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Married for Life

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On May 24, 2016,  my wife Lucy and I celebrated our 33rd year of marriage. It is hard to imagine where all the time has gone. We have had a great life together. God has truly blessed our marriage.

When we met in 1982 as two young teenagers. We could have never known what God had in store for us. We have had the privilege of serving our country for 7 years in the U.S. Army. We were stationed in El Paso, Alaska, and Indiana. After that I worked for the Department of Defense for 8 years in Indiana and at Ft. Hood, Texas.

When we started to get serious about our relationship with God, He started to get serious with us and ministry. After a few years of back and forth with God, we finally surrendered to that call to serve Him in vocational ministry. We sold our house, belongings, and left much of what we considered comfort for the call to ministry. We started by going to school at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. The rest has been service to God and His people in many churches throughout Texas. First Baptist Church of Copperas Cove, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cleburne, First Baptist Church of Azle, First Baptist Church of Spearman, Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Weatherford, First Baptist Church of Del Rio, and currently City Church Del Rio.

Through it all, my beautiful bride has been there by my side. 3 children, and 3 grandchildren later, I couldn’t be in a more loving, healthy, and awesome marriage. God has been good to me. Thank you Luz Esther Sierra-Floyd for 33 years of wonderful bliss!

Just for kicks here is a picture more than a few pounds ago and a current pic as well!

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Stay in The Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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New Marriage Life Group

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As we prepare for the summer, we will be starting a new marriage 5 week study entitled Love Does buy Bob Goff. Life Group begins April 20, and continues thru May 18.

  1. April 20-I’m with You
  2. April 27-Free to Fall
  3. May 4 -Audacious Love
  4. May 11 -Be Not Afraid
  5. May 18-Follow Me

Book are $12 order by April 13

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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The Best Marriages are The Best Friendships!

I received this email from Jimmy Evans’ Marriage Today. I thought I would share with you. Very insightful.

The best marriages are built upon a foundation of good friendship. Before anything romantic happens, friendship needs to be present. You have to have good will toward each other. That’s what friendship means.

There are seven steps to becoming best friends with your spouse:

Be faithful. Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Good times are great, but going through hard times together can truly strengthen a relationship.

You can’t just be your spouse’s friend when it’s convenient. Your friendship is forged during times of adversity. That’s when you learn to trust each other. That’s when you pay the most attention. A friend loves at all times.

Believe in each other. You’ll never be friends with someone who doesn’t believe in you. One of the reasons God created marriage was to bring humans to their full potential. That’s one of the things men and women do for each other.

One day we will stand before Jesus and give an account of what we’ve done for our spouse. Have you brought him or her to their full potential? Find out why God created your spouse and then help him or her get there. When you have two people in a marriage who believe in each other, you become best friends.

Embrace each other’s differences. A friend who rejects you will not be your friend for very long. Compatibility is based on character and values, not on sameness. That means your husband or wife may be very different from you.

Will you celebrate those differences or reject them? Do you spend your time training your spouse to become more like you? Or praising him for being unique?

Be real and transparent. Friendship means being honest. Your spouse needs to know your heart, your thoughts, and your perspective. And you must allow your spouse the same right. Closing parts of yourself off from your spouse can build a barrier against intimacy and trust.

Be a safe place. Every husband needs to be his wife’s refuge, and vice versa. Your best friend is the person you call when something great or terrible happens. Why? Because they are safe. Because you depend on them. Because you know they’re going to celebrate good news and be encouraging when you’re facing bad news.

Be fun and creative. Remember, “a man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Having fun in marriage dramatically improves your relationship. In fact, one of the danger signs in a marriage is when a husband and wife stop having fun together. Husbands and wives need to enter into each other’s worlds and spend time laughing, playing, and enjoying each other’s company.

Bear each other’s burdens. Galatians 6:2 says carrying each other’s burdens fulfills the law of Christ. A friend will not sit by and watch another friend do something without offering to help. It should be the same within marriage. Serve each other. Help each other. Don’t stand back and watch your spouse suffer.

The healthiest marriages are built on a foundation of friendship. It makes everything else easier, but you have to work at it. If you’re not best friends with your spouse now, then decide to become that. Ask God to bring you closer as you pursue these steps together.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7

Pastor Larry

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