Dating, Before and After Marriage Relationships That Work, part 1Wildwind Community Church David K. I mean, that’s terrible – that’s less than one percent for every year you’ve been married! Brent and Linda, a relationship might work out between you guys, but the chance is very small. Now a successful relationship is possible, but you both have to work on it. I want to talk to you about relationships in the coming weeks. Then it’ll be marriage, then parenting, then work, then a break for Father’s Day, and then we’ll wrap up the series discussing our relationships in and with the church.Flowers May 20, 2007I Googled the word “love” this week. Wes and Kim Ellis, you only scored 14% - half of what Mike and Susie scored. The site cautions you, “Do not sit back and think that it will all work out fine, because it might not be working out the way you wanted it to.” Be afraid. Now the one that really came very hard for me was my own dear parents, Chuck and Nina Flowers. Scott and Elise Mc Cullough came in at a respectable 69%. I have entitled today’s sermon Dating – Before and After Marriage. Usually in a series like this we cover dating on its own, then we “move on” to cover marriage, etc.In some countries various organizations produce courses for babysitters, many focusing on child safety and first aid appropriate for infants and children; these classes or courses can be provided at local hospitals and schools.These educational programs can equip the babysitter with information to keep both the children being cared for, and the sitter themselves, safe in various scenarios.
You’d think after more than 40 years together they’d have figured that out. (Unfortunately this is how some think of sex too, and we’ll address that later this morning!
Principle #1 – Honor God as the author of your lives. In everything we do, in every attitude, every decision, we must honor God as the author of our lives. Psalms 1-16 (NIV)13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
Married couples, many of you stopped dating a long time ago, and need to get at it again!
So you don’t get off the hook with our dating sermon this morning just by virtue of being married!