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When you said “I do” what did you think was going to happen?

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You found out this “married thing” was actually pretty tough at times. Your marriage obviously does not look like everyone else’s marriage. That is why you have a very unique marriage. No two marriages are alike. Your marriage is like an art canvas that will be painted on for a lifetime.

We will host a life group beginning this Wednesday, Feb 24. Each lesson will be for 60 minutes from 6:30-7:30 pm. We will be interacting with each other and viewing a study video consisting of 25-30 minutes.

Did you know that 1 in 7 marriages begins on-line today?

Top reasons people marry: Love 91%, Companionship 88%, Lifelong Commitment 82%, Security for children79%, Public Commitment %77, Legacy of Financial Status 66%, Religious Beliefs 62%, Family Pressure 50%, Desire for a Special Occasion 48%.

Children quotes about marriage:

“When I get married I want to marry someone who is tall and handsome and rich and hates spinach as much as me”, Gwen, age 9

“I want to get married but not right away yet, because I can’t cross the street by myself yet”, Arnold, age 6

“First she has to like pizza, then she has to like cheesecake, after that she has to like fudge candy, then I know our marriage will last a lifetime”, Bobby, age 9.

If it were just that simple. I am praying for all your marriages that God may bring you into a closer relationship to Himself and to each other.

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Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Marriage and Ministry

I am posting a recent blog post from Ed Stetzer. Enjoy.

Marriage and Ministry

Ministry marriages don’t succeed by accident. It takes effort. |
Marriage and Ministry

Marriage advice can be a bit overwhelming. But, you need it. Although most of the doomsday stats about pastors are not true (that they all hate the ministry and want to quit), ministry does put stress on a marriage.

In my most stream-of-consciousness column ever, allow my to share a few things that Donna and I have seen after almost thirty years of a ministry marriage.

1. Marriage is worth the investment.

Yes, it is an investment. I know that it is not always easy, but it is always worth it. I’m thankful for a strong marriage.

Ironically, you have to invest in a marriage for it to be worth the investment. It sounds strange, but it’s true—it takes continual investment on the investment.

I’ve seen “perfect” couples—like some we knew in high school and college—get married, drift apart, and end up divorced. We have not. It’s not because we are perfect, it’s because we work hard.

You have to make investments while serving in ministry to get the return on investment you want.

2. Choosing your marriage partner is the most important human decision you will ever make. 

Not to go all Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on you, but you must choose wisely in marriage. That begins with who you marry, if you in fact get married.

I’ve seen many miserable ministry marriages. A big part of that misery relates to bad marriage choices. My wife was/is beautiful, but that’s a really bad foundation upon which to build a marriage.

Instead, I’m thankful that as a ministry marriage, we are in this together. She, and we, have a joy in what we are doing. You simply can’t have a successful ministry marriage if you have not chosen one another wisely.

You have to make investments while serving in ministry to get the return on investment you want.

3. Most fights are over stupid things that don’t matter. 

When I was younger I always wanted to prove my point. It’s more important to prove your love. You do that by not arguing over stupid things. Note: most arguments are from stupid things, over stupid things, and including saying stupid things.

Most arguments are resolved when both people are more concerned with being in a relationship than with being right. I’m amazed at how many times I thought I was right. I had to be right. I had to show her I was right. And, let me say, that’s just wrong. It’s dumb. And it does not work.

In all marriages, you don’t sweat the small stuff. And, it’s mostly small stuff.

4. Sex is essential to a marriage relationship. 

It’s not everything, but when you value and prioritize it, your intimacy impacts your relationship. Sex does not just happen. It, too, is something you work at. It’s fun to do the work, though!

5. Practices (like date nights, long conversations, and trips together) make your marriage stronger. 

Some of these are essential—you need a regular date night if you are married. If you can’t afford dinner, you can walk in a park. You won’t have a strong marriage if you don’t act like you are married. If you’ve forgotten how to be married, then act like your dating until it all comes back to you.

6. Kids are awesome, but they stress your marriage. 

I’m a pretty obsessive parent. I love my kids. I spend time with them. They are a treasure. But they also make marriage more complicated and stressful. Kids should know that your marriage is your first priority. The most important thing you can pass on to your children might be not be what you give them, but the marriage you show them.

7. Never go to bed angry.

Yes, that’s true for everyone according to Ephesians 4:26, but stretching an argument into two days usually leads to stretching it longer. Then bitterness sets in.

You can’t really settle most arguments if you are not willing to just say, “We may not agree, but we can forgive and move on.” (See number 5.)

Kids should know that your marriage is your first priority.

8. You need Jesus. 

I started dating Donna because of her faith. She had shared her faith with the girls in her neighborhood, came to the Bible study I was leading in high school, and loved the Lord deeply. She still does. When we put Jesus at the center, everything else revolved around Him well.

I really love being married. Without a strong marriage, everything else in my life suffers. And I am well aware that such a marriage is not always so easy for many couples.

However, I learned that—in our marriage—I was the cause of many of the challenges and conflicts. Donna was the cure.

Either way, we have learned a lot. We are still learning. But, maybe you can be encouraged by our experience.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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There Is A Reason For Everything

“There is a reason for everything” is a very popular saying. Many times it is said when we really don’t have an answer as to why something happened. For God fearing people, “there is a reason for everything” is an acknowledgement for knowing that God has allowed all things to happen, good or bad.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says:

1  There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

Yesterday, 2 churches made it official that the Kingdom of God is bigger than any one agenda. The reason we are uniting is to lock arms to fight the forces of evil that lurk in our midst. City Church Del Rio and Iglesia Cristo Vive will come together on February 7 for the first time. Under the dual banner with plans to become one banner in time.

