2 Minute Devo: Ecclesiastes Day 3

September is all about diving into the book of Ecclesiastes.  Watch the devo and read the scripture for today:

 

Ecclesiastes 1:16-18

I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.

18 For in much wisdom is much vexation,
    and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

A Weak Marriage

Weak Marriage

This weekend I head into, perhaps, my favorite sermon series of the year.  Our annual marriage series kicks off at Kalamazoo First Assembly of God this Sunday at 10.  Our theme: “Best _________ Ever”.

Best_Ever Instagram

I believe marriage is a beautiful picture of the God-head.  In my opinion, part of the misunderstandings people have about God comes from the breakdown of marriage.  The more we can pour into marriages, the greater picture of God we can paint.  As a pastor, I’m determined to deal with marriage annually and pour into the health of our families.

There’s no such thing as a good marriage and a bad marriage.  There are only two types of marriages:

  1. Those that work on their marriage.
  2. Those that don’t. 

Anne and I have resolved, when it comes to our marriage, it’s never a finished product. We’re never set.  Building a healthy marriage is never done. And we CANNOT afford to ignore opportunities to build it.  To not grow our marriage, is to coast towards death.

And we’re not having it.

Why don’t people get help? Why don’t people show up to a marriage series?

Here’s some of the excuses Anne and I come across:

  • You feel you don’t need help.
  • You feel your marriage sucks and is too far gone.
  • You don’t want to hear what’s wrong with your marriage.
  • You already moved on from your spouse and found someone else.
  • You don’t want your marriage to work because it’s “too much work” and “it’s easier to start over.”
  • You’re afraid that God is gonna ask you to forgive your spouse.  You like being bitter and having something to hold over your spouses head.
  • You can’t forgive yourself and, therefore, have no hope.
  • You have someone speaking into your life that is feeding you what you want to hear instead of what you need to hear.
  • You’re content with where you are at.
  • Your frigid and don’t want anything to lead to intimacy.
  • You drifted apart and love the single life in your marriage.
  • You miss being single and, therefore, don’t want to work on the marriage.
  • You don’t know what to do and feel there’s no answer.
  • You think your wife’s job to build the marriage.
  • You think your spouse is blowing the issues in your marriage out of proportion and, therefore, you don’t need help.
  • You think it’s all your spouse’s fault.
  • (Fill in your excuse)

Let me speak something simple into you that I speak into a lot of couples:

It is not weakness to ask for help.  It’s weakness to NOT ask for help.  

To not pursue opportunities to get help, no matter where you are at in your relationship, is to position yourself to coast towards relational death.  Get help!  Do you have a healthy marriage?  Get help.  I’ve never met an athlete that thought to himself/herself, “I’ve got good upper body strength.  I’ll ignore that and move on to other things.”  No.  That athlete will continue to workout the upper body while putting focus on the other areas that need greater attention.

Now is the time to get motivated for your marriage.  Don’t give up.  Don’t toss in the towel. Don’t back down.  Don’t lose heart.  Don’t build a weak marriage in solitude.  Foster a strong marriage in community where you and your spouse are consistently being poured into.

No matter where you are in your marriage, GET SOME HELP! Start praying together. Read what the Bible says about marriage. Start reading books on marriage (I highly recommend “The 5 Love Languages”).  Go to a workshop. Read a blog. Go to periodic marriage counseling (not sure why we think we should only go to a counselor if things are bad…why can’t we go for a “check-up?).  Join us THIS SUNDAY at KFirst. Get some help and watch the Lord do some turn around and take what was weak and make it perfect in His strength (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Hopefully we’ll see you on Sunday!

Thanks for letting me ramble.

2 Minute Devo Series: Book of Matthew Day 7

Welcome to our 2 Minute Devos.  This month we’re going through the Book of Matthew.  Take the time to read through the passage of the day and listen to the 2 Minute Devo.

Matthew 7:1-11

English Standard Version (ESV)

Judging Others

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Ask, and It Will Be Given

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

2 Minute Devos: Crash – Day 21

Welcome to “Crash”…every day:

Glorify God.
Pray over the daily prayer point.
Pray for the lost.
Today’s Scripture: Luke 18:35-43

As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Crash Prayer Card 4

 

2 Minute Marriage Devo: “I don’t know what to do” #marriage

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June is our journey through some scripture selections on the topic of Marriage.  I want to invite you to join me. It’s as simple as looking at the blog and reading the passage for the day.  Today’s passage is James 1:5:

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.