Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matthew 19:6.
The marriage vow … links the destinies of the two individuals with bonds which nought but the hand of death should sever.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus declared plainly that there could be no dissolution of the marriage tie, except for unfaithfulness to the marriage vow. “Every one,” He said, “that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.” Matthew 5:32, R.V….
Jesus pointed His hearers back to the marriage institution as ordained at creation…. Then marriage and the Sabbath had their origin, twin institutions for the glory of God in the benefit of humanity. Then, as the Creator joined the hands of the holy pair in wedlock, … He enunciated the law of marriage for all the children of Adam to the close of time. That which the Eternal Father Himself had pronounced good was the law of highest blessing and development for man. Like every other one of God’s good gifts entrusted to the keeping of humanity, marriage has been perverted by sin; but it is the purpose of the gospel to restore its purity and beauty.
Men and women, at the beginning of married life, should reconsecrate themselves to God….
Where the Spirit of God reigns, there will be no talk of unsuitability in the marriage relation.
Though difficulties, perplexities, and discouragements may arise, let neither husband nor wife harbor the thought that their union is a mistake or a disappointment. Determine to be all that it is possible to be to each other. Continue the early attentions. In every way encourage each other in fighting the battles of life. Study to advance the happiness of each other. Let there be mutual love, mutual forbearance. Then marriage, instead of being the end of love, will be as it were the very beginning of love.
The Faith I Live By p. 253
Prayer Requests
—-Please pray for my grandson Solomon. It looks like he will be going to prison for 4 years. He had a horrible upbringing being passed from one hippie family to another since very small and living in a drug culture and Wiccan religion. He had his right arm stabbed multiple times not too long ago and he almost died with the infection from it but thank God he lived. His Mom doesn’t care about him nor do any of the hippies that raised him. He really needs prayer for
conversion mercy and forgiveness and safety. He is right handed and he cannot defend himself because his right arm is basically useless. He also has had a hit put out on him by some big drug cartel. He really needs urgent prayer. Connie
—-We are taking our aunt to ______ for a doctor’s appointment. Please pray for our traveling mercies. The roads will be crowded. Jean
—-Please pray for my husband who is having Sabbath troubles at work. Jacqueline
—-Pray for God’s leading and guiding in my family. Buck
Dear Friends,
As we read the headlines of shootings, devastating fires, and other happenings on the news, as we hear of the trials of friends or acquaintances, we realize that this world has nothing to offer. Even those who are successful by today’s standards live lives full of problems, sin, and fear that they will become the victim of crime or lose their fortune. In this sinful, old world, there are no guarantees. In this sinful, old world, there is no safety, no security, nothing on which to rely.
How much we need the continuous care of our Great Creator. How much we need His constant presence and protection. Truly our greatest need, our only need is Jesus. Only in Him can we find true joy, true happiness, true peace of mind. Our Dear Saviour tenderly watches over us, leading us, guiding us, giving us just what we need in order mold us into His likeness. “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.” Psa 103:8-18
How our Great Redeemer longs for us to trust Him. How He greatly desires for us to walk in harmony with Him moment by moment, day by day. He loves us with an everlasting love. He draws us to Himself by His great lovingkindness. (Jer 31:3) He assures us, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Isa 49:15,16
Peter bids us, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith.” 1 Pet 5:6-9
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb 4:16 Let our prayer, our plea be *I need Thee every hour, Most gracious Lord, No other voice like Thine Can peace afford. I need Thee, O I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee! O bless me now, my Saviour I come to Thee. I need Thee every hour, Stay Thou near by; Temptations lose their power When Thou art nigh. I need Thee, O I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee! O bless me now, my Saviour I come to Thee. I need Thee every hour, In joy or pain; come quickly, and abide, Or life is vain. I need Thee, O I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee! O bless me now, my Saviour I come to Thee. I need Thee every hour, Teach me Thy will, And Thy rich promises In me fulfill. I need Thee, O I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee! O bless me now, my Saviour I come to Thee.

*I Need Thee Every Hour by Annie S. Hawks

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