GOD – We believe that there is one, and only one, true and living God; that He is absolute in nature, perfect in attributes, holy in character, the maker of and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; that He is infinite in wisdom, marvelous in power, and amazing in love; that He is holy, righteous and true, worthy of all confidence and love; that he unites in Himself the infinite, the eternal, and the almighty Three – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that the three persons of the God-head subsist in the same divine nature, essence, and being; and that they are coexistent and coequal in every divine attribute, each one executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:39; Mark 12:29; Genesis 17:1; Matthew 5:48; Isaiah 6:3; I Chronicles 29:11&12; Psalm 103:19 Romans 11:33&34; Matthew 19:26; Psalm 19:9; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2&3; I John 5:7; Exodus 3:14; Genesis 1:26; and Titus 3:3-7.)
Do I really need this?
As a pastor, one of the more challenging aspects of my ministry is to convince people that just because things appear to be ok on the surface doesn't mean that there could be trouble underneath. I liken it to a person who never takes the time to perform basic preventative maintenance on their vehicle. You can drive a car for a long time without ever changing the oil, but the longer the heat and stresses of daily driving are exerted upon the engine the more the lubricating viscosity of the oil breaks down until eventually the engine overheats and a catastrophic breakdown has occurred. In much the same way, our marriages need a little "tuning" or "preventative maintenance" along the way. That's why retreats like the one being offered can be an invaluable investment in our marriages. So let's consider a couple of objections that tend to arise in the minds of folks when they're presented with an opportunity like this (these objections will be addressed in no specific order).
We have heard this phrase so many times at so many weddings in our lifetime. I have watched as two young people, totally “in love” gaze at each other and repeat this hallowed phrase. There is no doubt in that moment that these two are in love and mean exactly what they are saying. If you conduct a post-nuptial interview, both would acknowledge what they said and convince you that they mean to be together til death