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What are the marks of a true shepherd?

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What are the marks of a true shepherd?

(Arthur Pink, 1939)

“Be anĀ exampleĀ to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, yourĀ faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

How diligently should thoseĀ who think of entering the ministry, scrutinize theirĀ motives; for thousands have abused this Divine institution through love of ease, desire for authority and fame, or love of money–and brought upon themselves “greater condemnation” (James 3:1). Thousands have invaded the pastoral office in an unauthorized manner–toĀ fleeceĀ sheep rather thanĀ feedĀ them–robbing Christ of His honor and starving His people.Ā 

Solemn beyond words is it to observe how sternly our Lord denounced these false shepherds of His day. (Matthew 23). As Ryle rightly said, “Nothing seemed so offensive to Christ as a false shepherd. Nothing ought to be so much feared by the Church, and be so plainly rebuked, opposed and exposed.”

What are the marks of a true shepherd?Ā How are God’s people to identify those called and qualified by Him to minister unto His people?Ā 

First, the genuine pastor hasĀ the doctrine of Christ on his LIPS. The ministers of the new covenant are described as those who had “renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness.” Christendom today is infested with men who are full of deceit and hypocrisy, trimming their sails according to whatever direction theĀ breeze of public opinionĀ is blowing.Ā 

“We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:2). The true servant of Christ holds back nothing which is profitable, no matter how unpalatable it may be unto his hearers. He is one who magnifies not himself, nor his denomination, but Christ–His wondrous Person, His atoning blood, His exacting claims.Ā 

Second, the genuine pastor hasĀ the Spirit of Christ in his HEART. It is the Spirit who opens to him the mysteries of the Gospel, so that he is “the faithful and wise servant” (Matthew 24:45). It is the Spirit of Christ who gives him a love for His sheep, so that it is his greatest delight to lead them into the green pastures of His Word. It is the Spirit of Christ who enables him to use “great boldness of speech” (2 Corinthians 3:12), so that he shuns not to declare all the counsel of God. It is the Spirit of Christ who makes him to be “prepared in season and out of season; to correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2). It is the Spirit of Christ who gives efficacy to his ministry, making it fruitful according to the sovereign pleasure of God.Ā 

Third, the genuine pastor hasĀ the example of Christ in his LIFE, which is a conforming of him to the image of his Master. It is true, sadly true, that there is not one of them who does not fall far short both of the inward and outward image of Christ. Yet there are some faint tracings of His image visible in all His true servants. The image of Christ is seen in their words, spirit, and actions; otherwise we have no warrant to receive them as God’s servants.

Find a man (no easy task today!) who has . . .
Ā Ā  the doctrine of Christ on his lips,
Ā Ā  the Spirit of Christ in his heart,
Ā Ā  the example of Christ in his life,
and you find one of His genuine ministers. All others are but thieves and robbers!

We do not know what we might have been!

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We do not know what we might have been!

(Charles Spurgeon)

“God is our refuge and strength–a very present help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

We do not know what we might have been–if God’s gracious protection had not been like a wall of fire around us, as it still is–for the Lord continues to deliver all who put their trust in Him.Ā 

Believe with unquestioning confidence that God is delivering you even now. You know that HeĀ hasĀ delivered you–be just as sure that He will continue to help you in every time of trouble.

“I am locked in a prison of despair!” Yes, but your Lord has a key that can open the door and let you out.Ā 

“I am in great poverty!” another says. But He knows all about it, and He is going to supply all your needs.Ā 

Yet another says, “But I am fainting!” God is near, ready to revive and encourage your fainting soul.

Perhaps a person says, “I find faith for the past and the ultimate future quite easy, but I don’t have enough faith for the present.” We sometimes forget that God is “a veryĀ presentĀ help in times of trouble,” but it is true.Ā 

There may be many trials before you, but there is an abundance of mercy ready to meet those trials. There may be troubles that you do not know yet, as well as repetitions of those you have experienced. But the Lord will give you strength and will continue to deliver you.

As the eyes gradually fail, and the limbs grow weak, and theĀ infirmities of old ageĀ creep over us–we are likely to be distressed, but our Lord will not forsake us.Ā 

When severeĀ sicknessĀ invades our earthly bodies and our pains multiply and intensify–we wonder how we will endure.

