As mentioned in the sermon on Sunday April 8th, Here are some practical steps that Husbands and wives can take to “Love and Respect” – Taken from Dr. Emerson Eggerich’s book Love & Respect.
For men to love the wives as Christ loves the church!
C – Closeness – A loving husband is to cleave to his wife, taking time to talk, being affectionate, close to her heart – not just when he wants sex.
O – Openess – A loving husband is to be kind and gentle, opening up to his wife, sharing his thoughts and ideas, instead of acting preoccupied, disinterested, or as if he is mad at her.
U – Understanding – A loving husband is to live with his wife in an understanding way, willing to listen when she is concerned or has a problem instead of trying to fix her. As he listens, he lets her know he is interested by paying attention and giving appropriate feedback.
P – Peacemaking – ….. is willing to say “Honey, I was wrong, I’m sorry, please forgive me”, because he knows that her and his wife are to no longer be two, but one, living in peace and harmony
L – Loyalty …. is always assuring his wife of his love and commitment, making her feel secure in the covenant they have tougher because she knows he would never “deal treacherously” with her.
E – Esteem – …. honors and cherishes his wife in specific ways, making her feel she is first in his hear and honored as a “fellow heir of the grace of life”.
For Women – 6 ways to respect your husband.
C – Conquest: The respectful wife is called to appreciate his desire to do a good job and achieve in his field of endeavor. She does this by thanking him for his efforts and letting him know she is behind him.
H – Hierarchy – Because he is called to be accountable as head of the family, the respectful wife submits to her husband by appreciating his desire to provide for and protect the family, thanking him for his efforts.
A – Authority – ….respects him, not being contentious, or combative, but appreciative of his desire to serve and lead her and the family as she supports and doesn’t undermine his position
I – Insight …. is called to appreciate her husband’s analysis & counsel, always listening carefully to what he has to say to guard and guide her, and if she disagrees with his ideas, she differs with him respectfully.
R – Relationship: … is called to appreciate his desire for shoulder to shoulder companionship, realign that she is to be her husband’s friend as well as her lover.
S – Sexuality: …. understands that her husband needs her sexually and does not deprive him, but appreciates his desire for sexual intimacy, knowing that sex is symbolic of his deeper need for respect.
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Take some time in preparation for our weekly vacation day at Christ Church! Read the passage for this upcoming Sunday and ask the Lord to prepare your heart what He would have for you as we gather together for greater transformation in our lives!
Repentance: The Secret to a Transformed Life – “All In” Romans 6:1 – 14
 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.  For one who has died has been set free from sin.  Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.  Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (ESV)