Marriage: The Heaven of the Home! (1 of 4) by Steve Wagers

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Marriage: The Heaven of the Home! (1 of 4)
Series: Homeland Security
Steve N. Wagers
I Peter 3:1-7
February 13, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. How we are to Love Together!
A. The Beauty of a Heavenly Love!
B. The Bond of a Human Love!
2. How we are to Live Together!
A. Her Godly Obligation!
B. Her Golden Opportunity!
3. How we are to Last Together!
A. Physical Habitation!
B. Emotional Consideration!
C. Spiritual Participation!

o I think of a couple of actual Classified Ad's found in newspapers:

FOR SALE
Wedding dress. Never worn. Will trade for .38 caliber pistol.

FOR SALE BY OWNER
Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica. Excellent condition, $1000 or best offer, No longer needed. Got married last weekend. Wife knows everything.

o An old man asked a Wizard if he could remove a curse he had been living with for the last 40 years. The Wizard replies, "Maybe, but you'll have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you." The old man answered without hesitation, "I now pronounce you man and wife."

o One fellow said, "My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night. Only this time, I stayed in the bathroom and cried."

o Sadly, many people have discovered marriage to be less than they anticipated and fall short of their expectations. Yet, as I look at God's Word I find that marriage is depicted, defined, and described as one of the most edifying, satisfying, gratifying relationships that a human being can experience. Apart from a relationship with Christ, there is no other relationship in human existence that can be more enriching, enjoyable, and exciting as marriage.

o For the next few weeks I want us to take a look at God's plan for the home, with I have called "Homeland Security." There is nothing more near to the heart of God; yet, more hated by the devil than the sacred institution of the home.

o Thus, to begin a home, a man and woman must come together in the bond of marri ...


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