I've heard of shotgun weddings before, but this is going too far. The beautiful bride and the glowing groom had recited their vows, pledged their devotion and affirmed their faithfulness to each other. The intimate ceremony had proceeded in the presence of about 30 friends and relatives in a picture-perfect setting on a quaint front porch in Tampa, Florida.
The wedding went well. The reception went wild. The newly married couple evidently got into their first fight as husband and wife. The groom got a plate of macaroni salad thrown in his face. The bride got a bullet in her stomach.
Friends said they still weren't sure what happened. One lady who lives across the street, expressed her surprise this way: "It looked like everything was going real good. Their wedding cake was gorgeous. . . "
Okay, let's stop and survey the situation. Pretty cake for the reception. Pretty bad start for the relationship. She got a slug instead of a hug. He is more than a mate, he's an inmate. They both missed the honeymoon – she went to the hospital, he went to jail.
What's the point? Simply this: You can't judge a couple by the cake. After every wedding comes the marriage. And there's more than one way to be shot down by a spouse.
The word and will of our God rings loud and clear: "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain" (Psalm127:1). The Master is the only One who can turn a marital mess into a masterpiece. The best duet is always trio. Make the Lord of life the Lord of your loving relationships.
Dennis Lynn, Chapel Chats Cascade College Portland, Oregon
We extend our sympathy to the family of Autis Lee (Griner) Cable. She departed this life in Tennessee on February 14, and graveside funeral services were conducted at Tecumseh Cemetery on Saturday. She was the daughter of the late Janie Griner and the sister of Dave Griner.
Love and sympathy is also extended to Arthur and Noma Epperson in the loss of Arthur's father, Arthur B. Epperson, Sr., who passed away last Sunday, February 22. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the Walker Funeral Chapel
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
|DAILY OLD |
|DAILY NEW |
|1 Num. 23,24,25 ||1 Mark 7:14-37|
|2 Num. 26,27 ||2 Mark 8:1-21|
|3 Num. 28,29,30 ||3 Mark 8:22-38|
|4 Num. 31,32,33 ||4 Mark 9:1-29|
|5 Num. 34,35,36 ||5 Mark 9:30-50|
|6 Deut. 1,2 ||6 Mark 10:1-31|
|7 Deut. 3,4 ||7 Mark 10:32-52|
|8 Deut. 5,6,7 ||8 Mark 11:1-18|
|9 Deut. 8,9,10 ||9 Mark 11:19-33|
|10 Deut. 11,12,13 ||10 Mark 12:1-27|
|11 Deut. 14,15,16 ||11 Mark 12:28-44|
|12 Deut. 17,18,19 ||12 Mark 13:1-20|
|13 Deut. 20,21,22 ||13 Mark 13:21-37|
|14 Deut. 23,24,25 ||14 Mark 14:1-26 |
|15 Deut. 26,27 ||15 Mark 14:27-53|
|16 Deut. 28,29 ||16 Mark 14:54-72|
|17 Deut. 30,31 ||17 Mark 15:1-25|
|18 Deut. 32,33,34 ||18 Mark 15:26-47|
|19 Joshua 1,2,3 ||19 Mark 16|
|20 Joshua 4,5,6 ||20 Luke 1:1-20|
|21 Joshua 7,8,9 ||21 Luke 1:21-38|
|22 Joshua 10,11,12 ||22 Luke 1:39-56|
|23 Joshua 13,14,15 ||23 Luke 1:57-80|
|24 Joshua 16,17,18 ||24 Luke 2:1-24|
|25 Joshua 19,20,21 ||25 Luke 2:25-52|
|26 Joshua 22, 23,24 ||26 Luke 3|
|27 Judges 1,2,3 ||27 Luke 4:1-30|
|28 Judges 4,5,6 ||28 Luke 4:31-44|
|29 Judges 7,8 ||29 Luke 5:1-16|
|30 Judges 9,10 ||30 Luke 5:17-39|
|31 Judges 11,12 ||31 Luke 6:1-26|
Virgil Beasley had hip replacement surgery at Unity North on Monday. Everything went well. He is in room 219.
Doris Whittern's daughter, Phyllis Heald, has been in Unity North for several weeks with a broken hip and infection. She is in room 218.
Gwen Barrett's daughter, Pat Neer, experienced a heart attack last Wednesday. She had angioplasty in Oklahoma City and returned home on Thursday.
Lil Sullivan's sister, Helen Morgan of Searcy, Arkansas was medi-flighted to Memphis on Friday for surgery after a brain aneurysm.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, Harry Barlow, (son-in-law of Inez McNutt), Gwen Barrett, Louise Barrett (Kathy Peerson's mother), Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Lucille Bowers, Letha Buford, Harold Carothers, James Childers, C.F. Drain, Ola Fitzwater, Mary Gaines, Elizabeth Garbe, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Phyllis Heald (Doris Whittern's daughter), Anna Jarvis, Vesta Johnson, Phil Lairson (Rosie Brightwell & Ellen Childers's nephew), Lloyd Lofties, Betty Martin, Ida McIntyre, Don Allen McNutt, Harvey Moore, Ruth Nevills, Winnie Page, Monroe Pettyjohn, Ruth Pratt, Polly Reese, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Sarah Smith, Don Stevens, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Dean Wall, Doris Whittern, Argil Wiggins, Emma Wilson, Carl Worley, Viola Yates, Verna Nell Young, and Tollie Zitterkopf. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your remembrance of them in prayer.
Sunday the youth group had an opportunity to see some real athletes. We went to the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond to watch Chad Beard and his team take on the Oklahoma City Blazers in wheelchair basketball. As you know, the Blazers are hockey players, and athletes. But these were not the athletes I was impressed with most. Chad and his teammates were the real athletes on the floor Sunday. These guys are tough; they don't let a wheelchair slow them down a bit. Chad was in the starting line-up and was instrumental in helping his team jump to an early lead that they never relinquished. Way to go Chad, we're proud of you!
March 5 & 6, Friday & Saturday, Spring Visit at OC for Juniors and Seniors
March 6, Saturday, Youth Forum and Spring Sing
March 3, Ladies class meets at 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows
March 6, OC Youth Forum and Spring Sing
March 8, Deadline to RSVP for Leadership Dinner
March 12, Annual Area Wide Leadership Dinner, Seminole, 4200 Highway 99 North, 6 p.m., John deSteiguer
March 21, New song class, 7 p.m.