As we consider ourĀ death–we wonder how we will be able to bear our last hours.Ā 

Be encouraged: He whoĀ hasĀ delivered andĀ doesĀ deliver–willĀ continueĀ to deliver.Ā 
Even as the trial comes, the Lord will show you a way of escape.

HeĀ hasĀ delivered you–give Him your gratitude.Ā 
HeĀ isĀ delivering you–give Him your confidence.Ā 
HeĀ willĀ deliver you–begin now to praise Him for mercies that He has yet to show you, and for grace that you have not yet experienced but that He will grant you in the future.

“HeĀ hasĀ delivered us from such a deadly peril–and HeĀ willĀ deliver us!” 2 Corinthians 1:10Ā 

The Lord is My Shepherd!

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The Lord is My Shepherd!

(J.R. Miller,Ā 1905)

“The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need!” Psalm 23:1Ā 

“He will feed His flock like a shepherd.Ā He will carry theĀ lambsĀ in His arms,Ā holding them close to His heart.Ā He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young!”Ā Isaiah 40:11

TheĀ shepherdĀ is a favorite Scriptural picture of the divine love and care. In the Old Testament, the twenty-third Psalm gathers the whole wonderful truth in exquisite lines which are dear to young and old wherever the Bible is known. Then in the New Testament, when our Lord would give His friends the sweetest revealings of His heart toward them, and tell them what they are to Him and what He would be to them, He says,Ā “I am the Good Shepherd.”

The Hebrew shepherdĀ livesĀ with his sheep. If they are out in the storm–he is with them. If they are exposed to danger–so is he. Just so, Christ lives with His redeemed people. He enters into closest relations with them.

The shepherdĀ knowsĀ his sheep. He has aĀ nameĀ for each one and calls them all by their names. Just so, Christ knows each one of His friends–He has intimate personal knowledge of each one. He knows the best in us–and also the worst. He knows our faults, our sins, our wanderings. Yet, knowing us as we are–He loves us still and never wearies of us!

The shepherd is mostĀ gentleĀ with his sheep. He does notĀ driveĀ them–but goes before them andĀ leadsĀ them. When they need rest on the way–he makes them lie down, and chooses for their resting-place, not the dusty road–butĀ green pastures. He is especially kind to theĀ lambs,Ā carrying them in His arms,Ā holding them close to His heart. All this is an exquisite picture of theĀ gentleness of our Good Shepherd in His care of His sheep.Ā Whatever the need is, there is something in the heart of Christ which meets its craving and supplies its lack!Ā 

The shepherdĀ defendsĀ his flock in all danger. Often he had to risk his own safety, even his life, inĀ protectingĀ his sheep. Just so, the Good Shepherd gives HisĀ lifeĀ for His sheep!

Christ’s sheep are absolutelyĀ safeĀ in His keeping. “I give unto them eternal life,” He said; “and they will never perish–ever! No one can snatch them out of My hand!”Ā 

Then at last, He will bring His own allĀ safely home, “and they shall become one flock, with one Shepherd!”

The most potent force for the production of virtue!

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The most potent force for the production of virtue!
(Charles Spurgeon)

“The HOPE which is reserved for you in Heaven.” Colossians 1:5Ā 

Our hope in Christ for the future, is the mainspring and the mainstay of our joy here on earth.It will animate our hearts to think often of Heaven, for all that we can desire is promised there.Ā 

Here on earth we are weary and toil-worn. Yonder is the land of rest, where the sweat of labor shall no more bedew the worker’s brow, and fatigue shall be forever banished. To those who are weary and woe-worn, the word “rest” is full of Heaven.

We are always in the field of battle. We are so tempted within, and so molested by foes without–that we have little or no peace! But in Heaven we shall enjoy the victory, when the banner shall be waved aloft in triumph, and the sword shall be forever sheathed, and we shall hear our Captain say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Lord!”Ā 

We have suffered bereavement after bereavement–but we are going to the land of the immortal, where graves are unknown things.Ā 

Here on earth, sin is a constant grief to us–but there we shall be perfectly holy, for nothing which defiles shall enter into that pure kingdom! Hemlock does not spring up in the furrows of celestial fields.Ā 

Oh! is it not joy, that we are not to be in a state of banishment forever–that we are not to dwell eternally in this wilderness, but shall soon inherit everlasting glory!

