Marriage

Sabbatical Summary

Over the past two months, I’ve had the privilege to enjoy a sabbatical from my regular routine of pastoral service. As I reflect, I must answer the question…was it worthwhile? My exuberant answer is absolutely “YES!” I’ve gained a profound appreciation of the truth that LIFE IS REWARDING AND JOYFUL when it’s lived IN GOD’S WAY! My goal these past two months was primarily to practice what I preach when it comes to living out loving...

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Fall in Love

There’s a fairy tale notion of love that we just “fall in love” when we meet the right person. If we find Mr. or Mrs. Right, then the result of such falling in love is living happily ever after. Not so. True love is based on a decision to invest in another person. Yes, it’s great to start with someone that you find attractive for various areas of common interest or outer beauty. But, for that relationship to grow and...

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Marriage Proclaims God’s Foolish Way for Justification

This past Tuesday I led an opening devotion for a regional gathering of pastors. I shared thoughts that were well received and decided to repeat some of it here. The conference theme was that God’s way of justification by grace through faith in our crucified Savior, Jesus, is foolishness in our current culture. Along those lines, I noted how marriage is a perfect illustration of this. God’s way for marriage is a way of sacrifice and...

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Stewardship of Marriage

I just read an excellent article on a topic dear to my heart…the stewardship of marriage. It is the latest StewardCAST article from LCMS Stewardship Ministry. Link to it by clicking HERE. This article contains some excellent points. As I’ve also said before, “…stewardship is not so much about what is done, but rather the identity of the one doing it.” And, since our identity comes from the God who made us...

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Created Male & Female

Created Male & Female is the title of an open letter released in the U.S. on Dec. 15, 2017 by twenty key religious leaders including two from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. I encourage you to read it HERE. You can also read further information about the involvement of the LCMS in the production and release of this letter in the LCMS’ Reporter Online HERE.  I fully support the points made in this letter as they fit perfectly...

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Marriage Seminar in Shipshewana 

Heather and I just returned from a wonderful weekend “Marriage in God’s Way” seminar we led for couples from St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen, IN. It was great to retreat in the charming town of Shipshewana. We enjoyed time away from the normal routine with our most precious gift on earth…our spouse. Most of all, we delighted in learning to put our “Thumb Up” to Jesus as our most important relationship....

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview