The story of the Bible, in one sentence

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A Walk Through the Bible

The story of the Bible, in one sentence, is: The salvation of man though Jesus Christ to the glory of God. That’s what the whole Bible is about.

We can divide the Bible history up into 15 periods. We looked at eight of those periods yesterday.

DIVIDED KINGDOM PERIOD:
King Solomon raised taxes on Israel in order to pay for his building projects. When Solomon died, his son, King Rehoboam increased those taxes, which led to the nation splitting. Ten tribes united in the north, called Israel or Ephraim (after the largest tribe), with their capital in Samaria.

Two tribes – Judah and Benjamin – remained in the south and formed their own nation of Judah. Their capital remained in Jerusalem, the city of David.

Eventually, because of idolatry (not one king in the north is described as following the ways of God), they were defeated by the Assyrian nation in 722 B. C. and led into captivity. The Assyrians moved non-Israelites into that land and they intermarried with Israelites which produced the Samaritans.

This history is covered in 1 & 2 Kings. The prophets who preached during this period of time are: Isaiah, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Jonah, and Micah.

JUDAH PERIOD:
After the northern tribes were carried into exile, the southern tribes remained alone for about 136 years before they, too, were carried into exile by another nation – Babylon. This happened in 586 B. C.

We read about this in 2 Kings as well as the parallel accounts in 2 Chronicles. The prophets who preached during this period of time are: Jeremiah (Lamentations), Obadiah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah.

CAPTIVITY PERIOD:
The prophet Jeremiah predicted that the Jews would stay in captivity in Babylon for 70 years. So, the next period of Bible history is the time Israel spent in captivity there in Babylon.

Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel preached during this period of time.

RESTORATION PERIOD:
God promised He would bring the Jews back home at the appropriate time and that period is called the period of restoration. It happened around 520-516 B. C. under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah.

This period is covered by the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther and the corresponding preachers are: Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

The story of Esther, in particular, takes place in Persia. Persia is the country that takes over the Babylonian Empire and their leader, Cyrus, allows the Israelites to go home.

INTER-TESTAMENTAL PERIOD:
There is a four-hundred year gap in-between the Old Testament and the New Testament. During this period of time, Persia falls to Philip of Macedon and his son, Alexander the Great and the Greek Empire and the Greek language and culture spreads throughout the Mediterranean world.

But then the Greeks are conquered and dominated by the Roman Empire and this empire ushers in the Pax Romana we’ve heard about in history. The Romans create paved roads; they spread laws throughout the land that helps create peace; and they devise a very efficient postal system. All of these points help create the ideal atmosphere in which God, the Father, will send His Son into the world to die for our sins.

In fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies in the Old Testament, Jesus comes into the world, to save man from his sins, to the glory of God.

LIFE OF CHRIST PERIOD:
Jesus lived for 30-33 years. Everything was in place for His coming: the people (Israel) were established; the law (of Moses) was given; and the land was available for their habitation (Palestine).

Jesus did what the Father wanted Him to do. Then, He died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead for our justification, and then ascended back to the Father.

THE CHURCH/KINGDOM PERIOD:
But Jesus promised to build His church (or kingdom as it was pictured in the OT) and that church/kingdom was established by the apostles on the Day of Pentecost, recorded in Acts 2. From that time until Jesus comes again, we are living in the age of the church/kingdom. There will not be another period following this one once Jesus comes again.

It is important to know Bible history so that we can see God working, have confidence in His message, and respond to Him in love and obedience.

–Paul Holland

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The story of the Bible, in one sentence

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A Walk Through the Bible

The story of the Bible, in one sentence, is: The salvation of man though Jesus Christ to the glory of God. That’s what the whole Bible is about.

We can divide the Bible history up into 15 periods, much like the face of the clock. When we understand this history, then we can see where each book of the Bible ties in with that history, where each book fits in.

ANTE-DILUVIAN PERIOD:
“Ante” means “before” and “diluvian” refers to the “deluge” or the flood of Noah. So, the first period of Bible history refers to the first eight chapters of Genesis.

This is the story of the “beginning,” the meaning of the name “Genesis.” It is the beginning of the universe, of man, of the family, of sin, of worship.

POST-DILUVIAN PERIOD:
This period is the immediate period just after the flood of Noah. Thus, it covers from chapters 9-11. It leads up to the call of Abraham.

