From This Day Forward

Once in a while someone will ask me, "What's your favorite sermon series you've done?"  Typically, the answer is something like, "Actually, there's one coming up that I'm really excited about!  Let me tell you about..."

I tend to be constantly asking, "OK, God, what's next?"  I'm just wired that way.  So, while I may be teaching through the first chapter of the book of James, at the same time I'm digging deep into the parables of Jesus found in Mark 4.

For the past month, I've been studying what the Bible has to say about marriage.  It's quite a lot, by the way.  At Oaklawn Church of God we're starting a brand new teaching series this Sunday called From This Day Forward, and I am so pumped to get into this! 

According to most experts, the divorce rate in our culture is around 50%. We've heard that so often for so long, sometimes I think we don't even realize that... this is A LOT!  Actually, I recently found out that the neighborhood around our church has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. 

Friends, we need to work on our marriages!  We need to work on our attitude about marriage, and take to heart that when we make the wedding vows, we are making a commitment: to have and to hold, forsaking all others, from this day forward!

My goal over the next 5 weeks is to invest in those who hope to one day be married, by giving them some tools that will prepare to have a godly marriage!  Also, for those of us who are already married, we're going to make 5 commitments that I believe that if we will make (and keep!) will virtually fail-proof our marriages!  You may be skeptical of anything "fail-proof," but wouldn't you like better than a 50/50 chance of making it? 

Here's a heads up for those who check out my blog:  These 5 commitments come from Pastor Craig Groeschel of Lifechurch:  From This Day Forward, we commit to 1) Seek God, 2) Fight Fair, 3) Have Fun, 4) Stay Pure, and 5) Never Give Up!

Click here for a little video to prepare you: http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

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