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Idaho Ministers Ordered To Perform Same Sex Marriages

City officials of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho told  Donald and Evelyn KnappKnapps , both ordained ministers, they have  to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or be fined and face jail time.

The city passed a  “non-discrimination” ordinance requiring  “public accommodations” businesses to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. The Knapps have been informed that their Hitching Post Wedding Chapel falls under such category and  will be forced to abide by the “non discrimination” ordinance.

How can this happen?  Think  U.S. Circuit Court  that overruled  Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Elections are important since we may be nearing the time when one single Supreme Court ruling could legally force all churches and ministers to abide by a same-sex marriage non-discrimination law or be sentenced to jail time and pay huge fines.

 

 

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Equally Sharing Housework Leads To Higher Divorce?

Alright brothers,  if you were schooled in pre-marital classes to believe that helping  wives around the house would be key to a peace filled-sexualized marriage , think again.
The results of a new study released Thursday found the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was 50 per cent higher than those where the woman did most of the work.
The co-author of the study revealed sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment.
Duh!
 
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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in divorce, GOOOFY, marriage

 

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Single People Opting For “Self Marriage”

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“Why Jesus Is Not Your Boyfriend” is the title of an article posted by Christianity today. The premise of the article proposes that Christian women need a better framework for relating to God amid their singleness.What I found most interesting was the revelation that there is a  new movement among singles choosing to “marry themselves”.

Yep, you heard me. “Self marriage“.

Now how do you jump to the polemic that single women need to stop dating Jesus as their boyfriend? Read the article to find out. 

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It’s no secret that marriage is on the decline in the United States. The most recent Census revealed that 32 million Americans are now in single households, and that married people are no longer the majority. Some are single by necessity or life circumstances, others by choice or career aspirations. And then there those who are functionally single but married to themselves. Yes, I’m talking about self-marriage, complete with marriage ceremony, commitment papers, and vows. A recent CNN article points to a segment of single people who are choosing to “marry themselves” rather than another person. These are hardly lonely, disconnected people who simply cannot find a spouse. Instead, they are choosing self-marriage to show how happy they truly are as singles. As one woman put it, marrying herself allowed her to see that all the love she needed was inside herself. “I started discovering that the love I need, it’s in here,”Nadine Schweigert said, pointing to her heart.

 

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/women/2012/06/why_jesus_isnt_your_boyfriend.html?utm_source=ctdirect-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=9682732&utm_content=129037261&utm_campaign=2012

 

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in marriage, relationships, Self Marriage, Singles

 

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John Frame: Marriage Is A Form Of Unjust Sufferring

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John Frame  has served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary and the Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is widely known as a writer and scholar.

That is  what makes this article so interesting. In my 39 years of Kingdom life, I have never read anything on this topic.

Review the following extract and you should be sufficiently  enticed you to read the full text. 

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 “…three years ago I got married! … Is marriage really unjust suffering? And if it is, do I have the guts to preach that with my wife in the congregation? … Stay tuned for some answers to these questions.

First, I do still believe that marriage can be a form of unjust suffering, because it says so in the Bible. (I said it can be, my dear, not that it always is.) The Bible, of course, has a very positive view of marriage, but it is also realistic. It recognizes that in a sinful world there are a lot of problems in marriage. So while it says many positive things about marriage, it says some negative things as well. Once, indeed, Jesus told his disciples, in effect, “You’re not allowed to get divorced, so some of you shouldn’t get married at all.”

 In this sinful world there is a downside to marriage, and we ought to ask if we can accept that downside before we presume to make a lifetime commitment.”

http://www.thirdmill.org/newfiles/joh_frame/PT.Frame.MarriageasSuffering.html

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in divorce, marriage, sacraments

 

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Be Strong In Your Manliness!

Most wives absolutely long for their husband to fulfill the Apostle Paul’s imperative in 1 Corinthians 16: 13 to  be strong in the strength of Christ centered manliness. Thanks Mark for bringing this song to my attention today. Awesome!

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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in character, convictional, marriage, Video

 

Conquering Temptation With Fear?

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Are Pastors and Politicians simply  “losing their minds” in order to gain satisfaction of their hidden lusts?

