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Relationships are hard work.

But, if we put in the effort our relationships can be BETTER!

BETTER FAMILY

PS MONTE | 2/12/2017

SERMON NOTES

(Galatians 6:9, NLT) Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

THE GOD-DESIGNED FAMILY

(Genesis 1:27-28, NLT) GOD created human beings in his own image… Then GOD blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply.”

Each aspect of the family is a reflection of GOD’s Plan:

• Adam (Husband/Father)JESUS

• Eve (Wife/Mother)THE CHURCH

• Children (Offspring)THE MISSION

BUILDING A BETTER FAMILY

(Proverbs 16:3, NLT) Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.

Three ways to protect your family from upside-down thinking:

1. Don’t allow WORK to rob your family of the time you need together

2. Don’t allow SCHOOL to be the highest family priority

3. Don’t allow anything to separate your family from your CHURCH FAMILY

Foundation for BETTER Families:

Build your family on JESUS

Three ways to build a better family:

1. Make BIBLE READING a priority

2. Make WORSHIP with other BELIEVERS a priority

3. Make SERVING OTHERS with your family a priority

NEXT Step:

Read the BIBLE, WORSHIP Jesus, and SERVE another family with MY FAMILY this week

DEDICATING FAMILY

(Psalm 127:3-5, NLT) Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children… are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.

• Children are GIFTS, not an INCONVENIENCE

PARENT your kids, don’t let them PARENT you

(Proverbs 22:6, NLT) Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

BETTER SEX

PS MONTE | 2/19/2017

SERMON NOTES

(Galatians 6:9, NLT) Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

GOD-DESIGNED SEX

(Genesis 2:21-25, NLT) The LORD GOD caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD GOD took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the LORD GOD made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’”

This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.

• GOD designed sex to be a PHYSICAL REFLECTION of His relationship with humanity

• GOD-designed sex is TRANSPARENT, and no one feels SHAME

(Hebrews 13:4b, ESV) …let the marriage bed be undefiled

 

THE BEST SEX YOU EVER HAD

• GOD wants sex with your spouse to be FULFILLING and PRODUCTIVE

(Song of Solomon 8:14, NLT) Come away, my love! Be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.

 

Four key ingredients for the best sex you ever had:

1. Don’t get LAZY

2. Don’t allow anything to CATCH YOUR EYE

3. Don’t allow anyone but your spouse into your BED or your MIND

4. Don’t allow your KIDS to rob you of the intimacy your SPOUSE needs

 

Foundation for BETTER Sex: Build a sex life that FULFILLS both of you

 

Three ways to build a better sex life:

1. Fall IN LOVE with your spouse again

2. Practice FORGIVING each other

3. Make it REGULAR, but not BORING

 

PERFECT TIMING

(Song of Solomon 8:4, NLT) Promise me… not to awaken love until the time is right.

NEXT Step:

Romance my SPOUSE this week,

and DISCOVER a new way to INTIMATELY show them how much I love them

BETTER FRIENDS

PS MONTE | 2/26/2017

SERMON NOTES

(Galatians 6:9, NLT) Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

GODLY FRIENDSHIPS

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

• I need LIFE-GIVING people in my life

• Don’t allow LIFE to rob me of the time I need with OTHER BELIEVERS

• Don’t allow PAST HURTS to dominate my relationships

I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU…

• My friendships will be CLOSER if I’ll surround myself with LIFE-GIVING PEOPLE

Foundation for BETTER Friendships:

Build strong relationships with Life-giving people

(Proverbs 17:17, NLT) A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Three ways to build better friendships with Life-giving people:

1. Guard my HEART

2. Guard my RELATIONSHIPS

3. Guard your EYES

BETTER Friends Value:

Have Fun – Having fun with Life-giving people fulfills my life and theirs

NEXT Step:

Set aside TIME this week to connect with my CLOSEST FRIEND