Nevertheless let it never be said of us, that we are dreaming about the future–and forgetting the present. Let the future sanctify the present to highest uses. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the hope of Heaven is the most potent force for the production of virtue! It is a fountain of joyous effort–it is the cornerstone of cheerful holiness.Ā 

The man who has this hope in Jesus goes about his work with vigor, for the joy of the Lord is his strength. He fights against temptation with ardor, for the hope of the next world repels the fiery darts of the adversary. He can labor without present reward, “for here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come!” Hebrews 13:1
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“The hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time!” Titus 1:2Ā 

“While we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ!” Titus 2:13Ā 

“Having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7Ā 

The wedding feast!

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The wedding feast!

(Octavius Winslow)Ā 

“Let us be glad and rejoice and honor Him. For the time has come forĀ the wedding feastĀ of the Lamb, and His bride has prepared herself.” Revelation 19:7Ā 

Jesus sustains no relation to His Church more expressive than this. From all eternity He betrothed her to Himself. He asked her at the hands of her Father, and the Father gave her to Him. He entered into a covenant that she should be His. The conditions of that covenant were great, but not too great for His love to undertake. They were that He should . . .Ā 
Ā  assume her nature,Ā 
Ā  discharge her legal obligations,Ā 
Ā  endure her punishment,Ā 
Ā  repair her ruin, andĀ 
Ā  bring her to glory!Ā 

He undertook all, and He accomplished all–because He loved her!Ā 

The love of Jesus to His Church, is the love of the most tender husband. It is . . .Ā 
Ā  exclusive,Ā 
Ā  constant,Ā 
Ā  affectionate,Ā 
Ā  matchless,Ā 
Ā  wonderful.Ā 

Jesus . . .Ā 
Ā  sympathizes with her,Ā 
Ā  nourishes her,Ā 
Ā  provides for her,Ā 
Ā  clothes her,Ā 
Ā  watches over her, andĀ 
Ā  indulges her with the most intimateĀ and endearing communion.Ā 

The Lord Jesus will come in the clouds of Heaven, and this will be the occasion of His public wedding of His Church. HerĀ presentunion to Him is secret and unknown–invisible to the world. But He will appear, openly and visibly to take her to Himself; and before His Father and the holy angels He will solemnize her eternal union.

Oh what a time of splendor and of rejoicing will that be! Arrayed in His nuptial robes, Jesus will descend to make her His own; and she, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband,” will go forth to meet Him. Then will be heard the song of angels, “Let us be glad and rejoice and honor Him. For the time has come forĀ the wedding feastĀ of the Lamb, and His bride has prepared herself.”Ā 

Yes! “Blessed are they who are called untoĀ the wedding feastĀ of the Lamb.”

Three rules for a happy marriage

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Three rules for a happy marriage

(J.C. Ryle, “The Gospel of Mark” 1857)

Of all relationships of life, none ought to be regarded with such reverence and none taken in hand so cautiously, as the relationship of husband and wife.Ā 

In no relationship is so muchĀ earthly happinessĀ to be found, if it is entered upon discreetly, advisedly, and in the fear of God. In none is so muchĀ miseryĀ seen to follow, if it is taken in hand unadvisedly, lightly, wantonly, and without thought.Ā 

From no step in life does so muchĀ benefitĀ come to the soul, if people marry “in the Lord.” From none does the soul take so muchharm, if imagination, passion, or any mere worldly motive is the only cause which produce the union.Ā 

There is, unhappily, only too much necessity for impressing these truths upon people. It is a mournful fact, that few steps in life are generally taken with so much levity, self-will, and forgetfulness of God, as marriage. Few are the young couples who think of inviting Christ to their wedding!Ā 

It is a mournful fact thatĀ unhappy marriagesĀ are one great cause of the misery and sorrow of which there is so much in the world. People find out too late that they have made a mistake, and go in bitterness all their days.Ā 

Happy are they, who in the matter of marriage observe three rules:Ā 

The first is toĀ marry only in the Lord, and after prayer for God’s approval and blessing.Ā 

The second isĀ not to expect too much from their partners, and to remember that marriage is, after all, the union ofĀ two sinners, and not ofĀ two angels.Ā 

The third rule is to strive first and foremost for one another’s sanctification. The more holy married people are, the happier they are.

