Marriage...and sex. Lots of sex.

1 Corinthians 7

One of my favorite and most popular talks I give is entitled “The Wonder Bridge."  Today in my devotion, I studied the passage on which this message is based.  Paul is writing to an unruly group of believers.  They have received the Gospel, and they’ve gone wild.  Rather than dodging the issue like a religious prude, Paul tackles the issue head-on, with frank language. 

Paul states upfront that it is actually good if people can avoid sex.  This does two things:  it signifies that when you are on mission, there is often a time when relationships and sex can get in the way.  The second thing Paul alludes to, is that sex is a powerful force and impulse in the lives of most people.  Rather than ignoring it (while lusts runs rampant in the dark), we should understand it.  According to the Bible, God’s plan for man and woman’s sexual impulses is marriage…between 1 man and 1 wife.  I didn’t make this up.  Jerry Falwell didn’t make this up.  The Holy-Spirit inspired sex says that people should get married so they can "do it.”

The text goes on… According to verses 3-4, the marriage relationship is unlike any other.  A man and woman give up their own claim to their bodies.  We are compelled by scripture to have sex with our spouse.  Again, this recognizes there are some times when women don’t want sex, but should lovingly “accommodate,” their husbands.  However, scripture is often intentionally specific.  In this text, husbands are admonished to give in to their wives’ appetites.  (its ok, and even BIBLICAL, for women to want sex).  1 Corinthians 7:3 - “The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs.”

All this sex talk has really nothing to do with my message, THE WONDER BRIDGE.  However, I’m sure that will make an appearance here soon.

Nehemiah 1-3

I love the book of Nehemiah.  Pastor Jim Austin preached through “The Wall Builder” book when my family first began attending BPBC.

- Nehemiah asks his friend what’s going on in Jerusalem (real change always starts with asking the right questions)
– Nehemiah got a bad report about what was going on.  Namely, there was no wall.
– Nehemiah was so upset, he began to weep, fast, and pray (real prayer is the catalyst for real change)
– Nehemiah prays for the heart of his King

-  One of the best questions you can ever be asked:  NEHEMIAH 2:4 “Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”  So I prayed to the God of heaven”

- Grants Nehemiah favor and moves in an amazing way.  The King gives him everything he needs to go an rebuild the wall.  (when’s the last time you asked for something really big?)

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.