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Earl Marshall

“The Meaning of Marriage” Give Away

This Sunday at OBC we begin “The Art of Marriage” sermon series.  For the next six weeks we will be giving away one copy of Tim and Kathy Keller’s book entitled, “The Meaning of Marriage”.  To enter for a chance to receive a copy of this book answer this question in the comment box, “How has what God has done for you in Jesus Christ transformed your understanding of the nature of marriage?” This Friday at 12:00 p.m. I will announce who gets the book.


  1. “How has what God has done for you in Jesus Christ transformed your understanding of the nature of marriage?”

    Great question.

    Jesus Christ, though perfect God, made Himself to be a slave (a servant if you will) for the people He loved. Knowing that we are to model the example of Christ and His church in our marriages, my understanding of a marriage has been transformed from “what I need and want” to “what can I give, or how can I best serve and build up my wife”.


  2. Hannah Campbell

    February 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    God’s forgiveness and love towards me has allowed me to see marriage as an opportunity to love and forgive as Christ Himself has done for me.

  3. It’s not about me.
    It’s not about him.
    It’s not even so much about us.
    It’s all about God and His grace – our marriage is in Him, through Him and for Him.

  4. Real love in a marriage (or anywhere else) has to mirror God’s love. There can’t be conditions. It has to be kind and patient . It can’t be self seeking or easily angered. It can’t keep tract of wrongs. It must always forgive, always protect, always trust, and always hope. I read 1 Corinthians 13 over and over again when I feel like I’m losing sight of what love is and how God expects us to love each other.

  5. although we do receive blessing, and gratification in and through marriage, at it’s core, marriage is a covenent we enter understanding that our role, is to give ourselves away. Marriage should be a tangible mirror of the gospel.

  6. I have learned to sacrifice, and give unconditionally. I know that by giving and sacrificing I receive more through my small sacrifices. God’s love has taught me to be a great example to our children through the commitment of marriage and an unconditional love for one another.

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