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GETTING COVENANTED: SOLEMNIZATION OF HOLY MATRIMONY

GETTING COVENANTED:
SOLEMNIZATION OF HOLY MATRIMONY

By Sarah L. Vigue

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Photo Courtesy by CovenantMarriage.com

Is there a way to improve upon marriage and to return it to what it once meant: authenticity? Getting covenanted with God solemnizes the ceremony of holy matrimony. How would this look?

First this sacred ceremony happens during the early morning or late evening with the ceremony decorations and atmosphere reflecting Mystery and Anticipation. As the solemnity of marriage occurs, the man and woman are gathered together with the biblical church (whether in a church building or not is left up to the couple’s own discretion) and an anointed pastor/priest/bishop/cardinal with the option of having the one or 3 different leaders to represent the Trinity to whom the couple is making the holy marriage covenant. Soldiers and messengers of the Lord (angels) take the place of the groomsmen and bridesmaids that have become so customary.

The “Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this congregation, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God…” are said along with the pastors definition of marriage or any relevant speech that has come from the previous weeks of biblical marriage counseling the couple has undertaken. All around the couple could be torches or candle light.

The couple would speak to the fact that they have disclosed all secrets and confessed all that needs confessing to each other so that the marriage will be lawful. After confirming this, the official would have the couple promise themselves to one another, then the couple would act as one entity making a promise to God. The official would read, from the Bible, the Lord’s part of the marriage covenant.

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So both the husband and wife should pledge/promise to take one another, answering to the pastor as well as recite a vow* together to God as they will now be considered one under him. They will light a torch or unity candle (or pour colored sand into one container together) while the symbolic act is explained. They are pronounced husband and wife and rings, if chosen, would be exchanged.

At this point, the Eucharistic supper/communion between the two and a joint water baptism should take place. After this, a peace dove may be released representing the Holy Spirit who is present.

There is a prayer and blessing from the anointed pastor/official in addition to the signing of the marriage certificate to make the sacred marriage also secularly legal if preferred.

What do you think about the above and the ramifications – small or large, seemingly unrelated of very obviously connected? For example, if you aren’t legally married but covenanted by the church, you could take tax benefits as a single person while still being married but whose last name would your kids have? Write your comments below!

*The vow between the man the woman should involve repenting from singleness and turning to being a couple that function as one unit. This is because there is an order of salvation (Ordo Salutis) turning from something (single in this case) into something  (a couple in unity) as part of salvation and a covenant to God.

The Heart is Deceitful

As I listened to the Pastor preach the word, I heard him say The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9.deceitful-heart

All my Christian life I was told to accept Christ and invite Him into my heart. I was in conflict. The Bible is truth, so was I misled? Was my heart deceitful?  I decided to ask God. As I prayed for the Truth and clarification, I felt something on my head. It felt like water or oil pouring onto my head. I felt it running down to my shoulders. I heard a “b-blub, bb-blub.” Was this me trying to speak in tongues? No, it wasn’t coming from me. It was like when you pour from a jug and it makes a gurgling sound. Then I heard a quiet voice, almost a whisper, “Shekinah Glory.” I have heard that  phrase before but I didn’t remember what it meant. I googled what that phrase meant.

Shekinah – a Chaldee word meaning resting-place, not found in Scripture, but used by the later Jews to designate the visible symbol of God’s presence in the Tabernacle, and afterwards in Solomon’s temple

Praise the Lord! My heart, my soul, my mind was full. God’s presence is with me!

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Ministering Spirits

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by Henry Morris, Ph.D.

“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14)

Although most Christians are aware of the biblical doctrine of angels, few appreciate what a tremendous resource this may be. Even though they are invisible to us, angels are real, and are more involved in our personal lives than we realize.