PATRIARCHAL PERIOD:
The word “patriarch” is an old English word, based on two Greek words, that means the “rule of the father.” It refers to the period when God spoke directly to the fathers – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The word “patriarch” is a biblical word, being used 6 times in the NT.

The “patriarchal” period, in our survey, covers Genesis 11-45, and probably the book of Job.

EGYPTIAN PERIOD:
The next period of Bible history picks up with Jacob going down into Egypt. It was there that the Hebrews became persecuted and enslaved by the Egyptians. They stayed in Egypt for about 200 years or so when God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

This period covers Genesis 46 – Exodus 14. Also, this was when the “Hebrews” started being referred to as the “Israelites” as a body of people, although the name was given to Jacob when he wrestled with the angel back in Genesis 32.

At Mount Sinai, God formed this group of people into a nation and gave them a law – the Law of Moses. It was primarily to keep them monotheistic so they would not lose their faith in the one true God. So, God has created a people, and a law, to bring Jesus into the world.

WANDERINGS PERIOD:
The fifth period of Bible history is when the Israelites wander around in the wilderness for forty years. The specific occasion for that is found in Numbers 13 & 14. Moses sent spies into the land of Canaan to spy out the land. They came back to Moses and 10 out of the 12 spies did not believe they could take the land. So, God punished them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. God chose 40 years because the spies had been in Canaan for 40 days.

The “wanderings” period would cover the rest of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

CONQUEST PERIOD:
In order to fulfill God’s promise to Abraham to give his family some land, God led Joshua to lead the invasion of Canaan. This period is covered in the book of Joshua.

JUDGES PERIOD:
As the Israelites swarmed through the land and took possession of it, they did not drive out all of the unbelieving nations who lived there, as God had commanded them. So, these unbelieving nations caused spiritual problems for the Israelites.

“Judges” were not legal advisors as we use the term today. They were military leaders and some of them were spiritual leaders. The judges began “good:” Ehud, Gideon, and Deborah but with Jephthah, the judges started being more self-centered, culminating in Samson and civil war among the Israelite families.

Samuel was the last of the judges but he also anointed the first king of Israel.

UNITED KINGDOM PERIOD:
King Saul started out good and ended badly. King David was anointed next and he would be a good king even as he committed some major sins. David’s son, King Solomon, would be the last to rule and reign over a united nation of Israel.

Kings David & Solomon are dated around 1,000 B. C.

–Paul Holland

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Is there a trinity?

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The Godhead

We can learn much about the nature of God through reasoning from the world around us. The Scriptures also reveal that within this one nature, this one essence, this one God, there are three persons. Many people have a problem believing in the Tri-une nature of God because they cannot distinguish that from pagan mythology. But, all you have to do is reason through mythology to see that mythology is not the same as the Trinity.

Let me just use Greek mythology as a contrast since we’re somewhat familiar with Greek mythology. The principal Greek gods were the Olympians, residing on Mount Olympus, under the eye of Zeus. Then, you have Pan, Nymphs, Naiads, Dryads, Nereids, Satyrs, Erinyes.

Greek gods had physical but ideal bodies. They could be wounded, although only under special circumstances. Greek gods were immortal, but only by the use of nectar and ambrosia, which rejuvenated their blood.

Greek gods had a genealogy, different interests, a unique area of expertise, and their own personality. They were also limited to certain aspects of life. That’s why you have Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty; Ares, the god of war; Hades, the ruler of the underworld; Athena, the goddess of wisdom and courage.

That is how man develops his image of “god.” Obviously, man’s gods reflect man’s nature.

But the God of nature is not like that, as we have seen and reasoned. Additionally, the Bible reveals that there are, in fact, three persons that share in that divine, unique, absolute nature. We can define “person” as a being with: intellect, will, and feelings. The Bible reveals that each person in the Godhead has the attributes of deity and aspects of personality.

There is God the Father – John 6:27; Rom. 1:7; Gal. 1:1. There is God the Son (John 8:58; Romans 9:5). There is God the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). We see the Three interacting at the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:17) as well as in the authority for baptism (Matthew 28:19).

Practically speaking, the unity of all believers, all Christians, flows out of the unity of God’s essence – Eph. 4:3-6. If we will work, each of us, at being more like Christ, then we’ll have unity with each other.

The one God demands it.

