A Higher Purpose

This week we continue our new series, I Do, by talking about what marriage is for. Knowing what marriage is (which we established a couple of weeks ago) is great, but knowing what God designed it to accomplish gives us a huge boost in terms of making sure we’re doing it right ourselves. Keep reading to learn the purpose of marriage and what you can do to see that realized in your own life.

A Higher Purpose

I have a little quiz for you this morning. I hope you studied. Some of you who were never very good test takers in school are already starting to get a bit nervous, aren’t you? There’s just one question to this test, though, so you can relax just a bit. Are you ready? What is this thing in my hand? No, that’s not a trick question. Yeah, it’s a hammer. Here’s a bonus question for extra credit: What is a hammer? (And no, saying it’s the thing in my hand is not the correct answer.) In answering that bonus question, you might be tempted to say something like, “A hammer is a tool used for driving nails into wood,” but that is not the correct answer. If you were thinking anything along those lines, no bonus points for you. “Wait a minute,” you might be wanting to protest, “That is what a hammer is!” No, that definition tells me what a hammer is for. I asked you simply what a hammer is. Two different things there. Now, had you stopped after the word “tool,” you would have been more correct, although not terribly specific. Had you wanted to be more specific, you could have said something like, “A hammer is a tool, often made of shaped steel, with a round, flat peen which is often set against a divided claw located at the end of a short shaft made of wood, steel, or some composite material and which serves as a handle.” That’s what a hammer is. See the difference? But, because our brains are wired for purpose and meaning, we often define things according to their intended purpose.

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Game On

This week we took a break from our series, Hard Sayings.  With our Vacation Bible School starting last night, we took a few minutes to get a preview of what the kids will be studying all week long.  When it comes to the task of advancing the kingdom of God in this world, our Lord does not leave us unequipped for the work.  He has provided us everything we need and then some.  Keep reading to learn how.

 

Game On

Well, this morning we are taking a brief break from our series, Hard Sayings, to talk about something else.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  First, I don’t know about you, but the past three weeks have been a bit bruising.  Not only that, but we’ve got some more challenging stuff in the weeks ahead of us.  Taking a bit of a breather will leave us refreshed and ready to engage further with some of the other hard things Jesus said.  There’s an even more pressing reason than that, though.  Tonight, begins our week-long marathon that is Vacation Bible School.  I’ve got to tell you: I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.  I love VBS.  It gives me a chance every year to be a big kid…not that I’m not a big kid for most of the rest of the year, it just gives me a better excuse.  This week I get the pleasure of teaching the Bible study lessons to some of the older kids.  There’s just something fun about engaging with these guys and helping them understand the life-changing teachings of Jesus.  As fun as the Bible study lessons are this year, though, most of you are not going to get to be in on the action.  So, I wanted to give you a sneak-peak at what the kids are going to be learning in the days ahead. Read the rest…