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The primary purpose for which they were created by God was, according to our text, to be servants (i.e., “ministers”) to those who are to inherit salvation. They are beings of great wisdom, “to know all things that are in the earth” (2 Samuel 14:20). Furthermore, they “excel in strength” (Psalm 103:20). They can travel at tremendous speeds, “being caused to fly swiftly” (Daniel 9:21). Furthermore, there exists “an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22), so God is able to dispatch any necessary number of them to “do his commandments” (Psalm 103:20) on behalf of His people.

Since their very existence is related to the heirs of salvation, they are intensely interested in all of God’s plans and in our own individual roles in those plans—“which things the angels desire to look into” (1 Peter 1:12). They serve as guardian angels (Psalm 34:7; 91:11), especially in relation to children (Matthew 18:10). They are present in each local church (Revelation 2:1; etc.) and, while they minister to the church, they also themselves learn “by the church the manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3:10). They are directly involved in the accomplishment of many providential miracles such as Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:22). Finally, they accompany each believer at death into the presence of the Lord (Luke 16:222 Corinthians 5:8).

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Perhaps, in that day, we’ll meet the particular angels who have been assigned to our own protection and guidance and can thank them properly.

Disobedient Angels

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Contributed by Henry M. Morris III, D. Min.

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 1:6)

This passage is one of two New Testament references to angelic beings who misused their powers in some unique way. 2 Peter 2:4 notes: “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.”

It is likely that these two passages refer to the same event. If so, several key elements have been written for our awareness. First, of course, even angels are not excluded from judgment. They, along with Lucifer and Gabriel and Michael (the three archangels named in Scripture), were created beings who are “greater in power and might” than men (2 Peter 2:11).

The reference in Genesis 6:1-4 to the “sons of God” choosing multiple wives and producing “giants” has been a source of controversy for some time. There is no question that the Hebrew phrase bene Elohimtranslated as “sons of God” refers to angelic beings. If Jude and Peter are referring to the incident in Genesis, then the problem arises about the ability of angelic beings to conceive human half-breed demigods.

Biblical evidence would insist that the angelic “kind” cannot interbreed with any other “kind” created by God during the creation week. Angels can assume human shape and can control and/or possess bodies of flesh. That much is clear in Scripture. Therefore, the unique sin that Jude and Peter seem to speak of is that some angels usurped their responsibility as “servants” for humanity and directed a human “breeding” program to further rebellion against the Creator.

That would surely qualify as a special sin deserving of God’s imprisonment and a sober warning for any of us who might dare think we can escape God’s judgment.

The Warning Light

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By F.M. Goodwin, Jacksonville, Arizona

Written for The Guidepost Magazine

Check engine! The warning light on the dashboard flashed at me once I started my car. I don’t have time for this, I thought, turning the car off. My youngest daughter was a teacher and I was on my way to do some volunteer work at her school in Vilonia 20 miles away. I didn’t want to be late.

I climbed out of the car and bent over to check for any liquids leaking out. Nothing. Then I looked under the hood and checked the oil. Everything looked normal. I’d just brought the car to the garage a couple days ago. What could be wrong?

I decided to take my chances and head to the school. I’d already wasted enough time trying to find the problem. I figured I could always bring the car back to the garage later in the week. The light flashed insistently at me as I started the car again and pulled out of my driveway.

A few minutes later, a car coming the opposite direction slowed down, headlights flashing. The woman driving it waved one hand out of the window at me. I didn’t recognize her, but I slowed to a stop and rolled down my window.

“Is this the right road to Vilonia?” the woman asked, looking flustered and upset. “I’m meeting a friend there, but I got lost.”

“That’s exactly where I’m going!” I told her. “We’re about 20 miles away, just follow me and I’ll get you there.” The woman smiled and turned her car around. We set off and I guided her through the twisting, country back roads.

As I slowed to a stop at an intersection, the woman behind me honked her horn and shouted, “I can see my friend–she’s parked over there! Thank you so much!” I grinned and waved out the window to her. I was still going to be a little late, but I was glad knowing I had helped her find her way.

I looked down at the dashboard to check the time. Just as I heard the woman drive away, the check engine light blinked off.