A Prayer Prompted by Mark 10

Dear heavenly Father,

We acknowledge that we are sinful people who live in the midst of a sinful nation. Particularly in the areas of marriage and sexuality we have so distorted your desires for us that there is no way left for us to untie the knots.

Please forgive us, please transform us and please help us to make right whatever we can.

Help us to rely fully on the sacrifice of Jesus to cleanse us of our sin.

Help us to exercise a childlike faith and trust in you.

Like the blind beggar Bartimaeus, we really are helpless and have nothing at all to lose – except perhaps our sin and shame.

Therefore, we submit fully to Jesus as our Savior, Messiah and Lord.

In Christ,

Amen.

Matthew 19 Verse by Verse

Matt photoJesus answers a question about divorce by explaining God’s design for marriage.  He also highlights the importance of children and points out the flaw in the rich young man’s religion.

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A Prayer Prompted by Matthew 19

Heavenly Father,

Our lives belong to you.  Help us to trust you completely as obedient children.

If there is anything standing in the way of our complete commitment, we ask you to reveal it to us so that we can serve you with all that we have and all that we are.

We admit that we have ignored your instructions for marriage as you intended it. We have made marriage more about our personal wishes than your perfect will.  Again, since we belong to you, help us to serve you, whether married or single, with contentment and with willing hearts.

In the end we see that eternal life is nothing more, nothing less and nothing other than life given to us as a gift from you and to be lived completely for you.  Make us people whose lives reveal that to the world.

In Christ,

Amen.

A Shared Origin: The Story of Creation – Genesis 1-2

Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
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The Bible’s creation story reminds us that we are all connected.

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A Shared Origin Gen 1-2.mp3

 

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A Profound Mystery – Ephesians 5:22-33

ephesus-grand-theatre - from Ephesus BreezeA Profound Mystery
Ephesians 5:22-33

Marriage is a sacred covenant, charged with a sacred mission – to represent Christ and his church.

 

 

Ephesians 5.22-33.pdf           Ephesians 5.22-33.mp3