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Let's Talk (Part 1) Communication in Marriage

Let's Talk Part 1 from Brian Branam on Vimeo . In marriage, talking is crucial; but men and women have very different opinions of what that means and just how necessary it is to talk. Women are looking for fulfilling conversation, men want fulfilling sex. The good news is that whether you realize it or not, we are striving for the same goal. Both men and women are looking for intimacy. When we learn to talk, the ultimate needs for both can be accomplished.

Rock Eating, Building Leaping, Devil Worshiper (Sympathizing With the Temptations of Christ) Part 3

Continued from - in which we asked can Jesus really sympathize with our temptations? Turning stone into bread.  Satisfy myself anytime I have the power to do so.  In the first temptation Satan sort of pokes at Jesus nature.  He knows Jesus is the Son of God, there is no question here.  What Satan is saying is I know you are hungry, and as the son of God why don’t you do something well within your power, it should be no problem for you to just turn these stones into bread and eat them.  Use your power to satisfy your hunger.  If you can do it, why not?  Jesus beats back the temptation by quoting from Deuteronomy 8 where Moses is talking about the manna in the wilderness.  This moment for Israel was supposed to teach them that ultimately you are powerless, but it is God’s Word that provides for your life.  All God has to do is say it and you have what you need.  We shouldn’t starve for bread as much as

Rock Eating, Building Leaping, Devil Worshiper (Sympathizing With the Temptations of Christ) Part 2

continued from . . . The Danger of Turning Back So here are these 2nd Exodus Hebrew people and they are really suffering for Christ.  They are ready to turn back so God sends them a message through one of His inspired writers of Scripture,  Hebrews 4:14–16 (ESV) 14  Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. The great danger of temptation is that ultimately it is about you turning back.   Temptation, in whatever form it takes is not only about leading you to sin, but ultimately it will lead you to quit - if you give it lead