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Wedding Bells are Ringing (2 of 2)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Well .. again .. if you enjoy a good love story .. then you're going to like the 24th chapter of Genesis. So take God's Word and turn with me to Genesis 24 as we pick up where we left off last time together as we consider one of the great love stories of the Bible: the love-story of Isaac and Rebekah.
Now I can hear some of you thinking, "I wish I had a love story …any love story. But instead .. here I am single .. lonely and frankly, I'm tired of looking. I don't know what else to do. I've tried it all .. including eharmony.com. Can I be single and be in God's will? Can I find fulfillment in being single?"
Listen again to what the Apostle Paul had to say about that in 1 Corinthians 7.7, "For I wish that all men were even as I myself … But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: it is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion."
Paul found it good for him NOT to be bound to a wife. Listen again to 1 Corinthians 7.32-33, "He who is unmarried cares for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But he who is married cares about the things of the world, how he may please his wife."
So .. can a person be saved, single and in the will of God? Absolutely. We mentioned last week Lottie Moon who NEVER married. She devoted: all of her energy .. all of her affection .. all of her devotion .. all of her attention to reaching and winning the Chinese people to Jesus.
Have you ever heard of Bill Wallace? He served as a medical missionary in Southern China for 15 years and died a martyr in 1951 at age 43. Bill Wallace never married.
In 1935 there was a young lady he took with him to Ridgecrest. Those who knew them anticipated them on day getting married. Sometime later .. the young lady told a friend that "Marriage was out of the question. It wou ...
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