by Ken Trivette

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Is Your Marriage Storm Proof? (1 of 3)
Series: Storm Proofing Your Marriage
Ken Trivette
Matthew 7:24-27
July 10, 2005

1. I recently saw an interview on TV of a British couple by the name of Percy and Florence Arrowsmith. On June 1, 2005 they celebrated their 80th anniversary. Percy was 105 and Florence was 100. They are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the world's longest marriage. They were married on June 1, 1925 in Hereford, England.

2. When asked what was the secret to their success in marriage Florence said, "If you've had a quarrel, you make it up –never be afraid to say sorry." She also said, "It is all about hard work. We have had our arguments but we work through them together. We always go to bed as friends and always make up before we go to sleep." When Percy was asked the secret to their marital success, his answer was, "Saying yes, dear."

3. Imagine celebrating 80 years of marriage. It is not everyday that you hear of couples celebrating their 80th anniversary (I guess living to be 100 and 105 may have something to do with it). When you consider that according to the U.S. Bureau of Census, couples getting married face roughly a 40-50% chance of divorcing in their lifetime, 80 years is quite an accomplishment and certainly worthy of commendation. How about your marriage? Do you have a strong and happy marriage? If you and your mate were to live to be 100 and 105, would you still be happily married?

4. Today I want to begin a three-week series that I am entitling How to Storm Proof Your Marriage. Here at Temple Baptist, we have designated the summer months as the Summer of the Family. The devil hates the family and will do everything to destroy it. As your pastor, I want to do all I can to help you have healthy and happy marriages. Therefore, I am taking this time during the summer to speak on the family. I want to help storm proof your marriage.

5. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave the parable of two hous ...

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