2003 Monthly Letter
Partner In Ministry,
is the most popular wedding month for both Christians
and non-Christians alike. But there is a great difference
in being wedded and being happily married, let alone staying
Barna, a social science researcher (see website www.barna.org)
notes that born again Christians are just as likely
to get divorced as are non-born again adults. Overall,
33% as compared with 34%.
again is defined as those who accepted Jesus as Savior and
Lord, having confessed their sins, and believing they will
go to Heaven after they die. More than 90% divorced after
they accepted Christ, not before.
notes . . . it is especially unsettling to find that
the faith commitment of so many born again individuals has
not enabled them to strengthen and save their marriages.
The painful reality of life is that divorce happens! The
Biblical truth is that we all sin and fall short of
the glory of God.
prayer at each Couples' session is: Jesus, You changed
water into wine at the wedding in Cana, so change the couples
here in simple and specific ways. And some He does!
session includes humorous teaching on six different forms
of love then allowing each couple to graph personal preferences,
dialogue the results, form 30 day prayer covenants with another
couple and with ones mate, share personal needs and
affirmations, and renew personal love intentions in an unhurried
time in the candlelit sanctuary.
are some written comments from couples who have experienced
the presence of Jesus and His ability to enable them to change
and ability to repair any brokenness that exists:
Lord spoke to our hearts. Sharing our needs through the graph
was overwhelming! Our marriage had deteriorated with NO physical
contact and little true communication. Neither of us was happy
but neither was motivated to close the gap. Tonight we see
a glimmer of hope!
was the first time in our 52 years of marriage that we prayed
together as a couple outloud! (We're both elders in
the church!) And your GOODNESS prayer will keep us doing it!
you for the opportunity to tell each other what we need in
a non-threatening way. Before we've either been too scared
to do this OR thought the other should already know!
husband and I are trainers for a nationally syndicated marriage
seminar. We know exactly what each other's needs are. The
setting tonight allowed us to sadly confess that we have knowingly
chosen NOT to meet one another's needs. I thank God
for your causing us to make a prayer covenant with another
couple. This simple way of accountability will enable us to
intentionally turn our knowledge into action and quite
possibly save our marriage!
you for your personal commitment to this Ministry that builds
up marriages, even those which have some serious cracks
in their Christian foundations! Jesus, the Master Carpenter,
is still working wonders!