–Paul Holland

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What Shall I Be? Colossians 4:2-6

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The theme verses for Colossians are 2:6-7. Paul writes, there, that we have been taught in Christ and we need to walk in Him. Therefore, we are to live a different life. Knowing that, then, What Shall I Be?

If I have learned Christ and I am baptized into Him and I am seeking the things that are above (3:1-2), here are a few more behaviors I will do:

I WILL BE A PERSON OF PRAYER & THANKSGIVING – 4:2:
There are only two commands, two imperatives in our passage: “Continue” (NKJV) and “Walk” (vs 5). These two commands, then, govern the subsequent thoughts and verses.

So, verse 2: “In prayer” (put first in the original language for emphasis), devote yourselves. This verb means “to persist obstinately in…, to continue to do something with intense effort, with the possible implication of [praying, p.h.] despite difficulty.”

We need to be people of prayer. And in all of your praying, Paul says, be sure you do not forget: “being vigilant” (a participle, showing that it occurs at the same time as the main verb) in your prayers with thanksgiving.

I WILL BE EVANGELISTIC – 4:3-4:
Verse 3 begins with a participle (not translated as a participle in some translations), which shows that it is part of the previous sentence. Paul’s sentence is: “Continue earnestly in prayer …praying also for us.”

But the point here is that Paul wants the Christians in Colossae to pray that God “would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.”

You and I need to be evangelistic.

I WILL BE WISE TOWARD OUTSIDERS – 4:5:
Connected with that point is verse 5. Again, in the original “in wisdom” is first in the sentence showing that Paul’s emphasis is on that point. “In wisdom” walk toward those who are outside. Here, he is referring to those who are “outside” the church, towards non-Christians.

One way we do that, Paul says, is to “redeem the time.” That is, “make the most of our opportunities.” If we see an opening to direct a conversation to the Bible or to Christ, to spiritual matters, take that opportunity.

You and I need to “think souls.” We need to be wise toward outsiders.

I WILL CONTROL MY TONGUE – 4:6:
I mentioned that the verb that begins verse 5, “walk,” also governs verse 6. There is no finite verb in verse 6 so “Walk” governs this verb as well. So, Paul is saying in verse 6, “In wisdom, walk… your words always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

First, your words should be with grace. Grace is “unmerited favor.” That means if someone does not deserve a kind, gentle answer, give them one anyway.

Second, let your words be seasoned with salt. Salt has the impact on food that makes it easier to eat; it gives it flavor. So, in your words with others, especially non-Christians, make your words easy to hear.

Be prayerful & thankful; be evangelistic and be wise toward non-Christians; control your tongue.

–Paul Holland

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How to show agape love

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Agape love between people

1. Romans 12:14-21 – READ
2. An article from a younger preacher.

1) God wants agape love to be practiced among men – it is be a “person to person” love.
2) In Eph. 5:25 Paul told husbands to “love” (agape) their wives.
3) Love (agape) is God’s plan for the human home.
4) 2 Kgs. 4:1 – READ
5) Beginning with verse 8 we have another example of agape love.
a) Verse 20 – READ
b) Verses 21-30 –READ
i) Numerous parents have a certain degree of love for their spouse or children.
ii) Blessed is the home were agape love is found and practiced.

AGAPE LOVE IN THE CHURCH.

i) 1 Pet. 2:17:
ii) “Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.”
2) The Bible says there is a “brotherhood.”
3) Peter said there is to be unconquerable good will towards one another.
4) We should want the best for fellow Christians in our local congregation as well as other congregations.
i) In 1 Cor 11:21 Paul said:
ii) “for in your eating each one taketh before (other) his own supper; and one is hungry, and another is drunken.”
5) After saying this the very next word in 1 Cor. 11:22 is “WHAT”?
6) How could the Corinthians possibly act as they did and have true love one another?
7) In Eph. 4:32 Paul said “be kind, tender hearted, forgiving one another.”
8) Loving the church (God’s people) is a consistent message we get from the Scriptures.

AGAPE LOVE FOR NEIGHBORS (MT. 1919) AS WELL AS OUR ENEMIES (LK. 6:27)..

i) Some of our neighbors may be people we really like and we desire to do what we can for them.
ii) Others may be people we do not like and perhaps look upon as an “enemy.”
2) At times it can be difficult to love a member of our physical or spiritual family.
3) The Lord said if we have true love, we will seek to show this love to our families and beyond.

4) Is there someone in our life we would like to see suffer or experience bad things?
5) Can we name on person that we lack agape love for?

