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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fundamental Attitudes for a Lasting Relationship

Marriage for Lovers & Aspirers
Fundamental Attitudes for a Lasting Relationship
 April 7, 2013
Memory Verse: Romans 15:7 (NIV) Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

TEXT: Ephesians 5:22–33

1.   Have a Solid Spiritual Conviction about the Place of God in your marriage.

Matthew 6:33; Psalm 127:1; Mark 10:9

 “A magnificent marriage begins not with knowing one another but with knowing God. In him we have the foundation and resources necessary to love one another.”-- Gary and Betsy Ricucci

“Knowing God gives us the creativity to be romantic; it gives us the grace to lead and follow. Faith toward God sustains, instructs and motivates us.”-- Gary and Betsy Ricucci

“I have never been given to envy, save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily. It’s an art I have never seemed to master. My record? Five marriages, five divorces. In short--five failures.”-- Billionaire J. Paul Getty

Matthew 5:32; Malachi 2:16

2.   Be Confident in God’s Sustenance of your marriage.

Philippians 1:6; Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 31:6; Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Joshua 24:15; 1 Timothy 5:8; Ephesians 5:23–25; Ephesians 5:28–29; Colossians 3:19; John 15:13;1 John 3:16–18; 1 John 4:21; Ephesians 5:26–27; Romans 15:7

“If the husband makes Christ’s love for the church the pattern for loving his wife, then he will love her sacrificially “-- Warren W. Wiersbe

“In the marriage ceremony, the husband is set apart to belong to the wife, and the wife is set apart to belong to the husband. Any interference with this God-given arrangement is sin.” -- Warren Wiersbe

3.   Be committed to everything that makes the relationship to thrive
Hebrews 13:4; Amos 3:3; Genesis 2:24