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SIRI - Answers About Marriage (2 of 2)
Dr. Fred Lowery
Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:6; 1 Peter 3:8
If love is a dream, marriage is the alarm clock. I was walking through - in S. Carolina our church has a cemetery behind it and in the parsonage so I'd often walk by the cemetery on the way to the office and so I'm going through the cemetery and here's this man who is holding on to a tombstone saying, "Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?" So I got to him and I just walked up beside and him and just touched his shoulder and said, "May I help you?" and he said, "I'm OK." And I said, "A close relative?" He said, "No, my wife's first husband."
The newly married bride - the newly married husband said to his bride, "Why did God make you so beautiful and yet so stupid?" She said, Well he made me beautiful so you'd be attracted to me. He made me stupid so I'd be attracted to you."
One lady said I took my husband for better or worse but he's much worse than I took him for.
It was - a man got up about 4:00 in the morning. His wife woke up and realized he was out of the bed so she got worried about him so she went down stairs and he was sitting at the kitchen table and he's - he's just looking into space and she said, "Are you sick? Are you OK?" And he said, "OK, I'm just thinking". She said, "What are you thinking?" He said, "I was just thinking - you remember 20 years ago when your dad caught you and me in the back seat of the car making love?" And she kinda dropped her head and said, "Yeah, I remember." Do you remember when he out a shot gun in my face and said to me, you will marry my daughter or I will send you to prison for 20 years? She said, "Yeah, I remember." He said, "I was just thinking, today I would've been a free man!"
You know our world is in a - in a mess. You think about the condition of this world and the problems in Iran and Syrian and all over the world - look at the news and it just disturbs you as to what's gonna happen in this world but isn't it wonderful that we have the privilege to live in America where in a free country where every man can do exactly what his wife tells him to do. It's a great country.
Do you know why men die 6 years before their wives? They want to. They're tired. It was a tombstone - it said, "Bill Smith - he was married for 40 years and he was ready to die.
How many of you are struggling - how many of you have had at least one problem in the last 6 months - one hiccup - one bite in your marriage in the last 6 months - don't raise your hand yet - in the last 6 months? Second question - how many of you are married to that problem? You see, it's so easy to think it's the other person is the problem in the marriage - our marriage would be good if it weren't for you.
So, what we want to talk about this morning - we want to talk about the 4 Essentials of a Great Marriage - a marriage that will be good - marriage that will go the distance and these are ...
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