Yay….11th Wedding Anniversary & The Marriage Altarā€”and After

Yayā€¦..Itā€™s Our 11th Wedding anniversary!!

Hi allā€¦..Today is a really long post as itā€™s a special day for Sarah & i. I really hope you read through to the end and be blessed!Ā 

Ephesians 5:25-27Ā The Voice (VOICE)

Husbands, you must love your wives so deeply, purely, and sacrificially that we can understand it only when we compare it to the love the Anointed One has for His bride, the church. We know He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word. He has given Himself so that He can present the church as His radiant bride, unstained, unwrinkled, and unblemishedā€”completely free from all impurityā€”holy and innocent before Him.

My Thoughts…

Each time our wedding anniversary comes round, i canā€™t believe how much our marriage has grown more and more fruitful. Our love keeps blossoming through every season and i thank God for Sarah who is not only my best friend, but my amazing wife! šŸ™‚Ā 

I thank God for sustaining our marriage in Purity and Truth.Ā 

I thank God for not leaving us alone to figure out what to do, but for giving us, teaching, correction, training and a perfect Holy example to follow through the Holy Spiritā€¦to reflect the personal and intimate union between Christ and His Church. The mystery of marriage is its reflection of the oneness of Christ, the Husband, and His Church, the Bride of Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8Ā Amplified Bible

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

Love never fails…

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The Marriage Altarā€”and After

J. R. Miller, 1880

preparations are all at last made. The bridal dress is completed. The day has been fixed. The invitations have been sent out. The hour comes. Two young hearts are throbbing with love and joy. A brilliant company, music, flowers, a solemn hushā€”as the happy pair approach the altar, the repetition of the sacred words of the marriage ceremony, the clasping of hands, the mutual covenants and promises, the giving and receiving of the ring, the final “Whom God has joined togetherā€”let not man put asunder,” the prayer and blessingā€”and theĀ twain are one flesh. There are tears and congratulations, hurried good-byes, and a new bark puts out upon the sea, freighted with high hopes. God grant it may never beĀ dashed upon any hidden rockĀ and wrecked!

Marriage is very like the bringing together of two instruments of music. The first thing, is to get them keyed to theĀ same pitch. Before a concert begins you hear the musicians striking chords and keying their instruments, until at length they all perfectly accord. Then they come out and play some rare piece of music, without a discord or a jar in any of its parts.

No two lives, however thorough their former acquaintance may have been, however long they may have moved together in society or mingled in the closer and more intimate relations of a ripening friendship, ever find themselvesĀ perfectly in harmonyĀ on their marriage-day. It is only when thatĀ mysterious blendingĀ begins after marriage, which no language can explainā€”that each finds so much in the other that was never discovered before. There areĀ beautiesĀ andĀ excellencesĀ that were never disclosed, even toĀ love’s partial eye, in all the days of familiar intimacy. There areĀ peculiaritiesĀ andĀ blemishesĀ which were never seen to existā€”until they began to make themselves manifest within the veil of the matrimonial temple. There areĀ incompatibilitiesĀ that were never dreamed ofā€”until they were revealed in the abrasions of domestic life. There areĀ faultsĀ which neither even suspected, in the temper and habits of the other!

Before marriage young people are on their good behavior. They do notĀ exhibit their infirmities.Ā SelfishnessĀ is hidden under garments of courtesy and gallantry. Each forgetsĀ SELFā€”in romantic devotion to the other. The voice is softened and made tender, and even tremulous, byĀ love. The music flows with a holy rhythm mellowed by affection’s gentleness. Everything that would make an unfavorable impression, is scrupulously put under lock and key. So there is harmony of no ordinary sweetness made by the two young lives, unvexed by one discordant note.

