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Sep 20th

Godly Relationships

Every Problem Has a Source and a Solution

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We will never be without problems yet we need never be without a solution.

      Shakespeare said it this way:  “Sorrows (problems) come not single spies, but in battalions.” Another truism attests:  The harder I try the behinder I get. And a still familiar lament from a past television series puts these words to verse:  “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”

      Needless to say, perhaps we have all been there at one time or another; but we need never be without a solution.

      All problems come from one of four sources. We will look at these over the next several sessions because knowing the source of the problem will point us to the solution.

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First Biblical Ground Rule for the Family

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      During the next six lessons we will look at the detail supporting these Biblical Ground Rules. We will begin with a brief review of the following:

If we cannot agree we will not be disagreeable.

      Granted, this is sometimes easier said than done. We should expect a man and a woman to bring different perspectives into a marriage relationship. To be different is not necessarily to be wrong. Different can mean to be better.

      A husband’s perspective combined with his wife’s perspective can ultimately become their perspective. Genesis 2:24 re-enforces this conclusion:  “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.” That is to imply to be of one perspective.

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God’s Plan for the Family

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      Without a doubt, today perhaps more so than ever, the family unit is under severe attack. The Christian family, in particular, is under attack at times by so-called religious- based groups who ignore God’s plan for the family.

      The foundation of the family, as Christians know it to be, was laid in the Garden of Eden. We learn this from Genesis 2:24:

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife:  and they shall be one flesh.”

      Dr. Ed Wheat in his book, Love Life:  For Every Married Couple, says, “These twenty-two words sum up God’s entire teaching on marriage. All else that is said emphasizes or amplifies these three fundamental principles originated here, but never changes them in the slightest.”

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Six Biblical Ground Rules for the Family

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      The Number-one reason married couples come to New Hope Counseling Service simply stated is:  “We have a breakdown in communication.”

      Unless you are out of touch with the community around you, it is a known that the break down in the family structure has reached epidemic proportions.

      Although not playing the blame game through the following reminder, Scripture is clear that the husband/father is the Spiritual leader in the family structure. He, of course, is to be supported fully by his wife the mother of their children. Often times she is the primary parent exercising direct supervision over the children.   

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Biblical Submission

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      Today "submission" is often viewed as a curse word making the following biblical principle difficult to grasp.

      Why? The hurdles to understanding are due to a misapplication of definitions, usage and context.

      This biblical principle, or tool, states:

Submission

If you submit, God is in control.
If you resist, others are in control.

      Note:  The words wife and husband do not appear in this biblical principle.

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