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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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July 18, 2013 - Happily Married ... and Why

By Dave Kidd

"So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth" (1 John 1:6, NLT).

Have you ever received a compliment about your marriage or your family? How did it make you feel? Perhaps you felt that warm fuzzy feeling, like you experience when you realize something you did became a positive influence in someone's life.

Robin and I recently sat with a woman who is standing strong for her struggling marriage. After our conversation, she told us she had two questions she really needed answered. She asked, "What is it like to be in a marriage in which both persons are in love with Christ and each other?" And, "Is it good?"

What this woman saw as attractive is what she observed in us as a couple. However, what this woman could not see was who and what we are in ourselves. With further inquiry, we discovered she thought our marriage was perfect — that we never disagree, never get on each other's nerves, and are always thinking of the other rather than ourselves.

Robin and I were quick to set her straight. We both looked at each other and smiled, remembering a disagreement we had earlier that morning. We were honest with the woman about what real life looks like in our home.

We are so cautious about not being perceived as anything other than who and what we are. However, our conversation with this woman has not only reminded us about the importance of our reputation as a couple, but our true character as a couple.

Back to that warm fuzzy feeling. Perhaps you have received such a compliment and are feeling pretty good about yourself. Does that feeling suddenly give way to a dose of reality, slapping you in the face and settling in the pit of your stomach? Do you remember a recent event that, if known, would contradict or at least weaken your influence on others? If we're honest, all of us would respond that way.

I remember a mentor telling me, "Public expression always flows from private expression." Whether we're talking about a marriage, or living as singles, are we truly living Christ-centered lives when nobody sees us?

"But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).

Are we being honest? I pray Robin and I will live up to God's expectation for our marriage and that our reputation would be an extension of our character.

— Dave Kidd is lead pastor at True North Church (Assemblies of God) in Minerva, Ohio. Dave and Robin Kidd minister widely as marriage counselors and seminar leaders.

 

 

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