Marriage is aĀ great mystery. “TheĀ twainĀ shall beĀ oneĀ flesh” is no mere figure of speech. Years of closest, most familiar, most unrestrained intimacy, bring lives very close togetherā€”but there is still aĀ separating wallĀ which marriage breaks down. The two lives become one. Each opens every nook, every chamber, every cranny, to the other. There is a mutual interflow, life pouring into life.

There may have been no intention on the part of either, to deceive the other in the smallest matter, or to cloak the smallest infirmity. But theĀ disclosureĀ could not, in the very nature of things, have been any more perfect. Each stood in theĀ porchĀ of a house, or at the most sat in itsĀ parlor, never entering any of theĀ inner rooms. Now the whole house is thrown open, and many hitherto unsuspected things are seen!

Too often theĀ restraintĀ seems to fall off, when theĀ matrimonial chainĀ is riveted. No effort is longer made to curb the bad tempers and evil propensities. The delicate robe of politeness is torn away, and many a rudeness appears. It seems to be considered no longer necessary, to continue the old thoughtfulness.Ā SelfishnessĀ begins to assert itself. TheĀ sweet amenitiesĀ of the wooing-days are laid asideā€”and the result is unhappiness! Many a young bride cries herself sick half a dozen times, before she has been a month a bride, and wishes she were back in the bright, happy home of her youth! Oftentimes both the newly-wedded pair become discouraged, and think in their hearts that they have made a mistake!

And yet there is really no reason for discouragement. The marriage may yet be made happy. There is need only for large and wise patience. The two lives require only to be brought into harmony, andĀ love’s sweetest musicĀ will flow from two hearts in tender unison. But there are several rules which must always be remembered and observed.

Why, for instance, should either party, after the wedding-day, cease to observe all the sweet courtesies, little refinements and charming amenities of the courtship-days? Why should a man beĀ politeĀ all day to everyone he meetsā€”even to the porter in his store, and the bootblack or newsboy on the streetā€”and then less polite to her who meets him at his door with yearning heart hungry for expressions of love? If things have gone wrong with him all day, why should he carry his gloom to his home to darken the joy of his wife’s tender heart? Or why should the woman who used to be all smiles and beauty and adornment and perfume when her lover came, meet her husband now with disheveled hair, soiled dress, slovenly manner andĀ face all frowns? Why should there not be a resolute continuance of the old politeness and mutual desire to pleaseā€”which made the wooing-days so sunny?

Then love must be lifted up out of the realm of theĀ passionsĀ andĀ sensesā€”and be spiritualized. There should be converse on theĀ higher themesĀ of life. Many people areĀ weddedĀ only at one or two points. Their natures know but the lower forms of pleasure and fellowship. They never commune on any topic, but the most earthy. TheirĀ intellectualĀ parts have no fellowship. They never read nor converse together on elevated themes. There is no commingling of mind with mind; they are dead to each other, in that higher region.Ā 

Then still fewer areĀ weddedĀ in their highest, their spiritual natures. The number is small, of those who commune together concerning the things of God, the soul’s holiest interests and the realities of eternity. No marriage is completeā€”which does not unite and blend the wedded lives at every point. Husband and wife should be wedded along their whole nature.

This implies that they shouldĀ readĀ and study together, having the same line of thought, helping each other toward higher mental culture. It implies also that they shouldĀ worshipĀ together, communing with one another upon the holiest themes of life and hope. Together they should bow inĀ prayer, and together work in anticipation of the same blessed home beyond this life of toil and care. I can conceive of no true and perfect marriage, whose deepest joy does not lieĀ forwardĀ in the life to come.

PerfectĀ mutual confidenceĀ is an element of every complete marriage. Husband and wife shouldĀ live but one life, sharing all of each other’s cares, joys, sorrows and hopes. There should not be a corner in the nature and occupation of eitherā€”which is not open to the other. The moment a man has to begin to shut his wife out from anyĀ chapters of his daily lifeĀ he is in peril; and in like manner her whole life should be open to him. There should be a flowing together of heart and soul in close communion and perfect confidence. No discord can end in harmā€”while there is such mutual inter-sphering of lives and such inter-flowing of souls.

