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Mick Dobra

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 7

Knights and Ladies,

"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
Mark 10:6-9 (Jesus quotes from Genesis 1:27, 2:24, and 5:2)

Jesus defines marriage. Something we seem to have trouble with today.

From the very beginning, before churches or governments, God created the man and woman in His image to compliment each other so that their union in marriage might reflect His image!

Are we making the investment in our marriages to ensure they won’t be torn apart? Are we making sure that Christ is the central figure in our marriages so that they reflect God’s image?

"The natural family, creation of God, is the fundamental human community, based on the life-long marriage between a man and a woman, in which new individuals are conceived, born and raised."- World Congress of Families. The Warsaw Declaration, 2007.

Sunday May 24, 2009 - Mark 15
Monday - Mark 16
Tuesday - Luke 1
Wednesday - Luke 2
Thursday - Luke 3
Friday - Luke 4
Saturday - Luke 5

“The real transforming work of marriage is the twenty-four-hours-aday, seven-days-a-week commitment. This is the crucible that grinds and shapes us into the character of Jesus Christ. Instead of getting up at 3:00 A.M. to begin prayer in a monastery, the question becomes, ‘Who will wake up when the baby's diaper needs changing?’

Any situation that calls me to confront my selfishness has enormous spiritual value, and I slowly began to understand that the real purpose of marriage may not be happiness as much as it is holiness. Not that God has anything against happiness, or that happiness and holiness are by nature mutually exclusive, but looking at marriage through the lens of holiness began to put it into an entirely new perspective for me.”
(Gary Thomas, “Sacred Marriage”)

“It is always best to drink at the well and not from the tank. You shall find that reading the Word of God for yourselves, reading it rather than notes upon it, is the surest way of growing in grace. Drink of the unadulterated milk of the Word of God, and not of the skim milk, or the milk and water of man's word." ("How to Read the Bible" a sermon by C. H. Spurgeon)

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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