• There is No Fix-All Marriage Manual

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    by Dr. Bill Clark 

    Recently, I sat with two friends at Starbucks discussing ministry, marriages, marriage dilemmas, the things we tend to say and think about marriage. As we talked I felt the familiar feeling; “Why is this so hard? So confusing?”

    The three of us have good marriages but we freely admit how we fail to love well, how we take our wives for granted, how we exhaust them. We still enjoy marriage and care, deeply. But even we find ourselves wondering, “What do I do now?” We all seem to want a guidebook, a manual, something clear and compelling that we can all subscribe to; something that tells us, “What do I do when ____ is happening?”
    We all seem to want a guidebook, a manual, something clear and compelling that we can all subscribe to.
    One of the men, involved in a marriage ministry, described 3 marriages which ended in divorce…

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  • Yoked Together—Thoughts on Marriage

    yoked together image of a yoke

    Yoked Together
    by Dr. Bill Clark

    My favorite commercial this Christmas, oddly enough, was the Wells Fargo ad with the stagecoach traveling down a snowy lane, passing snowmen on the road who offered their carrot noses to the team of horses who daintily accepted the gifts before continuing to deliver their precious cargo of Christmas presents to the townspeople. Like so many Anheuser Busch ads where beautiful Clydesdale horses haul the beer wagon with precision and teamwork, the imagery captures an idea of animals “yoked together” or to something in a way that was powerful, graceful and efficient.

    In his second letter to Corinth, Paul writes,
    “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” (6:14 -NIV)
    “Do not harness yourselves in an uneven team with unbelievers.” (JB)
    “Do not be mismated with unbelievers.” (RSV)
    “Don't become partners with those who reject God.” (The Message)
    Many of us are familiar with this warning. It is often applied to both marriage…

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