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Before You Say I Do - After You Say I Do (10 of 12)
Series: GROWING PAINS
1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Introduction: Always Finding Fault
An elderly man lay in a hospital with his wife of 55 years sitting at his bedside. "Is that you, Ethel, at my side again?" he whispered.
"Yes, dear," she answered.
He softly said to her, "Remember years ago when I was in the Veteran's Hospital? You were with me then. You were with me when we lost everything in a fire. And Ethel, when we were poor--you stuck with me then too."
The man sighed and said, "I tell you, Ethel, you are bad luck."
[Our Daily Bread (1-18-00)]
Percentage of newlyweds who, before the wedding, doubted they were marrying the right person: 41
Percentage who, six months into the marriage, believed their unions might not last: 51
Percentage who rated their marriages as happy: 91
[Survey of 346 newlyweds by Samuel Parker, a New York psychiatrist; reported in U.S. News and World Report, 5/30/88. Leadership, Vol. 10, no. 2.]
Chapter 7 is living proof of just how relevant the Word of God is to our daily life. The entire subject matter deals with the most basic of human relationships, marriage. As a pastor I have experienced both the joy and sadness of dealing with people when it comes to marriage. Unfortunately most of the people who get married today spend more time planning the wedding than they do planning for marriage. Let's just see what Paul said to the believers at Corinth and see how it applies to our lives today.
INTRODUCTORY MATTERS REGARDING MARRIAGE
I once heard of a woman who woke her husband in the middle of the night, and said, "Henry, wake up. I just had this terrible nightmare. I dreamed I was at an auction for husbands. One husband brought $10,000 and others sold for sums in the millions."
That's all it took to get him awake. He asked, "Well, Honey, what were husbands like me bringing?"
She said, "That's what was so disgusting. T ...
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