City Church Del Rio is making a difference in community of Del Rio. This is our reason:

  1. Outreach—We believe we are to engage any and all persons that God places in our sphere of influence, in order to fulfill our vision.
  2. Life groups—This will be the backbone to the growth of City Church. Our Life Groups will be dispersed throughout the city of Del Rio during the week in order to have maximum impact.
  3. Multi-Cultural Church—Reaching multi-cultural families that reflect the community of Del Rio. The way we accomplish this is to have leadership that mirrors the congregation. Of course, as we minister in Jesus name, we will minister to all people God brings into our presence. We value all cultures, races, and people just as God does. We are all valuable in the Kingdom of God.
  4. Sundays—City Church Places a high emphasis on Sundays as it pertains to the worship of Jesus for the entire family. We believe in embracing God in the most excellent experience that we can provide under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Won’t you pray for City Church or if you are in the area, please stop by at one of our Sunday services. 9 am worship en espanol, 10 am Bible Study for all, 11 English worship service.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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If…

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If is such a small 2 letter word with the capacity of the weightiness of a much more complex, multi-letter word. it singles an opportunity to to make a decision. If only, if you would, if I could, if I would have, if I am able, you get the point. but when God places an if in Scripture, now we see a God-size word that far exceeds the 2 letters. God says if you will follow me, I will answer you. If you want to know what is required of God, check out all the ifs in Scripture.

2 Chronicles 7:14 is one of those “biggies.” A challenge is thrown down by God to say this: If you will humble yourself, if you will pray, if you will seek my face, and if you will turn away from your evil desires. God say, I WILL HEAR. I would be satisfied with that knowledge alone, that God will hear me, but God doesn’t stop there; He never does. He not only WILL HEAR us, but He WILL forgive us. What a great promise from the word “IF”

You would think that after hearing us and forgiving us, God would stop there. After all, He’s God, what else can we expect? Not our God, He also promises to heal our land. Our land is consisted of people. People who have families, people who have marriages, people who have ministries, people who are lost, people who need a loving relationship with Jesus.

Do you want God to heal you today? Do you want God to heal your marriage? Do you want God to heal your family? Do you want God to help our land? If we will do these 4 things, He says that HE WILL heal!

Are you ready to be part of the 5th Great Awakening?

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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God is availible

When we come to times in our lives when we really don’t know what God is up to, we are being totally dependent on Him. The Scripture that says we “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) comes alive! 

You see, God has always worked in mysterious ways, ways that are not what we would consider normal. God is not normal; He is Holy. Being holy is not a normal characteristic that we are used to, but it is availible to us. 

Jesus came in the most abnormal way possible. In human flesh, in a stable, and without tons of fanfare. What an entrance into our world to be a holy sacrifice to us. A gift availible to all. This season allow God availability change your personal space, your family, and your sphere of influence. 

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

 

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Mexico Trip

As we prepared to go to Acuna, Mexico today, we know that God is our protector. We were allowed to cross over 3 vehicles full of supplies without any problems. 10 members of FBC Del Rio went to drop off water, bleach, toilet paper, baby wipes, and much more. Pastor Erasmo of Templo Bautista Bethel gave us instructions and of course prayer. I have a pic of the cleanup effort as well

As you know it is difficult to pass certain items across since there is a lot of restrictions. I have compiled a list of items that are in need and that we can get across to our partner church in order for them to connect to the people for a long term relationship. Or prayer is for a church to be birthed out of this tragedy and for this neighborhood to become a lighthouse of Christians.
Here is the list:
Bleach
Lysol or Pine sol
Gloves
Shovels
Bow Rake (garden type, not leaf)
Brooms & dustpans
Mops
Buckets (any size)
Rope for clothlines
Clothes pins
Plastic Tarps
First Aide Kits
Paper goods (plates, napkins, forks, spoons, knives)
Trash Bags
Toiletries (sanitary napkins, toilet paper)
Disposable Toothbrushes
Diapers (children & adults)
Water (any size plastic bottles)
Beans (dry in plastic bags only or canned)
Rice (dry in plastic bags only or canned)
Vegetables (canned)
Milk (canned only, needs no refrigeration)
Baby Formula (canned ready to use only)
No powdered items, such as flour, sugar, salt, powered milk, etc. will be allowed.
Monetary Donations are being accepted by sending a check to: FBC Del Rio, 301 Ave G. Del Rio, Texas 78840 or online via paypal http://www.fbcdelrio.com
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Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,
Pastor Larry

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Family Sermon Series

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It has been a while since I have had time to think about a new direction in the upcoming sermons that I will begin preaching since we just finished up the book of Philippians. So, for the next few weeks, I will be preaching about the wisdom of God for the family.

God has the ultimate plan for your family and mine. He wants you to acquire the wisdom you need to succeed for your family’s sake. We cannot think as the world thinks, we cannot believe as the world believes, and we cannot fail in this crucial day and age in our responsibilities to our families. God has unveiled His plan for the family through His Word and we have access to it by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I pray you will join me as we journey together in our next adventure as we seek God’s wisdom for the family.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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