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SONG OF SOLOMON 2:15
MAY 21, 1995 A.M. SERVICE
SERIES: FAMILY MATTERS
A. OPENING ILLUSTRATION:
FROM WILLARD HARLEY: LOVE BUSTERS.
MARRIAGE IS LIKE A FISHING NET. EACH DAY A FISHERMAN CASTS A NET,
TAKES THE FISH CAUGHT IN THE NET, AND SELLS THEM AT THE MARKET.
IMAGINE TWO SUCH FISHERMEN. THE FIRST TAKES HIS FISH FROM THE NET
EVERY DAY BUT LETS DEBRIS ACCUMULATE. EVENTUALLY, SO MUCH DEBRIS
IS CAUGHT IN THE NET THAT IT BECOMES USELESS. THE FISHERMAN CAN
HARDLY CAST IT OUT OF THE BOAT, AND WHEN HE DOES, IT'S ALMOST
IMPOSSIBLE TO RETRIEVE. FINALLY, IN A FIT OF ANGER, HE CUTS THE NET
LOOSE AND GOES HOME WITHOUT IT. HE'S UNABLE TO SELL FISH AGAIN UNTIL
HE FINDS ANOTHER NET. THE SECOND FISHERMAN REMOVES DEBRIS EVERY
DAY, ALONG WITH THE FISH. EACH TIME HE CAST HIS NET, IT'S CLEAN AND
READY TO CATCH MORE FISH EFFICIENTLY. AS A RESULT HE SELLS ENOUGH
FISH TO SUPPORT HIMSELF AND HIS FAMILY. IN THIS PARABLE THE NET
REPRESENTS MARRIAGE, AND FISH ARE THE BENEFITS OF MARRIAGE. DEBRIS
IS THE WAY PEOPLE RUIN THEIR MARRIAGES WITH LOVE BUSTERS.
B. Last week we did the first part to this message.
1. We looked at things that sabotage a marriage.
2. Today we look at things that stress a marriage. These are the little things
that become big things with time. This is the debris that builds up in the
I. LACK OF COMMON VALUES.
A. VALUES ARE YOUR BASIC ASSUMPTION OF WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE.
1. Take a moment and list some of your values.
What is really important to you?
2. Our values are not always what we say they are. Real values are reflected
by our behavior.
ill. Want to know what is valuable to you? Where do you spend your time
and you ...
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