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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Anthony's Mother's Day Message

This past Sunday, I had the privilege to guest speak at the church I grew up in. 
As I prepared for the message, I thought hard about what I wanted to communicate to the congregation since it was Mother's Day. 

It finally hit me that the topic of my sermon was going to be built around a Gift.
Why a gift?  The greatest gift that a mother and father could give to their children, to their community and to the world is to have a loving relationship built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

With this in mind, I proceed with the now famous 4 J's Sermon.
Johnny & June Relationship:  I was reading through Rob Bell's book, Sex God, and in it he noted how Johnny & June Carter Cash's relationship was one that grew over time.  Apparently, their love was so strong for one another, that it was the one thing that most people noted about Johnny & June. Now I am not sure about you, but if I were to ask most people about either of these two legends, most folks would be inclined to bring up their numerous musial achievements.  That is why I find it so striking that the people closest to them always emphasized how much they loved one another, and how their love grew even stronger over time.

   -What about you?  Did you and your spouse start strong and then sort of drift?  Life has a way of tearing at you and your loved one.  -Don't let it- 
Be intentional about your relationship.  Have a Johnny & June relationship.

 John & Kate + 8: Unlike our first example, this one happens to be negative
When a couple first gets married, there are literally thousands of tiny adjustments that need to be made. 
-What kind of toothpaste do you use? Do you roll the end of it? What is considered darks when washing clothes?  Can I drink from the bottle of mouthwash?  Etc, Etc, Etc..
With this in mind, a couple will no doubt face conflict. So it is absolutely imperative that the couple take time and talk things out.  The advice here is to carefully guard your relationship from the rest of the world.  I know too many couples that invite everyone into their relationship and in doing so, they cause severe problems.  Listen up, running to mom and dad every time something goes wrong is not a healthy option.  Look at John & Kate, they invited the entire world into their relationship and they suffered immensely for it. 
-A good illustration is on display at a Jewish Wedding.  During the ceremony, when the couple exchanges vows, they stand under a Choopah (Hoop-ah).  The Choopah is only big enough for 2 people to stand underneath it.  Representing that a new union has been made. 
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."

Jesus: "With God all things are possible"  The last J, is the glue that holds everything together.  Jesus is the foundation of your marriage.  He is the One that you are supposed to mirror when dealing with your spouse.  Just think about the way he treated His followers...
You will find that he displayed gentleness & compassion. 
He also was honest & straightforward. 
Above all, He was sacrificial --He put His Church first. 
In the same  way, you are called to follow the Leader. 
If you were to scour the Earth, you will never find a higher model for your marriage than the way Christ has loved His church. 

-This is the ultimate Gift.

There you have it! 
Anthony's Mother's Day Sermon. 
The 4 J's! 

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;
I will make him a helper fit for him.”


Beth said...

Haha, I love that the Gosselins were in your message! There's a name you won't hear in church very often! (Nice job, btw)

Anthony K said...

Beth, you should have seen the people's faces when I brought them up. Some were just laughing out loud and others blank faces...