Our Prayer List:
- Charlotte Ziebarth is home continuing recovery from her second treatment.
- Janet Frazier is scheduled for surgery on April 2.
- Janice Luttrull has been diagnosed with and is being treated for bladder cancer.
- Dale Welch had surgery to remove a blockage from one of the arteries in his neck. He is recovering at home.
Others To Remember:
Jim & Irene Haden, Chet McHaffie, Ina Bird, Betty Stull, Nancy Wiggins, Kenny Goins, Pat Jones, & Sandy Bumgardner.
Reminder – Fair Haven Pantry Items this week are soups & Spam.
Our Spring Gospel Meeting is scheduled for May 10 to 14, with Caleb Colley.
Our ladies are planning a Ladies Day at the building on Saturday, May 9.
Good News! Eden McElroy was baptized this week. Eden, we are very proud of you and are here to support you.
The church has ordered and received individual packaged supplies for the Lord’s Supper. If you will e-mail Sherry Spencer with a number that you need she will bag these for you and place them on their porch for your pickup.
Ted will have a lesson this Sunday on the church’s website that you will be able to listen to. The address for our website is spartachurchofchrist.com. The lesson will also be available on the church's Facebook page.
“The difference between an ordinary marriage and an extraordinary marriage is in giving just a little ‘extra’ every day, as often as possible, for as long as we both shall live.”
Marriage: If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield and protect it at all costs. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements of the world and other people. You don't make it common or ordinary. It becomes special because you have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by.
The Key to Better Marriages
If we want to have good marriages, we must not do anything out of selfish ambition or conceit. Selfish ambition is politicking to put one's self forward as important and worthy. Conceit is parading one's own greatness. Remember, love is neither puffed up, nor does it parade itself (I Corinthians 13:4).
Further, the text said, "In lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself." Whether husband or wife, we must view our spouse as the most important part of our marriage. Instead of being all up in arms about whether or not our spouse honors us, we need to honor our spouse as worth more than ourselves. We need to roll out the red carpet, placing our spouse on a pedestal.
That will lead to the final exhortation Paul made, saying, "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Too much of our time in marriage is spent accomplishing our own interests. If we are going to have to have good marriages, we have to put our own desires aside and view ourselves as instruments to accomplish our spouse's desires.
Giving up selfishness in marriage is not easy. Allow me to illustrate: I remember counseling a young man regarding selfishness in his marriage. I explained that one of three things would happen. Either (1) he would sin by getting divorced, (2) he would remain in the marriage and be miserable, or (3) he would give up his selfishness, serve his wife and have a happy marriage.
His response was, "Where is the possibility for a good marriage?" I was a little confused at first, but then realized the problem. It is a problem we all have to some degree. This young man was so accustomed to looking out for self that he could not imagine happiness coming from letting go of serving himself. He could only fathom some kind of manipulative approach whereby he decided to play the martyr.
No, that is not what this is all about. What this is about is learning that happiness does not come from serving self. Happiness in marriage comes when we truly want to serve our spouse. True happiness in marriage comes when we learn to be happy by making our spouse happy. We made a commitment before God to our spouse; and no one else. Sometimes we forget this commitment and put others before our spouse. This is always wrong! When we keep the commitment we made to our spouse and our marriage will be strong. Let's work for better marriages!
Edwin L. Crozier