6) If so, focus on this person. Pray for him or her. Try to do good things for him or her.
7) Work on changing hatred and perhaps anger into loving thoughts and actions.

8) God treats us in this way and if we want to follow and obey Him, this is what we need to do.

9) Agape love is one of the greatest things the world has ever seen. Are we practicing it?

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Muzzle the Lion Titus 1:10-16

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We have emphasized throughout our study of Timothy and Titus that sound (or “healthy”) teaching is imperative for Christians. Man cannot be saved by man’s doctrine. Man’s doctrine does not glorify God; it does not honor Christ. No one will be in heaven because he said, “I did what so-and-so told me to do.” Rather, man’s doctrine has no higher authority than the Devil himself, such that Paul would call false teaching, in 1 Timothy 4:1, the “doctrines of demons.”

Peter tells us that the Devil is a roaring lion prowling, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). The Devil works primarily by getting the word of God out of peoples’ lives and, thereby, out of their hearts. He “steals the seed,” to borrow imagery from the parable of the soils in Luke 8:12.

Not only is it the preacher’s job to preach the truth, not only is it the teacher’s job to teach the truth, but Paul will tell Titus here in Titus 1:10-16 that it is the elders’ job to muzzle that lion, to muzzle the mouths of false teachers.

Jesus is the Chief Shepherd and the Chief Guardian of our souls (1 Peter 2:25). But Jesus has appointed the body of elders to serve as His “under-shepherds” and “under-guardians” in the process of looking out for the souls of the flock of Jesus Christ. By following the qualifications put into writing by the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 3 and here in Titus 1, the Holy Spirit has chosen these men, by working through their appointment by the congregation over which they superintend, to feed the flock of Christ, the church of God, which Christ purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28).

The elders shepherd us by providing encouragement and counseling on a one-on-one basis. The elders shepherd us by providing numerous activities throughout the year that build us up and support our Christian growth. The elders shepherd us by providing learning opportunities for growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The elders want us to grow in our own love and appreciation for the Chief Shepherd.

That whole process of shepherding by teaching is the focus of this next section of Titus, 1:10-16. Verses 10-11 specifically say, “For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.”

So Paul writes these men must be “silenced.” Observe, first of all, the verb “must.” That shows the idea of a moral imperative. You cannot let false teaching destroy the body of Christ. The false teacher is accountable before God for what he teaches but elders are also accountable before God for what they allow to be taught.

Second, this verb “silenced” carries the idea of muzzling someone. Their mouths must be stopped because they are “upsetting whole families.” They were teaching things they “should” not. This word “should” is the same word translated “must” earlier in the verse. These men were teaching things they “must” not. How do you know what should and should not be taught? Is it in the Book? Book, chapter, verse?

Elders need to know the Book, defend the Book, and teach the Book. Support your elders in their efforts.

–Paul Holland

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Call of the Father Hosea 11:1-11

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Do you have a child who is not faithful to Christ? Maybe you have a son or daughter who was brought up in the church but they are no longer worshiping as they should. Satan has so many avenues through which he can deceive us into believing that what we are doing is godly when, in fact, it is not godly.

But, when our children become unfaithful, we learn from God to keep calling.

THE CALL OF THE FATHER – 11:1:
God is referring here to the time when God created Israel as a nation at mount Sinai. They had served for a few generations in the land of Egypt as slaves but God called them out, to mount Sinai.

Let your wayward child know that you want him/her to come home.

THE SINS OF THE SONS – 11:2:
Israel had moved away from the law God had given. It was not long after God called them out of Egypt and led them through the Red Sea on dry land until they made a golden calf and began worshipping it! From that point, Israel’s history is one long affair with one false god after another. That’s why Hosea uses the imagery of spiritual adultery so frequently.

Let your unfaithful child know that their lifestyle is not pleasing to God. You have to walk the line between saying too little and saying too much. Pray for wisdom in the matter.

THE BLESSINGS OF THE FATHER – 11:3-4:
Observe the statement, “they did not know that I healed them.” Ignorance was a large part of Israel’s problem.

Remind your child of the blessings you provided while they were growing and the blessings they miss outside of Christ.

THE DISCIPLINE OF THE SONS – 11:5-7:
Because of their rebellion, God would discipline them. Sometimes, you have to let a child hit rock bottom, the bottom of the barrel, before he or she will realize what they had before, what they are missing.