Once more, no third party should ever be taken into this holy of holies. No matter who it isā€”the sweetest, gentlest, dearest, wisest mother; the purest, truest, tenderest sister; the best, the loyalest friendā€”no one butĀ GodĀ should ever be permitted to know anything of the secret, sacred married life, that they twain are living. This is one of those relations with which no stranger, though he be the closest bosom friend, should intermeddle. AnyĀ alien touchĀ is sure to leave a blight.

There are certainĀ influencesĀ that bring out all the warmth and tenderness needed to make any marriage very happy. When one is sick, how gentle and thoughtful it makes the other! Not a want or wish is left unsupplied. All the heart’s affectionsā€”long slumbering, perhapsā€”are awakened and become intent on most kindly ministry. No service is thought a hardship now, or done with any show of reluctance. There is not a breath or look of impatience. Love flows out inĀ toneĀ andĀ lookĀ andĀ wordĀ andĀ act. There is anĀ inexpressible tendernessĀ in all the bearing. Even the coldest natures become gentle in the sick-room, and the rudest, harshest manners become soft and warm at theĀ touch of sufferingĀ in the beloved one.Ā 

Or let death come to either, and what an awakening there is of all that is holiest and tenderest and sweetest in the heart of the other! If the dead could be recalled and the wedded life resumed, would it not be a thousand times more loving than ever it was before? Would there be any more the oldĀ impatience, the oldĀ selfishness? Would there not be the fullest sympathy, the largest forbearance, the warmest outflow of the heart’s most kindly feelings?

And why may not married life be lived day by day, under the power of this wondrous influence? Why wait forĀ sufferingĀ in the one we loveā€”toĀ thaw out the heart’s tenderness, to melt the icy chill of neglect and indifference, and to produce in us the summer fruits of affection? Why wait forĀ deathĀ to comeā€”to reveal the beauty of the plain life that moves by our side, and disclose the value of the blessings it enfolds for us? Why should we only learn to appreciate and prize love’s splendors and its sweetnessā€”as it vanishes out of our sight?Ā 

Why should theĀ empty chairā€”be the first revealer of the real worth of those who have walked so close to us? Why should sorrow over our lossā€”be the first influence to draw from our hearts, the tenderness and the wealth of kindly ministries that lie pent up in them all the while? Surely, wedded life should call out all that is richest, truest, tenderest, most inspiring and most helpful in the life of each. This is theĀ true idealĀ of Christian marriage. Its love is to be like that of Christ and his Church. It should not wait for theĀ agony of sufferingĀ or theĀ pang of separationĀ to draw out its tendernessā€”but should fill all its days and nights withĀ unvexed sweetness!

There are many such marriages. Few more beautiful pictures of wedded love were ever unveiled, than that which was lived out in the home of Charles Kingsley. His wife closes her loving memoir with these words, “The outside world must judge him as an author, a preacher, a member of societyā€”but those only who lived with him in the intimacy of every-day life at homeā€”can tell what he was as a man. Over the real romance of his life, and over the tenderest, loveliest passages in his private lettersā€”a veil must be thrownā€”but it will not be lifting it too far to say that if in the highest, closest of earthly relationships, a love that never failedā€”pure, patient, passionateā€”for thirty-six yearsā€”a love which never stooped from its own lofty levelā€”to a hasty word, an impatient gesture or a selfish act, in sickness or in health, in sunshine or in storm, by day or by night, could prove that the age of chivalry has not passed away foreverā€”then Charles Kingsley fulfilled the ideal of a ‘most true and perfect knight’ to the one woman blessed with that love in time, and to eternity. To eternity, for such love is eternal, and he is not dead. He himself, the man, the lover, husband, father, friendā€”he still lives in God, who is not the God of the deadā€”but of the living.”Ā 

And why should, not every marriage in Christ, realize all that lies in this picture? It is possible, and yet only noble manhood and womanhood, with truest views of marriage and inspired by the holiest love, can realize it.

Sarah & i in Love Heart

Praise, And Thanks Be To God……It’s Our 10th Amazing Anniversary!!!

Hi all! Iā€™m excited to tell youā€¦ā€¦Itā€™s our 10th Wedding anniversary!!

