PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
November 14, 2018
When I counsel a couple about to get married, I generally ask them to read and study several Bible passages together. One of those texts I have them read is Ephesians 5:21-33. Almost without exception, either the “groom-to-be or the bride-to-be” object to the word “submit.” The word only appears in v. 21. It is then implied in the next two paragraphs. So, when we read in v. 22, “Wives, submit to your husbands . . . “that verb “submit,” isn’t actually in the sentence. It is understood from v. 21.
Likewise, when we get to v. 25, the same verb, “submit,” applies from v. 21. In essence, here is what the Bible is saying: Men and women are to line themselves up under their spouses in order to make the marriage work. Each one is to give up his/her rights and look out for the best interests of their spouse. Frankly, when we do this, marriage will work well. Line yourself up on top of or refuse to give up your rights, and the marriage will not work well.
Why? Because giving up our rights is an essential part of meeting each other’s needs. Mutual submission is one of the keys to a great marriage.
This weekend, Kim and I will be attending a “Weekend to Remember” event sponsored by FamilyLife Today. We have been planning for this event since last February. Therefore, Larry Roberts will be preaching in my absence once again. Thank you so much, Larry!! Kim and I covet your prayers as we embark on this adventure to strengthen our marriage. And, I know Larry would appreciate your prayers as he proclaims God’s Word this Sunday! May God strengthen us all, as we seek His face in all of our lives!
Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child
Good News. Great Joy.
National Collection Week is THIS WEEK:
Nov 12–19, 2018
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Larry Roberts will speak in Glen’s absence. His sermon is titled, “The Evidence of Adoption,” based on Revelations 3:1-6 & 1 Peter 1:13-16. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor immediately following worship! Over the next several weeks we are studying chapter 5-7 which look at topics important to the church today, particularly sexual immorality and principles of marriage. Come join the discussion.
Housing Help (Note from Roland & Faylene Beard) - We are selling our house beneath us and need a room to write curriculum, sleep, and keep what is not in storage from middle December to our departure to the Philippines in middle January. We won't be there all the time, but need a local anchor place. If you are able to help please contact them at: (434) 981-3642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate Collins Middle School - There is an urgent need for healthy, non-perishable snacks (fruit cups, nabs, breakfast bars, etc) for students in need at Kate Collins Middle School. Please contact Cindy Roberts or bring your donations to church this Sunday!
Annual Cookie Exchange - The Hope Community Church Women’s Ministry team invites you to join us for some fun and fellowship…Sunday, December 2 at 3pm at Cindy Roberts’ home (16 Crystal Springs Rd, Fishersville). Bring a few dozen cookies (with a recipe card and a story if you have it!), a finger food to share and a friend as well! One dozen cookies will go to local first responders and one will be to share with the group. We’ll also have door prizes so don't miss out on all the fun! Call Marty Porter at (540) 471-2619, if you have any questions.