I've done a number of weddings over the years and I've been tempted on more than one occasion to quote the line from the movie Princess Bride - "Mawwidge ... mawwidge is what bwings us togeva tewday." (hopefully you've seen the movie and know what I'm talking about.) Marriage is a difficult subject to address these days in a culture where its very meaning is being altered and redefined.
But Peter also lived in a time where marriage and all other relationships were under great attack from the enemy. Peter continues his discussion of how we're to live as strangers, sojourners, and aliens in the land and he specifically addresses the relationship between husband and wife. This will be our focus this Sunday as we study together 1 Peter 3:1-7. So come prepared ... read the passage this week prior to Sunday ... pray and ask God to give you and the entire church family great insight into the marriage relationship ... and invite someone you know who may benefit from hearing a Biblical perspective on marriage.
Speaking of inviting friends ... the annual CPC Fall Festival is this Sunday night! This is an excellent time for us as a church family to think and do MISSION. With that in mind I would ask you to consider doing two things:
- invite a friend (preferably unchurched) to join you this Sunday night; many will come if we merely invite them
- while you're here, introduce yourself to those you don't know; let's make CPC a very welcoming and friendly place for our friends and guests; even if you don't have kids and don't want a bag full of candy, please come and invest some time in the missional activity of meeting and speaking with our guests.
And for those wondering about our family's trip back to my old home church in Chattahoochee, FL where I preached this past Sunday, it was a beautiful time! Saw some old friends, met some new friends, reminisced about old times, gave God thanks for His grace to me in previous years in and through that church family, worshiped with a group of God's people, and enjoyed an incredible lunch with them after worship. Sometimes it very good and satisfying to worship with a small crowd, with terrible music, with nothing but Jesus to make it attractive! I'm most grateful for that opportunity for myself and family.