Iā€™ve scheduled this post as we are away celebrating, and also we should be in Corinth, Greece by now which iā€™m also excited about. Iā€™ll post all about it(with photos) when we get back.Ā 

Also a big thanks to all of you for being here for Sarah & iā€¦..Always showing love, kindness, encouragement and never failing to leave us smiling with your joyful comments. šŸ˜ŠĀ 

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ā‡§ Me & my lovely wife Sarah! ā‡§Ā 

Yayā€¦10 years today!!Ā šŸ˜ŠĀ 

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Ephesians 5:25-27Ā The Voice (VOICE)

Husbands, you must love your wives so deeply, purely, and sacrificially that we can understand it only when we compare it to the love the Anointed One has for His bride, the church. We know He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word. He has given Himself so that He can present the church as His radiant bride, unstained, unwrinkled, and unblemishedā€”completely free from all impurityā€”holy and innocent before Him.

My Thoughts…

Each time our wedding anniversary comes round, i canā€™t believe how much our marriage has grown more and more fruitful. Our love keeps blossoming through every season and i thank God for Sarah who is not only my best friend, but my amazing wife! šŸ™‚Ā 

I thank God for sustaining our marriage in Purity and Truth.Ā 

I thank God for not leaving us alone to figure out what to do, but for giving us, teaching, correction, training and a perfect Holy example to follow through the Holy Spiritā€¦to reflect the personal and intimate union between Christ and His Church. The mystery of marriage is its reflection of the oneness of Christ, the Husband, and His Church, the Bride of Christ.

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8Ā Amplified Bible

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

Love never fails…

Sarah & i in Love Heart

Happy 9th Wedding Anniversary! :)

Me and Sarah stood on the grass at Bourne Hall, Ewell with lots of lovely green trees behind us

ā‡§ Me & my lovely wife Sarah! ā‡§Ā 

Yayā€¦9 years today!! šŸ™‚Ā 

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Ephesians 5:25-27Ā The Voice (VOICE)

Husbands, you must love your wives so deeply, purely, and sacrificially that we can understand it only when we compare it to the love the Anointed One has for His bride, the church. We know He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word. He has given Himself so that He can present the church as His radiant bride, unstained, unwrinkled, and unblemishedā€”completely free from all impurityā€”holy and innocent before Him.

My Thoughts…

Each time our wedding anniversary comes round, i canā€™t believe how much our marriage has grown more and more fruitful. Our love keeps blossoming through every season and i thank God for Sarah who is not only my best friend, but my amazing wife! šŸ™‚Ā 

I thank God for sustaining our marriage in Purity and Truth.Ā 

I thank God for not leaving us alone to figure out what to do, but for giving us, teaching, correction, training and a perfect Holy example to followā€¦to reflect the personal and intimate union between Christ and His Church. The mystery of marriage is its reflection of the oneness of Christ, the Husband, and His Church, the Bride of Christ.

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Amplified Bible

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

Love never fails…

Sarah & i in Love Heart

My Sisters Wedding

Sarah & i travelled back up to Derby over the weekend for my Sisters (Charlotte) wedding. It was a blessing to be there for her & Marcellus and share their special day. We loved being around family and also got to catch up with others iā€™ve not seen in years! šŸ™‚ All photos were taken using my iPhone.

C  M Wedding 10  Charlotte  Marc

ā‡§ Marcellus & Charlotte ā‡§

Marcellus  Charlotte 2

ā‡§ Marcellus & Charlotte 2 ā‡§

Marcellus  Charlotte Kiss

ā‡§ The Kiss ā‡§

Me Marc Charlotte  Ambber

ā‡§ Me, Marcellus, Charlotte & Ambber (my other Sister) ā‡§

C  M Wedding 3

ā‡§ Family & Friends ā‡§

Friends

ā‡§ Marcellus & Tony ā‡§

C  M Wedding 17

ā‡§ šŸ™‚ ā‡§

C  M Wedding 7  Taylor

ā‡§ My Niece Taylor (right) & friend ā‡§Ā 

C  M Wedding 4  Saff

Ā ā‡§ My Niece Saffy ā‡§Ā 

C  M Wedding 12  Saira

ā‡§ My Niece Saira ā‡§Ā 

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