Our Prayer List:
- We extend our sympathy to Bev and the family of Phil Baker.
- Janet Frazier is recovering after having shoulder surgery Thursday.
- Nancy (Roy & Esther Beard’s daughter) has had her cancer return.
- Dale Welch was scheduled to return home this week after a stay in a nursing facility.
- Don Blackwell and his wife Sheri had an ATV accident. Don is currently paralyzed from the waist down. Sheri will be wearing a brace for a period of time.
- Phillip VanWinkle went to the hospital last week with back pain. Tumors were found in his lungs, liver, lymph nodes stomach and spine.
- Louise Burk (Jack’s mother) is in Cox Hospital with health issues.
Jim & Irene Haden, Chet McHaffie, Betty Stull, Hazel Lawson, Kenny Goins, Ina Bird, Donna Todd, Donna Pfister, Jamie McPherson, Dorothy Demith & Mary Harris.
Remember These Individuals In Your Prayers
Reminder – Fair Haven Pantry Items this week are applesauce and pie filling.
If you are interested in going to Green Valley Bible Camp the week of June 9, please see Rachel McElroy for more information.
The teacher sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board for the new period which starts the first week in June.
The Monthly Potluck Dinner is scheduled after the evening service today. We will celebrate May Birthdays/Anniversaries.
Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts.
If you don't control what you think,
you can't control what you do.
Simply, self-discipline enables you
to think first and act afterward.
Dying Wedding Vows
Remember when, “honor and obey,” was a standard part of wedding vows? Then, the feminist movement said, “No way will I vow to obey my husband!” Today, you rarely hear a couple using this worthy vow to recognize and accept the roles/relationships God established in marriage (Genesis 2:22-24; 3:16; Ephesians 5:22-24; 1 Peter 3:17).
Now, “till death do us part,” is also being rejected. More and more couples are opting for such preemptive phrases as, “for as long as our love shall last,” “until our time together is over,” and “for as long as our marriage shall serve the greatest good.” The rationale offered is, “Don’t make a promise you can’t keep.”
When a husband and wife do not honor marriage for what God intends it to be, a life-long union, they lay the foundation for marital failure. Add to that a distorted and selfish definition of love, and you have a recipe for trouble (Hebrews 13:4; Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Ephesians 5:25-31; Titus 2:4). To vow “as long as love shall last,” implies the person has no say in the matter; that somehow love decides when “it” will leave a marriage. No, love is a conscious decision of the heart that acts toward its object in good ways, (in this case, the husband toward his wife, and vice versa). If love does not last it is because one or both parties decided to no longer love their partner.
We should also note that wedding vows mean something; they are solemn commitments to bind oneself to another and to fulfill the obligations of a husband or wife. One such obligation is to honor the permanency of marriage. When marriage is not viewed as, “till death do us part,” it becomes increasingly easy to end it rather than solving the problem (with love). Vows must not be lightly made nor conveniently broken (Proverbs 20:25; Ecclesiastes 5:4-5). God says marriage is “till death do us part,” regardless of the world’s changing attitude toward it (Matthew 19:4-6; Malachi 2:14-16).
Joe R. Price