They Grow Up and Get Married
by Marlin Detweiler
There was a time when our four boys climbed trees, picked up snakes and acted, well, like kids. Actually, now that I think of it, they still do.
But they do more than that. They bring godly, beautiful women to visit with us and then they tell us they are going to marry them. This all seems rather strange to those of us who haven’t aged a day since they were born.
Life is like this. We grow up, we marry, we raise children and then they do it all over again.
St. Patrick's Day
The day after Valentine’s Day, it seems, the retail world seems to turn from red to green. Hearts become shamrocks, chocolate truffles are switched out for gold-foil coins and everyone becomes a little bit Irish. Interestingly enough, the man we celebrate on March 17th was not Irish, but born in Britain sometime around the end of the 4th century AD. St. Patrick was taken to Ireland and made a slave. He tended sheep for about six years until he escaped and returned to England, where he was trained in the church. After he was ordained a bishop, he returned to Ireland, preaching the gospel, contesting with druids, overthrowing idols, and starting churches.
Short Story Contest Winners
This month we’re featuring two of the winners of the Epistula Short Story Contest. The first story by third grader John Hodges is the winner of the 1st - 3rd grade category. The second story by seventh grader Charis Linton is the winner of the 7th - 9th grade category. Congratulations John and Charis!
The Intimage Marriage by R.C. Sproul
What better way to celebrate marriage than with RC Sproul's book called The Intimate Marriage? You may have it FREE for the asking with orders of $100 or more in March. If ordering online, enter "Marriage Offer" in the notes section. The book is commended for the practicality and attitude it sets forth—not merely a checklist—for a Christian marriage. As it covers the theology of marriage, as well as its sociology and psychology, it can serve as a tool for the unmarried and a reminder for those already married.
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