The Toilet Paper Roll: Do they grow on the holders? • Health Watch: Bringing Her Flowers is Not Harmful to Your Health • Real Men Ask for Directions When Lost • Loss of Identity: Losing the remote to your spouse • How to Be the Ideal Shopping Companion • Is It Genetically Impossible to Sit Quietly as She Parallel Parks?
One in Body and Spirit • Malachi 2:10-17 (p.729) • The complaint: Where is God? (v.17) • God doesn’t love us (1:2); too hard to serve God (1:13); God’s leaders are humiliated (2:9); God doesn’t answer our prayers (2:13); and there is no point in serving God – no justice (3:14). We have done nothing wrong (1:6), and we are faithful about giving the offerings (1:6; 2:12). • God’s answer – YOU have twisted justice, then blamed Me • Crippled sacrifices (1:8); dishonor My Name (1:12); break promises to Me (1:14); stopped teaching My Word of truth (2:7); disobeyed Me in marriage (2:11) and divorced the wives of your youth (2:15-16); call evil “good” then blame Me (2:17); cheat employees, foreigners, widows and orphans (3:5); and don’t give me the full tithe (3:8)
One in Body and Spirit • I LOVE YOU (1.2) • God’s love is unconditional. • God’s blessings are conditional. • Obedience is the condition that brings God’s blessings. • God is the cause of all blessings.
One in Body and Spirit • Problem: marrying those who don’t love God (v.11) • Problem: divorce was common and cruel (v.14) • Wisdom: Guard your heart, keep your commitment
Guard Your Heart • Guard your needs. (Prov 5:15) • Guard your eyes. (Job 31:1) • Guard your emotions. (Prov 4:23) • Guard your finances. (Heb 13:5) • Guard your time. (Deut 24:5) • Guard your words. (Eph 4:29) • Guard your faith. (Matt 10:37)