Showing posts from January, 2013

Licensed to Marry

Recently I came close to getting hitched.For personal reasons, my then-fiancée and I talked about having a minister oversee a private exchange of wedding vows and later get the marriage license.Fortunately we didn’t follow through on that idea.Unresolved issues eventually surfaced that prompted me to cancel our marriage plans.Two cannot walk together unless they are agreed (Amos 3:3).
Years ago I knew a man who secretly exchanged vows with a woman and moved in with her but had a public wedding ceremony a few weeks later.Although that marriage lasted, similar unions haven’t.I knew a woman that “married” a man who quickly withdrew his affection after their exchange of vows.That relationship fell apart without them ever getting a marriage license.
Until the 16th Century, Christian churches accepted the validity of a marriage based on the couple’s declarations.Nowadays, a person’s word isn’t valued as much anymore. That’s why contracts are often necessary for certain agreements to be lega…

Your Daddy’s So Proud of You

People can have wrong perceptions of God because of a not-so-good relationship with their earthly father.A couple weeks ago, I attended a house meeting hosted by a minister friend.During a time of waiting on the Lord, my friend played on his stereo a song by Keith Ferrante called “Your Daddy’s So Proud”, which is meant to be a love song from Father God to His people.Another man at the meeting got upset because of the song and came close to walking out the door.Fortunately I convinced him to stay and spent time ministering to him.
This is not the first time that has happened.At another house meeting a few months earlier, this same man got offended after hearing “Your Daddy’s So Proud.”He claimed, “God doesn’t want us proud.Therefore, God shouldn’t be proud of us.”I replied by pointing out if our kids do well in school or accomplish something worthwhile, we would likely tell them, “I’m proud of you.”
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines pride as “feeling deep pleasure or satisfac…

A Matter of Trust

There’s a well-known story involving Dutch holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom (pictured here) about the power of forgiveness.Shortly after being freed from a Nazi concentration camp, Corrie spoke about her experience at a church in Munich, Germany.A former camp guard that Corrie recognized approached her, extended his hand, and asked for her forgiveness.Corrie struggled at first while she stood face-to-face with one of her former captors.Finally Corrie shook the man’s hand and in her own words, “I had never known God’s love so intensely, as I did then.”
A few days ago I experienced a forgiveness test at a revival meeting in the Minneapolis area.Around the time the preacher talked about forgiving others, I noticed a familiar looking man leaning up against the wall.It turned out to be my former best friend who I hadn’t seen in over a decade.“Stephen” betrayed me by getting into an adulterous relationship with my then-wife who had separated from me and subsequently filed for divorce.Immed…