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Family Ties (5 of 11)
Series: Why on Earth Am I Here?
Pastor Jeff Schreve
First John 1:1-4
On Sunday morning we sing, “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” but on Monday morning we go AWOL. I'm trying so hard, my desire is to walk that walk every day, not just on Sunday morning. Another thing is this book, The Purpose Driven Life, has become quite a conversation piece. I have it here on my desk, and I've had many clients and friends in the last couple of weeks that have asked about it, and it has become a conversation piece to where it's given me an opportunity to share with them to have some in-depth discussion. And if they don't have the book, I give it to them. And, I think, so far I've gone through a carton of books and it's really been a neat opportunity to me. And I sure recommend going through this Bible study for everyone.
Now in 1985, in the singles department at Champion Forest Baptist Church, I saw the most beautiful woman, young woman, I'd ever seen in my life. Her name was Debbie. And I saw her, and I built up some courage over some time to ask her out on a date, and we went out on a date and we went out on more dates, and we fell in love. And we knew that after just a few months that we wanted to be married. We were so in love and we wanted to be married. And one of the things that is very, very important – it was important to me, it was important to her – is to talk about, “Okay, if we're going to be married now, how do you feel about children? What do you feel about a family? How do you feel about that?” And Debbie was and is an only child. And I came from a large family. I have two older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger sister. My parents were very good Catholics and we had a large family, and Debbie didn't have a large family. So we wanted to know where the other stood on children. And she said, “Well, I want children and I want to have more than one because I missed out growing up not having brothers and sisters.” And I said, “Well, I ...
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