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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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February 14, 2012 - My Spouse, My Teammate

By William E. Richardson

“And the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Mark 10:8, NKJV).

Married couples in the Bible? There are plenty. Not all of them examples worth following.

Aquila and Priscilla are one couple offering a very positive pattern to imitate. The New Testament couple enjoyed a strong unity in their marriage that serves as inspiration for 21st-century couples. Let’s see how.

They’re introduced in the Book of Acts as having the same occupation — tentmakers (Acts 18:3). They earned their income working side by side. Both partners brought skills into the relationship. They knew they needed each other’s God-given abilities. Their first example for us today is that they completed projects together by valuing their partner’s contributions.

They’re also introduced as having recently fled persecution in Rome (Acts 18:1,2). They escaped the threats of Emperor Claudius by agreeing when to leave and where to find safety.

Some decisions shouldn’t be hasty. Others shouldn’t be dragged out. Aquila and Priscilla’s second example for married couples today is that they made decisions together in a timely manner.

They survived dangers in Rome and would survive perils in Corinth. They opened their home to a part-time tentmaker who had also escaped persecution — none other than the apostle Paul. He later praised them for partnering in his ministry (Romans 16:3,4). That commitment to ministry is a third point of consideration worthy of imitation.

This outstanding couple appears in six places in the New Testament. Every time, their names are linked together. They were a team. They clearly realized a healthy marriage remains only as strong as both partners’ commitment to unity.

How’s the teammate factor in your marriage? Can you and your spouse praise God for how, as a team, you complete projects, reach decisions in a timely fashion and promote ministry? Or is there room to talk over and pray about improving in any of these areas?

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.



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