While you cannot discipline an adult child, you should not encourage or enable him/her to continue living a life of sin. If they choose to do that, let them do it without your support, financial or otherwise.

THE LOVE OF THE FATHER – 11:8-9:
But, nothing is as strong as the love a parent has for a child and nothing is stronger than the love God has for His children. Regardless how far away God’s children have wandered, God is willing to accept them back. God’s arms will remain stretched out to receive the prodigal son until the final trumpet will sound.

Remind your wayward child of your continued, unconditional love.

THE RETURN OF THE SONS – 11:10-11:
God knows that Israel will return. Some of the nation of Israel will be saved, one day, through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Pray your unfaithful child will return. Then be prepared for the unexpected.

God still calls the prodigal to come home. Be patient. God’s not finished working yet.

–Paul Holland

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You cannot live with only half a heart

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Half a Heart

Aiden Rodgers was born last year in Louisiana with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This malady effects about one in 6,000 births. The left part of the heart will underdevelop, which causes it to stop growing all together. Aiden’s parents sought help with the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

I am very thankful that God has allowed medical researchers to develop the ability to operate on such small children with the success they have. The parents certainly appreciate that blessing. Aiden was safe, as long as he was in his mother’s womb. It’s when he is born and the umbilical cord is cut and he has to start breathing on his own that trouble starts.

Up until recently, babies like Aiden would have died soon after birth. Aiden received his first surgery at four days old. He went home six weeks later. Could you imagine how stressful it would be on the parents over the next several weeks as you wondered what might happen? Young parents do not sleep well as it is.

Aiden had his second surgery at four months old and went home two weeks after that. He’ll have a third surgery between the ages of 2 and 3. What remarkable technology and skill God has allowed our surgeons to develop so they could bless Aiden with a chance at life.

You cannot live with only half a heart. And you cannot serve God effectively half-heartedly. The expression “whole heart” is used eight times in the NASV. Hezekiah prayed to God, for example, in 2 Kings 20:3: “Remember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart and have done what is good in Your sight” (cf. Isaiah 38:3).

David encouraged his son, Solomon, to “serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9). On that same occasion, the Israelites worshiped God and “made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart” (vs 9).

Under King Asa, the Israelites swore to live under the covenant of the Mosaic law “with their whole heart” (2 Chronicles 15:15). King Amaziah did right in the sight of the Lord, “yet not with a whole heart” (2 Chronicles 25:2).

God told Jeremiah (24:7) that once the Israelites returned from their 70-year exile in Babylon, they would serve the Lord, returning to Him “with their whole heart.”

The expression “whole heart” is actually found an additional dozen times in the ESV. David prays that God will “grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision” (1 Chronicles 29:19).

We are to “give thanks” with our whole heart (Psa. 9:1; 86:12; 111:1; 138:1). We should seek God with our “whole heart” (Psa. 119:2, 10). We should keep His commandments with our whole heart (Psa. 119:34, 69). We should pray with our whole heart (Psa. 119:145).

In the New Testament, we are encouraged to serve God, “not slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord” (Romans 12:11). Louw & Nida write that “fervent” in spirit is an idiom that means “to boil in the spirit, to show great eagerness toward something, to show enthusiasm, to commit oneself.”

So, serving the Lord with a “whole heart,” involves: focus, concentration, enthusiasm, intention, zeal. Serve the Lord with a whole heart and He will bless you with His whole heart.

–Paul Holland

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Why are Flamingos Pink?

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Just inside the Atlanta Zoo on the left is a huge pool with a large flock of pink flamingos gathered. Our family loves zoos and we’ve been to zoos in seven states. Flamingos are not found in every zoo but all of us know what they look like.

Most birds are colored based on their genetics. Flamingos are pink because of their diet. Their food consists mainly of algae, insect larvae, and crustaceans. This food contains natural pigments called carotenoids. Captive flamingos are fed Roxanthin, a natural red coloring agent or they are fed food like shrimp that are rich in carotenoids. Without the carotenoids, the pink coloring would eventually fade.

If you were to eat a steady diet of shrimp, carrots, and beets, maybe you would turn pink too!

