marriage, Ministry, what I am working on right now

MARRIAGE MINISTRY EXPLAINED

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Marriage matters small group lastnight was especially great with a 52 inch screen watching Arizona’s Cardinals barely pull it off in HD.

WOW close one.

A student at Central Bible College had an assignment this past week and ask me to help him with it.

Here is his email to me.

Pastor Lummer, I am having to write a paper on how to have an effective ministry for married couples. Not only that, but I would like to gain some insight on the importance of having such a ministry and the pros/cons of having one.

I sent him our MARRIAGE MATTERS purpose statement and wanted to share it with you on this post.

Purpose. Marriage Ministry at Prescott First Assembly of God

This ministry lives to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit in obedience to the great commission of our Lord.
Objectives. The objectives of this organization shall include, but not be limited to the following:

Promoting God’s plan for marriage through teaching married couples what the Scriptures teach concerning Christian marriage;

Helping individuals to come to a personal, saving knowledge of and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, “teaching them to observe all things” that Christ commanded;

Betterment of marital and family communications;

Encouragement of couples and families to work toward the ideal in relationships set forth in the Holy Scripture;

Fostering of fellowship, witness, and deep interpersonal sharing in relationships as described in the New Testament;

Providing tools to couples and families for improving their relationship with each other and with God in Christ Jesus;

Gather into fellowship those who will respond and to nurture them.

The Final Test. Does this ministry to married couples work? does it give them a perspective in how life should and  can be lived in obedience to the Holy Spirit while still having a great time doing it.

Marriage is to be a blessing to God’s people, not a burden.

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family

EMPTY NEST

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2008 has brought many changes for Brenda and I.

I realized another one on this Monday morning just before leaving for the office.

It is a term I had heard of but not really experienced.

The term “EMPTY NEST” is a reality for us.

Here is a short list of things I have observed when it comes to the nest being empty.

“Top Ten Best Things About an Empty Nest”.

They are:

A weeks worth of garbage fits in a cute little bag.

Finding a parking spot in the driveway is easier.

Backing out of your driveway no longer requires a stunt driver.

Cereal boxes in the pantry contain cereal.

A gallon of milk lasts a week instead of a day.

Restaurant take-home-boxes are still in the fridge the next day.

If you fall asleep watching TV, the same channel is still on when you wake up

The cordless phone is in its cradle and charged.

The TV remote control is where you left it.

Clothing is once again optional inside the house.

Brenda and I were discussing the years of raising two awesome kids last night and how it is really does take a lot of effort to do it right.

We are really blessed and proud to have two amazing adult children that are welcome and encouraged to hang with us anytime they want.

But please give me a heads up some I can hide the remote.

 Everyday Bren and I pray Philippians 1:3 over our kidos.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you .”

 

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Ministry

LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS NEW SERIES

This Sunday we start our new series called; SHINE IN 09′.

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I love the passage of scriture in Psalm 110:3 that says, “Your people shal be volunteers in the day of your power.”

This will be a five week series on investing our lives in the church, the community and the world God has placed us.

One thing I know is that there is no way you can serve God in neutral.

The great thing about serving is that it forces us to get out of neutral and gets us to start living for God at our maximum potential. 

Serving is not necessarily about what we DO, but its more about what serviing DOES  to us.

Serving makes a better world and developes us into better people of faith.

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family, marriage

COFFEE AND CLARITY

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Yesterday we all had an opportunity to get a free coffee from Starbucks and clear up some confusion on a few definitions if you voted.

Proposition 102 defined marriage in its simplest form.

Marriage between one man and one woman. Can it get any simpler than that? Prop 102 simply secures the definition of marriage through an Arizona constitutional amendment.

Prop 102 is 20 simple and clear words that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Some people in our neighborhood where my church is located obviously did not agree with prop. 102. We had to replace the 5 x 7 sign at least 6 times from them tearing it down.

Yes, it was a hassle putting the sign back up …..but what do you expect from confused people.

Another interesting bit of info. is that the same kind of measure was passed even in California.

If you can change a definition of something you can change the direction and destiny until it loses its purpose.

So I say thanks to Starbucks for the coffee and thanks to Prop. 102 for the clarity.

http://www.yesformarriage.com/

I love this quote; “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.”  ~Ruth Bell Graham

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EMOTIONAL

I just had to post these pics of EMOTION on this blog.

All I can say is…..daughters grow up fast.

What a flood of emotions where running through me at this moment.

Really glad to have Jesse Quiroz riding shotgun for this wedding….he helped big time.

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halloween, ReForMation

ReForMation Day

ReForMation Day

Halloween, being the Eve of All Saints’ Day might have been an entirely appropriate day for Luther to post his 95 Theses against indulgences since the castle church would be open on All Saints’ Day specifically for people to view a large collection of relics. The viewing of these relics was said to promise a reduction in time in purgatory similar to that of the purchase of an indulgence. Dr. Luther may have been shrewd in his choice of that day to post his theses.

Amazing that most of Americans don’t know that today way a day in history that brought freedom from a hugh religious herecy.

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