as the Lord

…forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13   “I’ll never forgive him.” “If you knew how she’s treated me, you’d understand why I can’t forgive her.” Wounds. Scars. Bruises on the heart. We’ve all got them. It’s impossible to navigate through life without someone hurting us.…
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Love Again | Begin Again | Harmonious Marriages

Or how can you say…”‘Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? Matt. 7:4   Pat waved a hand-written list in front of his pastor. “There. You can see for yourself what she’s doing. Fifteen years I’ve been putting up with this and I’ve about…
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