“At some point sons both natural and spiritual may more than likely become fathers. Preparing sons not only for the period of transition but their new role is the responsibility of the father whether biological or spiritual. Failure here has the potential of adversely effecting subsequent generations and ultimately aborting the destiny given to a family or a ministry vision” (An excerpt from When Sons Become Fathers by Apostle Reginald M. Holiday)
Both the fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh are the byproducts of relationship. Intimacy with the Spirit of God, right relationship with Him, will produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). It is a predominant relationship with the flesh that can only produce the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21). Keep in mind, in every relationship there is change! You are either being changed or acting as an change agent. But know you can only produce based upon which relationship you are more given to. Read Gal. 6:7-10. I admonish every believer to choose to live life under the influence of the Spirit – the fruit you produce in this world will give you benefits out of this world! (See also Gal. 5:16-18; 24-26)
After 26 years of Holy Matrimony, our love for one another continues to grow and remains extremely fresh! One of the keys to our God-given success is continuing to “date” one another although we are very, happily married. Many have asked for our personal views on “Dating Your Spouse” and so as a part of our 26 year celebration, we present this list as a gift to them!
1 – Plan It
2 – Be Creative
3 – Fight for it
4 – Do what works for you
5 – Plan for purposeful conversation
6 – No technology (at least while you are on the date)
7 – Flirt strategically
8 – Make it different
9 – Bring the laughter
10 – Remember: Dating is a process not an event
11 – Enjoy every moment
12 – Compliment one another
13 – Make this time about connecting deeply
14 – Don’t wait until the actual moment, connect with one another throughout the day
15 – Be intentional no matter the venue for the date
16 – Engage in LDA (Loving Displays of Affection)
17 – Take great pleasure in serving one another
18 – Don’t sweat the small stuff! Life is too short.
19 – Allow your love for one another to be an example for others.
20 – Save room for dessert.
21 – Close out the date in a memorable way! Don’t merely let it end!
5 tips for those in ministry
22 – Develop your marital/family calendar before your ministry calendar is set
23 – Set annual vacation for the two of you
24 – Set a quarterly weekend getaway
25 – Set a monthly overnight excursion
26 – Set a weekly date time
Now, get to Dating!