 Weinergate is further documentation that we are in some serious trouble folks. Flagrant deception, covetousness, hypocrisy, camouflaged with  bold public  lies.

Dr. Russell Moore tackles the flagrant sin issue and goes to the root of the problem in his “Are You Smarter Than Anthony Weiner” article. 

 Moore is Dean of the School of Theology  at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

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“Almost every adultery situation I’ve ever seen includes a cheating spouse who honestly believes that he or she is not going to get caught. The cheater often doesn’t want the marriage to end in divorce. Instead, like the characters in today’s headlines, he or she instead wants to keep everything the same: spouse, kids, and lover too. That’s irrational and completely contrary to the way the world works. Anyone can see that.

But you can convince yourself…or be convinced…that it will work for you. You’re special, after all. That’s the way temptation functions. We put consequences out of our minds, both temporal and eternal consequences. We start to believe that we are gods, with power over good and evil and life and death. And then we do crazy things.

This doesn’t have anything to do with intelligence. Satan is hyper-intelligent. And yet, even knowing that he will ultimately have his skull crushed, he rages all the more against Christ and his people, “because he knows his time is short” (Rev. 12:12). In terms of the most basic principles of military strategy, that’s crazy. What we need is not intelligence, but wisdom. Wisdom includes seeing where the way I want to go will lead (Prov. 14:12).


I don’t know who you are, reader, but I know you are probably not smarter than Anthony Weiner or Arnold Schwarzenegger or John Edwards. And neither am I. Both of us, you and I, are on the verge of wrecking our lives. We’re probably not on the verge of a situation quite like any of those men, but the gospel tells us we have vulnerabilities just the same, and they all can lead to destruction.The answer isn’t found in talent or in strategy or in brilliance. It’s found in fear, the fear of the Lord and the vision of his future.
Lord have mercy.”

http://www.russellmoore.com/2011/06/06/are-you-smarter-than-anthony-weiner/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/06/07/the-fear-of-the-lord-and-the-tempatation-of-life-without-consequences/

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in infidelity, marriage, temptation

 

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Breaking Our Addiction To Technology

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Many of us have  been frustrated with  friends or family who have an absolute addiction to phone texting, emailing, facebooking, or blogging. 

Absorbed with  constant texting or blogging, the individual is rendered incapable of  hearing or responding to “mono -mono”  conversation because of   being  facedown and  ignoring everything else while giving an occasional nod as if every word is being received. [At least this is the way my wife kinda described it to me….lol] 

Also, According to a Harris Interactive study, 72% of people identified bad mobile-phone behavior as one of their top 10 pet peeves.

Who knew modern technology has a dark side. Seems our high-tech gadgets tend to sterilize relationships, stiffle meaningful communication,and effect emotional disconnect.

No problem,  help has arrived in the form of a new book: “The Digital Diet:The 4-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction and Regain Balance in Your Life” by Daniel Sieberg.

These excerpts reveal the need to go on a digital diet and the 4 steps to implement. 

Ooooops, gotta run, just heard my Droid announce an incoming text.

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“At the core, the Digital Diet is about common sense and common courtesy, Impress yourself and those around you. Be the master, not the slave.”

“Technology makes life more sterile and makes it too easy to avoid a conversation (services like slydial send you straight to voice mail), face responsibility (sorry, didn’t get your message), or display emotions (those emoticons just don’t cut it). Too often technology allows us to replace meaningful interaction with superficial ones. Many of us have become terrible and ineffective communicators and blog and selfish broadcasters. Lots of telling but very little listening. We’ve come to rely on what I call, in fast food term, “drive through conversations”. Pull up, get what you want and drive away. No fuss, no muss. If only real life were so convenient.”

Step 1 – Think – Consider… the effect it’s had on your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Step 2 – Boot – Take stock ….and step back from the device.

Step 3 – Connect – Focus on restoring the relationships…harmed by the technology in your life.

Step 4 – Vitalize – Learn how to…optimize your time spent e-mailing, texting, on Facebook and web surfing.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/digital-diet-break-tech-addiction-book-daniel-sieberg/story?id=13519456

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in communication, marriage, relationships

 

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