by Steve Jones

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The Bad Beginning (2 of 4)
Series: Imperfect Love
Steve Jones
Genesis 29

Introduction: A man from the east had always dreamed of owning a cattle ranch and had finally saved enough money to buy his dream spread in Wyoming. His best friend flew out to visit and asked, "So, what's the name of your ranch?" His buddy told him that he had a really hard time coming up with a name that he liked. He and his wife couldn't agree on what to call it so they settled on, "The Double R, Lazy L, Triple horseshoe, Bar-7, Lucky Diamond ranch." His friend was really impressed and then asked, "So where are all the cows?" To which the new rancher answered, "We had quite a few, but none of them survived the branding!"

It's hard to recover from a bad beginning in business. Likewise, it's hard to recover from a bad beginning in marriage. I'm in a sermon series on "imperfect love" because I think that phrase describes MOST of our love lives. Maybe not YOU, but most of us are not living the charmed lives of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. We're not "Brangelina". Truth be told, even "Brangelina" probably aren't living a charmed life either. In Hollywood, nothing is as it seems on the surface.

In this sermon series I just want to note that a lot of marriages struggle. If you have to "work hard" to just get along with that person you are not alone. I want you to know that.
ILLUSTRATION: A dietitian was addressing a large audience in Chicago: "The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks erode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. Vegetables can be disastrous to some and none of us realize the long term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have eaten or will eat it. Can anyone here tell me wh ...

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