Better Together is a two-part marriage series featuring pastor couples Glenn and Angie Barteau and Roger and Julie Barrier. They discuss key relational values expressed in the Song of Solomon. Each couple speaks to issues relevant to husbands and wives seeking to bring excitement and joy back into their marriages.
Scripture: Isaiah 62:5, Philippians 1:3-5, Proverbs 5:18-19, Song of Solomon 1:3, Song of Solomon 4:1-4
The beautiful love poem of Solomon to his bride teaches much about the passion, permanence, power and procreative purpose of marriage. Marriage is a holy covenant based on sacrifice and cherishing one's spouse. Preached at Chase Oaks Church. Used by permission
Speaker: Jeff Jones
Scripture: Song of Solomon 8:4-7, Song of Solomon 8:13-14, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
Covenant marriage involves: personal commitment, public commitment, permanent commitment and private consummation. In Matthew 5, Jesus warns of the damage consumeristic sexuality has on our relationships with people and with God.The chaste show respect, reverence, patience and integrity. Preached at Reality Church, L.A. Used by permission.
Speaker: Tim Chaddick
Scripture: Matthew 5:27-37, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Genesis 2, Romans 8:31-39
I used to be an atheist. In my teenage years I didn’t believe in God. It all seemed rather strange to me and I saw no evidence for God, so I never gave him a serious thought. But later, after I came to Christ I discovered that God not only exists, but he is personable, approachable, and very real. In thinking about atheism it occurs to me that most atheists have never...
Author: Tom Terry
What if Jesus walked into your church office, applying for a staff position. Would He be welcomed? Would He be laughed out of the office? Would he be politely dismissed in favor of a flashier, more opportunistic pastor? David Murrow creates a tongue-in-cheek scenario about Christ’s mission and today’s church methodology. Very telling…. [CHURCH OFFICE SETTING. TWO MEN...
Author: David Murrow
Topic: Jesus Christ
Got any aches, pains and complaints? Anyone who served in World War II would say, “Sure. It cured everything!” The acronym APC was widely used in the middle of the twentieth century to identify a pain medicine. It was a combination of aspirin, phenacetin and caffeine. Sort of like Excedrin or Aleve today, APC was such a favorite analgesic and antipyretic (fever treatment) that...
Author: Leonard Sweet
Topic: Church and Culture
Proverbs 31 is a lyrical description of the unseen sacrifices a godly wife and mother makes for her family and her community. Leah was the unappreciated mother who needed affirmation
Scripture: Proverbs 31
Fighting fair as a couple will preserve your unity as a couple and deepen your love. Don't use words to wound. Re-frame your language away from judgment. Be compassionate and forgiving. Some practical tips: only one person at a time is allowed to get angry. A conflict can only last twenty minutes. Press pause on the problem and engage in a positive activity.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Acts 15:2, Ephesians 4:26-32
God made both men and women in His image with equal worth and value. He also made them distinctive-equally different, and gave them the responsibility of ruling over creation. Gender differences are a Divine Gift to enhance our lives. The unique differences between a husband and wife can either push them apart or draw them together in their marriage. God intended them to...
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:1-6
The concept of loving submission for the wife and gentle protection of the husband is discussed in Paul's letters. Why use this model? Because it deepens love and friendship between marriage partners and honors God.
Speaker: Mark Saunders
Scripture: Colossians 3:18-21, Galatians 5:22-26, Ephesians 5:22-24