Anniversary (4 of 4) by Kerry Shook

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Anniversary (4 of 4)
Series: Home Movies - Making Life's Moments Memorable
Kerry Shook
Revelation 2:4-5

"You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first."
Rev. 2:4-5 (NIV)

The Five Gifts That Rekindle Romance

1. ATTENTION
"Live together in love as though you had only one mind and one spirit between you ... Look to each other's interests, not merely your own." - Phil. 2:2-4 (Ph/NEB)

2. AFFIRMATION
"Give encouragement to each other and keep strengthening each other." -1 Thess. 5:11 (JB)
"... take delight in honoring each other." -Rom. 12:1 (LB)

3. AFFECTION
"Husbands, ... be affectionate!" -Eph. 5:19 (Amp)
"The love a man gives his wife is the extending of his love for himself to enfold her." -Eph. 5:28 (Ph)
"Isaac was sporting with Rebekkah his wife." -Gen. 26:8 (KJV)

4. ADVENTURE
"Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love ..." -Eccl. 9:9 (NIV)
"... God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. -1 Tim. 6:17 (NIV)
"Jesus came enjoying life ..." -Matt. 11:19 (Ph)

5. ACCORDANCE
"If we are living in the light of God's presence ... then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other ..." -1 John 1:7 (LB)

GOD IS THE GREAT ROMANCER

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We are continuing the series we are calling Home Movies.

I heard this week about a couple who are having terrible marriage problems, so they went to the marriage counselor and the counselor asked them, "Well could you tell me when all of these disagreements began?" And the wife said, "Yes. It all started when he wanted to be in the wedding pictures."

Now, most relationship problems don't start that quickly. Most marriage start out great, but then something happens. I recently saw this letter to Dear Abby. It says, Abby, do all marriages go stale after five years? Ours has. My husband and I don't seem to have much to talk about anymore. We used to talk about our kids, ...


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