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Hebrews 13:4 — Honoring our marriages

When you look at the spiritual and moral landscape of the United States, Japan, and many other countries, it’s amazing to see how the concept of marriage has deteriorated. You don’t even need to dip into the idea of gay … Continue reading

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Ephesians 5:21-33 — Unity in marriage

I have never really thought of this before, but as I’ve been going through Ephesians, it seems to me that this passage is merely an extension of what Paul has been saying throughout.  That is, in Christ, the church has … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 11:2-16 — Authority and submission

This is one of the most difficult passages in scripture to try to interpret and apply.  Many people have done so in different ways in relation to head coverings in the church.  Some have said it’s still necessary today, but … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 7 — When it’s wise to put off marriage. When it’s wise not to.

For a variety of reasons, many people not only in Japan, but in America as well are putting off marriage until their late 20s and into their 30s. In some ways, that’s probably a good thing.  There was no way I … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7 — Good to be single?

Looking at this passage, it would be easy to say that Paul was less than enthusiastic about the institution of marriage. He never says with exuberance, for example, “Yes!  Marriage is a great thing!  Get married.” Instead, he says things … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 7:10-16; 39-40 — Marriage and divorce

It’s kind of hard to decide how to parse this passage because it keeps jumping between subjects.  But I thought since I talked about marriage last time, I’d keep with that topic here. And here, Paul re-emphasizes Christ’s ideal for … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 7:1-5 — Sex in marriage

The need for sex is a very strong one.  I think one reason God created us that way was so that people would come together in marriage and have children together. And yet, as I mentioned yesterday, there are special … Continue reading

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Romans 7:1-6 — Married to Christ

One of the problems of interpreting Romans 7:1-6 is trying to determine who’s the husband in Paul’s illustration and who’s the wife.  I think it’s pretty clear from the illustration that we are the wife.  The question is, “Who were … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12 — When our spouse is hardened against us

I’ve mentioned before our need as a husband or wife to search our hearts.  To see if there is any way in which we have hardened our hearts to God, or to our spouse.  This is important for any marriage, … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12 — When we harden our hearts toward God and our spouse

It’s kind of interesting looking at the gospels and trying to harmonize them sometimes.  I don’t know if I’m harmonizing Matthew and Mark well here, but it’s amusing to look at these passages this way. Pharisees:  “Is it lawful to … Continue reading

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Matthew 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12 — Why divorce hurts so much

Divorce is one of those touchy topics that is difficult to deal with, if only because of the emotions and hurt that is often involved.  But considering the social climate we’re in, in which marriages fall apart at such a … Continue reading

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Song of Solomon 7-8 — Making time to be with your spouse

In this passage, we see Solomon and his wife spending time together.  In chapter 7, verses 1-10, we see Solomon expressing his delight in his wife, and how beautiful she is.  He also expresses how much he desires her sexually, … Continue reading

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Song of Solomon 5:2-6:3 — Anger, hurt, reconciliation

Marriage relationships don’t always go swimmingly.  In this world broken by sin, anger and hurt between husband and wife are a given.  The question is, how do we respond to it? That’s what we see in this passage. Most commentators … Continue reading

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Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1 — Wedding Day

I’ve been married for 8 years now, and I still remember my wedding day very well.  I remember how beautiful my wife looked that day, and to this day, she is still beautiful in my eyes. In chapter 3, you … Continue reading

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Proverbs 12 — Blunt pieces of wisdom

You’ve got to love the bluntness of some of these proverbs. Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.  (1) It is a theme that you see throughout the Proverbs.  That to be truly wise, you … Continue reading

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Proverbs 5 — Delighting in your wife (and husband)

This is one of several long passages warning against adultery in the book of Proverbs. In this world, people have lost sight of what marriage is about, and largely because of that, what sex is all about. Marriage is about … Continue reading

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Psalm 45 — Bonded to Jesus

It says in the title of this song that it was written for the wedding of a king.  But in it, we see the wedding not only of the king it was written for, but the wedding of the great … Continue reading

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Malachi 2:10-16 — Acting treacherously against your spouse

We come to a pretty painful topic for many people.  Around 50% of marriages, even among Christians sadly, end in divorce.  The percentage is much lower in Japan, where I live, but even here, the total is rising. In this … Continue reading

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