by James Merritt

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Maintaining a Strong Foundation (4 of 8)
Series: Song of Solomon
James Merritt
Song of Solomon 1


1. There are two types of silence in a marriage. There is a sweet silence and a sour silence. There is a silence of comfort, familiarity, just enjoying being in one another's company that says, ''We don't even need to talk.'' That is not what we just witnessed. This was a sour silence. A silence born out of years of neglected communication. Even though this couple was sitting only a table a part, they as may well have been an ocean apart. As the old song goes, There is a wall between us It is not made of stone The more we are together The more we are alone [Tim - Put on powerpoint underneath pastor.]

2. What you saw is certainly not God's intention for marriage. It is His will for every marriage to be a happy union, not a civil war. Ecclesiastes 9:9 says, ''Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life.'' (Ecclesiastes 9:9)

Proverbs 5:18 says, ''Rejoice in the wife of your youth.'' (Proverbs 5:18)

3.God intention for marriage is that it be one long romantic cruise. Unfortunately, what God intended to be a cruise ship has turned into a battleship and it has taken a lot of shots lately and is rapidly taking on water. A study was released several years ago called, ''The State Of Our Union - The Social Health of Marriage in America''. It was produced by the National Marriage Project at Rutger's University and was conducted by two highly respected researchers, Dr. David Poenoe and Dr. Barbara Defoe Whitehead. They begin their report with this overview. ''Key social indicators suggest a substantial weakening of the institution of marriage. Americans have become less likely to marry. When they do marry, their marriages are less happy. Married couples faced a high likely hood of divorce.'' From that overview, they gave these specifics. * As a coup ...

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