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006 Intimacy

C. S. Lewis once said, “…the reason we look for fulfillment outside our own marriage is because we have not allowed God to show us the depths of joy and happiness that He can provide in our existing relationship...” In this message we will explore the three areas of intimacy in marriage: physical, emotional and spiritual.

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005 Fighting Fairly

Fighting: To struggle or contend with another. To take actions that will impede the progress of another. To give reasons for or against something. To disagree with words. Why do we fight, especailly as married couples? The word is used at least 120 times in the ESV. In the Old Testatment it refers to disputes between nations and peoples and is not necessarily condemned. God fights with and against the people of Israel. It is not used to describe domestic relationships, although those kinds of fight did happen. Today we'll look at how our emotions impact our fighting, and how our level of communication can impact how we fight with each other. We can either fight unfairly or fairly. Which would you prefer?

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004 Expectations, Disappointments, and Emotions - Part 2

In this second of two messages on expectations, disappointment, and emotions in our marriage relationships, we will look at these five steps to establishing realistic expectations in our marriage relationships: communicate clearly, recognize limits, expect good outcomes, realize emotions filter our words, and ask questions.

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003 Expectations, Disappointments, & Emotions - Part 1

When we expect something, we wait, look forward to, and consider something probable, reasonable, or obligatory. When our expectations aren’t met, we then experience disappointment. All this can lead to strong mental reactions toward an object or, in the case of our marriage relationships, a person. In this first of two messages on expectations, disappointment, and emotions in our marriage relationships, we will see how apathy about our expectations, disappointments and emotions in our marriages can blind us from seeing ourselves, our spouses, our families realistically. We will also learn how Godly knowledge frees us to think clearly and how discernment prompts us to act courageously when addressing expectations, disappointment, and emotions in our marriage relationships.

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002 Introduction Marrage: Surviving or Thriving

Pastor Chuck Swindoll once said that, “marriages need to be upgraded, refurbished, and restored from time to time.” That theme has inspired this series. Marriages are in trouble today. Christ followers have no assurances their unions won’t end in divorce. However, God’s Word applied by His people can achieve remarkable results. This is the introduction to our new teaching series, “Marriage: Surviving or Thriving.” This message looks at some simple definitions for surviving and thriving and at God’s intent for marriage as found in Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18 and 2:24-25. Also quoted in this message are excerpts from a New York Times article written by Hara Estroff Marano, May 28, 1997, entitled Rescuing Marriages Before They Begin, found on Smart Marriages ® The Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education website (http://www.smartmarriages.com/marano.html) Thanks for listening, God bless and Grace 2 U.

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