Coming up this Thursday is a day to celebrate love and relationships. It is a day of chocolates, flowers, dinners out, cards, hugs and kisses. Yep, Valentine's Day! A day for saying "I love you" to that special person. But is it a day to celebrate marriage? Is that old stogy institution of marriage even relevant anymore? Shouldn't we just move forward - you know, modern times? Stay with us as we focus on love and marriage - that's right - marriage! It is the oldest and best God-given institution that the human race has ever had the privilege to celebrate!
Love is a big deal. Whether it is the love of a family member or friend, the love of a hobby or team, the love of a favorite place or food, the love of certain music or colors, the love of art or science, love truly encapsulates the most vital portions of the best parts of our lives. As a Christian, we often talk about a higher love – what we call Christian love. Well, what is Christian love? Is it different? Is it higher? Can it change the world around us? Stay with us as we dig into the very fabric of what we as Christians are called to stand for!
So, Valentine’s day is just a few days away. Another opportunity to outwardly express your love and devotion to that special someone. What if every day was such an opportunity? What if we, instead of using a holiday as an excuse to be self-absorbed for the other 364 days of the year, what if we used each day of the year as a reason to outwardly express our true devotion to that special someone? Stay with us as we look into love and marriage and the truly unique and important role they play in our lives!
Ah, Valentine's Day! That day when everyone celebrates LOVE!! The fact of the matter is that one in two marriages end in divorce and countless other “live in” relationships fall apart as well. This translates into a dismal fact – MOST people are less than happy in their relationship. Why? What is missing in all of these broken unions? Are romance and reality compatible in our day? Do people really fall in love? Can we find our own happily ever after? Stay with us as we talk about love, marriage, reality and the Bible!
What does it mean to be a Christian? Obviously, (to us anyway) the “trademarks” of Christianity include being a follower of Christ, a believer in God and a believer in the Bible. As we see it, one other “trademark” of Christianity is the implementation and manifestation of “Christian Love” into your life. So, what is Christian Love anyway? How does it work? Where does it come from? How do you get it? This week we look into Christian Love and how it can be a life altering experience should we adopt its principles.