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  1. Nancy Rooker
    October 18, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Lee and I so appreciated your message. Maybe you felt it was unwieldy and maybe someday you need to expand it to three messages, but we were grateful for how sensitively and logically you addressed a topic that desperately needs to be addressed today. We all need to be thinking about the goodness of marriage as designed by God and how to honor it in a worthy and winsome way by our living and our words. We also appreciated your passion about the topic and how that came across when you referenced having children in this culture.

    I, too, thought about people in the congregation who were hurting, longing for healthy intimacy. But I think your sermon is still pertinent to them, as a reminder to wait for God to provide that intimacy (as He brought Eve to Adam and Jesus to us). In our pain, we are all tempted to accept the world’s cheap substitutes, but He can be counted on to supply what is best. Being known in a fallen world is actually miraculous. It is good to be reminded.

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  2. Sara
    October 20, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

    Reading this follow-up post reminds me about how grateful I am that I was unable to attend this particular service. But thanks for this clarification. I’m now especially excited to change all of my youth-sized “Jesus is my Boyfriend” t-shirts to “Jesus is My Most Perfect Husband Which Makes All of The Wretched Loneliness the BEST EVER.” (TM)

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  3. David Hanke
    October 22, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Thanks Nancy and Lee. You are faithful examples to many of us in the church. I am grateful for your presence and prayers.

    Sara, thanks for your comment. I know that took courage to write. And I can read in your words the pain that this topic touches for you. You are not alone. Jesus truly is the relationship that we most need. He is the only one who walks into the wretched loneliness with us and can actually do something about it.

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  4. Sara
    October 22, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    Touché.

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