In the case of flamingos, yes, they are what they eat! Or, at least, they reflect what they eat. The same thing is true with Christians. If we consume a steady diet of ungodly material – books, magazines, news, television programs, movies – it affects our thoughts, our attitudes, and our speech. What comes out of the mouth is what goes into the heart and mind. If we consume a steady diet of denominational material, it has the same effect. We start using non-biblical terminology, like “born-again Christian,” which have no basis in Scripture or is anti-scriptural.

But, Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh” (John 6:51). This context is not dealing with the Lord’s Supper. Jesus is telling us that we need to take Him into ourselves and make Him a part of who we are if we want to live forever.

Jesus makes it clear in verse 63 that it is His teaching that we must consume.

Because, you are what you eat.

–Paul Holland

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Free wedding ceremony

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THE WEDDING CEREMONY
(this is also available in a PDF file).

We have come together today to exchange pledges of love and faithfulness in the sight of God. This is an outward expression of your love for each other and your desire to please God in your commitment.

Jesus Christ reminded us that in the beginning, the Creator made us male and female, and said “For this cause, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.

God loved us – and He created us to love others. Our lives find completion only as we love and are loved in return. Together, we can become what we could never be separately. Marriage is of God.

___________________ Landis and ___________________ – you have come together today desiring to be united in a very sacred relationship.

___________________ (Last name), do you now, before God and these witnesses, promise to take ___________________ as your wife, to make a home where she will be loved and cared for as long as God grants her life?                 If so answer: “I do”

___________________ (Last Name), do you now, before God and these witnesses, promise to take ___________________ as your husband, to make a home where he will be loved and cared for as long as God grants him life?         If so answer: “I do”

(EXHORTATION)

The ceremony in which you come to be united is the 1st and oldest ceremony in the world, celebrated in the beginning in the presence of God Himself. Marriage is a gift of God, given to comfort the sorrows of life and magnify its joys.

Marriage is the clasping of hands,

the blending of hearts,

the union of 2 lives as one.

Your marriage must stand, not by the authority of the State, nor by the seal of your wedding certificate, but by the strength of your love and by the power of your faith in each other and in God.

You can have the kind of home your really desire if you recognize that God is the source of true romance and love and affection – these are His gifts. Build your home on a spiritual foundation. For, with God in your family, you will have everything that God created you to have…

If you have duly considered the commitment you are making today won’t you please make that known by joining hands.

___________________, will you repeat this vow to ___________________ after me:
“I ___________________, take you, ___________________, to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish until we are separated by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.”

___________________ will you repeat this vow to ___________________ after me:
“I ___________________, take you, ___________________, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish until we are separated by death; as God is my witness, I give you my promise.”

THE WORD OF GOD tells us what love is like and what love does: “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness but rejoices with the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.

Love never fails. (I Corinthians 13:4-8)

THE NEW TESTAMENT reveals that happiness comes from putting our spouses first, instead of ourselves: “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord… Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her… Let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respects her husband.” (From Ephesians 5)

___________________, will you pledge to be that kind of husband? (I will)

___________________, will you pledge to be that kind of wife? (I will)

(THE RINGS)

Having this kind of love in your hearts, you have chosen to exchange rings as the sign and seal of the vows you are making today. May I have the rings?…. In the Bible, a ring stood for authority. If one person gave their ring to another, it indicated that the person receiving the ring now had authority to speak for the other. In the giving of these rings, ___________________ and ___________________ are saying that they are now turning over their rights, and vowing to submit to the desires and goals of their partner. They are declaring that they are now “one person” each having authority to speak for the other.

The ring has also come to stand for an unbroken love. As a ring has no beginning and no end, so also, they desire that their love shall be for eternity.

 

___________________, will you take your ring and place it on the third finger of ___________________’s left hand, and repeat after me this promise:

“With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful & loving husband, as God is my witness.”

___________________, will you take your ring and place it on the third finger of ___________________’s left hand, and repeat after me this promise:

“With this ring, I seal my promise, to be your faithful & loving wife, as God is my witness.”

 PRAYER

(DECLARATION)

You have come before these witnesses – and before God – and you have expressed your desire to be husband and wife. You have shown your love and affection by joining hands, have made promises of faith and devotion, each to the other, & have sealed these promises by the giving of rings.

I therefore pronounce you husband and wife, May God bless you and keep you, and give you His peace. Amen.

 (JOIN HANDS) What God has joined together, let no man separate.

You may now kiss the bride.

I present now for the 1st time, Mr. & Mrs. ____________   ________________

Jeff Strite

 

 

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