Greetings from Springfield, Ohio....
To be honest..... I just don't get it! You heard me...I just don't get it! I read my Bible and it says:
2 Corinthians 5:17 (New Living Translation)
Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
I became a Christian in 1973. Prior to that my life was a total mess! I was close to becoming an alcoholic, my marriage to Corinne was about ready to be blown apart, and I was desperate for Christ, but just didn't know it.
A few days before Thanksgiving, 1973, in a motel room in Jackson, MI, while on a business trip, I gave my heart to Jesus Christ and have never looked back. One of the first things that occured was that God began to restore our marriage. Both of us actually began to become "new people" in Christ.
Today, October 29, is our 41st wedding anniversary! Wow... 41 years! It seems like just yesterday that two kids came together, each carring pain and woundeness, married and headed to a honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Canada. What a trip our marriage has been ever since. However, it wasn't until 1973, our time of salvation, that our marriage actually took on fulfillment! Our life together has not been easy, even after we came to Christ. The call of God on us began to take center stage, and that has many stories to tell of it's own. Over 8 years ago, God once again called and asked us if we would be willing to live and travel full time "on the road," ministering to the Church of America. Corinne was asked to give up her home, her family, especially her 16 grandchildren (number 17 is on the way....Ashley & Tim) etc., so that we could follow the Lord's leading. Our life is not easy! But we are totally happy. Corinne and I are not only ministry partners, but we're each other's best friends. We spend more time together than most couples, yet our love and devotion for each other continues to grow. God has given me a good woman!
Here's a picture of my Bride!
So, when I hear of ministers getting divorced, I have to ask, "What's this about?" I wonder if they are really "new people in Christ?" When I hear about divorce within the Church, I really get upset! This shouldn't be! It's not right! How can two people, who have become "new people in Christ," not get along and end up in divorce? Something is very wrong!
If you are currently going through some marital difficulties, I would suggest you get back into the Bible. Read the entire chapter of I Corinthians 7. Also, spend some time in prayer. Maybe God has some answers that you have not yet discovered. More than anything, enter into a state of forgiveness for your spouse. Allow God to bring healing into your heart. Let His River flow through your life!
Corinne and I are looking forward to 50 years! We want to take a trip together.... what a hoot! Not that we're not traveling together now! But we are asking the Lord to provide a trip back to Hawaii, where we were able to go for our 25th anniversary. Of course, the greatest thing that we could ever see happen would be a spectacular move of God hit the American Church, bringing Kingdom transformation to our Nation!
Lord... how about giving us Kingdom Revival today as an anniversary present! Amen!