The Need To Lead

A sermon excerpt, given by Pastor Ted on May 10, 2015. Watch the full sermon here.

Men’s Retreat To-Do List…For Women

1. Take advantage of not having to prepare a “real’ meal and let the kids choose from any cereal they want for dinner. Why should Dad be the “fun parent” all the time?

 

2. Pray for your man to encounter God in a real life-giving way.

 

3. Stay up late “pinning” till your heart’s content with no guilt attached to the way you are using your late-night hours.

 

4. Pray for the speakers at the retreat.

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When Marital Intimacy Is Opposed, Fight Back!

Modern day marriages frequently fail. The tragic truth is, a marriage doesn’t have to end in a divorce to be deemed a failure.

A husband and wife who have abandoned the art of communication find themselves living in indifferent silence. This is not biblical.

An independent-natured wife, glorying in autonomy, doesn’t think twice about making major household decisions without consulting her husband. This is not biblical.

A self-absorbed husband immediately rushes to the TV after a long day at work, preferring entertainment to the effort of giving his wife affection. This is not biblical.

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The 5 Love Languages

Ever feel unloved, in spite of what your spouse regards are valiant attempts to show you affection? Does your husband or wife ever complain that you’re emotionally distant, yet you’ve been striving to demonstrate your devotion in ways that make sense to you? The likely reason for these crossed wires is that you are both communicating in different “love languages.” Dr. Gary Chapman’s life-changing book, The 5 Love Languages, enlightens how we meet each other’s deepest emotional needs, positing there are five principal love languages, or, ways to communicate and feel love.

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Choose A Christ-Centered Marriage

When you’re disenchanted with your marriage, the intimate husband-wife relationship you once celebrated is deteriorating, and marital bliss has proven an elusive cliché, disappointment reigns. Stripped of the illusion that marriage is easy and love is painless, it’s tempting to succumb to self-absorbed inaction. You may be asking, “Why should I be the first one to reach out?” Perhaps strained communication with your husband or wife has your confidence faltering. Or maybe your spouse’s callous inattention to your feelings has driven you to shield yourself with a haughty indifference. Realize this: Satan wants you to feel powerless to salvage your marriage.

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