Marriage is honorable to God

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body.

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." (Ephesians 5.22ff)

This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down— this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Selah Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.

Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. (Ps 62).

Trust in the Lord always.

Cannon Cornelius was baptized into Christ Tuesday night. We are so proud of Cannon and his decision to become a Christian.

Here are some suggestions taken from an article about sharing your faith. You can practice these at your work place.

1. As you deepen friendships with co-workers, ask sincere questions and truly listen in a spirit of caring as they share about their lives. When appropriate, tell others you're praying for them. (Then make sure you actually do pray!)

2. Make it a daily habit to pray as you drive to work or as you walk into the office; ask God to help you see your workplace as a mission field.

3. Refuse to hide or play-down the importance of your faith. When it naturally fits a conversation, freely talk about the role your church, prayer, Scripture, and Christian community have in your life. Let others see the joy and purpose you find in your faith.

4. Emphasize the importance of God's love for all people by initiating opportunities to lead your coworkers in service or charity. For example, lead a canned food drive for a local food pantry or organize your company's annual blood drive. When appropriate, share in conversation how you are motivated to help others by God's character and his love.

Create your work space so that it is seen as a mission field.

We have the greatest opportunity to serve our Lord in the daily routine of our lives. What we do here is just a small portion of what God is expecting from us. There are several ways that we have allowed this day to become "the most important day." It is a day that should be lived to the glory and honor of God, in the fullest degree, just like we should treat tomorrow and Tuesday. God is not worshipped only on Sunday (Rm 12.1ff; Heb 13.5).

We aim to please him in whatever we are doing (2 Cor 5.9). We will not be of those who only seek to please the Lord when we want something, or on only on certain days, or according to our will, but our aim and intention is to please him all the time.

We are the children that are willing to go where he tells us, and do what he commands. We will obey from the love we have in our hearts, singing from the gratitude that we feel in our minds, praying with patience, walking in the light, and keeping our eyes centered on Jesus who died for us! We are his people! We are his sheep! We will be the people zealous for good deeds and hungry for being righteous. We will be the sheep that know the voice of our Master because we have been listening for his direction in our lives. We are the people who will be different to the world. Amen!